Declutter your Home in 5 Steps

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Declutter your Home in 5 Steps If you are not looking for spare room you either have a huge home or you don’t need this article. For a prepper clutter equals less room for food, ammo, water and other resource storage. Though this article doesn’t come from a website that features gas masks and other …

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Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Spring Cleaning Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! While snow is on the ground in the grips of winter, for me that means spring cleaning. I confess, I’m a bit of a hoarder. There’s a very fuzzy border between stocking up & stock piling & I tend to lead more to the “pile” … Continue reading Spring Cleaning Those Preps!

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Why I Love Cleaning Bathrooms Every Week

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I’m sharing why I love cleaning bathrooms every week with you today. It may seem odd, but I really love to clean bathrooms. I feel like it cuts down on bacteria, obviously, the bathrooms have who knows what in the toilets, the bathtubs, the counter tops, and don’t forget the light switches. I have a definite routine for my bathrooms. My house is very small and only has 2 bathrooms. When I worked I had someone clean my house every week for almost 20 years, it was awesome. Yes, I am a perfectionist and I had to give instructions to the gal that worked for me. I had the same housekeeper for all those years and I loved her like a sister.

I had a large home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a dining room, a living room, a family room, and two kitchens. It was a great family home, but a few years ago, Mark and I decided to downsize. It’s been very hard for me to live in this tiny home because I love to entertain and I have had to adjust to a very SMALL home. But I am grateful I have a home, regardless of what size it is. Since I semi-retired my routine for cleaning bathrooms is every Sunday. Yes, it’s the Sabbath, but that day is my day to clean my bathrooms. What can I say, it works for me.

Cleaning Bathrooms:

The first thing I do is wash the toilets, I love clean toilets. I literally can clean my bathrooms in five minutes. Yep, five minutes. Here is the tool I use for the toilets: Don Aslett’s Complete Toilet Set with Pumice Stone and these are the brush replacements: Don Aslett’s Johnny Mop-Set of 3 and I buy this product when my bottles of cleaner get low: Safety Foam Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2 Pack

Next, I clean the bathtubs with this gadget as I no longer kneel on my knees: Hurricane Spin Scrubber Cleaning Brush Keep in mind if you can kneel just use a good brush and keep up on the scrubbing because I only use this baby once a month. I use Spic N Span or whatever other cleaner I have in the house. I have tried homemade cleaners and they don’t measure up to my scrub test. If you have a great recipe for one, let me know. Then I clean the counter tops with Clorox wipes and clean the windows with a good window cleaner like this one: Sprayway, Sprayway Glass Cleaner, 19 oz Cans, Pack of 4 I think you can buy this brand at Costco as well. If you want clean mirrors and clean windows don’t buy the old standby window cleaner brand. It leaves streaks and the windows look worse after you smear the dirt around. Just giving you the heads-up here. I kind of work my way out of the bathroom by cleaning the floors with my Clorox wipes. Yep, I have small bathrooms, this wouldn’t work if you have large bathrooms. I clean mine every week and therefore I can clean them in 5 minutes, literally.

The reason I’m talking about cleaning bathrooms today is because I have several, and I mean several, sick people in the neighborhood. No, it’s not from bathrooms that need to be cleaned, but I think clean bathrooms help us stay healthy. Of course, we need to eat fruits and vegetables to keep our immune system healthy as well. This post is a friendly reminder to use a cleaner (I use Clorox or Lysol wipes) on door knobs, light switches, TV remotes and counter tops. And don’t forget to empty the bathroom garbage cans as needed. I use the small 4-gallon garbage bags in my bathroom. I replace them as needed, but at least once a week. You can buy them at your local supermarket or Amazon: Glad Garbage Small, White, 30 ct, 4 gallons, 2pk

I hope you are well and working slowly on being prepared, you will be glad you are! May God bless your family.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

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FIREARM: First Thing to Do With Your New Pistol and A Short Survey

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In a recent article, I read that gun sales, even after the 2016 election, were still running high. Coupled with the Christmas holidays, there is a great possibility that there are quite a few new gun owners out there.  That’s a good thing for those of us who support the Second Amendment!

But with gun ownership, no matter why a firearm was purchased, there are some thing that need to be understood and learned, like the proper cleaning of your new firearm.  Since I haven’t come across a recent article on Prepper Website, I have decided to put together an article that links to several videos that I think are good for any gun owner to view.  Two videos discuss the need to clean your firearm before you shoot it for the first time.  This is due to the cosmoline that gun manufacturers put on the firearms before leaving their factory. Most new gun owners don’t know this.  The last video is a good generic video on cleaning your pistol.  Also, for future article considerations, I have created a short survey to ask gun owners their pistol of choice for home defense and/or concealed carry.  And don’t forget to get yourself a pistol cleaning kit and some lube – both which you will find endless debates about online! 😉

Although this first video uses a rifle as their example, know that you will find the same on your new pistol…to varying degrees.

 

NeverEnuffAmmo does admit that he talks too much for this short video, but you should still watch it!

 

And here is Iraqveteran8888, with a good generic and basic cleaning video.

 

I would greatly appreciate it if you would leave me a little info below (type and caliber), for future article considerations, on the pistol you purchased for home defense or your concealed carry handgun.

 

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15 Reasons Why I Store Borax For Everyday Use

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Today I’m sharing 15 reasons why I store Borax for everyday use. Borax: We have all heard of 20 Mule Team Borax. I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching my mother wash our bed sheets and towels with it. So it is nothing new, but I thought I would share a few more ways for you to use it. This is a statement right off the 20 Mule Team Borax website and I quote:  “20 Mule Team® Borax is 100% natural, and 99.5% pure (there is about a half of 1% of naturally occurring trace minerals). Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi Purpose Cleaner – 65 oz

Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers.” 20 Mule Team Borax

Why I Store Borax

Here are a few of the ways I use 20 Mule Team Borax and why I store it:

1. Laundry Detergent:

I make my own laundry detergent with it. So I store several boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax. See my YouTube on how to make my laundry soap/detergent

2.  Clean Toilets:

I put 1/4 cup of it into the toilet, swish it around and let it sit overnight

3. 20 Mule Team Borax For Stain Remover:

Make a paste and rub it into a bad stain and then wash the item as usual

4. Softens Water:

It softens your water when added to your detergent-great for your laundry

5. Environmental Friendly:

Borax has zero toxic fumes and is safe for the environment. It is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral that was discovered over 4000 years ago. It is found mostly in the Western  United States as well as in the Tibet area of China. Borax can irritate the skin if applied directly, and of course, should not be ingested

6. 20 Mule Team Borax For Laundry:

Makes my clothes cleaner and brighter-I love the smell of fresh clean clothes

7. Disinfect and Deodorize:

Put one cup to a gallon of warm or hot water and clean garbage cans

8. Cockroaches/Ants:

Sprinkle where safe from children and pets, it keeps the roaches (and their bacteria) from going into your garage or shed

9. Floor/Wall Cleaner:

Mix 1/4 cup 20 Mule team Borax in one gallon of water and wash walls and floors (be sure and check your floor type to see if you can use it).

10. Urine On Mattresses

Accidents happen we all know it, its life. Dampen the mattress with a little water, sprinkle borax over the stain and rub it into the stain. Let dry and vacuum.

11.  Liquid Scouring Powder:

I make my own liquid Comet or Ajax, I guess you could call it. Mix 1/4 cup borax, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-1/2 cups HOT water. Use it to clean and refresh areas in your home

12. Shower Tile:

Mix 1/4 cup borax with one gallon of water and spray on your shower tile to remove that ugly “mold” between the tiles. Rinse and it sparkles

13. Safe For Septic Tanks

14. Safe For HE (High Efficiency) Washers

15. Inexpensive to buy:

You can buy it at your local grocery store, or even online. I must say it sells out where I live. Sometimes I cannot get it for weeks. It is very popular because people use it in so many different ways in their homes. It is usually located down the laundry detergent aisle.

