Grease. It’s a nasty word that makes some people cringe with disgust. Even in today’s world filled with dishwashers, grease can still be an issue. Not only for your dishes, but for your clothes and floors as well. But of course I wouldn’t be mentioning these issues if I didn’t have some solutions to pass on to you! Lets start with on those dishes. The ever amazing Dawn dishsoap is the best to fight grease that I have come across. But sometimes, even the best cant do the job. For any grease spots that are stubborn, add a little baking soda with your regular soap and water. Because its mild, its easy on your dishes and your hands. Now on to those floors. Even the smallest grease splatter can cause a slippery, dangerous mess. For any grease spills that are still wet, cover them in flour. Ironic, when I think of flour in the kitchen, I think of making a mess, not cleaning one up. The flour will absorb the grease making it much easier to get up. Sweep the flour up, and wipe any remaining flour remnants with a warm wet cloth. So what do we do when the grease has splattered on our pants, or that delicious but full of grease burger has gushed juices all over your shirt? Heres where we go back to Dawn and baking soda. Mix together these two ingredients to make a gritty like mixture. Rub it into the stain using round motions for about a minute. Throw it in the wash with your regular cleaning detergent, and the stain should be gone when done. And finally, those dining room chair cushions. Those folks with young children could probably relate to this one a little more. Children put their hands everywhere but their silverware and plate when eating, and can leave some pretty good stains on our cushions. And not all cushions are machine washable. For those types of materials, a simple mixture of salt and rubbing alcohol can work magic. Mix 1 part salt with 4 parts rubbing alcohol. Use a cloth to rub the solution hard into the stain until it lifts away. After the grease is gone and your solution dries, vacuum up the excess salt and use a damp cloth to wipe away any salt marks left behind. Do you have any grease secrets? Share them in the comments!
Who doesn't like a glass of wine.... or 3? Exactly. And with wine, comes spills. And with spills comes stains. I've found my favorite and most inexpensive homemade stain remover, and I am excited to share it with you! Three simple ingredients that work together in an amazing, gentle way to get stains out of your carpet, or most delicate blouse or pillow sham (depending on where you are drinking your lovely beverage). The best part is, most of us already have these items in our homes. These magic ingredients are.......baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and the almighty Dawn dishsoap. Three things that, on their own, are super useful and effective and together, work magic. For a small batch, the measurements are 2 tablespoons of the baking soda (you can add more and the measurement doesn't have to be exact), 3-4 tablespoons of the peroxide, and a teaspoon of the Dawn. Keep in mind that knockoff brands or other competitors may not work as well as brand-name Dawn. Dawn has the gentleness that most surfaces require when being cleaned. So now, with this new concoction, your only worry when drinking wine is how many is too many? Hint: the answer is infinite. So drink and dance on with no worries my friends!
If the only scent your house has is "I have pets", I'm here to save the day! I have 3 "recipes" for homemade fabric fresheners because if you're like most people, you think of your pet as a family member and allow them to sit on the furniture as one. They leave their scent behind, of course. Its not that bad for you, but as we've all seen in the commercials, your friends smell something entirely different. Animal. Just straight animal. So let me start with my favorite recipe. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it with one cup of water. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then grab your favorite smelling fabric softener. Add 1 tablespoon to the mixture. Gain is a great choice as it has a long lasting, fresh smell. This is my favorite because the baking soda helps to take the odor away vs covering it up, as the Gain replaces it with a fresh one. It also lasts a lot longer than any store bought spray. The second DIY freshener I have to share with you involves vodka. (This gives you a guilt-free reason to go buy a bottle). Again, get an empty spray bottle and pour one cup water. Add a half cup of vodka. Do what you please with the rest. Find your favorite smelling essential oil, lavender is a good one if you can't decide. It's light and calming. Add 10 or so drops of your choice oil and shake it all together. When the vodka evaporates it take some of the smell with it, leaving you with a long lasting scent. The third and final concoction I'm sharing today is my second favorite. It only involves two ingredients, one of which is water. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it to about 2 inches from the top with warm water. Get a bottle of "Downy Unstoppables" dryer beads. Yes, genius. Pour the beads in the bottle a few shakes at a time and shake until the desired strength of scent is reached. Now start spraying everything from the curtains to the carpets and your house will be long-lasting fresh in no time. The best part, you're no longer paying $5 at the store for a bottle that will last you a week, if you're lucky. So spray on my friends, spray on!