Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

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One of the most common problems in any home is a drain that gets clogged.  Unfortunately, this is not something that happens just one time either. Clogged drains are a problem that occur over and over again. The good news is that you don’t have to use store-bought products that are loaded with chemicals to unclog the drain. Here are some great home remedies for clogged drains.

 

 

Plunger – A plunger will help unclog a drain as long as the clog is near the top of the drain. If it is too far down, you won’t get adequate suction to clear the clog. Be sure that you let the water run while doing this since this is needed to clear the blockage. You also want to be sure the plunger covers the opening of the drain.

 

 

Soda – Sodas that have a lot of fizz, like Coke or Pepsi, will work well for clearing out a clogged drain. You want to use a can of soda that is at room temperature. Pour the soda down the drain, allow to set for a couple hours and flush with hot water.

 

 

Baking Soda and Vinegar – The combination of baking soda and vinegar causes a fizzing reaction, which in turn will remove whatever gunk is causing the drain to clog. Combine ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of baking soda, allow to set for at least an hour and then flush with hot water.

 

 

Boiling water – This is probably one of the easiest methods to unclog a drain. Boil some water and pour into the drain in three segments, ensuring you want 7-8 seconds between pours. Boiling water usually works great in breaking up soap or grease that may be blocking the drain.

 

 

Dish soap – Dish soap acts like a lubricant and will break up any greasy gunk in your drain. Pour one cup of dish soap into the drain, let it set for an hour and flush with hot water.

 

 

Best Home Remedies for Fatigue

Fatigue can hit us at any time and it can be frustrating. You want to get things done but you feel like a snail in peanut butter. You just feel too tired to do anything and your to-do list gets longer. Luckily, there are some things you can do right at home to fight off fatigue. Here are some of the best home remedies for fatigue.

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The Best Recipes for Homemade Laundry Soap

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Making your own laundry soap is one of the best ways to save money and live green. Laundry soap is very easy to make and won’t contain all the harsh chemicals of store-bought detergents like phenol, sulfates and fragrances. Many recipes call for washing soda and/or Borax which can be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles of your local store. Washing soda removes dirt and odors while Borax is a laundry whitener and deodorizer. As far as bar soap, the best brands to use for laundry soap are Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, Fels-Naptha, or Zote.

 

Basic Laundry Soap Recipe



Ingredients:
¼ bar of Zote or Fels-Naptha
1 cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda
1 cup of Borax
Instructions:
Shave off ¼ bar of soap. You can use a cheese grater for this task. Add the soap to an airtight container. Add in washing soda and Borax. Mix the ingredients together until well combined. Use 1 tablespoon for a small load of laundry or 3 tablespoons for large or heavily stained loads.

 

Laundry Soap with Vinegar Recipe

 

Ingredients:
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda
¼ cup of liquid castile soap
Instructions:
In a bowl, add the vinegar, baking soda, washing soda and liquid soap. Mix well. You will notice the recipe is a thick paste first but once you continue to stir, you will notice it turn into a heavy powder. You want to be sure to break down the hard clumps when you are stirring. Store the detergent in a sealed container. Use about ½ cup for each full load of laundry for best results.

 

No-Grating Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

 

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of Borax
2 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer washing soda
2 tablespoon of dish soap
Instructions:
Add the Borax, washing soda and dish soap to an empty and clean gallon jug. Pour in 4 cups of boiling water and swirl until the ingredients are all dissolved. Let the mixture cool down and then fill to the cop with cold water. Warning: Do not place lid on plastic container with hot liquid, may burst.

Natural Fabric Softener Recipes

 

The best natural fabric softener recipes you can make at home!

 

 

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The Allergy and Environmental Health Association states that fabric softener is “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.” This includes both liquid fabric softeners as well as dryer sheets. Many of the common brands of fabric softener that is used has toxins, which are harmful to the nervous system and the brain. Wow, that is scary, right? Here are some of the best options for natural fabric softener.

 

 

Tennis balls – There are many people who use tennis balls in the dryer when they dry their clothes. You can toss a few tennis balls into the dryer with pillows, comforters, sheets and towels to help fluff them up. It also helps to get rid of lumps since the ball is constantly bouncing around in the dryer. In addition, tennis balls will help your clothes dry faster.

 

 

Vinegar – Vinegar works as a great fabric softener. It is an ingredient that is inexpensive, effective, antimicrobial and nontoxic. Vinegar helps to not only soften clothes but also to get rid of soap residue on clothing. Just add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine.

 

 

Wool balls – Wool dryer balls allow your clothes dryer to run efficiently. They also prevent clothing from clumping, helps clothes to fluff up, lessen the time your clothes spend in the dryer and increases air circulation. Wool dryer balls can be used over the course of several years.

 

 

Make your own – You can easily make your own natural fabric softener. All you need to do is combine 6 parts water, 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts hair conditioner in a container. Stir the ingredients until well blended and use ½ cup for each load.

 

 

Green fabric softener – Seventh Generation makes all natural dryer sheets that work just like store-bought ones without the fragrances and chemicals. In addition, Ecover is a company that makes great natural liquid fabric softener. It leaves your clothes static free, soft and smelling fresh.

