Vanish vs. Dish Soap – the Showdown

With kids and dogs in the house, messes and stains are quite commenplace. O’s mother has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and therefore has quite a lot of experience within the stain removal field.

She has tried to convince us of using Vanish more than once, but we have always been quite happy with regular dish soap which is better for both the environment and your health.

Should we trust the pink? It’s certainly a more expensive choice, but now to the test.

For the test setup we used a piece of cotton cloth cut into two pieces and applied 15 of the most common stains.

You really should remove stains immediately, but let’s face it – that never happens in real life, so we let the stains dry for the night. The next morning we soaked one cloth in water with dissolved Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White for 6 hours and then rubbed the stains (followed the instructions). The other cloth was soaked in water and dish soap. We rubbed some extra soap on the stains before soaking. This procedure was followed by 6 hours in a closed plastic bag.

We tried:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Chocolate
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Coke
  5. Cooking oil
  6. Lipstick
  7. Ball point pen
  8. Permanent marker
  9. Coffee
  10. Mascara
  11. Fruit coloring
  12. Baby poop
  13. Grass
  14. Dandelion sap
  15. Ketchup

You will notice a free space which should have been blood (no 16) but it turns out that we are too much of a pair of wushes to get that job done.

Now for the results…….

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Constructive Eating

I read this article about how to get your kids to eat their vegetables, which we all know can be quite a challenge. The Danish board of Health recommends 600 grams of fruit and greens every day, but only a tenth of the Danish children meet the standard. Pretty scary.

The authors stated that it’s easier to learn to like the taste of vegetables before the age 12 month due to the fact that 1-year old babies are far more skeptical about new foods and are strongly influenced by their parents’ habits. Next you need to expose the child to a new food item at least ten times before you throw in the towel.

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A’s Christening

Sunday was the day for A’ christening. The weather was beautiful and the whole family slept well, which is the first step to achieving a successful day.

I was stressed out of my mind in the morning. It’s really a hopeless task to get everyone ready in the right (preferably clean) clothes at the right time. Just the baby alone – make sure she is pretty full so she doesn’t cry in church, but not so full that she vomits on the dress. Don’t be late for church but don’t come to early or you will have the problem of controlling the 3-year old bag of fleas. Continue reading A’s Christening

The Fabric Softener Hack

As you probably know fabric softener is bad for the environment, and be sure that if it smells great it’s filled with perfume. I really don’t like my clothes smelling like perfume and the baby definitely doesn’t need it.

In stead we use untainted vinegar. Vinegar has the same softening effect on clothes as fabric softener and in addition, it’s also beneficial for your washing machine as it reduces limescale.

Vinegar doesn’t remove static electricity, but most of our clothes are made of natural materials such as cotton and wool, so for us it’s no problem.

Here’s the hack: Continue reading The Fabric Softener Hack

I didn’t take it, I just borrowed it

I was sooo happy when my son came home with a homemade necklace for me last week. It was just awesome that he had done this all by himself (he isn’t exactly known for his patience). Several days went by before he quietly told me that maybe; just maybe he had borrowed it from one of the other kids.


How do you deal with the task of teaching children the difference between borrowing and stealing?


Lash lift

I dream of long beautiful eyelashes, like everyone else, and have considered getting eyelash extensions for a long time now. Horror examples however are piling up on the web in the form of broken eyelashes and allergic reactions. Alternatively, you can get a “lash lift” that makes lashes appear longer and thicker for about 6-8 weeks.

The tech puts silicone pads on the eyelid, fasten the lashes with gel and uses a permanent liquid to get the lashes into shape. The process takes about an hour and is pretty comfortable (I actually fell asleep) and costs $70.


It is recommended not to expose your Lash Lifted lashes to water, steam, sauna and makeup for the first 24 hours.

What do you think?

Easy Shower Buns

My new mother’s group came by today. Very nice people and it’s great to have someone to talk baby with. I baked some super easy and great tasting cold raised buns for them. The advantage of this recipe is that you don’t need to get your hands in the dough, which comes in handy when you’re trying to look after the kids at the same time.

The name implies that it is actually possible to make these buns on an ordinary work day. Just put the buns in the oven – take a 20 minute bath – enjoy your toasty buns.

Here is the recipe: Continue reading Easy Shower Buns

Pyramid Shelf and Hot Chocolate

From the mid-1700s pyramid shelves (Amagerhylder) were incredibly popular among Danish peasants used as a display shelf. They have been unpopular for a long period, but have now found their way back – primarily in the children’s bedrooms.

Scrapping PaperThis pyramid shelf I got at a garage sale. I painted it black and added some scrapping paper for color. You can use wallpaper, but scrapping pager is cheaper. I finished with two layers of clear coats.

After all that hard work, just kidding it’s very easy, I needed some hot chocolate. This is the recipe we use:

  • Hot Chocolate2 cups (½ liter) milk
  • 1 oz. (25 g.) dark chocolate (70%)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sugar according to taste (we don’t use any)
  • Cinnamon (we do that mostly at Christmas time)
  • Whipping cream
  • Vanilla sugar


  • Heat the milk with chocolate and add a pinch of salt. Whip often so the milk doesn’t burn. Add sugar and cinnamon if you fancy.
  • Whip the cream and add vanilla sugar according to taste


Shedding Season

The summer is ending and that equals a ton of dog hair in our home. We recently bought a couple of rugs, but keeping them clean during the shedding season is a hopeless job. I read that one of the cleaning ladies at the Danish royal family use a scrubbing broom to remove pet hair from the oriental rugs at the Palace.

Dogs are like potato chips – you can’t have just one

Yesterday I bought a floor scrubbing broom and today it came to the test. I pulled the brush across the carpet towards myself to draw the hairs out of the carpet and finished with a vacuuming.

Your dog will shed less if you choose dog food of high quality  preferably with fish oil and brush the dog regularly.

It works really well – this is how I’m going to clean from now on.