Queen of Clean on 3TV

Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean®, has been sharing her entertaining and unique cleaning techniques on Arizona's Family's, Good morning Arizona, since 1995, every Monday morning at 8:45am and again on Saturday's morning show.

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 11/28/22 at 8:42am

TIS THE SEASON FOR QUICK and EASY CLEANUP

Quick fixes for all those messy holiday problems.

BURNED ON FOOD IN CASSEROLE OR PAN

Just fill it with hottest tap water and drop in a new or used dryer fabric softener sheet.  Let is sit for a hour or so or overnight.  The mess will pour out and you will be left with just washing and rinsing the container.

CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE MICROWAVE

Put a cup of water and a tablespoon or two of lemon juice or vinegar in a small bow.  Bring it to a boil and then shut off the microwave and let sit for 15 minutes.  Open the door, wipe out with a damp cloth and you are done.

REMOVE RESIDUE AND STAINS FROM NON-STICK COOKWARE

Boil 2 Tablespoons of baking soda, and a cup or two (depending on pan size) of water in the pan.  Let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then wash and rinse. Season the pan with a little cooking oil rubbed in with a paper towel.

CLEAN THE BROILER PAN EASILY

Sprinkle the pan, while still warm, heavily with dry laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergent. Cover the pan with wet paper towels and let it soak at least several hours.  If the towels dry out spray with hot water or pour some on.  The pan should only require light scrubbing with dish soap when done. I pick up powder automatic dishwasher detergent at the $$ Store for these type of problems.

RED WINE ON FABRIC or UPHOLSTERY

When you serve red wine always serve white wine too.  As long as the sofa can be cleaned with water you can blot on some white wine to neutralize the white wine.  If you don’t have white wine then blot on club soda.  The carbonation will bubble up the spill and the salts will keep it from staining.

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CANDLES DRIPPED WAX ON WOOD

Turn your blower dryer on high and air it on an angle at the wax.  Take a dull straight edge and pop up the wax as you heat it with the blow dryer.  Go over the area with a little oil (cooking, baby, lemon – what you have on hand) and an old cloth to remove residue.


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 11/21/22 at 8:45am

THANKSGIVING QUICK TIPS - 2022

Quick Tips To Keep It Easy

  • Make sure you have disposable cooking pans on hand. Warehouse stores sell Steam Pans that equal a 9 x 13 pan very inexpensively.  Save the messy clean up by using these and tossing after your dinner.  Doing a buffet?  Cook and serve in the same pan.  Great for sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and many other foods.

 

  • Line a large bowl with double grocery plastic bags. This is where you will put all the peelings and scraps as you cook.  It’s faster than trying to shove them down the disposal and since lots of carrot and potato peels can clog the disposal, you won’t have to worry about that mess.  When you’re done, tie and toss.  No mess and no smells.

 

  • Make what you can ahead. Do your mashed potatoes and  on serving day put a crockpot liner in your crockpot, set them on low and let them warm, stirring occasionally. Toss the liner when you’re done.

 

  • Prepare your gravy earlier in the day then warm and put in a thermos to keep it hot and ready to serve. You’ll have one less pan on the stove.

 

  • Prevent oven spills by placing a baking sheet under your dishes if they may overflow or bubble over.

 

  • If you have a cooking pan with stuck on food, fill with hot water and add a teaspoon of automatic dishwasher detergent or drop in a fabric softener sheet. Both will soften the grip of the food and allow you to dump the mess and wash easily.

 

  • Prepare for a smoking oven. Things run over, it starts to smoke and smell.  Stop it instantly by pouring a heavy coat of table salt over the mess.  Smoking and smell stops instantly and later, when the oven is cool, you can lift the mess off with a spatula.

 

  • Have storage dishes ready to go. When someone offers to help clan up, hand them the containers and let them start storing the leftovers.

 

  • Have several large bottles of club soda on hand. It is the OOPS – I can’t believe I spilled that spotter.  Pour it on the spills and the carbonation will bubble up spills so you can blot them up and the salts will keep things from staining.  Red wine spill….pour white wine on it and blot, blot, blot.

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 11/7/22 at 8:45am

LEATHER CLEANING

These methods work on clothes, shoes, boots and furniture including auto interiors

For  general cleaning use some water, a squirt of mild soap or shampoo, and a few drops of white vinegar. Dampen a cloth with this mixture before wiping down the leather.  Buff with a soft cloth.  I suggest a microfiber cloth.

DOVE-Type Bar Soap rubbed on a damp microfiber cloth will also work well. Apply and work in well to remove dirt.  Keep your cloth rinsed and re-apply the soap as needed.  Buff with a soft cloth.

DIY LEATHER CLEANER – Great for leather clothes and shoes/boots

1 part mild facial soap

8 parts water

Mix in spray bottle

Spray cloth and work into leather, changing cloths as needed.  Buff with a soft cloth when done.

DIY LEATHER STAIN REMOVER

1 part Lemon Juice

1 part Cream of Tartar

Mix both to a soft paste

Apply with microfiber cloth

Mix into a creamy paste. Work it into the stain with a soft cloth. If the stain isn’t completely gone, let it sit for a few hours before applying the mixture again. When the stain is removed, wipe clean and spread on a leather conditioner

REMOVING INK FROM LEATHER

Pen ink is a dye so that it will stain leather extremely fast. Unfortunately, your leather is also dyed, so any product that dissolves the ink can also dissolve the color of your leather. If you can afford it, hire a professional.

For small stains or for individuals on a budget, rubbing alcohol can help.

Make sure to test the rubbing alcohol on a small spot first to make sure that it does not damage the leather.

Using a cotton ball or cotton swab, apply some rubbing alcohol onto the ink stain. Use circular motions to rub it into the stain gently.

Give it time for the stain to begin to disappear. Since this will remove some of the leather’s moisture, make sure to apply leather conditioner afterward.

SNOW and SALT STAINS on SHOES and BOOTS

Combine 2 parts white vinegar and 1 Part water. Apply to the soiled areas and let sit a few minutes.  Reapply and rub to remove stains, and then follow with a leather conditioner

DIY LEATHER CONDITIONERS

Vinegar/Olive Oil Conditioner

If you do not want to use a commercial product, you can make your own leather conditioner.

Add one part vinegar with two parts virgin olive oil.

Mix this in a jar with a tight lid by adding the ingredients, closing the jar with the lid and shaking the jar vigorously.

 Apply this solution to your leather with a clean cloth and let it set overnight, then buff leather with a clean cloth. You must buff well to remove excess oil. 

Coconut Oil Conditioner

 

You can also condition leather with coconut oil; it's hypoallergenic and won't spoil. Clean the leather first, using one of the cleaning methods. Rub in the oil with a soft rag.

Allow to sit an hour or so and then buff firmly with dry microfiber cloths.  Be sure to buff well to remove all surface conditioner.

