Uses For Milk Jugs

When you have little ones in the house, it is super easy to find yourself throwing away tons of milk jugs every month. While we are avid recyclers, these aren’t always accepted at our local recycling center so we have had to come up with some other Uses For Milk Jugs so we aren’t just tossing them into the garbage all the time.

Uses For Milk Jugs

USES FOR MILK JUGS

Turn into planters. Cut the top part off and use the bottom as a great easy planter for starting vegetable plants to put into your garden. This is also a great way to transplant a flower from your garden to a pot.

Use as funnels. Cut in half and use the part with the spout as a funnel for all sorts of projects. Great for pouring bulk foods like beans or flour into smaller containers, or even using when you change the oil in your car.

Make a bird feeder. Cut openings on the sides and fill with birdseed. You can simply sit this on your back deck, or hang from a tree or awning.

Repurpose for other drinks. Clean your milk jugs well and use for mixing juice, punch or even flavor waters and teas.

Pet food scoop. Cut side off into a scoop shape and put into dog food bins for easy scoop to refill their food bowls each day.

Fill with water and freeze to create ice pack. When using a cooler for a picnic or other outing, you can fill an empty milk jug with water and freeze to create a nice giant ice pack. Put 2-3 into your cooler to keep foods around them cold and provide yourself with drinking water as it melts.

Rather than throw away your milk jugs once empty, put them to use in your home, garden or garage. These uses for milk jugs are just a few that come to mind. They make great scoops, containers and organizers throughout our home.

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Household Uses For White Vinegar

One of the things that I remember always being in the pantry as a child was a bit bottle of white vinegar. My mom used it for so many things I thought it was a must in every kitchen. Here are some of the best Household Uses For White Vinegar that my mom handed down to me. You’ll love these ways to use white vinegar in your house! Not only will you be able to use a natural and healthy method of cleaning and deodorizing, you’ll find it to be budget friendly. Want to find a great deal on white vinegar online? Check out current deals on white vinegar at Amazon here: White Vinegar

Household Uses For White Vinegar

HOUSEHOLD USES FOR WHITE VINEGAR

Remove odors. From spraying on your hands after chopping an onion, to pouring down your garbage disposal with a bit of baking soda you’ll find this to be one of the best odor removers you’ll come across. Mix with water or alcohol to spray on everything from kitchen counters to inside your refrigerator to eliminate yucky smells.

Remove spots on dishes. Pour ¼ cup vinegar into your dishwater to help remove spots on dishes. You can also use vinegar in place of dishwasher tabs or liquid in your dishwasher to clean and remove odors inside your dishwasher.

Clean your washing machine. 1 cup of vinegar in your laundry can remove odors and disinfect your washing machine quickly and easily. Whether you are working with kids dirty clothes from sports or just general use odors, this is a safe and effective way to clean your washing machine and laundry at the same time.

Use in homemade cleaning solutions. Mix vinegar with water for cleaning windows, essential oils and alcohol for disinfecting bathroom counters and toilets. Nearly all homemade cleaning solutions include vinegar in some form.

Remove sticky glue from surfaces. Those pesky labels that leave glue residue on cups, totes, car windows or even computers come off easily with a little vinegar solution.

Household uses for white vinegar are too numerous to count. Using vinegar in recipes, within your home to eliminate odors or as a natural and green alternative to disinfectants are all perfect. Next time you see coupons for vinegar, make sure to stock up and supply your pantry with this much used and loved household product.

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Ways To Use Ribbon

If you have a crafting room, then you know what it is like to have bits and pieces of supplies everywhere.  You finish a project and have just a few inches of a beautiful grossgain ribbon and just can’t throw it away.  Here are some fun Ways To Use Ribbon that are creative, useful and of course budget friendly.

Ways To Use Ribbon

WAYS TO USE RIBBON

  • Wrap Picture Frames:  Use hot glue to secure as you wrap colorful ribbon around a basic picture frame to create a unique frame to use in your home or give as a gift.
  • Create Little Girl’s Hair Bows:  Match your daughter’s bows to her favorite outfits easily when you make them yourself.  Ribbons on classic barrettes or clips can add a fun, inexpensive and unique accessory for your child.
  • Make A Ribbon Wreath: Wrap shorter lengths of ribbon around a circle of foam, wood or plastic to create a fun unique wreath.  Secure the ribbon by tying it so it moves around easily as needed.  Mix and match ribbon or create a solid colored wreath with fun flower or unique item embellishments.
  • Make Bookmarks:  Wide thick ribbon can be sprayed with starch to make stiff and be used as a fun new bookmark.
  • Wrap Around Candles:  Use as a fun way to upgrade your basic white candle for the seasons.
  • Glue To Mini Burlap Bags:  Hot glue strips of colorful ribbon to mini burlap bags to make unique custom gift bags.

