An Unknown Future and a Well-Known God

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God

Corrie Ten Boom

I hope you enjoy this guest post from my one and only sister, Kristan, which she wrote last week on May 6.


I had never really heard this quote before, but during the quarantine I have been doing some coloring pages of Bible verses and inspirational quotes and this was one I had colored. Last week I gathered some homeschooling books to send to my sister Kim. (That’s me!) I went through the pictures I had colored and included this one in the box.

Yesterday, Kim posted on Facebook asking suggestions on how to honor Brady (Kristan’s son who passed away 23 years ago) and 2 others on “Giving Tuesday”. The first suggestion was a comment made by Bobby (her women’s Sunday School teacher) for a fundraiser T-shirt with that exact Corrie Ten Boom quote!

Wow! I immediately commented, asking Kim if she had received my box yet. She actually had received it, but hadn’t opened it yet, letting it sit for a few days first (Coronavirus craziness). She went and opened it and found the coloring page!

Neither one of us had heard this quote before, but in God’s amazing providence there it was, at just the right time.

It is amazing how God works! I had no idea, but God knew!

So in these crazy times, if you are feeling uncertainty, fear, or even grief, remember to never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a KNOWN GOD!

Humility or Pride? Two types of people.

In reading Luke 23, the account of the crucifixion of Jesus, I see two reactions: pride or humility.

Pilate finds no guilt in Jesus, yet sentences Him to death to appease demands of the crowd. Pride.

Herod treats Jesus with contempt and mockery, dressing Him in splendid clothing, sending Him back to Pilate. Pride.

Jesus cries out to His Father, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Humility.

The soldiers mocked Jesus, offering him sour wine, saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” Pride.

One of the criminals crucified with Jesus, mocks him, saying “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” Pride.

The other criminal recognizes his own guilt and Jesus’s righteousness and asks for Jesus to remember him when He comes into His kingdom. Humility.

A Roman centurion praises God saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” Humility.

The crowds return to their homes beating their breasts in grief over what they’ve just witnessed. Humility.

Which type of person are you? Be honest with yourself.

Are you seeking the truth with humility or pride? Do you want to know the truth, no matter what it costs?

We can either humble ourselves and seek God’s face, asking for His grace and forgiveness, or we can harden our hearts in pride, scoffing and mocking at the message of the gospel.

I have been both.

I will be forever thankful for the grace of God that forgives even the blasphemous who turn to Him in faith.

God is giving the people of the world time right now to consider their own mortality. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Be thankful that God has given us this opportunity to wake up, so that we can be born again TODAY to begin our new lives with Him TODAY.

If you want to make this choice, let today be the day. I would love to read through the Bible with you or talk about it more.

If you want to surrender your life to Christ, ask Him. He will not turn you away. And then find someone to help you in your new life with Christ. I’d love to walk with you on your faith-journey.

God is real, friends. He wants you to know Him and trust Him.

5 Lessons I’m Learning during some Major, Major Yard Reconstruction

Four years ago, the last week of July, 2013, our family moved to a beautiful home on 2 acres of land.  We were looking to escape some of the hustle bustle of the subdivision neighborhood lifestyle, and hoping to enjoy a more peaceful life with a fruitful garden and backyard chickens.

“Before”

But, as is true in most things of life, nothing is without trials.  You can read more about our experience moving in my blog post titled “A Thorn in the Flesh” here.

Over the past four years, we have battled with our yard in a myriad of ways – fighting poison ivy, ticks, yellow jackets, mice, more poison ivy, more yellow jackets, more ticks, and more mice.  This summer we finally decided that our best bet was to do a major overhaul of the backyard.  This overhaul included hiring a landscaper to remove over 2 dozen trees, along with all the weeds and shrubbery, and lay thick green sod (still a work in progress), thereby turning our backyard from a “wilderness” into a “manicured lawn with abundant large trees.”