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Leather CPR® has been my go-to leather cleaner for years.  It cleans AND conditions without harsh chemicals.  It also helps to remove stains.  Find it on Amazon   CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 10/31/22 at 8:45am

ESSENTIAL OIL CLEANER

3/4 – Cup Water

¼ - Cup Rubbing Alcohol

8– 12 drops peppermint, spearmint, lemon or orange essential oil

1 – Good squirt dish soap

Pour all the ingredients into a 16-oz or larger spray bottle – label

Shake well before each use.

Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth

This works on Quartz, marble and granite counters.  You can also use it on appliances, tables, in the bathroom, and also on baseboards and window sills.

It is not for glass


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 10/24/22 at 8:45am

SWEATERS

AMAZING SWEATER HANGING HACK

We all know that if you hang your sweaters you end up with it stretching and those nasty shoulder dimples sticking up.

This folding hack will put a stop to that and also clear out drawer space where your sweaters use to be.

First lay your sweater flat and smooth it out.  Fold the sweater in half vertically so that the sleeves are stacked on top of one another.  Place your hanger so that the hook portion is between the sweater body and arms.

Fold the body of the sweater over the hanger and tuck underneath the bottom of the hanger.  Repeat with the sleeves.  

That’s all.  Easy and done.   Now you can hang your sweaters up without worrying about damaging them.  It’s so much easier to pick out a sweater when you can easily see them.  

 I want to share with you some easy ways to keep your sweaters clean, fresh and new looking and also how to take the itch out of wool sweaters.  AND – What to do if you shrunk your sweater!

CASHMERE:  Cashmere should be cared for as you would care for your hair.  Hand wash it in cool water with a good squirt of shampoo.  Gently squeeze the suds through it and then squeeze it out but don’t wring.  Put into a rinse of cool water and again squeeze it rather than wringing.  Do a second rinse of clear cool water.  Gently squeeze out the water you can and then roll in a towel to remove as much water as you can.  Reshape and dry flat out of the sunlight.

BLENDS:  These are sweaters with cotton, polyester and other fibers.  If they say “washable” on the care label here is what to do.  Turn them inside out and wash in cool water on a gentle cycle in the washer.  Dry as indicted on the care tag.  If you put them in the dryer, leave them wrong side out until you fold them.

EMBELLISHED:  Sweaters that are washable with beading, sequins, etc. on them need special care.  Always hand wash these and if you have a “hand wash” feature on your washing machine, put the sweater, turned to the wrong side, in a delicate or lingerie bag.  Use a gentle detergent and a liquid fabric softener.  Dry according to directions.

KEEPING WOOL ITCH-FREE:  Many times sweaters containing wool can be itchy when it comes into contact with skin.  To eliminate this issue wash as directed on the care label but use a rinse containing a few tablespoons of glycerin.  Find glycerin in the hand cream section at the drug store.  This will keep the garment soft and prevent itching.

PILLS ON SWEATERS:  Use an inexpensive disposable razor to “shave” away the little balls of yarn.  Don’t push down hard on the razor, just lightly go over it.

HELP! I SHRUNK MY SWEATER!

Here’s how to resize the sweater you shrunk. 

Use baby shampoo and warm water.  Fill a basin with warm water, add a couple of squirts of baby shampoo and swish with your hand. 

Lay the sweater right on top of the water and allow it to sink on its own. Do not force it down into the water.

 Soak for 15 minutes. 

Gently take the sweater out without wringing it and put it in a container, then fill the basin again with clean water. 

Lay the sweater on top and let it sink again on its own.  If there is a lot of suds, repeat this.

Take the sweater out, place it on a towel and roll the towel to remove most of the moisture. 

Lay the sweater on a dry towel on a flat surface and gently reshape it.  Check the sweater as it is drying to continue reshaping as needed. 

 


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 10/17/22 at 8:45am

HALLOWEEN CLEAN UP

Rotten Pumpkin

A pumpkin sitting on a hard surface inside or outside, will most likely leave behind a moldy black stain as it decomposes. Many times you won’t notice it until it is too late

To remove it, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and a squirt of toothpaste, then rub it on the stain in small circles until it lifts.

Another way to remove mold from concrete is to apply a bleach solution, laundry detergent, and water to the affected area, scrub it with a brush, and rinse it clean with a sponge indoors, or hose or power washer if outside

Preventing the problem is easy.  Sit your pumpkin on a plate or other container to keep it from staining wood or cement surfaces.

Chocolate

Carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible without grinding the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply stain remover and wash. Wash again if necessary with fabric- or color-safe bleach. If you have a stubborn spot,  wet the spot and work in some Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap and then sprinkle with Borax.  Work in well.  Launder as usual.

Lipstick and oil-based Halloween makeup


Dab a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol on inside seam to test the fabric for color-safeness. If the color hasn’t changed after 10 minutes, use a washcloth to dampen the stain with remover or alcohol. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel until it no longer picks up any makeup. Treat with stain remover and wash in warm water. Re-treat and rewash if the stain remains.

Costume Makeup Smears On Car and Upholstery

Commercial carpet cleaner can remove costume makeup smears from a seat or carpet in a snap. Apply it using a microfiber cloth on a hidden spot first to see that the upholstery's color doesn’t bleed. If nothing comes off onto your cloth, use it to blot (not rub) the stain away.

Chewing gum 

Rub an ice cube over the stain until it freezes and hardens. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as you can without rubbing it deeper into the fabric.  Use Carbona Stain Devils for Gum according to directions.  Find this in the laundry spotter aisle.  They are small yellow bottles for different types of stains. Look for the one that says “gum”.

 

 Hair dye

For bleach-safe fabrics, soak the item in a mixture of ¼ cup chlorine bleach to a gallon of cold water. After 30 minutes rinse and wash. For other fabrics, replace the bleach with a cup of ammonia. Stretch the stained area over a bucket and pour solution onto it, then rinse and wash.

To get any color staining out of hair, mix baking soda with your shampoo and wash well.

Glitter

The fairies, princesses, and ballerinas who visited your home on their candy-collecting mission may have left behind a dusting of glitter notorious for hanging around months later. Rather than trying to wipe it away with a wet paper towel, swipe a lint roller anywhere you see sparkles.


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 10/10/22 at 8:45am

DRYER BALLS

This is one of my best natural and budget friendly tips – you do not need to spend one more cent on dryer sheets. All you have to do is take aluminum foil, ball it up, and place it in the dryer with wet clothes.

It will remove static and it does NOT need to be changed each time.

Simply pull off a very large sheet of aluminum foil and roll it into a tightly compacted ball.

The size of your dryer foil ball should be about the size of a softball and be sure to ball it up very tightly.

You can use the same ball for at least 6 months.

I make up to 6 - 8 balls at a time and, depending on the load, I toss in 3 to 6 of the balls.  Not only does it eliminate static, it also helps to speed drying.

