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Cleaning Made Easy with Natural Products
Stephanie Lydecker: If you think all of your cleaning supplies are under your sink, surprise, nature secrets scrubbers might be hiding in your cupboards and even your fridge. Luckily our “queen of clean” Linda Cobb is here to tell us where to find them. Hello.
Linda Cobb: Hey Steph, how are you?
Stephanie Lydecker: How are you?
Linda Cobb: I’m excellent. Thanks.
Stephanie Lydecker: Wonderful to see you so we have Mother Nature meeting the queen.
Linda Cobb: Exactly, you know I love natural cleaning products.
Stephanie Lydecker: That’s you’re main thing. Now you really want to make sure that we always kind of try to use natural ingredients we can.
Linda Cobb: Exactly. Not only is it safer for, it’s for environment but it’s more inexpensive. We can pick something up out of our pantry that we already there and use it. We don’t have to have to go to the store and buy anything. So I’m all about making it simple and making it fun.
Stephanie Lydecker: Yes you do. Alright, so you we’ve make polishing the sink fan.
Linda Cobb: I do.
Stephanie Lydecker: Show me.
Linda Cobb: So you what you want to do is a stainless steel, it gets finger printed all the time and it’s a real paint. So one’s you have the sink clean, in other words the food particles and everything around of it you dry it. Then, you going to take just some flour and you’re going to put just a little bit on to your sink and this is for the inside, the outside any part of it.
Then, you’re going to take just a soft paper towel and you’re going to start and you’re going to buff. Now this will provide a gentle buffing agent and to put a shine on the sink and it won’t scratch. When you’re done just push it down the drain and you’re done.
Stephanie Lydecker: No water?
Linda Cobb: No water. If you do that you’re making bread. So don’t add any water to it. But not only just to put a nice polish but even we feel you can feel how shiny and sleek it is.
Stephanie Lydecker: Oh nice and it put up a very dirting it up.
Linda Cobb: So it’s okay because — now once you’ve done that, if you want to keep it nice so you don’t get any finger prints on it and the water spots don’t stay, take some vegetable oil out of the pantry, put some on a paper towel and wipe it over the entire sink. Then you’ll simply buff and that will repel the water so you don’t have to clean it as often.
Stephanie Lydecker: Whatever it works beautiful.
Linda Cobb: Yeah look how it now looks.
Stephanie Lydecker: What a huge difference.
Linda Cobb: From there to there, it makes a big difference and this makes it easy to keep the sink clean which is the nicest thing.
Stephanie Lydecker: Definitely.
Linda Cobb: Now we got a plastic container here and we’ve all had spaghetti on this. We wash them.
Stephanie Lydecker: It stinks. It smells.
Linda Cobb: Absolutely we go to use them again, put that tuna salad in there and something and it reeks of spaghetti. Simple thing to use is dry mustard. Buy it in the spice aisle. You just take a little bit about a half a teaspoon, sprinkle it in, let it sit for a few minutes and even overnight if you want to. Dump it out rinse it and the smell will be gone.
Stephanie Lydecker: With or without the cover?
Linda Cobb: You don’t even may have put the cover on but if the cover smells too.
Stephanie Lydecker: Sometimes the cover gets kind of smell.
Linda Cobb: Then put it on and that will take that smell out too and great thing for your hands. If you’ve been peeling garlic or onions, watch your hands work in the dry mustard, rinse them no smell.
Stephanie Lydecker: You’re kidding. Maybe you could do it with lemons too.
Linda Cobb: It’s absolutely the best.
Stephanie Lydecker: I don’t have mustard.
Linda Cobb: You have to go and buy some right in the spice aisle, easy to find
Stephanie Lydecker: Do you use it on your food too?
Linda Cobb: You can.
Stephanie Lydecker: How do you use this?
Linda Cobb: You can cook with it. It’s fairly spicy when it’s the dry mustard. So I don’t recommend putting it on your tongue while you’re doing the cleaning.
Stephanie Lydecker: It’s great if you have it all with my hands.
Linda Cobb: Yes don’t touch me.
Stephanie Lydecker: Yes.
Linda Cobb: Now, we’ve got mud on jeans. So a simple way to get that out first of all is take off all that you can so you kind of rub it together brush off all you can get off. Then, we’re going to just reach for a potato. We’re going to cut it in half. We’re going to dip it in a little bit of water and we’re going to rub it over that mud just like that. The starch in the potato will help you remove. I know you’re — on to because starch in the potato.
Stephanie Lydecker: Wait okay, have you lost your mind?
Linda Cobb: You think so but it actually works when you launder that, all that mud will be gone. The starch takes it out. Go ahead and give it a try.\
Stephanie Lydecker: I adore you. This is really funny.
Linda Cobb: Give it a try.
Stephanie Lydecker: So you do this before you laundry.
Linda Cobb: Before you laundry. It’s just like a pre-spotter, only it’s done with a potato. You know something else I have a potato is good for?
Stephanie Lydecker: What?
Linda Cobb: If you got white baby shoes, or white kid shoes and you want to polish them, you know how they get all smeared up when you polish, rub this over and the starch will make the polish go on nice.
Stephanie Lydecker: Are you serious?
Linda Cobb: I’m dead serious.
Stephanie Lydecker: Okay, so, you just go for the produce section and this is a fact too for this kind of stuff?
Linda Cobb: You know what I reach in my pantry for everything, all the time before I buy anything. You’re going to love this, this is an aluminum pan and if you cook in aluminum, you know you get that dark discoloration inside. What you want to do is the next time you have an apple and you’re going to make a pie or apple sauce, you’re peeling for the kids, peel them over water in the aluminum pan and peel.
How many apples you’re going to peel, peel a couple of them, peel one or two, it doesn’t matter and simmer it for about 30 minutes. Be my guest, peel it away.
Stephanie Lydecker: Please, allow me.
Linda Cobb: You’re going to simmer that for about 30 minutes and when you’re done that blue discoloration will be gone and the reason for that is that, that acid and pectin in the apple will remove that. It’s safe, it’s natural and you’ll be throwing away to peel anyhow.
Stephanie Lydecker: Now we’re doing this with the top off?
Linda Cobb: Yes you can do it with the top off or you just simmer. I generally bring it to a boil and then turn it to a low simmer.
Stephanie Lydecker: How often?
Linda Cobb: Whenever you get the dark discoloration. And with aluminum most people who have it will know that happens fairly frequently.
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