So, I was blown away when our women’s Sunday school class this morning’s lesson was from an essay by A.W. Tozer titled “The Hunger of the Wilderness!”  Here are a few lessons I’m learning through this yard reconstruction that were reinforced during our morning discussion:

  1. That beautiful backyard that we just spent thousands of dollars to create will naturally go right back into a wild forest if we don’t diligently keep back the weeds and bramble. In the same way, our hearts and minds can be drawn back to the world if we do not keep focused on the Lord.
  2. Weeds don’t need to be watered and fertilized, but lush, green grass does. If you want your backyard to look like a golf course, you have to put in the work.  2 Timothy 2 refers to Christians living like a soldier, an athlete and a farmer.  When I reflect on what these three professions have in common, I think that they all have a prize in mind that they’re working toward and they all have to remain diligent and steadfast in their work.  Are we fixing our eyes our Jesus with eternity in view?  Is He our greatest prize?  Are we growing weary of well doing?
  3. We have to dig out the weeds from the roots, rather than just using a “weed whacker” to chop the tops off of them. In getting bids on the backyard, I kept saying that I needed the poison ivy removed, not just chopped up and spread all over the yard!  Too often we are just treating the symptoms of our sin, rather than going after the roots.  Are we just “pruning our sin,” grooming it to look prettier on the outside, without ever getting to the true heart of the problem?
  4. With time, we can grow so accustomed to our weeds, that they start to look normal, maybe even pretty. When we first saw our newly transformed yard, we actually missed all the greenery of the weeds.  How often are our hearts like that?  We choose the comfort of our sin over the beauty of righteousness.

    “After”
  5. It can take days or weeks or even months and years of neglect for the weeds to come to the surface. If we’re not keeping our hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23), and abiding in the living vine of Christ (John 15), we can wake up one day shocked at sins that we thought we’d conquered years before.  When that sin keeps returning, rather than losing heart, we can be thankful that it keeps us on our knees, that in our weakness we are forced to depend all the more deeply on Christ, our advocate and redeemer … which reminds me again of that “thorn in my flesh” that I originally wrote about 4 years ago.

Food Storage Recipes

30 Minute Rolls

Dough can also be used for pizza crust.

•3 1/2 c warm water
•6 T instant yeast
•1 c oil
•3/4 c granulated sugar
•1 T thrive iodized salt
•3 T thrive whole egg powder (reconstituted)
•3 T additional water
•8 c thrive whole wheat flour (approximate)

1. *Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. *Use a mixer to combine warm water, instant yeast, oil, and granulated sugar. Let rise 5 minutes until bubbly.

3. *Add remaining ingredients to bubbling mixture. Mix well and roll out.

4. *Form dough into rolls and let rise approximately 15 minutes.

5. *Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool and serve.

Yield: 36 rolls

Chicken Tortilla Soup ala Food Storage

2 cans diced tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
6 cups water
2 Tbs sugar
3 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 cup freeze dried green chilies
1/2 cup freeze dried chicken

1. Put all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours.

2. Serve with toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips

3. This makes a LOT.  You might want to halve it.

Apple Berry Pie from Food Storage

NOTE: I only used ONE crust (on the top) and put the other crust in the fridge.

For the Crust
2 cups Shortening Powder
1/3 cup water at room temp
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup ice cold water
For the Filling
1 cup Dehydrated Apple Slices
1 cup Freeze Dried Berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries etc)
1 cup water
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbs Cornstarch
4 Tbs lemon juice

FOR THE CRUST

1. Reconstitute your shortening by mixing the powder with the 1/3 cup water. The powder will float on top of the water at first. Keep mixing and you will get a crumbly texture. Keep going until you get a liquid cream. Put this soft shortening in the fridge for 30 minutes until it has the texture of regular shortening.

2. Once shortening is ready, use your hands to mix it with four and salt until it resembles cornmeal.

3. Add water and mix until combined (DO NOT knead, just mix lightly)

4. Split dough into two pieces.

5. Roll out one piece on a floured surface until dough is very thin.

6. Fold in half twice so it looks like a triangle

7. Unfold it into your pie pan and “wiggle” it down (don’t stretch or pull / push it down)

8. Tuck extra down under the edge to create a “rim” around your pan.

9. Add filling to pie pan

10. Roll out 2nd piece of dough the same as the first and place it over the filled pie.

11. Pinch the two pie crusts together with finger on one side and thumb on the other to create a pretty edge.

12. Bake at 375 (dark pan) or 350 (glass pan) for about 1 hour.

FOR THE FILLING

1. Combine apples, berries, water, sugar, cinnamon, salt, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small pot and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Apples will begin to break down and the liquid will turn into a thick syrup.

