Did you know that it's super simple and super cheap to make your own baby wipes?
You probably already have the ingredients in your home right now. These wipes are so inexpensive that you can take all the money you save on baby wipes and go shopping! Now that sounds like a great plan.
Here's what you need and how to do it.
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons baby wash
1 tablespoon baby oil or mineral oil
Half gallon sized plastic container. Rubbermaid #6 or #9 works well.
Take a paper towel roll and cut it in half. This may seem challenging, but with a good knife and a cutting board, it's actually quite simple. Just use a sawing motion. I prefer to remove the cardboard tubing now, but you can do it later if you'd like. To remove it now, get your fingers between the tubing and the paper towels and squeeze the tubing away for the paper towel and pull it out or you can wait til later to remove it. Take half of the paper towel roll, put it in a container. Save the other half for next time. Mix together 2-1/4 cups of water, two tablespoons of baby wash and 1 tablespoon of baby oil or mineral oil. Baby oil will have a fragrance, mineral oil will not. Then simply pour the water mixture over the paper towel roll. If you waited to remove the tubing you are going to reach in and pull out the cardboard tubing now. It may be easier to pull out once it's wet, but the cardboard will absorb some of the liquid. It will take about 30 minutes for the water mixture to absorb through the entire paper towel roll before it's ready for use. Then, when you need a wipe, just reach for the center and pull one out, very easy.
I found original Bounty work the best as they are strong when wet and soft on baby's bottom. So if a roll of paper towels costs $1.50, it will cost you a bit over $.75 for a batch of wipes. Can't be that! Oh and if the baby wash and baby oil are too much for baby's skin, leave it out. The wipes work just as well with only water.
With the summer months upon us, it's important to practice good child safety. First and for most NEVER leave a child in a car. Not even for a second. The internal temperature can rise to dangerous levels very quickly. Children have a difficult time regulating their own body temperature making just a few seconds in a hot car unbearable. This rule also applies to pets as well.
Water is super important. Children need to drink all day long. Keep water handy and accessible in sippy cups, baby bottles, or water bottles. For a cool product that easily turns a water bottle into a baby bottle click here.
There is no substitute for parental supervision at the pool. Accidents can happen quickly and drowning is silent. Many people think they will hear the child wailing around in the event of a drowning incident, but that is not the case. Drowning is mostly quiet and still. Never leave any child unattended at the pool and always be sure to use sunscreen.
Finally, be careful placing small children in hot car seats. The metal buckle can easily burn their sensitive skin. Hot air also becomes trapped behind them resulting in a potential overheated child and sweaty backs. A simple solution to this problem is with a car seat cooling device. SwaggyBear.com offers the Kool Seat that quickly and easily cools the car seats and eliminates the potential for unintentional burns and overheating. Check out how it works by clicking here.
Duck Tape can be used for so many things. Now a days, it's available it all sorts of fun colors and prints and people are making wallets, handbags and other accessories out of duct tape. Here are some helpful tips on others great things to do with duct tape.
We used a cheap volleyball net above a wall we share with our neighbor to keep the basketball from going over the wall. We didn't want an "eyesore" so we used black duct tape to cover the white trim which made it disappear into the shadows.:)
Planning any camping trips this summer? Be sure to pack some duct tape. It's a must have for repairing holes and/or rips in air mattresses and tents. It can also be used to hoist up food so the bears' can't get it. While your out camping and you head out for a hike, you might want to duct tape your pant leg to your boots. This will ensure you'll get no bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.
Say goodbye to those pesky flies with duct tape. Simply attach five to ten pieces of duct tape to itself making a ring with the sticky side out. Hang it near the overhead lights. The bugs will get stuck. Throw out the tape and your pests will be gone.
Our hose hookup is at the front of the house, and sadly we had our hose stolen. We were left with no choice but to keep rolling it up and lugging it into the garage after every use. A friendly neighbor mentioned how their hose had never been stolen mainly because it was full of holes which had been repaired with duct tape. We wrapped our perfectly good hose with some random spots of duct tape and now nobody is interested in taking it.
For more interesting facts about duct tape click here
Baking soda is an inexpensive item to use to clean and deodorize many things around your home.
Many people leave an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. If your kitchen trash can has a repelling odor, just sprinkle some baking soda right on top and your stench will disappear.
