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Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

Here’s the step by step instructions.

Take a roll of Bounty or Viva or higher quality paper towels and cut the roll in half, using a knife.

Place half of the roll of paper towels in an airtight container.

In a separate bowl, combine

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap

Then pour all ingredients over the 1/2 roll of paper towels.

Seal up the container and flip upside down until the paper towels are fully saturated.

Once they are fully saturated, you can can easily remove the roll from the center of the paper towels.

These are so inexpensive and are wonderful for that deep clean or that simple wipe-down.  I use them all the time now.

So, if you’re looking for a great alternative to the high priced or not so effective wipes, try out this simple recipe.

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Homemade Cleaners!~

Some of the items in your pantry (like baking soda and vinegar) work as effective all-purpose cleaners and, even better, cost next to nothing. So the next time you’re staring down a big mess but you’re out of your favorite cleaning product, don’t run to the store — try one mixing up one of these DIY homemade cleaners instead. These natural products will kick grime to the curb and keep your wallet happy.

Important Safety Tip: Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first. Always label any bottles of DIY cleaners with all the ingredients inside. In case a child or animal gets into it, it’s important to know what the mixture contains.

1. Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the natural solution to remove hard water stains, clean trash cans, wipe away wall smudges, and much more. Besides a fresh scent, the lemon rind may help boost cleaning power. Caution: Do not use acidic cleaners on granite, as they will etch the stone.


2. Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 quart warm water

To clean kitchen counters, appliances, and the inside of your refrigerator, all you need is baking soda. “It makes a great deodorizer and can be used to shine stainless steel sinks and appliances,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. To deodorize surfaces, use the solution above or pour baking soda straight from the box and into your drain or garbage disposal to remove odors. To shine and remove spots from stainless steel, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it with a damp cloth and rub gently in the direction of the metal’s grain. Rinse and buff dry.


3. DIY Glass Cleaner

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
  • 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional)

The next time you need to wash your windows and mirrors, combine these ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day, because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks. For mirrors, spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first before wiping.


4. Homemade Brass Cleaner

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What you’ll need:

  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Table salt

To clean non-lacquered cabinet pulls, bathroom appointments, and more, dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.


5. Natural Heavy-Duty Scrub

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup borax powder

Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs are no match for this cleaner. Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub the surface, then rinse. (This is not safe for marble or granite.) Tip: You can find borax, a laundry booster, in the detergent aisle or order it on Amazon.


6. DIY Grease Cleaner

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia

Sudsy ammonia contains detergent that helps remove tough grime. Mix 1/2 cup with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. Then clean your oven racks, stove hood, and grill by dipping a sponge into the solution and wiping over the surface before rinsing with clear water. You can also soak oven racks and grill grates in the mixture directly, with a little extra ammonia if they’re particularly dirty.


7. Last-Resort Clothing Stain Remover

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup regular liquid chlorine bleach, not ultra or concentrate

Treat badly stained but washable white clothing by mixing the above ingredients into a stainless steel, plastic, or enamel bowl (not aluminum). Soak garment for 15-20 minutes. If stain is still there, let it soak a bit longer, then wash the item as usual.


8. Natural Marble Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 2 drops mild dishwashing liquid
  • 2 cups warm water

Mix dishwashing detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone countertops. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.

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Make your Own Soap Paper

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How to Make Paper Soap

Irene A. Blake | updated on August 30, 2017

About the Author:

Irene A. Blake

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.

Many people use paper soap—paper-thin soap sheets—as an alternative to bar and/or liquid soap. Paper soap is not only easy to carry, store and use (especially for travel), but quickly dissolves in water without leaving behind residual soap scum in a soap dish or on a sink as typically seen with wet soap bars or dripping soap dispensers. Although you can find several paper soap products in stores or online, you can easily make your own paper soap at home with the use your favorite soap brands and a few kitchen items.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Soap bar
  • Wire cheese slicer
  • Cutting board
  • Wax paper
  • Brownie or cake bake pans
  • Knife
  • Glass bowl
  • Pan
  • Water
  • Oven
  • Straight-edged scissors
  • Speed peeler (optional)
  • Decorative scissors (optional)

Slicing Method

Step 1

Lift the handle of the wire slicer.

Step 2

Place your soap bar on the cutting board and then align it under the wire as you would a block of cheese.