JUST SAY NO TO WRINKLES and IRONING


You can avoid using your iron altogether by hanging your clothes up right when you take them out of the dryer.

Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done. 

Instead, dampen a towel and throw it in the dryer with the wrinkled clothes for 10 to 15 minutes. By putting moisture back into the clothes they will come out wrinkle free.

You can also toss in a good handful of ice and turn the dryer on.  It creates steam that will remove wrinkles.

You can mist some of the clothes with water  and toss them back in the dryer.  This also creates wrinkle removing steam

All of these things will let you kiss your iron goodbye!

BONUS TIP:   Tossing a dry, fluffy bath towel into the dryer with your wet clothes can make them dry faster. It helps absorb and remove moisture from the clothes.

DRYER SCENT BOOSTER


Take white cotton squares  approximately 6 x 6 or use white washcloths.  Lay them out on a hard, washable surface.  I lay a sheet of aluminum foil down for easy clean up and treat several at a time.

Shake the essential oil(s) of your choice across the cloth.  If you want more scent use more drops, less, use fewer drops. 

Pick up each cloth and wring it tightly in your hands.  This spreads out the essential oil.  Put the cloths in a labeled covered container. 

Toss one in each dryer load of clothes.

 Lavender is awesome for bedding, also try citrus.  Look for spicy scents for a more masculine smell and your favorite scent for yourself. 

Each cloth may be used about 5 - 6 times.  When they no longer are scented, dry and start over.


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 10/3/22 at 8:45am

DOES IT WORK??

PRODUCT TEST, BATHROOM DIY HELP.

I haven’t done a product DOES IT WORK segment in a long time, but over the last 7 – 8 months I have been using a product called REPEL® which is made by an Arizona company, Unelko Corporation. They were the inventors of Rain-X.  This product has some Rain-X properties, but it is 100 times better and does so much more.  I honestly am blown away by REPEL.  It’s like magic in a spray bottle.

  • REPEL Cleans & Repels water spots and dirt on glass, mirror, tile and other hard surfaces
  • It cleans to a streak-free shine with a dual action formula that repels water, soil, grime and fingerprints
  • Enhanced with new  technology, surface cleaning and shielding  provides excellent water-beading. Your hard to clean areas like showers, glass shower doors and cook tops will have a non-stick finish!
  • Keeps glass & other hard surfaces “looking new”, shiny and preserved. Perfect for windows, shower glass, mirrors, wall tile, bath surrounds, acrylic, and chrome fixtures (safe on all hard surfaces).
  • Prevents hard water spots, soap scum & body oils from penetrating the surfaces that make them so hard to clean.
  • Helps make cleaning so much easier!
  • Free of any harsh chemicals.

I use it on all my bathroom surfaces, kitchen surfaces, including my cooktop, and stainless steel appliances.  My granite counters look new.  After dinner I wipe off my cooktop with a damp microfiber cloth.  No scraping and scrubbing. Once a week or as needed I do my cleaning with REPEL.

Remember, I did the research so you don’t have too! 

To Purchase: CLICK HERE

I have had a lot of questions about bathroom mold and mildew so I want to answer a couple of questions.

KEEPING THE BATHROOM MIRROR FROM FOGGING

This is a great way to clean the mirror and keep it from fogging up too

Spray old fashion white shave cream on the mirror

Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe off and buff

Repeat as needed or when mirror starts fogging again

*Gel Shave Cream will not work

NATURAL MOLD REMOVER

This is wonderful for the shower or tub where mold collects. It’s natural and non-toxic.

Combine in a labeled spray bottle:

2 cups water

2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil

Spray on the mold or mildew area.  Let sit 15 minutes then wipe.  If stain persists, re-spray and rub with a nail brush or put a few drops undiluted Tea Tree Oil on the mold and wait 30 minutes then brush and rinse.

BLEACH PEN FOR MOLD AND MILDEW

A bleach pen for laundry stain removal is great for small isolated areas of mold.  Simply dab it firmly on the airs covering completely.  Let sit – even overnight.  Rinse well.


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 9/19/22 at 8:45am

MAGIC JEAN HACKS

People are wearing jeans that cost so much that they want them to last.  How you care for them is important.  People ask me about cleaning jeans all the time.  Here’s some quick jean magic!

BIGGEST QUESTION:  How often should I wash my jeans.  Denim is a rugged fabric that doesn’t need washing each time you wear it.  To avoid fading and wear on your jeans, the less you wash them the better.

In terms of when to wash them, it really depends on how much you've worn them and what you've been doing in them. If they smell, are visibly dirty, or have gotten stretched out or are sagging at the knees, they're probably due for a spin in the washing machine. Even if they don't, remember that most laundry soil is invisible ( that would mean skin, body oil, sweat, etc. is there even if you don't see it) and aim to wash your jeans maybe every 5-10 times you wear them. This is the recommend of the jean manufacturing experts.  NOTE: If you are a no underwear person, wash each wearing.

TIPS FOR WASHING:  How you wash them matters.

Wash them inside out to prevent wear and fading.

Use cold water.

Use the gentle cycle on your washer.

Use gentle detergent made for dark fabrics or something like Dr Bonners Castile Soap. Don’t use a detergent with additives such as bleach and softener.  Bleach will remove the color – even all-fabric bleach – and softener will coat the fibers.  This will distort fit and increase odor.

Use ½ cup of white vinegar in the rinse. You can put it right in the softener dispenser.  This will give the jeans a softness, helps with any odors and also helps with fading.

Got Grease?  Salad dressing spills, pizza plops?  Sprinkle with cornstarch or talcum powder.  Lay a paper towel over it and weight it down overnight. Brush if off, pretreat with laundry spotter and launder as you normally do.

TIME FOR A PERK UP:

When you wash new jeans for the first time, toss in old jeans.  Start the washer, using your regular laundry detergent, and then stop and let soak an hour or so, or even overnight.  Complete the wash cycle.  The new jeans will add dye to the old jeans giving them new life.

QUICK EASY COLOR ADDITIVE:

Use Mrs. Stewarts Bluing.  This is normally used in very small amounts to make whites optically whiter.  Used properly you can also add blue color and depth to tired jeans.

Follow the directions on the bottle for diluting the bluing prior to adding to the washer.  Instead of the amount of bluing suggested on the bottle, use 1 teaspoon of bluing mixed with 1 quart of water.  DO NOT add bluing directly to the machine.  If using a front loaded let the water fill up and then pause the machine and add the diluted bluing and resume the cycle immediately.  For a top load washer let it fill with water and then add the diluted bluing. Double rinse the jeans.  When you are done, run the washer through a cycle with ½ cup of chlorine bleach.  Check for any splatters and wipe them up too.

