How To Clean A Bathroom? Deep Cleaning A Bathroom

How To Clean A Bathroom Deep Cleaning A Bathroom

How To Clean A Bathroom Deep Cleaning A Bathroom

Do you know how to clean a bathroom quickly and effectively? Better yet, does everyone in your family? We need it to make sure that our children all know how to clean a bathroom before they go off to college or rent their first apartment.

Bathrooms present us with a unique sense of problems: soap scum, tough stains, mildew on a variety of surfaces To keep a bathroom fresh there are daily, weekly and monthly chores. Daily chores make the weekly ones easier. Weekly maintenance makes the monthly chores a snap. You never want it to get to the point where it’s just easier to demolition the bathroom.

There are two ways to clean a bathroom. There is the “one task at a time” style, which is great if you tend to get sidetracked. Or there is the “overlap” method, which is the fastest way to get the job done. It might not be as thorough, but if you clean every week, every surface of the bathroom will get cleaned a couple of times.

One caveat: almost every article that gives tips on how to clean a bathroom always recommends that you use baking soda as a scrubbing solution for a number of reasons. The first and obvious reason is that “being green” is very politically correct these days. And the other reason is that no one wants to be responsible for readers ruining the surfaces in their bathrooms or killing themselves with incompatible chemicals.

Martha Stewart makes it sound like scrubbing one’s soap scum covered tile walls with baking soda is the easiest thing in the world. It’s not. Soap scum sucks and anyone who actually has to clean it off would recommend the strongest cleaner available. As you become more experienced in bathroom cleaning, I’m sure you will try a variety of solutions that can be purchased with coupons.

Eventually, you’ll find THE product that you will be faithful to for the rest of your life. There is a reason why Bon Ami and Comet are still around. Always read the container of the cleaning agent so you know what to never use it on and what to never mix it with.

How to Clean a Bathroom – Step 1: Gather Your Equipment
Cleaning the bathroom is a chore that nobody likes. You can make it easier and faster if you keep all the tools and cleaners in …

How to Clean a Bathroom

How to Clean a Bathroom

How to Clean a Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in a household, needing to be cleaned on a regular basis. Since people are constantly using this part of the house this can be a tiresome chore. A good cleaning can prolong the amount of time before it needs to be cleaned again.

Step 1
The most important step in cleaning any room is the products used. In my experiences, the best products are Comet (which is a powdered bleach that can be used to clean most non-reflective surfaces, excluding wood), Windex or if you can stand the smell, ammonia, Swiffer Sweeper wet, and dry cloths, and Clorox toilet wands. You’ll also need a few good clothes, sponges or scrub brush, newspapers or paper towels, and an old tooth-brush.

Step 2
Once you have gathered together all your cleaning supplies, the next step is clearing away the dirty linens. Then clear all the small items and appliances from your counters, sink areas, and shower. Dusting the items as you clear them saves you time later. Once you’ve cleared the areas you want to focus the most time on the dirtiest areas – generally the shower/tub and the toilet.

Step 3
To clean the shower you will first want to clear any hair that has collected around the drain. Then you’ll want to wet the walls and generously sprinkle Comet over the area. Then use a sponge or scrub brush to remove dirt, grime, and soap scum from your shower walls and fixtures. Comet works best on tough, set-in, stains when you let it sit. So, save the rinsing till the end. You now move on to the toilet. If you’re using the Clorox wands use as directed on the packaging. If not, use Comet and an old fashioned toilet brush. Don’t forget the outside of your toilet gets dirty too. To clean this area the easiest thing to do is to take an old rag and first dry dust than wet the rag and wipe down the area.

Step 4
Next, you’ll want to clean your sink area and counters. Use a sponge or damp cloth to wipe off your counters and fixtures. Ammonia or white vinegar will make metallic fixtures shine like new. Use Comet as you did in your shower. If you have grout or small hard-to-reach spaces that can collect dust, dirt, mold, and mildew use an old …

4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Soap Scum

4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Soap Scum

4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Soap Scum

Soap scum is something we have all seen. If you don’t catch it right as it starts, it’s hard to get rid of. They sell millions of products out there to help you get rid of soap scum, all of which cost a lot of money. You can spend a fortune buying all these products. Why not try something a bit more natural instead of spending a ton of money.

Natural Way #1-Vinegar
Vinegar can help you get rid of soap scum if you have a spray bottle. You need to grab a spray bottle and do two parts vinegar one part water. It helps if you warm the vinegar and water before using it. Once it’s warm, place in a spray bottle and spray the soap scum. You will see it slowly dripping away. Once you see this, take a scrub brush and scrub it, then rinse well.

Natural Way #2-Liquid Fabric Softener
You would believe it, but fabric softener is a miracle worker when it comes to soap scum. Place some fabric softener in a spray bottle and leave it in the shower. Every time you take a shower spray down your doors and other areas that have soap scrub. Then spray the areas down before you get out of the shower. You will notice the soap scum fade away without much effort.

Natural Way #3-Ammonia
Ammonia is a powerful cleaning solution so you should take extra precautions when using it. Wear gloves and use them in a well-ventilated area first. Fill a spray bottle with 2 parts ammonia and one part water. Spray ammonia onto soap scum and let stand for 5 minutes. Grab a rag and wipe the solution away. You shouldn’t use a scrub brush because you don’t want the ammonia flinging out at you. Make sure you rinse well when you’re finished so no ammonia is left behind.

Natural Way #4-Lemon Juice
Lemon juice makes a great general cleaner. Lemon juice makes a great cleaner to get rid of soap scum. You can either squeeze the lemons out into a container or you can just cut the lemon in half. If you use just the lemon juice, place it in a spray bottle and spray it onto the soap scum. The soap scum will slowly dissolve after a few minutes. Scrub the scum and rinse away. If you’re using the cut lemon, take …

How to Clean Mildew, Soap Scum and Dirt from a Shower Curtain

How to Clean Mildew, Soap Scum and Dirt from a Shower Curtain

How to Clean Mildew, Soap Scum and Dirt from a Shower Curtain

Shower curtains can get pretty dirty after all they are right there with you when you are taking a shower and the shower curtain catches a lot of the dirt that you wash off your body. Soap scum and hard water deposits from on the shower curtain too.

