cleaning

DIY Cleaners Using Dawn Detergent

If you don’t have a bottle of this in your house….
You need to put it on your list of must buys!

I know I could use this for it’s primary purpose….washing dishes….

BUT…honestly…I use the bulk stuff from Costco on a regular basis….

Using a decorative bottle with a pouring top is something I learned from Martha Stewart’s Good Things!

I posted about that 5 or 6 years ago…..

So….what DO I use Dawn Detergent for?

You will not believe how well this works!
Spray it on…..walk away for awhile…..scrub a little…..DONE!

This formula also does a great job on crusty water stained glass and plastic.

These two acrylic beverage tubs are favorites of mine.  They get used for lots of things besides beverages…..like conditioning flowers for events.  I was almost ready to give up on being able to put them out for entertaining…..you can see how crusty the build up was.  A little of the “miracle” sauce and they were back to sparkly and shiny.

On to Part TWO

Seriously folks….this truly is almost magic.

I have tried it on a bunch of things with pretty darn good results.

One of Marvin the cat’s least favorite “issues” is his BULIMIA!  Yup…he overeats and purges all over the carpet!  Since the cat food has orange dye in it….the stains are GROSS!
Of course, he always chooses to leave his treasures on the beige carpet!

 It takes a little time and some elbow grease with the solution of Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Because it is pretty soapy….it takes a good bit of rinsing and blotting to get all the soap residue up.

 Can you believe the way this works!?
Now…I just need to troll through the house and find the old stains….and get them erased!
I don’t have photos of all the successful stain removal, but here are a couple of examples that have worked:
Wine stain on a shirt that had been washed and dried several times……gone in 10 minutes!
Grease stain on my favorite gray sweatshirt…..gone!
Dirty white tennis shoes….scrubbed….and bright white again!
This concoction will be my go to for pesky stains from now on!
I guess you could say:
Have A Great Day!

Dawn and Vinegar Magical Cleaner

Do those Dawn dish soap commercials tug at your heart the way they do mine?


The commercials  prove what a great grease cutter and cleaner this amazing soap is!

Everyone also touts the effectiveness of vinegar as a cleaning agent.

It only makes sense that if you put the two together they would work even better.

So after reading about this a couple of months ago….I decided to try it.

I imagine that many of you are sitting there saying “what took her so long to discover this?”
Who knows….but I do know that this stuff is truly magical….

The recipe is simple: 

Use equal parts Dawn Soap and White Distilled Vinegar.

  1. Heat vinegar in microwave until hot and pour into squirt bottle.
  2. Add the Dawn soap. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.

You really don’t have to heat the vinegar to have the stuff work, but it doesn’t hurt either.

Here are some things that you can use this solution for:

  •  clean soap scum and tub and shower buildup with just a little scrubbing
  •  clean sinks
  • greasy build up on the grill
  • use instead of plain dish soap on baking or broiler pans with baked on grease

 If you don’t believe me…..because you might have noticed that I am not sharing amazing before and after photos…..here is an article from Sisters Shopping On a Shoestring with that photographic evidence!



http://www.sistersshoppingonashoestring.com/cleaning-dream-team-vinegar-and-dawn
If you haven’t tried this stuff yet…you really need to!
If you already make your own magic….share your success stories.
Have a Great Day!

Painting the INSIDE of the Kitchen Cupboards!

Cleaning and organizing the kitchen cupboards is a great project at this time of year.  I started to do just that at the beginning of the month.

In the process….I looked…really looked at interiors of the cupboards!
YIKES!

The melamine laminate has the scratches and scuffs that come from normal use over time. The original white has become dull and yellowed.
I decided that they need a fresh coat of paint.
I did the research to find the best way to paint the interior of laminate cupboards and shared the plan with Mr. S.
Of course….he thought I was bonkers! 
“Nobody ever looks at the insides of cupboards?” he said.
“I do!” I said.  
“Whatever….do what you want!” he said.

So perhaps it is that I have too much time on my hands…..I decided to ignore all the naysayers and get on with it!

SO….ON TO THE PROCESS!
Supplies and Tools

I researched the kinds of paint to use and learned that it was critical to use really GOOD paint.  Really good paint is really expensive! The work this would take meant that the money for $50 a gallon paint would be worth it!

We chose this water based heavy duty paint from Hirshfields.

I love that it has a semi-gloss finish and that it cleans up easily with water.

A good quality paint brush, foam roller, and masking tape were the only other tools needed.

 I knew this project would be a lot of work and would take a lot of time….but hey I have TIME!
What I hate about projects like this is the disruption and mess!
There is no way that I wanted to totally empty the cupboards and do them all at once.
So I decided to take this on one cupboard at a time!

The first step was to empty the cupboard….duh!
I took the time to really look at all of the stuff as I unloaded the shelves.  I used this as an opportunity to do a little purging and re-thinking of what things we really needed to keep.

Next the interior surfaces get a good cleaning with some TSP.

Oh my!  What a lot of dirt and crumbs had accumulated!

 There really isn’t a lot of need to do much masking…and a little bit of newspaper was enough to keep the area around the single cabinet free from drips.

I used the paint brush to get into the corners and the foam brush was great for a nice smooth coat of paint.

I did one coat for all of the surfaces and then two coats for the shelves and bottom of the cabinets.

This paint dries very quickly.  The second coat could be applied after a two hour wait.

It seemed wise to let the paint cure for 24 hours to be certain it was hardened well.
Wow!  What a difference!

The bright shiny white cupboards make the cabinets feel brand new!
The time spent cleaning and sorting all the contents was also time well spent.

Before all of my vintage pyrex bowls were stacked in the cabinet in the lower photo.  This meant that when I wanted to use them….I had to do some major lifting to get the one I wanted.  I moved the bowls to the lower shelf on the smaller cabinet.  Then all of the pyrex bakeware went to the wider cabinet.  This is much more efficient and looks nicer too!

Right now, I am getting ready to paint the interior of that awful corner cabinet.  It is the one we keep pans and baking sheets in…..so as you can see there are a lot of scuff marks to cover!

It is probably good there is no “kitchen-cam” here!  Picture this lady crawling into this cabinet to paint!  I hope I don’t throw my back out!

Yup….I may be crazy!
But…I have controlled the crazy by doing this over a period of time.
The supplies can be stacked on a shelf ready for the days when “I have too much time on my hands” and need a project!

I guess this graphic says it all!

 I would love to hear about your crazy OCD/ADD projects!

Have A Great Day!

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