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Clean & Cure Cast Iron. Have you ever dreamed of finding a buried treasure?
Many of us have, but the reality is that not too many pirates’ chests are still waiting to be found. However, "treasure” can be defined in many ways. In the farm kitchen, cast-iron cookware is treasured by many. Cast iron pots and pans have been used for hundreds of years; many have been passed down through generations. Clean & Season Cast Iron. My dad has used the same cast iron skillet for as long as I can remember.
Once, he forgot and left it heating on the stove. It turned orange (yes, THAT'S hot!) And cracked in half. My dad's devotion was such that he took the two halves out to the garage and welded it back together. That was at least 15 years ago and the skillet is as good as ever. There are a lot of tutorials out there for seasoning your cast iron, but not a lot about getting rust off. What You Need. Clean Baked On. Okay, I'll be honest...I haven't bought dryer sheets in years.
But, for whatever reason, there is still a nearly full box of them on the shelf in the laundry room. I keep them around for one use and one use alone: getting baked-on gunk off of baking pans and cookie sheets.I learned this little trick years ago from Martha Stewart. I'm not sure if it was her tv show or magazine (it's nowhere to be found on her website), but the incredibly useful idea has stuck in my noggin all this time. DIY Dishwasher Pellets. The following Content was Provided by www.Budget101.com "Digging yourself out of debt, when all you have is a spoon" Recently I started noticing how much money I was spending on dishwasher detergent, especially the pods or pellets.
Brand-name pellets ranged from a low of 2.98 to 6.29 for 20 pellets on a recent visit to the grocery store. That's when I decided to make my own. Materials and supplies: 2-gallon bucket measuring cup spoon large glass mixing bowl tablespoon 3 - 16 cube plastic ice cube trays 1 - 54-55 oz box of washing soda / detergent booster (3.89) 1 - 76 oz box of borax (4.49) 1 - 2 lb carton of epsom salts (.99) 1- bottle reconstituted lemon juice (32 oz for .99) $10.36 for over 300 pellets I used a 2 gallon bucket to mix the following dry ingredients; 1-54 oz box of washing soda (you can substitute a box of White King Detergent booster (no chlorine or phosphates) for the washing soda) 1-76 oz box of Borax 1- 2 lb carton of epsom salts. Fabric Softener. Frugal Home Series Part 2: Homemade Fabric Softener I'm definitely a liquid fabric softener kind of gal.
In college I took the best textiles class ever- we learned how fabric was made and how to care for it. Once a week (maybe twice? I can't remember!) We had a "lab" where we sat in a circle, touched fabric, and learned how to identify it. Our professor did/does research for some big-name brand like Lands End or Northface and preached about fabric softeners. Solution- Make your own. I found this recipe and was skeptical. Nope. Bar 2 Liquid Hand Soap. I have a confession to make: I hate bar soap.
It gets dirty, is annoying to handle, and takes too long to use up. Despite this, people like to give me bar soap as a gift, which I feel guilty not using. So I’ve been buying liquid hand soap at $3 a bottle and putting the bar soap in a box with the intention of finding a use for it. Then it occurred to me that I might be able to convert the bar soap into liquid hand soap. Why didn’t I think of it before? So I tried it and was thrilled to find that it works great! Glycerin is made from plant oils and is commonly used in soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers. Clean Top Loader Washer. Clean your Washer?
Sounds kind of unnecessary doesn’t it? Yes, it SOUNDS that way…but when you think about all the dirt and grime that cycles through your washer on a day-to-day basis…it actually makes perfect sense! Washers need washing too! Laundry Detergent. As we note in the Detox Your Home feature, cleaning green is an important step toward better indoor air quality and reduced nasties leaving your home via the sewer drain.
One way to be sure that your laundry detergent is part of your green cleaning plan is to make it yourself. There are two options when it comes to mixing your own: liquid or powder. Liquid can be a little more versatile, since you can (carefully) add essential oils to give it a nice scent, but powder is easier to make, since you won't have to use the stove.
Whichever way you go, you'll want to gather the following ingredients: your favorite (not too heavily-perfumed) bar soap, borax and washing soda.