Baking Soda Does What?

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Yes. It is easy being green.

 8 Baking Soda Hacks to Up Your Green Cleaning Game

When you save money, cut down on chemicals, and find multiple uses for one product, you are clearly winning at life. They say that it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right? Wrong! Winning is awesome.

Let’s face it I’ve been #adulting for a looooong time and little things like green cleaning just soothe my soul. It’s kind of like that one time when you successfully balanced your bank account or used your “inside voice” when you stubbed your toe (that happened, right?) Well today, you’re gonna make your mama proud because we are learning all about an amazing substance (no, not that one!) BAKING SODA, YOU FOOL!

The reason I wrote this blog post/created this video is to make you laugh, cry, and run out of the house, to the store, to stock up on splendid sodium bicarbonate. So let’s get started, shall we? These 8 uses for baking soda will make you the envy of all your friends:

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Anyone that knows me, knows I gotta have that funk. Prince music is my favorite jam. But when it comes to funky-smelling sink drains, that’s another story. No worries. Here’s the formula for success: Stinky Drain + Baking Soda + Vinegar = Fresh-Smelling Sink.

Pour a cup of baking soda in your drain and let it sit for an hour or so. Then, boil 2 cups of white vinegar and dump that down your drain. Once you rinse with warm water, your drain is no longer funky, it’s fresh.

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2) More Funk! Your Dishwasher

Speaking of funky smells…take another cup of baking soda and sprinkle it in your dishwasher. Leave it to sit for the night. Run an empty, normal cycle in the morning and voila, your dishwasher stinks no mo’.

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3) Evict the Ants!

Mix one part baking soda with one part powdered sugar in a small container and set it out for your anty friends. The sugar will draw them in and the baking soda will blow them up. It’ll blow up their intestines anyway!

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4) Baking Soda to Clean Your Scalp – Genious!

When baking soda is applied to the scalp, it can break down dirt and oil. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo every couple of weeks. It fights oil and clarifies hair of product build-up.

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5) Rub-a-Dub-Dub. Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Tub

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup dish soap and optionally you can add about 10 drops of any citrus essential oil (they have antibacterial qualities and they smell fab). You must use all of it with this clean because it doesn’t keep. Apply the mixture onto the tub and let it sit for about 10 minutes (this is called “dwell-time”). Then, use the scrubby side of a sponge and scrub it all down again starting from the back. Now, rinse it all away with a container or hand-held shower head. Lastly, use a squeegee or a nice fluffy towel to buff dry. Now take a lovely long bubble bath in your newly cleaned tub. You’ve earned it!

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6) The Yellow Teeth Problem Solved – On a Budget

An inexpensive way to get those pearly whites is to simply add a little baking soda to your toothpaste and brush away. Your smile will sparkle and your breath will be fresher too!

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7) I Love Pesticides on My Fruit and Veggies! – Said No One Ever.

Add 3 Tbsp of baking soda with 1 cup of water and spritz your produce. It will add the abrasion you need to get your produce crazy-clean. Rinse off with tap water and there you have it – bug-free and pesticide free. WOW!

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8) Deodorizing with Baking Soda

Of course, we couldn’t talk about baking soda without mentioning it’s deodorizing superpower. Fill a simple shaker bottle with baking soda and if you like, add your favorite essential oil. Tuck that baby into your sock drawer or wherever nasty smells loom. This deodorizer goes in and the smells go out!

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* Honorable Mention – the Parmasean Cheese Container

I loooove pouring my baking soda in a used parmesan cheese container. The double-sided lid is awesome. One side pours, the other sprinkles, and the clickable cap closes it all up. Tuck under your bathroom and kitchen sinks so it’s always within your reach.

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Well, baking soda enthusiasts, now you know my 8 favorites for using baking soda around the home…and c’mon “8 is Enough” – bonus points for getting my 80’s reference there. However, if you just can’t get out of the baking soda groove, here are some other blog posts that might float your boat.

Task Masters – The Magic of Baking Soda

BLDG 25 – The Magic of Baking Soda

7 Ingredients That Can Clean (Almost) Anything in Your House

Be sure to like and share this post so we call all spread the baking soda love. And, let me know about some creative uses you’ve found for this fan-freakin-tastic stuff.

Until Next Time My PeAcHeS!

 

 

 

How to clean up after the animals we love – the good, the bad, and the ugly

water catHurricanes Harvey & Irma. Rescuing Stranded or Injured Pets

With all of the things happening in the news cycle these days, don’t you just want to scream “STOP THE WORLD. I WANT TO GET OFF!”? Recently, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been racking the southern part of our country. There are so many touching images coming out of these horrific events. I’ve recently been affected by the tender images of animal rescues I’ve seen online. These are from the Sandiego Tribune – see full article here: Sandiego Tribune 9/8/17

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A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.

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Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017.

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Belinda Penn holds her dogs Winston and Baxter after being rescued from their home as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

 

Here in the Berberich House, we’ve had our own rescue going on.

