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Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?

Sun, 7/24/2016 10:17 AM

Does Vinegar Disinfect as Well as Bleach? Some people are afraid of bleach and prefer to use vinegar as a disinfectant but is it as effective?

Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?
Does Vinegar Disinfect As Well As Bleach?

When mom mentioned that you should disinfect your countertops with bleach we received a lot of comments about how great it is to use vinegar instead of bleach.

We would like to state our position on this.

We do not want to knowingly put incorrect or dangerous information on our website, so in situations like this we will refer to the best places we know to get the correct information. Usually it will be a government agency in that area. Also even the sites who recommend the use of vinegar say that the testing for it is very unclear because it has not been tested like bleach has.

Regarding bleach working as well as vinegar, vinegar is NOT as effective as bleach and does NOT kill as many germs. Vinegar does kill some things but it is only 90% effective against bacteria and 80%-83% effective against viruses and mold/mildew. Bleach kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and mold/mildew. This information came from the health department. I encourage you to contact your local health department to confirm if you don’t believe these statistics.

Another thing to consider is that using soap and water kills more germs than vinegar so, unless you are trying to get rid of soap scum, residue or mineral build up in laundry, why are you even messing with vinegar?

We are not suggesting that you use an entire gallon of bleach every day to clean your home. I wash whites two times a week using bleach. I generally disinfect every few days to a week or once a day when there is sickness in the house. A gallon of bleach lasts me 3-4 months! People say they can’t clean with bleach because the fumes take their breath away. If this is happening, it is usually not the bleach. Many people simply use way more bleach than they should. I also have to ask– Has no one smelled vinegar lately? The smell from it really takes my breath away and burns my nose.

I know there are people who believe that illnesses have increased because people are using products line bleach and other disinfectants. I have to say that I do not agree and think that we should be thankful that we have products that kill life threatening bacteria and viruses now.

I once heard a person from Africa say, in response to people who want to ban pesticides, “You rich Americans want to try and force us to stop using pesticides, but you aren’t dying from the diseases that these bugs carry.”

I think the same is true with the use of bleach. It has been 60-70 years since a lot of people were dying from major illnesses that are preventable. This generation has not had to go through the pain of losing family members to these diseases so many people haven’t heard the stories and aren’t often reminded about how very lucky we are to have things like bleach and pesticides.

 

If you are concerned about bleach and the environment, you might want to check out these facts from Clorox.com:

  • Household bleach is derived from sodium chloride, also known as common table salt.

  • Clorox® Bleach begins and ends as salt water: 95–98% of household bleach quickly breaks down into salt and water, while the remaining byproducts are effectively treated by sewer or septic systems.

  • No bleach gets to the environment. Studies have shown that dioxins are not produced when sodium hypochlorite bleach is manufactured, used in laundry or in household cleaning.

  • The main ingredients in Clorox® Regular-Bleach are sodium hypochlorite, a form of salt, and water. There is no free chlorine in Clorox® Regular-Bleach.

Most people simply use too much bleach when cleaning. Here is the proper way to clean with it:

If you are going to use bleach in your dishwater, make sure that your soap can be mixed with bleach. Look on the back of the bottle to make sure it doesn’t say “Do not mix with bleach.” Some of the new scented dish soaps will set off toxic fumes if mixed with bleach.

To disinfect correctly, follow these directions from Clorox:

  • To Disinfect Surfaces: Use 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water, or as directed on the label, to disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces in your home.
  • To Disinfect Water: If you need to purify water during an emergency, (and don’t have the means to boil it for 3–5 minutes), you can disinfect your water using bleach:
      • For clear water—add 8 drops (1/8 tsp.) of bleach per gallon of water
      • For cloudy water—add 16 drops (1/4 tsp.) of bleach per gallon of water
        Mix the solution thoroughly and let it stand for about 30 minutes before using it. Properly treated water should have a slight chlorine odor. If it doesn’t, repeat dosage and allow water to stand an additional 15 minutes. The treated water can be made drinkable by pouring it between clean containers several times.

