This is just a simple little story about how I finally got all the grease off the cabinets above my stove.
I have had a dirty little secret!Everyone always tells me how clean my house is. It's not really. Not since I've had kids. You've seen those cute little signs, Excuse the mess, we are busy making memories or Excuse the mess, we live here? Well that's not really my style. In fact, my house is nothing like the clean it used to be before the kids. I've grown more accustomed to the mess, but so many little things tend to get over looked these days. Many people have exciting goals like running a marathon or skydiving (and I may have just become the biggest loser because I just googled Common goals people have, because I couldn't come up with 2 good ideas), you know what I've always wanted? To put my house on the market and have the ad say, "Mrs. Clean lives here". I'm not kidding, I actually told my realtor I wanted that on my add. She said, your house will sell itself. OK, she was right, but I really wanted that at the time. One thing I've been over-looking lately is my kitchen cabinets. I'm home cleaning today and thought, maybe today's the day to get that grease off the cabinets. Now keep in mind, these are just the cabinets over the stove, and grease is always building up on these cabinets. I wipe down my cabinets frequently, since they are white and show any dirt, but I do tend to "overlook" these top cabinets because I never could seem to get the grime off with much success. I have those god-awful therma-foil and for lack of a better term the surface is "pockey". That means there is a little texture that allows dirt and grease to accumulate. The picture shows best how greasy these cabinets were. I've tried many products before, but today I decided to go for some simple soft scrub and a warm dish rag. I love the lemon scent and use this for a lot of my cleaning. I poured it on my dishcloth and just rubbed it on the grease, and just like that, all of the grease and grime came off. I've tried many other cleaners and de-greasers and seriously never got such great results with barely any elbow grease at all. I might suggest if you are working over your head that you wear some protective eyewear, because trust me when I say, you don't want your break from cleaning to involve trying to get soap out of your eye! Just sayin. Check out the before and afters. It's really pretty amazing!
Commented on Apr 21, 2013
I gave up on being green (I decided it was a hoax), and I use a combination of chemicals that
I just mix up myself. I use a fermented ethanol liquid, that ends up having a large percentage of acetic acid and I will combine it with a sodium hydrogen carbonate (you can find both of these chemicals if you know where to look for them). You have to be a little careful with these two, otherwise the reaction will get away from you, but if you're careful, its amazing. It cleans the grease off the silver pans under my burners, off the cabinets, removes soap scum out of the bathroom, leave my stainless steel sink shiny and my counters are spotless.
I have some (Command hooks) but would LOVE to hang my large mirror, etc. I have searched the web for a sollution & it seems there is only ONE WAY, & I can't use it. Please can someone HEEEELLPPPP.
Commented on Apr 05, 2013
Better yet, do what we did. hang from the ceiling with plant hooks or eyebolts (make sure they
are strong enough), up against the wall in the corner between the wall and cieling, and run wires down to the mirror. we used a little double sided tape at the bottom to keep it from swinging. Its an old fashioned way to hang pictures. I've seen it with decorative chain, or wire and ribbon. Just depends on your style
Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with only reclaimed rain water. Our system, which collects and stores rainwater from our
barn's metal roof, provides 100% of our annual watering needs. The best part, it was extremely easy to install, and can be inexpensively adapted to almost any home, shed or roof with a gutter.
We spent the past week hooking our tanks back up from winter storage - and within 24 hours - we had just over 150 gallons stored from a single rain. It's been over a year now since we first completed the rain collection system - and I honestly don't know how we survived without it.
It gives us access to free water, and with our two plastic tote tanks, can collect as much as 550 gallons from a single downpour. And that's only using rain from the back portion of the roof! This spring, we will add a third tank fed by the front gutter - increasing our storage to just shy of 900 total gallons - enough to handle our watering needs for nearly two months of complete drought.How it works:
The system collects rain water from a simple adapter made to fit our existing barn's gutter. The barn has a standard gabled metal roof measuring 13 wide' x 32' long on each side. A 32' section of guttering runs along the bottom of each side of the metal roof, slanted slightly to carry all of the water to the eastern side of the barn. From there, both sides empty into standard downspouts.The front downspout (not used currently), runs down and out to the field for normal drainage. On the back downspout however, we installed a simple 2-way in-line diverter (See Picture). When the metal lever is slid to the left, rain water is diverted into a 275 gallon storage tank located below the downspout. When all tanks are full, the switch can be slid back for normal drainage.From the main storage tank, we pump and fill a second 275 gallon tank installed above our garden. With that, we can water all of our plants quickly, using gravity and a standard garden hose connected to the tank.To increase capacity and mobility, we are adding a second diverter to the front gutter this year. That will fill a 3rd tank mounted on wheels - giving us the ability to pull water anywhere it's needed with our tractor. That will be a huge time saver when it comes time to water the newly planted grapevines and fruit trees on the hill this year.
