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Make your own housecleaning products

Making your own cleaning products is a good way to save money and control the use of chemicals in your home. Most of the following recipes are made from nontoxic ingredients, but there are some chemicals as well. If you store any of these, be sure to label them so you know what is in the container —and keep these and any household cleaners out of the reach of children and pets! Here are some simple recipes for the most common household chores. Window cleaner • Spray bottle with club soda • 2 teaspoons white vinegar in a quart of warm water. Put in a spray bottle Consumer Reports' tried-and-true window cleaner: • 1/2 cup soapy ammonia • 1 pint rubbing alcohol Mix well, put in spray bottles and label Disinfectant • White vinegar • 3 tablespoons castile soap • 20-30 drops of tea tree extract Mix in a 16-ounce sprayer and top with water All-purpose cleaner • Club soda • 1 part white vinegar • 1 part water Mix in a spray bottle Non-abrasive cleaner Shake baking soda on surface or damp sponge and scrub

Bump Smitten: DIY Shower: Water Bottle Labels {Free Download} I just had someone write me on Facebook looking for help with personalized water bottle labels, which you see EVERYWHERE. So... I thought this would make a wonderful DIY tutorial! And... why not throw in some FREE DOWNLOADS. Woo Hoo! Use Email to Send Text Messages (SMS) to Mobile Phones for Free Sometimes being able to send out a quick text message to someone you know would definitely be helpful. But what if you are at your computer and can not use your mobile phone? Just fire up your favorite email account and get that message out using the SMS Gateway addresses that we have collected together for you. Photo by Steve Webel. Note: Sending an email is always free, but the person that receives the message will probably be charged for a text message. Keep that in mind when using this. Sending Text Messages To get started simply enter the SMS Gateway address in the same way that you would with an email address, compose your message, and then send it on its’ way. In just a short while your family, friends, or coworkers will have the new SMS show up on their mobile. SMS Gateway Listing To use the SMS Gateway addresses shown here enter the 10 digit mobile phone number for the person you are sending a message to in front of the appropriate address (i.e. 1234567890@carrier.com).

Make your own natural body lotion If you’re tired of all the chemicals and synthetic fragrances in most store-bought creams and lotions, you might want to consider making your own. Most people think that making creams and body lotions is difficult but it’s actually fairly easy. I frequently make my own and give them as gifts to friends and family members who seem to love them. If you can, I recommend that you keep an old blender, a small- to medium-size glass bowl, and a spatula that you use solely for making natural aromatherapy products. While you can use your kitchen blender, the beeswax found in natural creams can leave a residue on the blender and utensils used. Here’s what you’ll need: • 3/4 cup of pure oil (I like sweet almond oil since it absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film. • 1 cup of pure water (or you can use rose water — available in health food stores) • 2 tablespoons of shaved beeswax (most health food stores sell plain beeswax. • A glass jar or small glass jars for storing the lotion That’s it.

10 Most Awesome Floors Ever Created | Floorstoyourhome Posted on January 8, 2010 by Frank A new part 2 of this article is now posted here! Most flooring is pretty unimaginative and boring. 1. Do you have money burning a hole in your pocket? Source 2. While there may be tall buildings popping up all over the world these days, few still have the presence of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Source 3. This is a floor that may leave you asking, “What exactly is going on in Belgium anyway?” Source 4. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Source 5. Lights in the floor at Finsbury Avenue Square serve to create a very futuristic and almost otherworldly look to the environment. Source 6. When you hear “concrete floor,” you might think that sounds like a recipe for a pretty boring floor. Source 7. If you are puzzled over what type of flooring you should put in your home or maybe just a specific room, then you might want to take a quick look at this innovative and creative puzzle floor concept from Prowood Flooring. Source 8. Source 9. Source 10. What!?! Source

Rubik's cube chest of drawers Unsurprisingly, there are lots of bits of furniture around that are based on the Rubik's cube; coffee tables are particularly popular, and for 980€ (!!), you can even buy a Rubik's cube locker. I wanted to do something different, and use lazy Susan bearings to achieve at least one axis of rotation - they're cheap, really strong, and add a wacky dimension to a chest of drawers. The design is simply three boxes, each containing a single drawer. I was going to simply glue the "stickers" on to decorate the outside - or even just paint them on - but the future owner insisted he had to be able to scramble and "solve" the cube, so I enabled this with the help of rare-earth magnets for holding power and short dowels for positioning. The puzzle is a little under 60 mm across, and this chest of drawers is exactly 600 mm across, so it is in approximately 10:1 scale. 1000 regular Rubik's cubes would therefore fit inside.

