It’s a ghost town

March 16, 2020

So, here in Frederick it was a ghost town when we headed downtown…it was kinda nice, as we could park anywhere we wanted and I could take pics with out any bother!

Here’s a few pointers for some alternative things to do/use if you run out of “Conventional” items… sorry the pics aren’t crystal clear…

hydrogen peroxide…

  • can be used in place of bleach…mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup lemon juice, pour in bleach holding area or directly in the machine

lemon juice…

  • laundry (see below)
  • disinfectant… pour some lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray counter tops, toilet seats, sinks…use like you would any other disinfectant, wipe with a damp cloth afterwards
  • air freshener…spray around the room like you would with other air fresheners

baking soda…

  • home made deodorant… either use alone or with baby powder, sparingly (I use coconut oil and a mixture of baby powder and baking soda – you can either make a paste, or put each on separately – your choice)
  • laundry detergent…mix 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup salt with 1 cup hot water…it won’t totally dissolve in the water, so, when getting ready to do laundry stir up the mixture, pour about a half a cup in a measuring cup, and fill the rest of the way with hot water. Yes, I know, more…but, it works.
    instead of fabric softener, use vinegar and/or lemon juice
    I’ve been doing this for years, tried going back to regular laundry detergent a few weeks ago and got so itchy I couldn’t stand it.
  • bee stings…make a paste and dab it on the sting, after dry you can either brush off the “cake” or just leave it be, baking soda will take the “sting” out of bee stings
  • mouthwash..mix a half a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of warm water, use like you would mouth wash
  • itchy skin/sunburns/sore muscles…add a couple of handfuls of baking soda to your bath and soak (to detox in the bath…a couple handfulls of baking soda and epsom salt to bath)


can be used to…

  • wash hair/control and/or get rid of dandruff…use Dawn like you would shampoo, once a week, condition like you normally would. I have to tell you, my dad used regular old hand soap to wash his hair…so, what ever floats your boat!
  • wash your car…pour a little in a bucket and fill with water from the garden hose, wash and rinse!
  • degrease your tools… same method as above
  • degrease your driveway… scatter kitty liter on driveway to absorb any puddles of grease, oil, gasoline, squirt a large amount of Dawn on spill/stain then rinse with garden hose

More to come…umm…we’re going fishing!!! I know this isn’t like my normal post(s), but…we’re not living in normal times!

Keep washing those hands

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