DIY Household Cleaner

You know what really chaps my hide? When expensive cleaning products in the store masquerade under the “green” label. But these supposedly environmentally conscious cleaning products are often far from it. Many chemicals that remain in these cleaning products are terrible for the environment and aren’t particularly good to have inside if your house.

 

You will need:

  • Oranges, or any other citrus fruit.
  • Distilled white vinegar

Pretty simple, right? Here’s how to make it:

  1. Eat your oranges. They’re good for you!
  2. Place the peels in a jar with a lid. You can freeze your peels if you don’t feel like eating a bunch of oranges at once.
  3. Once your jar is full of orange peels fill to the top with vinegar and screw on the lid.
  4. Allow the 2 ingredients to steep for about 14 days.
  5. After 2 weeks, strain the peels from the vinegar. I use a cone coffee filter for this.
  6. Dilute 2 parts water, 1 part vinegar solution. You can make it stronger or weaker depending on how dirty your things are.

Courtesy of DIY Survivalism http://diysurvivalism.com/diy-household-cleaner/

Cupcakes for the gardener in your life

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These fun cupcakes are ideal for anyone who loves guarding or just loves the look of what a garden can produce. The silicone ‘pots’ are now widely available from cook shops. Lakeland in the UK has stocked them for a awhile. You can slip a paper case inside the silicone if you want to (especially if you giving these as a hostess gift and want to take your silicone ones home).

My inspiration, as so often when it comes to cupcakes, comes from the wonderful Australian baker, Elise Strachan,who has one of THE best YouTube channels around. Search mycakeaddiction and you’ll find her represented on every social media.

I made chocolate brownie cupcakes in the Thermomix, baked in the silicone pots, dipped in softened chocolate spread ( Thermomix owners can make their own and reduce the sugar🙂

Then it’s up to you which fruit, vegetable or garden bug you…

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Small Space & Container Gardening

With Spring approaching here, it’s time to start thinking about gardening. I live in an apartment, but have some space outside such as a patio and small flower bed which I will be putting to good use. I’m incorporating container gardening into the plan this year and thought I would share some of my favorites as far ideas. Although I will be purchasing some used containers, I hope to re-purpose some other items as well.

Starting off seedlings can be done in a snap with these brilliant ideas

Newspaper pots

 

Soda bottle pots

 

Metal Cans

 

Over the door shoe organizer

 

Rain boots

 

Baskets

 

Ice buckets or small trash cans

 

Cinder blocks

 

Pantry shelf

 

Gallon bottles

 

5-gallon buckets

 

Get fancy and create some art with plastic bottles

 

Potting soil bag garden

 

Handbags

 

Lets not forget pots!

The ideas are endless. You can reuse about anything and produce a beautiful garden in very little space.

 

 

 

 

27 Useful Dollar Store Ideas

Combine a muffin tin with plastic cups to make a wonderfully mobile storage center for art supplies.

[Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/useful-dollar-store-finds-every-parent-should-know-about]

1. Stop your kids from losing playing cards by storing them in travel soap box holders.

Stop your kids from losing playing cards by storing them in travel soap box holders.

These are also great for storing crayons, beads, stickers and more. Learn morehere.

2. DIY tube socks into super cute baby leg warmers.

DIY tube socks into super cute baby leg warmers.

Find out how here.

3. Combine a muffin tin with plastic cups to make a wonderfully mobile storage center for art supplies.

Combine a muffin tin with plastic cups to make a wonderfully mobile storage center for art supplies.

4. Buckets are a good choice for organizing art supplies, too.

Buckets are a good choice for organizing art supplies, too.

Learn more here.

5. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold sand toys at the beach.

Use a mesh laundry bag to hold sand toys at the beach.

The awesome thing about this is that you don’t drag home a bunch of sand at the end of the day! Learn more here.

6. Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

7. You can also keep your car in shape with a hanging shoe organizer.

You can also keep your car in shape with a hanging shoe organizer.

Learn more here.

8. One more for the car — keep your kids from making a mess on fast food runs with this dollar store staple.

One more for the car — keep your kids from making a mess on fast food runs with this dollar store staple.

