Archive for January, 2010

Happy Feast Day!

January 5, 2010

Today is the feast of St. John Neumann.  Happy Feast Day Everyone!

Practical Tips for the New Year

January 4, 2010

First of all, let me wish everyone a very happy, healthy, & blessed New Year 2010! 

Since it has been so long since anything has been blogged here, I thought the New Year might do well to start with a few practical tips that I have been wanting to post here for a long time.

Stain Remover – Clothing

Mix about half and half of Clorox 2 Color safe bleach and Ivory liquid dish soap.  I mix this in a jar and stir it a little.  Apply to stains and let set.  The longer and harder the stain, the longer I let it sit.  This is great for baby clothes that have been stored and yellowed.  This also works for ring around the collar (move over Whisk!)  I have used it on many stains and it has worked well, sometimes even just after applying the solution and putting it right in the washer.

Crayon Removal

One day this past December, some a lot of my time was spent finding out how to get crayon (purple to be exact) out of white clothes and clothes dryers.  On several websites the following solution was listed for clothing:  Tide liquid detergent and Shout stain remover.  I mixed those two ingredients together, filled the sink with hot water and soaked the clothes.  (I have a side loader that doesn’t soak well.)  After a good soaking, they went directly into the washer (no rinsing first), with some more of the solution.  When the wash cycle was over, most of the purple crayon was gone.  I repeated this process and was quite pleased with the results.  Nylon things such as bras and slips still have faint markings, but everything else came out clean.  Now, what to do after the melted crayon is scraped from the dryer with those stains.  BioKleen all-purpose cleaner, full strength on a rag did the trick.  It took some work, but the stains are gone.  Yeah!

Use Fewer Paper towels

One money-saving tip is for paper towel users.   Papertowels were used quite a bit in our kitchen until I decided to buy a bunch of cheap wash cloths from Wal-Mart.  Pretty soon I went out and bought another package and now have a supply handy in one of my kitchen drawers.  Instead of reaching for a paper towel, I reach for a wash cloth.  These are good for spills, wiping counters, wiping faces, wiping spills or spots off of floors, wiping tables, small dying jobs, etc.  I really appreciate not buying paper towels so often. 

Washing Cloth Diapers

The last thing I want to discuss is cloth diapers.  I started this a little bit when my 4th child was a toddler and we had a top loader washing machine.  All went well.  When the next child came, no matter what I tried, I could not use cloth diapers without her rear getting really bad diaper rash.  At that point, we had a side loading machine.   After spending so much money on diapers with the 6th child, I was absolutely determined to find a way.  Eureka!  First of all, my husband went out and bought an inexpensive 5 gallon bucket.  Yes, we have them lying around already, but who knows what was in them before.  In the past I would rinse poopy diapers and wet diapers just put in the laundry sink to wait for laundering.   Now, poopy or not, I rinse the diapers in the tub and put them to soak in the 5 gallon bucket with just a little bit (maybe a teaspoon) of the stain solution mentioned above and a splash of vinegar.  When I am ready to launder, the diapers are placed into the washer (as opposed to dumping with all the soak water.)  I use a natural baby laundry detergent, and just a little bit.  In the rinse spot goes vinegar.  At present we use diapers with covers (MotherEase).  After the washing machine, the covers are hung to dry and the rest go into the dryer WITHOUT any fabric softener.  Of course, cloth diapers must be changed a little more frequently than disposable diapers, but you won’t ever find gelled pee on your little one’s rump or sepnd the money for disposables (unless you want to).

Baby Wipes

For baby wipes, we invested in some nice cloths made especially for this purpose.  We purchased them some time ago from Juliestuff.com and have been very pleased.  After a Google search, this site came up for several different solutions.   Here is another site that has even more recipes.   Right now the ingredients used here are 3 Tablespoons of Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby-Mild liquid soap to 2 cups of water along with 2 drops of Tea Tree oil.  This is working well for us. 

That’s all for today.  Once again, I wish you the very best for 2010!