CREATING OUR HEALTH AND WEALTH thru HOUSE CLEANING
By Anita Sands Hernandez astrology at earthlink.net
Want Life to be terrific? Want wealth and health to come your way? WEALTH comes when you do the work you were going to pay some LATINA 100$ for. ALSO, by metaphysical law --Where there's ORDER, there's MONEY, -- a great philosopher told me. (It was Rosa, my ancient Mexican maid who kind of spat at me contemptuously when she said it.) Do as I did in the wake of meeting ROSA. Vow now to clean up the house. And vow it every morn, after coffee, and clean for an hour while the first flush of caffeine is fresh. If you simply can’t do any more work on your first work day, get the Mexican Newspaper "LA OPINION" in my city and hire a servant. (That was forty years ago, today we'd do it with an online neighborhood classified to get some gal close to my street. There is NO SPEEDY METHOD better than a housewife with her Gal Friday working side by side. Boss delegates and keeps an eye on worker til that chore is done, then the next chore. Break for a fine luxury lunch, home cooked and PUHLENTY of black coffee is necessary, and at end of day when you pay, tell her you will need her again on X DAY AT X HOUR and you HOPE she can come. So now read "HOW TO TRAIN A SERVANT."
100$ a day three times a week, 1200$ a month, you will have NO MORE FRIVOLITY EXPENDITURES LEFT FOR YOURSELF but you helped a poor family survive. OTOH maybe you can learn to clean a house fast and do it yourself. Take that 14,000$ a year and buy income real estate. To inspire you to start this labor of getting rich and spiffy, go outside, cut branches from trees, flowers if you find any, bring potted plants inside in baskets, with a plate set inside so you won't stain furniture. Fill the vases, mayo jars whatever. I particularly like ENGLISH IVY. It grows in abundance and has as much pizzazz as flowers. Only use the young tips, the last foot or so.When you finish, you know those spray perfumes people give you that you hate? They make good light bulb spray.
The way your house feels when thusly loaded with branches, leaves and blossoms will inspire you to brake for garage sales and pick up old vases for a quarter. VERY IMPORTANT for good home decor, or feng shui is lots of flowers and plants in the house. BUT BEFORE you load up your home with vases with living stuff .......the most important thing is to DE CLUTTER.
To do that, get everything cluttering your ROOM into another room. Go thru it with 3 plastic tubs or CONTAINERS or maybe new plastic trash barrels that you can use later, not just for this 2 day declutter effort. The trick is to EMPTY the messy room into another room, then sort. PURGE the expert calls it. Three labels on 3 tubs saying "Toss", Gift or Keep. Go thru all clutter. As we paid so much for this clutter, the fourth tub should read "GARAGE SALE" or EBAY"
That's the DE CLUTTER method I learned on HELLEN BUTTIGIEG's TV SHOW 'NEAT' on ION TV. NOW (WHAT A LUXURY) you can see all the years of her wonderful show AT YOU TUBE. Her guests are Regular people with clutter, not psychopathic hoarders. That HOARDER show I can't WATCH! VERY "STUCK" PSYCHOTIC PEOPLE. More like me. I am a hoarder and I cannot clean.
HELEN uses the three tubs method to clean the house of her
NOT SO NEAT hoarder guests. This can be three boxes or 3 plastic containers, the two by three foot size. But watch her show, to see how she whizzes thru a house tossing junk into boxes marked "TOSS" KEEP OR STORE ELSEWHERE and for her fabulous other tips. She's a genius. Chirpy as a sparrow, Tough as a concentration camp guard. Cute as a Lady Mockingbird.
AS THESE boxes cost thirty bucks each, I prefer to get BIG CARDBOARD boxes at my SUPER AT DAWN when the guys are doing the shelves. TOILET PAPER BOXES are IMMENSE.
WHILE you're at it, get SEASONAL CLOTHING STORE AWAY SIZE BOXES for bottom of closet. SUMMER DUDS get squished down. WINTER clothing, blankets, flannel sheets get lavendar, rosemary, cedar, camphor balls stored with them for moth protection. MGOOGLE THIS SEARCH TERM: "order camphor balls china" EBAY has them under 2$ a bag. MARK BOXES. "BLANKETS" or SWEATERS or whatever.
