DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

 

It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong!

I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is.

If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment.

For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is derived from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages. These crystals are then refined into Cream of Tartar.

Who knew?

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I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment!

“I know this works….I had very sluggish tub drains (very annoying), used this~~~worked great!!! We have a septic tank so I was ever so happy to find this safe way of unclogging!!!!”

“Great tips here! I like reading about natural cleaners! Thank you for sharing!”

“Your “recipe” for drain opener works great… after trying a number of things, I found this and mixed it up…. the first dose applied and I could see a difference. Through that week I used the rest of that first mix…WOW~~~ what difference… We have septic tank and I worry that the chemical store brands would harm it, so imagine how happy I am…will be using this every couple of weeks….. Thank-you for posting this”

DIY Drain Cleaner

 

It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong!

I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is.

If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment.

For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is formed from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages which is then refined into Cream of Tartar.

Who knew?

Here are my Amazon Affiliate Links so you can buy your supplies and get started!

 

I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment!

“I know this works….I had very sluggish tub drains (very annoying), used this~~~worked great!!! We have a septic tank so I was ever so happy to find this safe way of unclogging!!!!”

“Great tips here! I like reading about natural cleaners! Thank you for sharing!”

“Your “recipe” for drain opener works great… after trying a number of things, I found this and mixed it up…. the first dose applied and I could see a difference. Through that week I used the rest of that first mix…WOW~~~ what difference… We have septic tank and I worry that the chemical store brands would harm it, so imagine how happy I am…will be using this every couple of weeks….. Thank-you for posting this”

Spring Cleaning

Jungle Jake

 

I have been spring cleaning for days. The house we are living in hadn’t been cleaned in years, in spring or any other time it seems. It was also previously used as a day care center for 7 children.

You can only imagine what the dirt was like.

Spring cleaning is a common ritual for me, but this time I needed more than my usual homemade cleaning products could provide.

Generally I use bleach for these things, but I didn’t want to damage the woodwork so I decided against the bleach. I also hate the chemical smell of it.

This project called for the big guns, so I settled on JUNLGE JAKE.

If you aren’t familiar with Jungle Jake, you will want to run out and buy some for your next heavy duty project.

You can find it at Home Depot, Farm and Fleet or Fleet Farm.

I have tried many so called “industrial strength” cleaners on the market. So many of them are lousy.

This is not a sponsored post, but I can tell you that Jungle Jake beats them all, hands down!

kitchen

The first project I tackled was the kitchen. It was caked with grease from the gas stove, and there was crud all over the woodwork and inside the cabinets.

I used a strong mix of Jungle Jake, about a cup in a bucket of water to cut through it all and make it shine.

I cleaned the appliances, cabinets inside and out, wiped down the wood work, cabinets and floors with the same mixture.

It took buckets and buckets of dirty water until there was nothing left to clean.

Jungle Jake is biodegradable, has no chemical smell and is a non-phosphate based cleaner. I use gloves when I clean just in case, but it’s great to know it meets so many “green living” requirements.

Remember that clean has no smell. Only dirt smells.

A clean house doesn’t and shouldn’t smell like the chemicals that you used to clean it.

Interesting concept isn’t it?

It goes against all we are taught to believe, that a clean house should smell strongly of cleaners.

butlers pantry

The next project was the Butler’s Pantry.

It was as filthy as the kitchen X10!

Old food and mouse droppings were everywhere.

You wouldn’t believe the difference.

dining room

Then it was on to the dining room and living room.

I washed baseboards, moldings, and casings.

There is miles and miles of woodwork in this house.

Then I washed floors and doors.

Jungle Jake is my new best friend.

front door

Then I tackled the front door and storm door.

You can only imagine 14 sets of dirty little hands going in and out this door several times a day.

I cleaned them top to bottom, including the threshold.

It was so gross!

I don’t know how anyone could stand even touching this door.

It gave me the willies.

All in all, I think it was at least two shades lighter in color when I was done.

Isn’t the detail on this door lovely

ceiling fan

Then it was on to the second floor.

Can you see the dust on this fan?

Wow.

baseboard

The baseboards upstairs were even worse.

The dust was everywhere.

Jungle Jake did it all.

Are you spring cleaning?

Pink Wash Towel

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I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time.

I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here.

Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself.

 I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel.

The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer.

Who knew yarn was so resiliant?

in progress

The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you.

This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work.

Who doesn’t love a good story?

For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8 knitting needles (I love the Susan Bates needles).

Here’s the pattern:

Cast on 44 stitches

*Knit 4 stitches, Purl 4* Repeat until end of row.

Repeat all rows the same until work measures 10″. Cast off, cut yarn leaving a small tail. Weave in ends.

Enduro-Sheild Part 2

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I have been avoiding cleaning this kitchen ever since we moved here.

It’s FAR too small, I feel claustrophobic in it.

As much as I love to cook, even cooking here isn’t much fun.

Cleaning this small kitchen is even less fun.

I am a rather messy cook, and I splash food everywhere.

I never said I was a clean cook.

If you have read my blog long enough, you know how I feel about cleaning.

I hate it.

Combine that with a too small kitchen and you have disaster.

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Enter Enduro-Shield!

I recently tried their Enduro-Shield Shower Cleaning kit and I loved it.

This second kit, is for tile and grout.

I spent the morning cleaning my cooking mess off the tile and grout in the too small kitchen.

With this product, I hope to have to clean a lot less.

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The kit comes with a pre cleaner, a protective coating, scrubby sponge, and polishing cloth.

Step one:  Clean the tile with the pre cleaner.

The cleaner sprays on easily and works quickly.

I love that it didn’t have a strong chemical odor, I don’t like heavily scented products.

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Spray the pre cleaner on the tile and grout, wait a few minutes, then clean with the scrubby.

Dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Step two: Spray the protective coating on the tile and polish with the polishing cloth.

The protective coating does have a bit of an alcohol smell, but it disappears quickly. Be sure to have good ventilation when using it. The coating dries after a few minutes and is completely clear on the tiles.

It’s just a two step application. How easy is that?

The protective coating allows you to easily wipe off dirt from grout and tile without a lot of scrubbing.

This is good for me, I hate scrubbing.  Especially, I hate scrubbing grout lines.

Now, I won’t have to work so hard.

I was very impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

If you are interested in learning more about Enduro-Shield, click here for more information.

I am grateful to Enduro-Shield for allowing me to try their products.

Happy cleaning!