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Oct 31, 2016 2:30 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Post any homemade cleaning solutions you use in the recipe #3 thread and we'll post them here.


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Nov 1, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Streak-free mirrors for less

I found this in a magazine and tried it and it really works!

Brew a pot of tea with 3 black tea bags. When cool, pour tea into a spray bottle, spritz onto glass or mirror and buff with a coffee filter. The tannic acid in the tea cuts through the grime and the best deal - no chemicals. I don't think I used a coffee filter though.
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Nov 1, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh wow! That is super simple. Thank you.

Just as an aside, the tanic acid is also healing for canker sores so make a strong cup of tea and swish around in your mouth and then put the wet tea bag on the sore. Helps heal it quickly.
Aug 19, 2018 5:23 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
For use on pets after they have been sprayed by a skunk Crying

From Moon!

1qt hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and a teaspoon of Dawn Dishsoap. Mix well and use immediately as the mix tends to break down the longer it sits. Let it stay on your dog for a few minutes, working it through the the coat. Rinse well with water and follow with a quick rinse of apple cider vinegar and water. This mix will cover a dog up to 50 lbs and can be adjusted for size and thickness of the dog's coat.

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Dec 11, 2022 7:44 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
From Karen - whitening cloth/handmade ornaments and making them stiff again

Jill, my whitening recipe......Hot water, Oxyclean, Era liquid Detergent. Mix the water and Era. Have the snowflakes at hand . When you add the Oxy Clean it starts an immediate reaction so you want the snowflakes in first. Hmmmm quantities.... Maybe a gallon or so of hot water. 1/4 cup Era, 1/4 cup Oxy Clean. I usually just put in and don't measure but most likely that's about how much. Stir it all to mix well and lit the snowflakes sit in over night. If they are as white as you want in the morning, rinse well through several rinses and roll in towel to dry.
To re stiffen...I use slightly thinned Elmer's White Glue. Lay waxed paper over a sheet of styrofoam. Soak the snowflakes in the glue. Squeeze out excess glue water but not too dry. Lay out snowflakes and pin points with straight pins to hold in place. Let dry well over night and un pin when completely dry. They should hold their shape well for several years. I have used starch too but find the glue makes them stiffer.
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