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EDIT: Before we move on, please let me take this moment to publicly apologize to Penny, from Penniless Parenting for inadvertently not linking back to her post, as she is the original author for the information contained in this post. I had linked back to her site, but because of an error in the html, the link below was rendered un-linkable on the front end of the site. Needless to say, this was brought to my attention by Penny, as well as a few other commenters, which I’m very grateful for, as it allowed me to fix the problem and publicly address this issue. I did NOT intend to withhold credit from Penny, and anyone who reads my site regularly knows that I always link back to the original post, if indeed I borrowed from another blogger. I also should clarify that after this whole issue happened, I changed some wording around to include the direct quotes from Penny, as well as added her name to the post (kind of a gesture to apologize for the broken link). Whereas before, I had summarized her words, I later changed it to some direct quotes, to make it very clear that I wasn’t trying to plagiarize her work. You may read my entire apology to Penny in the comments below this post. Thanks!
Well, as the title says, we’re turning baking soda into washing soda this week. A good number of my homemade products require the use of washing soda, but for every item I post that uses washing soda, I always get at least 5 or 10 comments asking where you can find it. It’s true, sometimes it’s a little hard to find – even I had trouble the first time around. (It’s usually in the laundry aisle or can be found on Amazon, by the way.) But for those who live in rural areas, or without large grocery stores, it’s still hard to track down. So in my search for the best place to buy washing soda for one of our readers, I stumbled upon this idea that you can actually turn baking soda into washing soda, simply by baking it!I know, it sounds weird, but just bear with me. As Penny explains,
The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.
So, the steam and carbon dioxide are released during the cooking process, leaving you with… washing soda! See? Now, don’t I sound all smart and science-y?
The process is really simple. Just heat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C), sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly.So how do you know when it changes into washing soda? That part takes a little more work; just a closer, watchful eye. Once you know the differences between the 2 sodas, you’ll be able to tell in no time. Penny breaks it down like this: Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains. You can see the difference below: baking soda on the left, and washing soda on the right.That’s it! See? I told you it was simple! Now you can go make liquid laundry detergent,powdered laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent, without worrying about where to score your next box of washing soda. This post was proudly featured here:
Fabric Softener Recipes & Reusable Dryer Sheets
Here are several quick tips for cutting costs on fabric softeners and making your own dryer sheets, each point is a separate tip. You’ll also find a few recipes and projects to try (listed at the bottom of the page). Lots here!
Here’s a recipe you can try:
1 part Vinegar
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water
Cheryl sent in this one that is scented with your favorite essential oils.
I’ve had good success with this recipe and enjoy trying different fragrances just to keep things interesting. The scent is light once clothes have been dried and you can increase the amount of essential oils if the fragrance isn’t strong enough for you.
1 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cups warm water
8 cups white vinegar
- First mix the vinegar and water together then add the baking soda gradually, stirring the whole time. You will want to make sure to use a large pail to accommodate the fizzing activity from the baking soda and vinegar reaction.
- Use a funnel to pour this mixture into a washed, gallon sized milk jug (plastic), add 1/3 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil, cap and seal then shake well.
- To use: Shake each time before use, adding 1/2 to 1 cup at the start of the rinse cycle.
Thanks for sharing Cheryl!
For essential oil ideas, consider germ fighting gems like Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. If scent is what you’re after, consider lavender or even citrus favorites like orange or lemon.
Flannel Strips Instructions:
(can be reused over and over again)
4 TBS liquid softener
10 TBS water
You can use several dozen strips with this mixture. Leave sealed for 2 or 3 days, then use one flannel strip per load–squeeze out excess if necessary (it should be just damp). Keep container sealed at all times. Wash strips after use, then use again to make another batch when needed.
Herbal Lavender Bags:
*First published September 27, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Fresh and fragrant laundry can be achieved chemical free with easy to make lavender bags. Using lavender buds gives the benefit of a natural moth repellent, sleep aid and a natural antibacterial.
Use 1/4 cup vinegar in your rinse cycle (for static cling help, up the amount to 1/2 cup if needed) and toss the herbal sachets in the dryer for fresh smelling laundry. For optimal benefit, use organic lavender.
5″ x 5″ cotton muslin or cheesecloth squares (2)
Tip: Make more than one bag so that the same one isn’t in one load after another, alternate them so each bag has a chance to cool down before being used again.
Nothing is more frustrating that dripping butter or sauce on a favorite shirt, only to leave a permanent nasty little grease spot. Here is a simple, yet effective way to remove a greasy stain . . . Simply Rub plain white chalk into the stain, the launder as usual. The chalk will absorb the grease and it will wash away. Be sure to double check before drying as heavy stains may require 2 applications!