After awhile the shower curtain has a buildup of scum, dirt, hard water deposits, and worst of all mildew. Shower curtains get wet and stay wet letting mildew form on them. Instead of buying a new shower curtain, you can wash the dirt, scum, and even the mildew off your present shower curtain.

You can actually throw your shower curtain into the washing machine and wash it with the rest of your clothes. It is best to put the shower curtain in the clothes washer with small items like socks and underwear. The smaller items rub against the shower curtain and clean off the dirt, grime, and mildew.

If you have a lot of mildew on the shower curtain it may take a couple of washes to get the shower curtain clean. You can also add a cup of vinegar or borax to the wash to clean the mildew off of the shower curtain.

Some shower curtains may be somewhat delicate or maybe you are worried that your shower curtain might be damaged in the washing machine. Then you can wash your shower curtain by hand. You can wash your shower curtain by spreading the shower curtain out on a flat surface like a table or even the floor. On a nice day, you can even wash the shower curtain outside.

Once you have the shower curtain spread out take a soft cloth that has been soaked in vinegar and rub the shower curtain with the cloth.

You can dip the soft cloth into more vinegar when you need to and rub extra on the spots that are mildewed. On spots that are particularly bad, you can use some borax to clean the shower curtain. After you have your shower curtain cleaned take a cloth with some clear water on it and wipe off the vinegar and borax.

When you use the borax you may want to wear some rubber gloves so the borax does not touch your hands. You may want to use rubber gloves if you don’t want your hands to smell like vinegar. When the shower curtain is clean …

How to Make a Duck Soap

You can make a handmade duck soap in just a few short steps that will bring a big smile to a child’s face and with the added bonus of getting him or her actually clean, WOW!

STEP 1:

Assemble the items you will need ahead of time. You can find most items at your local Michael’s craft store or Joanne’s fabric store. If you do not live close to one of these, you can purchase any of these items on-line at many web sites.

* clear and white glycerin soap
* small toy rubber duck
* duck mold or small plastic container larger than the toy duck
* soap coloring
* soap fragrance (optional)
* rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle(optional)
* hand-held cheese grater (optional)

STEP 2:

Melt clear glycerin soap in the amount needed for your particular mold or plastic container. Add soap coloring and soap fragrance and mix. Pour into soap mold or plastic container to within about 1/4 inch of top of mold.

STEP 3:

Watch soap carefully until a thin skin forms on top which will only take a few minutes. Place your duck in position by gently pushing duck into the soap. You may need to hold the duck in place for a moment to set it into place. If it pops up, hold again for a few minutes. Once duck is set in place, pour remaining melted glycerin soap in to fill up mold or plastic container. You may spritz a little rubbing alcohol several times during this step to help different layers stay together.

STEP 4:

Use the cheese grater sparingly on some of the white glycerin soap you have purchased to make shavings. Add this at the end of STEP 3 after pouring the rest of soap into mold or plastic container.

STEP 5:

Allow time for the soap to harden, about 45-60 minutes. You can pop the soap right out of the mold when ready and use immediately. If you have difficulty removing soap, place in freezer for 20 minutes and pop out easily.

If you are giving your soap duck as a gift, why not put soap into a cellophane bag tied with a colorful ribbon!!!…

Benefits and Dangers of Sauna Bathing

It is already a struggle to go to the gym; how could you go to the sauna as well? But sauna bathing is a very healthy and safe habit, as long as you use your common sense.

Effects on your body

To stay alive in a sauna you core temperature has to remain constant.

You brain contains a kind of a thermostat, and as soon as your core temperature becomes too high it will direct blood to the skin and activate the sweat glands.

 

Your blood vessels dilate and your heart rate rises to meet the demand, and this will increase the amount of calories you are burning. Although this might make you lose some weight, it will not have any effect on your muscular endurance or strength.

Sweat is made from blood plasma, and contains mainly water but also many other products, for example electrolytes, lactic acid and metal ions. The mechanism of sweating is not well known, but it is different from urine formation and it is meant to cool down the body, not to purify it.

Nevertheless you can lose a large amount of substances through your skin. You may be happy to get rid of some of them, but there are others that you will have to replace, such as the electrolytes. A healthy diet will allow you to do so.

You will also lose a lot of fluid, which you can easily replace by drinking to your thirst.

When you suffer from a fever, your body sets the inner thermostat slightly higher. That is why you can feel warm and cold at the same time. In a sauna however, your thermostat stays where it is. You are therefore not experiencing an artificial fever, but the actions of your body’s cooling mechanism.

Nevertheless, regular bathing will reduce the number of infections you suffer each year.

Advantages of sweating for your skin

Your skin is made to sweat and to keep it healthy you have to allow it to do what it is made for.

A sauna hydrates and strengthens its upper layers, rinsing the pores and eliminating many micro-organisms. The blood circulation is improved, and your skin becomes more flexible and healthier. If you bath regularly, once a week for example, it improves further since there is a trainings effect.

Be careful though if you have a sensitive skin or suffer from rosacea because that …

Cheap Girls' Bathing Suits, Tankinis, Swim Shorts to Buy Online

Girls’ one-piece swimsuits and girls’ two-piece swimsuits come in a variety of styles and colors. Bathing suits also get a lot of wear each summer, so buying more than one bathing suit for your child means an extra suit can remain at daycare or summer camp and your child won’t miss out on a day at the pool because her suit spent the weekend in the bottom of the beach bag and now smells like the dog’s chew toy.

Luckily, online retailers offer cheap bathing suits for girls, so stocking up on extra suits is easy. Following is a sampling of some of the suits offered on the Web.

Inexpensive Girls’ Swimsuits From Wal-Mart with Cheap Shipping

Two-piece? One-piece? Tankini? Bikini? Boy Shorts? Wal-Mart has nearly any style a girl could want in its bathing suit collection, all for $12. Pretty prints include butterflies, tie-dye, hearts and lots and lots of peace signs (including a somewhat contradictory rhinestone-encrusted peace emblem on a camouflage bikini). Sizes: 4/5 through 14/16. Shipping is 97 cents.

