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A Quick Trick

A Quick Trick
Just a quick post today. I wanted to share a little trick I found from Marian at Miss Mustard Seed (careful if you go to her site you may be there all day). This, in my view was a miracle worker on some old nightstands I found at a thrift shop. I scored two matching nightstands for $20. Solid wood with dovetail drawers...not particularly my style but they had potential! It was obvious that they needed refinishing. Enter on Center Stage the Vinegar and Oil (not just for salads, people). Like Marian suggested, I did a mixture of 3/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup vinegar and had some to spare. Note: You can use cider vinegar and olive oil...really whatever you have on hand. Mix together and dip a rag in it and simply wipe.... Before After...amazing right?! Here is the finished project a few weeks later. Related:  DIY repairsmiscDIY Household

Stain PVC Any Color You Like PVC is great: cheap, common, easy to work, and easy to join temporarily or permanently. Only problem is, it’s kinda ugly, much of which owes to the fact that it only comes in white, gray, sometimes black, and (if you’re willing to pay through the nose) clear. “Furniture grade” PVC pipe can sometimes be found with integral color, but you’re limited to factory shades and if you want matching elbows, tees, or other fittings, you’re out of luck, because fittings only come in white. Sure, you can paint it, but PVC doesn’t take paint all that well, and the paint is prone to flake and screws up the dimensional tolerances.

Natural Insect Pest Control: Safe, Non-Toxic Methods & Solutions Wasps Eartheasy has a separate page about natural wasp control. See Natural Wasp Control Moths Cedar chips in a cheesecloth square, or cedar oil in an absorbant cloth will repel moths. The cedar should be 'aromatic cedar', also referred to as juniper in some areas. Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made using any of the following: bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, pepper corns or wormwood. Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent - simply toss into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet. Natural attractant pheromones have been developed for controlling moths, and are now available as clothes moth traps and pantry moth traps. Earwigs Diatomaceous earth is a safe and effective way to control earwigs in the home. To trap earwigs, spray a newspaper lightly with water, roll it up loosely and secure with a string or rubber band. Nontoxic silverfish traps are also commercially available.

12 Great Ways To Use Castile Soap Make sure you like Herbs & Oils World on Facebook to be updated every time we find a fantastic tutorial for exciting and innovative ways you can use herbs and essential oils. Castile soap is a fantastic natural product that can be used in so many different DIY beauty recipes and DIY cleaning products. Castile soap is a “true soap” and not merely a chemical detergent so it is biodegradable and earth friendly! Want to try castile soap? You can buy all sorts of different scents from this page on Amazon. It can be used to make all sorts of products, including: shampoo, laundry detergent, tub scrub, body wash, dog shampoo and much more. To see recipes for 12 homemade products using castile soap, read the full blog post…

23 Ingenious Uses For White Vinegar By Allison Ford About 10,000 years ago, ancient people discovered a product that would change lives forever. Wine had been around for a while, but after some was allowed to oxidize, vinegar was born. It became an immediate hit. The Babylonians used vinegar as a preservative, as did Ancient Greeks and Romans. Some peoples, including the Chinese, believed that vinegar was a tonic that would give them strength and vitality, as well as bestow healing properties. Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about 5 percent of the finished product. White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that it’s green. Kitchen Remedies Besides adding zest to salad dressings, white vinegar is handy for many cooking tasks. 1. 2. 3. 4. Cleaning House Vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Cleaning Clothes Vinegar works magic on upholstery and fabric, too. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Repairing Wood Veneer Furniture: Video Series Repairs on wood veneer furniture. Learn how to fix damaged or broken veneer furniture in this free woodworking video. Furniture serves many important, essential functions for people the world over. In the last few thousand years, chairs, beds, desks, and tables have provided places to sit, eat, talk, work, gather, or sleep. Many people will spend more than a third of their lives in, at, or on furniture. One type of wood furniture is wood veneer, a thin type of wood that is usually glued onto core panels. Measuring & Cutting New Wood Veneer Measure and cut new veneer for furniture. Tools for Repairing Veneer Furniture A list of tools for working on wood veneer. Cutting Wood Veneer Cutting into the veneer for wood furniture repair. Gluing & Cleaning Wood Veneer Glue and clean wood veneer when repairing furniture. Sanding & Cleaning Wood Veneer Sand the repaired area of wood veneer and clean it. Salvaging Used Wood Veneer Salvaging used veneer for another project. Applying a Clamp to Wood Veneer

Extensive List of Organic Pest Control Remedies By Australian Organic Gardening You can make your own organic bug spray from kitchen leftovers! Simply save your onion skins, peels and ends then refrigerate in an empty margarine-sized tub or ziplock bag until the container is full. Once you have enough, place the onion pieces in a pail and fill with warm water. Bury the onion bits around plants that are prone to aphids, spiders and other pests. CURE FOR WHITE/BLACK SPOT (mildew) Add *1 litre of FULL cream milk to an *8 litre watering can, watered on Roses or mildew attracting plants, will kill white/black spot Make the oil spray by blending two cups of vegetable oil with one cup of pure liquid soap, and mix it until it turns white. Dilute one tablespoon of the emulsion to one litre of water and spray all affected areas thoroughly. Scales shoot a sweet substance called honeydew. If you only have a small amount of scale, scrape it off with a fingernail or toothbrush. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4.

