Creative Cleaning and Cleansing

"Less Stress from Cleaning the Mess." From decluttering to inspiration! Proverbs 31:27a

BOUNCE—More than just a Dryer Sheet!

Bounce-These ideas are from many sources and are really great!

Bounce

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home – Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car – Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15.. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce. FABULOUS!

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Basic Homemade Solutions and Remedies

Instead of a cleaner for each surface here are some basic ideas to help!

Also these few solutions can help save you money!

  • White Stilled Vinegar:

General Spray Cleaner: Mix In Spray Bottle

~1 cup white vinegar

~1cup water

Use solution for countertops, blacksplashes, floors, exterior surfaces on large appliances, toilets, and most areas that need daily cleaning.

-For stubborn areas, spray & let stand for 10-15 min, then scrub with hot water and rinse.

This will also help soften soap scum and hard water deposits.

-Replace spray after 1-2 days.

***You can also use UNDILUTED white vinegar to clean showerheads. Place ¼ or ½ cup on ziplock bag. Attach to shower head with rubber band & let stand for at least 3 hrs or overnight. Then remove and buff the fixture.

***For LAUNDRY:  add one cup to the laundry rinse cycle to soften cloths. Great for members that may have sensitive skin.

  • Baking Soda:

Can be used as a mild abrasive~

Sprinkle on damp sponge and tackle things like bathtub rings, vanities, and kitchen sinks.

***Stubborn Stuff~PASTE! Mix with water like a paste. Apply to stubborn areas and leave for 10-15 minutes-it will help to loosen up the grit and then clean as usual.

***Sinks/drains Smell—use ½-1/3 cup into drain and dribbling hot water and let the solutions run down. Then let stand for about 2-3 hours then rinse completely with hot water. Great deodorizer!

  • Rubbing Alcohol:

General cleaning agent for glass, mirrors, chrome, and ceramic tiles.

Mix in Spray Bottle

~1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol

~1 cup water

~1 tablespoon white vinegar

Spray area wipe clean with  paper towels or even newspapers.

  • Ammonia:

When using a clear, non-sudsing ammonia, the recipes will create a stronger cleaning product. Make sure that you rinse WELL!

Strong glass cleaner: In Spray Bottle

~1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol

~1 cup water

~1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

Strong All-purpose cleaner: In Spray Bottle

~1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

~1 tablespoon clear laundry detergent

~2 cups water

Use as a usual spare and wipe clean with paper towels!

  • Peroxide:

*** A capful in your mouth helps fight canker sores and keep your teeth white. Hold for 10-15 seconds and swish around. Then spit out —DO NOT SWALLOW!

***Spray a 50/50 mixture with water, and apply to fungus. Will get rid of the more you use. Let dry and repeat every 24 hrs.

***Use a half bottle in bath to help remove skin bacterial and other skin infections.

***Laundry-use directly on blood spots to clean . Add a cupful to brighten up whites.

***Use as a vegetable wash-helps kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals.

***Can be used as a tree and plant insecticide and as a weed killer!

  • OTHER~

Furniture Polish cleaner: In Spay Bottle

~1 cup olive oil

~½ cup lemon juice

Shake well each time and apply small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cloth. Apply evenly and then turn cloth to other side to polish.

For more Basic Homemade Solutions and Remedies, look under Beauty and Medical! ENJOY!

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Gifts For any Occasion

Help! I need a gift!

 

 

“What can I get for….”? Well if you have run out of ideas or need to get a jump start, I have some solutions for you.

First of all let me just mention that GIFTS do not have to be expensive or big. Great gifts come from knowing that the person and giving them something that they will appreciate you thinking of them. Gifts also need to come from the heart; something new or created.

Here are a few gift suggestions:

 Holiday Mugs

-Fill with cocoa mix and a candy cane. Wrap with a holiday napkin or tissue paper and tie with an ornament or ribbon.

Brag Books

-take your photos and get them printed. Put them in a photo book. Scrap or decorate the inside pages. Wrap and give.

Offer a Subscription

-Pay for a specific magazine subscription and tuck your card inside.

Go Green

-Make a homemade solution for a cleaning product or beauty product with essential oils and scents. (For ideas and recipes, see “Homemade Solutions.”)

Pack a Jar

-Fill a jar with the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies or a soup. Write the recipe on a decorated card with a ribbon.

Recipe Book

-Hand-write your favorite recipes on colored or decorated index cards. Punch a hole in the corner of each one and tie together with a festive ribbon. Offer a dessert sample with the book.

Dip Pretzels

– Melt store bought chocolate and dip the pretzels in them. Lay to cool on wax paper. Decorate with red and green sugar crystals etc…then package them in holiday-themed cellophane bags with a tie.

Coupon Book

-Create pages that include a back rub, babysitting, dinner, mow the lawn, breakfast in bed, or any other items that the person in mind would love. Insert book in a holiday gift bag and tie off with a ribbon.