 

Girls’ Speedo Bathing Suits on Sale

Speedo makes sporty and fashionable bathing suits for adults and kids. Get discount Speedo swimsuits for girls by visiting the Sale section of the SpeedoUSA website, where the company posts its discounted Speedo bathing suits. Sizes are often limited in this section, so check back frequently for the size and style you want.

Girls’ Plus Size Bathing Suits From Lands End

Get Lands’ End quality in plus size girls’ swimwear. The company makes many of its girls’ bathing suit in plus sizes from 7/8 to 16. A “size chart” link on every clothing item displays the measurements for each size. Choose from tugless tanks and tankinis. Prices for one-piece suits are less than $30. Shipping starts at $5.95.

Girls’ Two-Piece Swimsuit From The Children’s Place

About as cute and feminine as you can get, the vibrant pink, Girls’ Two-Piece Swimsuit from The Children’s Place features two tiers of ruffles in neon yellow and green. The bottom is fully lined and the top features a buckle closure at the center back. Available in sizes 4 through 14. Price: $16.50. Shipping is $5.

Girls’ Swim Shorts From Coolibar

Girls’ Long Swim Shorts from Coolibar offer great sun protection and are favored by girls who want more coverage than a typical girls’ bathing suit. The shorts are crafted from a light, stretchy sun resistant …

Homemade Soap Recipes: Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Ingredients:
Soap glycerin base
Old-fashioned oats*
Honey
Vanilla essential oil
Citrus essential oil
Mica or soap dye

*You need this kind of oats. Instant or quick oats will NOT work in any soap recipe.

You can use any mold you would like. I use a rectangular one with rounded corners, but it won’t affect the bar to use whatever mold you want.

I also use all-natural honey and white glycerin soap base for this recipe, but you can use clear as well. It just depends on what color scheme you want to use. I’ll leave that up to you.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step One
This bar is made in two layers, one thick layer for the majority of the bar and one thinner layer that I color a different color.

Measure your base accordingly. You won’t want to fill your mold entirely, so the first part needs to be about 2/3 of your mold.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Two
The oats need to be chopped into smaller flakes if they are whole oats. You can do this with a food chopper or processor. You don’t want them to be powdery though.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Three
Melt the first part of the bar. I don’t color this part, but you can. I also add the honey, flaked oats, and essential oils in a two-parts citrus to one parts vanilla. Stir the ingredients throughout thoroughly.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Four
Pour this section and allow it to set for a while. Once it has set for a bit and is starting to become solid again, you are ready for the second section of the bar.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Five
Measure out the base into an appropriate amount to fill the rest of the mold. Make sure you have oats available for this piece as well. I dye this section and only add vanilla to this piece.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Six
Pour it on top of the already made bit and cover the top with flaked oats.

Honey Oatmeal Soap Bar Step Seven
Now you will only need to wait until it is completely set and ready to remove. Make sure you store it properly with plastic wrap to keep the moisture sealed in and keep it in a cool, dry place.…

Scented Soaps

I like to keep a good-sized supply of scented soaps at home, for several reasons. First of all, when you buy handmade soaps in bulk, they cost a whole lot less. Scented soaps keep for quite a long time, so there’s no reason not to buy ahead. I would rather think about buying soap a couple of times a year, than think about it every time I go to the grocery store.

Scented Soaps as Sachets

I like using scented soaps as sachets in my drawers. I keep all natural soaps in my lingerie drawer, my sweater drawer, and so on. I find that the soaps impart a subtle but pleasant fragrance to my clothing.

I tend not to wear perfumes or heavy scents so, for me, the smell of my soap really matters. Without heavy perfumes to obscure my scent, the fragrance of the all natural soap I use really shines through. Personally, I think the smell of clean skin, lightly enhanced by a scented soap, is a much more pleasant smell than heavy colognes or perfumes. I find it’s sometimes difficult to be near a person who has laid the cologne on a little too thick. Scented soaps’ odors never overwhelm.

Pick a scented soap that says something about you! If you have a fun personality, try blueberry soaps. If you’re more of a romantic, choose lavender soaps. Pine soaps are wonderful for a clean, outdoorsy feel. Sandalwood or patchouli soaps create a little mystery.…

Portable Urinals

Portable urinals are a man’s best friend. Sorry Spot, but it’s true. The need for portable urinals is growing as new construction rates increase, tourism is on the rise, and recreational areas are becoming more popular again. A portable urinal is a great convenience to offer the public.

Public Portable Urinals

The problem with public facilities is that they are often few and far between. The lack of public availability is a serious deterrent for a lot of people. There just never seems to be a bathroom around when you need one, so why put your customers in that situation? Having portable urinals available will actually draw customers to your area.

It’s easy to get around this problem, though, with portable urinal trailers. The structure resides on its own trailer that you simply park in a convenient location. The setup is quite easy and takes only a few moments. Storage capacity is high, accommodating anywhere from several hundred to a thousand uses. If there is a sewer connection nearby, you can hook it directly to it for unlimited use.

These structures are moderately priced for purchase and easy and affordable to maintain. Vendors usually offer several ownership options and financing is low. Some vendors even choose to rent their units out. Repair work is easy because of the uniformity of parts and design. It hardly costs a thing to maintain one of these units, and the public will thank you for it.…

Handmade Bath And Body Products

Handmade bath and body products make fantastic thank you gifts. If you are in charge of organizing donors or sponsors for a fundraising event, consider giving handmade bath and body products as a sign of your gratitude. Fundraising is all about showing thanks. If someone gives your organization 500 dollars this year, reward her with inexpensive handmade bath products. Next year, she’s liable to give 1,000 dollars!

Handmade Bath and Body Products in Bulk

Handmade bath and body products are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk. Fortunately, these items have a decent shelf life. Feel free to buy handmade soaps in bulk, store them in your pantry or linen closet, and give them as gifts throughout the year.

They also travel well. If you have to fly to visit friends or relatives for the holidays, all natural soaps may be your ideal hostess gift. You can buy them ahead of time to avoid the holiday gift rush. They travel lightly and easily. Soap, lotion, and other bath products are appropriate gifts for just about any age, any gender, and any level of intimacy.

