July 2012

Skin Irritation, Hard Water: DIY Laundry Detergent Troubleshooting

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Irritation and Yellowing Lots of folks choose DIY detergents for skin irritation.  But then they’re skin is still irritated!  There are no additives, right?  And why are my clothes getting dingy and yellowing? Amazingly, it’s NOT additives that get most people.  It’s the pH of the clothes when they come out.  Even with no additives, […]

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3 Things Before You Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar

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I see so many DIY recipes where people mix baking soda and vinegar together.  The main value of this is the immediate reaction.  It lifts and breaks up dirt, but after that, what you have leftover is just salt water.  That salt has no cleaning ability beyond the mild ability to suspend hard water deposits, […]

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Weekend Links

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How to Get Started with Dutch Oven Cooking:  The Morris Tribe.  I have one of these in the garage and I never tried to use it! The Dry Freeze:  Molly Makes Do.  Learn to “dry freeze” all those peaches from the farmer’s market before they go bad. How to Clean a White Sink Without Bleach: […]

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LHITS Friday Linky #9

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DIY Granite/Multipurpose Cleaner

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by James Bowe  I hate mixing proprietary cleaners.  But, I don’t have special surfaces in my kitchen.  I like the flexibility of choosing my solvent based on my mood.  But if you have granite, marble, tile/grout as your countertops, you have limited options for safe cleaners.  But the good news is, you have limited options. […]

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