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Aug 31, 2010

We must apologize for our absence these past few weeks!!  Tami is once again back to work and as many of you know, going back to school means adjusting to a whole new schedule (and way of life!!).  I think we are finally back on track after a few weeks of being a little hazy and very tired.  Much caffeine was required!!  We couldn't go any longer without sharing this great recipe with you!

Recently I was talking to my sister-in-law, and I was sharing with her a little about our blogging adventures.  I was telling her about the homemade detergent & glass cleaner; well, she said that she makes her own antibacterial cleaning wipes! So, of course, we had to make some and share the results with you. I did try it (both anti-bacterial & the bleached wipes), and I really do like them; plus they are so much cheaper! You can buy generic wipes at most super stores.  However, I didn't make it to our local super store.  I bought my wipes at a local store called Marc's (generic - 80 wipes for $1.79/each). Most small generic tubs of antibacterial wipes are only 45 wipes and with no coupon cost over $2.00!  Here is the exact recipe from Pamela, my sister-in-law.  Try it and let us know what you think!


The best value and the thickest cloth that I have found is the Value brand from Walmart. You can experiment with what you like best. This is a money saver, because there are many more wipes in the baby container.

1.  Fill the container with water and let the wipes soak for 10 minutes. 

2.  Drain the water, take the wipes out, and squeeze them dry.  Then repeat this process. 

3.  When the "baby wipe smell" is gone, remove the wipes from the container and set to the side. 

4.  Fill the container 1/3 of the way with water.

5.  Add 1/4 cup of all purpose anti-bacterial cleaner.   I used Mr. Clean but generic would work as well. 

6.  Mix the water and cleaner, and then put the wipes back in. 

7.  Let these soak overnight, and then drain the extra fluid.

8.  The wipes are ready to use.

*I also make bleach wipes using 2 tbsps of bleach instead of cleaner. You can also make windex wipes using Windex with the same process!

Posted by Kim on Aug 31 10 | Comments (0)
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travel mugI've mentioned before that my husband and I are coffee drinkers.  We love our coffee and make sure we have it with us before we head out the door each morning.  We have some very nice stainless steel travel mugs that begin to smell quickly from the milk/creamer we put in our coffee each morning.  The water and dish soap was just not helping get rid of the smell.  Therefore, I found a solution! 

Pour approximately one Tbls. of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar into the travel mug and filled with a small amount of water.  It will fiz for just a few seconds and then you can fill up the rest with water.  Then set the lid to the side and make sure the opening to the lid is shut tight.  Pour a very small amount of baking soda and vinegar into the lid and lay it to the side.  Allow the mug/lid to sit for about 2 hours and then washed both with dish soap and hot water.  VOILA!!  The smell is gone and you have a fresh clean travel mug once again.  Try it out!

Posted by Tami on Aug 10 10 | Comments (2)

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Spider webs and dirt collect quickly in the corners of the every room.  Therefore, we must make them GO AWAY! This is something that should be done more than just the spring and fall.  Simply take a dust wand such as this Swiffer Duster and begin by going all around the room where the wall and ceiling connect. Then take the duster down the corners of each wall from top to floor. I go over the woodwork, too as well as any spots on the ceiling.  The light fixtures and the tops of my curtains can use a quick cleaning too. You can also use the attachments on your vacuum cleaner. I use the round brush on the end of my attachment and go over everything. It's amazing when you start looking for these dust collector spots, you think to yourself, "how do they get here? I clean every week!"  Good thing it really doesn't take very long to get rid of them!!


Posted by Kim on Aug 2 10 | Comments (1)

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