9. Craft boxes are perfect for organizing a little girl’s barrettes and hair ties.

Craft boxes are perfect for organizing a little girl's barrettes and hair ties.

Find out more here.

10. DIY on-the-wall storage for your kid’s magnetic toys using dollar store pizza pans.

DIY on-the-wall storage for your kid's magnetic toys using dollar store pizza pans.

Find the tutorial here.

11. Keep sippy cups organized using dollar store baskets.

Keep sippy cups organized using dollar store baskets.

Never lose another sippy cup lid again. Learn more here.

12. Dollar store baskets are also amazing for outdoor activities.

Dollar store baskets are also amazing for outdoor activities.

Learn more here.

13. Dish racks make organizing school supplies easy.

Dish racks make organizing school supplies easy.

Ideal for homeschoolers. Learn more here.

14. DIY a crib rail cover using a pool noodle.

DIY a crib rail cover using a pool noodle.

Find out how here.

15. A pool noodle also makes a toddler-proof door stopper.

A pool noodle also makes a toddler-proof door stopper.

Perfect for the door slamming stage. Learn more here.

16. Popsicle trays are surprisingly ideal for organizing your kid’s crayons.

Popsicle trays are surprisingly ideal for organizing your kid's crayons.

Find out more here.

17. Make traveling with kids easier by putting together a supply box with items from your local dollar store.

Make traveling with kids easier by putting together a supply box with items from your local dollar store.

Find out more here.

18. Dollar store frames are perfect for making window art with glue and food coloring.

Dollar store frames are perfect for making window art with glue and food coloring.

Find out how here.

19. They’re also great for making a “family command center” board.

They're also great for making a "family command center" board.

Learn how to run a tight ship here.

20. Throw down a plastic table cloth before craft time for easy cleanup.

Throw down a plastic table cloth before craft time for easy cleanup.

Learn more here.

21. A utensil tray is the key to keeping your kids’ toothbrushes organized.

A utensil tray is the key to keeping your kids' toothbrushes organized.

Learn more here.

22. Kitchen sponges can be used to make low-cost ice packs for your kid’s lunch box.

Kitchen sponges can be used to make low-cost ice packs for your kid's lunch box.

This way if your kid loses the ice pack it’s no big deal. Learn more here.

23. Bring straws with you in a toothbrush container.

Bring straws with you in a toothbrush container.

This way you have them when you need them.

24. Put dollar store baskets on the stairs for your kids to put their loose toys.

Put dollar store baskets on the stairs for your kids to put their loose toys.

Learn more about “crap baskets” here.

25. Toss glow sticks into the tub to make bath time a blast.

Toss glow sticks into the tub to make bath time a blast.

Learn more here.

26. Dollar store toys and trinkets make perfect “Catch ‘em being good” gifts.

Dollar store toys and trinkets make perfect "Catch 'em being good" gifts.

Find out more about this positive reinforcement technique here.

27. There are also incredible finds for your kid’s American Girl doll in the toy section.

There are also incredible finds for your kid's American Girl doll in the toy section.

Garden Fever

I don’t know about you, but I am antsy and ready for Spring and have the fever!

Check out this easy and space saving idea for planting lettuce, spinach and other leafy vegetable plants. It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Just cut out a rectangle in the side of a bag of potting soil and plant!

Hideaway Kitty Box

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Take an old dresser and remove the drawers. You can keep the top drawer in place for storage. Remove sides and backs of drawers. Next, take the bottoms off. Measure the opening and then take two of the drawer bottoms and use as backing reinforcement to the drawer fronts as shown in the photo above. Attach a rope or string to the dresser shell and the drop door. Now cut a small rectangular opening on the side your cat will be accessing the hideaway box. Cover (from the inside) the opening with cloth or thin plastic sheet.

You will now have a DIY hideaway cat litter box.

16 Genius Kitchen Tips

 

1. How to zest a lemon

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2. Make A Multi-Purpose Holder From Kitchen Whisk

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3. Make Your Own Baked Taco Shells

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4. Cutting Up Potatoes~ Super Fast

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5. How: Lemon & Lime Ice Cubes

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6. How To Cook Fish On Lemons

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7. How To Make Healthier Baked Tortilla Chips

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8. Turn Tic Tac Containers Into Spice Storage

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