Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to get out tough stains

Have you ever heard of using Dawn Dish Soap on laundry stains?  I first heard about it from a friend of mine. I was telling her how devastated I was when I washed AND dried a red crayon along with our brand new bedsheets and new clothes. Really! Brand new! I don't know how it happened crayons end up everywhere. Anyway, She told me that her family had always used Dawn dish soap on any stain. I was desperate because I had already tried the iron method and it hadn't worked.
Well, I tried it and almost immediately I started to notice a difference. And after a bit of elbow grease it was gone. Yay! 
I have been using it ever since and it has taken out almost every stain (in fact I can't really remember a time where it hasn't taken out something).

They even use it on animals that have been caught in oil spills. They claim it is tough on grease and gentle on skin. Here is a clip...

Here is what I did to take grass stains out of my childs pants. 

I poured: 1 parts Dawn dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. 
Yes, I just poured it right on top of each stain straight onto the fabric. 
Then, I used an old toothbrush to scrub the stain. I could instantly see the stain come up.

I rinsed it out in the utility sink and rang it out.

Then I repeated the process and each time I scrubbed I stretched the fabric from each side. 

I rinsed it again, then turned it inside out and scrubbed from the inside.

Gave it a good rinse one more time and ta-da!
I was so impressed... once again! After this I threw it in with the dirty laundry and washed it as I normally would in the washing machine.

Do you use Dawn as a cleaning agent (other than for dishes)? 
What other products can you inspire other moms to try?
I love getting comments and read each one. I love checking your blogs too! Have a great day!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

St. Patricks Day Tea Party

It all started with a craving... a craving for St James Tea Room by one of my friends. Two of my other friends commented that it was just not in their budget. As much as I love that place for the food and ambiance, it is just a bit pricey. So we set off to recreate the food and ambiance. We collaborated with a potluck. Each of us brought a dessert and savory. I hosted the event at my house so I came up with some quick decorating ideas and brought out my fancy china.

I created this wreath for spring but dressed it up for the event with a St. Patricks Day sign in the middle.

The day before the party I placed all decorating items and platters on the table.

I put some sparkly clovers on the wall.

 St. Patricks Day hats and chocolate coins sprinkled on the table.

I love these white plates with gold ting and trim and matching cups and saucers. Each plate had a pot of gold (chocolate coins and Ferrero Roche truffle)

These girls are amazing!!! There were tea sandwiches, connolis, sorbet, quiche,  spanakopita, meatballs, layered rainbow sautéed bell pepper and onion, Macaroon mash, lacey cookies, peanut brittle, chocolate cookies, chocolate covered coconut truffles, layered veggie platter and some gourmet teas. 

This picture does not do it justice but, check out these cool plants my friend found. They were perfect for the St. Patty's day themed tea party. Not only were they white and green, but they had these really interesting leaves that gave a hint of 4 leaf clovers.

I had so much fun with these girls! Good food paired with good company makes an even more awesome night and our awesome night moved into the den where we got ourselves hooked on the T.V. series called resurrection. 
We need to plan another tea party soon!

What did you all do for St. Patricks day?

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