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free borax coupons
Thursday, February 07, 2013 | By gogalyboo

Spring cleaning season is upon us. And if you procrastinate like me, the house could do with a good scrubbing. Oh the blah’s of  winter.

Time to break out the cleaners and the Swiffer wet jet. Those conventional cleaners contain dangerous chemicals—not exactly the stuff you want hanging around the space you use to eat on.

Homemade cleaning recipies.

Its been in my life and household since I was born. 

The ones your grandparents and there before them used to make with natural ingredients can get the job done just as well, if not better. All you need are a few common ingredients. You probably even already have them in your pantry.

Borax has many uses in your home and if kept in a dry location, borax’s shelf life is virtually unlimited.

 

Borax is a cheap magic additive. First it makes the detergent more effective. The clothes will be cleaner and dust mites cannot live in it! Children and Adults would eliminate dust mite allergies. But the other great attribute is that it kills mold. There are two problems however utilizing Borax in Front Loaders. In the wash cycle Borax provides a great boost to the cleaning, kills mold and dust mites and other parasites. {It is about the gentle alkaline of the Borax. These bad actors just can’t survive in Borax.}

But Borax should also be added to the last rinse. Borax permeates the fabric and makes the fabric smells fresh smell, but the borax particles remaining are actually good for the skin, eliminating body odors, killing mold, parasites, and fungus and dust mites as your body contacts them. But here is the big problem. To maximize the wash Borax needs to be part of the detergent. To provide an even more protective barrier it needs to be added to the last rinse so it remains in the dry fabric after the wash.

Borax is so cheap and does so much! Why wash machine designers do not provide options to inject Borax at multiple times is something that has always perplexed me. For front loader machines Borax is an absolute “must”. It prevents all mold and mildew around the door seal and does so automatically. Instead of Chlorine –which destroys the rubber seal – Borax added to the wash and rinse would keep the frontload machine fresh and clean forever with no fuss or muss.

 