Honor Gift

-You can send a donation to a favorite charity, with your persons name on it-what an honor to think of someone else and give some one else the credit.

Basket/Box Gift

-These are great! Take a medium size holiday basket or box and fill it with items that are their favorites. It could be from ART-to-Zoo. Use specifics and even write a short message about why you made the basket/box especially for them.

  • HERE ARE SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS FROM ART-TO-ZOO!

American Spirit-Red, white and blue candy, flags, Books on American History, gift card to Museum of History.

· Art-Craft items, paints, brushes, assorted paper, play do, and tickets to an Art Museum.

·Baby-Blanket, diapers, wipes, photo book, bibs, outfit, and CD-lullabies.

·Bread/Cheese/Wine-Assorted breads or crackers, varieties of cheese, bottle of wine and wine stopper.

·Candles-Assorted sizes and scents of candles, lighter, and candle holders.

·Candy-Chocolates, mints, hard candy, and gum.

·Desserts-A variety of baking boxes with an apron.

·Exercise/Workout-Warm-ups, hand weights, water bottle, towel, and gym bag.

·Fruit-Assorted fruit in sealed containers.

·Garden-Watering can, gloves, garden tools, seeds, insulated cup, and kneeling pad.

·Gentleman/New Dad-Use a top hat for special effect: luxury coffee mug or insulated cup, cigars, cookies, ritzy treats, tickets to a game or a guy’s night out coupon.

·Get Well-Chicken noodle soup, soup bowel, crackers, puzzle book, nice pen, herbal teas, tea mug and saucer.

·Handy Man (house warming for him)-Work gloves, leveler, flashlight, notepad with pen, tape measurer, gift card to Home Depot.

·Home-Cleaning products, paper goods, and baking goods. Gift card to Kroger.

·Igloo-Assorted coolers from cups to coolers.

·Just for her (house warming for her)-Calendar, shopping list, picture frames, Tylenol and gift card to Bath and Body!

·Kids-Theme related toys or special items for hobbies or extra curricular activities, gift card to Toys R Us.

·Laughter-Movies, Books, and Music that are funny and full of comedy!

·Mommy-Lotions, bath, lotions, salts and shower gels, encouraging reading material, parenting magazines, and maid services.

·Nails-Variety of nail polish, polish remover, manicure set, pumice stone, lotion, nail trimmers and a gift card for a pedicure and manicure.

·On the job-Pens, calculator, sticky notes, daytimer/planner, and desk accessories.

·Pretty Women-Flowers, potpourri, chocolate, back massager, and gift card to Victory Secrets.

·Quilt/Sewing-Push pins, material cutting tools, assorted needles, variety of thread colors, and gift card to Hobby Lobby.

·Romantic-Cd of Harp/Instrumental Love songs, wine-cheese and cracker, candles, eatable body frosting, bath fizzers, lingerie, and handmade certificates for indulgences.

·Scrap Book-Variety of scrapbook papers, assorted stickers, assorted embellishments, photo books, refills and page protectors for the photos books, and gift card to Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

·Tea-Assorted teas, tea cup and saucer, treats to go with teas, mini books, and journal.

·Universal/Go Green-magazines, book about Going Green. In a all natural basket with all natural items.

·Vineyard/Cook-Pastas, sauces, serving bowl and platter, breads, wine and wine stopper.

·Wind-Kites, airplanes, balloons, yard flags and wind chimes.

·Xerox-Printing paper, ink cartridges, and gift card to Stapes.

·Youth-Volleyball, soccer ball, basketball, football, gift card to Academy.

·Zoo-Favorite stuffed animal, T-shirt with zoo animals, animal cracker, disposable camera, and tickets to zoo.

Hopes this helps or at least gets you started!

Enjoy and God Bless!

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Summer-Energy Savers For Your Home

Energy Savers In the Home:

Electricity can be expensive~

  • One way we can cut down and save is to do laundry in one day.  I know that sometimes is impossible but, it takes less energy from the washer and dryer and so less electricity expenses.  Let me explain:  When you wash/dry on several days…the washer and dryer have to re-start each day, each cycle. This causes more electricity to be used and causes your bill to increase. If you wash/dry on one day…the washer and dryer have already been started/heated, so it takes less time to produce energy. Therefore, less electricity and less on your bill. I have found that once a week washing and drying saves my household of 4 about $250.00 a year!  May not be a lot to some but every dollar counts in our family. Also, the laundry is complete and then we have more time for fun!
  • Hire a professional to seal and insulate leaky ducts, seal windows and doors. This will also help your home use less energy and less electricity.
  • Leave everything you can unplugged. The toaster, microwave, chargers, blow dryers, lights etc…every bit counts and reduces the chance of a fire.