Food Storage Moms PRINTABLE: Homemade-Laundry-Detergent-or-Soap-by-Food-Storage-Moms

I hope this list gives you some good ideas on how to use 20 Mule team Borax and save money at the same time. Please remember to store borax out of the reach of children. Please share your ideas how you use Borax and I will put them in my post. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi Purpose Cleaner – 65 oz

Laundry Soap Kit – Fels Naptha 4 bars, 20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster, & Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 50

19 x 16 x 27cm Cream Living Nostalgia Laundry Soap Tin

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43 Super-Frugal Tips for Cutting Down on Household Expenses

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cutting down household expensesHome is where the heart is, but for too many of us, it’s also where the debt is and where paychecks go to die. It’s also one area in which small savings steps can really add up and where everyday spending decisions can make a big difference. Here are a few tips that have helped my family get out of debt and stay out for the past 8 years. You can save money on household expenses starting today.

  1. Buy used furniture, but make sure it’s great quality. You’ll have a much better chance of finding high quality furniture at resale and consignment stores. Once you get used to older, well-made furniture, you’ll be shocked by the low quality stuff found at new furniture stores, and the prices will leave you gasping for breath!
  2. Find out when the best discount days are at Goodwill and thrift stores and shop on those days. Ask about discounts for veterans and senior citizens, too. You’ll soon find your own set of favorite thrift stores — those with good prices and excellent quality, gently used clothing and other goods. I also recommend seeking out specialty thrift stores. When you’re in need of baby furniture and kids clothes, a kids-only resale shop will make your shopping easier since you won’t be wading through every other type of merchandise out there.
  3. Before calling a repairman to fix an appliance or a car, look for YouTube videos and do it yourself. Repairclinic.com is a site that sells thousands of parts for such things as lawn mowers, power tools, appliances, and much more. Between the easy ability to get the necessary parts and training videos online, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in repair bills every year.
  4. Your insurance agent won’t thank me for this, but each year, try to get better prices on all your insurance policies. In fact, mark “Insurance Review” on your calendar. Review coverage, deductibles, and ask about discounts you might qualify for. Compare companies, and don’t limit your shopping around to only the Big Names in the insurance business, such as State Farm and Allstate.
  5. Do the same thing with all your other bills: internet/phone packages, cell phone packages, electricity, etc. Be sure to compare not only prices, but features and benefits.
  6. Kids grow quickly, so organize a toy and kid clothing swaps with other moms. This is a true win-win scenario: moms get to socialize, kids get new stuff, and everyone is saving money!
  7. Depending on where you live, this might be tough, but if you can postpone using the air conditioning or heater for as long as possible, you could save a good amount of money in a very short time. Growing up in Phoenix, I know a few tricks about staying cool in hot weather (read my tips here) and staying warm on a cold day requires layers of warm clothing and, perhaps, shutting off rooms that aren’t being used.
  8. Use a space heater and keep the central heat turned down to utilize heat in a way that continues to save money. There’s no need to warm up an entire house when you typically spend most of your daylight hours in just 2 or 3 rooms. Those are the rooms to keep warm.
  9. Consider extreme changes to your lifestyle, such as moving to a much cheaper neighborhood, city, or state. Other extreme steps: selling an expensive house and renting for a while, living with relatives for a while, or in an apartment with utilities included in the rent. Very often, these moves help a family rebound financially, save money, and prepare for moving on with their lives.
  10. Use a magicJack in place of a landline phone and continue to use your landline phone number. You’ll need to buy the magicJack device itself and pay a year’s service fee. Combined, this is under $60, and you can do away with any other landline phone service. Before jumping into the no-landline trend, though, you should know that a power outage will disable all types of plug-in phones, including cordless.
  11. Use plastic grocery bags as liners for small size trash cans. These bags can also be placed over ripening fruit and vegetables to keep the birds away, used as a type of “glove” for picking up dog poop, or as packing material. They’re also handy as a daily compost collector. Just remember to empty the contents each day in your outdoor compost pile!
  12. Stay home more. Every time you go out there are temptations to spend money, but this doesn’t have to mean life becomes unbearably boring. Here’s a list of more than 100 things to do that are free and fun.
  13. Be a one-car family. It will take some getting used to and juggling of schedules sometimes but the savings in insurance, vehicle wear and tear, gas, repairs, etc. will add up. However, before you sell that extra vehicle, park it for a week or two to get an idea of what life will be like once it’s gone forever. How will its loss impact doctor and dentist appointments, school and sports activities, etc.? It’s better to find out now, while you still have that second car!
  14. Begin using cloth diapers, if you have a baby in the family. New styles are easy to use and most moms who make the switch from disposables say they’ll never go back. If you have an adult family member who may need incontinence pads, use baby diapers for their super-absorbency.
  15. Become familiar with what your dollar stores usually stock and when you need those items, go there rather than other retail stores where you’ll pay full price.
  16. Start drying your clothes on a clothesline and wash them cold water.
  17. Unplug electric items when not in use. One homeowner told me that he saved a few hundred dollars per year doing this.
  18. Weatherstrip doors and windows. For just the low cost of some new weatherstripping, you can keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If you’re not sure if a particular window or exterior door needs new weatherstripping, hold a lit candle near its edges. If you see the flame flicker, air is coming through the cracks around the door or window.
  19. Buy next year’s clothing at end of the year clearance sales. This is particularly helpful with higher priced items like winter coats and cold-weather boots.
  20. Gradually replace lightbulbs with LEDs. My electrician husband swears by LED bulbs.
  21. Run the dishwasher right after dinner and set a timer for when the washing cycle has ended and the drying begins. When the timer goes off, open the dishwasher door and let the dishes dry overnight.
  22. Go for long hairstyles and get a trim twice a year. Some stylists claim that a long hairstyle is more youthful!
  23. While your kids are young, learn how to cut their hair. If you mess up a bit, hey, they won’t even notice, and by the time they’re old enough to care, your skills will be advanced!
  24. Cut back or eliminate expensive activities for kids. Find cheaper or free alternatives – classes at Home Depot, REI, Cabela’s, Minecraft classes online, the library, and so much more. Remember what your own childhood was like, with far fewer extracurricular activities, lessons, and busy schedules? There’s a good chance that your imagination thrived and you turned out okay. So will your kids.
  25. Gas prices go up and down, but try to get in the habit of walking or riding a bike on nearby errands. Carpool when you can. Not only will this save on gas but also on the wear and tear of your vehicle. Add the health benefits of walking or bicycling, and it’s a winning combination.
  26. Stay away from stores that tempt you most. They have such an enormous variety of products that you’re bound to find something you absolutely need — or do you??
  27. If you need money in a hurry, go through one or two rooms of your house, garage, and/or attic, and look for items you no longer need, want, can’t wear, etc and sell them on a local Facebook page, Craigslist, etc. This is quicker than a garage sale, with no need to set up or price items.
  28. Grow a garden. Even an herb garden is a huge, frugal help if you regularly buy fresh herbs for recipes. Watch your expenses, though, because store-bought mulch, fertilizer, seeds, supplies to build boxes, etc. add up quickly.
  29. Begin your own compost pile out in the backyard. It’s a great way to enrich your soil, with no expense at all.
  30. Knit dish cloths from inexpensive cotton yarn. You can make several from just one large ball of yarn. These make great gifts as well, and it’s a great way for kids to learn this useful skill.
  31. Don’t know how to knit? Learn this skill and hundreds of others on YouTube! Free training and, in many cases, even the supplies are extremely cheap.
  32. Ditch napkins and paper towels Use small washcloths for napkins instead. You’ll be using these for years, versus continually buying the paper products.
  33. Make inexpensive homemade cleaning solutions from vinegar, baking soda, small amounts of liquid soap, and so on. For years, I used just vinegar and water to clean my stained concrete floors. You can’t beat that for being frugal!
  34. Cut up old t-shirts for cleaning cloths and save old, worn-out towels for really messy jobs, such as cleaning up after pet accidents or wiping up anything that might stain one of your nicer towels. I keep a large stack of these towels in a cabinet in my laundry room, handy for all the uh-ohs that occur on a regular basis.
  35. During cold weather, wear layers around the house, socks, and turn the heat down.
  36. Collect blankets and use them to cover windows, doorways, and add triple and quadruple layers of warmth to beds! I always keep blankets handy in our living and family rooms.
  37. Never buy new vehicles. Ever. Let someone else drive that brand new car or truck out of the dealer’s showroom and enjoy the quick depreciation in value! You can lurk in the background, waiting for them to grow tired of their shiny new toy, either sell it or trade it in, and then you can leap into action, grabbing that vehicle at a huge discount.
  38. Maintain your vehicles with regular oil changes, keep the tires inflated, and take care of minor issues before they become budget-destroying expenses. This becomes especially important when you want to sell your used vehicle.
  39. Don’t postpone visits to the dentist and taking care of small cavities. Dental problems can become very expensive if ignored.
  40. Do your workouts at home, not a gym. Sooner or later, you’ll grow tired of the trips to the gym but will probably forget to cancel your membership. This will result in paying for something you aren’t using.
  41. If you have pets, find the best priced pet insurance. It may make the difference between saying goodbye too soon to a beloved pet and being able to afford expensive medical treatment.
  42. Ask doctors for samples of pharmaceutical medicines. Many are willing to do this — no problem at all. Not only will it help you to know if you’ll have any negative reactions to the medication before buying it, you’ll also save money. Years ago when we didn’t have health insurance, my husband’s doctor gave him a supply of one prescription for over a year.
  43. Do your own yard work and housecleaning, or pay the kids to do it. Be sure to thoroughly teach them how you want the job to be done. This is vital to developing their work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to follow directions. If you don’t believe in paying kids to do household chores (above and beyond their typical duties), then don’t!