Ribbon is a great fun craft item that will dress up nearly anything.  These ways to use ribbon are just the tip of the iceberg.  It is a great item to have in your craft room to dress up any piece of furniture or decor in your home.  Tie in your hair, attach to various items in your home to accent for different seasons and hoildays, or think of your own fun ways to use ribbon in crafting and decorations!

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Cast Iron Skillet 101

Cast Iron 101

Cast Iron 101

Almost everyone is familiar with cast iron, but do you know how to properly use and care for cast iron skillets? Surprisingly, many people have no idea how to properly care for and use cast iron skillets and cookware.

Cast iron skillets have been used for years to cook tasty meals that become family favorites! There are so many excellent cast iron cooked recipes out there, so you want to be sure you are taking care of your cast iron skillet the best you can. After all, you will want it to last a long time! If you are new to the world of cast iron skillets, or just want to brush up on the care of them, take a look below at cast iron skillet 101 tips you can try. You will find that with the proper care, your cast iron skillet will be churning out tasty dishes for years to come! Don’t yet have a cast iron skillet, or need to replace yours? Check out one of the most popular cast iron skillets on Amazon here: Cast Iron Skillet

How to Care for Your Cast Iron Skillet Cookware: Cast Iron Basic Use Instructions

1. Season your skillet.
One of the easiest ways to season your skillet is to place it on high heat and swish some oil around the inside. Let the oil burn and the skillet will season this way. You can do this several times before your first use to break the skillet in. Don’t want to season your skillet? You can snag a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet here on AMazon: Cast Iron Skillet

2. Never soak your skillet.
Skillets don’t care for baths. Never soak your skillet. Instead, scrub it when you are done using it and dry it immediately. You should never let water sit or accumulate in your skillet for any period of time. Always use a soft cloth to wipe away moisture from your skillet.

3. Use these simple cleaning tips.
If food gets stuck to your skillet, pour some salt on it to work as an abrasive cleaner. Scrub it with a cloth or sponge. It should loosen the food nicely. Then just rinse and dry.

4. Re-season as needed.
If your skillet has been used quite a bit or has been scrubbed due to stuck on food, you will need to re-season it. To do this, just place it on a high heat and swish some oil around.

5. Condition the skillet.
You can condition the skillet at anytime by placing a little oil on a cloth and wiping the inside of the pan. Don’t rinse or dry, just let the oil coat it and offer some protection.

6. Provide a covering.
When storing your skillet, cover it with a paper towel or soft cloth to keep moisture and dust away.

Cast Iron Skillet Safety Tips

When using your skillet, it is also important to remember these tips for safety: Always use oven mitts when handling your skillet. While you are cooking, never touch it with your bare hands as you can get severe burns. Even after you turn the heat off, remember that your skillet will remain hot for as long as 30-40 minutes. Do not touch it immediately or attempt to move it without protection.

Your cast iron skillet can provide you years of enjoyment when you give these easy Cast Iron 101 care tips a try!

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DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream

This strengthening and moisturizing nail soak does double duty as a cuticle cream. Place the jar in hot water, allowing it to melt and it makes a wonderful nail soak once or twice a week. Allow it to chill and firm up and you can easily swipe a little bit out to massage onto your cuticles. Either way it is great for your nails and cuticles, and makes for a nice little spa treatment at home.  Make it in a pretty jar, tie on a pretty ribbon, add a couple nail files and it makes a lovely holiday gift for anyone from family to friends, neighbors to teachers.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak Cuticle Cream

Ingredients for DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream:

2 T. coconut oil

2 tsp. jojoba oil

1 tsp. honey

10 drops lavender essential oil

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak

Melt coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second increments, add to jar.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream

Stir in honey until combined.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak Instructions

Add lavender essential oil.

Stir well to ensure that all ingredients are well combined. To store your nail soak/cream place in a  container with a tight fitting lid out of direct light.

To use as a nail soak, warm gently in the microwave until it is liquid-30 seconds should about do it. Soak nails for 10 minutes, wash hands as usual to remove excess oil.  Repeat 1 to 2 times per week.

DIY Lavender Nail Soak

To use as a nail and cuticle cream allow your mixture to solidify-I pop mine in the fridge when I want to use it that way.  Rub gently into nails, allow to sit for 10 minutes, wipe away excess. I do this nearly daily to moisturize and strengthen my nails.

DIY Lavender Nail Cuticle Cream

Check out another favorite beauty DIY: DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

Be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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