Bring out the big guns:  Do you really want to make your jeans look almost new again?  Dye them.  The secret here is to use 1 bottle of navy or denim dye and ½ bottle of black dye to get a good dark wash that doesn’t look fake. Follow the bottle directions.  Do a double rinse and add ½ white vinegar to the final rinse.  Find fabric dye at grocery stores, and big box stores. Be sure you clean the machine when you are done so you don’t transfer any dye to other clothes.

GOT STINK?  If your jeans are smelling a little less than fresh hang them up and mist with vodka and allow to dry.  The strong alcohol will banish smells.

Freeze them. Put them in a plastic bag and freeze for 24 hours.  This doesn’t remove odor, but it does kill a lot of the bacteria that causes the odor.

You can also toss them in the dryer on warm to get them back in shape some.  If you have a “steam fresh” cycle that will work too.   The ‘Air Fluff” or “Air Only” cycle will also freshen them.


 

As seen LIVE on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 9/12/22 at 8:45am

CLEANING WITH AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENT

For these tips you can use powder, tablet, gel or liquid automatic dishwasher detergent.  Just use the measurement used for a load of dishes. Don’t forget to check the $$$ Store for inexpensive product.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Dishwasher detergent breaks up and washes away grease, oil and dirt particles, making it an effective ingredient in a homemade all-purpose cleaner.

Combine 2 teaspoons of dishwasher detergent with 2 cups of hot water, mix well to dissolve and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto a clean cloth and wipe off the area that needs cleaning. Rinse and dry. This solution is safe enough to use on the exterior and interior of household appliances, vinyl floors, painted surfaces and glass.

Laundry Soap Booster

Dishwasher detergent also makes a great laundry soap booster because it typically contains chlorine bleach to help it break down food particles and stains. Treat dingy white fabrics by filling a plastic container with 1/2 cup of dishwasher detergent, 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of hot water. Combine the ingredients, place the garments into the solution and soak them for at least 15 minutes before running them through their usual cycles in your washing machine. Allow the solution to cool down first if you're treating knit or delicate fabrics. Avoid using this solution to treat any kind of fabric that bleach can damage.

Bathtub Stain Remover

Automatic dishwasher detergent can also get rid of stains in your bathroom. Add a little detergent to the toilet bowl, allow it to sit for a few minutes and scrub the stains away with a toilet brush. Get rid of bathtub stains by pouring about 1/4 cup of powdered detergent into a plastic or glass container. Add just enough water to make a thick paste and apply the solution directly to the stained area with a clean rag or sponge. Gently scrub the paste into the stain and allow it to stand for about 20 minutes. Rinse your tub well with warm water and buff dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Remove Crayon, Pencil and Scuff Marks From Walls and Floors

Combine 1 dishwasher tablet with 1 gallon of hot water, use damp rag or sponge dipped in solution to gently wipe away.

Whiten Whites

Add 1 dishwasher tablet or 1/2 cup dishwasher detergent to washing machine.

Clean Jacuzzi Tub

Add 1 dishwasher tablet to a tub full of hot water and turn on the jets to clean the areas you can’t get to with your normal tub scrubbing.

 

Clean Toilets

Drop one tablet into the toilet bowl and allow it to dissolve, then scrub and flush.

Wash Patio Furniture

 Dissolve 1 tablet in a bucket of hot water and use the solution to wipe away dirt, mildew, and pollen.

Remove Car Leak Stains from Driveway

Make a thick paste of dishwasher detergent and warm water and scrub into stain from oil or transmission fluid. Let it sit for an hour or so and then rinse with garden hose. Don’t do this in the direct sun or hot weather.

Glass Coffeepot

Sprinkle a little automatic dishwasher detergent in a glass coffee pot with a little hot water.  Use a bottle brush to wash, rinse and you’re done.

Clean oven racks. 

Mix a ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent in a quart of hot water.  Place racks in a sturdy garbage bag and wrap in paper towels.  Pour the solution over them, let soak overnight in the garage or outside.  Be aware that the bag could leak.  Next morning, take a brush and brush them firmly, rinse and put back in over.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn off and you are done.

Use it to clean baby clothes

Let the water get hot, dissolve the dishwasher detergent and let the clothes and diapers soak in it for a few hours then wash as usual.  This can be done in a bucket or in the washer. 

  Another way is to make a paste, rub onto the stain, let sit for a few minutes, then lay the garment in the sink, and pour boiling water over the garment, and let sit until cool enough to handle. Rinse well and wash as usual.


 

 

As seen on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 8/15/22 at 8:45am

WOOD FURNITURE TRICKS and TIPS  

What’s Up With Furniture Polish??

Using the wrong furniture polish on furniture can actually cause damage and here’s a misconception; furniture polish  doesn’t clean anything! It will, however, dull the finish and leave a build-up on your furniture over time. So you might want to leave store-bought furniture polish out of your cleaning kit.

How To Remove the Build-up of Furniture Polish on Your Wood

If you find your wood is dull from a build up of furniture polish, you’ll see a haze or streaks you can’t get rid of.  If you want a quick and inexpensive way to remove the film simply steep two bags of black tea for 10 minutes in boiling water ( Don’t use flavored, herbal or sweet tea).  Let the tea cool, and then immerse a clean cotton cloth into the tea.  Wet your cloth well and then begin to wipe.  The tannins in the tea will break down that dull, waxy finish to reveal the wood’s natural beauty. Repeat as needed, not letting the wood surface stay wet too long.  Buff with a microfiber cloth.

You can also sprinkle a little cornstarch on the wood and buff it in well to remove a light amount of excess polish.

DIY Furniture Polish

This is a wonderful, natural polish that you can use on all wood except wood that isn’t sealed.

In a labeled spray bottle combine 1 cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of white vinegar.  The oil moisturizes the wood and the vinegar cleans it.  Shake the bottle well and spray the polish onto a soft cloth.  An old wash cloth works well.  Apply in a buffing motion to the wood furniture.  Remember, you don’t need to use this all the time, just when the wood looks lackluster.  Using it too often will create a build-up that can attract dirt and dust.  I suggest no more than once a month.

Removing Water Stains and Rings.

Combine olive oil and salt into a paste that will cover the ring.  Apply it to the white ring and massage it in well, working in a circular direction.  Let the olive oil/salt paste sit for 4 hours or even overnight and then wipe it off. If the ring is gone, polish the area and you’re done.

If you can still see a little white, simply reapply the paste and let it sit again.  Wipe and buff.

For a deep ring try working in a little non-gel toothpaste and buff it firmly with a soft cloth.  Use a damp cloth to remove the paste and then use the olive oil and salt mixture.

Removing Ink Marks

Combine 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water so that it is a thin paste.  Apply to the stain and rub it gently in with a soft cloth until the stain disappears.

 Best Dusting Tools

A micro fiber cloth - Buy Microfiber cloths HERE

A Lambswool duster

Cotton Fabrics, like tee shirts

Scratch Touch-Ups

Use an appropriate colored scratch cover stick.

