Archives for the month of: November, 2014

Here’s an all-natural way to clean drains: shower drains, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and more. I tried this on our kitchen sink (after a disgusting “mystery” smell took over, which was coming from the drain – gross!) and it worked great. The kids loved watching so they could hear the “fizz” in the drain after the vinegar mixed with the baking soda.

DIY all natural drain cleaner - bathrooms - showers - kitchen sinks - just 2 ingredients you probably already have

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • equal parts baking soda and white vinegar (I used 1 cup each)
  • boiling water (a few cups worth or so, to rinse afterward)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Sprinkle baking soda down drain.
  • Pour vinegar on top.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse by pouring boiling water down the drain (turn garbage disposal on to clean blades, if one is in the drain).

 

Here are some more ideas for easy DIY cleaning solutions:

baking soda deodorizing disks

3-ingredient granite cleaner

microwave cleaner

dishwasher rinse-aid

baking soda & vinegar carpet spot cleaner

baking soda and essential oil carpet sprinkling powder

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Gotta love Crock Pot recipes! Here’s one for CHEESY BACON HASHBROWNS. It’s basically the best. EVER. You just mix everything in your slow cooker and let it do its thing.

Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon HashbrownsWHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pkg, partially thawed, frozen shredded hashbrowns (usually they come in bags of approx. 1 lbs. or 2-ish lbs.)
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (don’t add water)
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese + extra if you want any for a topping
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 3 oz cooked bacon bits + extra if you want any for a topping

WHAT YOU DO:

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray, or line with a crock pot liner. After making this for Thanksgiving yesterday, I would recommend splurging on the liner. We sprayed the crock pot with Pam but still ended up with a crusty mess. 😉

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, then mix everything together.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Optional: before serving sprinkle with additional cheese and/or bacon bits.

recipe adapted from thefrugalgirls

Slow Cooker liners for Crock Pot recipes

Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Slow Cooker

Assemble the Minions!!! Here are a couple of DIY ideas for birthday parties: personalized water bottle labels, and healthy Minion bananas.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

DIY personalized water bottles

 

Our daughter celebrated the big #4 with a gymnastics party, and a Despicable Me theme: minions and unicorns. I made some personalized water bottle labels, with just printer paper and packaging tape. And banana minions with printed overalls and goggles. Here’s what I did….

In Microsoft Word I made some rectangles sized to the water bottle labels, and added some images to go with our theme. I printed them out, and attached them to the water bottles with packaging tape.

DIY personalized water bottles

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for parties, picnics, or birthdays - just printer and packaging tape

 

DIY personalized water bottle labels - customize with your theme - birthday parties - picnics - graduation

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for birthdays, graduation, parties, etc

I printed some Minion overalls and goggles, then taped them on to bananas. We ended up with a lot of leftover bananas after the party, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread AND dried some banana slices in our dehydrator.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

Here’s an all natural recipe to remove pet stains from carpet. It’s just 2 ingredients that you already have: baking soda and vinegar.

All natural carpet stain remover - just 2 ingredients you probably already have.

We adopted a little chihuahua mix from our local humane society, who is ALMOST potty trained, sigh. We are going through carpet cleaner like crazy and I cannot wait for the glorious days when she’s completely housebroken. 🙂 Until then, here’s what I’ve found is a great stain remover.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • mixture of half white vinegar, plus half water (I mixed mine in an empty spray bottle)
  • baking soda (approximately 2-3 spoonfuls for a small stain, and more for larger areas)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • blot the stain with a white paper towel or rag to remove as much of the moisture as you can
  • wet the stain with the vinegar mixture, then sprinkle baking soda on top, which will soak up the liquid eventually
  • make sure to do vinegar first and THEN baking soda, otherwise you might end up with a foaming volcanic situation
  • place a bowl or plate upside down on the area to keep pets (and/or kids) out of it
  • let sit a few hours – the baking soda will soak up the mosture
  • remove as much of the paste as you can, then vacuum remaining baking soda

spray bottles

NEED MORE NATURAL CLEANING IDEAS? CHECK OUT THESE…

Baking soda and essential oil carpet powder

Vinegar + water to steam clean the microwave

Baking soda deodorizing disks for diaper pails, garbage cans, laundry rooms, etc.

Ditch the Jet Dry and use white vinegar in your dishwasher