The older I get the easier and safer I like for things to be. I guess that I have become aware of all of the hazardous materials in our world in which we live and I’ve grown to like things to be as simple as they can be. I figure that I breathe enough pollution and eat enough chemicals in what is supposed to be “good for you” food, that if I can expose myself to as many natural cleaning and maintenance products maybe I will live to be 100! A BIG birthday is just around the corner and I want to celebrate many, many more. Watch out Methuselah, here comes Bubbles!
Let me give you a few helpful hints on how to solve some household and personal problems I’ve learned over the years:
1. Teeth Whitening
Natural way to WHITEN your teeth –In a small container, put a dab of toothpaste mixed with 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Brush your teeth with this mixture once a week and watch what happens!
2. Toilette Trouble
Got a clogged toilet? Pour a gallon of Clorox in the bowl and let it sit for several hours. Flush and WALA, the clogged toilet is fixed without calling the plumber.
3. Garden Glamour
Want your concrete garden statues and bird baths to look old? Get some Buttermilk (out of date is even better) an old paint brush and paint away. It will not take long and the green mossy substance will appear. You can repeat this procedure any time you feel that a spot has been missed.
4. Add Shine to Glasses
Cloudy drinking glasses in the cabinet can be sparkling in no time. Put them in the dishwasher and pour a big splash of Clorox in the dishwasher along with the regular cleaning solution and not only will it clear up the glasses, but your dishwasher will be refreshed and sanitized.
5. Sticky Grits, No More!
Hate to clean a pot that you cooked grits in? Fill the pot with warm water and float a fabric softener sheet in the pot. Let this sit in the kitchen sink overnight and the STUCK grits will come right out in the morning. This will work for broiler pans, cookie sheets, and any other type of cooking utensil that needs cleaning.
6. De-Junking Jewelry
Keep a bottle of organic soap by the bathroom sink and use a drop on your ring finger to slip off your rings. Hey, they will be sparkling. Windex will also do the trick also! Keep a small dish filled with soap and soak your jewelry overnight to keep the biscuit dough and cake mix from building up if you cook with your rings on.
7. Copper Pot Clean-Up
LOVE my copper pans! They are fabulous to cook in but were a pain to clean until I found KETCHUP!! Buy a stash of ketchup when the grocery store has a special and keep it handy for cleaning that copper pot after you cook in it. Carson loves to help me clean the pots. It is amazing how easy this is to do. Squirt the ketchup on the copper, let it sit for a few minutes, rub it in, rinse off and your pot looks new. Repeat if necessary.
I admit that I love my BOTOX. I met a beautiful lady that is 77 years old. She had without a doubt the most beautiful skin that I have ever seen. I figured a facelift or two and maintenance for sure. Just had to ask her and this is what she said, “HONEY I USE PREPERATION- H EVERYDAY AND NIGHT.” She said she got tired of changing from one expensive cream to another and has used the PREPARATION – H religiously for years. Now get this, buy the suppositories not the ointment. Your body heat will allow you to use the suppository like a tube of lipstick. Got me a box and I promise you will see a difference! Think about this, it makes sense.
9. Bug Off!
I live in the South and it is hot and humid. Outside plants often get scale and white flies, especially ivy. Get a gallon jug and fill it with tap water. Pour ½ cup cooking oil and a generous squirt of dawn dishwashing liquid in the jug. Shake and pour what you need in a spray bottle and treat those pesky critters on your plants.
10. Kitchen Helpers
The best way to clean the beaters of your mixer after you have had a precious GRAND to help you make a cake! Love this helpful hint!
Hope that these helpful hints will solve some of your problems like they have for me.
Love and Hugs,
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am
Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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KINGS PARK, NY 11754
HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm