I’m gonna pop some tags- The Thrift Shop down the road

I know I am not the only one who cant get that song out of their head! My kids love it and sing it in the car all the time now. I’m really hoping that the song inspires a whole new thrift shop trend! Wouldn’t it be great if all our kids wanted to buy from thrift shops instead of this parade of fashion and technology that happens at schools today? My 8 year old already complains to me that his friends have an iPhone 4 and that he doesn’t! What did you have when you was that age? I had playing cards in the spokes of my bicycle and I thought that was pretty awesome! Maybe this isn’t a quick tip as much as its reminding all of us mommies to remember that healthy well rounded kids hear the word “NO” every once in a while, if not on a daily basis!!! The next best thing may not be the best thing for them. And “refurbished” is not a bad word either! I don’t feel cheated knowing that everything I had wasn’t brand new, and I know people who had it worse. That is a very important lesson to teach kids, especially with the economy the way it is now. There is no entitlement, there is simply “make the best with what you have” .

Anyone have thoughts on this too?

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Jessi

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Quick tip- Sharpie be gone

Had a problem with your little artists in your house not knowing the delicate nature of permanent markers? Luckily it doesn’t have to be too permanent. Hair spray does an amazing job at removing marker from clothing, and actually from walls as well. Make sure to put a paper towel under the fabric you are spraying the hairspray on to catch any bleed through of the marker and to keep from staining any other parts of the material.

What about shaving cream?

Ok, so if we dont use shaving cream for its intended purposes then what do you use it for? Did you know that shaving cream is a wonderful thing to add food dye to and let toddlers play in? Teach them to draw letters in shaving cream is part of multi focal learning, which uses all the senses and helps them to retain what they have just learned! Not to mention it also works pretty good on cleaning up bath tub spills, and making faucets sparkle again!!

Get rid of bad odors from shoes

If you’ve already tried baking soda, newspaper, and etc. to get rid of the odors in your shoes or work boots and they have not worked here is something else to try. Place the offending footwear, bagged or unbagged, in a freezer overnight. This works because the bacteria that causes the odor can’t survive in below freezing temperatures so the root of the problem is killed. Just remember to take them out of the freezer early enough to warm up if you’re planning on wearing them the next morning!!

Pizza Cutters; The mom of a toddlers BFF

Just because it’s called a pizza cutter doesn’t mean that that’s all its good for. I would that it gets used the least for pizza in our house. The rolling and cutting motion of them makes it ideal for most toddler foods also! You can use them to turn items like waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, fish sticks, any type of meat, and even pies into little bite size pieces for your little ones learning to feed themselves. Our kids are so used to us using a pizza cutter for stuff that the older ones use it on their sandwiches also. The bonus with that being is they are not as sharp as a normal knife and its a lot harder for them to get their fingers in the way of it and cause a painful accident!

Getting rid of ring around the collar

Ring around the collar on shirts is caused by your own body oils soaking into the shirt due to the collar rubbing the back of your neck. Luckily, there are several ways to get rid of it cheaply and quickly! The one tool that I strongly recommend to use with all of these methods is a toothbrush. Designate a retired but clean toothbrush to laundry room duty and use it to rub mixtures into stains thoroughly. This method is a lot better than rubbing fabric on fabric to scrub a stain as you stand the chance of spreading the stain even more doing it. Make sure to inspect the collar for any remaining stain after washing and before it goes into the dryer. If there is still a stain try the same method again or move to the next one on the list!

  1. Solvent based stain removers– Shout and Spray-n-Wash ( now Resolve) are both made with this. But they are just the tip of the iceberg as far as things to remove it. (All shirts)
  2. Make a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water and apply to the stained area. Let sit for a few hours to overnight then launder as usual. (White shirts)
  3. Mix a little bit of your favorite dish washing detergent with water to form a paste. Apply to the stain and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes then wash as usual. (White shirts)
  4. Degreasers– Most cleaning agents labeled as degreasers will remove ring around the collar. Depending on the strength and active ingredient of your cleaner you may want to test a small area of your shirt to see if it is going to make the dye bleed if it’s a dark color. Note: Dawn dishwashing liquid is good for this also as it cuts thru grease easily.
  5. Shampoo– This is my favorite & preferred method! After all, shampoo is designed to get rid of dirt and body oils! The bonus being that it does’nt matter what kind you use so it’s a perfect opportunity to use up shampoo that you didnt like but couldnt bear to throw away. And since a little goes a long way on stains you can just keep a little container of it handy in your laundry room for whenever you need it. Apply directly on the stain with toothbrush and let sit in for 15 to 30 minutes then wash as usual!! (All colors and whites)
  6. Lemon Juice– The strong acid in a lemon can rival some heavy duty cleaners. Apply to stain, then launder clothes as usual. ( White only, lemon can have a bleach effect on some fabrics)
  7. Make your own laundry pretreater– In a clean spray bottle mix together a ratio of 25% household ammonia, 25% liquid laundry detergent, and 50% water. Spray solution onto stain and rub into it, let sit for a few minutes then wash as usual.
  8. Lanolin hand cleaners– Think of the soaps that mechanics use to remove grease and oil from their hands and arms. Several of these even say on the bottle that they can be used as a laundry pretreater! Just apply and rub into stain, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as normal. This method may not get all of it the first try and need repeated.  (All colors and whites)

Hope you find these helpful and Happy Laundering!