HOME-SPIFF Organization 101–NEVER MAKE A BED IN THE MORNING! EVER unless you intend removing all sheets to launder them! In Europe they air wash them, hanging sheets off windows, balconies. It isn’t just a fear of bedbugs. Sleeping all night in a bed makes cotton moist. Even though you cannot feel it with hand, it is saturated! You want that wetness of our sweat to evaporate! Never seal a ’hot’ bed. Wait at least til after lunch to make the beds! So promise yourself to tell the family about this new, important habit. First thing in the morning, open all the beds to air them out.
If you have some good cord, attach TWO ARMS to a small trolley & string cord from window outside bedroom, to another arm or to a tree, hang everybody's sheets on that line to air. Beds can be made late in the day by MOM, before the family comes home or by the kids when they return from school. OR NOT MADE AT ALL. Get a bottle of febreze and spritz a little lightly before the new bed is put back together.
READ A PRO on LAUNDRY and another PRO ON FIXING SMELLY BEDROOMS: https://www.mamaslaundrytalk.com/keeping-your-bedroom-smelling-fresh/
A DELIGHTFUL place for HOUSE ORGANIZING TIPS: used to be APARTMENT THERAPY. Is it still around? YES HERE IT IS, BUT with A FEW MORE ADS now in 2019 than when I first saw it in year 2000. https://www.apartmenttherapy.com
Another source --Julie Morgenstern -- the New York author of Organizing From the Inside Out and time Management From the Inside Out, recommends a three step approach to getting the most out of the space in your home: analyze, strategize and attack.
Analyze. Decide what three to five functions are normally done in the space. Ask everyone what's really essential in the room, and what works and doesn't work about the space. For instance, in LIVING ROOM, nobody Watches tv. So let’s forget about TV GUIDE being in there. Or snack tables. Nobody reads. GOODBYE magazines! Put all that in the DEN.
Strategize. Lay out a "zone" for each function. Make one spot the computer area, another the TV area. Maybe you'll have a reading corner. Now figure out what you'll need in each. A chair and a bookshelf for the reading area, perhaps - and that box with your scissors, sticky
notes and reading glasses.
Attack. Only after you have a plan should you start to do the work.
Making SPACE - Now, says Morgenstern, it is time to work out your SPACE - meaning to Sort, Purge, Assign, Containerize and Equalize.
Sort out similar items and group them. Don't, for example, have the
bookshelf across the room from your reading chair, or your bound to end
up with a stack of books on the floor next your chair. Consider placing
a bookshelf perpendicular to the wall to help block off your reading
Now purge what doesn't belong. Ask yourself, for example, if those
pencils rally have a reason to be in the reading corner.
Then assign everything a home. Things should be put away in the same
place every time so everyone knows where they are- and where they go.
It's a lot like kindergarten: Everything had a place, and the items were
easily put away in about five minutes during clean-up time.
Next Containerize items, Morgenstern says. Figure out what needs to be
in what container, determine what size the container should be, and then
go shopping. That might mean looking for basket and drawer units, or it
might mean buying a few extras of things you already have in your house.
Finally, Equalize: Have a rule that everyday at a certain time, the room
gets cleaned up. And then once a year, give it an over-haul, checking to
see what you should keep an what you should throw away. This is
especially important if there are kids at home because their interests
change as they get older.
Organizing the room may seem like a big task. But by planning before you
act, it should be easy.
It's easy to clean a house.
1.) Take a big box, walk around picking up all objects that look 'extra.' Later you'll know where to find them. Outside on table in sun.
2.) You throw in a load of laundry at a time.
3.) Vacuum and sweep the same areas, alternately. Dustpans, brooms great inventions. Prob don’t need vacuum! Make a homemade carpet stain remover - just never mix ammonia and bleach. You can do a degreaser detergent and even MAKE YOUR OWN. Use a tbp to a gallon of water, add some ammonia, rinse with gallon of water and 1/4 cup vinegar. ALWAYS KEEP A RINSE BUCKET with water/detergent to rinse tools and rags and brushes from time to time.