Home:

  • Check to make sure your attic and attached garage is insulted properly. Check the R-value – the higher the R-value the greater the insulation.  Protects you from he extreme heat or extreme cold, therefore, helping your electricity
  • Check your AC unit to maker sure that you unit is not working over time. Usually if you keep it around 73-74, your unit will not have to work so hard. When you are gone for most of the day or if you are on vacation you can set the temperature about 76.
  • Replace air filters and clean vents often. Install ceiling fans. This will help better air circulations that will promote cooling in the Summer and heating efficiency in the winter.
  • Install blinds, drapes, curtains for protection from the sun and heat or extreme weather.
  • Apply a reflective coating to your roof. This will help absorb the suns energy.

Yard:

  • Plant a tree. Prune the trees, shrubs that you have.
  • Remove debris like grass and leaves that block airflow to your ac unit and gutters.

Landscaping is a natural way to shade your home, and add value to your property!

Finances:

  • Credit Cards. Call your credit card companies and see if they can give you a lower interest rate.  Or consolidate your bills and make one payment. Interest alone can drain your energy and your pocket book.
  • Bills. Ask your utility company about budget planning. This will help protect you from sudden or unexpected price increases.
  • Fixed Income. You can also contact your state local government; they may have energy assistance to help pay your utilities.

 These are just a few ideas to get you started to help have less stress on your Summer Energy!

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Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are easy to clean but sometimes buildup food spills, hair and body products or even pet stains become a challenge!

Most of the time a NEUTRAL FLOOR CLEANER will get the job done.Some floor cleaners that have an “all purpose cleaner” in them might work, but if they don’t here is what I would recommend.

Take 1 cup white distilled vinegar with 1/4 cup ammonia and stir it in a bucket of cool water..spread the mixture over floor and let set for about 5-6 minutes.  Rinse with hot water until clean or buildup is gone.  (This may take some time the first time, but it gets easier each time you deep clean.) Keep rinsing your mop while you are deep cleaning, so that you don’t mop the build up back on the floor. With deep cleaning Vinyl floors, some of the shine might become dull-not to worry. You can use Pledge Tile and Vinyl Floor Cleaner and it brings the shine back,usually with one coat. (I have done 2 coats around holidays.)

It might be a good idea to have 2 mops–one for deep cleaning and one for shine. But this is not recommended for wood, unsealed ceramic, terrazzo, or cork floors.

Let me know if you have any suggestions as well~~~

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Carpets/Rugs

Here are some basic ways to clean up the most common types of spills on carpets and rugs.

Wax-Freeze the wax to harden it. Then strike it with the handle of a butter knife to break it up. Gently, scrape to remove as much of the was as possible. Be careful not to distort or damage the fibers.

Grease/Oil Spots/Blood-Use a microfiber cloth with plain water and rub the spot. Steam clean if needed.

Vomit-Use a neutralizer cleaner solution, and steam clean the room.

Candle Soot-Spray your carpet with a pre-treat cleaner and let sit for 10 min. Then shampoo area.

Black or Gray Rings (usually from dirt, dust, or outer edges of stairs etc…) Usually this is dust or dirt build up. Use a vacuum cleaner with the attachment for better suction. 

Interior Rugs-Keep them vacuumed. If stained, use a carpet cleaner or hose them down. Some can be washed in the washing machine and hung to dry.  Depending on the size, you can also take them to the car wash and pressure wash them. Some may need to be professioally cleaned from the dry cleaner. (READ LABELS) Make sure you allow them to completely dry before putting back down ont he floor.

Exterior Rugs-Shake them on a regular basis. Hose them down often and make sure they dry completely before putting them back on the ground.  Replace as needed.

Dirt Paths-VACUUMING.  Or place a carpet in the areas with high traffic. By keeping the Dirt paths clean, this will allow your carpet to last longer and not be cut or the fibers will not be crushed.

Rust Stains-This is a tough stain, and will require you to hire a Professioal Rust Remover. A special acid is needed to be removed and gloves will need to be used.

Extra Help~

A carpet rake in conjunction with vacuuming, will really offer a way to help your carpets and rugs stay clean. They will not fray your carpet, and add great volume to matted down areas or high traffic areas. Great for animal hair too! They also can give you a quick vacuumed look!

Pre-Treat-Even when cleaning with a steam cleaner, you may want to pre-treat any stains 10-15 minutes before the actual cleaning, to allow plenty of time to take care of stubborn spots. This can make a big difference.

Berber Carpet-You can shampoo or clean with a machine, however, you should only have to use this cleaning method once or twice a year.

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Baseboards

Vacuum the top and between the wall and the floors.

Use an all-purpose cleaner with a white nylon scrub pad to get off the stuff that is stuck.

You can also use a pencil eraser for marks or scuffs.

Then apply warm water with a small amount of white distilled vinegar mix to finish the clean up.

Vacuuming regularly will help keep buildup away from baseboard.

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Glassware Scrubber

Aluminum Foil as Glassware Scrubber

To get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad.  It’s one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil you hate to throw out.

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