Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Someone requested ways they could make things at home like we do.  Jean will have how to make certain food items, I will will have cleaning items and Marilyn will put in here and there.  What I put on are items I make in my own home.  Please use these at your own risk.


1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 pints of water

Mix. Put in spray bottle and spray on windows.  I use a piece of cloth or paper towels to wash the window and dry it with newspaper.

MARILYN: I worked for a school office one summer and wondered why the school smelled like vinegar.  I asked the maintenance supervisor and she told me they were washing the windows.  When I asked what they used she said vinegar and water.


1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda

Mix and dissolve in pail of warm soft water.  Wash walls, varnished wood work, and furniture.


ALWAYS use SCRAP FATS (bacon, etc.). NO OILS.   I have a coffee can that I put the fats in.  Don't throw them out.

Use only enamel pans or glass pans NO ALUMINUM pans.  STIR with wooden spoon.

CLARIFY waste fat by melting slowly and straining thru double cheese cloth, then add an equal amount of hot water, stir well and bring to a boil.  Remove from stove, add 1 quart cold water, stirring constantly.  Set aside to cool.  When firm, the clean fat will be a solid cake on top of water, read to make soap.

5 1/2 cups strained melted fat (no oils)
2 1/2 cups soft or rainwater
1/2 cup lye
1/4 cup liquid ammonia
1/4 cup borax
1/6 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of lemon (or other scent)

Add lye to soft water in quite large enamel or glass kettle, allow to cool to lukewarm.  POUR slowly into lukewarm melted fat, with slow even stirring.  ADD ammonia, borax, and sugar and continue stirring evenly.  Add scent and pure food color if desired.  CONTINUE stirring until like cake batter (about 20 minutes)

POUR into clean GLASS oblong containers.  COVER and keep at room temperature for 24 hours.  Then cut into bars.

The recipe makes 20 - 4 oz bars.  ALLOW soap to age two weeks before using.

Jean and I use this same recipe in making soap.  It has been passed down in our families for several generations.

MARILYN: Jean had the above soap on before.  I can't remember if it was on Amish Stories or here.


1 qt. warm water (rain water preferred)
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp good cooking oil or cedar oil

Put in jar and shake well.  Soak soft cloth with polish and wipe furniture well.  Then polish with dry cloth.


1 cup linseed oil
5 cups turpentine
1 cup vinegar

Mix and shake well.  Bottle.  First wipe furniture with warm water and then with a tablespoon or two of polish.  When dry, polish with soft cloth.  This is good for keeping antique furniture from drying out.


If you get ants in your house Bay Leaves or Garlic will take care of them.  I prefer Bay Leaves as I can put them in my kitchen drawers, cupboards.  Also can place them on the counter and floor.


Elderberry leaves placed on the floor or in cupboards will cause cockroaches to leave.

MARILYN: I have even used Bay Leaves on the bathroom floor where I found ants as well as in my kitchen.  Bay Leaves worked faster than a store purchased spray.

ANNA:  If I don't have on here what you were looking for or you think of something else you would like, please leave it on messages and I will see what I can do.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Anonymous said...

I use vinegar and water to clean windows, mirrors, etc. I also use bay leaves for ants. I saw a scout ant in the kitchen the other day.n So got the bay leaves out. Hopefully I won't see anymore.

Tom said...

Great advise. Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Jodie,
I have never used vinegar and water, but I am going to try that. I do use the bay leaves for the ants. That really works.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Tom,
Glad you like it.


littlemancat said...

We use the vinegar and water mix for windows also. We kept an old spray bottle for the mix. Love the tip about bay leaves for ants,will try them. So, thank you to Anna and also to Elmer for answering the questions about loans and banks. All very good advice indeed.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Mary,
Will see that Anna and Elmer gets your comments.

I swear by the bay leaves for ants. Being in a ground floor apartment, I get the ants and I use to use Raid, ant stuff and more. The only thing that really cleaned them out was bay leaves. Also, I don't have to worry about Pierre eating bay leaves like I do store bought ant items. Anna told me to use bay leaves a while ago.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
I went into Amish and Old Order Mennonite area to take pictures and got that 75 miles on the car before he could inspect. IT PASSED INSPECTION !!
He did not inspect the ball joints or tie rods. I am to take it back Thursday, but he can't believe anything is wrong with them as they are too new.

Thank you for all your prayers.

Praise the Lord,

Anonymous said...

Marilyn, that is good news! You said you know this man to be honest, so sounds to me you'll continue to take the vehicle to him as necessary from now on, right? Blessings, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
Oh, yes and I have a back up in case he is on vacation when my car goes. He said it will need new tires before next year, but they passed this year.


Ingrid said...

Marilyn,good news indeed,so happy for you.I would never go back to first place you took car for inspection,that person just thought he could take advantage of you and make some money.Shame on him.
Also thank you to Anna and Jean for todays helpful post.Knew about vinegar and water for windows and bayleaf for ants but the rest is all new to me.I've been wanting a cleaner for furniture.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Ingrid,
I don't intend to go back to them. They were so good to me the first few times I was there. They did things for my car a lot less than others wanted to do the same thing. They were out to get me the last few times.

I will also see that Anna and Jean get your messages.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

These are great! Thanks so much for posting them!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Willow's Quiet Corner,
Glad you like them so much. Will pass your message on.