  1. Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with this recipe: Make a paste with 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.
  2. China (including hand painted): :Soak china in a dishpan filled with warm water and ½ cup borax; rinse well.
  3. Clean and deodorize a refrigerator. Mix one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax in one quart warm water. Wash spilled food with a sponge and soft cloth. Rinse with cold water.
  4. Dishwasher: If the machine is smelly, sprinkle borax in the bottom, let it sit overnight, then wipe down with a damp sponge. No need to rinse; just run the next load. 
  5. Pots and pans: Rub borax into cookware with a damp sponge; rinse well. 
  6. Urine Odor on mattress: Handy for accidents while toilet trainingdampen the area, sprinkle and rub in Borax, let dry and vacuum.
  7. Bed bugs: Get rid of them by sprinkling borax on your mattress. Let it sit and vacuum it up.
  8. Flea Killer:Sprinkle Borax on carpet, let stand overnight and vacuum well. Discard bag or empty vacuum outside.
  9. Garbage Disposerclean and sanitize:(dump 1/4 cup Borax into disposer, splash in just a little water and let stand for an hour or so, rinse with hot water)
  10. Unclog drains:with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then run your water for a few minutes to flush it out. 
  11. Toilet rust: Pour borax in the bowl and let it sit overnight. Swish the bowl a few times with a toilet brush and flush the next day.
  12. Garbage pails: Keep clean and odor-free. Cleaning the entire pain inside and out with a cup of Borax per gallon of hot h2o. Utilize the hottest water you could stand. Rinse with cold h2o and let dry. Once the pail is dry, sprinkle a small amount of Borax on the bottom of the garbage pail prior to placing in a brand new rubbish bag. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor causing moisture. 
  13. Linens:Remove mildew and mustiness from by soak them in 2 cups of borax mixed with 2 quarts of water. Let the linens sit for a few hours, then rinse them clean.
  14. Ants mix: equal amounts of Borax and powdered sugar, place near ant problem area – keep away from pets and children.
  15. Laundry: Add 1/2 cup Borax to wash load for brighter, cleaner, deodorized clothesIt’s also “quite alkaline, so it kills mold and fungus and softens water.
  16. Wash diapers and baby clothes. Flush out dirty diapers and soak as soon as possible in a diaper pail filled with warm water and one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax. Pre-soak for at least thirty minutes before washing in warm water, adding one-half cup borax with the recommended amount of detergent. Wash linens, bibs, slips, and cotton crib liners in hot water, adding one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax and detergent. Borax helps get rid of odors, reduce staining, and make diapers more absorbent.
  17. Wash delicate hand washables. Dissolve one-quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax and two tablespoons detergent in a basin of warm water. Soak hand washables for ten minutes, rinse in clear, cool water, blot with a towel, lay flat (woolens) or hang to dry (away from sunlight and direct heat).
  18. Carpet Powder Deodorizer:sprinkle Borax on carpet, let stand overnight and vacuum.
  19. Carpet Stains:Mix Borax with water to make paste, rub into stain, let dry and vacuum.
  20. Floor Cleaner: 1/3 cup Borax, 1 gallon warm water, squirt of dish washing detergent, splash of ammonia
  21. Window Cleaner:2/3 cup Borax, 1 gallon warm water
  22. Car Wash Cleaner:1/8 cup mixed with about 1.5 gallons of water.
  23. Clean hairbrushes and combs: Mix a quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax and a tablespoon of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a basin of warm water. Soak hairbrushes and combs in the solution, rinse clean, and dry.
  24. Clean a metal coffee pot: Fill the percolator with water and add one teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax and one teaspoon detergent powder. Boil the water, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean.
  25. Clean chocolate from clothing: Sponge the spot with a solution of one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax and one cup warm water. Flush with water. If that doesn't work, make a paste with borax and water, work into the stain, let set for one hour, flush well with warm water, and launder as usual.
  26. Weed Preventer:from growing in pavement cracks. Sprinkle Borax in cracks (I reuse an empty ketchup bottle to sprinkle it in).
  27. Tile and Grout Cleaner:Sprinkle Borax with just enough water to paste, scrub with brush.
  28. Baseboards, countertops, and walls: Dissolve ½ cup borax in 1 gallon hot water and pour the solution into a spray bottle (which you can store for later use). Spritz generously, wipe down with a damp cloth, and let air-dry.
  29. Clean outdoor furniture:by washing it with this mildew zapping solution: In a spray bottle, mix 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon borax and 1 quart warm water.
  30. Keep the water in a humidifier free from odor. Dissolve one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax per gallon of water before adding to the unit. Use this treatment once or twice a year.
  31. Preserve flowers:
  •  Mix one part 20 Mule Team Borax and two parts corn meal.
  •  Fill the bottom one-inch of an empty airtight canister with the mixture.
  • Place the flower on the mixture, then gently cover the flower with more mixture, being careful not to crush the flower or distort the petals.
  • Flowers with a lot of overlapping petals, such as roses and carnations, are best treated by sprinkling mixture directly into the blossom before placing them into the box.
  •  Seal the canister and store at room temperature in a dry place for seven to ten days.
  • When the flowers are dried, pour off the mixture and dust the flowers with a soft artist's brush.

 

Borax removes the moisture from blossoms and leaves, preventing the wilting which would normally result.

 

 

 

For Fun:

A.    Snow flakes:

1.       Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.

2.       Twist together at centers to form 3 spokes (trim if necessary).

3.       Attach a string to the end of one spoke, tying the other end to the middle of a pencil.
Fill a jar (wide enough to fit your snowflake) with boiling water.

4.       Add Borax one Tablespoon at a time to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add up to 3 T. Borax per 1 C. Water.

5.       The solution can be tinted with food coloring if desired.

6.       Hang pipe cleaner snowflake in the solution with pencil resting on the jar. 

7.       Make sure your snowflake is completely covered and not touching the bottom or sides of the jar.
Allow to sit undisturbed over night.

8.       In the morning you’ll have a lovely crystal snowflake for your tree or window.

 

B.    Bouncing Polymer Ball:

 

1.       Start with 2 cups, one labeled “Borax” and one labeled “Ball.”

2.       In “Borax” Cup pour 2 Tablespoons warm water and ½ teaspoon Borax powder.

3.       Stir until Borax is dissolved. Add food coloring if you choose.

4.       In the “Ball” Cup, pour 1 Tablespoon of glue. 

5.       Add ½ teaspoon of the Borax solution from the “Borax” cup and 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch.DO NOT STIR. Allow the ingredients to interact on their own for 10-15 seconds then stir until they’re fully mixed.

6.       When it’s impossible to stir, remove it from the jar and knead it in your hands.  It will be sticky at first but as you work it it will become less sticky.

