Naturally clean your toilet with a pumice stone

Ok ladies, this one is for you! You are probably the one who gets to do the dirty deed of cleaning the stinky toilet. I have a certain recipe that works the best on my toilets but those stubborn water stains seem to remain. I had read a review on Amazon that some were using a Pumice stone to remove toilet rings. Then I saw a bunch of reviews saying they also cleaned the toilet with a pumice stone. I almost didn’t believe it because I assumed it would scratch the porcelain. Well, I never did give it a try until I happened to come across the Icky Stick and the Pumie.

Toilet Rings

 

Curiosity got the best of me so off to youtube I went. After watching a few videos, I contemplated adding the items to my Amazon basket since I was basically in the middle of shopping anyway! LOL One the videos I watched, the guy put on his rubber gloves and grabbed a regular ole pumice stone. I had an old pumice stone that I had used on my feet and some rubber gloves so off I went at 10 PM, might I add, to try this out. Well, it worked! And I took pictures! So here they are! I might add, the rings you see have been there for a hot minute. I have scrubbed and scrubbed using various solutions but could never get it off. Take a look…

Before and After Pictures

Toilet 1 BeforeToilet 1 After Toilet 2 Before Toilet 2 After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To

It’s pretty simple. Put your gloves on. Dip the pumice stone into water and start scrubbing. Most of my stains came off fairly easy. This may or may not be true for you. You’ll start seeing the pumice stone particles in the toilet and that’s normally. When your done, flush. And your done! Simple.

Where to buy

You can find pumice stones in the beauty section of Wal-Mart, Dollar Stores, Big Lots, and Target. The one I used, I had purchased from Big Lots. It’s just the pumice stones you used on your feet. You can also purchase online from Amazon. While I used the bar, I do think it would have been easier to use the Icky Stick  , Pumie Stick, or one that had a handle. There was some spot on the under side of the rim and while holding the stone, I couldn’t get my hands underneath the rim so I could scrub the spots. With the handle, I could have reached those spots. The ones with the handle are a little higher while you can find the bars many places for less.

A little more about

The pumice stone will remove

  • hard water stains
  • rust
  • mineral deposits
  • scales from sinks, tubs, and shower
  •  baked-on food, grease and carbon buildup in ovens, on grills and iron cookware.

You can use it on

  • dry scaly feet
  • tubs
  • showers
  • sinks
  • ovens
  • grills
  • ceramic tile
  • tools
  • BBQ grills
  • pools
  • concrete
  • masonry

And the best part

It’s natural. Meaning it is non toxic, no chemicals, safe to store around pets and children. And while it’s gentle and doesn’t scratch the surface, it’s a tough cleaning tool.

I hope you find this helpful! What are your thoughts? Have you ever used a pumice stone? What is your experience? Let us know in the comments below!

8 Reasons to line dry your sheets

Between laundry and dishes, these two things are my least favorite chores. Oddly enough,I find line drying  sheets very pleasurable. There is something soothing about looking through my sliding glass door and seeing the wind blowing white sheets on the line.

line drying sheets2

 

Reasons to line dry your sheets

  1. Saves Money – This is probably the most obvious reason. Your washer and dryer are one of the top energy hungry appliances. Finding ways to reduce your usage will result in more money left in your wallet. The sun is 100% FREE energy source so why not use it for drying your laundry?
  2. Whitens whites- The sun is a natural whitener. It is an all natural, chemical free whitener. I do not like bleach one bit. It smells horrible, it eats away at fabric, and is a harmful chemical. The first time I lined dried my sheets, I was amazed at how white they were. They were as white as the day I had bought them, if not whiter.
  3. Works out the wrinkles-  It works out almost all of the wrinkles. Ok, who actually irons anymore? There might be some that do but I’m not one that irons. The only times I iron is if we have a special event to go to or maybe if the a piece of clothing is extremely wrinkled and we’re headed to church or somewhere nice. The hubby and me were married for about 4 years before I actually bought an iron and 9 years (this year) before I bought a full size ironing board. And the only reason I bought a full size ironing board was mainly so I could make some throw pillows!! That’s pretty bad but it’s the truth.
  4. It’s therapeutic- I don’t know if its the fresh air, sun light, chirping of the birds, or the act itself, but something about it is therapeutic. I really don’t think it’s just me because even the hubby will come out there and help me dry them and fold. He never helps me fold clothes unless I ask him. He will help out with other chores including throwing them in the washer and dryer but folding and putting away the clothes is not something he volunteers for.
  5. Kills odors and smells- The heat from the rays of the sun can kill up to 99% of germs, bacteria, and mold. Hospitals use ultraviolet lights to aid in killing germs, bacteria, and viruses.
  6. It doesn’t set in stains- I am not always the most thorough about checking for stains before tossing into the dryer.  There has been many times I pull my clothes out to find I had set in a stain by drying it in the dryer. With line drying, the sun doesn’t set the stain in.
  7. Clothes won’t wear out as fast- Every time you pull out lint from your dryer, that is your fabric wearing down. The wearing down process is slowed by line drying.
  8. Calming- It is calming to see your linens rippling with the breeze.

