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Facebook Twitter | From cooking to cleaning, health & beauty... How to Remove Wrinkles from Clothing Without Ironing. 5 DIY Ways To Deodorize Stinky Things. 13 Awesome Household Cleaning Hacks. 10 Awesome Organizing Hacks for Your Living Space. If you're like most people, you probably wish you had more space in your home. With a few clever organizing hacks, you can free up more space in your home and feel more in control of where and how you store your possessions. Use a tension rod in your sink cabinet to create a horizontal bar for hanging your spray bottle cleaners, which will free up more floor space to store more items. Take advantage of an over-the-door shoe rack by using it for the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room to store many small- to medium-sized items that would otherwise get lost in a box or drawer. Tissue boxes and cardboard tubes are perfect for storing plastic grocery bags neatly. Got your own clever organizing hack you use for your home? Click on image to enlarge.

12 Laundry Hacks for Washing & Drying Your Dirty Clothes. Roundup: 15 DIY Office Storage and Organization Ideas » Curbly | DIY Design Community. Raise your hand if your home office or workspace could use some help in the storage and organization departments! That's everyone, right? Check out these 15 clever DIY ideas that are sure to make your space more functional -- and boost your productivity!

1. DIY Magazine File Shelves 2. DIY Breadbox Charging Station 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Tagged : DIY, How-To, Inspiration, office, organization, storage Material : glass & ceramics, metal, paint, paper, plastic, recycled, wood, yarn & string Design Style : colorful, contemporary, eclectic, rustic, traditional, transitional Techniques : crafting, Creative Reuse, organizing, Papercrafting, Recycling & Upcycling, woodworking Room : Office & Workspace Decor Element : accessories.

33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You. Potholes & Pantyhose | Easy Laundry Soap. My month long challenge of slowly ridding our house of nasty chemicals began several weeks ago. My first item to replace was my face lotion. I created a Recipe for Facial Moisturizer and secondly, I wanted to replace my dishwasher detergent DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent. This last week, I shared a replacement for face wash with my Cheap, Organic Face Wash recipe. I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market. But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal: 1. Photo source unknown If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus weeks to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you.

I’ve seen a million recipes for laundry soap floating around the world wide web (as my mother calls it). I hope you enjoy my Easy Laundry Soap recipe. What you’ll need to make your very own Easy Laundry Soap (this makes approx. 48 loads): Potholes & Pantyhose | Homemade Household Green Cleaners. Along with my more than month long challenge to rid my house of pricey and nasty cleaners, I wanted to share with you some easy recipes for around the house cleaners. I’ve shared with you so far my Recipe for Facial Moisturizer , DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent, Cheap, Organic Face Wash and my Easy Homemade Laundry Soap.

I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market. But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal: 1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Photo source unknown If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus weeks to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. For household cleansers, I have a theory: If I can eat it, then I can clean with it. This theory doesn’t work all that well when I come to vacuums… We are dusty people. Lime and gunk will magically disappear. Homemade Liquid Dish Soap – That really works! Hi. I have a couple of questions and a few suggestions regarding this recipe. I just made this recipe, and thought a few comments might help others: first, I added the shaved bar soap, as suggested, as well as the addition of a few drops of essential orange oil.

First: the ingredients list begins with 1 1/2 C. hot water. In the directions, you say to put ALL ingredients in a large bowl, then add 1 1/2 C. hot water. Is this an ADDITIONAL 1 1/2 cup hot water, or the original from the ingredients? My discovery: don’t just dump ingredients in the bowl, especially in the order given: you will have a great concoction of soapy stuff with globs of washing soda at the bottom. Be careful! I also noticed that it was sudsy in the bottle, but once in the water with dirty dishes, became a greasy feeling murky substance. Ladies, please use caution when using bar soap for this. Castile soap, in bar form is ivory. Washing soda is perfectly safe. How to Make Your Own Pest Spray » Curbly | DIY Design Community.

