Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinterest Trial Weekend

This weekend I stayed home pretty sick. Even took Monday off of work to recover. One nice thing about being a sub? I get to take days off no problem. Love it. I have recently decided to try to follow the Dave Ramsey budget planning action (more on that later) but in order to do that I want to try to save money in different ways.

I've tried some natural cleaning ideas that I found on Pinterest! Brave right? (Check out my board here.)

I have my magnificent front-loaders (owned them for two years, can't get over it. love em). However keeping the washer from getting that icky mildew like smell is super hard.

So on Pinterest I found this mix of baking soda and vinegar. Seems like those are my two new best friends. Plus they are way cheaper than I thought.

Pin recipe: Once a month, add a cup of Distilled White Vinegar and a cup of baking soda during the HOT cleaning cycle. pour them directly into the drum. Then, add about ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the detergent dispenser.

Verdict: It works!

For the dishwasher:

Pin says: "Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Using the hottest water available, run the dishwasher through a cycle. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitizes, and helps remove the musty odor. Next, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and run it through a short cycle. The baking soda will help freshen and removing stains"

Verdict: It works! Smells way better now.

For the bathtubs:

For this you can put it in a squeegy like in the picture or in a spray bottle. I went spray bottle route because I didn't want to spend money on anything. I think the squeegy would have worked way better because the spray just got the surface gunk off. Or maybe the tubs were just that dirty. Could be. I'm going to try it again..

Verdict: Kinda works, operator error?

Pin says: Unblock your drains without pouring harmful pollutants into the water system by pouring down 1 c of salt and 1/2 c of baking soda mixed together, followed by a kettle of boiling water. Can also use baking soda and white vinegar and boiling water.

Verdict: Works surprisingly well! Just make sure to do the boiling water bit. I added a tiny bit of bleach to mine for the drains to help extra kill any mildew/mold smells. My hair is down to my hips now so that crap can get all kinds of stuck up in there. ew.

I'm going to work on a few more things now that I'm feeling ambitious. I love the combo of these natural cleaners! Here's to saving money! And the planet! And stuff!


  1. Dang - such long hair girl!!! I'm growing mine out but its not looking so pretty with all it's split I think I need to go in for a trim soon. But hair clogging the drain is the worst! Yuck.

    Looks like most of your Pinterest cleaning tips worked - SWEET!!

  2. I always wondered if those cleaning tips work! Good to know! I really need to try the drain cleaner one. My bathroom sink is clogged from all my hair. I'm going bald! AHHHHHH!


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