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.
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?
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.
#ProudestDIY This year I am actually going to make an urban garden. The only "land" I have is a fire escape. Fortunately, I have
Mike from Urbanorganicgardener.com as an example to follow. I am looking forward to eating fresh greens (kale, mustard greens, collard greens) from my fire escape this summer. Pretty soon, I will be starting seeds and then making these cool self-watering containers. Any advice???
Last night I went to the Young House Love book signing as a rep of the Hometalk.com team. John and Sherry signed the book, "Dear Hometalk.com, We love you." Their book is full of totally do-able and fun DIY projects for crafters of all levels. Hats off to Sherry and John of YoungHouseLove.com!
Hi. I am writing an article called Demolition Derby: The Process of Tearing Down a House. Would any of the pros out there like to be interviewed for this article? It will go out in syndicate and I will link to your site and to your Hometalk profile. This is great press for you.
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.