50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making Published with permission from Natural Living Ideas You might be realizing that most of the products out there that aren’t made organically or naturally contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Not only that, many of these products can be harmful to our environment in a number of ways. Making things yourself not only saves you money and helps the environment, but it lets you know where your products are coming from and exactly what’s in it. You can make anything from food items to personal care and cleaning products all in very simple ways. Remember: whenever you can, use organic foods and ingredients in recipes. 50 Things You Can Start Making Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t break the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family. Homemade Mayonnaise – This is a great recipe for any mayonnaise lover out there wanting to make their own at home, it’s simple and easy and tastes better than the store bought versions. Google+
45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off These 45 health benefits and ways to use lemons will definitely motivate you to keep lemons on hand at all times and maybe even work lemon water into your diet. Credit: Au Feminin Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However, the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24/7. 1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. 2. 3. 4. Credit: Organic Facts 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Credit: Galore Mag 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Credit: Healthy Food Spirit 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. Credit: Live Science 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. Credits: preventdisease.com
Packing Tape Image Transfers | Lil Blue Boo I love image transfers. It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them. All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape. You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. Inkjets will not work because they are not heat based toner. First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer: Then use the back of your scissors or the side of your fingernail to make sure the tape is adhered firmly: Next, dip the tape and paper into a bowl of water to wet the back: Using your fingers, start to rub off the paper from the back of the tape: Like magic….your image is left behind on the tape! I like to use the transfers to wrap special letters before I mail them. It’s like having custom tape: Another idea is to take a small canvas and use the images for artwork: I used a paint brush to add craft paint to bubble wrap to use it as a stamp: I just used my hand to press it down:
Instead Of Throwing Empty Bottles Away, She Transforms Them Into Something I NEED In My Home It seems that day after day, the price of most things is going up. Sometimes pinching your pennies is wise, especially when it comes to small decorations. With so much knowledge at our fingertips, making our own beautiful creations is extremely easy. Here are a bunch of ideas that not only save money, but also re-use some bottles you may have laying around. 1. Start off by cleaning the bottles with soap and warm water. Next, roll up the photos that you want "framed." Add some decorations and finishing touches (the sky is the limit with these) and you're done! 3. These are certainly not limited to Halloween, so get creative and decorate them however you would like for any occasion.
The 'Dirty' on Cleaning and Personal Care Products Erin Schumacher, Guest WriterWaking Times When you pick up a product to clean, you expect it to clean. You don’t, however, expect the product to irritate the skin, cause cancer or disrupt hormones. The same goes with personal care products. You may think you are cleaning your body and hair, but in addition you are slathering on hundreds of toxic volatile organic compounds. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. There are various levels of toxicity when it comes to personal care and cleaning products but the toxins that I avoid above all else (and that you should memorize) are: Parabens. Make sure you AVOID these ingredients when you’re shopping. Alternatively, you can easily make your own cleaning products and reduce your toxic exposure, protecting yourself and your family! Spray on the mirror and wipe with newspaper or paper towels. or
Homemade Mod Podge We all know how expensive Mod Podge is at the craft store, right? And since there are so many projects which use it, I thought I could find a homemade version online. Love pinterest! This is seriously the easiest DIY project I have ever done. Supplies: A Jar (I rescued an empty Tostitos Creamy Spinach Dip Jar YUMMM which was on its way out to be recycled)Elmer's White Glue (I used two 4 fl oz bottles)Water Before I made the Mod Podge, I washed out the jar and spray painted the lid silver. Instructions: Empty glue into jarFill the empty glue bottle with water and pour into the new jar with the glue (Ideally, you want 50% glue and 50% water)Shake, Shake, SHAKE the jar That's it! You can get a little fancy and create a label too if you want. What do you think?
