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A Product Review I Have to Tell You About RIGHT NOW

18 Jul

Generally, my product reviews take lots and lots of time to review. Time, price, and effectiveness all come into play.

That is the first great point about what I’m bragging about today: TIME.

What the product? KABOOM Foaming Cleaner

I’m not usually one to buy thing that require cheesy infomercials to sell, because I’m a firm believe that good products usually sell themselves, but with hard water build-up on my full length glass shower doors, I was at my wits end.

I’m not very familiar with hard water, calcium, and lime build-up, but if I knew anything it was that CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust remover) was made for the job! WRONG. After letting it set for what felt like forever, and then scrubbing like my life depended on it, I had minimal results.

So, it has probably been about a year since I’ve cleaned the shower doors.

Then, just a few days ago, I was sitting on my couch when a KABOOM commercial came on. The over-excited spokesperson told me how easy and quick it was to use, and that it removed hard water build-up. I was skeptical, but desperate.

I promptly went out and bought 2 bottles of foaming cleaner, that also changed color to tell me when I could wipe it off.  Just 10 minutes ago, I sprayed down one shower door. The stuff is harsh on the nostrils! I stepped out, washed off the can and my spray finger, and turned around and voila! The foam had changed from blue to white.

I grabbed a sponge, and wiped it down. Then, I sprayed some water on the door to give a nice rinse.

The results amazed me. I could see through the glass again!

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In the first picture, look to the left of the door, and just to the right of the door frame. In the second picture, look to the left of the door frame and to the left of the door. WOW!

I did the other door, and the same result!

I will say it didn’t do much for the ring in the toilet, so I’m going to try another product later today.

But in just about a minute I had clear shower doors that didn’t require scrubbing! Heck with CLR!

Ever used this stuff? Sound off in the comments!

 

DIY Nautical Net-Covered Bottle

11 May

When I moved to this new house, I decided I wanted something different for my bathroom than how I’d decorated it previously. When I took my colors course, I made this little mood-board, and liked it so much that I decided to take it to the next level.

Deep Sea Abyss Bathroom

 

I like it because it’s masculine, but also because it is less “sea-side” nautical, and more deep sea, old-world nautical.

But, because it’s a little less ordinary than your normal sea-themed bathroom, I’ve had difficulty finding good accessories that are affordable. I made decorated my own shower hooks (tutorial to come, soon), my own shower curtain, and I’ve had to gather odds and ends. Most recently, I came across a bottle similar to the one pictured at the beginning of the post, and I loved it. I already had a use for a glass bottle, but to dress it up like that would be great!

As I do frequently, I set about the interwebs to find a tutorial on how to do it. I found an okay one, but the knotting was less-than-desirable. So, here we go.

First, you’ll need some sort of rope – I used jute. Tie it around the neck of your bottle and knot however you feel most comfortable. It needs to be a little loose, so that you can tie other pieces of rope to it. (Sorry for the poor quality pictures – my camera was dead, so I had to use my broken cellular device.)

Next, cut several pieces of rope, 3-4 times longer than your bottle or jar. I used 5, but you could also go as high as 8-10 depending on how big your jar is. I also went 4 times longer – I tried 3 times longer the first time, and had to start over. Too long of rope is much better than too short of rope, so do what feels most comfortable.

Fold each piece of rope in half, and slip it under the rope tied around the next of the bottle, evenly spacing them.

Then, bring the loose ends up through the loop, and tighten (I’m sure there is a name for this knot, but I don’t know what it is). Do this to all of your strands.

Next, take two strands that are adjacent strands from different knots and twist them once. Then, tape the twisted part down or it won’t stay.

The tape is very necessary. And this part of the process is where the other tutorials I found failed. They had a different way to knot, and with the size of my rope, it did not look good at all. If you want to try it, this is what that knot looks like:

So continue the twisting and taping around your jar, until one row is done. Then, do the next row, and then the next. Make sure you tape, or this can be frustrating.

Once you get to the bottom, make another circle out of the jute rope. You can make it small so that it is smaller than the base of your jar, or you can make it the same size. I did mine at roughly the same size, and I don’t have any strong feelings one way or another.

Then, you are going to knot the loose ends onto the circle. I don’t have a great way to show this process, but find a knot you like, and stick with it. I looped the loose ends from the outside and under the circle. Then, I put the ends through the loop made by the opposite end when you go under the circle. Then, I simple just did a single knot and pulled. I went around the circle on opposite sides so that the pull was constant (like when you change a tire).

And voila! Now, you just have to find something fun and pretty to put in your jar.

I filled mine with shower bombs.

What do you think of the finished product? Do you know if there is a better day to do this, or a knot that would make things so much easier? 

Some Say the Glass is Half Full…

14 Jun

 

Maybe it just means I’m indecisive, or have commitment issues.

When people ask me if the glass is half empty, or half full, I can only respond with “it depends”. It depends on what its original state was. If the glass started out completely full with liquid, and you drink half of it, then it is half empty; however, if you fill the glass half way, then it is half full.

I think this speaks to my belief that things are rarely black and white, and my nature as a scientist – I must question the world around me, and use what information I gather about a situation to deduce what it means. I can’t think of any great examples, but I’ll use money as one. Say you are born into a family with millions of dollars, and you inherit this money when you become an adult. Then, for some unforeseen event, you lose all of it except for 100 dollars. You naturally feel unfortunate, and unlucky. On the contrary, if you are homeless and have all of a dollar to your name, and you are given 100 dollars, you feel like the richest person on the planet.

What do you think, half full or half empty? What do you think of my perspective?