November 30, 2012 by Jenn
Distilled white vinegar is probably one of the most useful solutions on the planet. It’s chemical make-up alone makes it much more powerful than most cleaners but A LOT less toxic for your home, plus it usually costs less than 3 bucks for the big bottle. I use white vinegar in my house at least 4 times a week, the big bottle lasts forever since it’s highly concentrated and you don’t need to use much. Here are 5 ways to use distilled white vinegar that will help your wallet and your home!
1. Make your polish last! Have you tried everything trying to keep your nail polish from chipping? Next time, dab a cotton ball with white vinegar and rub it on your nails. The vinegar helps the polish adhere to your nails. It may make your hands a little stinky but if you rub your hands with a little lemon juice it’ll take away the vinegar smell! Maybe try Emily’s decal DIY when you’re ready to paint?
2. Make your furniture a scratch-free zone. My cat has claws. Good ones. Sure, I’ve bought her scratch pads, cat condos, those things that hang on the door that are supposed to make them stop scratching but DON’T. I’ve tried it all. Then I found out that my cat hates the smell of vinegar, apparently most cats do. So next time your cat is going for the furniture, take a water bottle of water with 2 tbsp white vinegar and lightly spray the area. You’re cat will be bummed out but the stink and won’t scratch it up! Depending upon the type of fabric your furniture is made of, do a spot test first, just to be safe. If you have an issue with your pets jumping on windowsills or countertops you can spray the vinegar in those spots as well.
3. Baking in a hurry can be a catastrophe, the recipe called for a teaspoon of salt and you accidentally put in a tablespoon or more.. EEK… what to do?? If you added to much salt to a recipe, an easy fix is to add 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 tablespoon sugar and voila! All better.
4. Cleaning your produce is important but some of the veggie washes at the store can be expensive. A quick and cheap substitute is to add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 1/2 quarts water. Put mix into a pray bottle and wash away the veggie germs and pesticides!
5. One of the most well known uses for vinegar (and one of my personal favs) is removing deodorant deposits and sweat stains from shirts. Its a dirty secret a lot of us have and vinegar clears it right up! dip the problem area of the shit in undiluted vinegar and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes then put directly into the washing machine and wash normally. I have only used this trick on t-shirts so like I said with the furniture, if it’s a unique fabric you should always do a test spot treatment.
I hope these tricks are useful for your home. White vinegar is cheap and super useful! It even stops bee stings from stinging
November 25, 2012 by Emily
I hate bar soap. Really. Theres just something about it that squicks me out. Maybe because it turns the soap dish into a mess, and it just seems germy. I prefer to use liquid body wash, but it’s pretty expensive and I can find a scent that I like.
I LOVE the way that these Biggs & Featherbelle soaps smell and feel but they don’t make liquid soap to appease my bar aversion. So I decided to make my own, this way I’m able to use the soap scents I like (or custom mix my own!) with out all the added chemicals and colors that come with store bought washes.
November 21, 2012 by Emily
Have I mentioned I’m lucky? Ok, Ok not in all manners but you’ll understand when I tell you…. My parents press their own cider. From apple trees that grow in their backyard. Sure it’s a huge ordeal and makes a mess, but I get to enjoy the most amazing apple cider (and hard cider…thanks dad!) I’ve ever had.
I’m not ready for the undertaking of making my own hard cider, but I am willing to use the cider my parents have given me for other types of adult beverages! I’ve seen a lot of post and pictures for Apple Pie Liqueur, and I had to make it for my friends housewarming party!
November 15, 2012 by Jenn
I don’t know about you guys, but I take A LOT of Polaroids. Ever since Fuji-film came out with their own camera and film that is pretty reasonably priced, I’ve been hooked. I’m also a huge fan of collecting old bizarre photographs from flea markets and thrift stores. There are a lot of ways to display these photos, most of which involve putting holes in the photos or some kind of material on them. Today I’m giving you 3 ways to display these photos that are fun, easy, and won’t cause damage.