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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sharing Vectors


Friday, August 12, 2011

Wisteria Lane in Japan

I'm joining:

Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Floral Thursdays

Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday

I just have to share these, they're gorgeous!!

When flowers rain a waterfall

Nature has its own way of expression beyond imagination.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dryer Sheet Tips

A fun compilation of tips for using dryers sheets. I can not attest to whether they work or not. But worth a try :)

New Sheets

Stick the sheets into your drawers or closets to keep things from smelling musty.

If you brush your hair and it is just standing straight out then stroke your hair with the sheet to get it to calm down.

If you find gum or a sticky adhesive in your dryer, wet a dryer sheet and use to scrub off sticky residue. It will loosen the stickiness without damaging the interior of your dryer.

Remove dead insects from off your car window and grill. Wet the sheet and scrub. It is abrasive enough to get rid of the bugs, without damaging the paint or finish.

If you are into hand sewing take the needle after you have threaded it and push it through a dryer sheet.  It will keep the thread from tangling after stitches.

If you do machine appliqueing while sewing, it makes a good fabric underneath your work to keep it from puckering.

Put in pillow cases, linen closets, drawers with clothes, under chair cushions, luggage that's stored to keep fresh smelling.

Dryer sheets keep pests such as mice, ants and mosquitoes.

Place one in waste basket to keep odors at bay.

To keep your car smelling fresh, place one under the drivers seat.

Collect pet hair. Rubbing the area with a dryer sheet will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

Deodorize shoes or sneakers.

Place a sheet in the hamper to keep odors at bay.

Cut dryer sheets into one-inch strips and tie them on the tips of greenery or in trees. The scent will repel plant-munching deer.

Used sheets

When you have baked on or stuck on food on a pot or pan, run water in the pan and throw in a dryer sheet – it will loosen the stuck on/baked on food and make the dish very easy to clean.Use them to dust, as they are anti static, they keep dust from resettling. 

Place a used dryer sheet in the bag of your vacuum to put a fresh smell throughout your house.

If you need to get paint off of your paint brushes, place them in warm water with a dryer sheet and watch the paint come off each bristle.

If your scissors are not as sharp as you would like them to be, wipe the blades with a dryer sheet and see how much sharper they can be!

Clean TV screens, PC screens, and bathroom mirrors

Use them to clean the bathtub. Sounds crazy, but I hear, nothing works better for removing soap scum.

Wiping up sawdust, on the shop workbench, from drilling or sandpapering is easy. A used sheet will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

Use to stuff handmade pillows.

Put one in your car to prevent it from shocking you when you get out.

Saving Money on Dryer Sheets

Dip a washcloth in liquid fabric softener, then hang it on a towel rack until dry. When you dry clothes, pop this washcloth in with the load. It can be reused a couple dozen times, then repeat the procedure. A bottle of liquid softener will last almost forever.
Instead of using a towel rack, hang from the pull string of the living room fan and turned the fan on high. Fabric softeners are notoriously delicious smelling and it serves two purposes--it dries the sheet and scents the whole room delightfully!

In a pail mix 1 gallon of water and 1 cup concentrated liquid fabric softener. Dip a sponge or washcloth in the liquid, squeeze out excess and toss in the dryer with your laundry. Seal pail when not in use.

Get a large jar, cut up a sponge and put the pieces in it. Then take a couple of capfuls of liquid fabric softener and fill the rest with water. Remove a piece, squeeze excess and throw a piece into the dryer. When done place back into the jar.

Pour liquid fabric softener and hot water in a spray bottle (50/50 mix) and lightly mist wet laundry before starting the dryer. Two or three good shots should do it. You could also just spritz a clean washcloth and toss that in the dryer.If you are able, save even more money by giving the fabric softener/dryer sheets the boot and line drying for a fresh clean smelling wash!

Use scissors and cut the sheets in half. Each load gets soft with half a sheet and you have twice as many uses
Tear one sheet into 6 to 8 strips and toss in only one at a time.

