Jewelry Cleaning

Jewelry Cleaning

Wow, I feel like all of my cleaning attempts from Pinterest lately have been a bust. My jewelry wasn’t really dirty, but sometimes I take it in for no reason to the jewelers for a cleaning and then I notice a HUGE difference after the cleaning. My wedding ring just sparkles like starlight after a cleaning.
The directions are fairly simple for this.
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon dish detergent
1 cup water
1 piece aluminum foil
Directions:
Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl). Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I cleaned my cameo ring and there was no damage.
I just didn’t notice any difference. Other than it stripping off the ‘grunge’ finish from a kind of crappy ring. No amazing sparkle, no gleam in the light, I definitely will not be doing this again.
I did notice the chemical reaction kicking in, and had high hopes, but I was doomed to disappointment!
Try at the risk of your own time.
Original pin found here

Supposed Miracle Mop Solution

Supposed Miracle Mop Solution

I would call this experiment partially successful. They made this out to be a miracle mopping solution, which I am all about something simple that I can’t run out of. Cheaper and, while it has several ingredients, it’s at least stuff that I have on hand at all times. I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone to mop once or twice and I don’t have my Mr. Clean. Yes, dish soap works, but not as well.
So you take the following ingredients and mix them all up, easy peasy!
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1/4 cup washing soda
2 gallons tap water, very warm
Then proceed to mop your floor.
I did all of this and discovered 2 things. First, this is the soapiest solution you will ever use on your floors. I actually had to go over again with clean water to get all the suds up. Second, this will leave streaks on your floor.
The only good thing I found from this solution is that it powers through spots on the floor. No scrubbing required, I just pushed the mop across the scummy stuff and it went away.
Of course afterwards I had to re-mop with clean water, then run a steam mop to get rid of the streaks. The original pin said it smelled good, and it did, however Mr. Clean smells good too and I only have to mop once!
We’ll label this try at your own discretion, and if you have time to do the job 3 times!
Original pin found here
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Refresh your towels

Refresh your towels

This was something I had to try twice. The first time made me sad. This is a simple process. You wash the towels once in hot water with a cup of vinegar, and then you wash them a second time in hot water with a half a cup of baking soda.
The first time, no noticeable difference. I was hoping for fluffy and I had normal out of the laundry towels. I was ready to mark this one down as a waste of time.
I started thinking after a few days that I may have overloaded the load. I tend to do large loads of towels, honestly I do large loads of everything, but towels especially. So I decided I would give this one more try.
I’m so glad I did! This time around, the towels were soft and fluffy. I don’t have high end towels, but they were really soft and, as you can tell from the picture, cuddly! Even Tony was impressed by how well they came out, and Tony tends to think my Pinterest is a weird quirk of mine. I love when I pull something out that he loves!
Tips for this that are not mentioned on the pin: make sure you only do a medium size load and make sure you switch your water temperature back to cold. I always wash my clothes in cold, it’s just energy conscious.
Original pin can be seen here

Microwave cleaning

Microwave cleaning

This, I am sad to say was a total bust! I tried 2 different methods, both of which I was unable to track down the original pin. I do however have both pictures and directions pinned to my organizing, space-saving & cleaning board. Feel free to follow me for other tips: Stephanie DeSantis on Pinterest
The first method was to put 1-2 cups of water and 1-2 tbsps. in your microwave for 5 minutes, then everything is supposed to magically wipe away, a la steam cleaned. After the 5 minutes, I was still having to scrub like any other time I clean my microwave, so I moved on to the second trial.
Second method is 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in the microwave for 10 minutes. The only difference from this method and the first one, was my kitchen now reeked of vinegar. I still ended up having to scrub my microwave with good old fashioned elbow-grease, so the hunt for a good microwave cleaning tip continues…….

Clean your gas stove grates

Clean your gas stove grates

Stumbled across this the other day and had to immediately try it out. Our stove was new when we moved into the house, but it never fails that the grates on gas stoves get really gross. The top of the stove can be kept clean fairly easily, but the grates……. Their is just nothing you can do sometimes!
Tony had to run to Wal-Mart anyway, so I asked him to pick up some ammonia for me. I got the goofy look, but told him if this worked, I would stop picking on him to get more degreaser to clean my stove grates!
This seemed really easy, and as we all know, easy pins are my favorite pins! First and most importantly, set this up before you go to bed, because it’ll mess with your day to start this in the morning. I ended up doing 2 grates in the morning, then the other 2 (the 2 I use most) overnight. All you have to do is bag the grates in a Ziploc bag, being sure not to rip them, then put in 3 tbsps of ammonia. The stench is bad, but wait, it gets better! Then you let it sit for 12 hours, yes that’s right, 12 hours.
Be prepared when you open that bag, the smell will kill you! Tony, the smart alec that he is, asked why we couldn’t use cat pee. Disgusting, but the smell brings to mind a litter box. Once you get them out of the bag, just rinse them really well under running water. I ran the green side of the sponge over mine, just to get all of it.
It was amazing, I spent so much time in the past scrubbing and scrubbing to no avail! The grime just rinsed off and they look beautiful. Even this morning, Tony picked up one of the grates and went “WOW!”
I love when a plan comes together and this is amazing. I will definitely have to remember this one the next time my grates look grody!
Original pin found here

Reusable containers (Clean them off)

Reusable containers (Clean them off)

Everyone does it, you empty the butter container, wash it, and use it to store leftovers or whatever. I’m really good at collecting the Olive Garden cups. You know, the ones the kids drinks come in?? Well, we’ve got almost two dozen. The kids use them for stacking and knocking over mainly, but it’s fun! Over time, the designs begin to fade. My husband, Tony, informs me that I’m the only one who is bothered by this!
So I was very excited to find this on Pinterest!
Pinterest Directions: You pour Pure Acetone into a bowl and soak a rag in it. You wrap the rag around the container and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.
Unwrap the container and use the rag to wipe away the writing. If it doesn’t come off easily, replace rag-wrap for a few more minutes, possibly adding more acetone. After writing is all off, do a normal wash and dry.
After completing the project, I have a few complaints about the process. It did work, but no matter how long you let the containers soak, you will be scrubbing hard to get the writing off. Nail polish remover will work, and after comparing nail polish remover to the pure acetone, they both work about the same.
So while at times I ask myself why I decided to do this, it was interesting. I have some clean Country Crock containers to hold my dog treats and nice clear cups for the kids to stack up and knock over.

View the original pin here