I share tips and tricks to stop wasting the food you buy.
Commented on Apr 23, 2013
My late mother-in-law used to do the cookie dough thing and bake them in a little toaster oven
when she just needed a few. Much more energy efficient than heating a big oven for a couple of cookies, unless it's already heated for something else. Pizza dough is easy to make and freeze as well, but your way is still a big savings over take-out.
Home Made Washing Detergent is an amazing non toxic way to clean your clothes! You will not see a lot of suds from this recipe in your washer but your clothes will be clean! So simple to make with only 4 ingredients I love the antiseptic/antibacterial quality of using essential oils to clean and they smell so good!
The essential oil will provide an additional disinfectant and give it an awesome aroma.
I like to use either a citrus oil or Melaleuca,
Lemon or On Guard Essential Oil for this recipe.
You can purchase Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils at doterra.com/mjenningsdesigns
1 bar of shaved soap½ cup of borax½ cup of washing soda3 drops of essential oil (lemon, melaleuca, on guard)
If you are using warm or hot water just add 1 – 2 TBSP of powder to the washer.If using cold water dissolve 1 – 2 TBSP of powder in hot water to be sure it distributes through the clothing properly.
Commented on Apr 08, 2013
Deborah B, you can use Zote soap, or any bath soap your family uses. Start saving those
A few years back I found an amazing antique twin bed that was in desperate need of repair. My talented step-father was able to re-construct the wood headboard and save the bed for my
youngest daughter to use. With thrift store and Craig's List finds like the striped settee ($50), dresser ($60), end table ($15), and little chairs ($30) that I re-habbed, I was also able to put the french-inspired room together for very little. Now my daughter has a sweet and pretty little room to call home.
The standard pantries in the house we bought last year were almost unusable. Long deep shelves and only 3-4 of them in a large closet sized area. Thank heavens they had doors. I designed
the shelves, my husband cut them out of MDF boards, I painted them with several coats of paint, and he installed them with aluminum channel. The channel allowed use of the shelf all the way to the back of the space. I counted and measured all the things in my food pantry to make the plan for how many shelves, how wide, tall and deep they needed to be. See the beginning and end result. It's so nice to be able to find things now. It turned out so nice, we did the 2nd pantry where I keep dishes, plastics, and mixed items for the kitchen!
I just finished painting my bathtub a couple of days ago. I used Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, and it's still curing (you're not supposed to get water on it for three days), but
the paint seems very durable. Of course, it IS paint, so it won't last forever, but I think this is a very good solution if you want a somewhat easy fix for an ugly, outdated tub, and don't quite have the budget for a complete replacement. More details (including a video) at the link below.
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Commented on Feb 14, 2013
Kristii, it looks great! Thank you so much for posting this. I had thought about using that
product on our clawfoot tub at our old house, but hadn't considered using it in new house, where the tub/surround is like yours. Wow.
Q: My house has aluminum siding. It is really worn and faded. Can aluminum siding be painted or should I think about replacing it?
A: This is a GREAT home repair question. No need to replace it. You can paint your aluminum siding. Aluminum will last forever. Paint left on any surface will oxidize over time.You just don't see it on wood because the paint peels before it oxidizes. The cure for the siding is to power wash the oxidized paint off as much as possible.Sometimes brushing it off as well. Then simply paint two coats then you are good for another 25 years. I recommend a satin finish to restore the metallic look.
Commented on Jan 21, 2013
So, if our siding is white, you're suggesting that we can't paint it any other color?