4.) Turn on radio and listen to talk shows while you scrub spots on carpet or wash dishes. FM LEFTIE RADIO keeps you from hating doing carpet spots and dishes. I LIKE RIGHT WING RADIO TOO as it shows me how NUTS and SELFISH they are, HOW PARANOID and NARCISSISTIC and CRUEL and their voices really show they are thugs, bitter,caustic, nasty humor.
5.) Don't bother making beds. Open them fully. Wide open. Leave them to breathe all day and exhale your aroma and dampness. Let them breathe themselves fresh. Lock bedroom door or the dog may add a new aroma.. Who looks at a bedroom anyway. EXPERTS tell us this kills the moisture that leads to mold in our pillows, mattresses and bedding. In Europe, they hang all bedding out on the line in sun! Read up on MOLD by googling house + mold + eradicate.
6.) Take a broom, drape with rag, clean cobwebs above, in ceiling corners. Clean in your RINSE BUCKET. Hang rag in sun til 30 rags are dirty ...to wash all in one load.
7. A. Pour old dishwater on kitchen floor, broom it out the backdoor. Then use the rag to rumba across floor 'til it's dry.
B: Create a free do-it-yourself Swiffer made of an old, square sponge mop, which becomes change-it-ten-times-or-l00 times - YOUR SWIFFER is BETTER THAN THEIRS! Click and see why. Your MICKEY MOUSED SWIFFER will become mighty, helped by your extensive absorbent cotton rag collection and THIS CLEANER LIQUID HOME MADE MOONSHINE BREW: SEVERAL SLUGS of vinegar, water a tbsp of detergent. With that sauce you clean better than the fifty buck swiffer and l00 COSTLY laundries of a single DIVA of a swiffer head. I save big rubber band from broccoli, quadruple fold my rag, an old partial bath towel, rubberband it on the head, and VOILA! When I finish, detach rag, rinse towel, hang in SUN TO DRY. When I have 20 rags, half rinsed and DRY I run laundry machine with HARSH DETERGENT POWDER AND BLEACH, doing a bigger job AGAIN, then LINE DRY THEM in SUN. Leave on line til next use. Sun won't hurt them.
8.) BRING THE OUTSIDE IN! Fill every vase in the house with flowers, branches. Leaves. Sheaves of wild grass plucked in alleys on way to market. In water, tsp chlor, or lemon juice, 1/2 tsp sugar.
9.) Clean all sinks, drainboards with bleach, ammonia(never both at same time,) as MOLD must be eradicated. VODKA-CLEAN toothbrushes, BLEACH (DILUTED) clean toilet bowl, seat and base. Then, Spray entire house with anything aromatic. Febreze fabric spray, cologne, incense. Room fresheners. And my fave, GIFTED COLOGNE that I wouldn't put on my SELF on a bet.
10) Dust-rag all shelves, books. Wax furniture with old, rancid hand creams.
11) On hands and knees, de-spot carpet with a heavy grade STIFF brush & scrub spots on carpet using a HOME MADE DETERGENT or a mix of Detergent/water/ammonia. Then use a cotton toweling rag to soak up the water and soil. Every six months, during hot, dry weather, use a rented, 24 hour RENTAL hot water shampooer with your own HOME MADE mix of shampoo, same recipe as above. Give instructions to all house mates it’s coming --so EVERY SINGLE THING, chairs, etc, is up on unmovable objects like beds. NO ITEM ON FLOORS.
12.) GET TO THE DIRTIEST SPOTS in the house, where GERMS collect. CORNERS IN MOIST AREAS! AGAIN your your fabulous, BLUE CHEAP STIFF BRUSH, l0% bleach in WATER, Little Detergent too, like 1%. SCRUB crannies, crevices, corners then RAG IT DRY.
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EASIEST TIP OF ALL? BRING A FRIEND. Pay your best chum, a young one, an hourly wage. Don't bring a stranger into the house. TWO people can get the job done where ONE PERSON ALONE will quit. And if you work alongSIDE a maid, she will want to QUIT.
