Many of the things you consider simple ingredients can do double-duty in the rest of the house too. Don't buy it? Try one of these crazy-genius life hacks, and post a note in the comments section about how it works for you.
Easily light hard-to-reach wicks in those deep jar candles, your fireplace starter or even your propane grill with a piece of uncooked dried spaghetti.
Awe yess Coconut Oil! So many benefits. For the hairstyle/weave I'm wearing now I spritz my hair with water and then apply a tad bit of coconut oil, ONLY A TAD (nobody likes oily hair 😳) just to tame frizz. I also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for my natural hair once every other week. Oh, and who needs lotion when you have coconut oil?! It also does wonders for the skin! And you can also cook with it... I get mine from New Leaf Market or Whole Foods. Be sure to get Extra Virgin 100% organic expeller pressed coconut oil. 😃 #coconutoil #coconutoilhair #beautysecrets #beautytips #healthyhaircare #hairextensions #hairweave #naturalhair #coiffure #hairstylist #styleseat STYLESEAT.COM/GLORIAKELLEY
Spritz coconut oil lightly on your hair to tame frizz. Or use it twice a month as a deep-conditioning treatment. Just run it through your hair, wrap your hair securely in a towel, and hit the sack. Wash it out the next morning, and style as usual.
According to LiveStrong.com, garlic-infused coconut oil is an effective remedy for ear infections, both viral and fungal. Coconut oil is antimicrobial and antiviral, and garlic is antibacterial. Always check with your doctor first, but you can get the recipe for this homemade earache miracle at The Elliott Homestead.
Need to give your pesky pooch meds? Glen Salmon at theSalmonFarm.org uses regular old string cheese to replace those pricy pill pockets you buy at pet stores.
No matter what color your hair, the folks over at Whole Living have a homemade color enhancer you can make using ingredients from your kitchen.
These naturally dyed linens make a beautiful tablescape any time of year. Try the plum-blackberry dye for a bright lavender or turmeric-basil for a sunny yellow.
With a little lotion, some cinnamon, cocoa powder and cornstarch, Hello Natural shows us how to make a DIY bronzer.
Vinegar, water and a few drops of essential oils are all you need to give your hardwood floors a fantastic natural sheen for way less than you'd pay at the store.
Exfoliate your lips with a homemade plumping lip scrub made with olive oil and cinnamon, or use that paste food coloring that's been sitting in your pantry, collecting dust, with some petroleum jelly to make a homemade tinted lip balm.
With a little olive oil, baking soda, coconut oil and some other natural ingredients you probably already use to take care of your skin, you can make your own preservative- and chemical-free shaving cream.
This homemade rosemary wreath is as easy to make as it is fragrant. Make it plain with a "garnish" of fresh lavender for everyday use, or dress it up for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.
Stephanie at Hello Natural has the best tip for making your own homemade mattress cleaner using baking soda and essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender or wintergreen to remove dust mites.
Refill your windshield reservoir with a mixture of 4 parts water and just a little liquid dishwashing detergent that's been shaken vigorously.
We all use a lot of eggs. During the winter, wash out your shells to remove egg residue, dry them, and save them in a baggie. During planting season, pop all those shells in your blender, don a mask so you don't breathe in loads of the dust, and grind them into a powder before mixing them into your potting mix.
If you have an injury that needs a heating pad or cold compress, you can toss some rice into a sock and tie it up in a knot. Microwave it for up to 2 minutes for a heating pad (careful!), or pop it in the freezer for a few hours. Better yet, make the adorable rice heating or cooling pad pictured above.
Who has time to take off all the hardware on doors and cabinets before painting when the kids are coming home at 2:30? Cover the hardware with aluminum foil before you drop them off, and then you can get right to work when you get home. The paint has time to dry before it's time to pick them up.
Pests causing a problem in your garden? Weed 'Em and Reap (how clever is that blog name?) shows how to make your own bug-be-gone spray using onions, garlic, cayenne pepper and soap.
You don't need special supplies to clean your grill. Just wad up some aluminum foil, and use tongs while it's still warm to scrub off all that gunk.
Vinegar and essential oils, herbs, spices or extracts can make wonderful DIY all-purpose cleaners that don't have as much of the unnatural chemical-laden smell (and none of the unnatural chemicals).
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