I just bought the new Swiffer Carpetflick. It's simply a plastic broom with a removable sticky "cartridge" that traps dust, hair, fibers that you then toss. I found it incredibly effective and you wouldn't believe what it removed from my carpet in a two-minute test (pet hair, formerly invisible crumbs).
I've found that all soap products have continued to rise in price for many years, so I started making my own. I was so afraid of using Red Devil Lye that it took me a long time to get enough courage to do my first batch of bath and beauty bars.
I'm looking for a deodorant that is not expensive or homemade that kills odors and leaves less yellowish stains on blouses and shirts.
When you do this for the first time, you will be amazed at how much of your money is being taken for giving you much less of a product! Make your own liquid soap.
I am a caregiver and I have found the price of adult wipes (like baby wipes) are expensive, so I make my own. I have saved so much money making these. All you need to have is patience and time.
I need help i would like to make my a wallet and check book cover to go with my purse but dont have directions if anyone can help me it would be wounderful. Pictures would help too.
I only now finally went to the website of the Duggar Family, the family from the "20 Kids and Counting" TV show, and found a treasure trove indeed! Below are 2 laundry tips that really impressed me and gave me a wake-up call with the "recipe cost."
My son is 11, has Autism and is non-verbal. His para at school has a bean/rice flannel bag that she heats up. He's in love with it! So she mentioned it to me, and that her daughter made it for her years ago at girl scouts. Well I went out and bought dried beans, nice rice, Red Sox flannel fabric and hand stitched it! When I heated it, it got hot but very stinky! Then it began to retain moisture and the flannel began to sweat/feel wet!
Don't go out and buy the OTC drops for plugged noses! Use things you have a home. This recipe works for all ages, my infant benefited a lot from it!
After being approached numerous times at mall kiosks to try one of those small, filled "tension relief" pads (pillows) I decided to make my own.
I am looking for instructions for making the bags that you can put in the microwave. The ones you use for aches and pains etc. What is inside and how do you clean them when needed?
What do you use for a spoon rest when you are cooking? I usually just tear a piece of aluminum foil. Any better suggestions?
Wake up looking forward to your coffee and realize you've run out of filters? Can't decided whether you should cry and hug the maker or drop and kick it?
I just had surgery, and needed to clean my wound the nurse told me to use this. It works good.
How can I make a door stop? I know it sounds simple but where do I begin?
What can I use for an eraser for a dry erase board besides the traditional erasers? Has anyone used something else successfully?
I have used US Advanage Wonder Cleaner in the past and it works like no other, but it is quite expensive and I am really into making my own products if at all possible. This product works so well however that I'm wondering if I can even duplicate it.
Does anyone know how or what the effusion lamp catalytic burners are made of or a cheap place to buy them?
Many offices throw away old manila folders that are still in good shape. I take them home and create my own business cards using templates from Microsoft.
How do you make herbal heat and cold packs with rice or feed corn? Does anyone know of easy patterns for these?
How do you make Pull-ups? I have an eight year old who is still wetting the bed at night. The price of store bought are getting expensive. Please Help!
Doesn't eucalyptus leaves make good medicine; or any thrifty ideas? I just trimmed my tree branches and they do smell good; and I do know they are good for something. Please help me make use of them.
After reading about the shrunken wool for refill pads for the Swiffer Wet Jet Mop, I thought I'd share how I economize for the Clorox Ready Mop. For pad replacements, I use old cloth diapers (I couldn't bring myself to get rid of the diapers after my kids were potty-trained).
To save messing with coffee grounds while camping in our RV, I would like to make coffee pouches ahead of our trips. Then I could just place them in the coffeepot and throw away the used pouch when done. Has anyone done this?
What was that recipe for hairspray again, I want to give it a try. Thanks
An old friend heated some bricks on his wood stove, wrapped them in a towel and used them to keep my 'always cold' feet warm in bed during a bad cold snap.