A fabric softener sheet can be used four times. Each time you use one, cut off a corner. When you get to fourth one, throw it away.
If your main reason for using fabric softener sheets is to control static, try a wad of aluminum foil. If you need softening power too, just use 1/2 fabric softener sheet plus the aluminum foil.
Use one cup vinegar in the final wash and dryer fragrances in the dryer (bags of lavender).
You can set aside a vinegar jug just for laundry and add about 2 dozen drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar if you’d like (or as much EO as you feel necessary).
Use a Downy ball if you have one–just use vinegar instead.
Mix equal parts hair conditioner and water and store in spray bottle. Mist a washcloth or sponge and toss in dryer with wet load.

Dryer sheets leave a waxy residue on the lint filter...to test..rinse the lint filter after removing all lint.. and if the water beads up instead of flowing thru the lint filter there is a build up. Wash with liquid dish washing soap then dry thoroughly and replace.  

Homemade Softeners
Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

1 part Vinegar
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Hot Water

Place a pail large enough to hold double the amount of ingredients in the kitchen sink or bathtub. Mix the baking soda and water in the pail, stir till the powder is dissolved. Then add the vinegar.
Remember that baking soda and vinegar reacts with fizzing, so use a big pail to account for this. Once it’s stopped fizzing, pour into clean bottles, cap, then use 1/4 cup per rinse cycle.
If the baking soda isn't completely dissolved, just shake the bottle to mix the batch up before adding to the rinse cycle.

Homemade Scented Fabric Softener Recipe

1 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cups warm water
8 cups white vinegar
Essential Oils

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.

Reusable Homemade Dryer Sheets
Flannel pieces
4 TBS liquid softener
10 TBS water

Cut fabric sheets from old flannel pajamas or leftover flannel fabric from sewing and cut into 3″ x 5″ strips (approximately).
Stack flannel strips in a cleaned margarine tub (large size) or plastic container (cleaned baby wipes container works well too). Mix the liquid softener and water together, then pour evenly over top of stacked flannel strips.
Seal container and shake well.
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.

How To Make Lavender Dryer Bags

5″ x 5″ cotton muslin or cheesecloth squares (2)

Sew large “tea bags” out of the muslin or cheesecloth squares, leaving an opening at the top to fill with lavender. Sew the top shut. No need to sew fancy, just place the squares together and sew a single seam along the top about 1/4″ from the edge.

Roughly squeeze the bags before tossing in the dryer with wet laundry. When laundry is done the scent is light, not overwhelming at all. Especially nice to use on loads of bedding (sweet, fragrant dreams).
Bags are reusable! When the lavender is no longer doing its job, take a seam ripper and open about 2″ on one end, empty the bag, refill and sew shut. For one last kick at the can, crush the used lavender and toss it around your carpet. Let sit for about an hour then vacuum.
Tip: Make more than one dryer bag so that the same bag isn’t in one load after another, alternate them so each bag has a chance to cool down before being used again.
You’ll get about 10 to 12 loads per bag.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Etsy Treasuries!

BirdsInTheAttic included my Tassel 

in her A Tissel, A Tassel Treasury


PrimitiveCookieHugs included my Christmas Berry Door Greeter 

in her Age Before Beauty We Hope You Find Something You Like Treasury


CrowsCreekPrimitives included my Jasmine Bath Salts

in her Different Strokes for Different Folks Treasury

Thank you everyone!

Sharing Seguy Postcards

I love this Dragonfly one ♥


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Clorox vs Peroxide

Clorox vs Peroxide VERY interesting and inexpensive.


This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's Wife), and I want to share it with you.

She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach
I was using to clean my toilet and counter tops. This is what she told me. 'I would like to tell you of the benefits of that Plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?

My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, And most doctors don't tell you about
peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our Troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other Disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

14. Another place it's great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has wet on the floor around the toilet & it's begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner! 'This information really woke me up. I hope you gain something from it, too.

 Clorox vs peroxide VERY interesting and inexpensive


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