Removing permanent marker from fabric (couch, etc)

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Remove permanent marker from fabric- use #999 for Dr. Bronner’s. How do I know this works? My 2 year old got a hold of a black Sharpie. I was sitting with him allowing to use it under my supervision. He was coloring nicely on some paper laying on the floor. I went in the other room to use the bathroom, was gone maybe 1 minute, and came back in to find him perched on the couch coloring the cushion (did I mention he was 2 I had seen this DIY remedy floating around the web months ago (credit to H3idiho Designs) & took mental note. As soon as I saw the marker mess I ran to the medicine cabinet for the Peroxide, grabbed a spray bottle, mixed equal amounts of Peroxide w/ Dr. B (any one should work, this is Tea Tree), sprayed the mess down & let it sit for 1 minute. The marker appeared to disappear immediately, but I wasn’t totally sure until it dried- sure enough, it was gone without a trace! Would the Dr. B or Peroxide alone have done the trick? Possibly, but I wasn’t up for experimenting. As for my sweet little 2 year old- he now knows he doesn’t get black markers after the couch incident

Castile Soap All-Purpose Cleaner

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Castile Soap All Purpose Cleaner: While I LOVE my vinegar cleaner (Jess’s recipe) my husband does not like the smell and complains constantly about it. So I decided to mess around with two favorite ingredients: Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap (whew that’s long!) and Essential Oils! In fact this is an adaptation of the foaming hand soap that I posted awhile back…I have tried… this for a week on EVERYTHING from kitchen counters to toilets and WOW it cleans SO well and smells great too…thought I would share!!
***20oz hot water (I feel things mix better when initially warm to hot)
***1/3 c. liquid castile soap
***2 caps full (approx 15-20 drops) tea tree oil
***Mix it up!
Note: I prefer the baby mild because it is unscented and I can buy one large thing of it and use it from hair, face, kids, etc etc and it still cleans well. You can cheat and use the Tea Tree Dr. B’s…that would work as well…or you can use unscented and flavor with a citrus one as those tend to cut grease and sanitize well too!
2nd note: this can get a bit soapy if you use too much, a little goes a long way. After I clean I always go over with a hot damp cloth and dry with a microfiber cloth.
I’m telling you my counters are sparkling, I would let my kids eat off this counter, the smell is pleasant and I am officially in love

 

Homemade Mosquito Trap

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Homemade mosquito trap- posted on a friends personal page. I can’t wait to try this when mosquitos get bad here, which they inevitably will soon as I live on the banks of a river!
Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 …gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle
HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)
Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

Uses for white & apple cider vinegar

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Things we use vinegar for– what can you add to the list?!
1st, here’s an article discussing the general differences between white & apple cider vinegar: http://www.differencebetween.net/object/comparisons-of-food-items/difference-between-white-vinegar-and-apple-cider-vinegar/

For those that don’t like the smell of vinegar, here’s a simple idea for using a by-product of your kitchen: Orange-peel infused vinegar: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=494009793947999&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

White Distilled Vinegar (WDV) (most often used for cleaning)
• Put in washer as a water softener
• Also can run through washer to clean and get off stains
• Glass Cleaner
• Use to shine silver pieces/toilet/sink in kitchen/bathroom
• Deodorizer (laundry, sinks, etc)
• Put in Dishwasher for clear glasses and to eliminate odors
• Get Bumper sticker residue off cars, various surfaces (undiluted)
• Weed killer (undiluted)
• Shines showers/shower doors
• Dilute WDV and run through coffee maker to clean
• Mix with milk to make buttermilk (works great in a pinch!)
• Vinegar + baking soda = great unclogging recipe (unfortunately have had to do this one often)
• Use it undiluted to get rid of mildew
• ½ c WDV + 2 tbsp baking soda + soaking silver for 2-3 hours = shiny silver! Great to clean other jewelry too!
• Wash yucky scissors with vinegar (not water, it’ll rust!) *Use this for kids scissors a lot!
• Wash walls, baseboards, etc to help get smoke and other ‘smells’ off/out of rooms
• Use to remove carpet stains (2tbp salt + ½ c. WDV)
• Disinfect cutting boards
• Clean out fridge
• Remove water stains and water rings (furniture, pots, pans, etc)
• Use in marinades to make meat super tender
• And of course, homemade vinaigrettes

Apple Cider Vinegar (beauty and health…a couple others too)
• ACV + water = great no poo conditioner
• ACV in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, poke holes…trap fruit flies: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=532575443424767&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater
• 1 part water, 2 parts ACV to balance pH of your skin, use like a toner
• Use undiluted to remove stains from teeth, use towel to apply
• Rub onto pet’s skin to get rid of fleas
• 2 tsp + 16 oz of water is supposed to help with weight loss
• Can also be used to clean kitchen and bathrooms the same as WDV can
• Can be used to disinfect, polish, and deodorize
• Known to cure sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout.

Oatmeal & Sugar Body Scrub

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Oatmeal & Sugar Bath Scrub!
This super easy recipe leaves your skin feeling marvelous! Use in bath or shower, but best in bath as soaking in the coconut oil & oats is wonderful for the skin. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer & sugar is a great exfoliator! Pat dry with a towel after getting out & you’ll have no need for additional moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way!
Did you know?
•Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin
•Oatmeal contains saponins, a cleansing agent, and can therefore be used as a mild soap
•Oatmeal is moisturizing and helps remove dead skin cells.
•Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes

This is my recipe for a 4 oz. mason jar:
**I fill my jar 3/4 full of coconut oil, you don’t have to melt it, just be able to stir it.
**Add 2 TBSP each raw turbinado sugar & oats (I use quick oats)
**Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender or orange are my favorites- of course this is optional)
**Blend well, & go enjoy a bath!

Yes, coconut oil can leave a bit of grime behind in your tub, but I don’t mind it one bit. I gave a jar of this as a gift to several friends & family members for Christmas, and all are enjoying it!

FB comments, Q & A: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=627514937264150&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Homemade Air Freshener

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Homemade Febreeze without nasty, synthetic fragrances!! I’m use just essential oil & water. Baking soda is great to include if you are spraying on fabric, like a dog bed or something you want the baking soda to absorb into, as it’s a natural odor absorber. Or, just shake baking soda on 1st, spray & let sit an hour or so & then vacuum up. I keep one spray bottle in both our bathrooms w/ just the oils & water, as I just want that nice, fresh smell. Right now we have one orange scented, one lavender-scented, and one rose-scented in the kitchen. Very cheap, using a reusable bottle, and avoiding synthetic scents which are NOT good for us!!

FB comments, Q & A: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530198776995767&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Paper Towel, Kleenex & Napkin Alternative

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My alternative to paper towels, kleenex & napkins. These are old t-shirts that I cut into various sizes & keep in the kitchen, and my husbands shop. My co-op has a community free clothes closet, which I help sort clothes for once/month. Although we ask for no ripped or stained clothes, we always get them. I toss them aside, and bring them home for rags. They get washed & reused, unless hubby uses them for an oil change or something nasty. Haven’t bought paper towels, Kleenex or napkins in nearly 1 year. Saves money, and more than 1 tree 🙂

FB thread with comments, Q & A: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=508224375859874&set=a.494009763948002.128085.397517646930548&type=3&theater

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