Have you ever wondered how people dealt with problems in the garden long before so many different products were available to us? Well, many times they used products that were common to the household or farm and perhaps designed for other purposes but could have a positive impact on plants. For example, it was discovered probably quite by accident that throwing dirty dishwater out the back door onto plants could rid them of certain insects.

And over time, this practice of using soapy water in this way became fairly common. I've had reasonable success going up against certain insects in my garden by mixing a couple of teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to a quart of water and spraying them. Now, what this solution does is break down the outer covering or cuticle of an insect, making it more susceptible to disease, dehydration and other insects. If you do this, you need to be careful because the same sort of outer covering or waxy coating is also on plants. Make Homemade "Febreze" The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves! There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget. But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap!

The Big Three: White Vinegar This product literally has 1001 uses if not more (there's an entire website dedicated to its awesomeness). Here are the top five ways to use this cost-saving cleaner in your home. 1. To disinfect hard surfaces, spray with undiluted vinegar (or wipe with a cloth soaked in vinegar), wipe clean. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check out more fantastic ways to use vinegar on

Baking Soda Baking soda is widely known for its deodorizing powers, but it has many other uses that will help you cut cleaning supply costs while maintaining a fresh-smelling home! 1. 2. / 3. 4. 5. Check out more great uses for baking soda on Yahoo and Real Simple. Lemons 1. 2. 3. The Red Chair Blog: A Great DIY Laundry System for Small Spaces. [Blogger's note: This post was originally published in January of 2010 and was edited in June of 2015. Among other updates, new photos have been added, more details have been added to the DIY instructions, and product names have been changed due to manufacturer name changes.

This post contains affiliate links.] Here's a riddle. How can you store 2 loads of dirty laundry without taking up a single foot of floor space? With my favorite laundry solution for small spaces: hanging laundry bags! Household Essentials (which acquired Whitney Design in 2010) makes an affordable cotton canvas laundry bag designed to hang on a doorknob. I love these bags. As of June 2015, I have owned my laundry bags for over 6 and a half years now, and they are holding up great! The system worked beautifully. After moving to a new house that has a bathroom layout without space behind the door, I decided to use drywall anchors to hang the bags on the interior side wall of my master bedroom closet. Materials 2. 3. The Red Chair Blog: DIY Storage For "Transient" Items. Clients often ask me how to organize items that are "just passing through" their homes.

You may have seen "transients" like these in your home: the library books that need to be returned, the sweater that you need to mail to Great Aunt Myrtle for her birthday, the DVD that you borrowed from a friend and need to return, or that pair of Goodwill-bound go-go boots. Here's a simple, cost-effective storage solution. It won't win any awards for good looks--just keep it tucked in a closet or storage area--but it gets the job done. Start with a set of 4 wire storage cubes. Add some economy weight banker's boxes (these are one of my favorite organizing tools). Next, add labels. Finally, use the boxes to store stuff! Given that "out of sight" items can be "out of mind", I'd recommend that any time-sensitive items be noted on your to-do list. Need more storage? Since this tip works for me, this post has been linked to lots of other organizing posts at Works for Me Wednesday.

Organized Home. All-Natural Cleaning Solutions. Wooden Things | Susan Branch Blog. “My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.” ♥ Pearl Bailey That’s how I feel too; it makes me want to take care of my kitchen things, wash them, fix them, love them; give them some TLC. This is the “before” picture of my most-used and very dried-out cutting board.

Keeping wooden bowls, cutting boards, wooden spoons, any unfinished wooden thing (including my wooden kitchen tabletop) beautiful, is part of the care and feeding of a warm and glowy kitchen. So I want to show you how easy it is to do. We’ll do the cutting board first, because it’s basically the same method for everything . . . what solves the problem, and puts the depth back into your wood, is Mineral Oil.

You can already see how much better the wood looks under the puddle of oil! I use a pastry brush to paint the oil on. And now, she is oiled.