Monday, July 18, 2011

Big List of USES for Baking Soda , Vinegar , Lemon and Hyrdrogen Peroxide



     It's been a while since we last purchased a spray bottle of commercial cleaner. Like most of you, I've tried a lot of products. Store brand, cheap priced, high priced, organic, naturals.. You name it. I am devoted to cutting our expenses without sacrificing the quality for my family, so i did my fair share of reading through books for safe and inexpensive cleaning supplies. We all know how curious toddlers and kids can be, I did ditched all of my store bought cleaners and switched to green ( homemade) cleaning  for jumping bean and big sister . Aside from cleaning uses , there are a lot more you can do just by using these four common household and kitchen staples.

These four are my best friends. Discover their many amazing uses.


BAKING SODA

Aside from being a kitchen/baking staple..you'll be surprise on its many uses.

  • As a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
  • Soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge to remove fishy smell
  • To wash fruits and vegetables with it.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water while boiling chicken. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
  • Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
  • Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
  • Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
  • Use it as an antacid.
  • Underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
  • Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations. 
  • Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite essential oils.
  •  Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
  • Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
  • Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
  • Remove grease from pots and pans.
  • Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it.
  • Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
  • Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
  • To remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
  • To remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 mins prior to washing.






DISTILLED VINEGAR

The most economical and ingenuous product you can have. It's many uses doesn't just stop in the cooking department. Here's a few:

  • Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (always check the owners’ manual first.) 
  • Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean. 
  • For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar. 
  • Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar. 
  • To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar on the cooking surface. 
  • To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide off. 
  • Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
  • Prevent lint from clinging to clothes by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the wash cycle. 
  • To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse. 
  • Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight. 
  • Attack spaghetti, barbecue, or ketchup stains with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. 
  • Remove perspiration odor and stains on clothing, as well as those left by deodorants, by spraying full-strength white distilled vinegar on underarm and collar areas before tossing them into the washing machine. 
  • Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent. 
  • Remove smoky odors from clothes by filling the bathtub with very hot water and 1 cup white distilled vinegar. Hang the garments above the steaming water and shut the door so the steam can penetrate the fibers. 
  • Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Always test before using.
  • Remove scorch marks from an iron by rubbing it with a warmed-up solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt. If that doesn’t work, use a cloth dampened with full-strength white distilled vinegar. 
  • Remove musky smells from cotton clothes by sprinkling them lightly with white distilled vinegar and then pressing them.



LEMON
You know that saying " When life gives you a lemon..." ? Well , there's a whole lot you can do with lemon other than a lemonade.
  • Sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice of lemon over the surface to disinfect.
  • Eliminate the browning that occurs when food sits out too long. Sprinkle apple or pear slices with lemon juice before serving, or squeeze a bit into guacamole and give it a stir. 
  • Remove tough food stains from plastic and light-colored wooden cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water. 
  • Fade tea stains on cloth. Dilute lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Use an eyedropper or a Q-tip to make sure the juice targets the stain. Thoroughly flush with cool water. 
  • Decorate on the cheap. Fill a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill. 
  • Relieve a sore throat. Cut a lemon in half. Skewer one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until the peel turns golden brown. Let cool slightly, then mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of honey. Swallow the mixture. 
  • Whiten fingernails. Rub a wedge on the surface of your nails. 
  • Shine the interior of copper cookware. Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub. 
  • Brighten laundry whites. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load. 
  • Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater. Rub both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE


  • As a foot soak. For Foot Fungus -cure a foot fungus, simply spray a 50/50 mixture of Hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
  • Cleaning ears (disinfectant) (1% to 3%)
  • As a toot paste, mixed with baking soda (disinfectant, very mildly bleaching) (1% to 3%)
  •  Douche- Add 2 capfuls of 3% Hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once to twice a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.
  • Mouthwash -Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use 3% H202 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring if desired. 
  • Toothbrush - just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in Hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
  •  Mold - Clean with Hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage. 
  •  Humidifiers/Steamers -Use 1 pint 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.
  • Disinfect - countertops. high chairs , toys , door knobs.

Go over your house now and see what chemical cleaners you can swap for these household and kitchen staples! Its not only earth friendly but indeed budget friendly.



Useful Resources:
http://www.vinegartips.com

101-new-uses-for-everyday-things
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_peroxide

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Apple Cranberry Muffin and Banana Muffin

I don't know about you but I have mornings that I am so lazy to even get in front of the stove to cook breakfast. You can make this in batches , good for breakfast and snack too. Easy on the wallet and yummy in our belly.

APPLE CRANBERRY MUFFIN

2 eggs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced  ( $1.79/lb)
1 cup dried cranberries ($3.00 / 1 lb bag)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar



Mix together the diced apples, dried cranberries and brown sugar and fold them into the batter just before  filling up the muffin tin.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 12 regular size muffin tin wells or In my case i use muffin cups.
Add the eggs, white sugar, oil, milk, vanilla to a stand mixer or mixing bowl.  Mix until smooth.
Add in the dry ingredients (minus the apples, cranberries and brown sugar.) and mix until batter is smooth.
In a smaller mixing bowl, toss the apples, cranberries and brown sugar.  Fold into the muffin batter.  Pour into the greased muffin tin or your baking cups, filling 3/4 full.
Bake for 22 to 24 minutes for regular size,  (Use a toothpick to test for doneness)cool before serving. Serve warm with some butter!



BANANA MUFFIN

1/2 c. honey or sugar is fine
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs
1 c. mashed bananas ( since we are banana crazy in this house, I always have stocks of very ripe bananas that I freeze for future use.)
1-1/2 c. all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

In a bowl combine salt, flour, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl combine honey, eggs, oil and banana making sure to mix well. Add banana blend to the flour mixture, careful not to over mix. Pour into greased muffin pans or paper muffin cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Use a toothpick to test for doneness). Remove pan to rack, and let cool.  Best served warm. Makes 1 dozen muffins.


 

 
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