I love DIY projects; especially ones that work. I’m less worried about recreating a Disney scene on a cake and more concerned with a safe, clean home. Besides, I read that the edible glitter recipe just gives you colored sugar anyways… That is the hard part with trusting other people’s advice. Sometimes it seems like people post another blogger’s recipe or project without trying it out. I hate wasting my time on something that had great pictures but doesn’t translate into success in the real world. I have been trying out lots of new home projects. I decided to narrow down this entry to six household cleaning projects & the good news is 5/6 worked well!
We have a small table that has seen it all. It is a beautiful dark wood with intricate legs and carving, but the top of the table was looking pretty rough. Originally I tried (with very little success) rubbing it with olive oil. When that didn’t work I got some denatured alcohol (also great for finishing off some caulking) for $2.42 for 16 oz at Menards. The table doesn’t look perfect but it has improved dramatically!!! I would only use the denatured alcohol on wood furniture that has water stains, or you could remove the finish instead of improving it.
My Pyrex sheets are well loved–meaning they are used & covered in dark matter that I can’t get off. They are clean; I clean them, but they are dirty looking. I wasted a lot of time covering them in a baking soda/peroxide paste that never improved their appearance. I’ve seen this tip with amazing before & after photos all over the internet, but it did not work at all for me. So I threw the cookie sheets in the oven @ 500 degrees (F) for a couple of hours. That evened out their appearance & burnt off the bits I couldn’t remove myself. They don’t look like new, but they look much better now.
My front loading washer and clothes had started to take on a musty-moldy kind of stink recently. The clothes always smelled like I had forgotten them in the washer for 5 days; after one cycle. This article was a life-saver! I put 1/2 cup of white vinegar in my soap compartment and 1/2 cup of vinegar in the main basket, along with 1/2 cup of baking soda. I did one small load of towels & the vinegar smell had evaporated. My washer & my clothes smell clean again. I’ve even started using 1/4 cup of vinegar as fabric softener randomly. It washes away & doesn’t leave any odor. Vinegar is amazing.
This project works. It works well and you never see it coming. First you wash your gunked up porcelain sink with dish soap. Next you spray it with bleach, let the bleach sit, and then scrub & rinse. The final step is where you actually see the amazing results. You finish off with a soft scrub with bleach. Somehow this combination removed tough build up in my bathroom sink that bleach alone, CLR, Goo Gone, soap, scrubbing, and every other cleaning product known to man failed. I love projects where I can see a transformation & this was the mother load. I love this article!
My toaster had some gunky build up. It also has some permanent scratches. I read this article and decided to try both products that were mentioned. The Cream of Tartar was hailed for it’s effectiveness and the Bar Keepers Friend for it’s low cost. Sometimes you get what you pay for. They both worked but the Bar Keepers Friend took off a little of my beautiful red finish & I did not like that. Cream of Tartar is not super expensive & you are only using a small amount. I highly recommend the Cream of Tartar (mixed with a couple of drops of water) to make your toaster shine like new.
Even though I go to great lengths to keep our glassware streak free there is something in our water that likes to build up in the bottom of our jars. We use mason jars for everything from drinking to storage. I was interested in trying out isopropyl alcohol; until I really thought about if I would want to drink it… I don’t like using harsh ingredients; but for the sake of the experiment I tried one jar with alcohol and one jar with plain white vinegar. Vinegar doesn’t smell the best but the smell fades fast. The alcohol smelled strong & it only partially removed my build up in my jar. The bottom of the jar seemed tar-covered while I worked with the rubbing alcohol. The vinegar removed the cloudiness (permanently) with little effort & sadly it smelled WAY better than the rubbing alcohol. I was instructed to use 91% isopropyl alcohol but we only had 70%. It doesn’t really matter because I would much rather use the vinegar anyways.