We just had our first frost last week, and I dug up my potatoes grown in a tire stack. I was disappointed to find only 6 potatoes. I planted 3 seed potatoes in the initial tire, and partially covered the greens, as they appeared to a final height of 5 tires. Any suggestions as to what went wrong. It would be helpful for next years attempt. Thanks.
I'm looking for inexpensive ideas on creating a mattress to sleep on. I can't believe there is so much labor and materials in a good mattress that they have to charge the ridiculous prices I see in stores nowadays.
We recently moved into a new apartment and realized that our Queen size boxspring would not fit up the stairs into our bedroom. Our last bed frame broke, so we had just been using the boxspring and mattress on the floor.
Being adamantly opposed to using any kind of "weapons" as toys, and this includes water guns, I give my kids plastic squirt bottles, either clean spray bottles of water or even cleaned out plastic ketchup or syrup bottles to squirt each other with.
I have very dry skin and have bought so many different brands of lotion (some pretty pricey.) This seems to work better than any of them. Enjoy!
For an inexpensive lip gloss use a little petroleum jelly. Also works for treating dry lips.
The kind of commercial windshield washer fluid that is so convenient to buy at the store contains methanol. Methanol is extremely poisonous and is dangerous to breathe or touch.
I save the large can that cleaning wipes come in and then make my own. Buy a roll of good quality paper towels. Cut them in the middle with a knife and remove the cardboard tube.
To make a homemade hair gel, dissolve 1 tsp. plain gelatin in warm water. Mix it very well, then keep it in the refrigerator in a small closed container. To use, smear it in your hair. It is pure protein and washes out easily.
Does anyone have any recipes for cheap, homemade cleaning supplies like cleansers, spray cleaners, etc.? Thanks in advance!
Has anyone had trouble with homemade laundry detergent? I made a batch using the recipe: 1 bar of shredded soap, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup borax. It called for using a tablespoon in the wash.
In what container should I store Liquid Laundry Soap? I'd like to make a nice batch for the very first time, but no one has mentioned how it should be stored, other than "in a bucket". Shouldn't it be in a container with a lid?
I have been looking for eyeglass chains,the ones that you put around your neck and they hold your eyeglasses. So far, the ones I have found are just plain cords and rather dull.
What is the best way to preserve homemade beauty products: masks, creams, scrubs? Alla
Most eye drop solutions are nothing more than saline solution. Buy an eye dropper and fill it with saline solution (that costs 99 cents a pint on sale) and use that when your eyes are dry. Much better than paying $3-$5 for 1 ounce of eye drops! By Kathy
Hello, I'm trying to find a construction drawing of a bearchair. Over here, in Holland, I can not find one. Can somebody help me out? Peter
Here's a recipe using cider vinegar to help treat dandruff.
I am in the middle of designing props for my stage production however, I am stuck as I need to create a bed from scratch. If anyone knows anything, what materials I should use and why, as well as a step by step guide on how to do it, I would be very grateful. Thanks From James from Sheffield
Does anyone know how I can make a simple dry shampoo? My hair is very oily and I'm tired of washing it every day. Thanks.
I stuff return envelopes from junk mail with dryer lint and seal it. When we use the fireplace, we put the wood on top of the envelope and light it. The paper catches right away and the dryer lint burns long enough to catch the wood.
My sister recently gave me a recipe for a no grate, no clump, really easy and quickly made and unbelievably cheap laundry detergent that I really love! It only requires only 2 Tbsp. Dawn, 1/3 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup borax and hot water for a gallon of laundry soap.
If you save all your gift wrap paper, here's a great use for it. Put it through a paper shredder and use it as your filler. Match the color to the theme of your basket.
Use your wine corks for cheap fire starters. Just add a little alcohol on the cork. It works well.
We use my old homestead (the house in which I was born - it is well over 100 years old), as our summer home. I found it very easy and inexpensive to make curtains for my old home by using pillow cases.
I am making a neck wrap to keep cool in hot weather. What does it get filled with?
My son is allergic to the shampoos and underarm deodorants he has been using. Does anyone know of hypoallergenic shampoos and or deoderants? If you know a homemade formula for these items, I'd also be interested.