Clean with cheap stuff: ammonia, dish soap, (detergent liquids), vinegar, hydrogen peroxide,cheap vodka, wax with old rancid face creams and body creams not costly cleaners and waxes. There are great websites which tell you how to make your own. 99c for a bottle of dawn at super or 99c store, goes in a week? Our Mexican super market chain VALLARTA had mex soap detergent powder, 15 lbs for $5.99 as a big bag. I put it in a big bucket with a tight lid, plastic scoop inside. Now use a tad for dishes w. very hot water to dissolve. I figure by next year I'll have to buy some more, but that was a ton of DAWN and TIDE I didn't have to buy! And get the big bottle Vinegar as it Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs Adapted from the "Care2 Ask Annie" newsletter.And it’s great as softener for last rinse of laundry. 1/3 cup is enuf.
Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The thing about vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs. Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar - such as you can buy in the supermarket - kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.
Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight (5 percent) vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.
Below is a list of OTHER homemade cleaners...just for FYI! A bit cheaper than buying... so there’s money left for the important stuff: Garage sales and new furniture. NEW TO YOU!
In a plastic jug, mix: 1/2; c. ammonia, 2 Tbsp baking soda, 1/3 c. white vinegar, water to fill jug. Save your old jugs. They abound in trashcans.
All purpose cleaner
Rubbing alcohol and ammonia. This is a favorite. Spray it on and use a soft vegetable brush to brush the sinks, then rinse. Whenever you clean up a drunk, purloin his VODKA, pour into something else, labelled cat diaharrea med. HIDE WELL.
Ceramic tile and grout cleaner
1 cup baking soda, 1/2; c, vinegar, 1 c. ammonia, 7 cups warm water. This, obviously, can be divided by half. Spray on and wipe with a scrubbing pad. This is the equivalent of Tilex. At the time I read this, Tilex was 2.99 for 24 oz. This recipe cost .56c for the same amount
Window Cleaner Spray
Mix 3 c water & stir in 2 Tbsps ethylene glycol (antifreeze). Put in spray bottle.
Ammonia Wall and carpet Cleaner
Household ammonia, washing soda, white vinegar, 1 gal warm water. Measure ammonia, washing soda, and vinegar into water in a bucket. Mix. ONLY USE ON HOT DAYS, LET HOUSE AIR OUT ALL DOORS WINDOWS OPEN and let AMMONIA DRY AND BLOW AWAY.
1 cup isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup ammonia, 1 Tbsp. soft soap, 13 cups warm water.
ANOTHER GLASS CLEANER. If you find an old bottle of windshield wiper solution in somebody's garage, forgotten & discarded, put it in a spray bottle for glass cleaning.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix 4 c sodium bicarbonate & 3/4; c caustic soda. Store in airtight can/jar. To use, sprinkle in toilet bowl, let stand 1/2; hr. Then brush and flush with clean water. BEST toilet tool is not a brush, too wimpy.GET A TOILET SIZED PUMICE ...a REAL STONE HARSH SCRUBBER the size of a big CUCUMBER. Put a glove on your hand and GO TO WORK!
Scouring Powders 1/4; c soap flakes, 2 tsp borax, 1 1/2; c boiling water, 1/3 c whiting
Dissolve soap flakes & borax in boiling water by stirring mixture. Allow to cool to room temp. Add whiting & stir well. Store in sealed plastic or glass container in dry, cool place.
Jet Dry for the dishwasher
Mix in a jar, 1 cup borax and 1/2; c. baking soda. Add I Tbsp of this mixture to the dishwasher soap for each load.
MAKING FRUGAL SOAP
QUESTION: What can one do with those little slivers of melted soap that are saved? You know, Used soap, all kinds ---from all stores too. For handmade soaps, one can put the soap in a crock pot with a little milk and rebatch it and pour it into molds with some Essential oils.Another form of recycling for soap bits and pieces is make scrub sacks with them. Into a piece [nice big square say 5x5] of cheesecloth I lay my scraps, add a very generous handful [maybe 2 handfuls of oatmeal [regular not quick oats] then a tablespoon or so of lavender or chamomile flowers. Gather the ends and tie off. That oatmeal feels divine. You can recycle your cheesecloth for later scrub sacks too.