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How To Organize One Small Closet

Sat, 7/23/2016 5:40 PM

If you need to know how to organize a small closet these tips for organizing clothes and linens when you only have a small amount of closet space will help!

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How To Organize One Small Closet – Make One Small Closet Work

Do you have any ideas for organizing clothes when the closet is too small in an apartment, but one cannot afford a larger apartment?

-Virginia

Virginia, I am in the same boat as you. One of my houses was a 750 square foot log cabin that came with no closets at all and it was tough to get the closet organized. The house I live in now has two small closets, both of which are 18 inches deep and four feet wide and I have no chest of drawers for clothes. That’s it. I have no linen closet for sheets, blankets, towels and only a small medicine cabinet in my bathroom.

Here are some things I do or have done to organize a small closet and make it work better:

 

  • To organize the closet most efficiently, get rid of as much as you can and, after you do that, get rid of some more. I once read where someone had written that a good way to decide whether you should get rid of or keep something is to ask yourself, Would you like your boyfriend to see you in it? For some of us, that goes way too far back but, essentially, do you feel really good or beautiful when your wear it?
  • I have a shoe bag I hang on the back of my bedroom door and I only allow myself to keep as many shoes as will fit in it.
  • Keep seasonal clothes under the bed in narrow boxes. All my winter clothes go under the bed in the summer and vise versa.
  • Measure the amount of space you really need in the closet for your hanging clothes. I found that I only need eight inches for my long dresses and pants, which I hang by their cuffs on small wooden hangers.
  • I fitted a small open back shelf underneath where my tops hang. It has 4 shelves so I can get quite a few things on it. I store my t-shirts, pajamas, shorts and sweaters on it. 
  • I have a long shelf going across the top of the closet. On it, I keep a small basket of belts, a hat box to hold all of my purses, my one set of extra sheets and then a couple of large totes at the end.
  • Don’t forget to use the inside of your closet door to hang things. I have a divider bag hanging on the inside of my closet door, which has my scarves and some jewelry on it. You can also put your underwear in one of these bags.
  • In one small closet I had, there were hooks across the back wall behind the clothes. I was able to hang things that I didn’t use often on those large hooks including some things on clothes hangers.
  • Find other places in the room to store things. For example, blankets can be stored under a bed or in between the mattress and box springs of a bed in the summer when they’re not being used. I have a tall skinny coat/hat rack I can put in one corner of my room to store my cuter purses scarves or necklaces.
  • Towel rods are great for organizing. Use them in the closet to hang scarfs, belts or put S-hooks on them to hang purses.
  • Go up. If you have room, buy a tall cabinet with doors to place in your room for storage instead of a chest of drawers. Because it is taller, it will hold so much more and I find the things easier to get to, too.
  • Keep it neat and organized. You really can get twice as much into any space if you fold and stack things neatly instead of smashing and stuffing.

These are just a few of the things you can do to organize your small closet, but I hope this helps to get you started.

      -Jill

 

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Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Fri, 7/22/2016 9:00 PM

This Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe makes a quick and easy mousse anyone can make! It’s cool and delicious and perfect for any chocolate lover!

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Minty Chocolate Mousse Recipe

2 Tbsp. baking cocoa
2 Tbsp. milk
1 cup Junior Mints
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 (8 oz.) carton whipped topping
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa and milk in a saucepan until smooth. Add mints and margarine, cooking over low heat until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes and fold in whipped topping and vanilla. Spoon into dessert dishes and garnish with whipped topping.

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Saving On School Supplies

Thu, 7/21/2016 5:10 PM

Most parents resign themselves to an ever increasing list for school supplies, but are all of those costs really necessary? Here’s an easy way to save on school supplies!

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Saving On School Supplies – Which School Supplies Do You Really Need?

I have been hearing everywhere about how to save on school supplies and reading about how expensive everything is. Sometimes we concentrate so hard on how to buy things for less that we forget to ask ourselves if we really have to buy the things at all, which would save us even more in so many ways.