12 Tips to Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do By Gaye Levy Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without! During the Great Depression, frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase “Use it up, Wear it out and Make it do” was the guiding principal in most households. Times were tough which meant that everything from bits of strings to worn out clothing was saved and re-purposed in some other manner. These days, most of us are too young to have lived through the Great Depression and yet, because we know that a second Great Depression could happen at any time, we strive to learn from the old ways and to embrace the time-honored frugal ways that were a way of life for our parents and grandparents. Money Matters As much as I would like to say that money does not matter, in the here and now, money is the currency of trade. But back to money matters. Frugal is Not a Dirty Word 1. Think about it. 2. Research all of your major purchases and some of the minor ones, too. 3. 4. Can’t cook? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

10 Ways to Use Orange Peels I remember standing in my Grandmother’s Florida kitchen and as we chatted, she was squeezing lemons. She said that a neighbor gave her a bunch of lemons from her lemon tree and since they were getting soft she was going to squeeze the juice out of them, freeze it in one-cup containers to use whenever she needed a cup of lemon juice for cooking. That little instance was one of many, “We didn’t get where we are in this life by wasting things” lessons she taught me. I don’t have a lemon tree in my yard, but I did have a bunch of oranges in my refrigerator. After enjoying the oranges, I looked at the peels and thought about that long ago conversation with my Grandmother. For Food 1. 2. 3. 4. For Cleaning 5. 6. 7. For Pest Control 8. 9. For Fire 10. How do you use orange peels?

Dishwasher Repair Tips: Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes - Article Step 1: Simple cleaning solutions 1 of 3 Photo 1: Clean the spray arm Remove the spray arm and clean out the holes. 2 of 3 Photo 2: Clean the filter Clean the filter. 3 of 3 Photo 3: Clean the float Make sure the float moves up and down freely. If your dishwasher is running but the dishes aren’t getting clean, one of these simple fixes could solve your problem. Insufficient water in the dishwasher also can cause poor cleaning. Dishwasher parts Figure A: Anatomy of a Dishwasher Follow this diagram to locate the basic dishwasher parts. Step 2: Replace the inlet valve 1 of 2 Photo 4: Remove the inlet valve Remove the inlet valve to clean the screen or replace the valve. 2 of 2 Photo 5: Clean the filter screen Check to see if the screen is plugged. Inlet valves that are starting to fail sometimes make a hammering noise. Photo 4 shows how to remove the inlet valve. Back to Top

Making Glow Jars | The Gold Jellybean Yesterday Sydney and I had a major art and craft day, and also experimented with making glow jars. They have been floating around Pinterest for awhile now and look like so much fun! However, there is one tutorial that frustrates me. The image is clearly Photoshopped, and I think it’s very misleading. So, I decided to make a couple of our own jars so we can share our experience and method with you. You will need a glass jar, glow sticks (I picked some up from the dollar store), rubber gloves to protect your hands, scissors, I recommend protective eyewear, and a piece of tulle (optional). If you are using the tulle, cut a piece slightly larger than the jar, and place inside. Now, put on those rubber gloves. Next, stir and shake the cut glow stick around inside your jar. Once you have the desired amount of glow material in your jar, replace the lid and shake it up. Here are all three jars we made. Now turn off the lights and watch them glow! And here is the jar with the white tulle.

Homemade Drain Cleaner – Green and Non-Toxic You can make your own drain cleaner using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, with no worries about the toxic and even fatal chemicals found in drain cleaners. You just need vinegar, baking soda, and citrus fruit peels. Drain cleaners are one of the most toxic chemicals there are, in fact, they are on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Hall of Shame because they can cause blindness, burns, and be fatal if swallowed. I got rid of our drain cleaner about a year ago so the children could never get a hold of it – way too risky for me. I used to work in Internal Communications for a large company and a lady in our office nearly died after accidentally drinking Drano that a janitor had left at the soda machine. Garbage Disposal and Drain Cleaning – Baking Soda and Vinegar A few weeks ago, I cooked a yummy dinner with fresh shrimp, and loaded up the garbage disposal with stinky shrimp shells. Also Works With Front Loading Washers Also Works for Clogged Pipes

13 Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away Want to be notified each time we publish a new blog post? Then make sure you like Natural Living Ideas on Facebook here where we share not only our blog posts, but the best natural living ideas from around the web. I’m sure everyone reading this right now has experienced the redness, the swelling and the uncontrollable itching that comes with a mosquito bite. It’s enough to ruin any barbecue or picnic! Many people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mosquitoes away, but these insect repellents often contain a toxic pesticide that is dangerous to human health. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath in humans and is particularly toxic to children. Needless to say, this is a pesticide we do NOT want to be using – especially when there are so many more effective ways to keep mosquitoes away using natural remedies and ingredients. Homemade Citronella Candles A Few Drops Of Lavender

The Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware Learn the tricks and tips to cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware. The hallmark of any country kitchen is an old black cast iron skillet sitting atop the woodstove. And there's good reason for that: Whether you're baking biscuits in a cast iron Dutch oven, flipping pancakes on a cast iron griddle over a woodstove or pan-frying chops on a modern electric range, cast iron makes the best cookware. When it comes to cast iron its important to learn about cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware to get the best from your cookware. Types of Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron cookware has been used steadily in America since the 1600s, though over the last half century or so it has been known primarily as an outdoor cookware, used mainly by campers, hunters and living historians. When folks think of cast ironware, most tend to think of skillets and fry pans, but the fact is there is an iron pot or kettle designed for just about any cooking chore. Cast Iron Cookware Maintenance Let's repeat that.

How To Make Glow In The Dark Paint How to make an amazing decor for kids rooms ? It’s easy, because Rust-Oleum Specialty Glow In The Dark glows for up to 2 hours. Apply to wood, metal, plaster, masonry or unglazed ceramic. Washes with soap and water. Great for kids rooms, school projects and holiday decor.

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