 

 

Make Air Fresheners out of Household Spices

 

Did you know that you can make air fresheners our of spices in your cabinet?

 

 

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There is really nothing better than using household spices as air fresheners in your home. These air fresheners are made with spices you have in your kitchen pantry and don’t contain any of the harmful chemicals that the store-bought ones have. I hope you enjoy these ways to use household spices to make air fresheners.

Cinnamon and Spice Air Freshener

Cinnamon is a spice that smells amazing. This recipe pairs cinnamon with other spices to create a sweet smelling air freshener.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup of apple pie spice
  • 1/8 cup of ground clove
  • Zest from 4 oranges
  • Black tea bag, cut open

Directions:

In a saucepan, add 3 cups of water, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, apple pie spice, ground cloves and orange zest. Boil and then reduce heat to summer. This will make your home smell amazing and all you need to do is add water as it evaporates. You can use this more than once as well.

Vanilla and Cloves Air Freshener

This recipe requires a spray bottle so you can spray it all over your home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground clove

Directions:

In a pan, over medium heat, add the water, vinegar, vanilla and clove. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove heat and let it cool completely before adding to the spray bottle.

Warning: If you put hot water into a plastic container it will expand. Be sure to allow it to cool!

Lemon and Rosemary Air Freshener

This air freshener has the fruity smell of lemons and the sweet aroma of cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Directions:

In a saucepan, combine water, lemon, rosemary and cinnamon. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce to low heat.

Orange and Cinnamon Air Freshener

If there is a stale odor in the air, this freshener will have your home smelling sweet and fresh in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of ground clove
  • Peel from 1 orange
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

In a saucepan, add the pan halfway with water and then add clove, orange and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat.

 

 

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The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of Spiders In Your Home

 

Are spiders invading your home?

 

 

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I think it’s safe to say that spiders are not a creature that many of us are thrilled about. We certainly don’t want them crawling around our house! Here are the best home remedies to get rid of spiders in your home.

Vinegar – White vinegar is great for getting rid of spiders in your home. Vinegar is a repellent when it comes to spiders so it drives them out of your home. Just take a spray bottle and combine 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar. Then, spray the corners, crevices and cracks of your home every day to drive them out and keep them out.

Chestnuts – Chestnuts are very effective when it comes to getting rid of spiders in your house. Just take few chestnuts and place them along the baseboards. The chestnuts will help to ensure that spiders will not enter the house. Chestnuts do not rot very easily so you can keep these out for a long period of time.

Tobacco – Yes, tobacco is an ideal way to drive spiders out of your home. Spiders do not like the smell of tobacco so they will not want to enter your house. Simply sprinkle pieces of tobacco in the areas where you see spiders the most. Or you can fill a spray bottle with water and soak tobacco in it, then spray it in the problem areas.

Citrus peels – Spider do not like the smell of anything with citrus like grapefruit, orange or lemon. Use the leftover peels of one of those citrus fruits and place them in the problem areas where you see spiders often. Be sure that you put fresh citrus peels out every 24 hours to keeps the smell potent.

Essential oils – Another smell that spiders don’t like is the strong odor of some essential oils. It is for this reason that they make a great spider repellent. The most popular essential oil to use is peppermint but you can also use lavender oil, tea tree oil or citrus oil. In a spray bottle, add a squirt of dish soap, 10 drops of essential oil and fill the rest of the way with warm water. Shake well and spray along door cracks, window sills and other opening spiders can enter through.

 

Clutter Cleaning Tips for Pack Rats

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Pack rats like to collect things, and I mean everything. They store so much stuff that eventually it gets out of hand. If your house is packed with clutter, there will come a time when you no longer have room to store anything else. Here are some clutter cleaning tips for you pack rats! 🙂

 
Read declutter quotes for inspiration- Before you even start the decluttering process, get some inspiration. Here are a few of the more popular quotes: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” ~ by William Morris, “Owning less is better than organizing more” ~ by Joshua Becker and “Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it’s clutter and it needs to go” ~ by Charisse Ward.

 
Clean one room at a time- It is important to tackle just one room at a time. If you look at the whole house as one big project, it will do nothing but overwhelm you. Pick any room in your home to start with and once that room is complete, move on to the next room or tackle that another day. Your home didn’t get cluttered in one day so you don’t have to declutter it in one day.

 
Have the necessary organizational tools – If you have the necessary tools on hand to get organized, you will be one step ahead of the game. The items that you use to declutter and organize will depend on your personal preference. It is likely you’ll use items like filing cabinets, display cases, stackable crates and book shelves. These usually prove to be the most useful.

 
Make four piles in the middle of the floor – You will need to have four cardboard boxes so that you can put stuff in them. Have one box labeled Put Away, one labeled Trash, one labeled Donate/Sell and one labeled Store. Each and every item needs to go into one of these boxes. As you fill up a box, put it in the appropriate spot. For instance, donation items should go in the trunk of your car to be dropped off, trash should be put outside, store items should be put in the garage or basement and put away stuff should be put where each item belongs!

 
Once you have cleared out all the clutter, you need to ensure it stays that way. If you allow it, clutter will come right back to haunt you. It is a good practice to put things away where they belong rather than just putting them down. You will thank yourself for it later!