They are also easy to ship! If you don’t have a chance to be with your mom this year on her birthday, send her a box filled with fun soaps, like blueberry soaps or lavender soaps. It will be a welcome alternative to sending a bouquet of flowers.…

The Best Detergent: Charlie's Soap

I love it because it’s all-natural, it’s inexpensive, and a little goes a very long way! A smallish container can do 80 loads. It comes with a little tablespoon, and let me tell you — I’ve been working on this one container for quite a while now and still have plenty left. You may pay anywhere from $12 to $15 for a three pound jug, but when you figure that a large container of Tide costs $9 and won’t even do as many loads, plus contains all sorts of icky chemicals, you’re coming out on the winning end when you buy Charlie’s.

What’s in Charlie’s Soap?
Charlie’s Soap contains coconut-based detergents, which are completely biodegradable, and Green River washing soda. It doesn’t get much more natural than that! This is one of the reasons why I believe that Charlie’s Soap is the best detergent out there – no yucky chemicals!

Are there any drawbacks to Charlie’s Soap?
The only thing so far I’ve noticed that some people may not like is the fact it has no flowery scent. This doesn’t bother me, but I know some people wouldn’t like it. There is a good reason for this, though. Fragrances that normally go into laundry detergent are not exactly good for you, even though they smell good. People who use Charlie’s might miss the scent their clothes used to have. That said, washing your clothes in Charlie’s doesn’t leave them smelling yucky. I’ve noticed that my clothes are actually left with a nice, soapy, clean scent.

Final Thoughts on Charlie’s Soap
Most conventional grocery stores don’t carry Charlie’s Soap. However, you might be able to find it at Whole Foods and other such grocery stores that specialize in all-natural products. If you don’t have a store like this near you, you’ll probably have to order your Charlie’s. I have to. Charlie’s is the best detergent I have ever used, and I feel it is worth the money. It lasts forever, and you don’t have to worry about chemicals. A little goes a long way. It’s a win-win. I wanted this to be one of the first green products I discussed because I’m such a huge fan!…

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

Wheelchair accessible bathrooms, though mandated by the Americans With Disabilities Act, the ADA, are not as common as you might expect. Organizations are required to make reasonable accommodations, but it is often an afterthought and not addressed until someone raises their voice in complaint. When the nature of the organization or situation is temporary, wheelchair accessible bathrooms need to be considered beforehand because by the time someone’s complaint is heard, it may very well be too late to do anything.

Providing Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

Luckily, there is a handful of forward thinking businesses out there that cater to the needs of wheelchair bound customers. One of the services these manufacturers provide is portable wheelchair accessible bathrooms. If your business is in need of portable bathrooms, be sure to only buy or rent those which employ ADA approved designs. Working with your customers that have special needs will ensure that they will return to your business again and again.

Of course, portable wheelchair accessible bathrooms offer an ease of entry no standard restroom can equal. The portable models lower all the way to the ground. This results in unparalleled ramping ease. The ramp is short and offers virtually no resistance, making getting in and out a breeze.

In other restrooms, even if you can get your wheelchair inside, there’s usually space constraints that make use impractical to say the least. Portable wheelchair-friendly bathroom manufacturers understand this difficulty, and design their products for maximum convenience and ease of use. Inside, there is more than enough room to maneuver and position a wheelchair. The interior design often also includes an easy to use toilet, accessory dispensers, and sink.

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Twice Milled Soaps

Twice milled soaps make a wonderful gift. Handmade soap gifts are incredibly versatile. You can give twice milled soaps to just about everyone in your life, to say thank you, congratulations, or happy birthday. Hand milled soaps also make terrific hostess gifts, especially since they travel so well.

Twice Milled Soaps as Hostess Gifts

You can buy twice milled soaps well in advance, too, which is a great advantage over flowers. You know how busy things get right before you go out of town. The last thing you want to have to do is go shopping for a hostess gift the day of your flight! However, you also don’t want to show up empty-handed. Instead of buying a last-minute, over-priced gift at the airport, pack a soap gift in your suitcase!

Since soap gifts are so handy and versatile, I like to have a large supply of them on hand. It’s kind of like having a box or two of pretty cards that are blank inside. When I have cards on hand, I never forget to send a birthday card, sympathy card, or get well soon card. When I don’t have cards on hand, I almost always miss these occasions.

It’s the same with gifts. If I have a supply of small gifts at home, like handmade bath products or all natural soaps in painted boxes, I tend to give gifts much more generously. I might give a birthday gift to someone at work, or send a little present to a lonely aunt or uncle on Valentine’s Day. Supply yourself with gifts ahead of time, and you can make a lot of people in your life feel special and happy.…

Mixed Module Trailers

Mixed module trailers are the future of portable bathrooms. The practicality of module design is combined with the convenience of a trailer to make these efficient units extremely portable and very easily maintained. Early shortcomings of movable bathrooms have been corrected in mixed module trailers and they will only get better as time goes by.

The Benefits of Mixed Module Trailers

One of the major weaknesses of older movable bathrooms was the difficulty in transporting them. They were heavy and awkward and you had to be extremely careful during transport so as not to break them. None of this is a concern with a mixed module trailer. The module sits right on its own trailer for easy transportation.

Another fault of older styles was that they were difficult and costly to maintain. Maintenance was often neglected at the expense of comfort and sanitation. Modules, however, are all completely interchangeable and repair and maintenance is efficient and inexpensive. The lightweight material of component parts makes them easy to work with and at the same time, they’re tremendously strong and durable. Chances are, something won’t break, but if it does, you can repair it quickly and easily.

Because of the lightweight material and efficient design, mixed module trailers are able to combine all bathroom amenities in one single unit. You will no longer need separate toilet and shower facilities. Shower and toilet facilities are augmented by extra storage space, changing room, heat, air conditioning, and other extras all in one roomy structure. Now that’s comfort.…

Stain Remover Soap Balls

There’s yet another thing that you no longer have to purchase for your home: spray-on stain remover. Why would you keep spending money for something you don’t need anymore? Well, you won’t need, that is, as soon as you learn how to make stain remover soap balls. They’re great because you can use them in the laundry, to get everything even cleaner, or you can use them directly on stains.

