Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Home dirty home...


Duffy Brown here and we’re talking spring cleaning.

It’s spring and time to clean up the place. I looked at all the cleaning supplies at the grocery store, the price tags and considered the odor and the goop and thought UGH! There’s got to be a better way. My mom used vinegar and water to wash the windows and newspaper...cheaper and she knew what she was inhaling.

And now that it’s springtime...finally...the bugs are emerging. I hate all that spray and pesticides for inside and I have Dr Watson and Spooky to think about and of course myself. So I use Twenty Muleteam Borax. It works like a charm for keeping the thousand-legers at bay, spiders gone and other creepy crawlies out of the house.


I spray the houseplants with soapy water for aphids add white vinegar into the wash to make the clothes fluffy, add a dash of hair conditioner and it smell fantastic. I can remember my dad using baking soda to brush his teeth. He said it made them really clean and scrubbed off the tarter.


Sprinkling that baking soda in the bathtub gets rid of the ring and if you get candle wax on the rug ice hardens it and you can pick it off. Put a brown bag over the wax on the tablecloth and iron off the candle wax there too. The bag soaks up the wax.

When I have a cough I fine that honey, tea and a touch of bourbon works great and Coke helps to get rid of migraines and settle my stomach.

I still hang clothes in my shower area to get out wrinkles and hanging clothes outside to dry makes them smell better than any dryer sheets. A banana peal + water paste will shine the silver if you are in a pinch and cat litter is great to prevent slipping on the ice in winter.

I put my coffee grinds on the garden to enrich the soil and olive oil and a little wine vinegar is more than just salad dressing, it makes your wood furniture shine like no other. My Italian grandma taught me that one

So that’s some of my home remedies, what about you? Is there a tried and true home remedy you use and would like to share? It sure saves money and you usually have the stuff on hand and it’s not a bunch of chemicals.

Happy cleaning.
Hugs, Duffy


14 comments:

Karen in Ohio said...

I'm with you on the chemical thing, and try not to pollute my home environment with them any more. I have not used dryer sheets in more than ten years now, but use those dryer balls, instead. They fluff up the clothes just as well, and I don't miss the chemical fragrance. Instead, I use 2/3 cup of white vinegar in each wash load, along with a chemical-free laundry soap. It smells nice and clean.

I mop the cork kitchen floor with warm water with white vinegar in it, too. If I feel the need to make things smell a little less salad-y, I add a drop or two of a floral essential oil to the water.

Baking soda and water in a paste work great for safely scrubbing most things, including the burned-on stuff on my ceramic cooktop. I also use coffee grounds in the garden, and did you know that crushed eggshells and wood ashes, mixed together and sprinkled around your hostas, can keep the slugs away? Even just eggshells and sand, if you don't have a wood-burning fireplace.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks for the eggshell tip! I have 52 hostas and between the deer and the slugs it’s a constant battle. I’ll get some of those dryer balls. Great idea. I use vinegar to clean a lot of stuff too. Happy spring cleaning, Karen!

Robert Giddings said...

Did not know 20 mule borax was still available. It's a good tip. When you buy the bags of woodchips from the homecenter that are insect resistant, it is usually use treated with borax.

The free woodchips available from local sites, usually from chipping Christmas trees or storm damage is not treated to repell insects and in fact, being decomposing wood, will often attract insects.

Robert Giddings said...

Did not know 20 mule borax was still available. It's a good tip. When you buy the bags of woodchips from the homecenter that are insect resistant, it is usually use treated with borax.

The free woodchips available from local sites, usually from chipping Christmas trees or storm damage is not treated to repell insects and in fact, being decomposing wood, will often attract insects.

Karen in Ohio said...

I use borax, too. There's a kind that comes in a quart-sized plastic bottle with a nozzle that is perfect for blowing the powder into cracks and crevices. I've had it awhile; probably came from Ace Hardware on Beechmont, now Cappel's.

Anonymous said...

Love the recognition for all the things vinegar is good for! One more - skunked pets. Actually, almost any unpleasant odor can be mitigated with vinegar.
As to the wood chips, please make sure they have not been treated with neonictonoids - many plants from the big box stores and even some soils and mulch are now treated with it, and it is killing our insects. Without the insects, we would be in deep trouble for food. :-(

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Robert. Yes, the mule is still alive and kicking. Good to know about the wood chips. I had no idea. Thanks! Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Karen I keep mulch out of my flower beds…only around trees and even then it’s probably not a great idea. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on woodchips as I intend to spread them in the front yard (very small with no grass) to keep down the weeds. If they aren't treated with borax already I will go to Ace. Cordella

Liz Straw said...

Castile soap is another great Green cleaning product.
I started using vinegar and baking soda as cleaners because I am allergic (skin) to other commercial cleaning products. Cannot even wear the rubber gloves. Sure saves money!

Lisa Teaney said...

For scrubbing I like to use bon ami which can be hard to find, for moping and/or wiping things down I like murphy's oil soap, and for counter tops I use a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of dish soap and essential oils. I also do my homemade laundry powder with borax, arm and hammer super washing soda and grated fells naptha or any bar soap can be used or the zota laundry bar.

Duffy Brown said...

I’m going to do this too.What a great idea!!

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks Liz. I need to get some of this Castile soap. Everything dries out my skin. Thanks for the tip.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Liz. My daughter makes her own laundry soap too and swears by it. These are great suggestions. Thanks for passing them on. I use bon ami for scrubbing too. Doesn’t take the finish off the tub etc.