7.       Give it a bounce!  Store your ball in an airtight container or ziploc bag when not in use.

8.       Wash up your area, your equipment and yourself to avoid dried on glue and such. 

C.    Goop: Which is a cheap alternative to Play-Doh.

1.    Mix together a half cup of water with a half cup of glue.

2.    Add a few drops of food coloring to the glue mixture.

3.    In a smaller bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of borax with another half cup of water.

4.    Mix the borax and water in with the glue mixture. It should get thick pretty fast.

5.    Dump the mixture out on a cookie sheet covered with foil, and knead the mix just like you would bread dough.

6.    Stretch and play with your flubber or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.

7.    Goop only has one drawback: it can stain surfaces and clothes.

8.    I like to put it in gallon ziplock bags with a little extra water.

9.    Put some crazy glue on the seam of the bag and zip it shut.

10.  Give the glue a few minutes to dry.

11.  Once it’s dry, you have a play mat for your kids to trace, draw, or write on.

 

      Store in air tight container

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It’s a great alternative to the Play-Doh version of Goop, and it won’t make a mess!

Of course, you can always skip the ziplock alternative,and just play with it like the original recipe calls for.

 

Just remember to cover your play area with plastic (plastic tablecloths are great for this!) so you don’t end up with stained furniture!


I have 3 coupons so email me and ill choose 3 winners!!

  

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My Purex giveaway!
Thursday, October 18, 2012 | By gogalyboo

 

Purex® plus Oxi is so powerful, it works against over 101 different stains!

The three stain-fighting enzymes in Purex plus Oxi each work against different types of stains for the most Purex stain-fighting power you can get.

Comment on this post for a chance to win a Free bottle(coupon)!!

  

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garbage can finds
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 | By attic_treasures

I went down to the garbage cans by the mailboxes in my mobile home community and found coupons for my local thrift store for 50 percent off.  I found 11 coupons which i will pass out to friends who enjoy the thrift store as much as i do.  I went to a friends house the other day and she had a bag of goodies for me it was filled with some denim capris and outfit and some jeans and some tubes of lipsticks that she didn't want..I like getting clothes for free just as much as buying them at my local thrift.  i cleaned out my freebies drawer in my bedroom and i have over 200 free samples that i got off of freestufftimes.com..They have a freebie coupon  now for tena pads for free my friend printed two coupons and got two big bags of those pads for free. in my mailbox i had free coupons for baby cereal and food that i will probably give to a friend who has a baby.  I went to bath and body and took advantage of their 75 percent off sale and got some bath spray shower gel and lotion all in a basket for $3.75 i bought 2 baskets they are the travel size but big enough to take with me on vacation in the summer. I just love bath and body products...

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Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | By gogalyboo

Purex insider has allowed us to sample their new detergent ultraPacks Mountain Breeze.And I just have to say 10 out of 10 for this . My sons use it first and not haveing to measure or be yelled at "not to use to much soap" they we very happy.As for me Mom made life easier chasing my grandson around.

   

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born pretty
Friday, October 21, 2011 | By gogalyboo

 

I have won in the past and really like their products good quality and fast shipping! check them out.

One Year Anniversary Giveaway Online!!!

 


HOW TO ENTER
1. You MUST be a public follower of my blog. Please leave your GFC (Google Friend Connect) name in the comments so I can find you.

2. Leave your email address so that I can contact you.

3. Blog about this giveaway in your blog and leave the link of it. : )

4. Like us on the FACEBOOK! Share this giveaway on your facebook page. :

IMPORTANT - if your name is drawn I will be double checking all links. If any are invalid at that time your entry will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.

 
This giveaway starts on October 18, 2011. Ends on October 31, 2011.

So, what are you waiting for?!

Happy Birthday to Born Pretty Store and wish you GOOD LUCK!!

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On-line Freebies for Real?
Sunday, October 16, 2011 | By Tanya39

I use Craigslist it is at www.craigslist.org, or is it com? Well what the heck let us go on by saying that there is a freebie section where peps in you state can post what they don't need or want, but they can't sell it. Giving away dirt for instant is  way of getting rid of a yard mess when the city you live in is insisting on a clean yard. Also, try www.freecycle.com. They have several listings of what you can trade for free, but the only thing is freecycle you have to trade otherwise people no trade or contact you.

Coupons from manufacturers can be had with a simple email or phone call to their 800 number. The trick is to praise them to no end. Just make sure you give your actual address as some email accounts don't print out their inbox emails.

