How To Make An Ice Pack [Flexible with Alcohol and Water] Everyone should have flexible ice packs available for quick injury treatments but at $10-$15 a pop, making a homemade ice pack is a much better proposition. They are super simple to make, and cost around $1.25 in materials. These homemade ice packs are soft, flexible, and comfortable for icing down body aches and pains. The other bonus is that you know the ingredients – no crazy chemicals, just a few common household items. History of this ice pack Not too long ago I was given antibiotics for a throbbing volcano of pain commonly referred to as a toothache. When I went home, I didn’t have one so I decided to use crushed ice in a zip bag. I knew that if I added enough alcohol to water, it would prevent it from freezing solid. These ice packs are reusable and super easy to make. Flexible homemade alcohol water ice pack 2 cups water1 cup rubbing alcohol or high-proof vodka (I used Everclear)Food coloring for the blue tint (optional)2 zip-top bags – quart or gallon-size or vacuum sealer bags
How to Make Your Own Solid Lotion Bar They're just so handy: pop them in your bag, in your sewing kit, in your knitting bag or even in your pocket. Keep one in the shower for a quick go-over on warm, wet skin, sealing in all that lovely moisture. Solid lotion bars are wonderful for treating all your rough spots and protecting all your dryness-prone places. Create your own with a simple formula that allows you total creative control. In your handbag, there are no worries about the bottle cap opening or the soft plastic sides cracking and filling your purse with lotion. Solid lotion bars are basically lotion without the water. As a bath and body professional, I have worked out a formula for the exact proportions of hard oils, soft-solid oils and liquid oils to create a bar with good skin glide but endurance against melting. Basic Solid Lotion Bar Recipe Makes approximately 3 lotion bars, 2 oz. each Measure waxes and solid oils into a microwave-safe container.
Home Made MRE I have been looking for sometime for a direct replacement for the commercial MRE due to the high price, weight and limited choices in entrees. I first started back in 1983 with a then new vacuum sealing system. This was before retort pouches were widely available and the few that were had a limited variety. I was unhappy with the results I was having with the available choices of food for backpacking trips and started experimenting with my own concoctions. I tried instant rice, instant potatoes etc… I met with varied success but was never really satisfied with what I was coming up with. With all the new advances in packaging and the different choices now available, a homemade "MRE" style food pack can be made for a fraction of the cost of the commercial variety. Besides being expensive (I feel), MRE’s are fully constituted so they are heavy as well as bulky. Over time my criteria evolved and culminated in this current home made MRE. This MRE weighs nearly a pound all by itself!
Homemade Febreze When it comes to making your house smell good, there's nothing like some Febreze to do the job for you. It makes my stinky old couch that traps every odor imaginable smell like a spring meadow. I go through about a bottle a month, sometimes more if I'm being honest (What can I say, the couch really does stink). But at over $5.59 per bottle, my pocketbook isn't as fond of it as I am. Once upon time, I was all proud of myself for making my first batch of homemade Febreze. What you'll need: 1/8 Cup of fabric softener (I used Downy April Fresh) 2 tablespoons Baking Soda Hot tap water Spray bottle (I used my empty 27 oz. Preparation: Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Store-bought Febreze: $5.59 Homemade Febreze: $0.15 Total Savings: $5.44 OR 97.3%! Edit: I love and appreciate having my blog shared with anyone and everyone, I only ask that you credit the source of what you post back to my blog if you decide to share.
How to make a better "blue ice" (a freezer pack)! Home Page / Purchase Book / Ice Cream Makers / Kitchen Extras / How to open a mature coconut / How to open a young coconut / How to make fresh coconut milk! / Coconut Milk ExplainedDurian: The King of Fruit! / How to open a durian / Chocolate in the Raw! You might already own some "blue ice" or some kind of ice pack/freezer pack/gel pack to place in your cooler to keep your food cold. Making “Blue Ice” After doing many “ice cream” demos and answering lots of questions about how the salt & ice serves to freeze the ice cream, something dawned on me... Traditional ice cream makers use salt and ice in the process of freezing the ice cream. Supplies needed: Rock Salt (aka Ice Cream Salt) (Available at many grocery stores. Instructions: Add ¼ cup rock salt per 1-quart warm water in a jug (leave room for the ice to expand). Please note: Containers occasionally leak salt powder. Note: See also ViceCream.com Vice Cream,® and The Naughty VeganTM are trademarks of Jeff Rogers.
Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe 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! What is a lotion bar? . . . and stuff like that. And lotion bars are child’s play to create. I have a Cadillac lotion bar recipe, but I will lead with the, um, shall we say Ford Escort of lotion bars. 1 part vegetable shortening 1 part vegetable oil 1 part beeswax Melt the shortening and beeswax a double boiler or a little pan in a bigger pan of simmering water. To use: Let the warmth of your hand melt a little of the bar and rub into dry skin–hands, feet, elbows, etc. Yes, it’s oily at first. Here’s the Cadillac version: 1 part shea butter 1 part avocado oil 1 part beeswax 1200 IU vitamin E (1 lg. capsule) per every 6-8 oz. other oils essential oil (optional) Melt shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler or small pan in larger pan of water on the low heat setting of the stove. Note: Shea butter can occasionally become grainy.
Meals In Jar Recipes Cooking With Food Storage ABC's Sloppy Joe's Jar Meal 1 cup Thrive FD Hamburger 1/2 cup Thrive FD Tomatoes 1/2 Cup Thrive FD Bell peppers 1/4 cup Thrive Tomato power 4 Tablespoons Sloppy Joe Seasoning mix Layer Ingredients in a one quart caning jar add oxygen absorber and label. 3 Tablespoons Green Pepper Flakes 4 teaspoons dried minced Garlic mix well together and store in a air tight container. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil turn off heat let sit for 10 to 15 mins to rehydrate turn heat back on and let Simmer for 20 to 25 mins. Savory Onion Roll Jar Mix 1/4 Cup dehydrated onions flakes 3 1/3 cup bread flour 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon powdered milk 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dyed parsley 1 envelope yeast place the onion flakes in a small Zip lock baggie and set aside. Combine ingredients except for the yeast, in a one quart jar. add the baggie of onions and the yeast to the top of the mix and close the jar. vacuum seal and store the mix in a cool, dry place. To Make Chili Jar Meal 1.
Frugal DIY: How to Make Homemade All Purpose Cleaner - The Frugal Find Ever since I got my hands on my first bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, I’ve been sold. Really the smell is what drew me in, but the quality of the cleaning solution is amazing – it works wonders on everything I’ve used it for so far! Don’t be fooled by the fact that isn’t a drop of bleach to be found in her products. I started out by buying a bottle of the Mrs. Now I am interested still in making my own household cleaner with the following ingredients: 3 parts water1 part vinegara dash of dishwashing soapa few drops of essential oil (optional) $5+ per bottle But I think it will be hard to part ways with the great Basil and Lemon Verbana smells I’ve become accustomed to! Now for just pennies you can try the recipe above or if you’re new to VitaCost you can still get a $10 credit to spend on a purchase of $10 or more. Have you tried either or both of these methods?
Lifting Tool for Carrying Plant Containers The tool shown here was designed for use in outdoor nurseries specializing in ornamental and bedding plants. At nurseries in California where it was tested, it reduced workers’ forward bending angle by as much as 47%. The time spent working at a forward-bent angle of more than 20 degrees was reduced by nearly half. Hand gripping effort was reduced by more than half. Lifting strain was reduced by 40%. Workers reported less work-related pain when using the handles, and those who had the most severe symptoms at the start reported the most improvement. Taken from "Simple Solutions: ergonomics for farm workers", The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 2001.