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) 9/19/22 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! 

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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.

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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 
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  • 15 drops lavender essential oil. Choose Lavandula angustifolia  Regular Lavender essential oil does not have the same insecticidal qualities. 
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  • 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.) 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

Buy it HERE

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.

Buy it HERE

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.

Buy it HERE

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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