You see, we own my husband’s home farm place outside of town. He goes there to work every day, as does my father-in-law. We have an awesome cat out there named Oscar. He is an orange short hair, about half grown, and soooo sweet. Well, Oscar happened to be hanging around the back tire of my husband’s pickup and, yep, you guessed it, he was run over. As a result, his pelvis was fractured. He has totally lost the use of his left-rear leg. The vet put him on “kennel healing”. This means an injured animal stays in a confined place for a period of time. Since the animal is not able to move around much, his injury can heal. Oscar needs to be on “kennel healing” for a month. At that time, the vet will re-X-ray and we can see how his injury is coming along. Here’s my sweet boy on his first day of kennel-healing:

Oscar is Making Me a Grouch

Even though he’s not running all over my house shedding, he’s still a bugger to clean up after. He’s a really sloppy (and not always the brightest) animal. He walks through the water in his dish, then walks through his litter. This somehow finds its way off of his feet onto my floor. He tips his dish of food over and since he’s a cat off of the farm, he doesn’t always understand this litter box concept. I feel like I am constantly sweeping, washing, and wiping up after this cat. So I thought I would pin a few Pinterest posts here regarding cleaning up after pets. I hope you find them interesting…I know I certainly do.

17 Tips for Keeping a Clean House With Pets

10 Pet-Hair Removal Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Home Clean When You Have Pets

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“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” -Milan Kundera

 

Seeing some of the heroic images coming out of these hurricane stricken areas restores my faith in humanity. For most of us, helping our fellow man…and animal…is the most rewarding feeling there is. My little Oscar does not understand what is happening to him right now, but when he is back on the farm running, walking, hunting, and napping, pain-free, all this sweeping, wiping, cleaning and hassle will be worth it. Thank you, Pinterest for getting me through.

Please consider giving to hurricane relief:

Red Cross Disaster Relief

Houston Humane Society

As always, until next time~ Keep it real and stay true to yourself.

Peachy.

 

4 Tools Every Home Needs to Clean Like a Pro

dogIsn’t There a Little Freak in Us All?

Don’t you hate when you’ve got something to clean, but you just can’t find the right tool for the job? Don’t let these items taunt and mock you! Show them who’s boss. As a professional cleaner, I know that cleanliness improves everyone’s quality of life. So it’s important to have the right tools for the job. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. They just need to be effective. Let’s get the lowdown on a few favorites.

There’s a saying that goes, “You know you’re an adult when…you get excited that there’s a new sponge in the sink”. In my opinion, there has never been a more true statement. This next vid is right in line with that mentality. Isn’t cleaning more fun when you’ve got a new product or tool up your sleeve? I certainly think so. Take a gander at this vid listing some handy tools and tips you must know to get your nerd on.

 

Here’s the Clean Scoop

  1. Telescopic handled tools

Ok. I may be a little obsessed with these. I’m a shorty so telescoping handles just let            me reach things so much easier. The wonder of these is that they can be adjusted to          the exact height you need them to be. You can dust, clean showers, vacuum, and so            on! So amazing…just sayin’.

      2. Spin Brushes

Spin brushes are really helpful when you need to do a lot of scrubbing. At the                      push of a button, the job is practically done for you. The ones that come with                        interchangeable heads can brush, scour, and polish. Do you hands and fingers a                  favor and get yourself some spinning brushes today.

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  •   Being a professional cleaner, many people have tried to sell me expensive clothes and concoctions to effectively clean glass and mirrors (confession: I even fell for some of them). The truth is, if you have a homemade glass cleaner and a newspaper, you have all you need for the lint-free, streak-free, shine you do desire. The recipe I use for my glass cleaner is here: disclaimer, I try not to use rubbing alcohol anymore. I have substituted vodka for this and it works great without that nasty smell.

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If you’re looking for more DIY soaps and cleaners, you may want to check out my               previous blog posts on this very subject.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green…Uh, Yes it is!

A couple of my favorite DIY cleaning products (so far):

The Dramatic Tale of Kindness & Sanitizing Wipes

4. Essential Oils

Yes, yes I have been teased a little for my obsession with essential oils. I don’t think there is a video on my channel where they are not used. However, they are pretty cool. They’re all natural, smell great, and have so many uses. I especially love the citrus variety because they have antibacterial qualities and of course, they smell yummy. I get mine from Eden’s Garden,  here’s the link but there are so many places to pick them up. Try a few today! This video is hilarious by the way. We all have to laugh at ourselves sometimes. Right?

So if ya don’t know, now ya know…why you need these tools to get your home clean just like the pros do. If you watched the video, you also know how dorky I am. Jump on the bandwagon with me. There’s no shame in letting me know what cleaning related items are floating your boat now-days. I’d love to hear about ’em.

Until next time, keep it real and stay true to yourselves. 🤓

Peachy.

How to Clean the Pants Off Your Artificial Plants

flowerYes. I know plants don’t actually wear pants. How would that even work?