17 Incredibly Useful DIY Projects With PVC Pipes - Top Inspirations PVC pipes are not only for waterways, you can also use them to make some incredibly useful DIY projects. Some of these PVC pipe projects include a PVC pipe sunburst mirror, wine storage, toothbrush holders, flower vases, wall decorative detail, etc. These DIY ideas will help you stay organized and decorate your home in a new and unique way. 1. Perfect patio table centerpiece you can use as a serving station, planter and flower vase to decorate with flowers. 2. Use PVC pipes to make a colorful budget friendly desk organizer. 3. Very creative and a nice space saving shoe storage idea. 4. Use the largest sized PVC pipes and cut them. 5. This is an elegant and beautiful wall decor and an incredibly creative sunburst mirror from PVC pipes. 6. Make a worthy wall artwork and a very beautiful, decorative detail for your home. 7. Make adorable PVC pipe vases that are a perfect centerpiece for your dining table. 8. This PVC pipe partition looks super cool and unique in the bathroom. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Use baking soda for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs Sometimes, I’m a little slow to pick up on cause and effect. Let me give you an example. My husband’s family loves deviled eggs, and for years, I’ve been making them by the dozens for different events. It never occurred to me that the problem was the type of eggs I was buying. Fine Cooking says this is because the albumen, or the egg white, will stick to the shell of a fresher egg, but as the egg ages, it doesn’t stick as much to the shell. I hadn’t heard this until someone mentioned it on Pinterest, but once I read about it, I decided to give it a try. When I went to peel them, the one that had been in the water with the baking soda peeled with no problem. I was pleased with the results of my experiment, and I’ll be adding baking soda to the water next time I boil eggs. Do you add baking soda to the water of boiled eggs to help them peel easily, or do you have another trick to share?
Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes Pin It I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time. This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash. For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield. What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach. For bluish/purple dyes: Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes. For pinkish/red dyes: Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color. For copper/orange dyes: I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! For yellow dyes: Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye. For green dyes: Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green. Now what?
vanilla scented soy candles I don't consider myself the crafty type, but attempting to make my own candles was a project I decided to take on for my monthly clean living column in clean eating magazine. It actually turned out to be pretty easy and you can make 6 candles for $5 each! what you need: glue gun 6 pre-tabbed naturally coated cotton wicks 6 8 oz jars or containers 6 clothespins double boiler or a pot and a heat safe bowl pouring pitcher spatula scissors ingredients: 3 lbs soy wax flakes 1 1/2 qt melted) 3 tbsp vanilla essential oil ** if you can't find pre-tabbed wicks you can by the cotton wick and cut it down to size. Glue the wicks to the bottom centre of each jar.
DID YOU KNOW… You’ve probably heard all about the amazing uses of distilled vinegar, using olive oil to condition leather and even that nifty trick of using a potato to loosen a broken light bulb. But today, we are going to talk about some of the not-so-known uses for everyday items like coffee filters, marshmallows and dryer sheets. COFFEE FILTERS – The little paper-like liners that make your morning cup of joe possible have many more uses than just getting your morning started. Because coffee filters are lint-free and absorb oil very well, there are many, many uses for these little guys. Did you know… You can use coffee filters to clean glass, CD’s/DVD’s, computer monitors and even your iPad. DRYER SHEETS – Speaking of dryer sheets, did you know… If you plan on storing your luggage for a long period of time, stashing a dryer sheet inside each piece can help prevent musty odors.Going camping this Spring? MARSHMALLOWS - Yes, it’s true. CLEAR NAIL POLISH – Handy for more than runs in your hose.
Lana's Podge DIY I have seen many tutorials on making your own version of Mod Podge that I just had to try it myself. For those of you that don't know what Mod Podge is: It's a glue that is normally used for decoupaging, but a lot of crafters also use it for pretty much everything else, because it attaches on almost every surface giving a sheer finish.The down part of Mod Podge is, is that it's kinda expensive. It's not as expensive to not make me buy it, but for some projects I could use a cheaper version. There are a lot of discussions going around saying that the homemade version is not the same thing as the 'real deal'. And let me just be clear by saying that this is not the same as Mod Podge. This being sad, I still needed a cheap glue that's similar to Mod Podge for my smaller projects. And to finish it of, I made a fun label and gave it my own name;) Want to know how to make my homemade podge? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. All done! Images by lana