Use soap flakes to make the easy stain remover balls. You’ll find the soap flakes at grocery stores and discount department stores. You’ll need 4 oz of the flakes. You’ll also need 2 small lemons and a heaping teaspoon of alum. You can find the alum at most large pharmacies.

Slice the lemons, remove the seeds, then chop the lemons finely. You can use a blender or even a bowl and spoon to process the ingredients of the stain remover soap balls. Grind or blend the lemon, soap flakes and alum until they form a stiff paste.

Roll the mixture into balls to keep them. Or, use cookie cutters or soap molds to make other shapes. You can even make molds out of foil. Roll or shape small soaps which you can simply throw into the washer, or larger ones that, upon hardening, can be used to pre-treat stains on clothing.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper or even parchment paper. Place the balls or other shapes on it, leaving at least an inch between them. After rolling the balls and setting them on the paper place them in a dark area to dry for about a week. Afterwards, you can store the stain remover in a zipper-lock bag. Wrap a used stain remover ball in a piece of plastic wrap, and when you use it again, you can use the plastic wrap to hold it so you don’t get soap all over your hands.

To use the stain remover balls simply place one in the washer, along with your regular detergent, or apply the stain remover directly on the stain. To do that, wet the stained area and soap it up with the stain remover. Wash as you normally would.

It takes a few minutes to make the soap balls, and a week to let them dry, but when they’re finished, they’ll save you money over the spray-and-wash products you’re using now.…

Homemade Soaps for the Holidays

When you think of soap you usually think of just a plain oval bar. However, when you start making your own soaps, you will find that there are several different kinds of molds that you can make your soap from. During the holidays, you want to be able to really show your holiday spirit, and one way of doing that is making soaps that represent that holiday.

When you think of Valentine’s day, you think of hearts. There are craft stores where you can find small heart molds, which can be used to give as a gift to your sweetheart. Of course you could always find a cupid mold, and send that cupid to someone. It puts a whole new outlook on getting shot by cupid. Instead of getting shot, they’re getting cleaned by cupid! Things can be added to these soaps, wrapping them just so, and adding smaller hearts to bigger hearts to really put a personal touch to these soaps. Making heart soaps for your valentine will really put the extra touch of love in this romantic holiday.

There are a lot of people who celebrate Halloween with different kinds of treats and candies, but some people may not think about being able to hand out personalized soap to their trick or treaters. With Halloween, several different molds can be used to make the soap holiday-appropriate. You can use a cat, a full moon, or even a cute little ghost. Of course these shapes do not have to be used by themselves, you can always put them inside of a bar of soap, making a whole little arrangement of all the different shapes that can remind your little trick or treater of the Halloween when they came to your house.

A very big holiday that people take part in is Christmas, and of course a main figure of Christmas to several people is Santa. There are several different kinds of molds you can find of Santa, anything from him in a sleigh, to his face. You can also find molds of reindeer to really make the sleigh scene complete. Another thing you can do for a Christmas soap is a tree with all the ornaments and add little squares that appear to be presents under the tree. You can also use candy canes that smell just like peppermint, and hang on your real tree, or even use as …

Recipe: Homemade Laundry Soap

Making your own laundry soap is easy and only takes a few minutes. Using these all natural ingredients will keep chemicals off your body and out of our water. You can find everything you need at most local grocery stores. If your store does not carry the items, most stores will special order these items for you.

What you will need:

Large Bowl with air tight lid
1 bar of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap
2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
2 Cups Borax
1/4 cup Baking soda
10 drops essential (optional)

Directions:
First you are going to grate that bar of soap. I use a small electronic grater that I picked up at a thrift store for around $5. Don’t worry if you don’t have an electric grater. Grab a hand grater with large holes and grate by hand. It will only take a few minutes to grate the entire bar of soap. Then add in your Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking soda. Give everything a good stir so that all the ingredients evenly distribute. Now is when you can add your essential oil. For a very light scent, add about 5-6 drops. For a stronger scent add 10-15 drops. Make sure you get the oil mixed into the powder very well or you will have some soap that is stronger than others. You can use tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, or any other essential oil that you like.

When you are ready to use your homemade laundry soap simply add two tablespoons (or if you are using an HE washer just one tablespoon) to the your washer just as you would store bought detergent. I prefer to let the water fill the tub a bit before I add the powder. Then just wash and dry as you normally would.

If you would like an all natural fabric softener, fill a Downy ball to the fill line with white vinegar.

Substitutions:

You can also use Felz Naptha or Zote in place of Dr Bronner’s but they do not have the same all natural properties.…

Traditional Over Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap? – Tide Detergent Vs. Seventh Generation

Everyone wants to do what’s right by the earth…but why does it have to be so expensive? And how well do natural products really work anyway? I recently did a test comparing Tide Detergent, one of the leading brands on the market today, with the leading brand of detergent in the natural and organic movement, Seventh Generation. How would the natural detergent hold up against the more conventional brand?

Ease of Use and Availability
Tide is available in powder form, and in liquid form. I used the liquid form of Tide for my test, since I prefer liquid detergent. Tide is generally available in most supermarkets, with many different scents and combinations. Seventh Generation is available at Whole Foods Market and some other smaller health food stores, and only in powder form. I obtained mine at a smaller market in my town, but it did require an extra trip away from the store I usually patronize.

Results of Wash
I noticed that the water seemed to drain cleaner with Seventh Generation than with Tide. I get a lot of buildup around my pipes when I do the laundry, but I don’t know whether that’s because of the dirt being washed away or the detergent buildup itself; perhaps it could be a bit of both.
I washed two equal loads and dried them, and laid them side by side to compare. The Tide load had a strong smell of perfume, although not an unpleasant smell. Seventh Generation had a scent that was clean, but without the same strong scent. Both loads washed equally well, and both brands handled stains equally well.

Ingredients
Tide does not disclose a list of their ingredients on the bottle, which leaves me to wonder exactly what it is I’m using to wash with. All the consumer information I’m given is that Tide contains no phosphates, and does contain “biodegradable surfactants (anionic and nonionic) and enzymes”.
Seventh Generation, on the other hand, does clearly label their ingredients on the box, as well as what each ingredient does.

