Monday, August 10, 2009

One BIG Disclaimer and Lots of Vinegar (The Cleaner) Part 1

Let me humbly say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kind thoughts left in the comments yesterday..incredibly that just makes me feel VERY humbled, so if any good rings true from me, please give God all the credit.
I love that Mother Teresa wrote that she is "but a pencil in God's Hands." As for me, I think I may just be the tree in the making for the pencil or even the lead (as in "get the lead out").

You have made me feel like asking to wash your feet....

I thought only ostriches were supposed to do this, but hey, if it works for them...

This little bird just looks so humble (or asleep) and that is how I feel, so just please say something nice to someone you do know and someone you don't know today (I'll do the same)!

Now for the cleaning up part....
Not only an excellent oven cleaner, but you too can look this glamorous while getting a clean oven (the socks and pose are CRUCIAL here).....
"There are four basic types of vinegar:

1. Distilled vinegar made by the acid fermentation of distilled alcohol. This is the white vinegar you can probably find in your house now.

2. Malt vinegar fermented from barley malt or other grains that can be converted to maltose (known as C12 H22 011 H20, the chemical formula.

3. Vinegar made from sugar, a two-step fermentation of sugar or

4. Vinegar that is made from juices in a two-step fermentation process. Apple juice is the juice of choice and most commonly used. However, other fruits such as peaches, grapes, and berries can be used as well. "


"The uses for vinegar are many, and some new use is always being found. These are just some that can be used at home for our daily chores.

Clean windows by using an equal mixture of water and vinegar.
(They forgot to add to use a cloth, not just put the mixture by the window and hope for the best...although that DOES sound like a good idea).

Dampen a cloth with vinegar to remove stains from chrome and stainless steel.
(Doesn't it seem like stainless steel should really BE stainless?)

Wipe shower walls and door with vinegar-soaked cloth to remove and prevent mildew and mold from growing.
(For those who like the look of mildew and mold, you can still have a clean shower and use magic marker to draw on the walls...get advice from Lisa @Are We There Yet? whose daughter has a lovely purple belly button!)

Use water and vinegar to rinse glasses and dishes to remove film and spots.
(For those who like film and spots...use Cold Water...remember the joke about the dog named Cold Water licking the plates?)

Add vinegar instead of water to the coffee maker and run the cycle. Then add plain water and run through cycle again to rinse. Will remove buildup of scale.
(For extra excitement do NOT rinse after using vinegar and watch the delightful expression on the next coffee drinker!)

To remove scale from teakettle, add water and vinegar and let stand overnight.
(To remove all trace of teakettle and scale, let stand for a month!)

To clean a hardened paint brush, let it simmer in boiling water and rinse in very hot soapy water.
(Somebody left the vinegar out in this one, so I say use it before, after and during...something is bound to happen.)

Wipe your oven frequently with vinegar, that will help prevent a buildup of grease, making cleaning much easier.
(Wipe it in the morning, wipe in the evening, wipe it at supper time, be a little honey and wipe it all the time.)

Adding a little vinegar to the water will make cleaning your car easier and make it shine.
(It will also keep the flies and bees away because they only like honey.)

When seats in cane chairs start to sag use a solution of half water and half vinegar. Heat solution until hot, then sponge the seats and place outdoors in the sun to dry.
(If people are sitting in them at the time of cleaning, it will take care of sagging people too.)

Add a little vinegar to the water when mopping tile floors. It will make them shine and also act as a deodorant and prevent mold and mildew. "
(See the word deodorant??? can use it liberally on your underarms too!)

"Unset old stains

Older, set-in stains will often come out in the wash after being pretreated with a solution of 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 tablespoons liquid detergent in 1 quart (1 liter) warm water. Rub the solution into the stain, then blot it dry before washing.

Sponge out serious stains

Cola, hair dye, ketchup, and wine stains on washable cotton blends should be treated as soon as possible (that is, within 24 hours). Sponge the area with undiluted vinegar and launder immediately afterward. For severe stains, add 1-2 cups vinegar to the wash cycle as well.