Old English makes a wonderful scratch cover that you can go over the entire piece with.  It comes in dark and light colors.  Look at home centers, hardware stores or online for it.

Use a walnut to cover scratches.  Break it in two and use the exposed center to rub the scratch firmly.

A crayon will work too especially on deeper scratches.  Warm the area you are working on with a blow dryer and then rub the scratch with a similar colored crayon or mix several crayons together.  Heat it again and rub with a throw-away cloth.


 

REMOVING BODY ODOR SMELL IN WORKOUT CLOTHES

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 8/15/22 at 8:45am

Technical fabrics are great for workouts and running because they wick away your sweat but, unfortunately, the bacteria, that causes the smell, gets trapped in the fibers and can be hard to get out.

First, some general laundry tips.  Keep your worn workout clothes in a separate hamper from other clothes.  Don’t spread the stink! Hanging them in the outside air helps prior to washing if possible.  Crumpled clothes hold odor in.

Turn them wrong side out prior to washing.

If you are prone to underarm staining moisten the area and work in Fels Naptha Bar Soap before you launder.

Do they really stink?  Run them through a rinse cycle with ½ cup of white vinegar prior to washing them.

Tech Fabrics like cool water.  Don’t use hot or even warm. 

Here are a couple of tricks that work and a new product to try:

Using baking soda helps. Pre-soak your clothes in a solution of water and Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (in the laundry additive area). Use the pre-soak setting on the washing machine or do it in a separate container. Then launder as usual.

White vinegar is an inexpensive and cheap odor remover. Soak your running clothes in a cup or two of vinegar mixed with plain water. Then wash as usual. Or, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the wash (along with your regular detergent).

DEFUNKIFY is a product for washing active wear.  It launders and deodorizes.  I have had great success with it.  One small container (20 oz.) will do 28 loads of laundry. It is guaranteed to wash the funk out! 

To purchase DEFUNKIFY: BUY IT HERE

 

DIRTY LAUNDRY BOMB

Dirty clothes hampers can become pretty fragrant with dirty smelly socks, workout clothes and other fabrics waiting for laundry day.  I use a Hamper Bomb to keep the smell from creating stinky air in the room it is in.

Take a clean, old sock and put a cup or so of dry rice in it.  Add about 20 drops (more if you like) of essential oil.  I usually use lavender or orange, but you can use any oil you like.  Shake it up and then tie shut.

Drop this in the bottom of your laundry hamper.  The rice will absorb dampness and odor and the essential oil will lightly add fragrance.

QUEEN TIP:  When storing seasonal clothes, use this same bomb in plastic storage containers to keep fabrics dry and smelling fresh.  For wool clothes use orange essential oil.  Insects are deterred by the orange odor.

Defunkify Powder Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear - EPA Safer Choice Certified - For Activewear & All Laundry - 92 Loads (55 oz)

 

  • 🔷 ODOR-CRUSHING POWER: All the odor crushing power you've ever wanted, in just one small scoop of powder.
  • 🔷 SUPER POWDERFUL Warning! This is not your grandma’s powder detergent! Our powder detergent delivers industry leading odor removal. And all it takes is one small scoop.
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  • 🔷 TIME TRAVELING ENZYMES: Even old activewear odors don’t stand a chance. Our enzymes clean deep and remove the funky buildup for rejuvenating results.
  • 🔷 ALWAYS ProvenSafe: Toxicity matters. That's why we start with ingredients approved by the EPA Safer Choice Program and finish with testing to ensure industry leading safety. It's all part of our ProvenSafe process.
Buy it HERE

SAY GOODBYE TO MOSQUITOS

As seen on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 8/8/22 at 8:50am

Mosquito Spray Repellent for Yard and Patio

Total honesty here! I don’t know why this repellent works, but it totally does.  And, what’s not to like?  It’s safe, natural, won’t harm kids or pets and won’t kill any other insects.  It just repels mosquitos!

Mix it up, put it in a sprayer and spray your yard, your patio area and take it along to outdoor parties to keep those nasty bugs away!  Your host will thank you. 

1 Large bottle of cheap blue mouthwash 

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3 cups Epsom Salts

3 bottles of cheap beer, opened and allowed to go stale

Mix the ingredients together well, making sure to dissolve the Epsom salts really well

Use a sprayer to spray your yard, patio, and any area you want to deter mosquitos

This will last about 80 days depending on the severity of rain.  Re-spray as needed.

DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray for Body #1

This natural homemade mosquito repellent works for mosquitos, flies, and other insects.  

  • 2 Tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 Tablespoons of one, or a combination of, the following oils: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds)
  • ½ tsp vodka (as a preservative)
  • 100-110 drops essential oils  - see suggestions below.

Instructions

  1. Add the witch hazel and your choice of oil to a small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking).
  2. Add essential oils and shake well before each use.
  3. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.

Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:

  • 55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (Reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)[3]
  • add 15 drops cedar wood essential oil 
  • Buy it: HERE

  • 15 drops lavender essential oil. Choose Lavandula angustifolia  Regular Lavender essential oil does not have the same insecticidal qualities. 
  • Buy it: HERE
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil

This natural homemade mosquito repellent is great for mosquitos, flies, and other annoying warm season bugs. Tweak to your liking.

Simple Mosquito Repellent for Skin #2

Ingredients:

2 ounces water.

2 ounces apple cider vinegar.

20-25 drops of Bug Off Oil (An all-natural oil made with a mix of citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, cedar wood and geranium.) 

Buy it: HERE

For Bug Bites

Apple Cider Vinegar with Lavender and Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

The acidic property of the apple cider vinegar is an excellent neutralizer to the stinging sensation caused by the insect bites.

Put 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar with the lavender oil (15 drops) and lemon eucalyptus oil (10 drops) in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well before applying it on the bites.

Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Mixture

If the mosquito bite leaves a stinging sensation that makes you want to scratch it often, then try this. Just mix ten drops of peppermint and 10 drops of tea tree oil together into some carrier oil and apply it on the skin area with mosquito bites. Carrier Oil is something like almond, jojoba, olive, grapeseed oil etc. The cooling sensation of the peppermint will take the itchiness out, and the anti-fungal property of the tea tree oil will help treat the bites.

Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils:

  • citronella oil
  • thyme oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • lemongrass oil
  • tea tree oil
  • peppermint oil
  • cypress oil
  • rose geranium oil
  • bergamot oil
  • lemon oil
  • cinnamon oil

 

BACK TO SCHOOL EASY KID FIXES

As seen on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 8/1/22 at 8:45am

THE ONLY SPOTTER YOU MAY EVER NEED:  This is such as easy spotter to make and it is a miracle worker.  Combine in an opaque spray or squirt bottle:

MIRACLE SPOTTER

2 Part Dawn Original or Dawn Ultra (Yes, it must be this one)

1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide

Apply to stain on whites or colorfast clothes.  Work in, let sit as you load the washer and launder as usual. 

