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Make homemade polish

By on May 28, 2012
olive oil


Dear Sara:

I’m looking for a homemade polish for my kitchen cabinets. My cabinets are dated, so I’m sure most anything is better than the way they look now. Any suggestions? — Lisa H., North Carolina

Dear Lisa:

Here’s a tried-and-true recipe from a fellow reader, Donna from California: “My kitchen cabinets are old, old, old, and they look their age, so I didn’t mind experimenting on them. I tried a recipe for furniture polish that is one part white vinegar to four parts olive oil. I made up a very small batch of 1/4 cup of oil and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. I dabbed a clean, soft cloth into the mixture, then rubbed it into my cabinets. After applying only a small amount, the polished door looked glossy and lustrous.” You can clean with Murphy Oil Soap before applying the above polish.

Dear Sara:

Does wheat flour go bad? I purchased a big package of wheat flour not too long ago and it tastes rather bitter. I tried a different brand, and it doesn’t have a bitter taste at all. I ended up throwing out the first bag because it’s horrible. — Cheri, Indiana

Dear Cheri:

Wheat flour can go rancid because of the oil content. It has a shorter shelf life than white flour. Rancidity can make it smell and taste funny. You can store it in your refrigerator for up to six months or in your freezer for up to a year to extend the typical shelf life of one or two months at room temperature.

Dear Sara:

Do you have a body wash recipe? — Rebecca, email

Dear Rebecca:

Baby shampoo works well for hair and skin for all ages. You can use it as a makeup remover, too. Here are three homemade body wash recipes:
Body wash
2 cups Tom’s of Maine moisturizing bar soap or Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (grated)
1/2 gallon distilled water
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
15 drops skin-safe fragrance or essential oil

Mix grated soap, water and glycerin together in a large pan. Warm on the stove using low heat. Stir until the soap dissolves. Add essential oil and mix well. Transfer to a jar with a tight lid.

One reader, Tracy Q. from New York, shares: “I make homemade body wash from cheap shampoo. Use one cup of Suave shampoo (in your favorite scent), 1/2 cup water and 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Combine all the ingredients together and whisk the mixture until it’s frothy. Pour it into a recycled liquid soap container and you have instant body wash at a fraction of the cost!”

Another reader, Constance from New Jersey, shares her recipe: “Grate two bars of soap (I used 4.25-ounce Olay Shea Butter bars) with a fine cheese grater. Pour grated soap and 2 cups of water into a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until soap is dissolved, about five minutes. Cool slightly. The soap should have the consistency of whole milk at this point. Pour into bottles. You can top off your bottles with more water if you want. Cool overnight. The bodywash should have the consistency of melted ice cream when cooled. Use a nickel-sized dollop on your bath sponge and lather up! I’m going to get a year of use out of two bars of soap. I also replaced my facial cleanser with this. It even works well for shaving!”

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