Rebatching may not work with corporate soaps, because those are petroleum product based. However, scraps of homemade soaps can DEFINITELY be rebatched this way. Use 9 oz of cold milk to 24-32 oz of grated soap. yes, you should grate those slivers, or at least, break them into smaller pieces before attempting to melt them. Use leftover juice cans or tuna/cat food type cans to remold the soap in. Always allow rebatched soap to dry for three weeks before using it, or the soap will just dissolve in the shower.
RE-BATCHING CORPORATE SOAPS
Save the old slivers from your house (and others, if people will part with them) and put them into a small canning or jelly jar. when the jar is filled nearly to the top and the soap is crammed in there pretty well, cover the soap pieces with water. Let sit on the counter for a day or so. Every day or so, smash the pieces together and gently stir the mass until it becomes one glob of soap. Use a braun handblender to whir it up, then pour into molds, make soapballs OR put it into decorative molds. Allow to dry to firmness. Takes weeks but it makes a huge impression on the kids. They get real frugal in every way, Years from now, they talk about how frugal their Mom was. It makes for great dining out conversation for the next century. SEE “CREATING THE FRUGAL CHILD.”
I personally have washed every kind of carpet. I love those rented shampooers that you empty every five minutes. I never buy the l0$ shampoo they sell you. I mix ammonia, dish soap with water and it works fine for a hundredth of the cost. The carpet absorbs the soap, then you suck up all the grungy, black, muddy water which goes back into the machine and you carry it over to bathroom and it goes down the toilet. Then go back and do that a hundred times. Imagine the amount of filth that carpets collect! Then You need a major RAG collection, and I’ve saved scroungy towels for 3 decades to be able to Lay TOWELS on every inch of carpet and stomp up and down to soak up last dampness. Keep radio on entire time you work. I like progressive talk shows, not music. I Rhumba to RUSSIAN TV ( RT.COM). On PC or on TV EXTRA LOUD so I can hear words from any room.
Those shampooing machines do pull a lot of water from the floor, but if you have nice wood floors and own the property don't do it. This is the revenge-on-the landlords invention of all time. Landlords should make you sign a lease saying you won't ever use them. If you own the house, at least do this wood warping torture when it's exceedingly dry outside. Dry and hot.
Do huge 8 x 10 area rugs outdoors. I either lay RUG FLAT DOWN on the cement driveway soaking wet or hang on fence or gate. I like the slope of the driveway for draining. Or I hang it on the fence. How to get the dirt out? Ingeniousness to the rescue. I took a one by four scrap piece of board, a lumber piece a foot long, wrapped it in heavy plastic, like for green house walls, 6 mil? so it was slidey. Then when I got on knees, it slid over the surface of the carpet, squeegee-ing the water in its path, out of the carpet and down the cement driveway.
As I didn't have a deck, I used a concrete driveway that had a slanted pitch, down to the street. On hands and knees, I squee-jeed and water ran down the carpet to the street. Many times, hosed it, soaped it, squeegeed it. Let it dry on the slant. Dirt and water were squeezed/ drained out, down to the street. Didn’t drive car up the driveway, that's for sure. Parked it in street for a day.
My driveway gate was ten feet wide, wrought iron, taller than a man's head so for medium carpets, I'd lay carpet over the top of gate, hose it, couldn't squeejee very well there, just hose and soap action. DRIP AND DRAIN DRY in SUN. Don't leave on gate overnight!
