How to Clean a Dishwasher

Lately I’ve noticed that the inside of my dishwasher looks a little dirty and it’s made me question how clean my dishes are actually getting. So I decided it was time to clean my dishwasher and today I’m going to show you how to do the same.


Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 Cup of Baking Soda

1 Cup of White Vinegar

First you’ll need to remove the filter and the filter tray and soak them in warm soapy water for 10 minutes. Using a wash cloth lightly remove any debris that may be caught in the filter. (You don’t want to be careful because these pieces are delicate.)


Then you’ll want to replace the filter and the filter tray.


Then sprinkle the baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher.


Next pour the white vinegar on bottom of the dishwasher and turn the dishwasher on the deepest clean cycle you have. After the cycle is finished your dishwasher is clean. There you have it.

Sugar Cookie Bars

My husband and I have an on going tradition. Every Christmas we try to out do one another on stocking stuffers. Which usually leaves us eating Christmas candy until May. This year we went way overboard and I kept thinking “What am I going to do with all this candy?” After a month of thinking I finally decided to make Sugar Cookie Bar to get rid of most of if. Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own sugar cookie bar using left over chocolate from the holidays.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 Cups (3 Sticks) of Butter

1 1/2 Cups of Sugar

2 Eggs

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

3 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flower

1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

3/4 Cup of Rolled Oats (Optional)

1-2 Cups of Random Chocolate Pieces Chopped

1/2 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chopped

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Using a hand or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar, until it’s creamy. Add in the eggs and the pure vanilla extract.  Mix well.

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Then in a separate bowl pour the all purpose flower, baking powder, and salt together. Making sure it’s well combined.

Slowly add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until completely combined. Chill dough for 3 hours.

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While waiting for the dough to chill, cut up the random pieces of  holiday chocolate into chunks. Also cut up the milk chocolate.

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After the 3 hours, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9x2 inch pan with aluminam foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

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In a large bowl break up the cookie dough. Stir in the oats, random chocolate pieces and the milk chocolate pieces.

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Pat mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the edges start pulling away from the sides.

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Cool in the pan, on a wire rack. Once it’s cool cut into bars and enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Deep Clean a Carseat

The other day I had to run out to my car for something and I noticed my son’s disgusting carseat.  That’s when I knew it was time to deep clean it. Today I’m going to show you how to deep clean a carseat.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

ALL Purpose Cleaner

Cleaning Toothbrush

Cleaning Rag

Vacuum Cleaner w/ an Arm

Washing Machine

Dryer

Laundry Detergent

First you’ll need to remove the cover and shake it out over the garbage can. Pretreat any stains. Throw it in the washer on the Delicate/Gentle cycle using the detergent of your choice.

Next you’ll want to remove any styrofoam you can. Dampen your cloth with an All Purpose Cleaner , wipe the pieces down and set them aside to air dry. (In your brand of car seat you may not be able to remove it any foam. Check your owners manual to make sure. The Evenflo Carseat my son has states, directly on the foam which pieces I can’t remove.)

Then you are going to grab your vacuum and clean out as much debris as you can. With the end of your toothbrush or a  butter knife get into the tiny crevices to remove any junk that that the vacuum may not be able to reach.

Place the carseat on the floor laying front down. Then give it a couple of good shakes. Pick it up and shake it again. If you still hear the sound of crushed up goldfish or bunnies then repeat the previous step.

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When you’ve finished that vacuum over the carseat one more time. Then you are going to apply an all purpose cleaner to the cleaning toothbrush and clean the fasteners. Surprisingly the belt straps were that dirty, so I was able to take cleaning cloth with all purpose cleaner and wipe them off.

IMG_0617.JPGNext using the end of your toothbrush/butter knife and wrap the cleaning cloth around it. Then you’ll clean out all of the small little holes. When that’s finished give the entire carseat a good wipe down.

By now the carseat cover should be finished in the washer. So you can throw it in the dryer not on delicate dry heat for about 30-45 minutes.

IMG_0626 Once the cover is dry, reassemble the carseat. There now you have it a clean carseat!