Safety
Tide makes the claim that its product is safe for use with septic tanks, and contains a poison warning since, obviously, this product is not for drinking purposes.
Seventh Generation also includes a warning that this product is not meant to be ingested, although it is generally non-toxic. It also claims to be safe for use in “septic and …

Shower Trailers

While portable toilets are great, shower trailers can be even better. They’ve got the ease and convenience of portable toilet facilities, plus the added benefit of shower capabilities. With one of these units, you can feel like you’re in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Shower trailers vary in size and capacity, so it might be helpful to look a little closer at the different models.

Different Models of Shower Trailers

We all have different needs, and whatever those needs are, there are shower trailer models to accommodate them. The most basic units combine a single shower stall with the standard toilet and sink combination. These are great for individuals or small groups and can even handle fairly heavy traffic if necessary. Smaller units will hold a tank with around a 300-400 gallon capacity and the shower itself is fairly roomy.

Further up the scale, and intended for much greater usage, are the 16 foot shower trailers. These house up to three separate shower stalls as well as changing, storage, and locker areas. These will have a 400-500 gallon tank capacity, much larger than the individual units. Some are strictly shower facilities and have no toilets in them.

If you want the added convenience of a combined unit, there are 16 foot trailers designed for just such a purpose. It will most likely have two toilets and one shower stall. Regardless of trailer size or intended traffic level, they are easy to hitch and also easy to set up. Step by step hitching and setup directions should come with all shower trailers.…

Sensitive Skin Care Products

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See the source imageSensitive skin care products can bring relief to dry, itchy or irritated skin. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, then sensitive skin care products are a must. However, you may want to use these gentle, effective, and moisturizing products even if your skin suffers from nothing more than ordinary dryness.

Sensitive Skin Care Products for Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can drive you nuts. Not only is it uncomfortable, it’s also embarrassing. You don’t want to be known as the guy in the office who’s always scratching himself like a monkey. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, the first thing you need to do is to stop using ordinary, mass-produced soap.

Buy handmade soaps instead, and you are likely to experience significant relief. Why? Ordinary soaps usually include detergents, which is a no-no for sensitive skin. Also, many ordinary soaps remove the glycerin which is a natural by-product of saponification (soap making).

Since glycerin, a thick, sweet, clear liquid, helps keep skin soft and moist, you do not want it removed from your soap. All natural soaps that have been handmade will not contain any detergents. They will, however, contain beneficial glycerin. Shower in warm (not hot or cold) water, using an all natural soap. Follow your shower with a good body lotion. Use lotions, creams, or other sensitive skin care products which are hypo-allergenic, simple, and natural.…

Baths and Bathing: Cleanliness as both virtue and sin

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See the source imageIn addition, the Cretans of the 17th century BC were remarkably adept at the science and technology of baths. When the fabulous palace of the Cretan King Minos was discovered at Knossos in the 1890s by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, it was found that the water in its various bathrooms was supplied through terra cotta pipes which were specially tapered so that it poured through without leaving a sediment.

Bathing Acquires its Decadent Image

The overflow and waste systems and the inlet ducts demonstrated an advanced knowledge of hydraulics as well as a strong sense of the aesthetic. At Knossos, too, water pipes were concealed in the walls and the bathrooms were decorated with a frieze of dolphins, or motifs of reeds and flowers.

Subsequently, beautifying bathrooms in this way eventually gave bathing a decadent image and no one in the ancient world was better at promoting this hedonistic reputation than the Emperors of Rome and their wealthier subjects.

Any Emperor who wanted to make himself popular could do it by constructing massive public baths. For example, the Baths of Caracalla built in Rome between 212AD and 216AD covered an area 1,100 ft. square and could accommodate sixteen hundred bathers. The baths built just over a century later by Emperor Diocletian were double this size.

Excessive Bathing in Ancient Rome

Some Roman emperors used to bathe seven or eight times a day and often spent hours lying in the pensiles balnae, the hammock-like baths slung from the ceiling by ropes.

 

Emperors and subjects alike also used baths to improve their appetites and the truly gluttonous frequently went straight from the dinner table to the baths with the aim of equipping themselves quickly for another huge meal. The practise often proved fatal.

The Christian Reaction – Disgust

This extreme self-indulgence made the early Christian monks recoil from the heathen habits of Imperial Rome. Unfortunately, the monks did not differentiate between cleanliness and depravity: they lumped both together and denounced washing as an evil pagan custom.

Under their influence, baths and bathing fell into disrepute. St. Francis of Assisi believed that the dirtier he was, the holier he was, and St. Benedict laid down that “to those that are well, and especially the young, bathing shall seldom be permitted”. “Seldom” turned out to be only two or, at most, three, times a year, although monks were allowed …

Temporary Toilets

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or leaving in the back country somewhere, you’ve probably encountered temporary toilets at some point in your life. Temporary toilets are common sites around schools, businesses, construction, and at recreational areas. Typically they are rented by businesses rather than purchased outright. But did you know that not all temporary toilets are the same? They are all different and some are better than others.

The Best Temporary Toilets

Really good temporary toilets are more than just a plastic shell providing minimal privacy and minimal sanitation. They can be very inviting and very comfortable. There are several factors that make one temporary unit better than another. Cleanliness is obviously a huge factor. Privacy is also an important one, and so is comfort.

The best temporary toilet provides the most privacy to the user. They are built of strong, durable materials that will stand the test of time. Once inside, doors can be locked and the room is all yours, and some can accommodate multiple users, just like traditional bathrooms. There’s more room (in the modules made by higher quality manufacturers) than other types, so visitors don’t feel as confined. A really high quality temporary toilet can also house shower, changing, and storage areas for customer use.