SPIFF THE HOUSE UP. Buy really awful, amateur night in Dixie stretched canvases/ paintings at garage sales. If the art is awful enough, the Thrift Store will be in agreement with you it's worth nothing and they should pay you to take it away. Don't tell them that you’re going to use a canvas which even at the cheapest art store, is very costly. Next, buy some oil or acrylic paints and paint portraits and landscapes and then re use the frames you bought them in. Remember this. IF the paint is OIL already, you cannot cover it with acrylics. If the paint is acylics, you CAN cover it with oil. now for CLEANING THE GERMS
Tip from my holistic Expert: If you find VODKA in SOME TIPPLER PAL'S TRASH, TAKE IT HOME!. VODKA IS MAGIC. This germicidal stuff is used by a cosmetician gal who has gone to every holistic classroom, bought every book on holism..She says "IF you stumble upon a bottle of vodka or gin in an alley, in the hands of a sleeping or comatose bum, tilt it so you can see the label. If it is 100% proof, yank it from his grip, run home & use it for cleaning. Only l00 works, not 80 proof. It is used by acupuncturists prior to needling. I use it for toilet seats, faucets, silver ware that doesn't go in dishwasher, BIG THINGS and it gives instant germ proofing/cell phones, house phones, tooth brush soaking, (rinse first before using), great for cleaning glass, glasses, clean steering wheel muck, under fingernails, toenails, shower head, fixtures, KEYBOARD on COMPUTER ...endless uses. I get a lot of razzing for those jugs under my sink!
Hulda Clark (a famous holistic writer, a friend of the luminary in this field, Dr. Hanna Kroeger) tells of vodka being superb for sterilization of dirty areas, sez it in her books. that's your 100% proof of the teaching...that woman's books scare the daylites out of me, saying as she does that we are all riddled with bugs as we once hugged a spaniel or ate a sushi.. Or had a commercial burger where the flipper touched a raw patty then moved to lift our cooked one...READ HULDA CLARKE ON PARASITES. She cuts to the BONE DEEP reality of toxins in environment. What she says about getting hip to vodka is VODKA IS THE ANSWER! Not drinking it. No, She says it is the most lethal poison on the planet and will kill any life form it touches. It's no wonder we're having problems with PUTIN. (as he drinks the stuff.)
1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The
solvent dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray
bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean.
The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth
dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your
safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects
the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse
the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol
cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill
them. Find a spider? A quiet drunk death will do him good.
9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziploc freezer bag
and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers,
fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three
days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to
aches and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back
as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol
oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb
some of the alcohol to numb the pain. Then start a daily regimen of HOME
squeezed lemon/ orange/ grapefruit juice with a little sugar, 6 x a day to
back off jaw inflammation. Do this for years until you can afford to see a
A FINAL CAVEAT, DO NOT DRY CLEAN CLOTHING at a SHOP OR SERVICE EVER without instructing dry cleaner NOT TO PLASTIC BAG IT WHEN it emerges from CHEMICALS. NO BAGS! HE must air rinse it immediately for you to be his client
DO NOT USE TOXIC CHEMICALS IN A ROOM THAT IS INHABITED OR CANNOT BE AIRED 24/7 If you use the superb de-greaser TSP, wear a MASK. VENTILATE KITCHEN WELL. Don't use moth balls unless you have a super good seal on that box, closet or bag. MOTHBALLS are toxic! ROSEMARY from your garden goes in bag with WOOLS. BREATHEABLE-BAG around it as it sheds!
After you clean the house, do the closets, bag up winter wardrobe in summer, BAG UP summer wardrobe in WINTER. Repack the closet, do the packing away of SUMMER SHOES or WINTER. MOTH BALLS are only for sealed plastic bags, Doesn't take more than one. You can use lavendar or rosemary in bundles or wreaths in a closet, not necessarily in tightly sealed bags as they are not toxic. NATURAL MOTH KILLERS FOR YOUR CLOTHING BAGS. Like ROSEMARY branches. Martha Stewart has other thoughts: FIRST THE MOTH KILLING VIDEO then : MARTHA'S REMEDY
SCOUT DOWN MOLDY AREAS: GET OUT YOUR BLEACHY TYPE SPRAYS or
CLEAN SUSPICIOUS MOLD RESEMBLING CORNERS WITH VODKA
AVOID OVER THE COUNTER REMEDIES UNTIL YOU LEARN WHICH FUMES ARE TOXIC!