KIDS SPORTS SHOES:

When they get really dirty, wash them in the washer.  Pre-treat stains and work in with a brush.  You can use the Miracle Spotter.  Place in a zip up delicates bag and put in the washer with you regular detergent.  Remove from bag and reshape the shoes.  Allow to dry out of the sun.  I use these mesh shoe laundry bags and love them.  

Buy it: HERE

REFRESHING OLD CLOTHES AND HAND-ME-DOWNS:

Launder with WHITE BRITE following the instructions on the bottle.  This will remove the discoloration from whites and colored clothes, brightening them.  Find WHITE BRITE in the laundry additive aisle.

Buy it: HERE

MAKE SPOTTING CLOTHES FAST AND EASY

Keep plastic clothes pins near each hamper in your home.  Each time somebody tosses in dirty clothes they mark any spills or spots by clipping a clothes pin to it.  When laundry day comes, look for the clothes pins and remove and pretreat area.  This saves so much time and you won’t miss spots and stains.

TOUGH STAIN ON WHITE CLOTHES

Put a little lemon juice on it and lay it in the sun.  Use ONLY on white clothes.

PERK UP JEANS

When you wash new jeans for the first time, toss in old jeans.  Start the washer, using your regular laundry detergent, and then stop and let soak an hour or so or even overnight.  Complete the wash cycle.  The new jeans will add dye to the old jeans giving them new life.

MUD and GRASS on UNIFORM PANTS AND OTHER CLOTHES

Make up my power paste and work it in to the stain.  Launder as usual.

POWER PASTE

Wet the stain with warm water

Wet a bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap and generously lather in the soap to the stain. 

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Sprinkle on Twenty Mule Team Borax and work in well.

Launder as usual.

Fels Naptha and Twenty Mule Team Borax are found in the laundry aisle and this spotter can be used on any tough stain.

SPOTTING HOW TO ADVICE

  • Treat stains as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the harder it is to get out.
  • If you are unsure, test spotters in an inconspicuous spot to be sure they won’t damage the fabrics.
  • Never put anything in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone. Let it air dry. If it is not gone, retreat it.
  • If you are making some of my amazing spotters, be sure you label the container they are in. I suggest putting the name of the cleaner and the recipe on the container.

ONE OTHER QUICK TIP WITH NOTHING TO DO WITH LAUNDRY!

Lunch boxes and containers:

Please don’t wipe these out with disinfectant wipes.  Disinfectant is classified as pesticide because it is toxic.  Don’t use these where food is stored including lunch containers. 

Wipe them out with a microfiber cloth wrung out in warm water.  Once a week clean thoroughly by wiping out with dish soap and water and rinsing.  For stains and bad spills, spray in some 3% hydrogen peroxide and wipe out with warm water.  Safe and natural!

For the outside of fabric containers, use a damp micro fiber cloth wrung out in hot water.  Rub the outside surface until clean.  Make sure you rinse the cloth frequently.

For the new lunch containers that are put in the freezer rather than using blue ice inserts, put them in a plastic bag first.  They get dirty…..don’t put them in the freezer with your food.  Just keep the bag tucked in freezer and keep reusing it.

When the fabric lunch containers are new, spray them with Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector.

Buy it: HERE


 

16”x16” Buff™ Pro Multi-Surface Microfiber Towel

There are literally hundreds of uses for Microfiber Towels. This is the towel to buy if you’ve never used microfiber before or if you’re not sure which towel will work best for you. These microfiber towels can be used dry as a duster or damp as a scrubber. When used dry the positively charged split fibers attract negatively charged dust and dirt like a magnet, because of this you can use the microfiber towels as a green alternative to using a cleaning cloth treated with chemicals or a (chemical) spray and wipe method. When using the microfiber towels damp, the squeegee like edges of each microfiber in a microfiber cleaning cloth scrapes up the dirt while the open spaces keep the dirt in the microfiber towel. The damp method is for scrubbing bathrooms, cleaning appliances, wiping down kitchen counters, cleaning car interiors, and hundreds of other cleaning applications. Try them for any kind of cleaning task, from simple to the most difficult, these 16x16 heavy-duty microfiber towels will get the job done.

 

Buy it HERE

LAUNDRY HACKS THAT WILL MAKE IT EASY

As seen on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 7/25/22 at 8:45am & 7/30/22 a6 6:40am

PREVENT CLING IN CLOTHES BY USING THIS!

Simply attach a safety pin to the hem of your clothes to help discharge static and prevent them from clinging to other items, including you. Works for dresses, skirts, pants, etc.

THE BEST LAUNDRY BASKET IS A COLLAPSIBLE ONE!   Open it when you need it, collapse it when you don’t .  I hang mine on the wall behind the laundry room door when I don’t need it.. 

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SOAKING CLOTHESUse a collapsible bucket!   I love this bucket!  I don’t soak clothes every laundry day.  This one can fit in the cupboard until I need it.  Pop it open, soak the clothes and, once dry, collapse it.   

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RED WINE STAINS

When It Happens

Sprinkle the area with table salt to keep from staining

Pour on White Wine or Club Soda

Keep On Hand:  Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover 

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WHITE CLOTHES NOT SO WHITE?

Stay away from bleach.  It can turn blend fabrics gray.  Instead use WHITE BRITE! It also removes color runs from clothes.  Find in grocery, big box stores and Amazon. 

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MAKE UP ON FABRICS:

Use shaving cream on makeup smudges before washing.

Spray shaving cream over makeup stains and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before working in. The stain should lift.

Removing long wearing lipstick from clothes:

Use coconut oil or glycerin based soap, like Kirks™ Castile Bar Soap, and work it in well.  Let it sit a few minutes, then hand wash the spot to be sure it is out before you toss in the laundry.  Reapply if needed.

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Taking lip gloss stains out of clothes

Do not rub, or you'll spread the mark. Simply take a clean, white cloth and moisten it with alcohol. Then, blot the lipstick/lip gloss stain, which will disappear. Another home remedy is Dawn Ultra dish washing detergent formulated to fight grease.


 

CleverMade Collapsible Fabric Laundry Baskets

 HEAVY DUTY - 2 Pack means you can use one laundry basket to tote dirty clothes to the washer and use the other to put clean, folded clothes away from the dryer. Carry handles mean hands free toting!

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Craftend Collapsible Bucket,Cleaning Bucket Mop Bucket Folding Foldable Portable 10L 2.6 Gallon

 Craftend collapsible bucket BPA Free. Collapsible bucket with handle:Fold-down carrying handle makes it easy to move when filled, it features a groove for smooth pouring and is collapsible for easy storage and transport.

Buy it HERE
Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover

Works on fresh and dried stains without the use of bleach or phosphates  

ALSO EFFECTIVE ON: coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents.

