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This guide is about building your own smoker. Having your own smoker can help you preserve your favorite meats.
This guide contains homemade jigsaw puzzle ideas. There are ways you can create your own jigsaw puzzle.
This is a guide about homemade cat litter ideas. Many cat owners prefer to make their own cat litter, rather than buy the commercial varieties available at the store.
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.
Does anyone know a reliable recipe to make fragrance-free liquid hand soap?
While running around doing some last-minute outdoor work because the weather jumped above 40 I needed to kneel on something and remembered all my conventional gardening stuff was in the shed.
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.
We have a septic tank as well as a laundry tub pump tank and I want to keep as much lint as possible from going into the system.
Instead of using mineral oil in the bath beads, can I use baby oil?
I am so sick of my cat tracking his litter all over the house. Does anyone know an alternative? I feel like my floors are like being at a beach in Florida.
This is just a really simple recipe. I use it a lot, it is very relaxing!
Are you talking about "distilled white" vinegar? I would only assume you don't mean "apple cider" vinegar.
I need suggestions for a cat enclosure for my apartment deck. They just put in brand new decks so "attaching it" would not go over too well. I would like to be able to fully enclose it so I can still got out and sit with them.
How do make my homemade laundry detergent smell like Gain? What essential oils will make my homemade laundry detergent smell like Gain or have a tropical scent?
You can cut the canister down to whatever size you need and the lid will still fit. My brother showed me this the other day. He gave me an assortment of drill bits and put them in a little plastic holder.
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.
I have allergies and should use a mask when I am doing yard work. I found one which received good reviews. Until I purchase this, I would like to be creative and use something that will cover my nose. And, I am very frugal!
I was just wondering, if anyone here, with no children at home, is still using family cloths?
I've heard there's a homemade recipe for the liquid used for kid's blowing bubbles. Anyone have it? I've heard it's dish washing liquid and water, but what would the measurements be? Thanks.
I've searched this page several times and cannot find a recipe for lavender water. Can someone help?
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.
Can you refill a Glade plug in with your own potpourri oil and how do you do it?
What mixture do you use to melt ice with Dawn detergent?
It's too expensive on the market in Australia, they sell for more than aud$1000! I won't be able to afford to buy one for my kid's GMX 49cc quad bike. The total money I spent on his mini motorbike is only $299. Does any one know I can make one by myself with the cost of materials at less than $100?
I am wondering how to make my own grocery cart thing, like the kinds our grandmoms used to bring home a lot of groceries. I know I can find them in stores but I think I can make one out of miscellaneous pieces that I have laying around. Any suggestions?
My wife is going through rehab for a brain tumor and has to use a walker around the house. To feed her, I found a shelving board out in our garage and I put this board through her walker on the braces for a makeshift table.
How can I make hand cleaner, the grit type for grease and grime? I want to make it for resale purposes.
These little bags are great for your skin. You can also hand them out as party favours for adults.
I purchased a hanging shoe bag and I use it on the wall behind our back door so that when someone needs a pair of gloves, all they need to do is grab a pair that is conveniently placed in one of the shoe pockets.
I have made some exfoliating sugar scrub with foaming bath butter. Would anyone know how long this will last? I go away on holiday in two weeks and made two tubs of medium size.
These are great when traveling with kids or at the grocery stores to wipe off the handle of your cart. Fold paper towels or napkins and put them into a wipe container. Use 1 1/2 cup of warm water, add 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil, and 1 tsp. of alcohol.
I use a silicone ice cube mold to form my fizzies. I made some with a heart shape, rose fragrance oil and put them in a cellophane bag tied with a red ribbon for my grandson's pre-K teacher. He helped pack the cavities, he was so proud and Mrs. Cole was very happy!
Use your wine corks for cheap fire starters. Just add a little alcohol on the cork. It works well.
Does anyone know how to make homemade dryer sheets using vinegar? I don't have a softener bucket in my washer and I am not always around or hear the final rinse so putting it in that way is not really an option.
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.
I just had surgery, and needed to clean my wound the nurse told me to use this. It works good.
Using coffee grounds without heating for indoor plant fertilizer has produced flies.How long do I bake and what temp is good to sterilize them?
I need to know the ratio of baby powder and cornstarch so I can mix my own. Thank you.
I just purchased several inexpensive oil lamps and I placed them around the house in case of power outage. I decided to do a trial run; I went ahead and lit them, all burning a cheaper Walmart product, Medallion lamp oil.
Are there any good home made humidifier treatments?
Do the Glade Plug-ins with the slide in scent ever lose their capability to emit scent?
I made a heat pad with rice, but when I first got it out of the micro wave it was sweating. Why?
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.
How do you make pellets out of shredded paper for a pellet stove? We have a new Englander pellet stove and just purchased a Stak pellet mill and are trying to make pellets from shredded paper. When we put paper into the hopper it shreds the paper to dust.
Can you guys help me come up with a name for a product that I'm creating? It's a "hand sanitizing lotion".
I'm searching for recipes to make homemade wine. My dad made elderberry wine when I was a little kid. I barely remember him making it, but it was in a big crock. Anyone have some old time recipes for homemade wine? I would love to give it a try.
I am looking for ideas to make ankle weights from anything around the house.
Shred some newspaper and soak it in a Tbsp. of dish soap and water. Allow it to soak until the water gets dirty. Drain it off in a colander and re-soak it in plain water. Drain it again and mix in some baking soda.
I am looking for a recipe for 10 gallons of liquid soap. It used Oxiclean as well as the standard ingredients.
A/C filters are getting costly and mine uses 2. Does anyone have ideas on how to make your own? I thought about using quilt batting, but am not sure if it would be too thick.
How do you make homemade dish soap? I know it involves baking powder but I don't know what the other ingredients are. Please let me know
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.
Can someone please give me some recipes for making lipstick without any Vaseline?