Dust Has No Manners

Artificial flowers and plants are really great. They don’t need any sunlight, water, or pruning. However, like everything else, they are prone to dust. Do you ever do like me and walk past the fake plants in your home and think, “hmmm, that thing is really dusty. Someday, when I get some time, I’ll spruce that up”. Then you kinda forget about it until you walk past it again…and get irritated…and then that happens again, and again, and again. Until one day, you finally say, “enough is enough. This is getting cleaned right now because I’m sick of looking at it”. Well friend, if today is that day for you, I say, “congratulations”. Here’s the skinny cleaning fake plants and flowers effectively.

If you don’t like all of this reading business, you can check out my vid on this topic:

 

Method #1, Dunking.

Take these steps to dunk your flowers back to beautiful:

  1. If you can, remove the flowers, plants, eucalyptus etc from the container or vase they are displayed in.

2. Run a sink or bucket full of lukewarm water with a mild soap. Don’t forget to throw in your favorite cleaning toothbrush

3. Gently dunk your artificial plants

4. Give ’em a little swish and use the cleaning toothbrush to lightly clean the leaves and pedals.

5. When done, give them a little rinse and leave to air dry.

6. When dry, arrange back in vase/container.

You’re good to go! And when dust strikes again, you’ll be ready.

Method #2, Flower Cleaning Spray

Can you spray your flowers clean? Maybe.

I purchased an aerosol can of this from my local floral shop (whoop, whoop Springfield Floral).

I then took my arrangement outside and gave it a spray treatment.

It looked pretty good afterward. This would work for flowers that are too delicate to submerge. But if they’re extremely dusty, it may not give them a thorough cleaning.

 

Miscellaneous Methods:

Computer Duster, Paint Brushes, Hair Dryers

All of these are effective, but time-consuming methods of getting the job done, but should happen outside if possible. I don’t think you want the dust from the leaves all over your surfaces/floors/yourself. These are also super-gentle methods of cleaning delicate flowers.

Got dusty artificial flowers and/or plants on your hands? Have no fear, Peachy Clean is here…to show you how to get those flowers into tip-top shape.

 

There you have it. Now you have no excuse for dusty florals, right? If you’ve got any other plantastic cleaning tips for me, I’d love to hear about them!

If you’ve got any other plantastic cleaning tips for me, I’d love to hear about them!

Until then, keep it real and stay true to yourself.

Peachy 

 

 

The ReLaunch

YT Hello all my TwIsTeD pEaChEs! I have been working diligently this summer on the relaunch of my YouTube Channel. I have not posted a new vid since last April. I’ve been on hiatus trying to learn how to improve. I think I’ve learned quite a bit and it will definitely show once I start uploading vids again.

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Besides learning, I have been working my tail off on new content. I have 2 vids in the bag and a new channel trailer to boot. So here it is. I’m going to give you guys a sneak-peek of my new trailer. You will not see this anywhere else! 😀 Well, not until September at least.

I’m so excited to relaunch my Channel! I’ve learned much Grasshopper, but I still have more to go.

If any of you have any questions about social media content (especially YouTube), hit me up. I’ve spent many working hours this summer listening to the classics – Darrel Eves, Tim Schmoyer, Roberto Blake, Nick Nimman, Brian G. Johnson, Brittany Bullen, and so much more.

Maybe I’ll know the answer to your question, maybe I won’t, but hey, let’s talk anyway. I really don’t bite (I’m more of a kicker). j/k.

Don’t touch that dial, because you all will be the first to know when my channel gets its facelift.

Okay Peaches, keep it real and stay true to yourself…I’m out.

M.

Cut Loose

clear bubbles Hello to all my tWiStEd PeAcHeS! So sorry I have not updated you all on how my soap turned out. The real truth is…I’m not really sure. As you know, I tried a new lard soap recipe. And as usual, it looked great going into the mold, but 48 hours later, well…you be the judge:

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The texture of it is soooo soft. The only way that I can describe it is taking a tube of Chapstick, winding it all the way up and out of the tube, and squishing it between your fingers. Now I am an EXTREMELY green soap maker. So….is that right? That doesn’t seem right to me.

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Now I know that it needs to cure for 6 to 8 weeks, so I cut it up and tucked it away. Guess I’ll just wait until mid-September for the final verdict. Any of you seasoned soap maker/fly-girls care to help me out?

See the recipe below:

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Who knew that making soap was so very complicated? Darn, you science! You know I’ll keep you all informed as it progresses through the saponification process.

Until next time, keep it real and stay true to yourself!

Michelle

Ding, Ding, Ding…Round 2.

Well, here I am again. Giving the soap-making another shot. For those of you who have not followed me thus far, my first attempt and cold-process soap-making was an epic fail. But, if at first, you don’t succeed…So to refresh your memory, here’s a photo from my first attempt. soap

Yeah, can’t get much worse right? That’s what I figured.

The new recipe that I tried uses lard, olive oil, and castor oil. Lard (rendered fat) is great for the skin.  It won’t clog pores and it resembles the structure of human skin cells which are composed of saturated fats. Lard soap is closer to our skin than plant-based soaps. Ready for some pics?

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So I’m letting set up now and will be ready for the cut soon. Let’s cross our fingers!

See you next time. Until then, be peachy!