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Pinterest Thursday April 4th

On the first Tuesday Thursday of every month I will post about something I found on Pinterest that I actually did!  Sometimes it will be about a craft project, sometimes about food and sometimes about a ‘miracle’ cleaning product.

This months Pinterest Project is a cleaning solution.

(Pinterest has switched to Javascript for embedding pins.  Wordpress doesn’t support Javascript so I can’t embed the orig pin.  I am still trying to figure out a way around this problem.  So  you won’t see my pin, but I do have links to the blog post and my own images.)

I HATE cleaning my tub.

I don’t mind cleaning, I just hate cleaning the tub.

The bending over, it’s back-breaking, the scrubbing….

So I was pleased to see a pin that claimed to be “The Best Shower/Tub Cleaner” with out scrubbing.

Tub Cleaner

Plus it only has two ingredients; dish soap and vinegar.  This post says to use Blue Dawn Dish Soap, which coincidentally, is the kind I have.  It is my favorite dish soap.  Some pins/posts about this mixture say it has to be blue Dawn, I can not attest to that, as I have not tried any other combo.

The science behind it.

Blue Dawn contains surfactants  as cleaning agents; including sodium lauryl sulfate (or sodium dodecyl sulfate), sodium laureth sulfate, and lauramine oxide (lauryldimethylamine oxide).

A surfactant is used to remove oils from the surface of something, like your dishes or tub.  It contains two parts, the hydrophobic tail and the hydrophilic head.  The hydrophobic tails want to hide from the water, so the molecule orients itself by pointing the tails inward forming a sphere, with the hydrophilic heads outwards.  This orientation allows for the oil soluble tails to trap oils and wash them away with water.

Vinegar is made with acetic acid and water making it a moderately strong acid.  As a cleaning solution it is great at dislodging dirt and grim that is basic.

And by basic, I don’t mean simple, but basic in acidity.  Dirt, grim, hard water, mineral build up, soaps and detergents are usually basic.  So chemically vinegar works great on these alkaline stains.

As you could guess the combination of the surfactants in Blue Dawn and the acidity of vinegar should take care of any type of grim lingering in your tub or shower.

But does it work?

Bath Cleaner before


OK, don’t judge me.

Here is my tub before.  For the record, the green stuff is bath tub paints, which if not washed off immediately, is a little difficult to clean.  You should have seen it when we moved in, it was much worse.


use a 1:1.2 ration of Blue Dawn to vinegar.

Heat the vinegar, do not boil, just heat it enough to enable the soap to dissolve into the vinegar.

Pour hot vinegar into spray bottle and then add the dish soap.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture to mix.  Careful not to shake too hard, it could suds up.

Then spray to your heart’s content.



Just remember that which goes on, must come off.

Let it sit.  For as long as you can stand it.

But remember it smells like vinegar, lots and lots of vinegar.  If you have a bathroom fan, use it!

Other sites say do not use water, just wipe off with a dry cloth.

That did nothing for me.

I had sprayed it on a dry shower/tub and I had to scrub, which was exactly what I did not want to do.

I had one of those green scouring pads.  I used it with water and lo and behold, my tub came clean!



Now, I will admit, it was not as miraculous as I had hoped.  But it still worked great, and each time I use it to clean the tub it works better and better.

You don’t have to confine it to the tub/shower.  You can also use it on the sink, you just want to make sure you can rinse whatever you clean really well.


Happy Pinning




MistleToes Plates

Happy New Year everyone!!!

This Pinterest Tuesday is a craft project we made for some Christmas gifts.
I pinned this on to my Hand & Foot Print Art board many months ago with Grandparent gifts in mind.

MistletoesSource: igameals.com via Dawn Marie on Pinterest

The pin provides a link to the original source but I couldn’t find it on that website until I Googled it.  You can read her post here, she says she paid to have it painted.

My plates don’t have that nice distinct edge, so I didn’t attempt to paint a border.

I went to The Craft Warehouse (our new one) and they had a ceramic paint section where I found paint that said it was dishwasher safe if baked.  Now the paint isn’t FDA approved, but it is not supposed to chip off when cured.  I bought my plates at my local Fred Meyer store.


After washing the plates with alcohol, as the paint directions state, the fun part begins…


The plates are slippery so the wet feet had a tendency to slip.  So I would just wipe off the plate with a wet paper towel and try again, as long as the paint hadn’t dried.


For Baby Sid’s feet I had to pull out the Bumbo



We also made a couple of mugs with little hand prints, they did not turn out as well as I had hoped.  With the slickness of the dishes the hands got really blurry, but Ian loved making them.  (I did Baby Sid’s while he was sleeping)Mistletoes06

The curing process takes place in the oven.  You can let the pain air dry, but to make it dishwasher safe you must cure it.  Please read the directions on the paint first, and follow what it says.

Place dishes in a cold oven and then turn it on to the temperature the paint states.  Cook for about 30 min then shut the oven off, open the door and let dishes cool.Mistletoes07

We made a total of six plates and two mugs


Ian decided he needed to help so I got to keep the sixth plate….


I learned that the heel of the foot should not be at the top of the plate in order to have them hanging.   I also would have like a plate with a distinct border like the one in the pin, and maybe use a serving platter instead of a dinner plate.

I tried to write ‘mistletoes’ with a stencil because my handwriting is so bad, but that turned out worse and was way more work.

I would also like to try paint pens next time for the details.

I can’t wait to make more hand and foot print art, I just love them!

Happy Pinning


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Pinterest Tuesday 12/4

I love Pinterest, and I am sure you do too.  There are always things I pin that I want to try, but never really find the time.  I especially want to try the homemade cleaning supplies, and see if they are miraculous as claimed.

I decided to that if I force myself to write about the projects I will actually attempt them.  So here is my first post about Pinterest Tuesdays, I will start by posting the first Tuesday of the month.  I will only do it once a month at first to give me some time to try the project and write about it.

I saw this pin:

Source: onegoodthingbyjillee.com via Dawn Marie on Pinterest

It said the “miracle of baking soda” and the blog it was linked to calls it a “Kitchen Miracle Cleaner” so I thought it would be perfect for my crockpot.  After cooking some higher fatty roasts it gets a ring around it from where the top of the liquid was.


I added enough peroxide to the baking soda to make a paste.  The mixture is watery at first but the baking soda will absorb it if you let it sit and thicken up.

The reaction of hydrogen peroxide with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) produces carbon dioxide, sodium hydroxide and carboinc acid.

Sodium hydroxide (a.k.a. lye) is a caustic soda (and is basic) and is commonly used as a detergent because it can dissolve fats, grease, oil and proteins.  So it worked great on my yucky ring around my crockpot.

Can’t wait till I find something else to clean with this cleaning paste.

Happy Pinning!