diy citrus infused vinegar cleaning solution, cleaning tips, homesteading

DIY - Citrus Infused Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Vinegar is an incredibly powerful liquid. There are almost endless health benefits by using it both inside and outside your body (recipe here, here and here. ) You probably also know it can be used as a replacement for most cleaning solutions and detergents, and because it is so good for your health, it has almost no dangerous side effects. If anything, using vinegar as your goto cleaner can only improve the health of you and your family.
Adding citrus to a vinegar cleaner not only adds a pleasant smell, but it increases the cleaning power. Like many toxic cleaners, citrus helps it cut through grease, destroy molds and bacterias that may be hiding in your house and more. There are recipes out there for mixing vinegar with essential oils to get the same thing, but there's something nice about making it yourself that we just love at our house.
Here is the recipe:1. Fill a one quart mason jar with citrus peels.
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quick and easy tick removal, pets animals, Step 4 Once you have a live tick on a string it s best to put it in a plastic bag with the date of removal on it Put that bag in the freezer to preserve the tick This is in case your health turns and the tick needs tested

Quick and Easy Tick Removal

Ticks are everywhere here in Tennessee, so much so that our Chickens can’t seem to keep up with them, though I’m sure they give it their best. So if you live around us or in an area where ticks are living, it pays to know an easy and safe way to remove them.
If you’re not already convinced, we have a friend who recently made a trip to the ER to find out that he is now allergic to the meat of mammals because of a tick bite.
On with the removal procedure.
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tea light personal space heater, crafts, hvac, repurposing upcycling

Tea Light Personal Space Heater

This may sound like one of those “free” energy things, and I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about this working until this morning. After spending a morning next to this thing, I can now say that this tea light candle heater actually works. You have to be near it to get warmer or have a small space to heat, but it works…really.
What is it? Basically it is 4 tea light candles, placed in a foil lined bread dish, covered up with one terracotta pot and that covered up with a larger terracotta pot.How well does it work?I have a relatively large space in my completely unheated basement office, but if i put it next to where I’m sitting I can definitely feel the heat.
Why it works: The inner pot gets really warm, even hot to the touch, so I imagine that the two pot system helps keep some of the heat contained so it can slowly let it radiate from the pot instead of letting the candles heat dissipate quickly in the cold air. I’m sure there are many others who know a lot more about the inner workings of this type of a heating method.
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cora s kitchen scrambled eggs, kitchen design

Cora’s Kitchen – Scrambled Eggs

My daughter is really into doing things herself and we put this little video together of her cooking scrambled eggs. I think it is the cutest thing i've ever seen, but that may just be a proud dad talking.

should you become a beekeeper, pets animals, If you look real close in the left side you can see the marked queen bee with the red dot on her back

Should You Become a beekeeper?

"It appears that perhaps one-third of our total diet is dependent, directly or indirectly, upon insect-pollinated plants." – S.E. McGregor (source PDF)
I'm not an economist, agriculturist, environmentalist or any other "ist" that would elevate me as an expert capable of laying out an argument about the importance of bees (and other insect pollinators) to our food supply and culture in general. I'm just a guy trying to understand where my food comes from and attempt to grow it, raise it or cultivate it as best I can, but all sources seem to be in agreement that our pollinating-insect friends contribute a lot to the environment in general and more importantly to us, our food supply.
Consider if you will a world without bees. No flowers would get pollinated, which is the beginning of the end for almost all flowers (some are wind-pollinated, think dandelions). Without flowers you have no fruit, nuts and seeds, which is a large portion of our food supply. This is the direct effect. There are indirect effects that a more intelligent person can explain, but let me just pose the following question to make my point and we'll move on.
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wine bottle fruit fly trap, crafts, go green, pest control, The finished Wine Bottle Fruit Fly Trap You can just see the fruit flies already in there after just a couple minutes of use

Wine Bottle Fruit Fly Trap HOW-TO

You may have seen the fruit fly trap where you cut a 2 liter soda bottle in half and then invert it on itself. Functional, cheap, but not necessarily an attractive decoration. Here is how to make a trap out of an empty wine bottle.

1. Place a sweet fluid in the bottom of the bottle like apple cider vinegar, the last few drops of wine, etc.
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dresser refinishing antiquing, painted furniture, Another photo of the completed distressed and painted dresser in our bedroom

Dresser Refinishing / Antiquing

My father in law brought down some old furniture for us to possibly use and we saw some potential in one dresser beneath the yellow laminate finish it currently had. Here is the process I followed to get this dresser sanded down, painted and distressed. It is my first refinishing project and I'm really proud of it, though I'm sure my process is not up to the quality standards of more experienced people.
If you have any questions about my process or comments on what I did wrong or could have done better, I'd love to hear it below.

2 easy ways to calibrate a dial thermometer, home maintenance repairs, hvac, INFOGRAPHIC 2 Easy Ways to Calibrate a Dial Thermometer

2 Easy Ways to Calibrate a Dial Thermometer

I may be the last one to the party on this tip, but I loved it so much, I created an infographic for it.

diy pallet bookshelves, pallet, shelving ideas, The 3 shelves were hung mostly behind the door so as to utilize the space and keep the books in a usable space but a little out of the way

DIY Pallet Bookshelves

originally posted at our blog: http://www.simplydixon.com/2013/02/04/diy-pallet-bookshelves/
Chances are, you've already seen the idea for making bookshelves from a pallet here, here or here. It's one of those projects that seems super easy, cheap and fun to do, and it is. The hardest part of this project is finding a good pallet to use. These plans work for a pallet that has 6 boards on the top and 4 on the back. I'm sure you can figure out how to do other pallet types, but this is what we got. DIY Pallet Bookshelves

cheap quick and easy coat rack, diy, woodworking projects

Coat Rack from a Single 1" x 6" x 6' Board

Originally Posted at simplydixon.com (Cheap, Quick and Easy Coat Rack)
I'm not much of a carpenter, so it's probably not done right, but it works and I think it looks really nice too.
I can't tell you much about the construction since I built it 9 years ago, but i do know that It's a very simple, straightforward design, but completely build by me from a single board of pine.
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Jeremy Dixon
Jeremy Dixon