Ice Cream Soda Table Setting

I’m always interested in cute inexpensive decorations.  My friend Karen sent me an email with this neat idea for an ice cream soda table setting.  It’s simply made of carnation flowers, a tiny rose, a soda style cup, and two straws. 

I have seen the Coca-Cola cups at Dollar Tree and in some discount stores for around $1 each. Many stores sell carnations for around $.50 each.

This would be an inexpensive table setting or decoration.  It’s such a cute and simple idea.


Karen

Our Science Experiment with Wisk Stain Spectrum Detergent

A few weeks ago, I shared with you all that Wisk just introduced a new detergent with stain technology.  I’m excited to receive some of the new detergent. 

Wisk asked our family to perform an experiment.  For this experiment, Wisk sent us a grass stain (which is a protein stain), lab coat, beaker, dropper, goggles, and a bottle of Wisk.  My kids were so excited about the experiment and lab coat that we had to take turns with the experiment.  Now my daughter has informed me that she wants to wear the lab coat and be a scientist for Halloween.

This was a simple experiment.  We simply applied some of the Wisk Stain Spectrum Detergent to the grass stain.

Next, we put the stained cloth into a beaker of water and swished it around for a few seconds.

As you can see, within just a few seconds the Wisk took away the grass stain where we put the detergent and then starting eating away at the rest of the stain.

And this has nothing to do with the experiment, but my daughter was giving a weird mad scientist face. I thought it was funny.  🙂

Since Wisk did such a great job, we decided to put the stained cloth back in the water for a few more seconds.  Woweewow!

My daughter has declared Wisk to be the best laundry detergent ever.  She also began to tell me about all of the stains in her clothes that it would remove.  She is our messy one.

Have you tried the new Wisk Stain Spectrum Detergent?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the thoughts and opinions are my own.


Karen

Trash to Treasure: Old Windows and Doors

I am a bit fond of using old windows, doors, shutters, drawers, and other items and creating them into something new.  Some other day soon I plan to show you some ways that we have done this in our home.  Before I do though, I wanted to share this bit of information with you. 

RoboJunker has a page with lots of pictures of ways to reuse vintage windows and doors.  I thought some of them were quite creative.

Enjoy!

Thanks to Cherry Hill Cottage for the link.


Karen

Cleaning Challenge: Clean Your Coffee Maker

You may be wondering why people say you should clean your coffee maker.  Clean water is the only thing that goes into the machine, right?  The problem is, the water causes deposits inside the coffee maker.  The deposits can slow the flow of water inside the machine and they can alter the taste of your coffee.

Cleaning your coffeemaker is easy.  

To clean your coffeemaker, simply brew a pot of vinegar water.  Use equal amounts of each.  I filled up my pot to the 5 cup line with vinegar and then to the 10 cup line with water.  Next, let the vinegar water run halfway through the coffeemaker and then turn off the machine.  Let it sit for a while (may an hour or so, depending on how hard your water is) and then turn the machine back on to finish the cycle.  If you have never cleaned your machine before, then you might want to run the solution through your machine twice.  After the cycle is complete, run a few pots of fresh water through it to get rid of the vinegar smell and taste.

Have you cleaned your coffeemaker lately?

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Karen

30+ Ways to Clean with Vinegar

A few years ago I decided to make a big change in my life.  I had used all sorts of cleaners. Many of them had caused me to break out, inflamed my eczema, and given me headaches.  I knew the stuff wasn’t good for me and with two small children in the home I wanted to do something different.  I began using white vinegar and water to mop my floors.  It wasn’t long before I was hooked on the natural and safe cleaner and began to clean the majority of my home with it.

Now I keep a spray bottle under my kitchen sink that has equal parts of vinegar and water.  I use it to clean just about everything.

Before I get started on this list, you should know that some folks don’t like the smell of vinegar.  If that’s you, feel free to add a tiny bit of lemon oil or some other fragrance to your vinegar.

