May 29, 2015

Many Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Amazing Uses:

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. 

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants
. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015

May 25, 2015

KIDS | "Auto" Message

The toy cars spell it out, our pal Aietch (pronounced "H") is 3 years old now. What a cool pix, we suspect mom Tammie might have had something to do with this....just sayin' 

KIDS | Sam's 1st Birthday's a Real Handful!

Now THIS is how to celebrate your birthday. There's no need for cutlery as Sam Young digs in on his 1st Birthday in this pix we found on his mom Jenn's facebook page. 

Eating your cake with your's a classic move that still makes us smile today, as our buddy Sam proves here. 

And just as we were about to hit the "publish" option, look at the amazing photo below that Jenn just added to the birthday collection.  Jenn admitted it took several shots to get the look just right, but this money shot was definitely worth the extra effort. LOVE IT JENN!

May 23, 2015

EVENT | Sat. Jun. 6

Family & friends of Susan Edwards will be participating in Gillian's Place Walk For Women. 

Their team is called
'Susan's Angels'. 

You are invited to cheer them on and/or make a donation to this worthy cause. 

See the ad below for further info. 
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May 20, 2015

PETS | Timmi Loves His Auntie

Timmi and I thank Cathy Neil for her hospitality. We really enjoyed our visit with you (but then again, we always do)

KIDS | Em's Truly Dandy!


EVENT | David Letterman's Final Show

After 33 years, David Letterman said goodbye with the final episode of The Late Show on Wed. May 20th .

Prior to David Letterman, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson was pretty much the only game in town.

Letterman was a pioneer when it came to redefining what a late night talk show could be. Today a bevy of late night talk shows fill the bewitching hours, capitalizing on what David did first and owing a great debt to this odd-but-endearing man.

PICTURE PERFECT | His Fine Feathered Friends

There's one thing you can say about our pal Mark Chrisp, he has a real eye for photography.

Seems every time we check out his facebook page, he's posted more amazing pix as evident by the hungry baby birds above and the swimming swans below.

We're thrilled to report that Mark has given us permission to repost more of his snapshots and coming very soon we'll do just that!

Thanks Mark, I can't wait to share your work with our Scribbles family.


YOU | She's Fifty-"One-derful" Now

It may not have been quite as elaborate as the previous year's celebration, but our Toronto pal Francesca Mackie's recent birthday was just as memorable.

Last May Francesca turned 50 and did it in grand style, with a catered party attended by family and friends, some who came from the U.K. and one little spikey-haired dude who traveled all the way from St.Catharines...LOL  (yes, I am talking about myself, of course)

This year Francesca was joined by her husband Brian and kids Colin and Catriona for a delicious dinner out.

WOW Francesca. It's hard to believe a whole year has passed by since your big 50th birthday bash, which we are featuring an encore video of below.


May 19, 2015

A carpet? A painting?
What can it be? 
It's a close-up look
at a neighbourhood tree
Not sure what this tree is called but it has very unique multi-coloured bark (or maybe it's not feeling well?  This is not my area of expertise.) The tree is near the opposite end of St Patrick Street, which is a bit of a distance, so Grandpa Timmi & I don't take that route very often when we do our daily walks. 

May 18, 2015

YOU | Baby on Board

Our friend Judy Teigrob has always been slim, so it shouldn't really come as a surprise to see that even when "with child", she is still very svelte.

Can you guess how many months along Judy is in her pregnancy?  Would you believe 5 months! Yep. Five.

You'd never know it, as is evident (or I guess more accurately, "non-evident") in the photo we see here, taken by Judy's beaming mother-in-law Marlene Teigrob and shared to Judy's facebook page (and then "stolen" by those little Scribbles gremlins.)

Judy and her husband Dale are expected a baby girl in early Fall and this is the happy couple's first child.

I love your itty bitty baby bump "Judy Q" , can't wait to see pix of you in the months ahead.


B.B. King

 Sept. 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015 

What an inspirational musician B.B. King was. We have truly lost a legend, but the thrill will never completely be gone, as King's words and passionate guitar playing will live on forever in his music.


May 17, 2015

PETS | "Let Me In"

Janet McParland posted this pix on facebook, which features the family dog Finn wondering why he had to stay out in the garage.

That's one dirty dog, but when they're this cute, they can get away with it.

May 15, 2015

ME | "Flour" Power

This year for Mother's Day each person in my family brought something for dinner to my mom's place. I was in charge of dessert and as anyone who knows me well will confirm, baking is something I am terrible at.  With that in mind, I brought a store bought cake, which was actually 4 quarters of 4 different kinds of cake.

Having a little fun, I dabbed some flour on my face to make it look like I had been working hard in the kitchen on my sweet treat.  It fooled no one of course, but made for a great photo op.  LOL!

Even after the meal was over, the silliness continued. As we see below, I couldn't resist "rabbit-earing" my sister Jane when it was time for a family photo. And after we snapped photos of mom and her grand kids, the follow-up pix was also pretty bizarre.

Must have been all the sugar that made us act goofy....yes, that's was the sugar's fault...LOL


PETS | Meow!

May 14, 2015

VIDEO | Jesse Helps His Person Through the Day

I think it's perhaps a bit too late to expect Timmi to start doing any of the amazing tasks that the dog on this video can do.  Truly awesome.

May 13, 2015

KIDS | Small, Medium & Large

When posting this pix of his daughter's on facebook, our friend Neil Blythin called it "Small, Medium and Large".  Dressed in similar outfits, Neil's description of Evelyn, Rachel and big sister Keira seems to be the perfect fit.

YOU | My Happy McNeighbour

KIDS | Face Time

Baby Madelyn (aka "Maddie") enjoys some 'up close and personal' time with her mommy Mandy, who captured these selfies for her facebook page.

Below, big sister Em loves her little sibling.


May 12, 2015

EVENT | May is Lyme Ribbon Month

Samantha May has started a group and we're eager to share it with you... 

Lyme Ribbons Up  
May 1st, 2015!


Instructions: On May 1st, tie a green ribbon around your tree (or window, mailbox, garage, bush, whatever) and leave it up until the 31st. The goal is to flood neighborhoods with this symbol to illustrate how many lives have been affected by Lyme Disease and coinfections (MSIDS)

I am calling on all Lyme Groups to help to share this as part of the May activities. This is not about one group or another. It's about making headlines and getting some awareness going! We have a few months to plan, so no excuses!

Make sure to hit join so you get the reminders and share so we can make this a huge movement. I want to see millions of trees. Can we make that happen?

Our Schedule
January - Keep sharing and inviting! If we hit 1000 in a few days, can we pass 10,000 by the end of the month?

February - We will start raising funds to help provide ribbon to larger local projects and to get ribbons to people who are too sick or isolated to get some.

March - Getting resources out - Ribbons, info graphics, permits and permissions for larger projects.

April - Promoting, promoting, promoting!

Ribbons up May 1st! I want pictures, video, news coverage
clips, everything!!!

Ribbons down May 31st! – Our environment has suffered enough and we are paying the price. Be sure not to add the the problem and use biodegradable eco-friendly ribbon and make specific plans to take down the ribbons you have distributed.

Find us on Twitter @TheLymeWire  HERE >

May 10, 2015

CLASSIC PIX | We Be Swingin'

My sister Jane will have to help me out here...not sure what year this was taken...but it was obviously not recent. It's my sister & I on the infamous Swinging Bridge in my hometown, Renfrew. I probably still have that shirt. But definitely NOT those high-riding jeans, those are thankfully, long gone.

Animal Mommies....