Here are even more resources to help you save money!

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One Minute Glock Cleaning

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It’s not the purpose of this article to tell you to clean your Glock in under a minute. Rather it is to demonstrate that cleaning your pistol does not have to be a drawn out affair, and that in some cases (like lubrication) a little is better than a lot. You will need the following materials to properly clean your gun: appropriately sized cleaning patches a quality cleaning rod bore brush of the appropriate caliber for your gun a slotted tip for threading cleaning patches onto your cleaning rod a gun cleaning toothbrush gun cleaner/solvent gun oil a lint-free cleaning

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Hand Washing and the Fear of the Faucet

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Don’t Fear the Faucet, Sir

In public bathrooms around the world today, men and boys everywhere will finish up their business, zip up, and stroll right back out into the world – without even glancing at the sink on their way out.  Gross.

You might say, “Not my man – he knows better.”  And I hope you’re right.

But, as a man in the world, I see this all the time.  I haven’t exactly kept count, but if I had to make an educated guess based on my own personal experience, I would guess that 50% of the men in public restrooms don’t wash their hands on the way out.

I’ve seen this in the workplace, in restaurants and stores, in airports and stadiums… you name it.

And They Admit It

So I did some quick research and I found that, unfortunately, my hunch was correct – roughly half of the people on earth can’t be bothered to wash their hands after using the bathroom.

Initial Hygiene, a UK company, published a survey in February 2015 of 100,000 Europeans, and they found that 62% of men, and 40% of women, regularly don’t wash their hands after using a public bathroom.  So I guess it’s not only men who are doing this.

An American company, the Bradley Corporation, published a similar survey in October 2015, without drawing a line between genders.  They found that 92% of respondents believe it’s important to wash their hands after using a public restroom, but that only 66% say they always do it.  And a full 70% admitted that they regularly don’t use soap.

It gets even worse.  In 2013, a team from Michigan State University published a report in the Journal of Environmental Health, in which they studied 3,749 people in public restrooms.  They found that only 5% of the people in their sample washed their hands long enough to destroy infectious germs with soap – 15 to 20 seconds.

Make your own simple non-toxic cleaners: Easy and Natural Home Cleaning

Why Not Wash?

Why wouldn’t you wash your hands?

Are people really too busy to stop and wash?  I don’t think so.  If you have time to pee, you have time to wash and rinse, right?  It takes less than 30 seconds.

Is there some stigma about washing your hands that I don’t know about?  Does stopping to wash your hands mean that you’re admitting to having dirty hands?  I don’t get it.

I think the real answer is that the average guy generally doesn’t think about the consequences.  He looks at his hands and they don’t look dirty, so he blows it off – “it’ll be fine.”

Hand Washing and Disease

But in reality, at the moment this man is looking at his hands, there are literally trillions of bacteria right there in front of his eyes.  Some of these are the normal, healthy organisms that have been on his skin all along.

But some are random, strange, bathroom bacteria that this person has never come in contact with before.  And now they’re on the skin of his hands – the most likely spot to touch his eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and… well, all of his other openings too.  The skin of his hand is also where germs are most likely to be passed to other people – whether family or stranger.

And it’s not just about bacteria.  This is a great way for a virus to spread too.  A microbiologist named Charles Gerba published a study in 2014 where he used a harmless “tracer” virus to demonstrate that a virus placed on a strategically located door handle can spread throughout a typical office space within 2 to 4 hours.

If there were ever a time to wash your hands, this is it!

Read more about the organisms that live inside and on your body: Microbes 2.0 – A Tiny Manifesto

Scaring People Straight

Research has found that posting signs about the importance of hand washing does actually make a difference in how frequently people stop to wash their hands after using the bathroom.

That company I mentioned above, Initial Hygiene, offers a product that uses sensors to count the number of people who use the bathroom against the number of people who wash their hands.  It keeps a running tab, and displays the results publicly on the bathroom wall.  So on the way out, you see the percentage of people that have washed their hands after using the bathroom.  They claim that this increases hand washing by 50%.

One simple change that I think would help is scarier signs.  Instead of a cute sketch of two hands under a faucet…  How about a nasty microscopic image of a virus, alongside a picture of a sick person?  I think that might stop the average guy in the example above, so instead of saying, “it’ll be fine,” he says, “well, better safe than sorry.”

hand-washing-sign

Don’t Go Overboard – Soap is Sufficient

Please don’t get all freaked out and start spraying antibacterial products everywhere.

Soap is a great tool for this job.  Just wash your hands with soap.  While it can kill some bacteria and viruses, what it’s really good at is removing them from your skin.

If you need to use a hand sanitizer, there are some that have water as their base and use herbal compounds as their active ingredients – those seem like the mildest solution.

Avoid products that contain synthetic antimicrobial compounds like Triclosan.  Even though these may make you feel better today, you are helping to create stronger and stronger germs for tomorrow – each time you use an antimicrobial like this.  The problem of antimicrobial resistance used to be science fiction, but today it has become a very real problem in the world.  Yes, today.  But that’s another topic for another post.

Clean your hands without synthetic chemicals: How to Make a Natural Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

A Closing Plea

A plea to building designers and automation engineers…

There are some of us who try, every time, to leave the bathroom with as few germs as possible in tow on our skin and clothing.  We are the people who use the paper “toilet seat condoms.”  We try not to touch dirty surfaces, and we wash our hands every time.

We’ve watched with wonder over the past few decades as you all have automated urinals, toilets, water faucets, paper towel dispensers, and even soap dispensers!  Bravo!  We hardly have to touch anything anymore, if we don’t want to.

But still, at the end of every public bathroom experience is the single worst part… the doorknob.

No matter how well you wash, and no matter how futuristic the whole bathroom is, the last thing we do on our way out is grab the dirtiest object in the place – the same thing that the other 70% of people who didn’t even wash their hands grabbed on their way out.

It’s the doorknob you should automate!  Automate the bathroom door!