3. Carefully spoon mixture into pie crust.

Servings: 8

Oil Free Chocolate Cake (made with black beans)

1 box devil’s food chocolate cake mix (Aldi)
water (as called for)
instant black beans (amount of oil called for)
eggs (as called for) – use egg powder

1. Prepare black beans as directed.  If using canned beans, make sure to drain and rinse thoroughly.

2. Mash beans thoroughly.

3. Mix on medium speed beans with water and eggs

4. Add cake mix and mix as directed

NOTE: You can do the same thing with WHITE beans and a yellow cake mix.  Try substituting beans for butter in cookies, etc.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa ala Food Storage

1 cup THRIVE Instant Black Beans
1 cup THRIVE Sweet Corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup THRIVE Green Chilies
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste

1. Cook beans (follow cooking directions)

2. In a small bowl, add corn and cover with hot water. Let sit 5-8 minutes or until corn is softened and rehydrate. Drain.

3. Mix the black beans, corn, chilies, red onion, and cilantro together in a large bowl.

4. Sprinkle with red wine vinegar, sugar, olive oil, cumin, garlic and salt.

5. Stir and refrigerate for several hours.

6. Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Flour Tortillas ala Food Storage  (I haven’t made these — they just seemed like something I’ll want to try!)

A couple of notes:

DO NOT let your pan get too hot.  You may even need to turn it down before you finish cooking all the tortillas as the pan will continue to heat.
DO NOT cook the tortillas for too long: 20-30 seconds MAX on the first side and 20 seconds on the second side.
Roll and cook each tortillas separately.  If you roll them all first, they will shrink and become too thick before you get around to cooking them.

1 cup. all purpose flour
1 cup. White Wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs THRIVE Shortening powder
1/2 cup+. water

1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and shortening powder.  Add 1/2 cup water and mix. If needed, add more water a tbsp at a time, until it just comes together. I added about 3 extra Tablespoons.  You do not want the dough too dry.

2. Divide the dough and roll into 12 balls.  Let them rest for 15 minutes.

3. Take a dough ball, and flatten with the palm of your hand. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.  (Do not use too much flour or the excess flour will burn when you cook the tortillas).  Roll the dough out very thin: it will become transparent.  As you roll it out, turn the dough a quarter turn with each stroke until it is about 6 inches in diameter.

4. Heat your skillet over medium heat: make sure it is hot before placing the tortilla on it.  Cook the first side for about 20-30 seconds, until it just begins to turn golden. Flip and cook the other side for 20 seconds. Place cooked tortilla in a ziplock bag.  This will keep it soft and warm while you cook the other tortillas.

Food Storage

I thought you might get a kick out of our breakfast this morning – so I was raised by a thrifty mom who taught me wisely not to waste food.  So, those yummy rolls were sliced in half this morning and made into French toast a la food storage – aka 3 Tbsp of egg powder + ¾ cup of milk (made from milk powder) + vanilla and cinnamon.  Then, I top the French toast with my homemade sugar syrup flavored with “Mapleine.”  If you’re not familiar with Mapleine, give it a try.  You can find it in the spices area near the vanilla.  My mom made sugar syrup from brown sugar – no maple flavoring – but I’ve decided I prefer the flavoring.  The recipe for syrup is on the back of the bottle – but pretty much it’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.  I make 1 cup of sugar + ½ cup water and just heat it in the microwave.  I store it in my fridge in a glass canning jar.

We topped the French toast with sliced fresh peaches I purchased from www.bulknaturalfoods.com – a west Tennessee family run food co-op specializing in organic/minimally processed foods.  Please check them out.  I bought a 25lb box of amazing peaches for $15 + $5 shipping.  You are not locked in to anything – you just order what you want each order you’re interested.  This would be a great way to purchase some things to can.  We could go together to buy a couple boxes of peaches and then can them.  I have a DELICIOUS peach salsa recipe that I canned last summer.