Buy it HERE
OUT White Brite Laundry Whitener

 

Laundry whitener that brightens and removes dingies bleach and Oxi's can't. Removes yellowing and rust stains caused by iron and other water impurities. Eliminates stubborn red clay or red dirt stains: Works great on white baseball pants and other white sports uniforms.

 

Buy it HERE
Kirk's Castile: Coco Castile Bar Soap
  • Biodegradable.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • No Synthetic Detergents.
  • No Animal By-Products.
  • Non-GMO
Buy it HERE

DRAIN CLEANING -  HOW TO KEEP IT RUNNING SMOOTHLY and AVOID CLOGS

As seen on: 3TV/Phoenix (GMAZ) 7/18/22 at 8:45am

DRAIN CLEANING -  HOW TO KEEP IT RUNNING SMOOTHLY and AVOID CLOGS

 DRAIN CLEANER #1

1 cup of salt

1 cup of baking soda

1 large kettle of boiling water

Pour the salt and baking soda over the drain opening

Pour the kettle of boiling water down the drain

If it is a grease clog it will clear almost at once.  Leave drain for several hours and then flush with cold water. 

DRAIN CLEANER #2                                                                              

1 quart hot water

2 Tablespoons washing soda – This is not baking soda.  Find in the laundry aisle.

Pour slowly into the drain.  Let sit and then flush with hot water after 10 minutes.

DRAIN CLEANING WITH CREAM OF TARTAR

To clean drains, mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar.  Pour in drain and add 1 cup of water

Allow to sit then run water through.

HOW TO AVOID DRAIN CLOGS IN THE BATHROOM

I found these incredible devices to use in shower, tubs and sinks to totally avoid clogs!  What clogs bathroom drains the most is hair.  These collect the hair easily and all you need to do is toss it occasionally.  I have been using them for over a year.  I give them 5 stars!

The ShowerShroom

This is a shower strainer – hair catcher. It will catch every single hair every time you take a shower.  You won’t believe your eyes and the best part is it won’t gag you when you clean it. It comes in colors to match your accessories.

You simply remove your current drain cover and place ShowerShroom® onto the drain opening.

BUY IT NOW: CLICK HERE

 

The hair wraps up neatly around the cylinder.  Remove the catcher and clean off hair in one quick motion and replace.  It comes in colors to match you bath accessories.

Got a tub?  Then you need this:

Tubshroom

The tubshroom works with tub/shower combinations.  It replaces your current drain cover and captures hair instead of letting it go down the drain. 

BUY IT NOW: CLICK HERE

 

What about the sink?

Sinkshroom

This fits the sink drain.  Remove the current drain cover.  Replace with the Sinkshroom.  It will collect hair as you use the sink.  Simply pop out, clean and replace.  So easy.  Comes in colors to match your accessories.  

These devices are amazing!  You will not believe the amount of hair they collect.  My drains run free all the time.  No buildup and no clogs.  

BUY IT NOW: CLICK HERE


 

AMAZING USES FOR WAX PAPER

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 7/11/22 at 8:45am

AMAZING USES FOR WAX PAPER

Roll Out Dough Without Extra Flour and Easy Cleanup

Since wax paper naturally provides a non-stick surface, it's perfect for slipping between your dough and the rolling pin. Place a sheet on the counter, lay dough on it, cover with another piece and start rolling.  It’s easy to see what you’re doing too.

Stop fingerprints and soap splatter on your faucet.

Chrome finishes are prone to water stains and fingerprints. A quick wipe down with wax paper will leave a thin film of waxy residue on the surface and help ward off those annoying marks.

Keep your microwave

 Cover your plate with a piece of wax paper beforehand to prevent making a mess.

Protect table linens from candles.

If you store all of your table setting essentials together wrap your colored candles in wax paper first — this way color won't rub off on your tablecloths and napkins.

 Line cabinets and drawers.

For easy cleanup in your kitchen storage areas, line the bottom surfaces with wax paper — then you can just swipe it up or, when it's really dirty, replace it entirely when you're cleaning. Keep  in place with a little double-stick tape.

Clean a can opener.

Rub the wax onto the can-opener gears to keep the blade rolling smoothly. It will keep the can edges from becoming dangerously jagged.

Seal wooden utensils.

Protect wooden spoons, spatulas  by buffing them with a balled-up piece of wax paper. Try it on wooden serving bowls and cutting boards, too.

Un-stick a zipper.

Rub the teeth of a zipper with wax paper to give it extra sliding power. Get the wax as close to the pull as you can.

 Help curtains glide.

Rub wax paper across a curtain rod so your drapes will slide open and closed smoothly.

Keep Ice Cream Fresh

 Air and moisture trapped between the lid and the ice cream can turn into ice crystals.  To prevent that from happening once you've broken the seal and dished out a scoop, simply cover the leftovers with a layer of wax paper.


QUEENS FAVORITE LAUNDRY HACKS

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 6/6/22 at 8:40am

HOW TO REMOVE SWEAT STAINS 

Dawn dish soap

Hydrogen peroxide

Baking soda

Scrub brush or toothbrush

Combine:

1 part Dawn dish soap

 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

Apply the soap and peroxide mixture to the stain(s), and sprinkle with baking soda. Don’t combine the Dawn, Peroxide and Baking Soda.  Use the baking soda sprinkled on top.

Use a laundry scrub brush or an old toothbrush to work the Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda into the garment fibers. Clean an area slightly bigger than the actual stain so you don’t accidentally miss any of it.

After scrubbing, let the clothing sit for at least an hour or so, and then launder as usual.

OIL AND GREASE STAINS ON CLOTHES

Oil-based stains are tough to eliminate from clothing.

 Remove the oil by treating with a mixture of equal parts baby powder and dish soap. 

Apply, work it in, let it sit 15 minutes or so.

Rinse and let air dry to see if the oil stain is gone.  If not, work in an oil based soap like Castile bar soap or ZOTE soap.  The oils in the soap will help to break down and remove the oil stain.

Rinse again and air dry.

QUEENS SUPER EASY MIRACLE LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER

2 parts hydrogen peroxide

1 part Dawn Original or Ultra dish washing liquid

Combine in an opaque* squirt bottle and keep it in the laundry room. Shake prior to use. Saturate stain with it, let sit about 15 minutes to break the stain down and then launder as usual. Find inexpensive squirt bottles at the $$$ store.

Always check to be sure a spot or stain is gone prior to putting in the dryer. Heat sets stains in.

*Bottle needs to be opaque because light destroys hydrogen peroxide, turning it into plain water.

MAKE YOUR OWN BLEACH FOR LAUNDRY

This is a safe, effective, all- purpose bleach for all your laundry.

Combine in an opaque or dark container not a clear one.  Peroxide is broken down by light. I re-purpose a softener or detergent bottle and label it.

½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 – ¼ cups water

5 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oil

Combine and use as you would regular chlorine or non-chlorine bleach

THE BEST YOU CAN BUY

Not everyone wants to make their own laundry spotters no matter how natural they are. Lots of times you just want to have something on the shelf in an emergency.