We still haven’t hit really hard economic times if we are discussing whether to buy a backpack with rollers or without. When times were really hard, I couldn’t have bought a backpack period. I know it may be hard to believe but you really can get an education without a backpack. I went through all my years of school and never owned a backpack.

Please don’t tell me that times are different and kids have it harder or that they have more to carry now. I had 8 classes at one point and had to carry most of my books, pencils, paper, notebooks and other supplies all day long and I did not die. I even had to carry my books and school supplies to the bus stop or I had to carry them while walking all the way to school, unlike most kids today, whose moms drop them off at the school door.

Take those school lists they give you and find out what the kids really have to have and don’t buy the rest. If the people in the school office automatically say they need everything, then try to find out from the teacher or principal. I know this is a pain but if things are really that bad for you financially you may have to do some of these things that are a “pain”.

We are like a bunch of sheep being led to the slaughter. We get our lists and blindly walk up and down the aisles of the store buying what we can’t afford and thinking there is nothing we can do about it.  I couldn’t just charge things and since I had to choose between heat, food or school supplies, I had no choice but to find out what was the least I could manage to buy.

I do know there are some things that kids really can’t do without, but things like backpacks or even lunch boxes aren’t absolutely critical. I know that some teachers have things they say you must have but at least ask if they really need everything instead of blindly buying everything.

For years, I have asked, “Why does everyone buy new school clothes for their kids” and have found that most people buy new clothes because that is what everyone else does, because that has always been the way to do it or, best of all, because “they” say you should do it.

The whole point is to start asking yourself why you buy these things and ask if they’re really necessary. In so many areas of our lives we are so used to doing things a certain way that we don’t even stop to think “Do I need to buy this?” Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions.

I learned this years ago. I went to the dentist and had to pay for it myself. He immediately started ordering about 4 different x-rays and a host of other tests. I looked at him and said, “I have no insurance and very little money… What is the very least I can get by with? Do you really need all these x-rays for this one cavity?” He ended up not taking any x-rays at all.

I understand the reasons why dentists take x-rays and teachers request school supplies so please don’t e-mail me about that. Instead, try to focus on the point I am trying to make: I asked “Why?” about something I had previously thought I just had to do and because I got up the courage to question it, I saved a lot of money.

      -Jill

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Wed, 7/20/2016 3:51 PM

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How to Compost

Wed, 7/20/2016 3:42 PM

Many people make composting much too complicated but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some easy ideas and the basics you need to know to get started!

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How to Compost

I have to say that there are 3 things that are my passion, compost, making lye soap and saving money. Don’t ask me why but I just LOVE compost! I know, it doesn’t take much to give me a thrill!

I keep an old ice cream bucket with a lid for trimmings from my kitchen to put in the compost pile. All tea bags, coffee grinds and filters, eggshells, paper towel, veggie scraps (you can use them to make vegetable broth first), newspaper without colored inks. You could also keep a plastic bag or container, like a large ice cream bucket in the freezer.

Dump it in a pile and let it rot.

Really it’s basically that simple. Don’t use meat scraps. Only vegetable scraps, garden clippings, grass, leaves etc. I just put mine in a big pile and let it rot for a year and then use it. I have had in the past 2 piles that I contained with wood pallets. I just made a little fence with the pallets. I would turn the pile every couple of months with a pitch fork from the 1st pile into the second. That just let air in to get it rotting faster.

You can also stick a piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled in it in the middle of your pile. This lets in air and you can stick the hose down the center of it to give it some water if it’s really dry out. It rots faster with moisture.

You can also contain your pile in a trashcan or something like that. Basically just dump it in and let it rot. You can drill holes all over the sides. Then just dump in your scraps. Every week or so, snap on the lid and roll around, it mixes it and then you will have wonderful compost in a few weeks to a few months.

Ask local farmers or chicken farms for manure. Be sure to compost it before using to get all the weed seeds killed.

Tawra

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Hickory Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tue, 7/19/2016 3:22 PM

This homemade hickory barbecue sauce recipe makes a delicious barbecue sauce that’ll be perfect for your barbecue! It’s easy to make with ingredients you already have, so it’s great any time and especially if you don’t happen to have any barbecue sauce on hand!

