Thrifty Thursday

I haven’t done one of these in a while. Two kids keep me busy! I didn’t know if I should put this under Thrifty Thursday or Friday Finds since it’s a little of both.

So anywho, on to the blog post…
I loves me this gadget! Tony’s mom and dad got me a Bissell Steam Shot for my birthday (yes, I picked it out) and I can’t stop using it! This tool combined with a little homemade household cleaner has made my house supa dupa clean (when I clean-the rest of the time it’s a little messy but I recently read in an article about helicopter parenting that “Happy mess is better than Miserable Tidiness” so I’m going to go with that). I fell in love with our stove when we bought the house (who doesn’t love a turquoise stove?) but it seemed a bit yellowed. We just figured that it was almost 60 years old and things had yellowed in the heat and all. I took the Steam Shot to it and wiped with a rag and instantly it looked practically brand new! So naturally I took it to the extreme and started steam cleaning EVERYTHING in the kitchen. Tony even steamed the rivets on our vent hood.
I love to sterilize sippy cups and bottles with it too. I really want to find out who designs some of these sippy cups and give them a stern talking to. We don’t have a dishwasher and most of the lids are designed so a dish rag cannot get into all the nooks and crannies. So I just give everything a nice shot of steam after washing and it seems to be doing the trick. No more boiling huge pots of water, no soaking in a bleach solution (which I refused to do anyway).
Why is this in Thrifty Thursday? Because since November I have not bought one cleaning product (well, I did get a gallon of vinegar for $.77 a while back). No paper towels, no window cleaner, no surface cleaner, nothing, nada, zilch.
Eh, I’ve rambled too much. Both kidlets are asleep so I should probably head downstairs to sew for a while.

How to clean Velcro/Aplix/Touchtape

Hi all!

I’ve been noticing that some moms are wary of Velcro/Aplix/Touchtape because they don’t like how it gets dirty and filled with hairs, fuzz, and other ugly bits. I don’t think that this is fair for the hook and loop family so I thought I’d share my knowledge of how to quickly and easily clean all that gunk out of the hook tape. Ready?…

Rub two bits of hook tape together. So on your diapers, rub the two wings together. All that gunk rolls up into a ball and it super easy to pick out. Now your hook tape looks good as new! And on top of looking nice and purdy, it renews the “stickiness” of the hook and loop tape.

Whew, that was hard!

Have a great day; we’re enjoying some of the last snowfalls of the season. Off to jog to the post office!