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47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership
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Fresh Summery Scented Bedding Year Round: {Tip Sheet Winters are pretty cold here in Canada so windows are kept shut and clotheslines hang empty for months, but there are a few tricks us Northerners have that help us enjoy fresh, fragrant bedding year round (with no nasty chemicals or expensive laundry products). Beat Those Stale Winter Blues With These Tips One of the things I miss most in winter is flinging open the bedroom window, stripping the bedding back and letting nature freshen up my bed linens naturally with sun and fresh air. But this list offers options that are just as easy and will provide a fragrance filled sleep year-round. Herbal Lavender Dryer Bags Try these easy to make dryer bags filled with lavender buds, they provide a natural moth repellent, sleep aid and a natural antibacterial. You’ll find the instructions posted here on Tipnut: How To Make Lavender Dryer Bags Perfect for lavender scented bedding, these are very easy to make and Bonus! Easy Trick Using Essential Oils Lavender Buds Vinegar Rinse Scented Laundry Booster

6 Reasons Why My Cleaning Solutions Are TOTALLY BOSS « Reasons Why Or, 6 Reasons Why These Magic Mixes Will Cause You To So Deeply Regret All Those Years and Dollars You Wasted On Commercial Products That You May Need Grief Counseling 1. They are homemade. As Pinterest users can testify, anything DIY is automatically more awesome than the alternative. [SIDE BONUS: The more stuff you make at home, the more prepared you are for the zombie apocalypse.] 2. Everything you need to mix your own cleaning solutions can be found at your local supermarkets, and you probably already have a lot of this stuff at home. Easy enough, right? Liquid Castile soap –> in the organic beauty aisle*Essential oil (choose one with antiseptic properties) –> ditto*Rubbing alcoholWhite vinegarCornstarchBorax –> in the laundry aisle by super washing sodaBaking sodaOlive oil *I can usually find these for cheaper on Amazon than in a store. 3. Before you mix up your solutions (recipes below), you have the exciting task of deciding which scent combinations to use. 4. 5. 6. Homemade = cool

Making Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! I made famous soap today. Well, my soap isn’t famous, but the recipe is. Sort of. In a soapy kind of way. It is a Hot Process Crock Pot, Oatmeal & Honey Castile soap recipe, known interchangeably as Kaleb’s Oatmeal & Honey Castile or Bunny’s Castile. Soapers (people who make homemade soap) will understand what I just wrote, but for those normal folks out there who still haven’t nodded off, allow me to translate into English: In (extreme) brief, there are two basic ways to make soap at home–cold process and hot process: Cold Process: Combine oil(s) with a solution of water and sodium hydroxide (lye). Hot Process: Combine oil(s) with a solution of water and sodium hydroxide (lye) and cook. One method of hot process is the Crock Pot Method. Why one method over another? Finally, Castile soap is olive oil soap. Gloves and Goggles!

Lamp Hack: How to Make Any Lamp Cordless | * View Along the Way * There’s a common problem in interior design that no one talks about. It’s all very hush-hush, you see. It’s the problem of the lamp cord. (Yeah, I said it.) Everyone always wants to pretend like it’s not an issue. Designed by Armonia Decors Like their lamps don’t even come with cords. But let’s talk reality. You get to face the door of the room from where you sit at your desk, which easily earns you an A-plus from the feng shui overlords. But there’s one problem. And that lamp is going to come with a pesky cord which is a trip hazard and most importantly – of course – an eyesore. But if you’re not willing to compromise the room layout you want (and you want to appease the feng shui geeks), you can have your lamp and light it too… without the cord. This is how we took our sad little rescue lamp, the $1 yard sale find that we fixed up in this post: …and hacked it up to remove the cord so it can sit on the desk we have centered in the middle of our office… without that pesky golden cord. 1.

Iron Claw Bath Tub 101 Stocking Stuffer Ideas A stocking hanging on the fireplace mantle is a long standing Christmas tradition steeped in history. As one legend goes, a poor man had three beautiful daughters. He had no money for their dowry and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through and heard the villagers talking about the girls. Some of my fondest memories centered around pulling endless stream of tiny presents from the recesses of the homemade stockings my Mom made for us. Homemade Floor (and All-Purpose) Cleaner When we moved into our new house a couple months ago, I was so excited to not see one single inch of carpet in the whole place! Not the living room, not the bedrooms, nothing – woohoo! I hate carpet. It stains easily, it holds on to dust and hair, and it’s just a pain to clean. So the new laminate wood floors at the new place made me very happy! But with my new-found excitement, came some new-found stress as well, since our dark-coloured floors now showed EVERYTHING. I initially tried my all-purpose cleaner, which is just a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water with some essential oils – seriously, it’s a great all-purpose spray for everyday, quick clean-ups and wipe-downs. Then, in my search for a homemade floor cleaner, I found this recipe which mixes equal parts water, vinegar, and alcohol, with a few drops of dish soap. Even the hubby noticed how clean and shiny they were, and he never notices that stuff – so I took that as a huge compliment! Where can I buy the cleaning equipment?

Free Candle Making Instructions Directory - StumbleUpon Vital Instructions Candle Making Safety Instructions Do not make candles without reading and understanding these rules. Introduction To Candle Making This interactive on-line course teaches the basics of paraffin candle making. The course is 100% free, however you must register to use it. Candle Makers Troubleshooting Guide Just answer the questions for diagnosis and solutions to most candle making problems. Candle Measures A guide to measurements for candle making formulas. Wick Selection Guide Instructions on how to choose the correct wick for your Candles Candle Making Recipe Book Series This series is still under production, however most of the articles are now available. Container Candle Recipes A guide to container candle wax formulations and other information about container candles. Floating Candle Recipes A guide to floating candle wax formulations and other information about floating candles. Full Instruction List (in alphabetical order) Whipped Wax The basics of making whipped wax.

Tip #16: Toast to This! Over the years my stainless steel toaster has built up a sticky skin that I couldn’t get rid of…until today!! I even tried Goo Gone and that didn’t work. You’re not going to believe what did the trick! It’s so smooth and clean now! I just want to rub it each time I walk past. I was even more surprised that the top came as clean as it did. All it took was a little Cream of Tartar mixed with a few drops of water, coupled with some scrubbing! After several people commented about using Bar Keepers Friend to clean and shine stainless steel, I tried it out! You might also like: How to Clean Big Stainless Steel Appliances How to Clean Your Shower Head Steam Clean Your Microwave Get Greasy Splatters off Appliances

23 Ways to Save Money Building Your Dream Home Sign up for free below and get the following: Inside access to our Money Dominating Toolkit Exclusive 2 chapters from my best-selling book Advice on how to build real wealth Join the GF¢ community Now! tiny pinatas I found tiny party balloons at a drugstore, shown here with a quarter for scale. I only blew them up a little until they held the size I wanted. setup: laundry starch (left over from the window experiment), cheap brush, tissue paper, and a shot glass to rest the balloon on one popped – this one only has two layers of tissue paper, see how the light comes through? the red and purple ones are overlapping areas of red and purple tissue paper, the look works best when the colors are allowed to overlap generously. the yellow one is two layers of yellow, then two layers of light orange. and the orange one is two layers of yellow, one layer of red, and one layer of orange on top. long thin opening instead of round one adding tag pasting over so loop of tag is embedded ta da!

Uses for vinegar Unleash the power of white vinegar―an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, herbicide and more. Just a bit of this multitasker, straight up or mixed with water, can replace many pricier products huddled under your sink. Try these tips to see how vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier. 1. Freshen up the fridge. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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