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Sources:

1: Do YOU always wash your hands after going to the loo? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2971931/Do-wash-hands-going-loo-62-men-40-women-admit-don-t-bother.html
2: Global Handwashing Day Focuses on Need for Universal Hand Hygiene. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-handwashing-day-focuses-on-need-for-universal-hand-hygiene-300159521.html
3: Only 5% Wash Their Hands Properly After Going To The Toilet. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261875.php
4: How quickly viruses can contaminate buildings and how to stop them. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/asfm-hqv090214.php
5: Hygiene Connect. http://www.initial.co.uk/hygiene-connect/
6: Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When? http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Hand_Hygiene_Why_How_and_When_Brochure.pdf

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4 All-Natural Disinfectants Just As Potent As Store-Bought Chemical Cleaners

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4 All-Natural Disinfectants Just As Potent As Store-Bought Chemical Cleaners

If you are like most people, you have a vast array of great-smelling cleaning products under your sink that carry with them claims of great efficacy for keeping your home looking and smelling its best.

However, if the truth is told, the majority of these cleaning products are laced with highly dangerous chemicals, many that have little or no safety data available. These chemicals may significantly impact not only your health but also the environment.

The Environmental Working Group researched more than 2,000 common cleaning products and discovered that information about ingredients is hidden from consumers. The result is an unregulated industry and hundreds of potentially harmful cleaning products on store shelves.

Cleaning products are not required by federal law to list ingredients. This means that manufacturers can sneak in harsh cleaning chemicals regardless of their impact on health. Some of these cleaners can trigger skin problems, reproductive problems, hormone disruption, asthma or even cancer. Without full disclosure on the label, consumers have no idea what they are buying.

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Here are a few of the ingredients lurking in your products:

Phthalates: These are found in fragrances and products such as dish soap, toilet paper and air fresheners. These chemicals have been found to cause low sperm counts in men.

Perchloroethylene (PERC): These chemicals are found in spot cleaners, carpet and upholstery cleaners and dry-cleaning solutions. PERC is a known neurotoxin and is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “possible carcinogen.”

Triclosan: This chemical is found in most dishwashing detergents, some toothpastes and also hand soaps that are labeled “antibacterial.” Research has shown that triclosan can alter hormone regulation in animals, contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and harm the immune system. Even a very small amount of this dangerous compound can be absorbed through the skin.

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2-Butoxyethanol: Window and multipurpose cleaners contain this chemical that is known as powerful “glycol ether.” The Environmental Protection Agency notes that this chemical may cause sore throats while higher levels may cause narcosis, pulmonary edema, liver and kidney damage. You are at particular risk if you clean in an unventilated bathroom or small area.

Natural Disinfectants

If you are looking for a way to clean that is non-toxic but still effective, there is hope! Here are four all-natural cleaners you should try this year:

1. Vinegar. Vinegar is a powerful, natural disinfectant that has antimicrobial properties. Research shows that vinegar, when used in combination with salt or hydrogen peroxide, can even halt the growth of some strains of E. coli. Also, vinegar is a highly effective mold killer and won’t hurt the environment or your lungs like chlorine bleach.

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2. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known to be a powerful force against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It will kill E. coli, salmonella, shigella and staphylococcus. To make an effective disinfectant, mix two cups of water, half a teaspoon of liquid soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar and 20 drops of tea tree oil.

3. Neem oil. Neem oil, from the seeds of a tree native to India, is a powerful sanitizer, insect repellent and all-over cleaner. To make a potent cleaner, mix a little oil in a vegetable-based liquid soap like Castile. All you need is a few drops of this all-natural cleaner to clean your counters and other solid surface tops.

4. Grapefruit seed extract. Herbal scholar and author Stephen Harrod Buhner states that grapefruit seed extract is a more powerful disinfectant than standard hospital preparations. It can tackle Haemophilus influenza which causes sinusitis, meningitis and ear infections. Create a potent solution by mixing 40 drops of the extract with one quart of water. Shake well before each use.

So, this year, before you throw away your money on toxic brews with powerful claims to leave your home sparkling clean, consider a few of these easy-to-make and inexpensive disinfectant alternatives.

What all-natural cleaners would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Harness The Power Of Nature’s Most Remarkable Healer: Vinegar

Back To Basics: How To Clean Your House

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Today it’s my Back To Basics: How To Clean Your House series. I am hoping this post will help families get organized, stay clutter free and have joy in their homes. If my house is clean and orderly I am one happy chick! I remember when my daughters were little and we had job charts. They each had different cleaning jobs that would be traded weekly so they would learn every job around the house. I was probably a little over the top in cleaning, that I regret now, but we all learn as young mothers, right? My grandkids come and I could care less about the hand prints on the windows. I actually cherish them. How life changes. I have learned to relax and enjoy life, spilled milk and handprints on the walls. Life is good. I also know we need to teach our children to work, need I say more?

I’m going to have different printable instruction sheets at the bottom of my post so you can print them. If you have other ideas I have forgotten, please tell me and I will add your ideas and tips to my lists. We all learn from each other. I use Clorox wipes weekly on all my light switches, TV remotes, phone and cell phones. Yep, that’s what I do. I remember attending a class years and years ago and the woman teaching the class taught us to  “put your house to bed at night”. After I attended that class before I went to bed each night I made sure the living room and kitchen were put to bed each night and ready for the family the next day. That is a statement I live by to this day. I recently wrote a post on cleaning bathrooms. Here’s the deal, I don’t use what some people call “green” cleaning products. I guess I should I will use the “green” products if they actually disinfect the rooms I am cleaning. I have found most of the “green” products do not clean to my standards.

I do love Dr. Bonner’s castile soap, I must say. Again, I have found most of the “green” products do not clean to my standards. So there you have it, I use the stuff that actually cleans and gets rid of the bacteria. I remember years ago when I lived in a neighborhood where there was a young mother who was always sick with strep throat or bronchitis, and her children seemed to get sick often too. The neighborhood actually became her cleaning crew. Every week we were asked to go clean her house. One day I spoke up and said “she needs to learn to clean her house and teach her kids to clean up after themselves”.

Her husband actually joked that if the family’s house was broken into that the robbers would turn around and leave because it looked like it had already been ransacked because there was stuff all over the floors, couches, and counter tops. Yes, his wife heard the statement and we all laughed and then we taught her and her kids how to clean the house.

How To Clean Your House

Bathrooms:

I love to clean bathrooms, Call me craz, but I love my clean bathrooms. I clean them every week on Sunday (I know it’s the Sabbath), but I have a schedule and it takes me literally five minutes to clean one bathroom. It only takes five minutes to clean from top to bottom because I keep up on it weekly. I have two bathrooms so it takes me a total of ten minutes a week to clean both bathrooms. P.S. I love the smell of a clean bathroom, I really do.

If we teach our children when they are young to keep the bathroom sink free from toothpaste goop, life is good in the home. If they never learn to clean a sink the toothpaste goop will be there for years. Trust me, I have cleaned a lot of homes for people. Teach a child to be proud of their bathroom by learning the skills to keep it clean.

I remember one of my awesome son-in-laws showing some toddlers (my cute grandkids) how to replace the toilet paper roll in a bathroom. He had them practice by pushing the toilet paper holder together to release it to remove the old roll and place a fresh new roll of toilet paper on the holder. No one likes to go into the bathroom to use it and the toilet paper roll is empty. Need I say more?

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Keep a bucket of cleaning supplies in every bathroom

Every bathroom should have a toilet bowl cleaner tool

Clean the faucets as directed by the manufacturer

Stock the cupboard with extra toilet paper

Stock the cupboard with extra bars of soap and toothpaste

Sink, scrub it until clean

Countertops, scrub until clean

Mirror, make it shine and spotless

Toilet, clean the entire toilet inside and out down to the floor

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Clean the floor and moldings

Replace the toilet paper if needed

Replace the soap in the bathtub/shower if needed

Scrub the bathtub/shower

Wash the bath towels and hand towels

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

My Bathroom Cleaning Products:

I wrote a post a month ago about cleaning bathrooms and shared these tips:

Toilet bowl cleaner: Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Ocean Fresh Scent, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4).

I use this product to spray under the toilet rim and let it soak as directed on the bottle. Next I use the pumice stone shown below on my list of cleaning supplies.

