Sweet, Sweet Sunday

10 More Uses for Mineral Oil Around Your Home

As we start building our kitchen one item at a time and crawling our way along the Raw Foods pyramid at a snail’s pace, so far we only have three items in our dream home…

  • A saute pan
  • A spatula
  • A cutting board

And in the last post we saw that we should also buy some mineral oil to keep our boards in good shae,…

But sorry, as a minimalist on a budget, I am so not gonna buy mineral oil just to kee my cutting board in working condition…

There has to be way more reasons to fork over money on mineral oil, regardless of how chea it may be, than to rub on cutting boards.

So I did some research to find what else I can use mineral oil for, and was surrised to find just how useful mineral oil can be…both around the home and around to take better care of myself and my family.

First let’s take a look at how mineral oil can be used around the home, other than taking care of your cutting boards…

1.Adhesives…Mineral oil is the one thing that can be used to remove stickers, bumper stickers, adhesive tape, price tags…as well as any residue that may be left behind.

2. Essential Oil Diffuser…Mineral oil can be used as a carrier oil when using essential oils in your diffuser.

3. Knives…Before you leave your kitchen and move to other rooms in your house with your brand new bottle of mineral oil, take the time to use the mineral oil to clean and maintain your kitchen knives. This will create a barrier against any moisture in your home’s atmosphere and also help keep knives rust-free.

. Laundry…Mineral oil can be used as a pre-wash treatment for stained clothes. 

5. Leather…Mineral oil can be used to clean your leather surfaces, such as leather shoes. Before doing this, first rub a small amount of the oil onto a small area of the item to make sure that the oil doesn’t affect the color of your leather. Once you’re sure that the mineral oil will not damage the surface, rub the leather surface with the oil and wait for about thirty minutes before buffing the leather with a clean, soft cloth.

6. Linoleum…Mineral oil not only is great for wood and metal surfaces, but also for refreshing the color of your faded linoleum kitchen counters. Just let it be known that even though mineral oil does refresh the color of faded linoleum for about three weeks before fading, and that constant application of mineral oil to linoleum will make it break down…so only do this for special occasions such as holiday parties when you really need your kitchen to look extra-gorgeous.

7. Metal…In addition to wood surfaces around your home, mineral oil is also great for metal surfaces, such as your stainless steel kitchen appliances and preventing rust on metal furniture, such as your outdoor table and chairs.

8. Noises…Mineral oil can help reduce the noise around your house—such as noises from squeaking doors and creaky floors.

9. Stainless Steel…Mineral oil is great for shining your stainless-steel sinks, appliances and countertops. Pour a few drops of the oil onto a clean, soft cloth…and then wipe the surface until you have a smudge-free shine.

10. Wood…It kinda goes without saying that if mineral oil is good for your cutting boards, it’s good for other wood stuff around your house also—such as wooden handles of kitchen cooking utensils, salad bowls, and wood furniture.

In fact, mineral oil can be used instead of your normal store-bought furniture polish to help preserve and protect wooden furniture.

To make your own furniture polish, combine 2C mineral oil and the juice from a lemon.

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Sweet, Sweet Sunday

10 Ways to Improve Refrigerator Raids These Holidays

Having a bigger fridge will be the perfect answer to your food storage needs. Like everything else, a bigger space simply gives you a bigger area to make a bigger mess, right?

Instead of a bigger fridge, you need a smarter fridge…or at least a smarter fridge organization system.

Having a “smarter” fridge means having a clean, tidy, and organized fridge.

But before we move on to ideas to help you organize your fridge, let’s look at why we need to even store food in a refrigerator in the first place?

Four basic factors affect the nutritional value of your food once you bring it home from the grocery store. These are…

  • Exposure to air
  • Exposure to heat
  • Exposure to light
  • Length of time in storage

Refrigerating foods can help slow down this process.

But what good is refrigerating your food if you can’t find a darn thing whenever you open it?

And now is possibly the best time of the year to clean and organize your fridge— before the upcoming holiday season baking and partying season begins to make your kitchen way more messier than normal, and also blows your grocery budget.

Here are some really great ideas…

1.  Binder Clips,,,The first tool that will come in handy as you are starting to organize your fridge is a binder clip. Not only are binder clips great in the kitchen for closing that opened bag of Fritos, but can also be used to keep round bottles on their sides in your fridge so that they don’t roll around in your fridge and to hang opened bags in your fridge or freezer so the contents don’t spill out all over the place.

2. Bottle Loft…($ 38.00 from Uncommon Goods)…Each set of two 8″x1.5″ heavy duty magnetic strips with peel-and-stick adhesive holds six beverage bottles suspended from the ceiling of your fridge, keeping them handy and freeing up space for other food. These stris are especially good for the ourside “beer” fridge that you hoe that all of our Southern Baptist friends never know even exists. Not only do these strips save much needed space, they also keep bottles from tipping over in the fridge.

3. Door-Sized Drink Dispensers… I am a total fanatic when it comes to almost anything sold by The Container Store, and these pitchers are no exception. These two refrigerator pitchers are made from heavy-weight glass with a locking plastic lid that seals tightly and a grip handles. The smallest of these two pitchers measures 9x4x3 and will hold about four fus. This pitcher costs $9.99.

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4.  Egg Storage Box…Egg Storage Boxes, such as this Girl12Queen Refrigerator Egg Storage Box av.available at Walmart, can store up to rwo dozen eggs inside a compact and durable container that you can safely tuck beneath other goods.

5. Lazy Susan…Lazy Susans, such as these allow you to reach food in the back of your fridge without having to move two dozen condiment bottles to find the one that you’re actually looking for.

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6. Magazine Holders…Plastic magazine holders, such as these clear  8″L x 11-7/8″H x 4″D STORi Clear Plastic Magazine Holders, can be stacked on their sides to maximize vertical storage in your fridge.

7.  Snack Bins…Snack bins, such as this mini 3-drawer organizer, allow your kids to grab their own snacks out of the fridge without having to rummage sort through the entire fridge.

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8. Spices and Herbs…To help keep fresh spices and herbs fresh and also prevent them from ending up crushed and rotten at the bottom of a your “food rotter,” try these Prepara Herb Savor Pod 2.0.

9. Storage Bins and Boxes…Storage bins and boxes are a given when it comes to organizing your fridge. These bins and boxes come in handy for everything from making snacks accessible to making sure that opened wedges of cheeses or packages of deli meat don’t simply find their way to the pits of your fridge and make your fridge end up stinking until you can clear everything out of the fridge in order to find out what is making your fridge smell so bad.

Two great sources for storage bins and boxes are Fridge Binz from InterDesign and storage bins from mDesign.

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10. Vegetable and Fruit Bags…Taking reusable mesh bags, such as these Purifyou Premium Reusable Mesh/Produce Bags, with you to the store when shopping for produce makes so much more sense than using standard plastic produce bags typically found at grocery stores will not only keep your fruits and vegetables fresher, but are also “politically correct.”