We have hard (vinyl/laminate) floors throughout most of our home. We also have four dogs… and a cat. Needless to say, there is A LOT of pet hair, dirt, dust, mud, etc. These floors get dirty and quick.
I have a Swiffer SweeperVac I run over the floor daily to pick up the loose dirt and hair. For messes or weekly mopping I use a Bona Hard Floor Cleaning Mop. It has a reusable microfiber pad that velcros on. Bona has a Hard Floor Cleaning spray but I find it rather expensive.
Then I stumbled on this homemade floor cleaner recipe. It is amazing! It is inexpensive to make, is made from common household products (you probably already have the ingredients), and it works great! Best of all, it is streak free. The alcohol evaporates really quickly and the vinegar’s smell disappears after just a short time.
Another benefit is that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals that could harm the babies or pets.
Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe
1 cup Water
1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup Alcohol (rubbing)
2-3 drops Dish Soap
10-15 drops Essential Oil (optional – I use 10 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender)
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. To use, spray on floor and wipe with a microfiber cloth/mop.
I have been experimenting recently with repurposing clothing that is old, faded, stained, or just doesn’t fit anymore. I decided that I would try my hand at re-dying some clothing. Without wanting to invest too much time or money and not really caring about the results (these clothing items were going to be donated/tossed anyway), I decided to go with Rit Dye that can be picked up at any grocery store. While there, I discovered Rit Color Remover, which is used when dyeing fabric a lighter or different color. I decided to give it a try.
I picked out my clothing items and followed the directions on the package and used the instructions here for using a HE (high efficiency) front loading washing machine. I used 2 boxes of the Color Remover for my small load of laundry and I set my washer on Hot/Cold. I also used the longest wash cycle available. Here is a before picture of my clothing (I promise that as I get better at blogging, my photos will also get better):
The results were not as drastic as I had hoped. The three pink items on the left of the “before” picture were lightened quite a bit, enough that I could easily change the color when re-dyeing. The 4 items with patterns (on the left) were only lightened slightly (almost not enough to even be mentioned). Here is the after picture:
My major success with this experiment was an unexpected one. The tank top at the bottom of both pictures is one of my favorites. I thought I was going to have to trash it as it had a very large oily stain on it. The Rit Color Remover did not remove the color but it did remove the stain! Hooray! Now, just because it didn’t remove the color on my printed fabric does not mean that it will not remove yours. Only try it on fabric that you are ok with whatever result you get.
I had seen this trick somewhere on the internet, maybe Pinterest, awhile back (I wish I knew where so I could give credit). It works AMAZINGLY well.
My kitchen sink is the standard white porcelain kind and is many years old. It seems that the original finish has come off and it has pock marks and divots all over that collect grime. The thing stains really easily and always looks dirty. If your sink is like mine, here is what you can do:
First, clean the sink the best you can. Then spray it with some sort of household cleaner that has bleach in it. While the sink is still wet, line it with 1 or 2 layers of paper towels, then spray again. Make sure that the paper towels lay flat along the sink and that you get them thoroughly wet. Let sit at least an hour (preferably overnight). Remove the paper towels and voila! Now, it isn’t perfect but it is a whole heck of a lot better.