Here is a look at the system's components and cost:
Totes: $40 each We found ours for $40 each after searching on Craigslist. You can also check with local food plants that may receive their raw materials in them. One word of caution - make sure you know what was originally in your tanks and that it is safe. Our tanks were used to hold maple syrup and molasses - simple food products that can be cleaned out and re-used. You will want to avoid using tanks that held harsh chemicals. Most tanks come with a 6" threaded cap on top, and a 2" threaded outlet valve at the bottom. You can convert the bottom 2" valve to accept a standard garden hose with a few adapters found at your local hardware store.
Diverter Switch : $15 You can find standard gutter diverters at your local home improvement store for about $15 - they install in minutes with rivets or screws.
Threaded Valve and Hose Adapter: $15 Your local plumbing or hardware store can hook you up with a simple threaded connection valve to convert the 2" drain at the bottom of your tank to handle a regular garden hose. We also installed a ball valve ($10) on our tank for an extra shut off point.
A couple of final notes on collecting and using rainwater:
Keep It Dark: You will want to keep the water from getting direct sunlight to keep algae from growing in the stagnant water. Algae can only grow if there is light. If your tank is translucent like ours, you will want to cover it. We use a black waterproof material (like grill cover material) to cover ours once the summer sun and heat become a problem. Not only does it dress it up, but it keeps the water and the flow line crystal clear.
Keep It Closed Off: No matter what system you use to store your water, you will want to keep it covered. Water that sits is an open invitation to mosquito larvae . Our totes came with 6" caps and lids on the top. We simply cut out the hole for the downspout, and then sealed the edge with some inexpensive foam.
Know What To Use The Water For: We only use our reclaimed water for watering plants or washing off equipment ,etc. Since we do not treat it in any way, we do not use it for drinking.Check to make sure your allowed to collect rain water. It sounds crazy, but in some states out west you are not allowed to collect rain water, as the water rights still belong to the state. So to be on the safe side, check with your local or state government to make sure it's legal where you live.
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Commented on Mar 17, 2013
I'm glad that it works for you! I wish we could do it, but state law prohibits any more than a
50 gallon tank. the rain water "belongs" to the state according to water right laws here.
I am about to install a 265 gallon white plastic tank in my backyard. The water will be used in my garden. Any ideas on ways to cover up the tank so it won't be such an eye sore to the backyard beauty?
Commented on Mar 01, 2013
Be cautious putting it under ground. Some states have regulations, regarding the size of
collection containers. For instance, in UT, rain water is considered the property of the state (at least as far a water rights).
"Storage is limited to one underground 2500 gallon container or two above ground 100 gallon containers. Collection and use are limited to the same parcel of land owned or leased by the rainwater collector"
The start of a ho scale train set i am fabricating all the scenic work for a client.
rock walls. tunnels. hand made trees
Commented on Nov 26, 2012
Right now, we are framing the walls and installing a theater like lighting system in the
rafters. My dad is an Train Control Engineer, so he drafts out real railroad signaling and switching systems as well. right not, he's got about 4 options, and hasn't decided on one yet, so the tables come next. He's waited a long time to build this layout
apparently so......I learned this today the hard way. Got laminate floors installed in July, and THEN decided I wanted new interior doors. I love my doors, which were installed today,
BUT, since the floors were installed first, I now have a gap or two where the new frame doesn't cover the flooring. I am posting this for someone questioning which order to do this in. The funny thing is, my coworker and I just had this discussion this summer because she was doing both at the same time.
I now have to call back the flooring installer and hope he can do something for me that doesn't involve pulling up the floor and recutting. (which will not happen as far as I am concerned.) I did go purchase a new threshold and something called Pergo Sealant, which I may have to resort to to fill the gaps.
Commented on Nov 17, 2012
quarter rounds - its got a 90 degree back, and you should be able to get it from the flooring
Inexpensive and easy way to make DIY outdoor lighting by re-purposing a tuna can. A dowel, paint or old broom stick, wood screw, copper fitting, and a thrift store glass hurricane is all that is needed. Simply drill a hole in the can and dowel to attach the dowel/paintstick and spray paint it. Once the paint is dry add the glass hurricane. Cost- $5.00
Commented on Oct 30, 2012
or, as a stand lamp that is simplly plugged in where ever I want it
Thought we'd give this a try! This is our first attempt to lay brick and mortar. there is a thin white film on the brick - any suggestion for getting it off? (we still have the cap to do, but cutting brick takes time)
Commented on Oct 02, 2012
Thanks for the advice. We still have a cap layer, to put on top, and that will fill the holes.
After looking for awhile for a plate for front of our new car and not finding anything I liked, I decided to make my own. So . . .one old license plate, some black paint, a pic from an old calendar and a can of clear acrylic spray paint, I made my own. We own an apricot poodle that looks like these little poodles.
Commented on Oct 01, 2012
and illegal in some states. Make sure you check first.