Use vinegar to clean surfaces minus the stink


We’re leaning more and more toward organic solutions at home. Two reasons. They’re safer and they’re cheaper. We’ve experimented a lot from vodka bathroom cleaner to a few other things that often involved vinegar.

It’s no news that vinegar is an effective household cleaner. I’ve used vinegar to clean the microwave and it worked wonderfully. Not too long ago, I tried making an organic mosquito repellent with vinegar and vodka, and although effective against mosquitoes and ants, my daughters complained about the stinky smell that pervaded all over the house. So, Speedy tried something else — cloves, baby oil and alcohol.

But for cleaning countertops, tiles and glass, we keep going back to vinegar. And Speedy has found a way to make most of the stink go away. Yes, citrus peels. »

Re-using glass jars: how to easily remove the sticky labels


This is a story that begins with mojito and ends with dulce de leche with a murder video in between. Yes, there is a direct and incontrovertible connection between them. The mojito story, I've shared with friends on Facebook before. But because it … »

Do you reuse empty jars? We do!


In the tripe, lettuce and tomato sandwich post, there is a photo of cooked tripe stored in an ice cream gallon. Reader Ken_L commented, "Is that a recycled ice cream container I see in the second picture? Thank you for reassuring me I am not totally … »

Vinegar plus hot water equals clean microwave oven


Everyone wants to go green, and "green" formulas for everything are all over the internet. And I mean everything -- from underarm deodorant to toothpaste to tile and kitchen counter cleaners. Which works and which don't, we won't know until we try … »

Are you prepared for the monsoon season?


There's probably no one more excited than I am for the arrival of the rainy season. "Excited" might sound mean for people who get nervous with the slightest drizzle after the disastrous floods brought by typhoons in the past, but I have no better … »

Lime and kalamansi flowers, an illustration of genetics


Sam and Alex look like me. Sam looks like me and Speedy combined but more me than Speedy. Sam and Alex look alike although they both deny it vehemently. It's called genetics. It's not something peculiar to humans.Genetics applies to all living … »

Getting rid of ants: boric acid or borax?


Oldies say the presence of ants in a house means luck. I never believed that crap. I understand that ants play an important role in ecology, that they hasten the decomposition of food and that they make the soil friendlier to plants when they bore … »