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citrus-infused vinegar

Pin ItThe Damsel has long sung the sweet song of vinegar as a frugal cleaner. But what if you hate the smell? What if it makes you feel more like this:                     than like this:                       […]

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vinegar to the rescue

Pin ItYou know that tray that sits in your refrigerator’s water dispenser? The minute the Damsel saw one of these on her very first fridge with a water dispenser, she had a Moment. She thought to herself, oh. That’s going to get gross. Fast. The sprog will get themselves ice from the dandy ice shooter, […]

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no-rub silver tarnish removal

Pin ItGrandma taught the Damsel that saving the best china and silver for “special company” meant it would be rarely used, if ever. And who is more important than family, anyway? So every Sunday, out came the best china, the beautiful silver. Over the years, a few precious pieces were broken by childish hands, yes. […]

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cleaning tile and grout

Pin ItEdit: Please read the comments for a couple of concerns about this method, although it’s worked well for the Damsel.   The Damsel has long waged war against the grout in her hall and kitchen floor tile. She’s spent hours and lots of sheckles looking for a great way to keep it looking nice. […]

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Pin ItLong ago, when the Damsel was but a teenager, she helped her aunt clean a house she was about to move into. (Hi Aunt Linda! In Mongolia!) The kitchen had a stove hood that was grease-encrusted, and the auntie showed the young Damsel how to clean it with ammonia. The ammonia worked really well […]

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Pin It Today, the Damsel would like to introduce her old friend, Nathan Wright, as today’s substitute teacher/guest poster. Take it away, Nathan! One Saturday the chore of washing dishes fell to me. It seemed to this nine-year-old the dirty dishes were especially piled up whenever my turn came around, and I was certain my […]

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spring cleaning

Pin ItThe words “spring cleaning” often bring a shudder, no matter what season it is. Back in the olden days, there was good reason for the cringe. Spring cleaning was a completely exhausting, dirty job. A long winter of using kerosene, wood, gas, oil, and candles coated the house with dark sooty grime. The thought […]

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make your own window cleaner

Pin It The Damsel once heard a famous cleaning expert speak. During the question and answer period, a worried wife asked him what was the first thing he noticed, as far as cleanliness goes, when he went over to someone’s house. He promptly replied, the windows. The Damsel is pretty sure the wife started crying […]

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Pin ItThe Damsel has heard a billionty times that you should NOT put good knives in the dishwasher. But although she wants to trust and obey, she finds it hard. She wants to know WHY. Here are the most common reasons: You might cut yourself. The knife might cut the dishwasher’s plastic coating on the […]

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Pin ItAnyone else notice that the dishes don’t come as clean in the dishwasher as they used to? In the area where the Damsel lives, a key ingredient was removed from dishwasher detergent. Phosphorus has long been included in all sorts of cleaning products, but it’s been determined to be harmful to the environment. So […]

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