Here are two spotters I can highly recommend.

ZOUT ™ Laundry Stain Remover. Good for most stains. Find it in grocery, big box, home stores, Amazon etc.

De-Solv-It Laundry Saver.  This is the really big guns.  Works really well on old stains, even out of the dryer. If you think it’s ruined…try this before you toss it.  Find at home stores, Big Box, Amazon.


As seen on: GMAZ-3TV    Air date: 5/30/22 - 8:45am

HOW TO REMOVE SWEAT STAINS

Dawn dish soap

Hydrogen peroxide

Baking soda

Scrub brush or toothbrush

Combine:

1 part Dawn dish soap

 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

Apply the soap and peroxide mixture to the stain(s), and sprinkle with baking soda. Don’t combine the Dawn, Peroxide and Baking Soda.  Use the baking soda sprinkled on top.

Use a laundry scrub brush or an old toothbrush to work the Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda into the garment fibers. Clean an area slightly bigger than the actual stain so you don’t accidentally miss any of it.

After scrubbing, let the clothing sit for at least an hour or so, and then launder as usual.

OIL AND GREASE STAINS ON CLOTHES

Oil-based stains are tough to eliminate from clothing.

 Remove the oil by treating with a mixture of equal parts baby powder and dish soap. 

Apply, work it in, let it sit 15 minutes or so.

Rinse and let air dry to see if the oil stain is gone.  If not, work in an oil based soap like Castile bar soap or ZOTE soap.  The oils in the soap will help to break down and remove the oil stain.

Rinse again and air dry.

QUEENS SUPER EASY MIRACLE LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER

2 parts hydrogen peroxide

1 part Dawn Original or Ultra dish washing liquid

Combine in an opaque* squirt bottle and keep it in the laundry room. Shake prior to use. Saturate stain with it, let sit about 15 minutes to break the stain down and then launder as usual. Find inexpensive squirt bottles at the $$$ store.

Always check to be sure a spot or stain is gone prior to putting in the dryer. Heat sets stains in.

*Bottle needs to be opaque because light destroys hydrogen peroxide, turning it into plain water.\

MAKE YOUR OWN BLEACH FOR LAUNDRY

This is a safe, effective, all- purpose bleach for all your laundry.

Combine in an opaque or dark container not a clear one.  Peroxide is broken down by light. I re-purpose a softener or detergent bottle and label it.

½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 – ¼ cups water

5 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oil

Combine and use as you would regular chlorine or non-chlorine bleach.

THE BEST YOU CAN BUY

Not everyone wants to make their own laundry spotters no matter how natural they are. Lots of times you just want to have something on the shelf in an emergency.

Below are two spotters I can highly recommend.

Zout Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stain Remover Foam, 22 Fl Oz

  • The first enzyme helps remove tough protein stains such as blood, grass and sweat
  • The second enzyme works on starch stains like tomato & bbq sauces
  • The third enzyme targets oily stains like salad dressing, and margarine
Buy it HERE

De Solv It Stain Remover (12 Fl Oz)

  • For Stubborn Stains - This laundry stain remover eliminates permanent residues from your clothes!
  • Easy to Use - Spray, wipe, rinse, & you’ve already solved your search for a powerful spot remover.
  • Eliminates Foul Odor - Say goodbye to the toughest odors when you use our stain remover for laundry.
  • Pre-Wash Solution - Got heavily-soiled fabrics? Use this stain remover spray as a pre-treatment!
  • Safe for Skin & Hair - A kid-safe stain remover containing essential oils & organic wetting agents!
Buy it HERE

LAUNDRY HELPERS YOU NEED NOW!  

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 5/22/22 at 8:40am & 5/28/22

These ideas will make laundry and putting clothes away so much easier.  Check them out now!  I am including links to the products that I use at the palace so that you can see them if you want to buy or know what to look for.

STORAGE FOR SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, BRAS, T-SHIRTS AND MORE

Pack of 6 Wardrobe Clothes Organizer, Transparent Mesh Drawer Clothes Storage for Bra, Underwear, Sock, Pant, Jean, T-shirt, Legging, Scarves

Amazing organizers for your drawers or shelves.  The one that holds socks saves space, keeps matching socks together and organized.  No more digging through your drawers.

Buy it HERE

GENIUS WAY TO STORE UNDERWEAR IN DIVIDED 16 OR 24 DIVIDERS

2 Pack Underwear Drawer Organizer  24 Cell or 16 Cell Collapsible Storage Boxes for Clothes, Socks, Lingerie, Underwear, Ties

Easily stores underwear where you can easily find it.  Keeps drawers neat.  Makes putting laundry away easy.

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LINGERIE BAGS FOR WASHING UNDERWIRE BRAS ETC.

Large Mesh Lingerie Bags for Laundry, Bra Washing Bag for Washing Machine/Washer, pack of 3. These are perfect for underwire bras and regular bras.  Wash in the washing machine without ruining your expensive bras.  Order by cup size.  I order the large cup size because I wash like colors together.  Remove bras and hang to dry. Also great for other laundry as well.

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WASH ATHLETIC SHOES IN THE WASHING MACHINE WITH THIS

Laundry Bag for Shoes, Polyester Zippered Mesh Shoes Wash Bags, Washer and Dryer Safe Laundry Set of 2(XL+L)

Protects your athletic shoes and any other shoes you might launder.  Zip them into the bag and wash in the washer.  Pre-treat with laundry spotter and add detergent and you are ready to wash. Reshape shoes when done.

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STORE DIRTY SOCKS, WASH THEM AND DRY THEM IN THIS

MySockkeeper Mesh Laundry Bag  is the best, especially if you have kids.  Hang it where the kids put their dirty clothes.  They toss their dirty socks in and when you are ready to launder you zip it and toss in the washer.  Then toss bag in the dryer and you will never lose a sock again.  Easy to put clean socks back in the drawer too.  No more sock sorting to find matching pairs.  Use a bag for each family member.

Buy it HERE

TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF FOLDING T-SHIRTS AND MORE

Shirt Folder Shirt Folding Board T-Shirts Clothes Folder Durable

Use this to fold shirts, T-shirts, blouses, dresses etc.  in seconds.  Folds flat, prevents wrinkles, increases storage space. You won’t believe how fast and easy this is.

Buy it HERE

SAY GOODBYE TO FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS

Wool Dryer Balls Organic XL 6-Pack, 100% New Zealand Chemical Free Fabric Softener for 1000+ Loads, Baby Safe & Hypoallergenic, Reduce Wrinkles.

These are the answer to using dryer fabric softener sheets.  They soften clothes and help to remove static electricity.  Use four for a normal load and 6 for a larger load.  You can add some essential oil to one of the balls to give your clean laundry a fresh, natural scent without chemicals.  You will save money too!

Buy it HERE

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