folded sheets

A few tips and tricks to line dry your sheets

  • Like I said above,  the sun whitens. It can discolor your colors. Some colors can be line dried without risking the fading but materials where the color bleeds, are typically the ones that you may want to think twice about line drying. One tip, is to turn the clothes inside out to avoid fading when line drying. I haven’t personally done this so I can’t tell you if this tip will prevent fading. Another tip, is line dry colors in the shade.
  • It can make some clothes stiff especially if you leave it out there for a long time and the wind is still. My husband’s socks will become very stiff after hanging them out to dry. He’s not a big fan of this. My socks, on the other hand, are made out of a different fabric. They do not become stiff after hanging them out to dry.  I think the type of fabric makes a difference. My sheets are never stiff after line drying. One tip to prevent this,  toss the clothes in the dryer for about 5 minutes before line drying to soften up the fabric.
  • The clothes can absorb the smell from the air. In most cases, this is great. But if you are one who lives close to a dairy, this might not be ideal. My sister loves lavender. She has said a time or two, she would love to dry her clothes on a field of lavender.  If we all just lived next to a field full of fresh flowers, our line dried clothes would smell absolutely lovely.
  • If you have allergies and there is lots of pollen in the air, don’t line dry that day. One of the times I line dried my sheets on a high pollen day, the sheets looked a little yellowish and it really irritated our allergies.  I use Pollen to check the allergens in the air for my area.
  • I line dry some of my undergarments inside. There is a nifty retractable clothesline that my wonderful hubby installed above my washer and dryer. I purchased mine from Avon (my mom is an Avon lady) but you can buy one similar to mine at amazon. Retractable clothesline

There you have it. The reasons to give line drying a shot if you don’t already do so. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I do!

Scripture to help with the laundry

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:9-10)

If your like me, I’m not always thrilled to do the laundry that never seems to end. As a stay at home mom and wife, one of my chores is to launder clothes and linens. I am a servant to the little ones and to my husband. Even though, it can be hard at times, I should serve them humbly and without grumbling. Instead of only seeing the dirty pile of laundry,I can see the pile as a lesson to teach my children. We can teach them to serve others in a meekness manner EVEN if we don’t like the chore itself. Helping others is something we should do cheerfully and to best of our ability. We should serve one another in love.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Galations 5:13)

Hope this helps

There you have it. The reasons to give line drying a shot if you don’t already do so. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I do and the bible verse helps you look at your laundry in a whole new way!

 

The best homemade laundry detergent recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent

 

On our quest to save money, stretch our dollars, we decided to make our own laundry detergent. I have tried and tested many different recipes and this one,is the best homemade laundry detergent recipe.homemadelaundrydetergent

There are many reasons why I enjoy sharing this recipe.

  1. It saves money! Who doesn’t love that? I pay about $29 each time I make it and it will last 8 months+ (I will update when I run out to see exactly how long it lasts)And that was through potty training! ( I think I messed up somewhere on dates. I currently working on a new blog post that made me come back and look at this post. Hopefully I can find exact dates to update this post on how long this lasted.) This will all depend on family size, loads, and personal needs to how long this will last but this by far outweighs the cost of store bought brands. I store most of it in a 5 gal bucket and another in a plastic canister on top of my washer.
  2. It works! It cleans the clothes efficiently and well.
  3. Limits toxin. Before making the switch to homemade laundry detergent, I was using a more natural product (not 100% natural but definitely better than name brand products) called Mrs. Meyer’s (which I still love the smell but needed something cheaper) and before trying to eliminate toxins, I was using the toxin-loaded Tide! Everything in this recipe is toxin free (except the Downy Unstoppables which is completely optional and I am currently looking into alternatives.) Last year, my hubby’s parents invited us to stay a week in their timeshare by the beach. I forgot my laundry detergent so my mother in law let me have a travel size bottle of Tide. I washed a few loads of clothes at the timeshare but each piece of clothing only made it into the washer for 1 load. When we came home, I could smell the heavy Tide fragrance on all the clothes. I didn’t think much about it until it took me about 3 loads for my clothes to start smelling less Tide like. And when I say less Tide like, I mean the smell was still there but just more faint. And that was only after 1 wash!!!!! Can you imagine how much buildup is on your clothes when continually doing your laundry in what we call detergent???
  4. HE friendly. It is low sudsing and can be used in any HE washer.
  5. Easy to make. I have made the liquid version which is kind of a pain to make and does not work as well. All you do is grate the soap and mix into 5 gal bucket. 

