Saturday, August 24, 2013

How to remove perspiration stains

How many have THIS problem! Especially on light colored shirts.
Go over to Stainremoval101.com for the details.From everything to using aspirins to vinegar. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

63 uses for baking soda you never thought of.

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  Baking soda....One of the safest cheapest cleaners there are. But oh, there is so much more you can use it for. Below are some of my favorites.

1. Bathroom cleaner-
¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent.
2.  Shower Curtains - Soak them in baking soda and water.

3.  Soften Skin - Add a cup to bathwater

4.  Itchy Insect Bites and Sunburns - Make a paste with water and gently rub onto area

5.  Odors on Hands - rub them with baking soda and water.

6.  Toothpaste - A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.

7.  Diaper Rash - Put into your baby’s bathwater

8.  Rashes - Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations, half cup of baking soda to a bath tub full of warm water

9.  Substitute baking powder - Substitute for baking powder by mixing  it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

10.  Skin irritation - Add baking soda to your bath water

11.  Bee Stings - Make a paste and apply it to the sting

12.  Wild game - Remove the distinctive taste by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

13.  Stuffy nose - add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

14.  Fresh Flowers - add a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

15.  Bad Breath - gargle half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water.

16.  Jelly Fish Stings - Apply a paste to draw out the venom.

17.  Canker Sores - use it as mouthwash.

18.  Grease Fires - Sprinkle it straight to the fire 

19.  Fridge - Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

20.  Shoe Odor - Sprinkle it on Shoes

21.  Stinky Dishrags - soak them in baking soda and water.

22.  Ashtrays - Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

23.  Vacuum Odor - Sprinkle on carpets and vacuum

24.  Air freshener - Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

25.  Stiff Brushes -  Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

26.  Modeling Clay - Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

27.  Odor on Baby Clothes - After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

28.  Litter Boxes - Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

29.  Dry Pet Bath - Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin. This also removes oils (Show Dog and Grooming Secret)

30.  Clean the Toilet - Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush.

31.  Greasy Garage Floors - Scatter it on the floor, scrub, and rinse.

32.  Burned on Food - Soak it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing. Or make a paste with peroxide and scrub.

33.  Cleaning Drains - Put baking soda down the drain and add vinegar. Let bubble for 30 minutes and flush with super hot water.

34.  Molded Plastic on Toaster - Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rag, then use the rag to clean the toaster. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

35.  Cloth Diapers - Add to the first cold rinse and the wash cycle.

36.  Sweeten Tomatoes - Sprinkle baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

37.  Cleaning Brushes and Combs - 1 teaspoon baking soda and a small amount of warm water. Rinse and dry.

38.  Baby Bottles - Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles. 

39.  Barbecue Grills - Sprinkle it on, scrub and then rinse it off.

40.  Dentures and Retainers - Soak

41. Scrubbing - Sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

42.  Freshen Furniture - Sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and let sit for a few hours.  Vacuum it off. Kills 

43.  dust mites and absorbs odor and moisture.

44.  Laundry - Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power

45.  Stainless Steel and Chrome - Make a paste and polish

46.  Dishwater - Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

47.  Crayon and Scuffs on Floors - Use a wet rag and dip it into baking soda and scrub

48.  Marble-top Furniture - Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water and wash.

49.  Stale Odors - Add to coolers and thermos bottles.

50.  Clean your Shoes - Scrub shoes with baking soda.

51.  Garbage Cans - Sprinkle and let sit for a few hours. Scrub and rinse.

52.  Cast Iron and Stainless Steel - Make a thick paste of baking soda and water(or peroxide) and scrub.

53.  Ovens - Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

54.  Corroded batteries - Mix a little baking soda with water; apply the mixture to a corroded auto battery terminal and washed away.

55.  Cradle Cap - Gently rub a paste onto the baby’s head and wash off.

56.  Hair- add a little bit of baking soda to shampoo.

57. floors-To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water.

58. Clean toothbrushes- ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.

60. Iced tea-Use a pinch in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea, to take out the bitterness and prevent cloudiness.

 61.  Are there light water rings on your wood table?

62. Freshen car interiors- Mix together a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub the water spots away!

62. Freshen car interiors- If your vehicle smells musty or smoky, fill up the ashtrays with baking soda. 

63. Filling nail holes in plaster-  If you don't have any spackling handy, you can simply mix together some white toothpaste and baking soda. Fill the holes in completely, then allow the mixture to dry. If you want to match the wall color, add a drop or two of food coloring to the mix before you use it.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Homemade Chocolate Chips

Annemarie, over at Real Foods Real deals. shows us how to make chocolate chips without all the added sugar and preservatives. She has many great recipes. We eat a lot of chocolate chips so this one especially caught my eye.

About her recipes, in her own words.

Real: I use ingredients that are as close to the source as possible.  I stay away from white flour, white sugar, and other highly processed ingredients.  Many of my recipes are also gluten-free and dairy-free because I am much healthier and more energetic when I limit these ingredients in my diet.