Pumice stone: U. S. Pumice HDW-12 Pumie Scouring Stick (4 pack)

A few years ago, I remember someone saying to me, “well won’t that pumice stone scratch the toilet bowl”? Yep, it sure will, but I would rather see a clean toilet bowl than that the brownish black stuff that won’t wash off under the toilet rim. That’s totally gross, in my opinion. So, I use elbow grease and scrub under the toilet rim with a wet pumice stone with the Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner sprayed under the rim. Now, I have never had to do this on my toilets but if you have a rental or older toilet, you may need to do this in order to make them white again.

Clorox wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Scented, 225 Count (Packaging May Vary)

These wipes are what I use to wipe down the top of the toilet tank, the toilet tank, the lid, and the toilet seat. I use about 5-6 Clorox sheets per bathroom every week. I use them on the counter tops and the top rim of the bathtub. I also use these to clean the grout that may be yellowed by pee at the bottom of the toilet bowl tank next to the floor. The grout can get pretty bad if not cleaned weekly. I call that ring around the toilet! I even use them on the floor.

Window cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner – 6 Cans

I used to buy a popular window cleaner, even though it said it was streak-free, my windows always had streaks. I prefer these cans because they work great. Costco sells a really good brand as well. I am fussy about clean mirrors and faucets. I typically share a can or two with friends and all but one keeps asking me where to buy it. I love clean windows and mirrors. I buy my glass cleaner by the case, yep 12 cans!

Shower cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Mega Foamer 3 Pack

This stuff cleans the shower walls really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out.  Make sure the product is safe for your shower walls.

Bathroom counter cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner Aerosol Color Change (Pack Of 2)

This stuff cleans the bathroom counter tops really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out. Make sure the product is safe for your counter tops.

Towel Rack: Amerock H55656WG10 Beveled Hook Rack, White and Satin Nickel, 18-Inch

Here’s the deal about towel racks. We need to make it as easy as possible for people to hang up their towels, whether it be hand or bath towels. Hooks work the best because they literally ensure the towels are in fact hung up to dry. No one likes to fold them into thirds to hang them on the towel bar, in my opinion. I did away with towel bars years ago. I only have towel bars with hooks in both bathrooms now.

Garbage Cans: InterDesign Kent Bathware, 10-Inch Waste Can, Bronze

If you get a nice sturdy small garbage can and use garbage bags it makes life so much easier when you empty them. I promise. Empty them as needed. Target sells great little garbage cans that are not very expensive.

Garbage Bags: Glad Small Garbage Bags, 4 Gallon Bags, 2 – 30 Packs (60 Total)

You can buy 4-gallon garbage bags at your local supermarket or online. I tie a knot in one corner and slip it over the can. They work great and keep the garbage cans clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Set: Don Aslett Cleaning Center

I have one of these sets in each bathroom so they are ready to use when I clean the bathrooms on Sunday. I do not use them like the video shows. I just use the brush/wand with the cleaning solution squirted on it and swish it around the toilet bowl. Next, I squeeze the brush with the cover and get as much water out of them after scrubbing the toilet bowl. Then I let it dry until next week. Then I use the Clorox wipes to wipe down the toilet parts as indicated above. This is how I clean my bathrooms in 10 minutes every week, literally 10 minutes.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box

I use these cleaning pads to clean the bathtub and shower walls. You wet them and start scrubbing. Love it! Just so you know, these cleaning pads will remove washable chalk paint in the tubs and shower. I tried everything and this is the ONLY thing that will remove it. I also use these on rentals where the toilets have really dirty grout on the bottom of the tanks next to the floor. Yep, they work on pee stains.

If your showers are really grimy this tool works great. I use them when I go help people clean showers/bathtubs: Black & Decker S700E ScumBuster Xtreme Cleaning Tool with 3-in-1 Extension Handle

Bedrooms:

I do know that if my bed is made-up daily I feel like my day has started off right. Yes, I make my bed every day as soon as I wake up. It’s a habit I love. I also love looking at my bedroom with all the pillows piled on top of the quilt. My husband would love only two pillows, the ones we sleep on. I love decorator pillows, it’s who I am. I change my quilt every three months. The bed skirt stays the same, but the quilt and shams are changed out. I can’t afford to replace my furniture, but I will say I love a “new’ look in my bedroom every few months. My bedroom is my sanctuary, very neat and tidy. I open the window shutters to let the sunshine come in and it always brighten my day, literally. Sunshine makes me happy, what about you?

Make your bed every day

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Change and wash the sheets weekly

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Wipe the moldings down monthly

Wipe the fan blades monthly

Clean the lights monthly

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lamp shades if applicable

Dust the dresser, side tables or other furniture

Keep all lateral counters clear of clutter

Make your bedrooms a sanctuary

Make your bed daily

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Kitchen:

I love having my kitchen ready for me to do whatever I need to do first thing in the morning. Yes, I put my kitchen to bed at night so it’s ready for all my projects, like making bread or making recipes for my blog the following day. My husband is extremely patient because sometimes I have four projects going on all at the same time. Just picture a camera, a tripod or lights in a very small kitchen. It still works, but it’s a bit tight for doing what I need to do. My kitchen is extremely organized because it’s very small. I have all the baking items in one area. The spices right where I need them. You do what you have to do when you have a very small kitchen. I am adamant about downsizing, let me just say that.

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Keep the kitchen sink empty

If you use a dish put it in the dishwasher if you have one

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Clean the inside of the refrigerator, discard food that is not edible

Wipe down the large and small appliances

Replace the kitchen dishrag three times a day

Replace the hand towels at least once a day

Refill the paper towel holder if applicable

Keep the lateral counters free of clutter

Clean the floors

Wipe down the bar stools and chairs

Wipe down the table so it’s clutter free and clean for the next meal

Wipe the countertops

Check the toaster and clean the crumb trays

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Hallways:

I can still picture children walking down the hallways with their arms out-stretched touching both sides of the hallway walls. I can also picture them learning to wash down the hand prints they left on those very walls. Life is good when kids learn what it takes to maintain a house or an apartment. It doesn’t matter if you are buying or renting, we need to teach the next generation how to respect the home we live in.

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Wipe down the moldings

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floors, empty container as needed

Dust the lights

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Dining Room:

My dining room is not a typical “don’t touch” dining room. My table is large and can seat ten people comfortably. I had to add a glass top to the wooden table top because my one of granddaughters used some magic markers on the top. I can’t have anything I have to worry about at my house. I cleaned off as much of the magic marker that I could, and then ordered and had a glass top delivered to protect my table. Now my table works great for fancy meals, plain meals, sewing, and crafts. Life is good when you have family and friends to break bread with, right?

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Dust the lights or fans

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lamp shades if applicable

Wipe down or vacuum the couches or chairs monthly

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Family Room:

The family room is our living room at my house, but I realize some families have both. I would put this room to bed at night so the room is ready for all the wonderful family memories you will make the next day.

Dust the coffee table

Dust the side tables

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Vacuum lamp shades if applicable

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Living Room:

I used to have a living room and a family room when my girls were growing up. I now only have a living room. I must admit it took me a long time to get used to the home downsizing idea. I wish I could shout from the rooftops to live with a small house and make do. Please put your living room to bed at night so you are ready to make memories in a clean and organized living room the next day. Trust me, it’s a great habit to have. Let’s teach the next generation how to clean your house.

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Dust the coffee table

Dust the side tables

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lamp shades if applicable

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Pantry or Food Storage Closet:

Please remember to rotate your food and replace the food items you need as you use them. The less you shop the more money you will save because it will not be impulse buying. Trust me, stock your pantry and you will save money. Cook from scratch and you will know what is in the food you are preparing.

Clean the floor

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Wipe shelves as needed

Keep it orderly and watch for expired cans

Keep a list of items that need to be replaced

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Home Office:

I learned something very important when I worked at a bank years ago. We were trained to always have a clean desk. Period. I have my files organized so I can find things in minutes. It’s important that I know where things are placed because I have a very small desk where I work on my blog here at home.