The online article describes the stain remover mixture as consisting of one part Dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with two parts HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (which of course I have OODLES of for making my Miracle Cleaner).
Make Your House Smell Like Williams Sonoma A few sprigs of rosemary, lemon slices and a teaspoon of vanilla in a pot and let it simmer on the stove. This is a recipe that they use at William Sonoma Home stores, and we all love how that shop smells, Yum!!
House smelling weird? Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven. It's actually a common realtor trick.
DIY Deodorizing Disks
I decided to use these cute flower-shaped silicone molds. I thought they were appropriate. Flowers vs. Stink. :-)
Add a 3 to 4 drops of essential oil to approximately 1/2 cup water. Pour the water/oil mixture into the baking soda and mix well. Continue to add water until you have a THICK paste.
Divide the mixture into your molds or muffin tin cups.
Let dry 24 to 48 hours until completely hardened. Mine took about 24 hours…but live in an uber dry state! So depending on where you live…it could take a little longer.
I love the way they turned out. Cute design for a practical purpose! And they smell SO good!
According to Jennifer at Diapers, Dirt, etc…each disk should last about a month in a diaper pail. I’m guessing a month is also long enough to leave them in a smelly trashcan or compactor. Then when you are ready to replace it, take the OLD disk and crumble it into a load of laundry to help deodorize there as well.
Now go forth and make the world a better smelling place to dwell!
homemade air freshener
I’m pretty excited about this one, folks. I’m big into making my own cleaning products and finding cheap substitutes for things I’d normally purchase…and this recipe hits a home run in so many ways.
Two ingredients, non-toxic, works great.
You know how price tags and jar labels leave a sticky residue behind that’s super tough to rub off? For years I’ve used the major brand products to fix the problem, namely Goo Gone or Goof Off. I’ve been looking for a homemade replacement for a while, both for the simplicity of one less thing to buy at the store, and because I had the vague impression that it’s something of a toxic chemical. Before publishing this, I thought I’d confirm the facts by looking up some info on their ingredients.
Both Goo Gone and Goof Off brands are required to post Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on their website for the hazardous materials they contain. Turns out these two products have quite the list of reasons not to buy them.
Here is a sampling (for full details, you can do a web search for the product you have and add “MSDS”):
You get the picture. Which is why I’m so excited to announce victory in the hunt for a good substitute. Last Saturday, I started my morning by going to one of my favorite thrift store and found, among other things, a box of pint-sized mason jars plus two big gallon jars with lids, which ranked as a spectacular start to my day. All of them had sticky labels, of course. I purchased my first jar of coconut oil last week after reading online about its many, many uses. This article in particular contained just the nugget of wisdom I had been looking for:
34. Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic “Goo Gone”.
Replacing a toxic cleaning product with one that’s safe enough to eat? Sign me up. (But don’t. It would taste awful.)
Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda makes an effective, non-toxic replacement for Goo Gone.
I mixed 1 part baking soda and 1 part coconut oil, rubbed a little on the sticky spot, and let it sit for a minute or so. Then I scrubbed the spot with a scouring pad, rinsed it off, and voilà! Good as new, gunk is gone. There was one jar that had a full label on it that barely budged when I tried to peel it off―that one took three cycles of putting the mixture on, letting it sit, and scrubbing. But that’s right on par with how much Goo Gone I would have applied as well―from my test, the two are interchangeable as far as effectiveness in getting rid of the sticky stuff. And this mixture smells like tropical paradise.
My next test was our vacuum cleaner. We’ve had it for a year and a half, and still hadn’t gotten around to getting the big giant sticker off the front. That stupid sticker has been bugging me, but I was worried that Goo Gone would affect the color so I let it be after attempting unsuccessfully to peel the thing off.
Big stupid vacuum sticker.
Sticker is gone! Ninja Bob is trying to figure out where that yummy coconut smell is coming from.
One quick caution–the baking soda is a mild abrasive, which is ideal for glass, but might leave faint scratches on plastic. If you’re concerned about plastic finish remaining perfectly smooth after you get the residue off, you might want to try something else first.
I mixed up about a tablespoon of each and had some left over after all this, because a little goes a long way. I’m going to store it under the sink for next time.
Eucalyptus is one of mother nature’s most powerful disinfectants, what better option to clean with!
Here are a few different homemade cleaners I have on file that incorporate Eucalyptus oil and can be used to freshen and clean your home, just in time for Spring Cleaning.
Liquid Castile Soap
1/2 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup Vodka
10 drops Eucalyptus oil
*Can be used on carpets & upholstery
2 cups Distilled Water
20 drops Eucalyptus Oil
Garbage Pail Deodorizer
1 cup Baking Soda
15 drops Eucalyptus oil
Here are two quick and easy recipes for making an effective soap scum buster on the tub surround or a gentle cleaner for around the kitchen and bathroom. The first is a basic recipe while the second adds a lavender scent using essential oil and powdered milk for making a smoother paste. Use these on surfaces where you need some scrubbing power that is more gentle than an abrasive powder cleanser.