I've been trying to think of ways to defeat heat stroke. I'm thinking about buying these jell packs filled with Phase change material. They are expensive. Would any one have ideas on making some thing similar?
Artificial Pine Scent. I am trying to find artificial pine/evergreen scent for my house since I use an artificial tree. There used to be a lot of different types out there to purchase, but now I can't find any.
I am looking for a recipe on starch, if that is what it is called, I have a crochet hat ornament and i washed it and now I need to stiffen it back up and I can't remember how it was done in the first place. So if you have any idea on how to do this please let me know.
I downsized to an apartment that has high pile carpeting. I was told to buy a chair mat for high pile carpeting, but the cost was $120 dollars! Does any one have a suggestion as what I could substitute for a a chair mat or where I could find a more reasonably priced one?
I do a lot of fishing. I would like to find the recipe for making bait that will catch fish easily.
Does anyone have a recipe for lip balm? I am going broke buying those little tubes of it for the grandkids who keep losing it.
I am looking for a homemade DIY wringer/roller for washing clothes.
We live in a railroad layout apartment in NYC and we want to build our own corner dining booth, i.e. a table with a rounded or two-sided banquette with storage space. We have scanned the net and books and we cannot find exactly what we need. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I have Several Grand kids who live with me. Would like to build two twin beds for them. Cant afford to buy them. any body have any ideas. Thanks, Sharyl
These little bags are great for your skin. You can also hand them out as party favours for adults.
My daughter wants a very large "white board" but the commercially available ones are prohibitively expensive. Does anyone have a suggestion for making one which she can use in her apartment? As a graduate student, she needs a significant space on which to write.
How can I make an inexpensive pet gate for a wide opening? It will be used inside the kitchen so it will need to look nice as well.
Has anyone tried to make their own mix that goes in the Neti Pot? The pre-mixed packets cost $7.95 for 50. If you've made your own, where did you get the ingredients? They seem to be high-grade pure components.
I would like to make my own skin moisturizer. I would like to make it with lanolin and other products that I can buy in the health food store. I use a natural moisturizer that I add a few drops of essential oils to boost the aroma.
Don't throw out your plastic wrap cylinder just yet. I've discovered that if it has a small amount of plastic wrap left on its roll, it makes for an excellent rolling pin.
I have to make a package/container from recycled materials to contain a hard boiled egg which will be dropped off a metre high wall and the egg inside must not crack?
I have a major cold and like most colds I have a runny nose! I have a small problem, I ran out of tissues and was unable to go to the store today. so i need a recipe to make my own wet tissues. I need then wet because dry will hurt my nose more than it already does.
I would like to learn to make the fragrance oil to burn in a lamberge lamp.
I have read somewhere that olive oil is a safe, inexpensive and non-toxic substitute for lamp oil. I tried to use it in one of my oil lamps, but it didn't work. The wick burnt, smoked and went out.
I am looking for plans to build a fainting couch. One with a simple wooden frame that I can complete kind of quickly and upholster.
I am looking for a cooling tube that you soak in water and then wrap around your neck to keep you cool. Whatever is inside swells up. I have seen these at craft shows. Does anyone know how to make them and what is inside?
Is there a way to make a small (12" x 18") Dry erase board? (White surface markerboard). The ones I have seen are so expensive.
Does anyone have any suggestions for making a green clay facial mask. I have purchased the clay powder but I am not sure if you mix it with water or what. If you have any ideas it would be appreciated!
Cut paper towels in half with serrated or electric knife. Place cut side down in airtight container. Boil water, add cleaner, pour over paper towels. Remove wet cardboard tube. To use, pull out wipes from center.
In the days of counting pennies, this will help if you buy the hand soap pumps like I do. Once that pump is empty, I make my own for pennies using 1 Tbsp. dish soap and 1 tsp. of bleach.
When bars of hand soap are almost finished, getting the small remnants to stick together properly can be a pain, and they certainly do not look quite right for use in the guest bathroom.
Place aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil heats up faster and cuts your time in half.