I have had great intentions of posting weekly (but weakly won).
Gotta say I love PINTEREST. It is an easy and convenient file cabinet. But I have learned (from MANY sources-cooking shows, blogs, friends, magazines, Pinterest...) that not all that glistens is gold. (I can not tell you how many recipes have not met the expectation.)
Usually if I try a recipe that is not for us, I delete it or throw it away. (I do keep a list of Internet recipes-and the sources- so I don' fall for them again.)
But ideas? Well, we are "MYTH BUSTERS". (Actually we tried them with hope.) Following are a few ideas you WON'T find on my Pinterest boards. (You can check out my boards/follow my boards here, or by clicking on the Pinterest logo on the right of my blog.)
DISCLAIMER - These are our results and opinions. We hoped that all the ideas we tried would be successful.
1 Make your own Febreeze/air cleaner. This is a cheap and easy replacement. (And I had the correct empty spray bottle.) I tried it. It worked so-so. I usually spray my bed linens in the morning. After the 3rd day of my homemade spray, I found a problem. There were dried spots, that were powdery, lots of places. BUSTED
Note to self - Buy more Febreeze.
2 Hard water cleaner. We have very hard water where I live. I frequently end up with white mineral residue in my dishwasher. Have you read the cheap solution of running an empty dishwasher with a $.15 pack of Lemonade Kool Aid? For us, it did not work. My dishwasher looked the same. BUSTED
I do have have a (more expensive) product that does work for me. I use Lemi Shine for cleaning my dishwasher. (I use it with dishes and dish soap in it.)
3 Cinnamon scented pine cones. Ha ha. First I needed pine cones. There are plenty in our neighborhood. But, a big snow storm was coming. So I paid a daughter ($5.00) to take my grandson (paid $1.00) out to collect some-quick. My sister was visiting and we went hunting for the cinnamon oil. We tried health food stores ($$$), craft stores (1 squirrelly brand, 1 sold out brand), and finally found 2 kinds on the cooking row at Macey's grocery store. We bought them both for about $6.00. (I can make lots of batches ;)
We soaked the pinecones (to get the bugs out-yuk0, baked them (much longer than the "recipe" called for), were very generous with the (strongest) scent, and waited the 5 days. (My sister was still visiting :)
They smelled wonderful when we opened the bag. We put them in the perfect basket. They still smelled wonderful, if you put your nose in to smell them :( BUSTED
I bought 2 bags at Winco grocery store (that were soooo nicely scented) for (wait for it) $2.98 each!!!
4 (This was a sad one) Vinegar spray as window de-icer. Mix 3 cups white vinegar with 1 cup of water and spray it on your windows at night for a frost free window in the a.m. (Or spray window in the a.m. to get rid of the frosted windows.) It never worked for me. (I even tried straight vinegar.) I tried spraying everyone's car windows the night before. :-( I was picking up my sister from the train station another time at 3:30 a.m.. We got up to frosted windows, which I sprayed. :-( I tried again as we were leaving the train station. :-(
Our cars smelled like vinegar during the week of my experiments. :-( BUSTED
5 Dry skin cream. My feet/heels are exceptionally dry. I wear sandals year round. They never get better, summer or winter. They bleed and peel. UGH! (I have tried udder creams, bag balms, Vaseline.......) So I tried a recipe from patchworktimes. I made a 1/2 batch using 8 oz. of a store brand baby lotion (about $2.00) , 4 oz.Vaseline (already had some), and 4 oz. vitamin E cream (2 4 oz. jars Fruit of the Earth vit. E cream for under $5.00). (Thank you, Lindsay for picking up my ingredients.) It said to beat it together, but I just had my husband stir it well. I liked that that left it creamy, but with teeny beads of Vaseline.
I rubbed my feet (and hands) for about 3 nights, and wore socks to bed. Done that before. (See above) WOW! It works great. Now I use it as soon as a problem starts (which is really too late ;) If I use it regularly I also have far fewer of the edge of my fingernail problems. CONFIRMED
These are only our opinions and results. We did not intend any specific pin/pinner or blog post.
I will do another webisode of Myth Busters - Pinterest Style next month.
As a side note, I figured out that I used/made/did a bit over 10% of my Halloween Pinterest Board for Halloween.
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