Articles

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes – SO EASY!

Check out this article at Louise’s Country Closet for the super easy instructions…

http://www.louises-country-closet.com/2013/03/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-cubes.html

Image borrowed from Louise's Country Closet

Image borrowed from Louise’s Country Closet

 

 

Veggies you can regrow from the scrap bits you normally throw away

http://www.realfarmacy.com/16-foods-that-will-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Hanging Lettuce Basket? Yes, please!

Want to know how to make one of these?

LettuceBasket071502Check out this site for this and many more amazing projects.

http://rainyside.com/container/MossLettuceBasket.html

 

The Amazing Coffee Filter

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook. (Thanks Christina!)  It’s an incredible list of uses for such an incredibly inexpensive product.

coffeefilters

COFFEE FILTERS

Coffee filters …. Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

Urban Chickens

Check out this page for a great guide to keeping egg-laying hens

http://ohlardy.com/a-practical-guide-to-keeping-chickens-an-introduction

keepingchickensinfo

Make Your Own “Don’t Buy”

We would like to highlight a facebook page about how to avoid filling your cart with ordinary, every day stuff and making them instead. You would be surprised how easy it is to make so many things at home.

http://www.facebook.com/dontbuyit.makeit

Check out the Docs section of their facebook page for tons of recipes! Also Like them so you can stay up-to-date on their posts.

How contagious am I? Let’s examine my snot!

From our friends at Holistic Squid comes a great article about snot :) Does the colour of phlegm indicate how infectious one might be?

http://www.holisticsquid.com/is-my-child-contagious/

blownose

An interesting gift idea…LifeStraw

The LifeStraw has been proven time and again since it’s introduction to the market back in 2005. It is a personal water filter that can be used by campers, boaters, backpackers, survivalists, etc.

http://eartheasy.com/green-home/emergency-preparedness/lifestraw

 

lifestraw-personal-water-filter

Organic Hallowe’en Treats

Check out this article from the Daily Green

http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/safe-halloween-candy-44072808

Wash Your Face With Honey?

Why would you wash your face with honey?

  1. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial. It will get off any lingering nastiness that’s thinking about setting up camp on your face and creating pimples.
  2. It is slightly drying which means it helps soak up any pimples or oiliness.
  3. It is also incredibly moisturizing. Seems like a double standard, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Honey sinks into your skin and moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe. (Remember Cleopatra and her honey baths to look young?)
  4. It imparts all kinds of beneficial enzymes that work at scrubbing your face for you, as well as perform a little anti-aging action.
  5. It’s great for acne, aging skin, normal skin, dry skin … honey loves EVERY SKIN TYPE.
  6. It is healing and helps repair acneic sores and scars.
  7. It’s 100%, absolutely, positively natural, great for your skin, and such a SIMPLE addition to your routine!

How to Wash Your Face With Honey

First, remember that these directions are for washing a face that doesn’t have makeup on it. Honey alone doesn’t take off all the goopy gunk.

For now, if you wear makeup, just continue to take it off the way you normally do, and incorporate the honey wash into your morning, pre-makeup routine.

Here are your wash instructions:

  1. Tie your hair back or get it out of your face. (Honey makes hair really sticky.)
  2. Pour 1/2-ish teaspoon of honey into the palm of your hands and rub your hands together for 2-3 seconds, just to warm up the honey.
  3. Place the honey on your face and massage it in for a minute or two – all around, don’t forget an inch of face.
  4. Optional – leave the honey sitting there on your face for 5 or 10 minutes, just so your skin can drink the goodness in.
  5. Rinse a few times with water. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily it rinses off!
  6. Bask in the beauty that is your face now.

That’s it!

If you want a way to remove makeup just change things up a bit.

First, wet a washcloth with water. Then, pour 1/2-ish tsp honey on the wet washcloth. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp baking soda on top of the honey. Splash a little water on your face, and then scrub everywhere very, very gently. The baking soda is slightly exfoliating, so we don’t need to scrub hard at all.

Then, just splash water on your face a time or two. Your makeup (other than the eye makeup) should be nearly (if not completely) removed.

With the baking soda, you’re throwing your skin’s pH balance out of whack just a little bit, leaving it vulnerable to dryness and/or potential pimples. Apple cider vinegar will help balance this out and put your skin back into a healthy state of being. A little diluted apple cider vinegar on another cloth afterward, wiped evenly all over your face will help.