Monthly Archives: September 2010

For Cat Owners – The Litter Locker

I LOVE this product!!!  Tired of using grocery bags to scoop cat litter into?  I was!

This is a very simple to use product… You open the lid to the Litter Locker, scoop the yucky stuff from the litter box and dump into the Litter Locker… Close the lid and turn the wheel… DONE!  It locks the smell away keeping your house smelling like home and not a litter box.  Here’s a description of the product from the Litter Locker people….

“LitterLocker is the award winning innovative system that solves the problem of soiled litter disposal. LitterLocker gives cat lovers an odorless, hygienic, easy way to dispose of waste. Pet owners simply scoop and sift clumps in a regular litter box using the litter scoop included with the unit, open the lid and discard the waste in the LitterLocker container. With a quick and easy turn of the handle, the clumps – and odors – are sealed away in a 7-ply odor barrier bag. One turn away, keeps the odor away.”

I bought mine at a pet store and I buy the refills online.  They’re cheaper if you can buy them five at a time.  They last a long time, but it’s always good to have a back-up on hand.  A must have product for cat people!

Home Made Glass Cleaner :-)

My never ending quest to find the perfect glass/hard surface cleaner may have just come to an end!  This past week, I’ve been testing a cleaner that I made myself, using everyday stuff around the house 🙂  Remember that Clorox Green Works?  Well, I took the label off the bottle and made my own, therefore recycling the bottle after dumping out the cleaner that got a big “boo!” from me….

Anyway, here’s my magic potion:

1 cup of isopropyl alcohol

1 cup of tap water

Two tablespoons of white vinegar

That’s it!
I already knew the magical cleaning powers of vinegar, but wanted something that would evaporate quickly, therefore not leave streaks on glass, so I added in the alcohol.  I’ll be honest, the mixture doesn’t smell the best (smells like alcohol, not vinegar) but it works wonderfully!  I’ve been using it all over the house on laminate countertops, mirrors, glass and my stainless steel sink… It also works great on the microwave, glass stove top and of course windows 🙂  Give it a try, let me know what you think…
On a side note, since I’m not a professional and I don’t have a lab in which to test this in, I’d advise not using this product on wood or furniture…

Making your paint brush easier to clean :-)

This one is simple!  When you’re getting ready to paint with a latex paint, get your paintbrush wet with water first… then pat dry with a paper towel… Getting it wet with water first will fill up all those pores making it easier to clean when you’re done… Remember never to let your brush dry out.  If you need to take a break, wrap the brush up in Saran Wrap or a baggie and stick it in the fridge.

Clorox Green Works – Sorry, not for me….

So this is the first product that I’m writing about that I don’t recommend 🙁  The idea of Clorox + Green sounded awesome to me, but this was a dud… The sticky film that it left after cleaning countertops was enough for me to realize that this couldn’t be good… It also was very streaky.  I’ve been on the never ending search for the perfect all purpose cleaner and this one didn’t make the cut…. BUT I’ve got something up my sleeve  🙂  I made MY OWN cleaner tonight 🙂  Still in the testing stages, but so far, so good!  Details to follow!

Rain Flow Gutter Protection

http://www.rainflowusa.com/

Total Gutter Protection is right! I’ve had this product on my house for 4 years now and still just love it.  I’ve never had to clean my gutters since it was installed.  Come to Tri-County Lumber and check out our display.  5″ x 3′ piece of Rain Flow – $ 8.99

Baked Alfredo with Hamburger

Another easy does it….  also another recipe that started at Vi’s house (the kids’ daycare provider)  I modified it into a bake to dress it up a bit.  You can save some time and  skip the bake it step, but that’s what makes it taste ohhhh so good 🙂

What you’ll need…..

1 pound of ground beef (I prefer the 93% lean because there’s less to drain off)

Angel hair or spaghetti

Jar of alfredo sauce – I like Bertolli Mushroom Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms 🙂

Milk

Fresh graded or Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Ok here goes…  Heat oven to 350.  Brown the ground beef and drain off…. Then boil water and start your noodles.. Use as much as you think you might need to feed your family.  Lol, if you’re like me, you’ll have enough to feed the neighbors too 🙂  Add salt to the noodles while they cook if you like.

While those are cooking, pour your alfredo sauce into a sauce pan and heat on low/medium.  It will boil quickly and need plenty of stirring so keep and eye on it.  If you like, saute’ some mushrooms, onions or peppers in butter and add to the sauce …MMmmmmmmm

When the noodles are done, drain off the water and add in the alfredo sauce.  Mix the noodles, ground beef and sauce together thoroughly.  Use a splash of milk in the alfredo jar and swish it around getting all the alfredo from the sides of the jar.. Add to the mixture. 

Put the mixture into an oven safe baking dish with lid… Spread parmesan cheese over the top and cover.  Place in oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.  You’re done!!

There are so many other things you can add to this to spice it up.  To keep it from drying out, make sure you use the milk.  To really go all out a bit of butter is good too.  Oh and you can’t ever have enough cheese… Mixing in different kinds of cheeses adds something different too.  Hope you enjoy!

Knife/Tool Sharpener

A must have gadget!! Sharpens kitchen knives, pocket/hunting knives, axes, arrowheads, and garden tools.  I found out about this awesome tool after using my Dad’s to sharpen my fillet knife while cleaning fish… Now I’ve got one in the kitchen and one in  my tackle box.  Simple to use and works better than you’d expect.  You can pick this sharpener up at Tri-County for $10.99.

Olive Oil Secret :-)

Did you know that if you dab a bit of olive oil onto a soft cloth or paper towel (don’t over-do it), you can use it on your stainless steel or satin nickel finish items to remove streaks and water spots?  Try it!  Oh and also, vinegar works great on that stainless steel stuff too 😉

Pet Hair??? Not anymore!!!!!! :-)

So this is just one of those things I “had to try”.  We’ve got two cats and a Mommy that can’t stand pet hair.  I’ve got dark brown micro suede couches in the living room and a solid red bed spread… So as you can imagine, they show EVERYTHING!  So for around 5 bucks I thought I would give this critter a try.  It’s set up like this…. The bottom of the sweeper has two of the old style lint picker-uppers on it… they face each other so that the fabric goes in opposite directions.  The top of the sweeper is a handle/clear plastic bubble… To use:  Rub the sweeper from side to side back and forth.  EASY!  Then watch as that clear bubble fills up with pet hair!  I’ve had mine for some time now and my bubble is getting pretty full but it still works!  Once the bubble gets too full, you just throw it away and grab a new one.  Sweet!  I’d say that this is definitely a good recommendation 🙂

** Note:  I know that Scotch also makes a pet hair picker-upper… Although I have never tried it, a good friend told me that she uses it with great success as well 🙂  Thanks, Emily!

Cleaning Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Did you know that cleaning your ceramic/porcelain tile with a cleaner that contains citrus will cause the grout to break up and pop out?  My solution is an easy one…. Use a mixture of warm water and vinegar.  I’m not a mop and bucket kind of girl so I just use one of my disposable Gladwear containers put in the hot water first then a splash of vinegar..  I use a wash cloth to clean.  No rinsing required and the tile will not be left sticky.  The best part is then you can rinse out the container and throw it in the dishwasher!  Easy at it comes!