Did you know that cinnamon can be used as an air freshener, a bug repellant, and a mouth wash?
Moth Repellent: Replace foul-smelling mothballs with cinnamon-stuffed sachets. Combine the cinnamon with a handful of other spices, like cloves and bay leaves, and you'll have a moth-free house that smells great.
Ant Repellant: Has an army of ants invaded your home? Apartment Therapy suggests using cinnamon to keep the little critters at bay. Sprinkle the powdered
version of the spice around any openings or crevices that give insects entrance to your home and they will steer clear, perhaps heading for the more welcoming environs of a neighbor's home instead.
Air Freshener: Combine water and a few drops of cinnamon oil in a spray bottle and you've got an instant air freshener that's both economical and all-natural.
Mouthwash: Mouthwash is one of those products that's so easy to make, it's a wonder we ever buy it. For an effective cinnamon-flavored mouthwash, simply add nine tablespoons of cinnamon to a cup of vodka. Let the mixture sit for two weeks and then strain through a coffee filter.
I wanted to talk about another use for baking soda: deodorant. I have tested natural and DIY deodorants for years, and almost none of them work. HOWEVER: I found one that works, and it is the simplest of all. The most effective deodorant out there is plain baking soda. Apply baking soda under your arms after bathing. You can even apply it after *not* bathing, because it is so
effective that it actually destroys body odor. No perfumes, no harmful chemicals, jut good old baking soda. I have been using it for about a year, and every time I go back to regular deodorant, I notice that I smell *less* when I am using baking soda. You can apply it with a powder puff, a Kabuki brush, or a crumpled piece of toilet paper. I keep mine in a little Tupperware box with a lid, right on my dresser. It really is the best, and you will never have to buy deodorant again once you try it. Some folks mix baking soda with coconut oil, and they say it works really well, but I like to keep things simple. It's especially simple when you buy bulk bags of baking soda at a club store...you'll never run out of deodorant again.
I made laundry detergent from washing soda, baking soda, Borax, and castile soap. Here's the recipe: Now you need to measure with a tin can (just a regular tin can, like the kind that
corn comes in). In a large container with a tight-fitting lid, mix 3 cans of Borax, 3 cans of baking soda, 3 cans of washing soda, and an 8 ounce bottle of castile soap. I found that stirring didn't work very well, so I put the lid on the container and shook it up really well.
I have been really pleased with this detergent. Dissolved in hot water (it is not as good in cold water), it actually removed stains and oils, and it makes the laundry smell really clean and fresh.
I learned 3 DIY fabric softener recipes from one of my favorite bloggers, Sayward Rebhal. The first: Add vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash. The second: Mix 6 cups vinegar and 1 cup
baking soda. Add 1/2 to 1 cup during the rinse cycle. The third: Mix 6 parts water with 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts hair conditioner. Mix it all up in a container (stirred, not shaken) and then use ½ cup (or less, as needed) per load.
I am #itching4spring because I cannot wait to plant my herb garden! These 6 herbs are fragrant and exotic; they can transport
you to another place. Hyssop evokes the Mediterranean, and chervil will remind you of Paris. Lemon basil and chocolate mint will entice you with their super fragrant leaves. Savor the fresh flavor of Mexico with fresh epazote, or go on a journey to Ireland when you smell your caraway plants.
Poinsettias will bloom year after year if you care for them properly. The Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service published a fantastic, simple chart that details how to make a poinsettia reflower. Simply, in March, remove the flower and cut stems to 6 inches. In June, repot the plant in a larger pot. Then plant it (in the pot) outside. In July, pinch off the lateral shoots. In late August, take the plant inside. From September 20th to December 1st, keep your poinsettia
in light from 8 AM to 5 PM only. Keep it in darkness from 5 PM to 8 AM. This will cause the poinsettia to flower by Christmas.
Even though I work for a home improvement website, I am an idiot who just overloaded her dryer. It stopped. My old (I have no idea what year, but it is old) Whirlpool gas dryer stopped mid-cycle, and won't start again. What do I do? Can (how?) can I fix it myself? Should I call a repairman?
Phil Schmidt, a professional DIY manual writer, tested out cleaning his house with only one product. The result of his research? He surmises that you really only need one all purpose cleaner to get the whole house spic-and-span. His all purpose cleaner of choice? Mrs. Meyer's Green Day All Purpose Cleaner in Lemon Verbena scent.
Learn more about his experiment: http://www.networx.com/article/we-tested-it-...