Easy: If it takes more than 30 minutes to prepare a recipe, chances are slim that I’ll be making that dish.  I’m a busy mom with a lot of commitments, so I can’t get bogged down by complicated, time-consuming recipes.
Affordable: I break down the cost of most recipes, so you can see how much you can save by making things yourself.
Lots of Flavor: All this talk about healthy food doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice on taste!  I love great-tasting food, and I don’t settle for less.

For the chocolate chip recipe go here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

11 Uses for Vicks VapoRub…

11 Uses for Vicks VapoRub…

1. Decongest Your Chest 

The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.


2. On Your Tootsies

Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free woman.


3. Achy Breaky Muscles

Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. 

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus

Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.


5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching 

Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.


6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent

If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.


7. Headaches Be Gone

Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.


8. Humidify Your Sleep

Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.


9. Paper Cuts and Splinters

To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.


10. Ticks and Bugs

If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.


11. Go Away Mosquitoes

Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.


D.I.Y. spot remover

DIY Spot Remover…

1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid

2 parts hydrogen peroxide

Yes, it’s also the easiest spot remover you will ever make.

Pour the cleaner right on the spots and used an old toothbrush to make sure it really got into the carpet. I let it sit for maybe 30 seconds and then I blotted it with a wet towel.

How to safely pick up broken glass

Careful use the piece of bread to "pick up" the little slivers by lightly mashing around on the floor where you broke the glass or whatever it may be. 
Immediately throw bread away. I wouldn't want children or pets to get a hold of it.

How to make windex and also cleaning wipes

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Go here and prepare your paper towels like it directs you too. Then use the recipes below instead of the baby wipe recipe.

Window Cleaner
                                             2 cups water
                                      1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
                                          1/2 cup vinegar

                                                     Bleach Wipes
                                           1/2 cup bleach
                                        2 1/2 cups of water

Howto make your own baby wipes

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1. Purchase a roll Bounty paper towel. Each single roll will make 2 bundles of wipes. Cut the roll in half with a large non-serrated kitchen knife.

2. Take a deep sized disposable food container and place one of the half rolls of towel inside.

3. Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl and then poor over the top of the paper towel roll:
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baby wash
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil or mineral oil
4. Place the lip onto the container and rotate upside down and right side up for about 5 minutes to ensure the entire roll becomes saturated.
5. Open the container lid and slowly ease out the brown cardboard roll from the inside of the paper towel roll and discard.
6. Find the end piece of paper towel from the center of the roll and gently pull it up. It should now look like a diaper wipe roll.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to remove permanent marker

Clothes – Hand sanitizer

Walls – Toothpaste or hairspray

Carpet – White vinegar

Wood – Rubbing alcohol

Dry Erase Board- Dry erase marker

***Don’t scrub too hard with hairspray, you don’t want to remove the paint!

Courtesy of: budgetsavvydiva.com

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread

Chocolate Amish Friendship Bread

1 (.25 oz.) package active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk

3 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. applesauce
2 c. milk, divided
2-1/2 c. sugar, divided
2 c. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3-1/2 c. all purpose flour, divided
1 box chocolate fudge pudding

Very important! Do not use any metal bowls or I don't even like to use metal spoons when working with this.


Day 1:

1.  If you don't have the starter, combine yeast, flour, sugar and milk, in large baggie.  Label the bag with the date the starter was created.  :

Day 2-day 5:

2. mush the bag once per day only.  (just pick it up and knead it good all over)

Day 6:

3. add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk to the bag.  Mush the bag.

 Days 7 - 9 

4. mush the bag once per day only.

 Day 10

5.  pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl.  Add 1-1/2 cups flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, and 1-1/2 cups milk; mix well.

6.  Measure out four 1-cups of batter and place into four separate large baggies (I like the zippered ones) and mark with that day's date.  These are the starters you can hand out to friends...or keep for yourself.  They say these will freeze. I have some frozen but have not thawed any and tried to use them so I don't know how good it will work. Will let you know about that.

7.  Heat oven to 325°F.  To the remaining batter, add the eggs, oil, applesauce,milk, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, 2 cups flour, and pudding mix.  Mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.

8.  Grease very well two loaf pans.  Pour batter evenly in to pans.  Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan until bread loosens and comes out evenly. 

Yield: 2 loaves

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Recipe of the week from Gooseberry Patch

Aunt B's Sloppy Joes, Raspberry Crumb Cookie Bars 

Submitted by: Bryna Dunlap , Andrea Heyart from Muskogee, OK, Aubrey, TX

3 lbs. ground turkey
1 c. onion, chopped
1 c. green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 c. catsup
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. mustard
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. chili powder
10 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split, 1 c. sugar
1 c. plus 1 T. all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 c. butter, diced
18-oz. tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
12-oz. jar seedless
raspberry jam

In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground turkey, onion, green pepper and garlic until browned and tender; drain. Combine in a slow cooker with remaining ingredients except buns. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or on high setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon into buns. Makes about 10 sandwiches., Whisk together sugar and one cup flour. Stir in butter with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. Blend cookie dough and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining flour if mixture is too soft. Press into the bottom of a greased 13"x9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then spread jam over crust. Sprinkle sugar mixture over jam; return to oven for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes one dozen bars

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