101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas! Need alternatives to candy this Halloween for school or house parties or to hand out to trick or treaters? This list of 101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas has something for everyone.


Do you need alternatives to candy this Halloween for school or house parties or to hand out to trick or treaters? This list of 101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas has something for everyone.

101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

Not everyone wants to give out candy for Halloween. Sometimes children have allergies, perhaps your family prefers to not add to the evening sugar rush, or maybe you would just like something different to hand out for Halloween?

A few notes about these 101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas:

• Note that not all items are suitable for all ages.

• If you have a variety of items to offer your trick or treaters, place all the items on a tray or in a giant bucket. You will be shocked at how many kids will pick the toothbrushes. If a parent is trick or treating with their youngsters, ask the parent to help choose, especially if the children are very young toddlers.

Most of these list choices are Halloween-centric. If you prefer a bouncing ball that isn’t a bouncing eyeball (IOW, more everyday than holiday), simplyb choose that instead.

Remember when you get home to always check your child’s trick or treat bag for unwrapped edibles or toys that are not age appropriate, as well as for items your child may be allergic to, discard as necessary.

• Animal Crackers
• Apple Chips (single serve)
• Army Men
Bacon Bandaids
Balloons
Body Glitter
Bookmarks
Bubbles
• Cards
• Cereal (single serve boxes)
• Cereal Bars
• Chalk
• Chapstick
Character Bandaids
• Colored Pencils
• Coloring Books
• Comic Books
• Cookies (single serve)
Crayons
• Doggie Treats (for Fido)
Erasers
Eye (Bouncy) Ball
Fake Eyeballs
• Fake Fingers
• Fake Mustaches
• Finger Puppet
• Flash Ring

Foam Halloween Masks
• Fruit Cups
• Fruit Leather
• Glow Bracelets
• Glow Earrings
• Glow Necklaces
Glow Sticks
• Gold Fish Crackers Snack Bags
• Granola Bars
• Hacky Sacks
• Hair Accessories (bows, barrettes, clips)
• Hand Sanitizer
• Highlighters
• Hot Chocolate Packets
• Hot Cider Packets
• Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
• Juice Box
Kazoo
• Kleenex (purse packs)
• Lip Smackers
• Magnets
• Mardi Gras Bead Necklaces
• Markers
Maze Puzzle
Memo Pads
• Microwave Popcorn Packs (single serve)
• Mini Coloring Books
• Mini Flashlight
• Mini Nail Polish

Mini Play-Doh
• Mini Raisin Boxes
• Money (quarters, 50-cent pieces)
Monster Bendables
Noise Putty (mini)
• Nuts (single serve packs)
• Pencil Toppers
Pencils (Sports Team, Halloween Themed, etc)
Pens
Pirate Eye Patch
Plastic Bugs
• Plastic Spiders
Popcorn Balls
Porcupine Balls
• Potato Chips (single sever)
• Pretzels (single serve bags)
• Restaurant Coupons (Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Friendly’s)
• Rubber Rats
• Rubber Spiders
• Rulers
• Silly Bandz
• Silly Putty
• Silly Straws
Slap Bracelets
• Slide Puzzles
Slime
• Slinky Jr
• Spider Rings
• Spinning Top
Stamps (no, not postage stamps!)
• Stencils
Stickers
• Stretchy Frogs
• Sugar Free Gum
• Superballs
Temporary Tattoos
• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste (trial size)
• Trading Cards (Sports, Pokemon, Magic Cards!)
• Trail Mix (single serve)
• Water (bottled)
• Wax Mustaches
Wax Vampire Fangs
• Whistles
• Word Puzzles
• Yo-yo

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10 Tips and Tricks for Cleaning with Apple Cider Vinegar

10 Tips and Tricks for Cleaning with Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar cleaning is a wonderful, natural way to clean grease and grime around the house. If you are not certain of the best uses for apple cider vinegar when cleaning, I have a handy list of tips and tricks you can use which will help leave your house sparkling clean and smelling great.


Apple cider vinegar cleaning is a wonderful, natural way to clean grease and grime around the house. If you are not certain of the best uses for apple cider vinegar when cleaning, I have a handy list of tips and tricks you can use which will help leave your house sparkling clean and smelling great.

10 Tips and Tricks for Cleaning with Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people do not care for compound chemicals in their everyday cleaners. Some people think that harsher chemicals like bleach and ammonia may have a negative effect on their health over time, and prefer not to use cleaners with possible side effects.


Added to that, many of the cleaning products we use in our home are only good for a few items and we find ourselves using many different cleaning products in the house. How many people have a bucket full of different store bought cleaners – each for a specific use?

If you would like to go a little greener with your products while also using a product that can replace many of the things you are using in your home, consider apple cider vinegar. Not only is it cost effective and safe to use (note: never use vinegar on marble… it can cause damage over time… ask me how I know), but you can also use apple cider vinegar for a TON of different things.

There are hundreds of uses for apple cider vinegar, but to give you an idea of what is possible, here are ten ways you can use apple cider vinegar around the house!