Dust the desk

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Organize papers, keep it clutter free

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lamp shades if applicable

Replace light bulbs as needed

Clean the fans or lights

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floors, empty container as needed

Wipe the moldings down

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Front Door & Back Door:

I like to think of my front door as a wonderful “welcome” door to my home. I love to hang a wreath that makes me smile. I reuse the same ones over and over. I love clean doors, it’s who I am. All you need is a little elbow grease and soapy water and the door is clean before you know it. I call the front door a teaching tool if the kids clean it they are aware of the dirty hands that make it less than appealing when coming home and opening the grimy door.

Wipe down finger prints on doors

Vacuum the entryway and outside mats

Replace light bulbs outside as needed

Shutters or Blinds:

I love clean shutters or blinds. I do not like dust and shutters and blinds love dust,  Need I say more?

Clean quarterly

Windows:

I used to work and hired someone to clean my windows outside every month. I do not keep any screens on my windows because it’s easier to wash windows if the screens are removed. I cleaned the windows inside myself. Now I wash the windows inside and outside myself.

Clean windows inside and out at least quarterly.

Garage:

You may think I am strange but I LOVE my garage clean. I sweep it monthly and keep everything in its place.

Sweep or hose garage floor as needed

Clean garbage cans with Clorox every month

Vacuum rugs coming into the house

PRINTABLES: you can cut and pass these out to those you want to teach the skills to clean your house. How To Clean Your House

I feel strongly that if we teach our kids and grandkids to be respectful of our furniture, they will be respectful at other families’ homes. I still remember singing the song about no more monkeys jumping on the beds. Did you sing that song when you were little? Let’s teach the world to keep a clean house and be ready for the unexpected. May God bless you in your efforts. We are training the next generation by example, let’s teach them “How To Clean Your House.”

CDC Center for Disease Control Cleaning & Sanitizing

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The Safest Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softeners (and the ones to avoid)

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Choosing the safest dryer sheets and fabric softeners for your family takes some research. Because these products are designed to linger, they are chemically designed to coat the fabric of … Read the rest

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48 Surprising Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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When I think of hydrogen peroxide, I think of my mom torturing me with a wet cotton ball every time I got a cut or scrape. Sometimes I would even try to hide them from her. But eventually I learned the importance of using hydrogen peroxide to prevent […]

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Making Citrus Fruit Cleaners

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Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

In case you are looking for a non-toxic solution for cleaning and maintaining of your home, consider making citrus fruit cleaners.  You can forget about the very expensive disinfecting products filled with chemicals.  Using citrus fruits is affordable, healthy, and fresh.   By preferring to use eco-friendly blends for the disinfection of the different parts…

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How To Save Money On Your Paper Products

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Today’s post is about how to save money on your paper products. Do you use way more paper towels than your mom did? How many in a day do you use? I don’t remember my mom even using paper towels at all. I asked my husband when did we start using paper towels? He said, “I don’t think we used them we first got married”. He was going to school and working two jobs so I doubt very much paper towels were in our budget. In fact, they would have been a luxury back then. Now that I am semi-retired paper towels are again a luxury to me. We are all looking at our budgets to see where we can cut costs, right?  When I was writing my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I had to calculate how many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels we would need for so many days, weeks and months. I want people to think about what to store for those unexpected situations that may arise after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

Save Money On Your Paper Products-Use Cloth Instead

I have read a few blogs about making my own “cloth” paper towels, which is something I could do. I have a serger and I could buy the fabric using a coupon to save money by making my own. But, I don’t want to make my own. I don’t want to go pick up the fabric or cut and serge the edges with my serger. So I bought 60 ready made 2-ply diapers. Yep, I ordered them, opened the box and washed them. Zip zap bam, done! I decided on these very thin ones because I could stack several in my counter top container and wash and dry them quickly if I needed to. I am always thinking if I lose power can I use these? They will wash and dry easily because of the thickness.

Here are the ones I bought: Linteum Textile REUSABLE BIRDSEYE BABY DIAPERS 12×16 in. Washable 2-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers 12-Pack I decided for me purchasing them for less than $1.00 a piece was a great buy. I use about one paper towel roll in two days which I figured costs me about $15.00 a month depending on the brand and how many sheets are on the rolls. It will take me about four months, give or take, to recoup my cost of these cloth ones. I realize I will use soap and pay for utilities to keep these clean. Of course, I will still buy a case of regular paper towels occasionally because I won’t want to use my cloth ones to drain my bacon or greasy foods. I plan to wash these at the same time I wash my whites, which will include wash clothes and hand towels.  That way I really won’t be using much more in utility and detergent costs since I’m washing the other items anyway.  Maybe a little longer in the dryer, but not much.

I am still learning the withdrawals of using a quick paper towel and toss habit, but I am determined to use only one or two cloth paper towels per day. I am only going to use one paper towel roll per month. Wish me luck, it’s all about saving the $$$$. Do you have any tips for saving money on your paper products?

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies!

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies
Cat Ellis “The Herbal Prepper Live

Herbal CleaningLearn to make your own non-toxic herbal household cleaners in this episode of Herbal Prepper Live. The ability to stay clean increases your chance of staying healthy. Many of these contain toxic ingredients, some suspected of being carcinogens. Plus, many people take for granted that there will always be a store to pick up some extra soap or counter top disinfectant spray.

Herbal CleaningDid you know that most soap sold in stores isn’t really soap? Or that artificial fragrances are some of the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances? Why use artificial cinnamon scent when you could just use real cinnamon? Have a clean, fresh homestead using pleasantly aromatic herbs and other materials you can either grow or store long term.

Herbal CleaningBeyond stocking up on soaps, shampoos, soft scrubs, and air fresheners, these things are expensive and often are loaded with questionable, potentially carcinogenic ingredients. By making your own herbal cleaning products, you can make your own for less money and without possibly increasing your risk of cancer later on. Plus, you can save the money from buying the commercially made stuff, and put those savings towards your other preps or debt reduction.

Herbal Cleaning Homemade-Dish-SoapThis episode will discuss the basics of how to make soap, shampoo, natural hand sanitizer, a degreasing spray for the stove top, soft scrubs for the tub and sinks, a disinfectant spray, homemade laundry soap, and dish soap. This will allow you to keep your body, clothing, bed linens, and surfaces clean. This alone will reduce the amount of germs in your home, and help prevent illness.

Thankfully, cleaning products made from non-toxic, natural, herbal cleaning ingredients do not contribute to the ever growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria. Even the hand sanitizer will not contribute to antibiotic resistance, unlike the common hand sanitizers we find in hospitals and on pharmacy shelves.

Learn what supplies you need to have on hand to be independent of the toxin-steeped cleaners, and how to use them to keep you and your household clean and healthy.
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Why Green Cleaning Is Frugal

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Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

Edna is our cleaning contributor to Pantry Paratus; she is back with a persuasive piece on making your own cleaners as a way to cut down on your budget! If you are new at green cleaning, or have not even begun yet, there are a few very important things you need to know about it…

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How To Get Rid Of Pantry Moths In Your Kitchen

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I really never thought I would write a post about how to get rid of pantry moths in your kitchen. I had never heard of pantry moths or the Indian meal moth until about a month ago. I was at a friends house and she mentioned, “I am so sick of these tiny moths in my kitchen!” They did not look like typical moths like the ones you see flying around outside light bulbs on your home. Well, of course, I had to look really close at the moths. I am not sure why I did, but I always like learning new things. The thing that’s different about these moths is the fact they are only about 1/2 an inch in length. I have only seen larger moths. I had my iPhone with me and we both decided to look up why these tiny moths could possibly be hanging out here. Lo and behold, they are called pantry moths.

I started laughing because I remember having mice in my house when I lived in Riverton, Utah. Before you scream out loud about anyone having mice in their home, I must tell you a funny story. I had the perfect neighborhood and to this day I wish I had not sold that home. The whole neighborhood would bring chairs outside with our lunch and laugh for hours. I mentioned one day that I caught six mice in one hour in my kitchen. I had to throw out so many things. Plus I had to disinfect everything. I must say, I am the expert on what kind of mouse trap to buy. Yes, indeed I am. My cute neighbors started laughing because I said “I had a family reunion this morning of mice in the kitchen”! I’m losing it! We all laughed.

