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    eclectic kitchen
    Mon May 23, 2005 2:22 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Paula Begoun has written a book rating hair care products and also a book on cosmetics "Don't go to the cosmetics counter without me. " The hair care book is titled similarly.

    I was surprised to find that product formulations vary greatly within a given manufacturer's line. I currently use a baby wash on my hair, based on what are mild detergents, and usually avoid conditioning at all.

    Also, I haven't bought soap in about two years. I used to buy fancy smelling soaps, but once I went through my linen closet, and found about 20 brand new bars of soap. That was enough to convince me to put a moritorium on soap buying. (Someday I will work up the courage to go through the closet to look through it for deodorants and toothpastes LOL !
    Mary
    Tish
    Sun May 29, 2005 9:45 am
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    Don't throw away "used" boxes of baking soda from your fridge! Use the "expired" baking soda for cleaning the kitchen sink and countertops. You can also use the expired baking soda mixed with water to clean the corrosion around our car battery terminals (disconnect first).
    You can also use the leftover baking soda to freshen cat litter, sprinkle on carpets before vacuuming and absorb fresh stains. They say ants won't cross a white line of powder, so pour a fine line around the outside of your house. There are many uses for that "used" box of baking soda.
    Bella Donna
    Sun May 29, 2005 2:48 pm
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    anne in apex wrote:
    I have a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide mixed 1:1 with water in my kitchen at all times. H2O2 is a natural disinfectant, which is why Mom poured it on open cuts. You can use it on just about anything, including food, to sanitize it. Spray it on your counters after you wiped them down, then let it dry. Or spray it on BEFORE you've wiped them down, it'll get off the stuff that you have splashed and is dried on. Spray it on wooden cutting boards after washing, and let it dry, to take care of any cooties that might be there from raw meat. Spray it around your kitchen sink faucets and watch it fizz the germs away. And my personal favorite, spray it in your microwave and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Presto, all the dried on stuff just wipes right off!!

    A large bottle (quart) of H2O2 is around 79 cents at somewhere like Walmart, and it'll last a long time. Much cheaper, more natural, and easier on the environment than the pricey "antibacterial" wipes.


    This was one of the best suggestions... but it was kinda gross when I sprayed my boys' bathroom and just about the whole thing fizzed up! ewwww! icon_redface.gif Thought I was actually cleaning the thing well enough. But I have also put the bottle in my kitchen. After I wipe down for the night, I just spray the sol'n and viola! I know it's definitely clean with the H2O2 on it! Thanks for the wonderful suggestion! It's a definite keeper!
    manther1978
    Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:06 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    In stied of useing dryer sheets or a spot of softner in every load, use a wash rag diped in duited softner and put it in the dryer with every load....Wash your rag ever now and agin and use a odd color rag to spot it easly .... Works great and u'll save a ton!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    Chef Carol Kay
    Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:37 am
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    Bella Donna wrote:
    anne in apex wrote:
    I have a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide mixed 1:1 with water in my kitchen at all times. H2O2 is a natural disinfectant, which is why Mom poured it on open cuts. You can use it on just about anything, including food, to sanitize it. Spray it on your counters after you wiped them down, then let it dry. Or spray it on BEFORE you've wiped them down, it'll get off the stuff that you have splashed and is dried on. Spray it on wooden cutting boards after washing, and let it dry, to take care of any cooties that might be there from raw meat. Spray it around your kitchen sink faucets and watch it fizz the germs away. And my personal favorite, spray it in your microwave and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Presto, all the dried on stuff just wipes right off!!

    A large bottle (quart) of H2O2 is around 79 cents at somewhere like Walmart, and it'll last a long time. Much cheaper, more natural, and easier on the environment than the pricey "antibacterial" wipes.


    This was one of the best suggestions... but it was kinda gross when I sprayed my boys' bathroom and just about the whole thing fizzed up! ewwww! icon_redface.gif Thought I was actually cleaning the thing well enough. But I have also put the bottle in my kitchen. After I wipe down for the night, I just spray the sol'n and viola! I know it's definitely clean with the H2O2 on it! Thanks for the wonderful suggestion! It's a definite keeper!

    I knew h2o2 was a wonderful disenfectant but had not thought about using it in my boy's stinking bathroom!!! i am going to try this and the listerine as well. thanks for the great idea!
    jonesies
    Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:49 am
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    On the subject of hydrogen peroxide... Make your own stain pretreater by mixing one part laundry detergent, one part hydrogen peroxide, and one part water in a spray bottle. Spray stains and rub material together or scrub with a soft brush if needed. Remember though that hydrogen peroxide has bleaching qualities, that's why it's diluted like this.

    You can also use it as a vegetable wash in that it kills certain strains of E.Coli. Just put some salt and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a sink full of cool water and use to rinse the food.