List of freebies that can be had:

dirt

children books

clothes that people have outgrown

apartment furniture

bibles

food that people have leftover from harvest

beauty supplies

costumes

cars

trucks

RV's

Campers

moving signs

garage sale signs

cats

dogs

etc....

You get the message. I hope you like freebies like I do.

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good site i have got a few 10$cards
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | By gogalyboo

http://www.nomorerack.com/?cr=65457

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Freebies
Monday, November 01, 2010 | By pamphyila

#1 Thanks for all the nice feedback.  Begonia - your reading group sounds wonderful! So many kids could benefit from that sort of concept.  my husband is restricted by the Calif. standards, which can be a pain in the neck & I don't think the kids are any smarter somehow.  He has kids with special needs reading text books that would have been advanced for me in high school.  As I recall in 6th grade we were memorizing rivers and lists of products from countries! And this is still considering that so many kids here are Eng. language learners....for them it's vocabulary in all their courses, which the teachers don't get.  My brother, Rick Munro has had great success in Bakersfield in history with lots of emphasis on TERMS...& as for most language learning - ugh!!

#2 CARMEX has made me part of their blog squad!! & they sent me a very nice packages of all their new products, as they are developing the brand beyond the lip balms we know....

They even have a tinted lip ultra hydrating lip balm - which I really like - very moisturizing. (Altho the colors are very muted - great for growing girls, I would think.) And the new healing cream is also a winner....I use it to moisturize my hands & it actually works very well - better than 95% of the other creams I have used....

#3 A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Carmex is nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for my readers - Do you hear that out there???Just email me at pamphyila@yahoo.com before 11/14 - with CARMEX in the heading with your name & address & I will put your names in a hat & send the winner off to Carmex & THEY will send off some Carmex product(s) to you!! 

I don't normally do this - but occasionally being a blogger has its benefits! We will see how it goes. Life continues to be an adventure.

 

 

 

 

   

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Counting the Freebies
Sunday, October 24, 2010 | By pamphyila

Just thought I would tell you all that in the last few days I have received these freebies:

  • Traditional Home magazine
  • Sample of Crest
  • Pro-Health Clnical Gum protection
  • Covergirl lashblastlength mascara
  • Sample of Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer
  • Strivectin -SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles  (generous sample tube)
  • Sample of new WISK detergent

You see I usually concentrate on health & beauty items, as I get the best deals here. Mostly from freestufftimes.com - I am connected with freestufftimes.com on twitter now, which helps because the freebies seem to go so QUICKLY now!

I am also now getting the Wall St. Journal delivered daily for, I believe 6 months - It's not all about stocks & finance - I enjoy the "liberal arts/cultural" parts a lot.

As I have said before, I am also receiving lots of free magazines - I lose track of them!  But I see a FORBES, a COSMO, an ELLE and PEOPLE WATCH. (title?) Not only do I enjoy reading them, but I also pass them along - a box is going to hubby's school for art projects and so on! Lots of great pix to cut  up.

More on freebies later this week - I got a big one & want to devote an entry to it....

   

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free food day
Saturday, October 23, 2010 | By attic_treasures

I had a coupon for a free pizza, and i went and got it and took it to the park with my boyfriend. we stopped at our local A&W and got free root beers with our two coupons that we found in the trash can by the mail box in our mobile home park.  so we had  lunch  out and enjoyed the nice weather at the park. after lunch we headed to our favorite local thrift store value world i went towards the clothes and the boyfriend headed for the electronics department after a few minutes of browsing he called my name and directed me over to a counter which had a down comforter for ten dollars i grabbed it up it was in good condition never used. we took it home and put it on the bed and it must be king size since it fit our bed. i had been looking for one of those for weeks now and the price was just right. down comforters run about two hundred dollars for a nice one. the only place you can get one around here is in the mall at jc penny's. i am happy and it is so warm. i am looking for an electric blanket to maybe i will get lucky at good will. i like to wrap up in it when i am sitting at my computer. my old one that i had for quite a few years doesn't  work any more. the weather is starting to get cold here. yesterday my boyfriend took me to a thrift store about an hour from where we live. we wanted to go on a drive but i wanted to look at winter coats. we went and i found a red wings winter coat for  five dollars in extra large tall it fit me perfectly. it was worth the drive up there. there was a kmarts right next to the thrift store and we looked at the cost of coats there and they wanted sixty dollars. so i got a deal there even with the cost of gas to drive there it was still cheaper.

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