We found the hole where those rascals were coming in, and with the new mouse traps I stopped the party. The girls all said, “why would the mice go to Lindas house when we have all the crumbs from kids under our kitchen tables”. We had a good laugh. It doesn’t matter how clean you are, the mice love to party. This is my favorite mouse trap: Intruder 16000 Better Mouse Trap 2 per Package So, my friend having pantry moths just made me laugh in a good way. I told her we would tackle it together. And we did. I store all my food products in hard commercial plastic containers like these: Rubbermaid Commercial FG630600CLR Space-Saving Container, 6-Quart Capacity with these lids: Rubbermaid Commercial 6509 8-3/4″ Length x 8.3″ Width, White Color, Linear Low Density Polyethylene Lid for Space Saving Container They are air-tight and I store everything in them. I still buy some OXO containers, but these Rubbermaid ones are my favorite.

How Do Pantry Moths Come Into My House:

Pantry moths will come into your house via a package of flour, rice, beans, cracker or cereal, chips or most any food item from the supermarket. They are teeny tiny, almost invisible eggs that are in food packages and hatch larvae that turns into moths. You may see these tiny black/brown beetles that are very tiny bugs in corn meal, bird seed, flour, cereal, etc. You may see these cream colored worm-like critters climbing on your walls. The first thing you need to do is look for the oldest packages of food or spices you have. Yep, they love all the unopened packages as well. Oh, and those partially closed spice containers are a dream come true for these babies.

Places To Look For Pantry Moths:

  1. unopened packages, check the cereal boxes, the unopened bags, check the creases of the bags inside all boxes
  2. cracks in your cupboards
  3. spice containers
  4. breadcrumbs, even if unopened
  5. boxes with baggies-they love to hide
  6. check dried flowers
  7. check under lids, they can hide anywhere
  8. cupboard hinges
  9. vacuum all floor moldings, empty the bag and take the dust out to the trash
  10. they hide in the cupboard pin holes, its a perfect place to lay eggs
  11. use a pantry moth trap like this one: Pro-Pest Pantry Moth Traps – 6 Ready to Use Pre-baited Traps (3 Packs of 2 Traps) The female emits a similar pheromone substance as these traps when she is ready to mate. The male panty moths will follow the scent to the traps. The male critters will flock to the sticky mat looking for the female pantry moths. This should hopefully stop the pantry moth life cycle
  12. some people think if they put their food in the freezer it will kill the pantry moths. They actually go into a dormant stage sometimes and wake up when back in the warm comfort of a cupboard.
  13. pet treats and dog food are a delicacy to these critters
  14. children’s macaroni artwork is tasty, throw out the artwork when possible
  15. dried fruit, they will chew right through those bags or cardboard containers
  16. remove all cupboard liners, they hide underneath, vacuum everywhere
  17. nuts
  18. chocolate as in chocolate chips
  19. never buy a damaged box of food at the store because they may have some eggs hiding inside
  20. Jello gelatin boxes

How To Clean The Pantry Moth Hiding Places:

I helped my friend by totally taking EVERYTHING out of the cupboards. We inspected for webs, larvae, egg and moths. We both washed down the top and underneath the shelves in each cabinet. Yep, they hide in crevices and corners.

Things you will need:

  • bleach/Clorox  spray
  • garbage bags
  • vacuum
  • paper towels to dispose of the webs, beetles, larvae, and moths
  • hot soapy water with rags you can throw out
  1. wash all cupboards with hot soapy water. I went one step further, I brought out the BIG guns (bleach mixture): Clorox Clean-up Disinfectant Spray Cleaner with Bleach Value Pack (2-32ounce bottles) w- 4 SOS Sponge I picked it up at the local supermarket. We sprayed, wiped and sprayed again all the cupboards, baseboards, countertops and window seals. We wiped down everything we thought a moth family might use to hide. She has not seen ANY moths for a month now. Hopefully, we got the infestation under control and eraticated.

University Of California Agriculture & Natural Resources

 

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10 Off-Grid Reasons You Should Stockpile Baking Soda

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10 Off-Grid Reasons You Should Stockpile Baking Soda

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Those little orange boxes of baking soda are handy to have in your refrigerator to get rid of unpleasant odors and on your pantry shelf to use in baking, but there are good reasons you should store this amazing resource for emergencies.

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO₃) is a compound that contains the mineral nahcolite and is found dissolved in many mineral springs. Historians know that ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, used baking soda for many purposes around the home.

Often priced at about $1 for a one-pound box and even less expensive when purchased in bulk quantities, baking soda is an affordable and important part of your off-the grid supplies.

Here are 10 reasons you should stockpile baking soda:

1. Personal hygiene. Baking soda is an ingredient in many types of toothpaste, and you can make your own by mixing it with some water. Baking soda also freshens breath. Simply mix a teaspoon into a glass of water and gargle.

You also can use a paste of baking soda and water to remove dirt and stains from the hands and body. Or pat some baking soda under your arms for a natural deodorant.

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Baking soda works well as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle some baking soda into your roots and then work through your hair. Brush well, and your hair will look and smell fresher.

2. Medical uses. Baking soda is a natural heartburn reliever, since it helps to neutralize the acids in your digestive tract. Mix a half teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of water. Stir until dissolved completely. Drink once every four hours. This remedy is for adults only and should not exceed five teaspoons per day.

A baking soda-water paste is an effective way to soothe the pain of sunburn and insect bites and stings. It also can soothe and protect areas of chafing on the body, such as between the thighs.

3. Indoor cleaning. Baking soda works as a gentle abrasive cleaner on all your kitchen and bathroom surfaces, including counters, sinks and tubs. With water and elbow grease, it will power out many stains without worry of scratching surfaces.

Try using baking soda to remove cooked-in or burnt-on food on your pots and pans. Remove all excess food and then place a layer of baking soda on the stain. Cover with about two inches of water and bring the pot to boil. Remove from heat and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you should be able to wipe the remains away.

10 Off-Grid Reasons You Should Stockpile Baking Soda

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4. Outdoor cleaning. You can use a baking soda-water paste to clean your outdoor grill and outdoor furniture.

In addition, its mild alkaline content makes it a safe cleaner for your car. Mix one-fourth cup of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to all car surfaces, including chrome, light covers, tires, vinyl seats and mats.

5. Clean batteries. You can neutralize corrosion on batteries with baking soda. First, be sure to disconnect the terminals. Then apply a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water with a damp cloth to clean away corrosion. Wipe dry. Then reconnect the terminals.

6. Clean drains. Did you know you can safely clean sluggish drains with baking soda? Simply pour one-half cup of baking soda down the drain and flush with boiling water for quick results. An added bonus? Your drain will smell better, too.

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After your drain is running better, sprinkle some baking soda in your sink – even stainless steel ones – and scrub with a damp sponge or cloth for a shiny surface.

7. Laundry. Baking soda can be used alone or as a boost to your regular laundry detergent. Add one-half cup to your washing machine load to help balance pH levels.

You can use baking soda to freshen and deodorize bedding and sleeping bags in between washings. Sprinkle on the bedding and let the baking soda set for about 15 minutes. Then shake well outdoors to loosen and remove the baking soda.

8. Put out fires. In an emergency, you can use baking soda to smother fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and carpet. Baking soda can be used for electrical fires as well, and the good part is it will not ruin some items, as water will.

9. Deodorizer. Baking soda does a great job of absorbing odors. In addition to your main refrigerator, you can use it in coolers and portable refrigerators as well.

Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your garbage cans to neutralize odors there.

Here’s another deodorizing tip: If a skunk sprays your dog, add a cup of lemon juice, a box of baking soda and a half-cup of shampoo in a warm bath to help kill the odor.

10. Cooking. You can use baking soda to safely clean your fruits and vegetables before eating them or cooking them. Scrub them with a clean brush and a paste of baking soda and water. Then rinse thoroughly.

