Frugal Dish Washing

On this Frugal Friday, I’d like to share how I changed a hit-or-miss operation into a huge HIT!

I have always had a problem with things coming out of my dishwasher looking streaked, spotted and sometimes not even completely clean. And that’s after scrubbing each and every piece before I placed it in the dishwasher! Someone I know—maybe my forever friend Donna?—referred to her dishwasher awhile back as a “dish wetter.” Oh, how true that was for me! And using a rinse agent didn’t help at all. I know, because I tried lots of them.

Until … about a month ago, I decided to pour some white vinegar (approximately 1/2 cup)  into the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it up. I still use dishwasher detergent, but the addition of the white vinegar seems to enhance the cleaning effectiveness of the detergent. AND I end up with a little something extra: a very clean dishwasher!

If you’re worried that you’ll be able to detect a vinegar odor on your dishes and glasses, don’t give it another thought. It just isn’t an issue. What you should find when you unload your dishwasher is squeaky clean everything!

These days I don’t scrub anything. If something crusty is on the plate, I do rinse it a bit before loading the dishwasher. Also, I have a tendency to overload my dishwasher, so before I thought of the vinegar method, I tried running lighter loads. That didn’t help at all. And white vinegar is a super buy, especially if you purchase the gallon size like I do.

Happy dish washing!

Death or Life?

THANKFUL THURSDAY

This is the coolest card I have ever seen and it hangs on our refrigerator. If you hold it one way, it says “The Wages of Sin is Death.” Flipping the card (same side) shows how the same printing reveals “The Gift of God is Eternal Life” phrase.

On this Thankful Thursday, I’d like to say that I shall ever be thankful for Jesus Christ’s precious gift of salvation: that eternal gift from God that allows us to live with Him forever in heaven.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:22-23

If you’d like to know more about how to receive this precious gift, read this, or write to me at annap51 (at) msn (dot) com.

Wednesday Blessings

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

I love this, and it is so true!

Thank you, Laura Story, for these special song lyrics.

I tried to embed the video here but between the quirkiness of WordPress and Firefox, I am beyond frustrated by my repeated and failed tries. So click on this link to take you right to the video.

Read the story that was the inspiration for this song.

Happy Spring!

TREASURE TUESDAY

This first day of Spring this year is also Treasure Tuesday around here. Because we received quite a bit of snow over the past couple of days, I think it’s even more important to celebrate the official arrival of Spring.

Here’s what it looked like here yesterday. It’s hard to see much because of the falling and wind-driven snow, but this is the view from our back patio looking to the northeast. Normally we can see the San Francisco Peaks but …ahem … all the snow coming down blocked that beautiful view.

And now from my eternally optimistic side, here are a couple of peeks at my first fresh tulips of the season. This treasure bouquet reflects my love of tulips and things pink!

 

 

Enjoy!

F.R.O.G.

MISHMASH MONDAY

It just happens that we collect frog stuff around here, and I came across the F.R.O.G. saying a couple of years ago. I think this post is appropriate for today’s Mishmash Monday just because I can’t think of any specific place to show it.

And besides, I think it’s also the perfect way for me to remember to F.R.O.G. daily!