Friday, November 27, 2015

Natural Ant Repellent

Every Spring I have an invasion of ants...and I have tried EVERYTHING to keep them out.

Once I figure out where they are getting in there is a great all natural trick to keep them out.


Simply stick whole cloves in crevices and cracks where they are coming in and it will keep them away (from that area anyhow). The cloves will last for months, just replace them next spring and make sure they are not accessible to infants or pets.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Natural Fly Repellent

During the Spring and Fall I love to leave the doors and windows open. Unfortunately the flies love it too and come evening I find a plethora of them circling my house.

One way to keep them out of the house is to use a repellent, but if you like me you try to minimize your use of chemicals.
 Did you know that Thyme repels flies.

Hang a sprig in your door or make this handy tea and fill a mister bottle so you can spray your door and window frames.

Thyme Tea Fly Repellent

Brew one teaspoon of dried thyme in one cup of boiled water for about 10 minutes.

Let it cool, strain it and you have an effective, chemical free fly repellent you can spritz anywhere flies congregate.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Slow Toilet? Cheap Fix

If your toilet is flowing a little slow then you might have a nice easy remedy in your kitchen.

All you need is some vinegar (preferably white) and baking soda.

Drop a cup of vinegar in the toilet bowl and add half a cup of baking soda. Mix it up until it is nice and fizzy then plunge it a few times. Your toilet should be flowing good in no time.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fix Hardwood Floor and Banister Scratches

One problem with hardwood floors is that they scratch and the scratches have a tendency to get deeper over time.

I don't have a hardwood floor anymore, but I used to. I do however, still have hardwood bannisters and they have the issue...scratches.

 A nice simple fix is to find a crayon in a similar color. Or you can buy one of those special wax crayons that are for this purpose...but I find a regular kids crayon works just as well.

Soften the crayon in the microwave and use the softened crayon wax to fill the scratch. Then using a butter knife or credit card, smooth it out to level with the rest of the floor (or bannister) surface

You might have to soften the crayon a few times to fill your scratch, but when you are done, you have filled the scratch and leveled it out.

If you are having trouble filling the scratch then grab a hairdryer and use it to soften the crayon as your squish it into the scratch.

Once you're done, simply it buff the area...and you should be good for a while.