    Hydrogen peroxide seems to be the do-all product! I need to go get me some!
    Cinisajoy
    Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:53 pm
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    Hi! Just found this thread and thought I would add my two cents or 3 tips whichever goes farther.
    Use vinegar to clean out your coffee maker every now and again. While you do that grab a bit of baking soda and put in the kitchen drain. Pour the hot vinegar over it. Cleans out your drains nicely.
    Just make sure you have a drain pipe under the house. Last spring we started noticing a funny smell when the weather warmed up and the wind was blowing the right direction. Cut a hole in the bathroom floor and noticed some water under the hall. So cut hole in hall floor. Under our house is like 8". Hubby decided to dig out and see what it was. Apparently before we got the house someone had tried to unstop the kitchen sink and blew out half the drain pipe. Literally when we picked it up it was only half there the other half had long since disentigrated. Now we have PVC drain pipes.
    Cinisajoy
    Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:55 pm
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    Oh other tip since my brain is only half working... If you use a lot/lose a lot/misplace a lot of ponytail holders, go to the nearest dollar store and buy a big bag of the "kids" ones for a dollar. Or you could marry a guy that uses ponytail holders although that theory quit working when new management made him cut off his ponytail. Hence now I use dollar store cheapies.
    D dog
    Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:04 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    For the Listerine and hot water, can that be used on carpets too? Thanks for the tip on eliminating pet odors!
    3KillerBs
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:44 am
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    A new discovery this week -- if you're cold, wear a scarf.

    The other day I was wearing a dress that has a wide, V-neckline which, because I've lost weight, has gotten wider and lower than it ought to be. I was cold, despite having a shawl and I suddenly realized that I had tank tops that didn't expose that much of the skin around my neck and upper chest.

    I grabbed a scarf, wrapped it around my neck, and tucked it in and was suddenly warm. I've been wearing scarves all week and been a lot more comfortable than previously.

    I guess you lose a lot of heat through the throat and upper chest.
    JD's K9 Queen
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:25 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    oooh, good idea! Thanks! icon_eek.gif
    JD's K9 Queen
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:27 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Jenny H. wrote:
    My best idea for extending a pound of hamburger is by only using half a pound at once and adding in a bunch of Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP). I know a bunch of you are probably saying "what in the world is that!" Well, it is something most vegetarians are aware of as a meat replacement. It comes dried( it looks like corn flakes). You can get it in bulk at co-ops or other "health food stores". The best part is that it is only 50 cents a pound and totally takes on whatever flavor you cook it with. Plus--it stores in the cupboard--so you can load up!


    I love to use TVP in chili! My family doesn't know it isn't meat....except the vegetarian (who I have to convince it isn't meat!) icon_wink.gif
    JD's K9 Queen
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:52 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Tish wrote:
    I was going to make a lime green polar fleese cover for my DD's bed...don't ask about the color...it's a long story, but she likes it with purple. We got a piece so I could match it to the room (which does not contain anything lime green except her bean bag chair) I didn't end up getting the fleece but I did find out that polar fleece with warm water and vinegar will clean anything! This stuff lasts if it's good quality and could potentially be used for everything from cleaning and dusting the house (different colors for different uses?). They don't scratch, and they wash well and dry quickly. Just another thought! icon_biggrin.gif


    Ohhhhhh, good idea! Thanks! I will try it instead of those expensive microfiber cloths!

    One tip I have for those who do like the micro fiber cloths. In the auto section of my local Costco they have packs of them at a reasonable price for auto cleaning....much cheaper than if you buy them specifically for the kitchen. I have also found them in cheap packs at the Cash n Carry or United Grocer (restaurant supply) in my area. They carry a lot of items that are reasonably priced (but not everything is a deal) including cheap green tea and rice noodles (I don't have an Asian grocery where I live, darn it). Also, all the flavors you could ever imagine of regular and sugar free syrups(Torani to name one brand) for coffee drinks and Italian sodas!!!! About half the price of anywhere else! Some things they carry in ridiculously large sizes for restaurant use, but some are just nomal size. It works to split too! I got a sleeve of ice cream cones for way cheap and split the pack w/ my Mom!

    Save on! icon_wink.gif
    JD's K9 Queen
    Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:56 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    jonesies wrote:
    On the subject of hydrogen peroxide... Make your own stain pretreater by mixing one part laundry detergent, one part hydrogen peroxide, and one part water in a spray bottle. Spray stains and rub material together or scrub with a soft brush if needed. Remember though that hydrogen peroxide has bleaching qualities, that's why it's diluted like this.

    You can also use it as a vegetable wash in that it kills certain strains of E.Coli. Just put some salt and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a sink full of cool water and use to rinse the food.

    Hydrogen peroxide seems to be the do-all product! I need to go get me some!



    Great idea! I'll make some stain treatment right now! icon_surprised.gif
    foodtvfan
    Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:35 pm
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    Paper Napkin Substitute
    Buy inexpensive face cloths at the dollar store, wash them first, dampen with hot water, wrap in foil paper, and heat for a few minutes in a toaster oven. Serve them in a basket or a bowl. Much better than paper napkins; similar to what Chinese restaurants offer after dinner. Launder them with your towels. Ready to go again!
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