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Today I got some stuff out of the attic.  I knew I had a lot up there, but geez!  There was a lot more than I thought.  Anyhow, I found a file box full of old knitting and crochet magazines-remember the little 29¢ and 35¢ ones? Some of them and some full size ones.   I thought I had gotten rid of them all, but there were a bunch of them up there!

old books

These are the smaller ones:

smallbooks

There are still more, those are just what I could fit in the shot and still see the pictures on them.  Pretty neat, huh?  I also found a bunch from the 70’s and 80’s.  I don’t really want to throw them out, but don’t have room to keep them.  Maybe they’ll end up on ebay or something.

I also found (not really, I knew they were there) about 5 trash bags of coned yarn for my knitting machines.  Since they were sealed before putting in the trash bags, everything is good with them.  Now I need to decide what to do with them.  I still remember what a lot of the yarn was bought for, but finding the patterns in the mess I have may be a problem.  That and I don’t have space to set up any of the machines anyplace the cats can’t get to.  That would be a real problem!  Maybe the front room will lose the bed and I can set my sewing and knitting machines up all the time in there……sounds like a project to think about!

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I got an email the other day about Clorox bleach and hydrogen peroxide.  I’m not sure where it originated, but if you do, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.  Some of these I’ve heard, some I even use, but there’s a few new to me.  So if you can’t stand the smell of bleach, here’s some ideas.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and  hold it in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out.  No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. Kill fungus on your feet when sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. One doctor has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair,  spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot.. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. Use peroxide to clean mirrors. There is no smearing.

So, what other uses are there for peroxide?

I’m not a big fan of chemicals and try to avoid them.  Here’s a few ways I keep my house sanitary, clean and smelling good using stuff you probably already have in the kitchen.

All Purpose Cleaner-Mix 1/2 part baking soda, water and 1 part vinegar.  Dissolve baking soda in water.  Add vinegar (it will fizz-a LOT.  Do it in the sink!)  Add a little more water-to the neck of a spray bottle is good, but no further.  Let sit a while (or overnight), the baking soda may settle a little bit.  Flip upside down (it will probably fizz again!) and when it no longer fizzes, start cleaning.  I usually have 1 cup as my “part” and it fills those spray bottles you get 2 for $1 at the dollar store.  If you need degreasing as well, you can add a little dish detergent after the fizz is gone.  I also refill the bottle of my Swiffer Wet Jet with this and it works well.

Laundry Whitener-I can’t deal with the smell of bleach, so don’t usually use it.  I can’t stand dingy whites either.  Here’s what I do: Start washer with HOT water wash.  Let it fill and add 1 part hydrogen peroxide and one part baking soda.  Let the cycle start so it mixes well, then add laundry.  Let finish as usual.  If whites are particularly dingy, you can agitate it and then let them soak for a while.

Fabric softener-Use white vinegar as you would Downey or any other brand.  No smell at all and no static.  Plus it helps rid the fabric of any detergent and helps clothes from getting dingy and faded as fast.

Tile cleaner-Make a paste of baking soda and enough water to get it like peanut butter.  Use an old rag to wipe and gently scrub the tiles.  It works better on dry tile.   Rinse well or do it right before showering so two birds down with one stone.

Cleanser (like Comet or Ajax without chlorine)-Mix equal parts baking soda and salt.  Scrub as usual and rinse well.

There’s more that I will get around to posting, I can’t think of them right now.