HELPFUL TIPS:

  1. If your child throws up in his or her carseat and gets the non-removable straps covered, take vinegar pour it generously over the straps. Then dust them with baking soda and using a cleaning toothbrush scrub them. Lastly let it dry by the sun. It may smell like vinegar for a while but it will fade. Lets face it anything smells better than vomit.
  2. If you don’t want “wrinkles” in the carseat cover after it comes out of the dryer, you can always place a couple of tennis balls in a sock and throw it in with the cover.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

So I’m always looking for ways to save a money. I thought why not make my own All Purpose Cleaner and save my little family a few dollars. I knew I wanted something that was powerful but also safe to use around my son. Today I’m going to share with you, my All Purpose Recipe.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

1 Empty Spray Bottle

1 Lemon

1 Cup of Vinegar

1 1/2 Cup of Water

1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda

1 Funnel

1 Permanent Marker

IMG_0522Using the funnel pour the vinegar into the spray bottle and add the water.

IMG_0523Next add the tablespoon of Baking Soda. (Make sure the funnel is dry. Otherwise the baking soda to stick to the sides and the funnel may become clogged.)

IMG_0529Take the lemon and cut it in half. Then squeeze the juice from both halves into to the bottle. Swirl the bottle around a little and reattach the sprayer.

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Take your permanent maker and label the outside of the bottle. There you have it ladies and gentleman your very own All Purpose Cleaner that works wonderfully. Enjoy!!

Helpful Tip:

If you’re not a fan of the smell vinegar, you can always exclude it and add an extra cup of water with a few drops of natural soap.

Also if you want you can use an essential oil instead of the lemon.

How Prolong the Life of a Keurig

We’ve had a Keurig for over 5 years now, it was a Christmas gift from my then future in-laws. (It’s so old I don’t think  they even make the exact one we have anymore.)  I think the thing that’s contributed to its long life span is that I give it a deep clean every 6 months or so. Today I’m going to show you how you too prolong the life of your Keurig. Lets get started.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

White Vinegar (The cheapest kind you can find)

Dishwashing Liquid

Cleaning Cloth

Cleaning Toothbrush

Bowl

If there is a K-cup or Reusable K-Cup in you’ll want to remove it. Next remove all of the lid, reservoir, Filter, (if you have one)  K-Cup holder, (Be cautious when removing the K-Cup holder because of the needle) drip tray and cover. All of the parts are dishwasher safe except the lid. So you can throw them in the dishwasher  or wash them by hand. Just wipe the lid down with a damp cloth.

IMG_0125IMG_0127Open the top of the Keurig, grab the cleaning toothbrush and brush out all the coffee grounds you see.Then you’ll move down to where the reservoir sits and clean the edges with the cleaning toothbrush.

IMG_0133Add a drop or two of dishing washing liquid to warm bowl of water. Mix, dip toothbrush and repeat the last two steps. Once that’s finished rinse the toothbrush and go back over the top of the Keurig and where the reservoir sits to make sure the soap is gone.

Dip the cleaning cloth in the soapy mixture and wipe the outside of your Keurig.

IMG_0158IMG_0164IMG_0170Next you’ll need to reassemble the Keurig everything but the filter.   Whenever that’s complete take your vinegar and pour it into the reservoir.  Then run your Keurig through a brew cycle with nothing in it. Basically making cups of hot vinegar. When the vinegar has run its course, fill the reservoir with water and continue to run through cycles until the vinegar smell is gone.

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HELPFUL TIPS:

 1. This cleaning process uses a lot of water. This water can be reused to water plants. Vinegar is a great fertilizer.

2. If your Keurig ever displays “Prime”. Remove the water reservoir, take a measuring spoon or cup and add a water to the round hole that’s under it. Turn off the Keurig, replace the reservoir and turn it back on. Add water to your reservoir if need. The error “Prime” should be gone. If problem persist contact Keurig.

3. I was a little weary when we first got our Keurig. Even though I enjoyed the coffee that was provided at the time in the K-Cups,  I missed my favorite coffee. (Jamaican Me Crazy) The Keurig finally release a gadget to where you could brew your own coffee but it was kind of a pain to use. Then some genius mastermind developed the Reusable K-Cup and my prayers where answered. My husband and I don’t even buy K-Cups anymore. It’s really saved us a lot of money and the coffee we do buy goes a lot further.