 

About the ingredients

Borax- I have heard both mixed articles about borax being toxic or non toxic. I would stray away from Borax because of the bad rep it had gotten until I understand what is was, how it was derived, and what all the confusion was about.  While I could set here and explain why it isn’t, here is an article that pretty much sums it all up and explains it far better than I could. Is borax safe?

Why use borax in laundry?

It whitens your whites, softens hard water, neutralizes odors, aids in stain removal, and disinfects.

Super Washing Soda- It is a natural occurring mineral also known as sodium carbonate.

How does it help?

It helps whiten your whites, softens hard water, and neutralizes odors.

Baking Soda- Your probably familiar with baking soda also known as Sodium bicarbonate. The science and information is quite lengthy but if you want to know more about baking soda, check out this link. What is baking soda?

How does it work?

Baking Soda is a odor neutralizer, softens clothes, and cuts through dirt and grease.

Oxi Clean- I have seen mixed reviews on Oxi Clean and if it is safe or not. I’ll let you research it and let you decide. If you’re concerned, you could leave this ingredient out. Another alternative would be homemade Oxi Clean. Check it out Jille’s OxyKleen.  I haven’t personally used the homemade Oxi Clean but I have curious to know how it works. So if you try it out, let me know how it works and if it is safe on colors!

How does it help your laundry?

It helps brighten colors, whiten whites, and helps remove stains.

Fels-Naptha- It is a bar of soap specifically made for laundry. I haven’t been able to find a ton of information on Fels-Naptha. I have heard it is a natural product but I usually won’t vouch for that until I have researched it enough to back it up. If you are leery, you could use another type of soap such as Dr. Bronner’s. I have used the Zote and while many have claimed it is natural, the smell alone makes me think Zote isn’t natural.

Downy Unstoppables- The fact that this is made by the same company who makes Tide and the other heavy laden toxic laundry detergents, should probably tell you this is probably not natural. The ingredients listed is perfume dispersant, perfume and dye. Perfume can disrupt your hormones, worsen allergies, linked to cancer and is just bad news. The Purex Chrystals has an even longer list of ingredients so I chose the lesser of 2 evils. This ingredient is completely optional and has no cleaning power. It just gives your homemade laundry detergent a nice smell. I am currently trying to find alternatives. Usually, essential oils are the natural alternative but I have used it with a homemade fabric softener mixed into my homemade laundry detergent (Epsom salt and essential oil) and by itself in the washer and dryer. From my experience, the smell is completely gone by the time I pull it out of the dryer.

Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 box (4lb 3 oz) box of borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 (3 lb) Container of OxiClean

2 (5.5 oz) Bars of Fels-Naphta (You can use1 bar of Zote but I don’t like the smell and I don’t think it cleans as well)

1 (4lb) box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

1 bottle of Downy Unstoppables OR Purex Crystals (optional)

*****I recommend using the Downy Unstoppables out of these 2. Downy Unstoppables due to the ingredients. While both are not 100% non toxic, I feel Downy Unstoppables is the better choice. I have also seen others use Scentsy Whiffers but I have no idea how many bottles you need, price, or the ingredients list. I have tried the fabric softner using essential oils and Epsom salt but it does not give a smell so I am seeking other alternatives.

Directions

  1. Grate your bars of soap. You can use a hand grater, zester grater, or food processor. I personally prefer to use my food processor since it is easier and shreds it into little pieces. I first run it through the shredder. Then I put the chopping blade in the processor and let it chop the soap into smaller pieces of soap.
  2. Combine all ingredients. I dump everything into my 5 gal bucket, put the lid on, and I let the hubby do the heavy lifting 😉 He then rolls and shakes the bucket until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Store away. I store a smaller amount in a plastic container that I picked up at Wal-Mart. The rest of the detergent, I leave in my 5 gal bucket.

To Use

I use 2-3 T per load depending on size and soil level. I use a coffee scoop and store it in the top of the plastic canister. 1 coffee scoop=2 T *

***(T=Tbs) (t=teaspoon)

 

Let me know if you like this recipe, how it works for you, and if anyone knows of natural ways to get a nice smell without using Downy Unstoppables.