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Monday, August 13, 2012

Pinterest Projects - Household Tips

There are probably 1000's of household tips on Pinterest. I have almost 100 pinned myself. As the school year came to an end I thought how silly it was I pin all of things and then never try them. Trying some out fit right in to my summer goal "of accomplishing something". I selected a few to show you here.

One pin touted how easy it is to rub your faucets with waxed paper. This would purportedly put a layer of wax on the faucet that would keep the water spots away. I had to buy waxed paper, as I don't typically use it. I purchased the off brand to save on cost. On a Monday morning, I rubbed it onto our bathroom faucet.

It looked pretty good. It looked pretty good for several days actually. And then I realized my husband was out-of-town for work. His sink etiquette is mostly the culperate of water spots, etc. So for the next couple of days I purposely sprayed allowed droplets of water to fall on the faucet for a similiar effect of male use.

Unfortunatly, the waterspots stayed. I did not find that the waxed paper did the trick and will not try it again.

Another pin instructed to add 4-5 drops of essential oil to the inside of your paper towel roll. I chose Lavendar - a soothing scent. I found that it did smell for several hours. I think if I place more on the tube it may help with the longevity. I will also place some on both ends of the tube. I did not find that it released the scent as the roll was spun on the holder, however, as the post indicated.

Finally, I tried a tip to clean your mattress. The original post called for 1 cup of baking soda and 4 drops of essential oil (again I used Lavendar) mixed together. Simply dust the mattress using a kitchen sifter with the powder/oil mix. Let the powder sit on the mattress for at least an hour. I probably let it set for several. The final step is to vacuum up the mixture.

The pin stated that it would get rid of "dust mites and other nasty things". (I don't think I want to know what she was referencing.)  She also stated the baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirtiness. It deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean.

I have no way of knowing if it drew out any moisture or dirt, as our mattress did not show signs of this. I did find that it smelled fresh and clean. How much of that had to do with the fact I was also putting freshly laundered sheets on, I am not sure, as I get a similiar response when I put on clean sheets. But I do think it was a bit stronger then normal. It undoubtedly would have swept up any dust mites, but the mixture would not be required to achieve this. I will do this again, however, as it did smell good. I will add double the amount of lavendar next time, as I found the scent very faint.

Have you tried any of the Pinterest household tips or cleaning tips? Did they work?

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