Baking Soda & Liquid Soap Make An Effective, Gentle Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid dish detergent
1/8 cup – 1/4 cup vinegar
*Source: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup (one-eighth) liquid castile soap
5 drops lavender Essential Oil
A mix of chlorine bleach and water is an effective household disinfectant (and it’s cheap too!), but the bleach is pretty harsh on fabrics, skin and the environment (and a bit stinky too). The good news is that you can still make homemade bacteria busters using fresh or dried herbs, essential oils, vinegar and other basic items you likely have in your home already. These will not only fight germs and bacteria, but most also smell a lot fresher too .
First, here are a few notes:
Ready to get started? Here ya go…
Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar: (for countertops) Spray surface with hydrogen peroxide then spray a layer of vinegar over top. Wipe clean.
Hydrogen Peroxide & Tea Tree Oil: 3 cups water, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 TBS lemon juice (freshly squeezed), 10 drops tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil & Lavender: Fill a 16 oz spray bottle 1/4 full with equal parts tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake before each use.
Lavender Spray: For every cup of water add 20 drops lavender essential oil.
Herbal Infusion: Lavender buds, mint, rosemary, sage, apple cider vinegar. Directions: Fill a large mason jar halfway with equal parts of the above herbs (can be fresh or dried). Fill to near the top with apple cider vinegar, seal jar and allow to infuse in a sunny window for 6 weeks before using (strain first).
Borax & Water: Mix 1/2 cup of Borax per gallon of water. Shake before each use.
Borax & Vinegar: Pour 2 tsp Borax and 4 TBS vinegar into bottle then top with water. Shake to mix.
Rosemary: Mix 1 teaspoon rosemary essential oil with 2 cups of water.
Pine: Mix 12 drops of pine essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon denatured alcohol and 2 cups water.
Grapefruit Seed Extract & Lemon: 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 5 drops grapefruit seed extract, liquid castile soap (just a drop will do), 10 drops lemon essential oil.
Citrus Vinegar Infusion: Fill a large, wide mouth jar with citrus peels (such as lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits). Cover the peels with vinegar and allow to infuse for four weeks, shaking the jar occasionally. Strain then fill a spray bottle 1/4 full with the vinegar and top the rest with water. Source.
Thyme: 2 1/2 cups water, 1 handful thyme (fresh or dried), vinegar, liquid castile soap (squirt). Directions: Boil water, add thyme. Simmer for several hours over medium-low heat, covered. Cool, then strain. Pour the water into a spray bottle, top with white vinegar and squirt of soap. Use as needed. Source.
Vodka Mix: Liquid dish soap (just a quick squirt), 2 TBS vodka, 10 drops lavender essential oil, 5 drops oregano essential oil, water.
Vinegar: Mix equal parts water and vinegar (or straight vinegar), spray surface.
Tip: You can substitute the essential oils as you like, here are a few that have good disinfectant qualities: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
If you’ve read my “About Me” page…you will know I used to produce a daily talk show called “Good Things Utah”. Well, things have come full circle…because TODAY I am APPEARING on the show. :-) Funny how life turns out sometimes.
Anyway, after talking with the producers…we decided that in today’s segment we would focus on some of the homemade laundry productsthat have been so popular on this website. In gathering up my supplies for the show…I realized that all three of the homemade solutions I was going to feature (Armpit Stain Remover, No-Grate Laundry Detergent andHomemade “Shout”) had Dawn Dishwashing Liquid as an ingredient. When you think about it….Dawn is a pretty amazing. It’s great for washing dishes, pots and pans, flatware and crystal, but all the REST of the stuff it does is what makes it really extraordinary. It’s ALMOST up there with Baking Soda as a versatile cleaning tool….almost.
Here is MY list of the “best of the best” ingenious uses for Original Blue Dawn gleaned from dozens of websites and reader’s comments I have visited:SAVING WILDLIFE
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums:
1/2 cup Ultra Dawn
1/2 gallon warm water
1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too!
Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!
GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.
HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.
REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Mix the dish soap with other ingredients to protect your houseplants without discoloring the foliage or harming the plant.CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.
PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog shampoos.
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.ICE PACK
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.
TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.
STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.
If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.
PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.
CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.
APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!
Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL ! :-)
It has been a crazy week around here with three afternoons spent canning and making freezer jam so the craftiness and cleanliness at our house has been suffering! So I am catching up on that this weekend. But I did find a clever and efficient way to get rid of all the pesky fruit flies that have been swarming my kitchen due to the large quantities of produce it has processed.