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Hickory Barbecue Sauce Recipe

1 (20 oz.) bottle ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1-4 tsp. liquid smoke (to taste)
1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store in refrigerator. Use on anything you want a barbecue flavor. Makes 3 ½ cups.

 

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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Mon, 7/18/2016 5:43 PM

This Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe makes a quick and easy dinner that you can make for the entire family for just $5 including the side dishes!

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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Homemade Sloppy Joe is a quick and easy dinner that you can make for the entire family for just $5 including the sides!

The best part is you don’t have to buy a box mix or a can of sauce. You can make your own Sloppy Joes and it only takes about 10 minutes to make with ingredients you already have in your refrigerator.

I save time by cooking 5 pounds of ground beef at once and then dividing it into freezer bags.  I don’t even have to brown the ground beef because I cooked it before I froze it. Then I just thaw the amount I need and throw it into the pan to warm and serve. It goes great with a salad or sliced fruit and dinner is fast, easy and cheap!

You can make a pan of brownies or lemon bars to go with it.

Homemade Sloppy Joe is a great dinner to make during the summer and if you are going to a sports event you can make it ahead in the morning and then just warm it up when you get home. You can put this in the crockpot on low for 1-2 hours but it’s so fast and easy that I usually just use the stovetop.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped or 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
hamburger buns

Brown meat and onion until onion is tender. Drain Fat. Add other ingredients and heat thoroughly. Serve on hamburger buns.  Serves 6.  

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and you can make several batches and freeze ahead of time. Then just thaw and serve. If you use a 5 pound chub of ground beef, that cuts the price down even more. 

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Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe

Mon, 7/18/2016 9:07 AM

Have you seen how expensive eyeglass cleaner is at the store? Did you know that you can make your own homemade eyeglass cleaner for just pennies? 

Save money making homemade eyeglass cleaner in just minutes with this easy and inexpensive recipe!

Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe
Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Recipe

Here is the best recipe we have found and use on a daily basis! With four people wearing eyeglasses in our family you know we go through a lot of eyeglass cleaner!

Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner

Fill a small spray bottle with:

  • 1/2 isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/2 water
  • 1 drop of  dish soap (optional)

Gently shake. Spray on eyeglasses and wipe with a clean 100% cotton cloth.

 

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Red Jello Salad Recipe

Sat, 7/16/2016 9:13 AM

This homemade Red Jello Salad recipe is easy to make and is very popular with the kids and our entire family. It is one of the recipes we almost always prepare for major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We hope you enjoy it!

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Red Jello Salad Recipe

1/2 cup boiling water
1 small package cherry Jello
1/4 to 1/2 cup red hot candies
1 1/2 cups applesauce

Dissolve Jello and candies in boiling water. I usually do this in a small sauce pan so I can keep it on low heat and it warm while dissolving the candies. When mostly dissolved add the applesauce and chill until set. This salad is a family favorite and a staple for Christmas! The family says that we can’t celebrate Christmas without the Red Jello Salad!;-) It adds a beautiful red color to the Christmas table and children and men seem to really love it.

 

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Easy Homemade Fried Apples Recipe

Fri, 7/15/2016 5:00 PM

This easy homemade fried apples recipe is a great way to use apples or to make when you find apples on sale. Kids and even picky eaters will love this recipe!

Easy Homemade Fried Apples Recipe
Easy Homemade Fried Apples Recipe

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
4 large apples, cored and sliced (tart works best)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Cut apples into 1/4 inch slices. Heat butter in a large skillet. Put the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the skillet and cover. Over medium-low heat, cook apple slices 7-10 minutes or until they begin to soften and the syrup thickens. Serve coated with excess syrup on top. Serves 4.

 

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How To Bake A Potato – Easy Baked Potatoes Recipes

Thu, 7/14/2016 10:00 AM

Try these easy ways to bake potatoes in an oven or crockpot, along with simple recipes for tasty variations. With a wide variety of possible toppings, baked potatoes can make an easy and delicious meal! Prepare your baked potatoes the night before, toss them in the crockpot and you’ll have an easy meal when you get home from work without heating up the house!