Step 3

Pull the handle down and slice through the end of the soap bar. Set the first paper-thin soap sheet aside and then repeat as needed to make additional sheets of paper soap.

Pouring Method

Step 1

Line your pans with wax paper.

Step 2

Cut your soap bar into 1/2-inch blocks and place the blocks in a large glass bowl.

Step 3

Create a double boiler and then melt the soap. Fill a small pot with water and place it on a burner. Put the glass bowl on top of the pot so that it sits on the rim of the mouth of the pot, turn on the burner and then wait for the generated steam to melt the soap.

Step 4

Pour the melted soap into your brownie or cake pans to coat the wax sheets with a paper-thin film about 1/2 mm thick.

Step 5

Wait for the soap to cool. Peel the soap carefully from the wax paper and cut it into palm-sized (or smaller) sheets using straight-edged scissors to make a stack of paper soap.

Tip

If you don’t mind having irregularly shaped paper soap sheets, cut paper-thin sheets from a soap bar using a handheld speed peeler.

If you want to make paper soap with special edges, cut the soap using the decorative scissors or “decorative paper edgers” typically used in paper crafts such as scrapbooking.

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Homemade Milk Alternatives

1
ALMOND OR CASHEW MILK

First, soak nuts. 
 

Regardless of the nut of choice, the basic formula for nut milk is the same: 1 cup raw nuts to 3 or 4 cups water. All nuts also benefit from soaking prior to being blended, as pre-soaking creates a creamier result.

For almond milk, place 1 cup raw almonds in a bowl and cover with cold water to about 2 inches above the almonds. Allow to soak overnight or for up to 2 days. The longer the nuts soak, the creamier the milk they’ll produce. If soaking for longer than overnight, change the soaking water once. For cashew milk, soak 1 cup raw cashews and follow the same steps as almond milk.

When ready to make the milk, drain and rinse the almonds, discarding the soaking liquid.
 

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No matter what nut you choose, be sure the nuts are raw, unroasted and unseasoned. Roasted, salted or seasoned nuts will negatively impact the flavor and texture of the milk.

2
BLEND THE ALMOND OR CASHEW MILK

Place drained, soaked nuts in a blender with 3 or 4 cups of very hot filtered water — the water should not be boiling. If you don’t have a blender, a food processor can be used, though a blender creates a smoother texture.

If desired for flavor, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt and about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons liquid sweetener such as agave nectar, stevia or honey to the blender.

 

Blend on low speed for a few seconds to combine. Increase speed to high and blend until creamy and smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. The mixture will expand some as it blends, so be sure to not fill the blender to the top to start.
 

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Adjust the amount of water to create the desired milk consistency, with less water yielding a thicker milk and more water yielding a thinner milk. Nut milk made with 4 cups water is about the consistency of skim dairy milk, while 3 cups water creates a consistency more similar to whole dairy milk.

3
STRAIN THE ALMOND OR CASHEW MILK

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or thin kitchen towel to remove any nut bits. If using cheesecloth or a kitchen towel, place it over a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour the milk from the blender over it. Carefully gather together the corners of the cheesecloth or towel and lift up. Squeeze into the mixing bowl until all liquid is extracted.

You can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Shake milk before using.
 

4
OAT MILK

First, soak oats.
 

Place 1 cup old-fashioned oats in a bowl and cover with cold water to about 2 inches above the oats. Allow to soak for around an hour. Drain and rinse the oats to remove some of the oats’ starch. Be sure to discard the soaking liquid.
 

5
BLEND THE OAT MILK

Place drained oats and 3 cups filtered water in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
 

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If using a high-powered blender, you may only need to blend the oats for about 10 seconds. Blending too long can break down the oats too much and make the milk gloppy.
6
STRAIN THE OAT MILK

Strain through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or thin kitchen towel to remove any oat bits. If using cheesecloth or a kitchen towel, place it over a large mixing bowl. Slowly pour the milk from the blender over it. Carefully gather the corners and lift up. Squeeze into the mixing bowl until all liquid is extracted.

Once strained, stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt and about 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as agave nectar, stevia or honey, to taste.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Shake milk before using.
 

7
COCONUT MILK

First, soak coconut.
 

Coconut milk takes just two simple ingredients to make: unsweetened shredded coconut and water.

Place 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut in a blender. Add 4 cups very hot water. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut to soften. Do not drain or discard the water.
 