You can decrease the cooking time for dried beans with baking soda. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water you soak the beans in overnight before cooking them. It not only cuts the cooking time in half, but it makes the beans more digestible for most people.

Finally, here is one more reason you need to stockpile baking soda. You can use it to make a rehydrating drink for survival situations. In cases of severe dehydration, when other methods of rehydrating are not available, here is an effective option.

Mix the following ingredients together:

      • 1 quart of water
      • ½ tsp of baking soda
      • ½ tsp of table salt
      • ¼ tsp of salt substitute (potassium chloride)
      • 2 tablespoons of sugar
      • Fruit juice as flavoring (optional)

Have dehydrated person take small sips of the solution every five minutes until he or she begins to urinate normally.

Do you know of other uses for baking soda? Share your tips in the section below:

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8 Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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Most all of us have a bottle – or twelve – of hydrogen peroxide put back. Did you know that its uses are more than just wound disinfection? Hydrogen peroxide actually has a multitude of uses and makes the storage of it even more important.

Oh and by the way there is a reason hydrogen peroxide comes in a dark brown bottle. It is because light will ruin its potency.

It should be obvious to see how all of these uses are directly related to preparedness.

Here’s the list……

Tooth Cleanser – mix with baking soda to make an extremely effective tooth cleaning paste.

Antiseptic Mouth Rinse – Hydrogen peroxide can help with canker sores as well as kill germs causing bad breath. Consider diluting with water to verify it won’t cause too much irritation if used full strength.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Pour a half a cup into the toilet bowl and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Come back and wipe clean.

Pet Saver – If your pet swallows something they shouldn’t have and you need to make them throw up simply get them to drink some hydrogen peroxide. Very effective as within minute the animal will be vomiting.

Disinfect and Clean Wounds – the most obvious use.  Irrigating the wound with hydrogen peroxide can help clear away dead tissue and kill bacteria.

Acne and Boils – Just like treating a wound the use of hydrogen peroxide on infected acne and boils and greatly increase the healing. It works!

Athlete’s Foot – There are different types of fungus that cause athlete’s foot as well as jock itch. Many people have had success treating these fungi with hydrogen peroxide.

Household Cleaning – Disinfect your countertops by  mixing hydrogen peroxide and water in equal parts. Remember to keep the mixture away from light to protect the hydrogen peroxide from loosing its strength. Something to consider if no other cleaning agents are available.

Hope this list generated a few ideas and will get you to put back a few extra bottles.

Gotta get going now. Heading to the dollar store to pick up a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide.

Rourke

 

 

 

 

11 Ways To Clean The Bathroom Quickly

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Can you use 11 ways to clean the bathroom quickly? I must say the ways I am showing you today are extreme get your bathrooms clean once a month jobs. I do not use “green” products when I want to scrub down a really needy bathroom. I personally clean my bathrooms every Sunday. Yes, it’s the Sabbath, but here’s the deal…that day works for me. I recently helped a friend clean an apartment that was a rental. You know when you see that black stuff under the toilet rim and you know it needs to go, right? Or the toilet seat looks a little disgusting? Just replace the toilet seat, you will be glad you did, I promise. I recommend NOT buying the cheap plastic toilet seats. I am going to list the items I use to clean my bathrooms every week as well as the deep cleaning supplies.

Just so you know if you have two bathrooms, place these items in both bathrooms. This way you are not dragging a container with the cleaning supplies into every room of the house. I used to have four bathrooms and I had a set of these in all four bathrooms. I literally can clean my bathrooms in 10 minutes or less by keeping them clean weekly. Keep in mind I do not have large bathrooms, but one of them has two bathroom sinks, a toilet, and a shower. The other bathroom has a tub shower combination, toilet, and one sink. I live a pretty simple life, but I love clean bathrooms. I hate to dust, but love cleaning toilets, what can I say?

11 Ways To Clean The Bathroom Quickly:

Toilet bowl cleaner: Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Ocean Fresh Scent, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4).

I use this product to spray under the toilet rim and let it soak as directed on the bottle. Next I use the pumice stone shown below on my list of cleaning supplies.

Pumice stone: U. S. Pumice HDW-12 Pumie Scouring Stick (4 pack)

A few years ago, I remember someone saying to me, “well won’t that pumice stone scratch the toilet bowl”? Yep, it sure will, but I would rather see a clean toilet bowl than that the brownish black stuff that won’t wash off under the toilet rim. That’s totally gross, in my opinion. So, I use elbow grease and scrub under the toilet rim with a wet pumice stone with the Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner sprayed under the rim. Now, I have never had to do this on my toilets but if you have a rental or older toilet, you may need to do this in order to make them white again.

Clorox wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Scented, 225 Count (Packaging May Vary)

These wipes are what I use to wipe down the top of the toilet tank, the toilet tank, the lid, and the toilet seat. I use about 5-6 Clorox sheets per bathroom every week. I use them on the counter tops and the top rim of the bathtub. I also use these to clean the grout that may be yellowed by pee at the bottom of the toilet bowl tank next to the floor. The grout can get pretty bad if not cleaned weekly. I call that ring around the toilet! I even use them on the floor.

Window cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner – 6 Cans

I used to buy a popular window cleaner, even though it said it was streak-free, my windows always had streaks. I prefer these cans because they work great. Costco sells a really good brand as well. I am fussy about clean mirrors and faucets. I typically share a can or two with friends and all but one keeps asking me where to buy it. I love clean windows and mirrors. I buy my glass cleaner by the case, yep 12 cans!

Shower cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Mega Foamer 3 Pack

This stuff cleans the shower walls really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out.  Make sure the product is safe for your shower walls.

Bathroom counter cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner Aerosol Color Change (Pack Of 2)

This stuff cleans the bathroom counter tops really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out. Make sure the product is safe for your counter tops.

Towel Rack: Amerock H55656WG10 Beveled Hook Rack, White and Satin Nickel, 18-Inch

Here’s the deal about towel racks. We need to make it as easy as possible for people to hang up their towels whether it be hand or bath towels. Hooks work the best because they literally ensure the towels are in fact hung up to dry. No one likes to fold them into thirds to hang them on the towel bar, in my opinion. I did away with towel bars years ago. I only have towel bars with hooks in both bathrooms now.

Garbage Cans: InterDesign Kent Bathware, 10-Inch Waste Can, Bronze

If you get a nice sturdy small garbage can and use garbage bags, it makes life so much easier when you empty them. I promise. Empty them as needed. Target sells great little garbage cans that are not very expensive.

Garbage Bags: Glad Small Garbage Bags, 4 Gallon Bags, 2 – 30 Packs (60 Total)

You can buy 4-gallon garbage bags at your local supermarket or online. I tie a knot in one corner and slip it over the can. They work great and keep the garbage cans clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Set: Don Aslett Cleaning Center

I have one of these sets in each bathroom so they are ready to use when I clean the bathrooms on Sunday. I do not use them like the video shows. I just use the brush/wand with the cleaning solution squirted on it and swish it around the toilet bowl. Next, I squeeze the brush with the cover and get as much as water out of them after scrubbing the toilet bowl. Then I let it dry until next week. Then I use the Clorox wipes to wipe down the toilet parts as indicated above. This is how I clean my bathrooms in 10 minutes every week, literally 10 minutes.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box

I use these cleaning pads to clean the bathtub and shower walls. You wet them and start scrubbing. Love it! Just so you know, these cleaning pads will remove washable chalk paint in the tubs and shower. I tried everything and this is the ONLY thing that will remove it. I also use these on rentals where the toilets have really dirty grout on the bottom of the tanks next to the floor. Yep, they work on pee stains.

I hope my 11 ways to clean the bathroom quickly help you clean your bathrooms faster and more efficiently! Here’s to saving time while cleaning the one room in the house that gets used very often! Let me know if you have any cleaning tricks I can add to this list. I love hearing new ideas.

Paper Towels: Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, Huge Rolls, White, 12 Count are a given with me in my cleaning supplies. I have started having them delivered to my house every month. I love it because it’s one thing less I have to go to Costco to buy each month.

 

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