I have made powdered laundry soaps in the past and our clothes never smelled clean really. So i went back to buying laundry detergent from the store. Does your laundry soap recipe make your clothes smell like they are washed even after using the same soap for 6 months? It took a couple of months for us to notice that our clothes never smelled clean so just want to make sure it works long term.Jessica: I love the smell that it leaves on our clothes, but if you want a bit more scent, you can add some essential oils to it...lavender would smell really good and clean! Jess
Hi Jess! Does the alcohol in your de-icer spray damage the car paint or windshield wipers? Thanks, RebeccaJessica: Hi, Rebecca! It won't damage the paint on your car, but can dry the rubber parts on your wiper blades after time if you don't rinse them off. Hope this helps! Jess
Cooking whole chicken in air fryer We have iron chef G Z’s air fryer oven What setting do we use air fry, bake, or convection bake (chicken was too big for rotisserie skewers).Jessica: You definitely want to use the air fryer setting. The baking, convection and rotisserie functions work totally different. Hope this helps! Jess
I’d love to know what the other side of the sideboard looks like. And, has it been functional?Jessica: The other side is flat and the same color as the rest of the sideboard. It has been extremely functional as both an island and for storage. Jess
I have vintage pillow cases. I stored them in an antique cabinet. I had a stain to refresh the wood on the inside and outside. I thought once it dried it wouldn’t be a problem but found out that some had rubbed off and got on my pillow cases. I actually soaked them in a weak mixture of bleach and water but they are still there. Any suggestions?? Thank you for your advice.Jessica: I'm so sorry to hear that! Stain is really hard to get out of fabrics, but you could try scrubbing them gently with Dawn dish liquid a few times. You could take them to a dry cleaners and see if they can help if that doesn't work, and they may know a solution. I wish I had a better answer for you, and hope you can get the stains out! Jess
I’d like to make your Homemade Degreaser Spray. Is there a substitute I can use for Castile Soap as I live in Spain?Jessica: You can use dish liquid instead of Castile soap if you can't get any. Castile soap is vegetable based, so I like to use it instead, but dish liquid works great too! I've heard Spain is beautiful! Jess
How can I clean up old tablecoths?Jessica: It depends on how old the tablecloth is and what it is made from. For really delicate/old fabrics, I would use some dish liquid and warm water to hand wash them. If the tablecloth isn't delicate or extremely old, then washing it in the washing machine should clean them. For stains, you can use my Stain Remover here ---> https://www.mom4real.com/the-best-homemade-stain-remover-recipe/ Hope this helps! Jess
Hello, I am interested in making the cat deterrent spray. My cat is starting to love the couch and mattress with his nails. Since you’ve used this for a while, does this mixture stain the fabric?Jessica: Hi! It shouldn't stain the fabric, but if you really want to be sure, you can test a small section to be sure. We've used it for years and have never had any issues with staining since it has no color. Hope this helps! Jess
Can I use lemon juice instead of lemon essential oil when making your homemade soft scrub?Jessica: You can use lemon juice instead if you like, but you'll need to refrigerate it if you do, and it won't last as long, maybe two weeks. Hope this helps! Jess
Can you please tell me if there is a way to prevent new black suede shoes from staining skin (if you’re not wearing socks or stockings): or if you are wearing them that the suede doesn’t stain the socks?
Thank you.Jessica: Gently scrub the inside of your suede shoes with a mixture of a few drops of dish liquid and some warm/almost hot water. Allow to dry for 24 hours, and it should help prevent staining of your socks and feet! Hope this helps! Jess
How do you smoke a turkey?Jessica: Here is the link to my post on How to Smoke a Turkey https://www.mom4real.com/how-to-cook-a-smoked-turkey-on-the-big-green-egg-or-other-smoker/
Have you tried cleaning large Sheepskin rugs?Jessica: I haven’t cleaned a large Sheepskin rug before, but I have cleaned a smaller faux sheepskin rug. Not sure if this will help, but here is an article I wrote about cleaning faux sheepskin rugs… https://www.ehow.com/13582906/how-to-clean-a-faux-sheepskin-rug
Hi Jess! I am a hairspray lover!! But getting it off of my bathroom linoleum floor is such a pain! I end up scrubbing and rescrubbing! I was wondering if you have any tips for making it easier? Thank you, AmyJessica: Hi, Amy! You and my daughter both! Honestly, hair spray is just one of those things that gets EVERYWHERE. If you are using an aerosol hairspray, you can try switching to non-aerosol and it won’t spray everywhere as much. As far as getting it off of your linoleum floors, adding a little vinegar can help. I wish I had a better answer for you, but hair spray is just one of those sticky things that makes a major mess. Good luck!
I made baked stuff shrimp last Thursday. The shrimp ended being rancid. It is a week today and I still smell rotten fish in my house. I have washed everything and used candles, sensey plugins and incenses. I don’t know what else to do. I even put baking soda down the kitchen drain where I washed the shrimp. I washed the floors checked and for any shrimp on the floor.
Any suggestions?Jessica: Hi, Jane! I’m so sorry to hear that, and I bet you are at your end with it! Here is the recipe that I use for Odor Neutralizing Spray…the lemon really helps to get rid of the odor…you may also want to try opening the windows as much as possible to help air out your home. https://www.mom4real.com/homemade-odor-neutralizer-spray/ If you have carpets, you can try this carpet deodorizer that helps absorb odors…you just sprinkle, let it sit for a while and vacuum it up…Make Your Own Deodorizing Carpet Powder If you still have the issue after using these, you may need to clean any carpets with a carpet cleaner to really get rid of the smell. You also may want to change out your HVAC air filter. I’m so sorry you are having this issue and hope I have been some sort of help. Good luck! Jess
I would like to use the mattress spray solution but my husband doesn’t like strong scents. He’s not real fond of me burning candles! If I use fewer drops of the essential oil will it still be as effective? What if I don’t use any oils?
Thanks, CarolJessica: Hi, Carol! I think that would be fine…some is better than none in this case :) xoxo, Jess
I’m a freelance writer for Taste of Home, and I’m currently working on an article about vanilla vodka drinks. I’m collecting recipes from a handful of bloggers, and I came across your recipe for the Orange Creamsicle Cocktail I was wondering if I may use the photo from your blog for my article. We would directly link to your recipe page and provide photo credit, of course. I will also do a brief unique writeup describing your recipe (i.e., I won’t copy and paste the ingredients or steps).
Let me know if I have your permission to feature your recipe and photo in this fun slideshow-style article.
Thank you so much. Have a great week!
CearaJessica: Hi, Ceara! Thank you so much for asking first. I’d be delighted to have my recipe featured with a photo and link back! If you have any more questions or would like to share the article with me when it is published so I can share it as well, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks so much, Jess