Category: DIY

10 Great Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is affordable, widely available and great for many uses. It is commonly used for deodorizing your refrigerator, but did you know that you can also use it for heat rash and as a substitute for spackle? Here are 10 great uses for baking soda. Substitute for spackle: Mix a small amount of baking …

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Home Canning Basics: Why Can Your Own Food?

It’s much easier than you think to can your own food. With the growing desire for food that both tastes good and is good for you, now is the time to get started canning at home. So let’s look at what canning is and why it’s a wonderful alternative to buying processed food at the …

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5 Ways to Use Coffee Sacks in the Garden

If you go to any local coffee roaster asking about those bags that coffee beans come in, it’s likely the roaster will offer some to you. The things are like pallets. They’re everywhere, free for the taking, you just have to know where to get them. What’s more, they’re super useful for projects around the …

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How to Make Lemongrass Lavender Laundry Soap

I love to make my own laundry soap! Not only is it economical, but I feel good using a product that won’t harm my family or the environment and it smells heavenly! I buy all of the ingredients, accept the essential oils right at my local grocery store. I live in a very small town, …

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Make an Herbal Medicine Chest from Backyard Weeds

What could be easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Of course, you’ll have to harvest your weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding. Spring is an especially fertile time for harvesting your weeds – roots and all – and turning them into medicines. Here then are some tips on …

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5 Recipes for DIY Spring Cleaning

Many of the products we use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have negative long-term effects on our health and environment. For example, ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass cleaners. These ingredients can linger on surfaces and are …

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Mother’s Day Craft: Painted Terracotta Flower Pots

Since Mother’s Day is only a few days away, I thought that I would post one final craft that you can do with your kids. I actually thought of these when I was at the grocery store and I was passing the flower department.  There were small terracotta pots with paint brushes and paint sold …

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How to Make DIY Essential Oil Room Spray to Enhance Your Mood

After a long day we all need to relax and unwind. Instead of a sitting down with a glass of wine, do something better for your body and mind; use aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to benefit you both physically and mentally. These essential oils are distilled from various plant materials …

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How to Make an Upcycled Juice Carton Birdhouse

I’ve been on a quest to upcycle every container I use and decided to make my juice cartons into bird houses!  These are mainly decorative, but I put one of mine outside anyway, just to see! This is a great project to do with the kids, too, just be sure that an adult does all of …

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Blending Fragrance Chords: Creating Your Perfect Scent

For over thirty years I’ve played piano, which must explain why I love thinking of blending fragrances in musical terms. Just like in music, fragrances have notes that range from high to low, and creating a balanced fragrance chord is a great way to achieve a complex, interesting blend. I recently made a scent which …

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