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13 Personal Care & Household Products You Can Make on Your Own for Dirt Cheap. 15 Super-Practical Uses for Petroleum Jelly. In 1859, 22-year-old chemist Robert A.

15 Super-Practical Uses for Petroleum Jelly

Chesebrough accidentally discovered petroleum jelly when he visited a working oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Oil workers complained of a gooey substance referred to as "rod wax" which kept getting into the machinery and slowing them down. Chesebrough noticed that oil workers also smeared this same substance on their burn marks or dry skin to help speed the healing process. Ten years later, Chesebrough refined the original rod wax found in the oil factories to the ubiquitous Vaseline product that we see in drugstores everywhere today.

Other than protecting skin from getting chapped and supposedly helping eyelashes grow thicker and longer, petroleum jelly can also remove water ring marks from your table surface, tame your unruly eyebrows, prevent rust from forming on your outdoor tools, fix a stuck lock, and more. Got your own favorite uses for petroleum jelly? Click on image to enlarge. Mason Jar Organizers. DIY… kitchen organizers!!

Mason Jar Organizers

Some people are born organized and then others are others… I have to WORK at it daily or otherwise my house looks like.. well I won’t go into TOO much detail but you get my point. Put it this way.. I love when its neat and organized but there’s a WHOLE lot of things I love doing more! So I decided to devote this Monday to getting ORGANIZED.

My kitchen has slowly been turning into a DISASTER! Materials: Jars with Lids, power screw gun, metal drill bit, 3/4″ screws (must be shorter than wood you’re drill to), tape measure, and cupboard or shelf to affix to bottom. I used pint and quart size antique jars; use whatever size and style works for you. Collect the rest of your materials. Drill a hole in the center of each lid. 5 Ways to Preserve Herbs. 33 Clothing Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money. Instead of replacing clothing at the first sign of wear and tear, why not use these 33 clothing hacks to keep your clothing fresh, fixed and free!

33 Clothing Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

1. De-Pill Your Clothing Using A Razor. After you’ve run a razor over your clothing, use tape to pick off any left overs. 2. Sew On A Button. It’s that easy! 3. You don’t need a lot of ties, just a few different ways to tie it. 4. Blot out the bleach instantly. 5. Don’t have the heat to high or leave the straighteners on the fabric too long or you may cause damage… and a fire. 25 Bathroom Hacks You'll Want to Share With Everyone. 25 Smart Life Hacking Tricks For 2013.

Life Hacks. Lifehacks. Sew Many Ways... DIY Hanging Coat Rack. Add charm and storage with a painted branch.

DIY Hanging Coat Rack

If you have a narrow entryway or a shortage of closet space in your home, try this easy DIY as an alternative to traditional, free-standing coat racks. Fallen branch2 equal lengths of chain link (measure from ceiling to approximate hanging height and multiply by two to get the length of each chain)2 eye hooks2 screw anchorsDrillHammerLow- or no-VOC paint Step 1: Paint the branch Choose a sturdy, fairly straight branch with a few knots that give it an interesting shape, and make sure the hook of a hanger can fit around the diameter. Let the branch dry out completely, then, using a small brush, paint it with eco-friendly white paint for a fresh look.

Step 2: Secure eye hooks in ceiling Anchor two ceiling hooks 1' from the wall, to ensure enough space for coats to hang. Step 3: Hang the finished branch Slip both ends of one length of chain link onto an eye hook to create a loop. 15 Simple and Clever DIY Kitchen Projects. It's kitchen and bath month here at Curbly, so of course we had to round up some of our favorite kitchen-related DIY projects!

15 Simple and Clever DIY Kitchen Projects

Check them out below and let us know which ones you'd be interested in trying! 1. Easy DIY Wine Cork Trivet2. Hanging Utensil and Spice Drying Rack. Growing Garlic. I haven't purchased garlic since 1996.

Growing Garlic

That's because I grow enough to eat a bulb of garlic every day, year-round. While most of my garden adventures are hobby-level attempts at self-sufficiency, my garlic crop is for real. Garlic is an overwintering crop, planted in fall and harvested mid-summer. How to make a natural air freshener, and assemble your own laboratory for concocting teas, salves, and syrups. As a little girl I mixed up shampoos and lotions in my laboratory, trying to improve on the toiletries we had.

How to make a natural air freshener, and assemble your own laboratory for concocting teas, salves, and syrups

I never came up with anything worth mentioning, but I did once get scolded for spilling my mom's shampoo all over the bathroom rug. A friend of mine told me about the "laboratory" she'd had at age 12, in which she created, among other things, the cure for AIDs. You probably won't cure any diseases with your apothecary, but you will scratch that youthful itch to create something useful out of ordinary ingredients. narfmore I'll get your mad scientist career started with a list of ingredients to start a home apothecary, with which you'll be able to make herbal teas, salves, syrups, tinctures, eye pillows, and infused oils.