Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I
want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!
The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-h...
Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they are all safe to use. My sister has been using this for years on her septic system and she has never had any problems.
Whether you are a garden novice or a veteran gardener, you may be aware of the sad fact that our shade garden annual favorite is being denied life by the nasty downy mildew that spreads
all across our nation now. Even if you save your own Impatien seed and keep other garden center plants away from your carefully and lovingly tended imps, you are still vulnerable as this is an airborn pathogen that will stay in your soil from one season to the next. It starts on the underside of the plant where you don't always see it. You won't notice until the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the plant withering and dying. There is nothing as of yet that effectively will combat the virulent attack.
This is my list of alternatives to the dilemma of what to plant to give that same heavenly splash of color in the shade garden.
My top picks are
1) Begonia , green wax leaf, tuberous , angel and dragon wing
4) New guinea impatien
8) Shade coleus
10) Euphorbia 'diamond frost'
15) Fan Flower(Scaevola)
There are a bunch more that will take part shade such as Nicotiana, Salvia, and Sweet Williams.
I will miss the sweet sweet impatien, but while the experts search for a cure, it gives us all the opportunity to step out of our garden box and into the wild new territory of DIFFERENT and awesome plants that will put a smile on our garden faces.#itchingforspring
Commented on Apr 08, 2013
I have a friend that swears THEY are spraying the atmosphere with chemicals, he says the chem
trails off airplanes are some sort of toxic goo, it makes his nose stuff up. I call it Mother Nature and Pollen, he calls it weather control chemicals and it's killing off the bees. I call it Paranoia, this story reminded me of all the things we really do come in contact with, and it is such a shame about the Honey Bees because with out them, we are really #%^&*@ +....fungus taking over... Where? What States is this Fungus in?
Priming sheetrock walls? Here's some tips to help you knock it out.
--If the walls are previously unpainted, use a primer made specifically for drywall. If
they have been painted before, then an all purpose primer will do. And paint stores are happy to tint the primer in the direction of the finish coat color to help with coverage. BTW, any caulking is done after priming.
--The most common mistake folks make when starting to paint is not using enough paint on their roller or brush. The right roller cover and brush will allow you to load up your tools with paint, making the job quicker, easier and give a better finish, doing away with Doc Holiday and the dry brush gang!
--Buy the best brush. I like Purdys. If you know how to thoroughly clean them out, then you will have no qualms about spending the money for good equipment. There should not be any 'milky water trails' coming out of the heel of the brush when you are done. When rolling bare draywall, a lambswool roller cover works best. It holds a tremendous quantity of paint and unlike synthetic roller covers, it cleans up easily and will give you years of service.
--Before you start, it helps to pre-wet your roller by dunking it in water then spinning out the excess water. This will give the paint quick, even absorption into the cover. The brush can be pre-wet as well to help the paint not dry to and stick so easily around the base. The excess water in the brush can be 'kicked out' on the toe of your workshoe.
--So you are ready to load up your equipment with paint. When rolling, don't start right next to the corner or right next to your just finished area. Instead, come out one or two roller widths and work your way back into the corner or just finished area with your full roller. Once you have the paint distributed over an area that can be completed with one roller dip, make one more pass to even it out, filling it in completely. One more thing, keep a slight bit more pressure on the leading edge of the roller. This will help avoid leaving heavy roller edges.
Just remember the three most important things: use more paint, 3X!!!
Commented on Mar 22, 2013
Be sure to buy a Five in One Tool, if you don't know what this is ask your paint Pro at Lowes,
Home Depot or Ace Hardware. You can scrape the excess paint off rollers, open pain cans, press in the rubber tubing around screen doors, use as a flat head screw driver, scrape off grout and caulk, use to clean dried paint out of the trench around the lids on paint cans and use to cut open Five gallon buckets of paint or drywall compound. These little tools are well worth the investment.
If you are in need of new flooring but don't have much money to spend (or even if you do) then this fits the bill! I created this floor out of brown paper, Elmers glue, stain and
polyurethane. It was easy to do (albeit time consuming) and is very durable. This room is 10 X 12 and cost about $80, but future rooms will cost about $30 since I have plenty of leftover supplies. Click through to read the tutorial....http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2013/03/paper-bag-floors-a-tutorial/
Commented on Mar 15, 2013
Okay, this looks great, but Poly on floors? Have you had many fat women come over and walk on
it with High heals? Poly will shatter under enough weight, I know this because: and here comes the Ugly part of this story. Say you have a wood floor, it has to contract and expand, most people aren't aware of these Structural engineering feats of magic, but there has to be a little give. Rigid structures snap... Think Earth quakes and then think weeping willow trees, they bend , they continue to live, Oak trees...No so good.. So Unless this is a basement floor, one poured, like Concrete, I wouldn't do it. think liquid glass on your floor....You've heard the old statement 'You Get what you pay for". Imagine 80 hours of work only to have turn around and attempt to get it up....
Getting the Spring Fever itch? Get a jump start on your spring cleaning with an easy way to clean those icky blinds. #SpringCleaning
20 Minutes Easy
Commented on Mar 11, 2013
I just remembered something I have used in the past that works GREAT, Mr Clean Eraser sponges,
wet the sponge and wipe. Yes, it takes a few minutes but cleans so well, and no harsh chemicals to eat the skin off of your hands or take the paint off of your wood blinds or Fake wood blinds or plastic blinds. These are the best product on the market really and they remove Rust stains from Linoleum floor tiles and bath tubs. They clean everything in the house including Georgia Clay off of walls from Dog slobber and foot prints. I have Grand furries, every time my daughter moves I go help her get her deposit back, using Mr. Clean Eraser Sponges.
My stove burners get absolutely disgusting. Sealing them up with a tiny bit of pure ammonia makes it possible to just wipe clean with a sponge. #SpringCleaning http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning...
Commented on Mar 11, 2013
Oh, no need for the ammonia after all. Mr Clean Eraser Sponges do the trick, so easy to clean
the top of the stove and no harsh chemicals to peel the skin off my hands or harm my lungs.