7 Simple Tricks to Keep Pests Away

7 Simple Tricks to Keep Pests Away

Now that the weather is warming up those common household pests are coming full force. Most commercial products designed to keep pests away are full of chemicals or are just insanely inhumane. These 7 pest control remedies will protect your home from unwanted

These 7 pest control remedies will protect your home from unwanted guests and keep your conscience (and home) clear. What’s really great about these tricks is they use items that you either already have at home or are very cheap to buy.

What’s really great about these tricks is they use items that you either already have at home or are very cheap to buy.

Control Pests with these Natural, Non-Violent Remedies

White Vinegar

When you’re entertaining outdoors white vinegar is your best friend. Fill a spray bottle or wet a towel with undiluted white vinegar and wipe down your surfaces. Bugs won’t dare cross thus keeping you and your guests pest free.

Essential Oils

Many essential oils work miracles against pests. Peppermint oil will keep mice away, just dip a cotton ball into the oil and place near any nooks and crannies that could be entry points. Citronella works incredibly well for keeping outside bugs (gnats, mosquitoes, flies etc.. away.)

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Dump the Water

Mosquito’s lay their eggs on water, so making sure any receptacle that could collect water is empty will keep them from hatching near you.

Jam & Jelly

If you have flowers then you most likely have bees buzzing around too. Keep a dish of jam or jelly in a specific area away from where you and/or your family will be.

Citrus Peels

Instead of tossing your lemon, lime, and orange peels, consider keeping them. They are great for keeping bugs away. Wipe down surfaces and yourself with the citrus peels and bugs will not come near you.

Cinnamon Sticks

Use cinnamon sticks in areas where you’ve seen ants. They’ll crawl away from them and leave your home in peace. You can also use cloves and peeled garlic to do the trick.

Mint

I love the smell of mint and when planted around the house it will keep ants from entering.

These are some of my favorite ways to keep pests away, what are yours?

DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is far from the cheapest thing to buy. Even the off brands cost an arm and a leg nowadays. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could make your own at home and not only save money but know exactly what is in your laundry detergent?

Guess what… You can!

My gentleman friend shared his mamas recipe for DIY Laundry Detergent with me and now I’m going to share it with you.

DIY Laundry Detergent

  • 2 bars Fels-Naptha (grated fine)
  • 1 small bottle purex crystals
  • 1 4 pound 12 oz box borax detergent booster
  • 1 55 oz. box arm & hammer super washing soda

Mix well to combine all the ingredients in a large, sealable container.

When you’re ready to do laundry use 2 tablespoons per load.

 

Tip Alert:

Great recipe. Easier way to deal with Fels Naptha is instead of grating it, cut bars into 1inch slices. Spread on plate and microwave 1minute. Move around on plate. Microwave 1minute again. It will begin to look foamy but it is dry. Move again and microwave 30 seconds. Cool. It will crumble into tiny pieces.

DIY Airheads Candy Snowman #AirheadsCrafts

DIY Airheads Candy Snowman #AirheadsCrafts

I received product(s) in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.

Now that winter is here I can’t help but wish for snow. We’ve had a few days where it flurried, a couple of times it stuck, but not enough to have any fun with. I really want to build an Illinois snowman!

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My bucket list demands it!

Since the weather has yet to deliver my snowman building supplies I’ve taken to improvisation. On the plus side I created a snowman that isn’t just super cute, but totally edible too!

Airheads (1 of 1)

It starts and ends with Airheads Candy (which rocks my socks) and a little bit of imagination. Sure he’s not your traditional, fluffy white snowman – he’s even better, fruit colored!

It’s super simple to make your own Airheads Snowman. For the head I used one Airheads, for the middle I used two, and for the base I used three. There are white (Mystery Flavor) Airheads that would make it a more traditional snowman, but I’ve never been much for traditional. I like to color outside the lines.

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I had to play with the Airheads a little before rolling them. They are very firm so I stretched and plied them for about 5 minutes each. Then I just rolled them around in my hands like I was making meatballs! I did use a white one to make a scarf-like add-on and a snowy bottom.

I am planning on making more snowmen soon, but bigger so that I can use the Airheads bites as buttons! Maybe cake or cookie balls? I’m getting a little hungry just thinking about that!

There are so many things you can do to enhance your Airheads Candy experience. There are tons of DIY craft ideas you can find to create your own #AirheadsCrafts. What do you think you’ll be doing with your Airheads Candy?

10 All-Natural DIY Simmer Pot Recipes

10 All-Natural DIY Simmer Pot Recipes

Store bought air fresheners may smell great but they’re not very cost-effective or environment friendly. Instead of shopping to find ways to make my house smell great I choose to make my own home air fresheners. One of my absolute favorite infusions is orange with clove. It’s bold and crisp and just sets me up to have a great day! There are so many infusion possibilities, but this compilation is of my top 10 favorites.

What’s really great about these DIY Home Air Freshener recipes is that they use stuff found in most homes already. It’s also nice that spices can be mixed and matched to make your own signature aromaJust because the orange & clove simmer is my favorite doesn’t mean it will be yours. Feel free to add and subtract as you see fit.

Here’s how to make DIY Home Air Freshener

10 All-Natural DIY Simmer Pot Recipes

You’ll be making all of these infusions the same, so I’m just using the orange and clove as a base example. Scroll down to see even more great infusion ideas.

First things first, you need something to cook in. This can be a small, old saucepan, a small simmer pot or an old potpourri warmer. Whatever you can scrounge up, no need to go out and buy something just for this.

Now let’s gather the ingredients for our DIY home air freshener. To make the orange & clove simmer we’ll need 3 – 5 oranges, about 1 tablespoon of cloves (whole or ground – up to you) and 1/2 cup of water to start with.

First peel the oranges, eating or reserving the fruit. Then carefully bend and ply the peels to get those juices flowing.

*We don’t want them spraying everywhere, just loosening them up.

Drop them into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the cloves on top and cover with the water.

Set the heat to medium and wait for the aroma to start filling the room. Once you can smell the orange and clove infusion it’s time to

a.) reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer

– or –

b.) transfer the mixture to another vessel like a simmer pot or potpourri warmer

Whichever method you choose be sure to keep the water level at least 1/4 inch – we don’t want to burn the ingredients or the pot!

Now here are 9 more aroma infusions for you to try!

  • 4 Strawberries (sliced) + 1 Banana peel + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 Bay Leaf + 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 lemon peels + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 orange peel
  • 1 Bay Leaf + 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 lemon peels + 2 teaspoons raspberry extract
  • 6 apple slices + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Leftover pineapple + 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice + 2 lemon peels

What is your favorite aroma infusion for the home?

DIY Car Repair

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the importance of car maintenance but you don’t need to go to a mechanic for every issue. There are a few types of car repair that you can do yourself and they are not as hard as you may think. A little research has yielded some great results!

Here are some of the car repair tasks I think you should learn to do yourself. Just imagine how much you’ll save without having to pay those labor costs!

DIY Car Repair Tasks

DIY Car Repair

Changing a tire: The DMV gives step by step directions to complete this vital task. Learn how to change a tire so you won’t be sitting stranded along the road.

Changing the oil: The first time I changed my own oil was stressful and empowering. I didn’t realize how easy it was going to be. Lifehacker has you covered with their tutorial on how to change your car’s oil yourself.

Plugs and wires: I like to change the plugs and wires whenever I do an oil change. AutoZone has a good tutorial on doing this.

Change brake pads: This video will help you change your brake pads in no time!

These are just a few car repairs you can do yourself. If you search on Google (or whatever your favorite search engine is) you’re sure to find step by step directions on how to do nearly anything.