A few storage tips:

Make a list of what recipes/snacks/foods your family eats regularly and stock up on those items whenever they go on sale.  I started out by keeping a list of what the everyday price was on items at Walmart and at Aldi.  (My list of those are 2 years old and it’s CRAZY how much those prices have risen in 2 years!  Can you say INFLATION?)  This helped me to know when things were really on sale.  I’ve gotten away from shopping at Walmart and have found that when I stock up on items at Kroger when they’re on a good sale I can save money over Walmart anyway.  Also, know the prices for regular sized items (say a 4 lb bag of sugar) so when you’re at Costco you know if the 25 lbs bag is a good price.  I kept this list printed out in my wallet.  Now I use a free I-Phone app called “GROCERY IQ.”  I put in the notes section what the price was – say for hamburger or tuna, etc. so I know whether something is a good price or not.  As I’m growing older, I really notice that if I don’t write it down I don’t remember it!  Here’s my Aldi price list from 2 years ago:

ALDI PRICES 4/21/2010

 Sugar                                      2.49         (5lb)

Flour                                      1.39         (5lb)

100 cal cookies                       1.99         (5.3 oz)

Triscuits                                  1.49         (9.5 oz)

Wheat thins                            1.39         (10 oz)

Cake Mix                                .89

Extra Virg Olive Oil               3.99         (16.9 oz)

Choc Chips                             1.69         (12 oz)

Frosting                                  1.19         (16 oz)

Pecans                                    2.89         (6 oz)

Peanut Butter                         1.39         (18 oz)

Oatmeal – flavored                  1.49         (15 oz)

Tuna in water                         .49           (5 oz)

Spag Sauce                             1.19         (26 oz)

Fabric Soft                             1.89         (70 sheets)

Orange Cleaner                     .99           (32 oz)

Dishwasher Gel                     2.49         (75 oz)

Lt Sour Cream                       .89           (16 oz)

Butter                                      1.99         (16 oz)

Smart Bal Butter                    2.29         (15 oz)

Sliced Cheese                          1.99         (8 oz)

Hamburger (80%)                  2.49/lb

Hamburger (93%)                  2.99/lb

Whole wheat bread               1.19         (20 oz)

Mushrooms                            .99           (8 oz)

Black Beans                           .59           (15.5 oz)

I found this GREAT website at www.dealstomeals.blogspot.com and she is like a food storage mega woman.  So, let’s say tuna is on a mega sale, stock up as much as your budget allows – say, buy 30 cans.  Base is on the expiration date and how much your family would eat before it expires.  Watch the expiration date – I have stocked up on peanut butter and on canned evaporated milk and not used them before they expired.

Stock up on what you use – cereal, oatmeal, ketchup, mayo, oil, sugar, flour, tuna.

I’m a bit embarrassed to show you what kind of junk our family was eating a couple years ago when I made this list, but for the sake of transparency I’ll put my list here.  This list allowed us to know what to have in our “home store.”  Now that we are eating less processed food, I store larger quantities of a smaller variety of items — so rather than buying things pre-made, I make them from scratch or use more whole foods and fresh fruits and veggies.

ALDIMacaroni (3)Spaghetti (4)

Penne (3)

Egg noodles (3)

Ramen noodles (2)

Spaghetti Sauce (10)

Brown sugar oatmeal (3)

Canned corn (10)

Cream corn (10)

Green beans (cut – not French) (10)

Canned spinach (4)

Canned peas (4)

Canned mixed vegetables (4)

Canned potatoes (4)

Baked beans (10)

Canned tuna (10)

Canned chicken (10)

Canned salmon (4)

Canned black beans (6)

Pineapple (4)

Tomato Sauce (8 oz) (6)

Diced Tomatoes (10)

Fruit cocktail (10)

Cornbread mix (4)

Breadcrumbs (1)

Brownie mix (3)

Flour (4)

Sugar (4)

Splenda packets (3)