Get the rust out

To remove a rust stain from your cotton work clothes, moisten the spot with some full-strength vinegar and then rub in a bit of salt. If it's warm outdoors, let it dry in the sunlight (otherwise a sunny window will do), then toss it in the wash. "

Anyone for a smile or two?....

Why did the farmer feed his pigs sugar and vinegar?

A. He wanted sweet and sour pork.

Thoughts For The Day

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
When someone tells you, “A penny for your thoughts,” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
Why is the person who invests all your money called a broker?
When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?
If people from “Poland” are called “Poles”, why aren’t people from “Holland” called “Holes”?
Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
How much deeper would oceans be if sponges didn’t live there?
If FedEx and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?
If a cow laughed, would milk come out of its nose?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.
If it’s true that we’re here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
~~~Thank You, dear Lord for the blessings of bright ideas to make a brighter world with both cleaning and kindness.


  1. Oooooh...I thought I was the only one old enough to remember the joke about the dog "Cold Waters."
    Your comments are priceless....and I'm serious about publishing. Reader's Digest...? Have you thought seriously about it, Marcy.
    Hugs and smiles from Jackie

  2. You are hilarious! You side comments crack me UP!! Thanks for the laugh....

  3. Thanks for the laughs, you really got me in stitches :)

  4. Marcy, what a hoot! I am still laughing from your comments, I absolutely agree with Jackie, send them in to Reader's Digest....they are amazing....have a great day.....:-) Hugs

  5. Marcy...are you ever in a bad mood...I don't think so!...if I'm Snow White you're Mar'c'y Poppins! :)
    It has been storming here since just after 3:00...terrible lightning strikes all back yard was a pond for awhile.
    It's 5:45 and the last thunder just rolled away a few minutes ago and that's my reason for visiting so late...we shut the computers off during storms and this one was baadddd.
    See you later Marcy!

  6. I enjoyed this post much. Great info and lots of smiles too.

  7. I love salt and viniger chips don't you?

  8. Mary Poppins! I LOVE IT!!
    Marcy Poppins, that's your name now, there's no turning back. Don't deny that you are a spoonful of sugar!
    Okay, Poppins, it was another wonderful post! I enjoyed it a lot and now I know everything there is to know about vinegar!
    And Diana's right, salt & vinigar chips are the best!

    How's your eye? Or was it both eyes?
    Love you lots, E
    PS ~ I liked the 'oogle' hugs or was it 'oogley' hugs? Whatever it was I liked it!
    I may be out again tomorrow, not sure yet, if I'm not around, I'll post on Wednesday!

  9. Funny story...well it wasn't funny at the time, but it is now. When our oldest was about three she had an accident on a brand new upholstered chair. Hadn't even made the first payment on it. In my imminent wisdom I thought I'd best get the vinegar and water to neutralize the the urine stain...The joke was on me, as the vinegar actually bleached the spot. Had to have the whole chair redyed. Live and Learn! Thanks for the memories!!! You are too cool! Cathy

  10. You are the second blog today praising the uses of vinegar! My other blogging friend loves to use it in her shower. I think two blogs in a row are trying to tell me something!! Will use it!!!

  11. I was laughing so much my wife, next room, asked if I was OK and at one pont thought I required the services of an ambulance crew.
    I have only one thing to say to you.
    Q. What's blue and swings from trees?
    A. Tarzan in a boiler suit.

    Gtreat blog and post ~ Eddie

  12. As long as you don't use vinegar on them my feet are available for washing any time.

    In my little bit of England the vinegar everyone has in their cupboard is the brown malt vinegar. It's the only kind to put on your fish and chips but....I have a question: How do you get rid of the brown vinegar stains on your white tee shirt after your fish and chips has dribbled?

    Now this business about hardened paint brushes: my Keith is an avid collector of these but I'll be blowed if he's using any pan of mine to boil them up in! On my stove!!!

    So funny though. I'm addicted to your blog Marcy. The day starts right if I have a good laughing tackle workout.

    love, Angie, xx

  13. you are so much fun! oh my goodness... my mom is the queen of vinegar. i must have her read this post.

  14. You have a wonderful gift called "wit" ... love makes the world go round, wit makes it fun! I so enjoyed this post. Thank You!!!



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