I remember hearing somewhere, long ago, that placing a funnel with a tiny opening into a jar containing a cut piece of fruit would make a good Fruit Fly trap. And guess what? It really works! They were all trapped within about 12 hours! I used tape and sealed the edges when I discovered some of those sneaky flies were escaping and that worked like a charm. Then when all the flies were trapped, I just released them back into the greatoutdoors.
Seeing all those flies in the jar brought back a lot of memories of my 8th grade science class. Remember Heidi? We had to breed them and then spent hours counting, sorting, charting and recording genetic traits! I LOVED it! Weird I know, but it is actually the first time I remember my interest in science was sparked. I was amazed that we could actually predict the type of genetic traits we would get. Anyways…I am sure none of you wanted to know all that!
This time of year seems to bring on the fruit fly infestations. Use this trick to remove them from your home and in the meantime, I will get some more ideas coming!
There are 4 common natural products that you should have on hand because they work wonders and are safe (as cleaning products go) and effective cleaners too.
Vinegar is made by yeast or bacteria fermenting sugars into acetic acid.
Plain white vinegar is very inexpensive and almost miraculous kind of green cleaner. Vinegar is an organic mild acid that disinfects and deodorizes, it's nontoxic and is a multipurpose cleaner because you can use it all over the house.
Vinegar smells a little- vinegary, but the odor goes away when it dries.
Use Plain White Vinegar to:
Warning: DO NOT use white vinegar on natural stone, it will etch and damage the surface due to its acidity.Baking Soda:
Bicarbonate of soda is a naturally occurring mineral called Nahcolite. It can be mined and it is also man made.
Baking soda is not only necessary for your cooking pantry, but is vital to your green cleaning arsenal.
I use baking soda a LOT when cleaning. It's an excellent deodorizer and it is an odor absorbent. It is a mild abrasive and it softens wash water and clothing so I use it in place of fabric softener for my daughter's sensitive skin.
Use Baking Soda to:
Hydrogen peroxide is water with an extra oxygen molecule.
Hydrogen Peroxide is created in the atmosphere when ultraviolet light strikes oxygen in the presence of moisture.
When hydrogen peroxide is mixed with other ingredients and/or applied to a stain the extra oxygen molecule is released. This extra oxygen results in a bleaching or whitening and effective stain removal of the item that is being cleaned.
As I mentioned earlier, hydrogen peroxide is the "secret" ingredient in all those "oxy" cleaners. Why not just cut to the chase and save yourself some cash by purchasing 3% hydrogen peroxide for removing small stains yourself?
Oxygen bleach is sodium percarbonate which is washing soda or soda ash mixed together with hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals are oxidizers just like hydrogen peroxide that are stable in a powder form.
When hydrogen peroxide liquid is applied or oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate) is combined with water, oxygen is released. This chemical reaction removes the stain, breaks up grime and brightens the fabric.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide/Sodium Percarbonate to:
I do think that when your health is concerned, you need to read labels and be aware of what you're cleaning with.
If a natural product cleans as well as a commercial product and then also costs much less, then you should use it!
So be aware while your clean your house from top to bottom, and inside and out.
Stay green, clean and be healthy.
This tip would have saved me approximately 22.8 hours of my life.
Just a couple of drops will do.
Put magnets on them and hang them on your fridge. Instructions here.
Directions: Pour the powder mix into a bowl and moisten a Q-Tip with water. Then, being very careful not to use your fingers since the red stains stay put, dip the Q-Tip into the powder and apply it directly to your lips.
I am the queen of cookie crumbs in my handbag.
When the candle has burned out, the remaining wax will just slip out.
There's a scientific explanation behind this.
(You can also use marshmallows to separate your toes during a home pedicure.)
You can put it in Tupperware, or the crisper bin of your fridge, or in a purse with any lingering leather smells.
Dissolve six to eight aspirin pills in a glass of warm water, coat hair with the solution, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.
Read more detailed instructions here.
The pop tab is surprisingly sturdy.
Apply VapoRub on things you don't want chewed up or peed on by your cat or dog — they're turned off by the taste and smell.
It also supposedly cures toenail fungus.
Drop a couple tablets in, wait 20 minutes. The citric acid will dissolve the grime.
Read the directions here.
But also, don't put your hand on a boiling kettle.
Blocking oxygen from getting into the bite will stop the itching.
It works much like a powder fire extinguisher. But don't use water, baking powder or flour, as it's likely to make the fire even bigger.
Maybe the most useful thing anyone needs to know, ever.
HOMEMADE ALL PURPOSE CLEANEROrange peels, vinegar in a quart jar, let sit for 10 days or so...strain out the liquid and use as an all-purpose cleaner. Easy, cheap, natural, smells good!