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Green Cleaning: Homemade Stain Remover!


So today was my first day at my new job, so of course I had to have a crisis while getting ready. I’m sort of a spaz – and from time to time my hands decide they just don’t want to cooperate with the rest of me. Well, this morning I was putting on mascara when I dropped the wand directly onto my brand new, never worn, white lace shirt that I had decided to wear to my first day of work. Ugh! My first thought was that I couldn’t believe I was going to have to buy a new shirt – but then I figured I’d give a little homemade spot remover a shot. As I mentioned in my post on homemade laundry detergent I haven’t had too much of an occasion to need spot remover but of course I no sooner wrote that – then the occasion arose.

I mixed together the following concoction from what I could remember from a mix of articles and blog posts:

Homemade Spot Remover

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dawn dishwashing soap

I mixed the above together and dabbed the resulting liquid on the spot on my shirt with a clean, dry, paper towel. And hallelujah! It worked! I was seriously SO impressed. It can’t be that easy, can it? But here is the result:


I circled the approximate area of the stain – but I can’t be sure because I literally can’t see any mark any more! Now, this was a fresh stain so I don’t know if it would be as successful on one set-in but I’m sure going to try if I find one!

This recipe is definitely going in my rotation of green cleaners. I hope it works for you too! 🙂


Recipe Organization


So I have a lot of magazine subscriptions. I’m not sure when it got to this point, but I know get Real Simple (my all-time favorite), Rachael Ray, Food Network, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. And those are just the food and home related magazines, I also get Entertainment Weekly and Time which are weekly magazines – boy those ones can really build up if I don’t keep up with them. Thankfully the entertainment magazines don’t usually have recipes in them or my collection of ripped-out magazine pages would be even more out of control than it already is. But, thanks to my mom, I came up with a solution!

I used to keep my favorite cooking magazines stacked on my counter like cookbooks, with pages flagged for recipes I wanted to try – boy did that take up at lot of space! I don’t know what I was ever thinking with that method. Then my mom started organizing her recipes in a binder filled with those plastic sleeves – genius! So I took that idea and ran with it. I bought a binder at my local office supply store as well as a few packets of the aforementioned plastic sleeves – and set to work organizing my recipes. Personally, I have my binder split up by plastic tabs into Breakfast; Soups, Stews and Chili, Entrees, Appetizers/Drinks and Sweets. Check it out below:


Also, I rip out A LOT of recipes so I set up a secondary system of folders, to use for recipes that I haven’t tried yet. That way, a recipe only makes it into the binder when it’s a tried and true favorite. Here are my folders below, I have two folders, so that’s four pockets that are labeled for Sides, Burgers/Sandwiches, Entrees and Pastas/Soups. At least now my recipe collection is closer to controlled chaos!


I hope this organization idea helps! Any other suggestions on organizing recipes?