1. Cooking in the kitchen can leave our surfaces greasy and sticky. Use apple cider vinegar as a degreaser to get the gunk off of your countertops, stove, and cabinets.

2. Stubborn drain clogs can leave you feeling frustrated. Instead of using liquid drain cleaner, you can make short work of a quick clog using apple cider vinegar and baking soda. (Note: sometimes a drain clog is just too forgone and a plumber call or DIY snake-job is necessary.)

3. Our houses can sometimes have nasty odors, and sprays can contain manmade chemicals. Diffusers can help to create a pleasant smell, but they are often not great for quick odor removal. When you smell an ugly odor, get it gone quickly by placing a bowl of apple cider vinegar in the room with the smell. The apple cider vinegar will work to make that stench a distant memory.

4. Instead of purchasing expensive screen wipes, use a soft microfiber cloth with a solution of water and vinegar to rub away stubborn spots on your electronics. (Note: always test in an inconspicuous spot, and damp, never wet!)

10 Tips and Tricks for Cleaning with Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar cleaning is a wonderful, natural way to clean grease and grime around the house. If you are not certain of the best uses for apple cider vinegar when cleaning, I have a handy list of tips and tricks you can use which will help leave your house sparkling clean and smelling great.


5. Weed killer can be an extremely toxic substance to use, especially in your kitchen garden with items you intend to eat. Instead of using poison, try to spray weeds down with apple cider vinegar. It will kill those weeds, and keep your garden toxin free.

6. Training young pets, or caring for old ones can take its toll on your carpets, leaving them a touch smelly and stained. Get your apple cider vinegar, and go to work on those stains. The use of apple cider vinegar with a touch of baking soda will neutralize those odors and give you a nice clean carpet again.

7. Cleaning fish and poultry can occasionally leave our kitchen drains with a nasty odor. Dump some undiluted apple cider vinegar down the drain. That should get rid of the odor and leave your kitchen smelling fresh again. (Note: run the garbage disposal beforehand to clean out any lingering food particles.)

8. Fruits and vegetables can come coated in dirt and pesticide. Instead of investing in expensive vegetable washes, make your own using apple cider vinegar and water. Your veggies will be fresh, clean, and ready to eat.

9. Get ready to grab your newspaper and your elbow grease. Clean your windows like grandma used to do with apple cider vinegar and old newspapers. Ok, you can skip the newspaper and use modern paper towels. Mix half vinegar and half water into a spray bottle and go!

10. A wonderful multi-purpose spray is everyone’s favorite. You can grab, spray, wipe, and move on. Apple cider vinegar will be able to do this job for you. Mix a mixture of half water and half apple cider vinegar to start disinfecting everything a spray can reach.

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing product. With it, you can clean, disinfect, deodorize, and even make a great salad when you are done tidying up the place. Using apple cider vinegar in your home can help reduce the number of store-bought cleaning products in your house without sacrificing cleaning power.

What do you use apple cider vinegar to clean in your home!?

Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor, and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using apple cider vinegar so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about apple cider vinegar.

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5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Dishwasher

5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Dishwasher. Whether you are searching for an easy, natural option or a lesson on deep cleaning this essential appliance, I have you covered. These five easy ways to clean your dishwasher will have your beloved kitchen appliance sparkling fresh in no time.


Your dishwasher works so hard every day! Not only does it make cleaning up after dinner a breeze, but it also helps keep your family’s dishes and silverware clean and disinfected. Cleaning an appliance whose job it is to clean your dishes may seem counterintuitive but cleaning your dishwasher on occasion is definitely necessary. Over time, your dishwasher can become filled with bits of food, grease, and soap scum. All of this dirt and grime can get stuck in the various nooks and crannies of your dishwasher, which can not only make it smell bad, but it can also make it run less efficiently.

5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Dishwasher

Luckily, there are a variety of simple ways to clean your dishwasher. Whether you are searching for an easy, natural option or a lesson on deep cleaning this essential appliance, I have you covered. These five easy ways to clean your dishwasher will have your beloved kitchen appliance sparkling fresh in no time.

Note: read your dishwasher manual before you do any of the listed ideas below. I have recommended some cleaning supplies that shouldn’t harm your dishwasher, but read the manual to make certain they are not on the no-no list. You never know what may clog your dishwasher, interfere with the traps, or harm the dishwasher finish. So, before you begin, read the manual as it is better to be safe than sorry!

Before we begin I want to point out that there may be catch-screens in your dishwasher. While reading the manual, check to see where they are, and if they are removable. For instance, on my Miele machine, I have several traps and strainers, and one that should be removed and rinsed off weekly. It catches all the stray food particles. It will form a build-up of detergent too. I make sure I remove that particular screen and clean it with a scrub brush, and soap and water weekly so it will not smell or accumulate food. A deeper clean is done monthly.

When cleaning the sides of your dishwasher door, you may want to lay down a towel or paper towels on your floor to catch drips and falling debris.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

One of the easiest ways to clean your dishwasher is to use baking soda and vinegar. In addition to being one of the most natural ways to keep your dishwasher clean, it is also the most cost-effective – both baking soda and vinegar are very inexpensive ingredients. This two-step cleaning process will instantly make your dishwasher sparkle and help to naturally disinfect the appliance.

