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Removing Burned Food From Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

Please tell me you all have a pot that looks like this one.  This poor thing has definitely seen better days, and because it is so darn hard to clean it isn’t my very favorite.  This is actually a picture of how it looked after I got done making Naan Indian Bread (an amazing recipe that is coming up soon).  And honestly even before I even made the bread it didn’t look that great.  I figured it was time to put some Pinterest ideas to the test.

Here is what I found said about cleaning stainless steel pots:

“1. Place pot on stove 2. Add enough vinegar to cover the bottom with equal parts vinegar and water. 3. Bring to a boil (covered) 4. Boil 20 minutes 5. After 20 min you should be able to scrape off the burned parts with wooden spoon. 6. Empty the pot and coat it with baking soda. Scrub with a mesh dish cloth. 7. Rinse…should be good as new.”

Easy enough right?  So I did the above, but I let the vinegar water solution set overnight before I scraped it with the wooden spoon.  Here’s the results!

BEFORE                                                  AFTER

So I wouldn’t say that the pot was as good as new, but it looked quite a bit better.  Much better than if I would have just tried to wash it with water and dish detergent.  I’m even thinking that I may try another round of vinegar and baking soda to see if I can get the rest of the black spots off.  I think overall I’d give this a 4 stars out of 5 rating.  If you have a pan like this one and try this trick let me know if it works for you.

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Toothpick Star Experiment

I saw this pop up on Facebook a few days ago and thought it looked like a fun little experiment to try.  All it requires is a few toothpicks and water.  According to the video I watched all you need to do is set the toothpicks in a snowflake type shape with all the points to the center, then add a drop of water and all of a sudden it magicallly transforms into a 5 point star.

I have to admit I was skeptical about this one working.  The video I watched didn’t have any sound, or advice on how to set it up, so I winged it.

I arranged the toothpicks like I had seen in the video on a plate (not pictured) and tried putting the water in the center.  Nothing happened to the toothpicks, except they got wet.  Boring!  So, I thought maybe my cutting board would work better.

The first picture shows the toothpicks just like I put them on the plate.  They are still a bit damp from the first disappointing attempt.  I added water to the center again, and as you can see the cutting board just soaked up the water.

I really wanted this experiment to work, so I looked up more videos.  None of them had any words or ideas, just silent videos.  A different one I saw showed breaking the toothpicks halfway, so they were at right angles, and then forming them in a snowflake shape like this.

 

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I noticed that the water in the videos I watched puddled up like a raindrop in the middle of the star.  Mine was not doing that.  It was just running all over underneath the toothpicks and making a mess. I thought that perhaps the surface I was putting the toothpicks on was the reason it wasn’t working.  I had a ziplock bag nearby, so I grabbed that and set the toothpicks on it.

Attempt number 3.  I used the dropper and put the water in the middle.  This time something happened!  The toothpicks started moving.  First together, and then apart into a 5 point star.  Sweet!  If you’d like to see it in action check out the video I posted on our Facebook page.  Toothpick Star Experiment

My final thoughts:  This is a really fun and easy project!  If you have toothpicks on hand, and some cute curious kiddos nearby, definitely give it a try.

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Try It Tuesday: Fixing Doll Hair

If you have a little girl in your life, I’m guessing you probably have some kind of doll with crazy hair like this one.   This isn’t an American Girl doll, but rather a knock off that we got from Target a couple of years ago.  I saw something on Pinterest that talked about fixing crazy doll hair with just two ingredients and this poor thing came to mind.  Talk about a bad hair day!

I saw different ways to fix doll hair including just using regular shampoo and conditioner, but the most common one was mixing water and Downey fabric softener together in a spray bottle. Since it was the most common I decided to try that out first.  Wondering if it really works?

20170321_133141 I didn’t really mesaure out the ingredients, but as you can see from the picture, I filled the spray bottle with warm water 3/4 of the way full.  I then added a big squirt of the Downey fabric softener and shook it up.

DURING BRUSHING                                      AFTER

I sprayed her hair until it was damp and got to brushing.  If your doll’s hair is as bad as this one was I would recommend using a brush that has good bristles so that they won’t fall out as you are brushing.  Several times I was glad that I had chosen to use the brush that had the firm plastic bristles.  In the picture on the left it looks like she has some kind of crazy layered cut.  Fortunately that’s just her side bangs and not something that my daughter did with scissors.

As I started to brush her hair the first thing that came to mind was how crazy it was that I could tug at someone’s hair that hard without hearing a peep.  Usually as soon as I try to run a brush through my daughter’s hair she starts saying how much it hurts no matter how careful I am.

It took me quite a while to do this.  Her hair was so snarly that I had to keep brushing and spraying, brushing and spraying.  So, if you are planning on doing this you should plan on taking a while to get through the tangles.

As you can see her hair still looked a bit frizzy on the ends, but the top of her head was a lot better.   This girl had made quite a big hairball by the time we were finished.

Now, if you are satisfied with just having your doll’s hair straight you are all finished.  I thought that this doll had too many frizzy ends to leave as is, so I decided to do another fun tutorial I saw on how to make doll hair curly again.

With her hair still damp, I used a pencil to roll up her hair into a curl and secured it with a bobby pin.  I did this several times until her hair was all curled.  I then set her outside in the sun for a couple of hours to let her curls set.

After I thought she had had enough time to dry I brought her back in and started to undo some of the curls.  Several of them were still slightly damp, so I took her into my bathroom and used my blow dryer on a low setting.  It didn’t mention anything about a blow dryer in the tutorial, but I was anxious to see how it would turn out and didn’t want to wait any longer.  I wouldn’t recommend doing the blowdryer thing with the heat turned up too high or for too long.  You wouldn’t want to melt her hair!

After about 2-3 minutes of drying her hair I carefully pulled out the bobby pins.  The curls probably would have been more ringlet shaped if I wouldn’t have gotten so anxious, but I liked the nice soft wavy texture she ended up getting.  If you’d like more of a ringlet look on your doll you would probably need to let her hair set at least overnight.

So, here are the results!

BEFORE

AFTER

I will have to say I felt a bit ridiculous for spending all this time just on a doll’s hair, but it really did look a lot better afterward.  If you have a little kiddo who loves playing salon this would be a fun project for the two of you to share.  And if you still have quite a bit of the spray bottle solution left over you can use it as homemade Febreze!

My final thoughts:  I would probably give this project 4 out of 5 stars.  It took quite a bit of effort to get the tangles out even with the fabric softener.  I was a bit disappointed that her straight hair still looked frizzy on the ends.  Overall though it made a big difference, and as a bonus, she smells amazing!