Rice (4)

Beans (4)

Juice boxes (4)

Parm. Cheese (2)

Velveeta Cheese (2)

Mushroom soup (10)

Tomato Soup (10)

Cream of chicken soup (6)

Onion soup mix (2)

Pancake mix (3)

Chicken bouillon (2)

Beef bouillon (1)

Ranch dressing (2)

Blue cheese dressing (2)

Canola Oil (2)

Vinegar (2)

Family size tea bags (2)

Cheetos (2)

Stick Pretzels (2)

ALDIFat free milk (2)2% milk (2)

Margarine (2)

Butter (4)

Sour Cream (2)

Eggs (18)

Yogurt (6)

Cottage cheese (1)

Colby shredded cheese (2)

Mozz. Shredded cheese (2)

Cheddar shredded cheese (2)

String Cheese (2)

Cream cheese (2)

Amer. Cheese slices (2)

Muenster cheese (2)

Hamsteak (3)

Bacon (2)

Chicken Sausages (2)

Deli meat (3)

Frozen chicken breasts (4)

5 lb. hamburger pack (3)

Frozen hamburgers (1)

Hotdogs (4)

Corn dogs (4)

Half-gallon ice cream (2)

Lite coolwhip (2)

Hamburger buns (2)

Hotdog buns (2)

Bagels (2)

Tortillas (2)

100% whole wheat bread (2)

White bread (2)

Rolls (2)

Sweet potatoes

Bag salad

Bag spinach

Zucchini

Romaine hearts

Avocado

Mushrooms

Clementines

Grapes

Dishwasher detergent

French fries (2)

Tater tots (2)

French fried onions (2)

Saltines (2)

WALMARTAlfredo sauce (4)Brown rice (2)

Whole wheat lasagna (2)

Mashed potatoes (2)

Cereal (4)

Deli ham & turkey

Diapers – white cloud

Huggies wipes

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Big liquid hand soap

Dryer sheets

Laundry detergent

Borax (1)

Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (1)

Pizza crust mix (4)

Walmart triscuits (2)

Walmart wheat thins (2)

Cheese on cheese crackers (2)

Graham crackers (2)

Granola Bars (2)

Nutty Bars (2)

Tortilla chips (2)

Laughing cow cheese

cappuccino mix

Pudding mix (4)

Jello mix (4)

Snack puddings (4)

Ketchup (3)

Peanut butter (3)

Canned corned beef hash (4)

Gallon, Qt, Sandwich ziplock bags

Plastic wrap (sam’s choice)

Alum. Foil

Frozen Pillsbury biscuits (2)

Taco seasoning (2)

Chicken marinade (4)

Frozen mixed veg. (2)

Frozen spinach (2)

Frozen California veg. (2)

Frozen stirfry veg. (2)

Pie crusts (3)

Eggs (18)

Pineapple tidbits (4)

Applesauce (4)

Chicken nuggets (4)

Chicken patties (3)

Crystal Light (4)

Totino’s Pizza (6)

FREEZE stuff!  Cheese, butter, hamburger (I buy in bulk, cook it with onions and portion it in ¾ lbs portions in quart size bags).  When your fresh fruit looks like it’s going to turn – freeze it, or even cook it and freeze it.  Costco has great prices on fresh strawberries, so I’ll buy a 4-lb thing fresh.  Then, if we don’t eat them all, I wash them, cut off green tops and freeze them whole on a cookie sheet.  After they’re frozen, toss them in a ziplock bag and you can use them individually.  Grate up zucchini, press out the excess liquid and freeze in a baggie to use for muffins.  Bananas, peaches and blueberries are great frozen – they’re great in muffins or smoothies.  We do have an upright freezer in our garage that allows us to stock up on what’s on sale.

“America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams” by Steve and Annette Economides is available at the Collierville library and had lots of great tips.

As far as using actually Shelf Reliance foods, my favorite products would include: egg powder, instant milk powder, sour cream powder, shortening powder, freeze dried chiles, carrot dices, bell peppers, diced onions, potato beads (instant potatoes), mushrooms, tomato powder, instant black beans, and hard WHITE winter wheat.

