Welcome to Pinky Has A Brain. This blog was created because I thought it would be really neat to put some of Grandma’s homemade cleaning recipes and other “Old Wives” secret home cleaning remedies to the test. Please join me on this journey as I pull out the video camera and prove to you…and myself whether brewed tea leaves will really make my wood floors clean and shiny, vinegar cleans glass as good as Windex, or if homemade cleaning wipes stand up to the store bought wipes. I’ll do the dirty work for us all.
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Who knew tea can be used to clean hardwood floors? Apparently, the tannic acid in strongly brewed black tea will not only clean your hardwood floors, but give them a nice shine as well. You’ll need to add 5 black tea bags into 2 quarts of boiling water and let steep for at least 15 minutes. Pour the tea into a mop bucket. Place your mop into the bucket of tea, wring out thoroughly, and proceed to mop using the brewed tea as your mop water. Allow floor to dry. No need to rinse!
Caution: Excess water can easily leak into the grooves of the hardwood floor, so do not use a fully soaked mop. Wring out as much of the excess tea as you can.
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation with chewing gum? First, try to remove as much of the gum as possible; as soon as possible. Then, try one of the following methods:
1. Place clothing in freezer, or freeze the gum with ice cubes. Then pull gum off.
2. Rub full-strength vinegar onto the gum.
3. Cover with egg white; loosen the gum.
Who knew cola can be used to remove blood stains? Now, I’ve heard of using cola to clean pennies, but stains? Grab a bottle of cola and pour cola into a bucket or container large enough to hold the blood-stained item and let sit overnight. Then wash the garment as usual. The stain should be no more.
Cleaning the bathroom shower is probably not on anyone’s “most favorite chore” list. Some of us can get away with a once-a-week clean, while others may have to subject themselves to this daunting task more often. No matter how much we dislike it or how often we have to do it, it has to be done. The good news is, there’s one little trick you can do each day to help make your routine shower …continue reading
While I have not gone totally “green” yet, I am making baby steps…actually, I have made a big leap. Since I started making my own homemade cleaners, I have given up using most commercial cleaners. Although it’s been quite tempting when I run across a $1 coupon and a BOGO (buy one get one) sale, I have not purchased any commercial laundry detergent, fabric softener, window cleaner, dishwasher detergent, carpet fresh, abrasive cleaners, or air …continue reading
Who knew a fabric softener sheet can be used to clean crayon marks off the wall? Rub the area lightly with a clean, dry fabric softener sheet and watch the crayon marks disappear.
Who knew vodka can be used to kill weeds? Pour about an ounce of vodka into a cup of water. Add a few drops of liquid dish detergent and mix the solution together using a wooden or plastic spoon. Pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Spray directly onto the unwanted weeds in your yard or garden while there’s plenty of sunshine still out. The solution will react with the heat of the sun …continue reading
In my last post I shared a story about my grandparents quarreling over a 35 cents coupon. Although it was quite hilarious to me, I felt my grandmother's pain. If I left my coupon at home, I would have left the item on the shelf until next time. In fact, I have actually left the grocery store after having my groceries rung up to go home and get my forgotten coupons. To me, it was …continue reading
Straying a little off topic, I wanted to share a cute little story about my grandparents and a 35 cent coupon.
I recall several years ago, sometime in the early 90’s, sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen listening to her and my grandfather quarreling over a coupon. It all started because my grandfather bought mayonnaise without using his coupon. He thought he accidentally left the coupon at home, only to later discover that the coupon …continue reading
Who knew a ceramic coffee cup can be used to sharpen knives? Just go to your kitchen cabinet where you keep your coffee cup and find one that has bare ceramic exposed on the bottom. Holding your knife at a 45 degree angle, slide the blade over the bottom of the coffee cup. Start at the back near the handle, sliding down towards the tip. Neat, huh?