THESE LISTS ARE GOOD BUT if they leave T.S.P off the lists, just make a mental note. WEAR A BREATHING MASK when you use this CHEMICAL. ITS VERY BREATH is very caustic. EFFECTIVE at cleaning super cheap but caustic. (Tri Sodium Phosphate)
INTERIOR OF HOUSE LOOK LIKE GRAPES OF WRATH? DO A LUXE FAUX FINISH. WOWIE REMEDY FOR WALLS. (CLICK HERE!)
EXTERIOR OF HOUSE looks like Afghanistan? Walk perimeter of bldg. FIX ALL BROKEN CORNERS OF THE HOUSE WITH CHEAP HOME MADE CEMENT then paint it. PABLO my landlord's worker and I painted a house in ONE DAY! We found REMAINDERED PAINT in blues and whites and mixed them all together. JUST BUY remaindered cans for a few weeks until you have the TONNAGE you need. There are calculators for EXTERIOR WALLS' REQUIREMENTS in GALLONS.
PATCH CRACKS USING Cheap cement. Sounds neat, but how do we do that? Saw this in a chatroom. "I am curious as to how the newly laid block will hold up to the elements if it takes a few days to construct, seal, and roof the building. If I were doing this, it would be over several weekends, and I'm wondering if I could safely leave the partial walls etc.?? Maybe after your experimental brick has cured you can check its water resistance in that state, I'd try a batch myself, but my wife doesn't let me near her kitchen stuff.
ANSWER: go to a Home Depot, Lowes, Builder’s Square or similar building supply house, go back in the section which has pails of bedding mud for drywall joints, mortar mix etc. and look at the various tools. Among them will generally be two brands of mixers for insertion in a half-inch drill for mixing small quantities of mortar and paint. Buy one. It’s generally cheaper than a divorce.
If you soak paper strips overnight it pulps easier and more quickly. With 10% Portland in the mix, though cellulose brick will shed water it will be very absorptive if rained upon. That won’t cause any deterioration in the cellulose/cement brick, but until the excess water is re-evaporated the compressive strength would be reduced somewhat, sand and cement don’t compress but the cellulose component can (like sawdust-cement heavy on the sawdust)---not too important if there is no load on the wall.. After the walls are erected or after a roof-panel is made of the stuff and raised, a water-shedding paint should be applied. Take your choice of cement-paint (read the label) or acrylic latex-based paint.. Note that each has advantages and accompanying disadvantages. You can patch small joints, cracks or damage to a cement-paint wall with a little cheap Portland and water cement paste. You have to use epoxy to repair a wall painted with acrylic latex. Embed roofing fiber-tape for larger repairs (comes in four-inch rolls)
Making and testing samples is always advisable before plunging ahead. This stuff works fine. It was the subject of an article in Countryside four or five years back for someone who built himself a quickie, small dome, and Jack Bays (don’t know if he is still alive), an eccentric in Cedaridge, Colorado, used to sell a king-size malted-milk mixer you dropped in a fifty-five gallon barrel to mix this and other good stuff of his devising.
Since it was then more available and of even less value (stores paid you to haul it off), he used pulped cardboard boxes, in which the fibers are a little stronger than those in paper.
There have been some recent developments along these lines, and one patent Tridex which used junk materials like this to make an extremely strong building panel with good insulation characteristics.
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FURNISHING AND DECORATING THE NEWLY CLEANED HOME: PICK UP OLD FURNITURE in ALLEYS, THEN, hit the garage sales. Look AGAIN for overstuffed furniture you can cover with fresh cottons. And at thrift and estate sales keep your eyes open for pillow, tablecloth, bedspread yardage. INDIAN PRINTS and OLD Sheets work. Buy a stack of printed cheap sheets, even if it's poly not cotton.....the thing is the PRINT. Make it one you love. Whip stitch them into a coverlet tailored to the chair. Turn outside in and throw on 'til your ship comes in and you can afford reupholstering. I've had a roll of upholstery cotton, half way like canvas, 20 yards, standing up in back of the garage for 18 years. I forgot to bring SEWING MACHINE into the house when I moved in back in 1999.
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