Shelf Reliance carries a #10 can of Garden Vegetable seeds.  We bought 2 cans and have been experimenting with planting one can and stored the other.  The seeds are non-hybrid and even come with a little sheet explaining how to collect and store the seeds to replant the next year.

Thanks you guys!

 

Cleaning product ideas

Keep It Clean and Toxic Free

Most household cleaning products are toxic. Additionally, many give off hazardous fumes which linger in the home until they are released through a door, window, etc. Fortunately there is a simple solution. Alternative non-toxic cleaning products can be made from common

household ingredients in minutes. To produce ALL of these simple, effective, non-toxic cleaners all you need is:

 

•Baking Soda           •Bananas                   •Borax                       •Cloves

•Cinnamon               •Cornstarch              •Cream of Tartar      •Lemons

•Salt                           •Toothpaste              •White Vinegar

 

AIR FRESHENER

1) To freshen the air, mix small amounts of clove, cinnamon, and orange peel in a pan with water and simmer on the stove – make sure to keep water in the pan or the mixture will burn.

2) An open box of baking soda in the refrigerator will help to keep it smelling fresh. Baking soda in the garbage can, litter box, and diaper pail will also help eliminate odors.

NOTE: It is always best to open a window or use and exhaust fan to remove odors. This is the best way to actually remove the irritant.

 

BASIN, TUB, AND TILE CLEANER

1) Place ½ cup of baking soda in a bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of phosphate-free liquid soap or detergent. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and scrub the surface. Rinse with cool water.

2) Rub the area to be cleaned with half a lemon dipped in borax. Rinse, and dry with soft cloth.

 

CERAMIC TILE CLEANER

Mix a quarter-cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water. Generously apply solution to tile with a sponge. This removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film!

 

DISINFECTANT

Mix a half-cup of borax (a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water. Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool.  Store in a clean reusable plastic spray bottle.

 

DRAIN OPENER

1) Pour in 1/4 cup baking soda, followed by ½ cup vinegar. Close the drain until it stops fizzing and flush with boiling water.

2) To prevent drains from clogging, mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt, and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour ¼ cup of this mixture into the drain followed by a pot of boiling water. Your drain should remain open and odor free. Repeat this process each week and your drains will remain open and free of odors.

NOTE: To keep drains clean, open, and odor free, never pour grease down a drain and always use a drain strainer.

 


 

GARBAGE DISPOSAL FRESHENER

Grind ice and used lemon or orange in the disposal. Besides freshening, the ice will clean and sharpen the blades.

 

LEATHER SHOE POLISH

Add some shine to leather by polishing it with the inside of a banana peel; then buff.

 

MILDEW REMOVER

Dissolve half-cup of vinegar with half-cup borax in warm water. Mix them fresh for each use. Apply with a sponge or spray bottle if borax is completely dissolved.

 

SILVER POLISH

1) Clean silver with white toothpaste and warm water using an old soft bristled toothbrush.

2) To magnetize tarnish away, soak silver in salted water in an aluminum container; then wipe it clean.

 

TOILET BOWL CLEANER

Sprinkle some baking soda into the bowl. Drizzle with vinegar; scour with a toilet brush. This not only cleans, it deodorizes, as well.

 

WINDOW CLEANER

1) Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda in 3 cups water and spray onto the glass using a pump sprayer.

2) Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 quart warm water. Use a natural linen towel or other soft cloth to clean.

3) Mix half-cup cornstarch with 2 quarts warm water. Apply with sponge then wipe with absorbent cloth or towel. Good for car windows and bathroom mirrors. Do not do windows or glass when sun is on them or if they are warm. This causes the solution to dry to quickly creating unwanted streaks.

NOTE: Try not to wash windows when the sun is shining directly on them; the cleaning solution will dry too fast and streak. Using a squeegee similar to those used at gas stations will also reduce streaking (lines can be wiped away with cloth or newspaper).

 

WOOD FURNITURE CLEANER

To remove water stains on wood furniture, dab white toothpaste onto stain. Allow the paste to dry and then gently buff off with a soft cloth.

 

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