Comfort is again a huge factor. A really good temporary structure feels more like a solid building than a flimsy outhouse. They will have room to move around (check for ADA compliance) and will have counter space, trash bins, and storage for extra toilet paper, soap, and other accessories. Customers of businesses that provide this type of high quality facility always appreciate it more than those who go with the lower quality variety.…

How to Make Grass Soap

People who make soaps are often those who enjoy having the nicer things in life. Anyone can go buy a bar of soap – with any number of choices for scents, colors and shapes, but no soap is as good as the soap you make a home! First, you get to have the fun of making soap – which is much easier than in days gone by – but, on top of that, you get to choose exactly how you want the homemade soaps to smell and look.

If you’re someone who enjoys making soap you’ve likely made ones in cute shapes, from molds you purchased at a craft store, and you’ve probably tried many different colors and scents. But, have you ever tried grass soap? No? Oh, honey, you simply must try it! It’s awesome!

Use wheatgrass and you’ll make soaps that look unique and fabulous while also creating a great-smelling soap you’ll love to use. You’ll find wheatgrass at most health food stores.

Cut a 5″ section of the wheatgrass and pluck the blades out, roots and all. Lay the grass blades, individually, on blotter paper, and cover with another piece, and press them between the pages of a flower press. These will need to dry for 2 to 3 days.

You can make different-looking soaps by the way you use the grass. Cut up chunks of clear glycerin and place it in a glass measuring cup. Melt in the microwave on high, stirring every 15 seconds or so, until it’s completely melted. Pour a thin layer of the soap in a bar mold or even in a loaf pan. Remove the roots from the dried grass, and cut them to the sizes you want, then lay some of them, side-by-side, across the soap.

After the blades have sat on the soap for about 30 seconds, spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, then pour in more glycerin. Spray once again with the alcohol. The alcohol will help keep bubbles from forming in the soap.

Make a different kind of soap by chopping the dried grass into tiny bits. This time, melt white glycerin, instead of clear, in a glass measuring cup, and stir the chopped grass into it. Pour into a bar mold, spray with the alcohol, allow to set for 2 hours, freeze for about 20 minutes then remove from the mold. Wrap the …

Homemade Goat Milk Soap

My husband is a farmer and works with his hands everyday. He gets very dirty, and his hands get very dry. Especially in the winter, when the temperatures are often well below zero degrees Fahrenheit! He is always in need of a very moisturizing soap that is able to really get his hands clean.

From the time my son was born in 2007, he has also had incredibly dry skin. It’s not really eczema, just dry and rough, all the time. Even the supposedly gentle, moisturizing baby soaps and shampoos that we tried were too hard on his delicate skin, adding to his dryness problem.

One day, after doing an on line search, I found www.goatmilkstuff.com. This is the website of a family with several home schooled children that has a goat farm and makes homemade, all-natural products with goat milk. On the website, they claimed that their soaps were very moisturizing, more so than other products on the market. They also had a huge selection of scents for their soaps. I was interested immediately.

This family sells their soap by the bar, and a fairly large bar at that. This also interested me, because it seems that most soap these days has gone to the liquid form that you pump out of a bottle. To me, there is just something nice about holding an actual bar of soap and scrubbing it in between your hands that is more satisfying and seems to get you more clean. I really liked the idea of the large bars of soap.

The seemingly endless selection of scents was nice too! They all sounded so wonderful, in fact, that choosing a scent to try was rather difficult. Here is their current scent selection for their bars of goat milk soap: black cherry, black raspberry, chardonnay, cider press, clean cotton, coconut, cool citrus basil, cranberry spice, cucumber melon, evergreen, Fiji island, honeysuckle, kool koala, lilac, lavender, lime, luv spell, nautical, oatmeal milk and honey, ocean, oatmeal milk and honey scrub, patchouli, peppermint, pink sugary, purity, purity scrub, rosemary mint, sandalwood, and tea tree. Whew! That’s a lot of scents, not to mention some specialty and limited edition scents you can also find on the website.

My family has personally tried black raspberry, honeysuckle, cider press, luv spell, cool citrus basil, and oatmeal milk and honey. We have found them all to be delightful and very …

Cheap Boys' Bathing Suits to Buy Online: Swim Trunks and Shirts

Boys’ bathing suits often get a work out during the swim season. Diving, jumping, and running at the beach at the beach or pool, not to mention the harmful effects of chlorine and other pool chemicals, make having an extra suit or two a necessity for many kids. Boys who attend summer day camps may also want a swimsuit that stays at camp during the week.

Find deals for inexpensive boys’ swimsuits, swim trunks, and swim shirts online. Following are some samples from online retailers that offer boys’ bathing suits under $25.

Wal-Mart Swim Trunks for Boys With Cheap Shipping

Wal-Mart lives up to its reputation for providing inexpensive clothing for the family with its boys’ swim trunks in a variety of styles. Choose from Disney characters, Spongebob Squarepants, Spider-man, Iron Man, camouflage, and other fabric patterns in sizes 4/5 to 18. The suits have a mesh lining, a built-in coin pocket, and an elastic waist. Price: $8 with 97-cent shipping.

 

Cargo Boys’ Swimsuit From Old Navy

Plenty of cool details make the Boys’ Side Stripe Cargo Swim Trunks from Old Navy stand out. A faux fly and multi-color side stripes add interest and big cargo pockets with a secure flap have grommet holes for draining and plenty of room to hold rocks and shells. The trunks feature an elasticized drawstring waist and built-in mesh briefs. Available in four colors in regular and husky boy sizes. Price: $14.50. Shipping is $7.

Boys’ Colorblock Board Shorts Bathing Suit From Lands’ End

With a classic design and a cool color scheme, the Colorblock Board Shorts from Lands’ End come in sizes from 2T to 18-20. The toddler sizes have a full elastic waist and the Little Boy/Boy sizes feature a back-elastic waist with an internal drawstring. The all-nylon fabric dries quickly and the mesh liner provides support and comfort. Price: $22.50. Shipping is $5.95.

Thomas the Tank Engine Swimsuit for Toddler Boys From Kohl’s

The smiling faces of friendly steam engines grace the Toddler Thomas & Friends Swim Trunks from Kohl’s. An elasticized drawstring waist band and mesh liner create a cozy fit. Available in sizes 2T through 4T. Price: $18. Shipping is $5.95.