Here are some uses for cleaning with vinegar:

Kitchen and Dining Room

  • Use vinegar to mop your floors.  I keep a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water.  Just spray on your floors and mop.  Or you add 1 cup of vinegar to your mop bucket. I think the spray method uses less vinegar though.
  • Refill your Swiffer mop cleaner bottle with vinegar and water.  My hubby used some plyers to pull the lid off the bottle so that we could refill it.
  • Spray vinegar in your sink and on your counters to kill germs.
  • Wash your windows.
  • Boil some vinegar and water to take away unpleasant smells.
  • Clean your kitchen table, chairs, and highchair. The vinegar will kill germs without being harmful to foods or your children.
  • Soak or simmer stuck-on food in 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar.  The food will soften and lift off in a few minutes.
  • Deodorize your sink drains: Pour a cup down your drain, let stand about thirty minutes, then run cold water.
  • Appliances sparkle if cleaned with a vinegar and borax cleaner.  Mix 1 teaspoon borax, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 2 cups hot water and put it into a spray bottle.  Spray it on greasy smears and wipe off with a cloth or sponge.
  • To loosen food grime and clean the microwave, place a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar inside the microwave and microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes (it needs to boil). Keep your microwave closed for a few minutes to allow the steam to loosen the grime, then open your microwave, carefully remove the bowl, and wipe clean.
  • To remove grease from kitchen walls, put straight vinegar on a dishcloth to wipe grease off kitchen walls, or the stovetop.
  • Fill your water reservoir halfway with vinegar to clean your coffee pot.  Follow up by running 1-2 pots of clean water through to remove the vinegar.
  • If you have fruit flies, put some vinegar in a jar on your counter.
  • Adding a cup of vinegar to a dishwashing cycle will help clean your dishwasher and will also help prevent spots from forming on your glasses.
  • Use vinegar to clean your garbage disposal.  Run a tray of ice cubes with 1/2 cup vinegar poured over them.

Bathroom

  • Use vinegar to clean the outside of your toilet.  Simply use your diluted vinegar spray bottle and use as you would a regular cleaner.
  • Add full strength vinegar to the inside of the toilet bowl.  Allow to sit for a few minutes and then clean.
  • Spray the shower curtain to help get rid of mildew.
  • Spray to kill germs in the shower inbetween regular cleanings.  (I prefer to use Soft Scrub, Scrubbing Bubbles, or something like that to clean the shower. Vinegar helps for those inbetween cleanings.)
  • Clean your mirror.
  • Mop the floor.

Laundry room

  • Add vinegar to your whites to help whiten the load.
  • Add vinegar to your rinse cycle or softener dispenser instead of fabric softener.  Vinegar prevents your clothes from getting that waxy build up on them.  Vinegar is suggested for using to rinse cloth diapers to keep them absorbent.
  • Add vinegar to your wash to kill athlete’s feet bacteria.
  • Soak smelly clothes in vinegar and water. The vinegar will help to get rid of smells.
  • Soak stained clothes in vinegar and water. The vinegar helps to lift the stain.
  • Remove ink stains from clothes by soaking them in milk for 1 hour.  Then cover the stain with a paste of vinegar and cornstarch.  When the paste dries, wash the garment as usual.  Do not heat dry the fabric until you know the stain is removed.
  • After washing your whites with bleach, run another rinse cycle with vinegar.  The vinegar will help to remove the bleach smell.

Other

  • Clean vaporizers and humifiers by soaking unit in vinegar.  Soak base of unit in a shallow bowl of vinegar and then run water through it.  I got this tip from the actual directions that came with my vaporizer, but it really does help to remove the deposits and also to sanitize.
  • If your puppy (or child) has an accident on the carpet, apply full-strength plain white vinegar for about 10 minutes and then blot dry. I have never had any problems with the vinegar fading carpet, but you may want to test an inconspicuous spot first.
  • Use vinegar and water to clean your baby and children’s toys.  You don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals this way.
  • For laminate floors, mix 1/3 part white vinegar, 1/3 part rubbing alcohol, 1/3 part water, and 3 drops diswashing liquid.  Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of the Pergo floor cleaner. Just spray and mop.  Laminate floors are better off when water doesn’t sit on it too long; the alcohol is added to make it dry faster.
  • When rinsing your reusable filters, spray them with vinegar first to kill mold and bacteria.

I know that this only covers a portion of ways to clean with vinegar. What are some ways that you clean with vinegar?


Karen

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