Places To Visit, Trip Planner, Travel & Vacation Ideas Homemade Lip Balm | FIMBY You've stumbled upon one of my most popular posts. You might also enjoy let's talk lip balm. After making my own lip balm I will never buy it again. It's easy, cheap, 100% natural and good for your lips, especially this time of year. I tried to figure out the actual cost of this recipe but it wasn't worth counting up the pennies. Ingredients 1/2 oz. Directions In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, lanolin and vitamin E. This recipe makes enough for 3 - 3/4 oz tins (see photo for size) and one 1 1/2 oz jar. Notes I prefer to measure kitchen cosmetics with a scale but I included the approximate tsp. measurements for those without a scale. All ingredients can be found at a natural food store or ordered from an online store such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Some people are allergic to lanolin. I always use solid honey, that's just the kind of have. This recipe makes enough to last our family of 5 several months, plus I usually give away a tin from each batch I make.

How To Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days | Apartment Therapy Chicago When I first learned to clean my own place, I thought Saturday had to be an all day clean-a-thon. I didn't really have a concept of how to balance the work load during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects or even you know…fun! Now I clean in 20 minutes a day — every day — and things just seem to take care of themselves. No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. 1) Dealing With What Comes Through The Door Set up a small area by the front door to act as a "landing strip" for incoming items to your home. 2) Do Your Dishes After Every Meal This will help you stay on top of your kitchen instead of having it turn into a monster! 3) Laundry If you have a washer and dryer at home, do a little bit each day. 5) Set a Timer Most items on the list below should take no more than 20 minutes total. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

Tutorial: How to Make a Mason Jar Lantern So, here's a little tutorial for you, courtesy of the dapper Mr. Beeper. Last summer I handed him a crate of mason jars and asked him to make some lanterns out of them that we could hang in the back yard--and this was the result. Today, it is about my favorite feature in our yard--instant ambiance in a jar (um, pun intended). Get your own ambiance-making instructions right here:DOWNLOAD TUTORIAL And step by step photos above for your reference. (and those are NOT my hands in the photos--Mr Beeper's, thank you very much). And this is what I recommend you do by the light of your mason jar lanterns: pour yourself a glass of white wine, set your bare feet in the grass, listen to the crickets, and think about nothing (or Jude Law, if you really want to).

DIY: How to tie a bow tie! Tying a bow tie isn't the easiest thing to do.. it took me a while to figure it out! (and I still don't know how to tie a tie! haha..shh!) 1. Drape the tie around your neck with the ends at the same length. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. find the hole in the middle of the tie that you've made after step 5 and shove the other dangling piece through it.. then pull your tie until it's satisfactory! love, polly :) Organic Mosquito Control - how to keep mosquitoes away from your patio naturally. | Double Danger Everyone hates Mosquitoes, unless you’re some weirdo with a fetish for the dart-like demons… if so, you might want to stop reading now. If you are like us, come summertime, fighting those bloodsuckers is just something you have to do. At least if you want a comfortable place to hang out with friends on a warm summer day. The reason we started looking for natural or organic ways to repel mosquitoes, is because of a few things. Two reasons really. We are always looking for a “greener” way to do things, and usually half the time that “greener” way is cheaper in the long run as a bonus. Now lets get down to it. Yes way. What are the easiest methods, cheapest methods and most effective methods to repel mosquitoes? Don’t get mosquitoes in the first place. Some of the easiest locations for mosquitoes to multiply:Old tires – can you say the top of the top of mosquito friendly habitats? What kind of plants will repel mosquitoes naturally? Great question, even better answers. Not cool. Simple.

Delaware County Moms: Getting Crafty with Nicole ~ Homemade Doodle Paint Believe it or not…this has been one of the most crazy-requested recipe how-to’s ever since I posted the picture of my Doodle Paint on the Twinery Facebook page!Homemade Doodle Paint This is such a fun craft to do with your kids! The doodle paint is made with ingredients that most of you already have in your cabinets…so what can be better than that?! The paint is super easy to make and my kids absolutely LOVED doodling with it! The paint dries with a glittery sheen and has a puffy, raised texture to it. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need on hand to create this fun doodle paint: - Squeeze bottles for the paint: I used 6oz. bottle from Wilton (you can get these in the chocolate making section of any craft store…I found mine at Jo Ann Fabrics they were about $2 for 2 bottles)- Flour- Salt- Water- Coloring: You can use tempera paint (wet or dry), food coloring or natural coloring agents such as beet juice, raspberry or blueberry juice reduction, etc. Here are the simple instructions:

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