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Easy Baked Potatoes

Virtually everyone loves baked potatoes. With a wide variety of possible toppings, baked potatoes can be a meal all by themselves. Prepare your toppings the night or morning before and you can have a quick and easy dinner.

Have you ever wondered how to bake potatoes? Check out these easy ways to bake potatoes:

  • When slowly cooked, baked potatoes have a much better flavor than when cooked quickly in the microwave.
  • Here’s a tip from one of our readers on perfect baked potatoes: Bake your potatoes in a crockpot. Scrub, pierce with a fork, rub some butter on the potatoes and cook on low all day. You will have perfectly baked potatoes when it’s time for dinner.
  • If you like the taste of oven baked potatoes but forgot to put them in the oven in time, nuke them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Then finish them in the oven. The centers will be cooked and they won’t take nearly as long to bake in the oven.
  • To prevent a dry hard skin, rub your potato in butter or margarine, sprinkle with salt and wrap in foil.
  • It is usually best to prick a potato with a fork when cooking it in the microwave because at times potatoes have been known to explode. Big Mess. :)
Baked Potato Toppings:

Tomatoes, chopped
Broccoli, chopped
Peppers, chopped
Cheese, grated
Bacon, crumbled
Ham, cubed
Chili
Onion
Olives
Mushrooms
Ranch dressing
Sour cream
Yogurt

Taco themed baked potato: everything you would put on a taco including hamburger with taco seasoning

Pizza themed baked potato: pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage

      -Jill

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How To Make Easy Homemade Baby Food – Recipes And Ideas

Wed, 7/13/2016 5:25 PM

Homemade baby food is quick and easy to make and it’s a lot less expensive than buying baby food at the store. In this post, you’ll find easy instructions, helpful tips and a video showing some examples.

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Easy Homemade Baby Food

I have to say, when I see a mom whose cart is just full of baby food at the store, I just cringe. Homemade baby food is one of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive things you can make so why spend hundreds of dollars buying the little jars? I’ve had four kids and bought a total of about 20 jars of baby food. Most of those jars of baby food were for trips.

 

 

Here are a couple quick and easy ways to make baby food:

Steam vegetables or fruits in a small amount of water. You can start with peas, green beans, apples, peaches, pears or sweet potatoes.

For meats: boil in some water until tender. Chicken is a good meat to start with.

Cool. Puree with water or breast milk in a blender or food processor until smooth. I just use a hand blender and I have baby food in about 30 seconds. Just rinse off the blender and you’re done!

Making homemade vegetable baby food with a hand blender

Freeze the baby food puree in ice cube trays.

 When frozen, place your homemade baby food cubes in a freezer bag.  Take as many cubes as you need for a meal. Simply defrost and serve.

Making homemade baby food and freezing in ice cube trays

 

The Fast and Easy Homemade Baby Food Method

When I’m in a hurry, I just open a can of vegetables or fruit and puree it right in the can with my hand blender. It’s quick and easy. I drain off some of the juice but not all of it. 

Of course, you can always just open a jar of applesauce and give it to them.

If you are on the go: You can store homemade baby food in small half cup containers that are easy to grab and run.

We most frequently used pears, peaches, bananas, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and leftover meat, but you can try other foods, too. We experimented with a lot of foods. We DON’T recommend pumpkin just because our oldest son had a negative reaction to it.

Sometimes we would add a little bit of baby rice to the thinner foods. The rice doesn’t really change the flavor, but it thickens some things and helps satisfy baby longer. Babies seem to like the flavor as-is for most foods, but if something seemed too bitter, we would experiment adding a little of something sweet just to see if they would like it better.

 

Using Food From Your Dinner

You can always use leftovers from your dinner to make baby food, too.  Just puree and freeze it as above.

If the leftovers have seasonings on them, I just rinse them off before pureeing.  Tawra

 

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