Posts Tagged ‘5 uses’
March 18, 2013 by Jenn
Lemons are both inexpensive and a lot more useful than most people think. They also look super cute in a bowl on your dining room table. Here are 5 ways to use em that will help you cut costs and steer clear of some harsh household cleansers.
1. Keep your cutting boards germ free. Cutting boards get smelly and weird even if you wash them in soap and water. Next time you wash your board, cut a lemon in half and wipe the surface with the lemon. It will make it smell lovely and keep germ counts down.
2. Nasty upper toilet cleaner. Everyone pays attention to the toilet bowl but not so much to the upper part. This is probably because no one sees it but what you might not know is that if your upper toilet is grimy and gross, the bowl will become dirtier faster. Do yourself a favor and put a cup of lemon juice in the upper part and let it sit for a half hour. you can use a little scrubby brush to help remove the darker stains. Flush and enjoy, much better than chemicals.
3. Hand sanitizer. Don’t put chemicals on your hands. I know everyone LOVES that stuff but I just don’t feel right about it. You put hand sanitizer on and then you eat a sandwich? I don’t want anything on my hands that has the poison control center’s number on the back of the container. Next time just rub your hands with some lemon juice and rinse. This also works for removing the odor from garlic hands or fish hands.
4. Bring old paintbrushes back to life. We paint, our tiny humans paint, we paint canvas and houses and god knows what else but maybe we aren’t so good at cleaning up right away and now your paint brushes are hard. Put a generous amount of lemon juice into water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and hold your paintbrush tips into the water for about 10 minutes then wash with hot soapy water.
5. Brighten your nails. Rubbing lemons wedges on your nails will make them whiter and shinier!!
February 18, 2013 by Jenn
Salt, especially table salt, is one of the most accessible and inexpensive “5 Uses” that we’ve done so far. Your doctor may tell you that sodium is bad for you but there are lots of other ways that salt wan work in your favor. Here’s 5 of them.
1. Removing blood stains from fabric. Oops, your child cit themselves and got blood all over their brand new shirt. Don’t worry! Mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup peroxide into a bowl. Dip a rag into the mixture and blot the blood stain until it is soaked thoroughly. Let sit for about 10 minutes then throw it in the washing machine.
2. We all make mistakes. Maybe this time you put too much soap in the washing machine or maybe your washer just got a mind of it’s own and it now spilling over bubbles everywhere. Just add 1 cup of salt and watch the bubbles recede!
3. During the wintertime, especially in Baltimore, we often have frosty windows on our cars in the morning. Stop spending money on expensive window sprays to de-ice your car. Mix 1 cup salt with a gallon of warm water. Pour it on or use in a spray bottle. It’ll de-ice the windshield and keep it from icing up again all day.
4. Cooking on a time crunch? Add a few tsp of salt to a pot of boiling water depending upon how big of a pot you’re using. This will make the water boil at a much higher temperature. It won’t compromise the taste of your food and it will make the food cook faster, especially if that food is spaghetti.
5. Keep out the ants! If you have an ant problem in your home, don’t spend money on chemicals that will make your home oh-so-stinky. As it turns out, ants are a little prissy. They hate walking on salt. Pour salt by windowsills or doorways where the ants are making their entrance. It’ll keep them out.
I hope these tips are helpful for you. I love the idea of spending very little on an item like salt instead of lots of money on expensive products when salt will do an even better job. Salt will also keep your flowers fresh and extinguish grease fires. What a deal!
January 20, 2013 by Jenn
Here’s a product that I know most people have in their homes. It doesn’t matter what brand or what measure of hold it states on your hairspray can. There a bunch of lots of uses for this inexpensive product, here are 5 of my favorites.
1. I have a black cat. That’s a fun fact, right? Yeah, it also means that my house is covered in black cat hair, especially the couch. If your pet’s fur is bumming you out there’s an easy solution. Take a paper towel and spray it heavily with hairspray then wipe whatever piece of furniture is covered with the animal hair. Picks it right up!
2. Often times I’ll get all dressed for the day and then realize that there is a small hole in my tights. If I do nothing, I know by the end of the day there will be a huge run in my stockings. Next time this happens, spray the snag or hole in the tights with hairspray and it’ll keep it from running! (It also helps with keeping you dress from sticking to your stocking due to static electricity, just a light mist will due.)
3. The next time you want to save your flowers by drying them out, use hairspray. Hang the flowers upside-down and each day spray them once a day for 1 week. This will keep them protected in stages while they are drying.
4. Sometimes I don’t have the cash to go to a salon so I dye my hair myself. Things can get a little crazy sometimes and I end up with hair dye on my t-shirts. To remove hair dye stains, simply coat the dyed area with hairspray and wash normally. The stains will come out.
5. Unruly hair and flyways are really annoying. You know what else is annoying? Looking like you doused your head in hairspray to make them behave. Next time spray the hairspray directly on your hairbrush before brushing your hair. It’ll tame the flyways without giving your hair that ever so attractive (not) glossy look.
Have a great week!
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