Rash Guard Swim Shirt for Boys From The Children’s Place

The Boys’ Rash Guard Swim Shirt from The Children’s Place protects against the sun’s rays even when wet. Created from nylon blended with Lycra, the short-sleeve shirt …

The Joy of Soap Ginger Snap

Do you like a soap that has some Pizzazz? If you do, then look no further, I have just the soap for you- The Joy of Soap Ginger Snap.

The Joy of Soap was created by Melissa Hutcheson; she had trouble finding soaps that were not full of chemicals and that are very bad for the skin, so she decided to make her own soaps that were made with pure and natural ingredients the good old fashioned way. This is how the Joy of Soap began.

I was given this great soap to try and I am so glad that I did. I like almost anything with ginger in it- ginger tea, ginger cookies, gingerbread, but most of all I like ginger just by itself in its pure and natural state.

Ginger is known worldwide for its many medicinal uses and this is the reason why The Joy of Soap Ginger Snap is so beneficial for the skin, because it is made with a strong concentration of ginger. The fragrance of fresh ginger essential oil invigorates the senses and helps to create a truly pleasant and wonderful experience for your bath or shower.

The ingredients in The Joy of Soap Ginger Snap are:

Water, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, ginger essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, clove essential oil, and ginger root powder.

All of the soap products made by The Joy of Soap start out with a foundation of organic and locally produced olive oil, organic coconut, castor, palm oils, and The Joy of Soap uses certified organic and natural ingredients to make all of their handmade soaps. In addition to Ginger Snap, The Joy of Soap makes other soaps that come in a variety of scents, such as Lavender, Peppermint Passion, and Rosy Cheeks Rosemary, to name a few, but my review focuses on Ginger Snap.

The Joy of Soap Ginger Snap that I tried weighs 5 oz. and comes in its own individual protected pouch which you can store for future use. The pouch will help the bar last longer and keep the soap dry between each use. Also, the Joy of Soap makes two different sizes of bars a 5 oz. and a 2 oz., which is very good to take with you if you travel.

I absolutely love how this soap is made with such pure, natural, and …

Unique Soaps

If you give away unusual soaps as a gift, however, make sure they are all natural soaps. All natural soaps are superior in every way. First of all, they look better. Natural soaps are chunky, colorful, and have an appealing texture. They look handmade, with interesting swirls of color and fun patterns.

Second, they lather up better. A good handmade soap will create a creamy, light lather that feels terrific on your skin. These soaps are better for your skin’s health, too. They don’t contain the harsh detergents that make other soaps so irritating and drying. Plus, they contain glycerin, a beneficial, thick liquid that promotes softness and moisture.

Finally, natural soaps smell better. They have wonderful scents that are like something straight out of nature. Wouldn’t your kids prefer to use blueberry soaps made with real, sweet blueberries from the Boundary Water Canoe Area, rather than artificial blueberry fragrance concocted in a lab?…

Boundary Water Canoe Area

The BWCA, or Boundary Water Canoe Area, is one of the great natural wonders of the United States and Canada. The Boundary Water Canoe Area rests along the border of Ontario, Canada, and Minnesota. Within it, you can find over 1,000 lakes. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes for good reason!

The Boundary Water Canoe Area and Its Wildlife

In addition to an incredible chain of lakes both big and small, the Boundary Water Canoe Area is also home to some fantastic wildlife. Majestic eagles, gigantic pine trees, stunning wildflowers, and luscious berries are all typical of the BWCA. The area has been rigorously preserved. Motorboats are forbidden on many of the lakes, which ensures an astounding level of silence.

In fact, for many of the 200,000 visitors who come to this area every year, silence is the biggest draw. Real darkness and real silence are unknown to so many Americans. If you grew up in a city, you may have never really experienced true darkness, with no street lights, head lights, or city glow. You most certainly will have not experienced true, vast silence.

The BWCA becomes a treasured spot for many of the people who visit it. Campers expect to visit the area once, and end up coming back year after year. Many visitors take home mementos of their trip, or buy gifts for friends and family back home to give them a taste of the BWCA’s magic. These may include all natural soaps made with area ingredients, or calendars featuring photos of local natural beauty.…

A Homemade Soap to Soothe the Body and Soul

There’s nothing like a relaxing bath to relieve the day’s stress. This homemade soap takes that process one step farther with skin moisturizing, all natural Shea butter, chamomile flower heads and a combination of vanilla and lavender essential oils.

What you’ll need to make 6 – 8 soap bars:

A mold – You can buy a soap mold, use 4 non-stick mini loaf pans, or use two non-stick 5″x9″ loaf pans.

A double boiler – A metal bowl on top of a saucepan works great. Fill the pan with water, place the cubed soap in the bowl and sit it on top of the boiling water to melt.

A Bench Knife (sometimes called a bread dough knife) or Butcher’s Knife to cut the soap – Always be careful when cutting soap, it gets slippery. Use a thick, stiff knife that allows you to control pressure from directly above the blade. Keep the knife, cutting board and soap as dry as possible.

2 pound all natural Shea butter melt and pour soap base. The best place I’ve found is Wholesale Supplies Plus for $3.95 or you can google “melt and pour soap base” to find other suppliers.

3 cups dried chamomile flower heads – The chamomile gives a natural textured look and will dye the soap a soft pink over the next couple days. You can use them whole or grind them into a finer dust using a coffee grinder.

Vanilla and Lavender Essential Oils – I use Crafter’s Choice “Sleep Time” essential oil blend, but any lavender and vanilla essential oils will do.

How to make your homemade soap

  1. Cube the soap into one-inch chunks and place in the top of your double boiler or metal bowl.
  2. Fill the bottom of your double boiler or saucepan with water, place the metal bowl over the boiling water and melt the soap until every thing is liquid.
  3. Remove the soap from heat
  4. Add a total of one tablespoon of essential oil. You can vary the amount of lavender and vanilla according to your preference.
  5. Stir in chamomile flowers.
  6. Pour the soap into your mold and allow it to sit at room temperature until solid (about three hours).
  7. Place the mold in the freezer for an hour to help it unmold.
  8. Remove from freezer and unmold your soap. If the soap is difficult to unmold, turn the mold upside down and run