To start cleaning your dishwasher with baking soda and vinegar, scan the bottom of your dishwasher and the drain for any large chunks of food or debris that could cause damage to your dishwasher or result in a clogged drain (see screen note above). After you have removed the debris, place a dishwasher-safe cup or bowl in the top rack of your dishwasher and fill it with white vinegar. Run your dishwasher on the hottest water setting with no other dishes inside (aside from the vinegar filled cup). This vinegar cycle will help loosen any other stuck-on debris inside your dishwasher, as well as work to disinfect and deodorize the inside of the appliance (since vinegar is a natural disinfectant).

When the vinegar cycle has finished, it is time to wash your dishwasher with baking soda. To start the final step in this cleaning process, sprinkle a handful of baking soda all around the bottom of the dishwasher. Then, run another short cycle using hot water to rinse away the baking soda, along with any remaining debris that may be lying in the bottom of the dishwasher. This baking soda cycle will help remove any lingering odors and clear away food stains from inside your dishwasher.

Pine Sol

Pine-Sol is great for mopping your floors and it is also amazing for cleaning your dishwasher. While other cleaners, like vinegar or a bleach solution, for example, are perfect for disinfecting your dishwasher, they are not so great at cutting through the grease and grime that can overtake the appliance. Although it is tempting to avoid adding dishes that are greasy to your dishwasher by cleaning grimy dishes before putting them in the rack, it’s actually better for your dishwasher to incorporate some grease into each cycle. Without it, the dish soap may bubble up more than usual, causing your machine to run less efficiently.

This means that grease buildup in your dishwasher is inevitable. And one of the best ways to cut through this grime is by spraying a Pine-Sol and water solution inside your machine to easily wash away the grease. Simply spray your Pine-Sol solution on the interior walls, bottom, and door and wipe away with a damp cloth. In addition to cleaning the grime from your dishwasher, Pine Sol will also leave it smelling fresh and clean for days.

Borax

Borax is another cleaning solution that is great for scrubbing your dishwasher. Borox is a naturally occurring mineral that can quickly and inexpensively clean your dishwasher.

Start by wetting a sponge and sprinkling Borax all over it. Then use the Borax-covered sponge to scrub the inside of the dishwasher door, bottom floor, and side walls. Be sure to work your sponge into all your dishwasher’s nooks and crannies to remove any stuck-on debris that may be hiding. Finally, rinse the Borax from the sponge and run the damp sponge along the inside of the dishwasher to rinse the cleaning solution away. Also, be sure to wipe away any debris that may have come lose as you were scrubbing.

Using Borax in your dishwasher as you run your dish cycles may also be beneficial. In addition to providing a boost to the cleaning power of your dishwashing solution, it will also help keep your dishwasher fresh and clean in between cleanings. Simply sprinkle a handful of Borax powder along the bottom floor of your dishwasher each time you run a load of dishes to freshen your dishwasher and make your dishes sparkle.

Kool-Aid

We all loved this sugary drink as a kid, but did you know you can use Kool-Aid to clean your dishwasher? The trick is to choose the unsweetened lemonade version of this drink powder, which contains citric acid. The acid will help lift away unsightly stains inside your dishwasher and make the appliance smell lemon fresh when it’s finished doing its job.

Start by emptying the dishwasher of all the dishes (you can keep the racks and utensil tray inside) to ensure the lemonade spreads throughout the entire machine. Then, fill the detergent slot with a single packet of lemonade Kool-Aid, close the lid, and run your dishwasher on the hottest setting possible. When the cycle is finished, your dishwasher should be clean of stains and smelling fresh. If you still notice some stubborn rust stains or mineral deposits along the inside walls of your dishwasher, remove the racks and wipe the stains with a wet sponge or washcloth. The stains will easily wipe away, leaving a fresh and clean dishwasher to enjoy.

Deep Clean

If all of these dishwasher cleaning ideas haven’t gotten your dishwasher as clean as you would like it to be, it may be time to do a deep cleaning of your appliance.

To start, completely empty your dishwasher of all the racks, trays, and baskets so you can easily access the bottom parts of the appliance. First, check the spinning arms to ensure each of the holes are clear of debris so water can easily spray freely from the arm. If you notice debris in any of the holes, use a toothpick or soft toothbrush to loosen the gunk and wipe the arm clean with a damp paper towel or sponge.

Next, it is time to check the dishwasher’s drain for food chunks and other debris that can cause clogs. The drainage area typically features a grate around it and is located under the dishwasher’s arm. Loosen any stuck-on debris with a toothbrush covered in baking soda and wipe the debris away with a wet cloth.

Then take a toothbrush and scrub along the bottom of the dishwasher door and along the sides and edges of the appliance. It is also a good idea to check your dish washer’s utensil holder and dish trays for food pieces and wash them with warm, soapy water.

Finish your deep cleaning by spraying along the interior walls and door with a bleach solution and wiping the inside of the appliance clean before replacing the basket and trays.

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