Welcome to Sunday, readers! I hope you had lovely weekends where you got time off to sit and enjoy life. These moments can be rare sometimes and I hope you soak them up when they come along.
If Spring Cleaning was on the docket for you this weekend (it definitely was for me), I have a quickie DIY for you! If you're like my household, you use the dishwasher packs instead of liquid or dry dishwasher detergent. I love the packs because they take the guesswork out of starting the dishwasher and I've never had spots on my dishes. Lately though, I've been thinking about how many things we use in the house that can be made with simple ingredients for much cheaper. Thus... homemade dishwasher cubes!
DIY Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Cubes
- 1/4c baking soda (any brand)
- 3/4c Arm & Hammer washing soda
- Lemon juice (just enough to coat, maybe a few tbs)
- Ice cube or baking trays (mine are Wilton silicone treat-moulds)
- White vinegar
1. Mix the baking and washing soda with the lemon juice until it is damp, but not soggy
2. Press the mixture into your trays. Make sure these molds are smaller than the soap chamber on your dishwasher!
3. Let dry overnight, pop out and store in an airtight container.
I love this DIY because it is super easy and requires very little. Also one box of baking and washing soda and one bottle of lemon juice could keep you in dishwasher cubes for YEARS. For best results, I have taken to adding a couple tablespoons of white vinegar to the "jet dry" chamber. Not only are my dishes sparkly clean, but so is my dishwasher! It's pretty easy for me to keep a small jar of white vinegar under my sink with the jar of cubes so it doesn't really feel like an extra step.
Now for this week's...
Gems of the Internet (with bonus links!):
- One of the things I'm working on right now is Swan Lake at PNB! The costumes (and dancing) are lovely.
- Being a Seattleite and a woman I have to repost this one: Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said
- If by some horrible chance you missed the POTUS talking to a brilliant group of 6-year-old girl scouts about their science project-- here's your chance to fix that.
- Your Museum Nerd post for the week comes from the Smithsonian regarding our civic responsibility to curb the loss of cultural heritage sites and objects during times of unrest. It's a fascinating and important conversation.
- 5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton. #6) she's a BAMF.
- Oprah was wrong! Positive thinking doesn't work, but here's what does.
So how was your week? Keep up with all the fun on social media and tell me what you'd like to see by dropping me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! xo Betty