8
BLEND THE COCONUT MILK

Blend at low speed a few seconds, then on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes until creamy and well combined.
 

9
STRAIN THE COCONUT MILK

First pour coconut mixture through a colander into a pitcher or bowl to get most of the coconut bits out. Then strain again through cheesecloth or thin kitchen towel to remove any remaining smaller bits.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Shake before using.
 

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Coconut milk isn’t just for drinking! You can use it in recipes too. It makes a great replacement for low-fat canned coconut milk.

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Polka Dot Shamrock~ DIY

I recently had a customer ask me if I could make a shamrock to go on her daughters skirt instead of the usual flower. My answer was, “Sure, I don’t know how I’ll do it, but it will be fun to figure it out!” And sure enough…. it was fun figuring it out. Now that it’s “figured out”, I might as well share and let you have some fun with it too.

You will need:
green fabric
thread and needle
Clover yoyo maker is optional
(Clover is the brand, not the shape. They do have a shamrock shaped yoyo maker but I thought it looked more like a flower than a shamrock. I think the heart shaped one works better.)

Make 3 heart shaped yoyo’s
If you’re using the yoyo maker just follow the instructions.
(obviously)

When you take it off of the yoyo maker it looks like this, so I’m thinking you could just stitch around the edge of a heart shaped piece of fabric if you didn’t want to get the yoyo maker.

At this point you’ll want to just pull on the thread to gather the heart into….

…a smaller, rufflier version of itself!

Lay 2 of the hearts (RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER) and hand stitch them together. Begin about 1/3 of the way down and go all the way to the point at the bottom.

This is why I wrote RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER in all caps!OOPS….just keepin’ it real. Time out while I unpick and try again.

There we go, much better. Do the same thing with the 3rd heart.

You’re almost done.

For the stem you will want a rectangle approximately 2.5 x 2 inches big.

Fold it in half so that the shorter ends are meeting.

Fold the two ends in a little bit. That way you only have one raw edge and that will eventually be beneath a little circle of felt.

Starting at one end, roll the piece of fabric into a stem.

Like so.

Hand stitch all the way down the back of the stem.Then stitch the stem onto the back of the shamrock.

And there you go…. a polka dot shamrock!

To finish it off just add a circle of felt to the back. I added a pin, since they were going on skirts, but you could do so many different things with these. You could make a giant one for your door, put a bunch on a wreath, decorate napkin holders with them…just all kinds of things!

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Shamrock Wreath

How to Make a Shamrock Wreath – DIY St. Patrick’s Day Decor Idea

How to Make a Shamrock Wreath

This project was a bit time consuming, but it wasn’t hard at all. You can get your kids involved and make it a fun family project.

DIY Shamrock Wreath

Shamrock Wreath Supplies

  • 1-yard green polka dot fabric
  • 1-yard shamrock fabric
  • 1-yard lime green fabric
  • 1/4” yard green polka dot fabric
  • 12” wire wreath frame
  • Scissors
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Measuring tape
Wire Wreath Frame 12
Patchwork Farms Dots Green Fabric By The Yard
St Patrick Design Shamrock and Polka Dot Fabric Home Decor Crafting Quilting
Cotton Polyester Broadcloth Fabric Premium Apparel Quilting 60
Singer 60-Inch Tape Measure

How to Make A Shamrock Wreath For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day fabric cut into strips
Green Fabric tied onto the frame will make your wreath perfect for St. Patrick's day!
tying the green strips onto the shamrock wreath can be time consuming.

1. Measure and cut your 3 yards of fabric into 1.5” x 7” strips of fabric.
2. Tie on strips of fabric on your wire wreath in a pattern (green polka dot, shamrock, lime green) one at a time starting on the outer edge and working your way in.
3. Keep tiring your fabric strips on in a pattern once section at a time.

Green Fabric being ironed to hang the shamrock wreath with.
DIY Shamrock Wreath

4. When your wreath is full cut a piece of fabric that is 34” x 7” from your 1/4” yard green polka dot fabric.
5. Fold the vertical sides in and iron in place making the fabric look like a strip of 3” wide ribbon.
6. Place your strip of fabric through the center of the wreath and tie the ends into a knot. Pull the knot behind the wreath and your wreath is ready to hang.

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This fabric shamrock wreath is easy to put together and is the perfect addition to your St. Patty's decor!

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