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Woodworking Tips

Paint Leather - Wipe down your leather item with laquer thinner and spray it with 2x spray paint.

Tighten chair rungs - Use denatured alcohol to tighten your chair rungs, legs and arms.  Denatured alcohol will swell the wood - but do not let the alcohol run as it will also remove the finish.


Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup 20 Mule Team Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. To make it easier to dispense you may fill old laundry jugs.  Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 5 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent (Approx. 40 loads).








Dishwasher Detergent

1 teaspoon oxygen base cleaner

1/2 teaspoon Dawn dish soap
1/2 cup white vinegar (poured into a bowl or cup on the top rack of the machine)

Most of these items are available at your hometown hardware store.


Carpet Cleaner Solution

In 1 cup add:  

3/4 cup laundry detergent

2 caps of vinegar

rest of cup is fabric softener

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