Do you have kids with all their stinky sports gear? I know my kid's shin guards can stink like nothing else. I just soak them in water and baking soda for an hour or so, then rinse, let air dry and breathe easier. It really works!
Is your oven door a mess? You can make a paste with baking soda and water then smear it on the oven door. Let it hang out for 30 to 60 minutes. Come back and wipe it off to see your clean oven door. I tried this after I made a brined turkey for Thanksgiving that splattered all over the oven door. Super simple and it works! If stubborn stains don't come off, just repeat.
While you wait for the baking soda paste to work it's magic on the oven door, grab that same paste and a toothbrush and clean your tile grout in no time flat. It takes minimal effort and your clean tile grout will be the envy of all you neighbors. Warning, it can be addicting as the clean grout will look so good, you won't be able to stop cleaning. That is until your back is killing you.
For extra grout protection, be sure to apply a tile grout sealer so your clean grout will last longer.
Those of you mamas with young ones, be sure to pack some baking soda with you. If (or when) your precious bundle spits up, just sprinkle baking soda on that spot to neutralize odors and absorb the spill before it sets on your favorite shirt.
Every parent can relate to that dirty, greasy, messy favorite stuffed animal that your child just can't live without and must take everywhere. Well try removing some of the dirt by placing that favorite companion in a resealable bag with a half cup of baking soda. Shake the bag to cover the cuddly creature. Then brush or vacuum off the baking soda for a fresher and cleaner plush friend.
Click here to learn more about baking soda than you'd ever want to know.
Vinegar is good for so many more things than coloring eggs. It's pretty common to marinate meat or have a vinegar based salad dressing of all different kinds. This post will focus on good ol' white distilled vinegar, you know the kind you color eggs with.
Vinegar is a great label remover. If you have a label that just won't peel off without leaving behind that ooey gooey sticky mess, try saturating it in white vinegar for a bit. It will come right off without all the struggle!
Do you have a build up of soap film on your dishwasher? Run an empty cycle with vinegar instead of dish washing detergent. Your dishwasher will be sparkly clean, and your next load of dishes will be too.
If you use cloth diapers, simply soak them prior to washing them with 1 cup white vinegar to 9 quarts of water. This will balance the pH thus neutralizing the urine and at the same time preventing the diapers from getting those unsightly stains. As an extra bonus, the vinegar can also help prevent diaper rash on your baby's sensitive skin.
Vinegar is great as a fabric softener and cheaper too. Just use the same amount of white vinegar as you would liquid fabric softener. You won't notice the difference except in the amount of money you save.
Got new jeans? Wash them in white vinegar mixed with water. It will reduce the stiffness and keep them color-fast. Simply throw them in the washing machine with 10 ounces of vinegar and the amount of soap you usually use. Vinegar is actually great for your clothes!
White vinegar can be purchased in bulk from the warehouse clubs very inexpensively or you can wait for it to go on sale at your local grocery store and then buy a bunch at a discount. It's a great eco-friendly alternative to all those chemicals.
If you need to quickly and easily sterilize a cutting board, just rub some salt into it with a lemon and you are good to go with no worry of bacteria. Yes it's that simple!
Has your shower curtain turned into something disgusting thanks to mildew? Not to worry. Just wash it in hot soapy water. Next rub a lemon wedge on the stains and place in the sun. By the time the curtain dries, the stains will have disappeared.
Ink stains on the carpet can be all too common with the little ones running around the house. Simply make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tartar, and dab it on the stain. After about 5 minutes or so clean it with a damp cloth.
Need some fresh lemon juice, but don't have a juicer, no problem. First roll the lemon on the counter under your hand. Then microwave it for 10 seconds. Prick it with a toothpick and watch the juice flow right out.
How about a great lemonade recipe while we are talking about lemons.
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 gallon cold water
In a one gallon container, place sugar and hot water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and water to make one gallon.
So when life throws you some lemons you can make some great lemonade and do some environmentally friendly cleaning at the same time!
Enjoy! I hope you will find lemons just got a little bit sweeter!
Did you know that your garage door is a target for criminals? Did you know that your garage door can potentially be broken into in 6 seconds? Did you know that there's a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution to this scary problem so you can keep your garage door safe from burglars?
Here's a video that shows how your garage door can be broken into in 6 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMz1tXBVT1s
Here's how you stop this from happening to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6kUPvHpozA
We actually tried this and it does work. If you don't have a hole in the sliding bracket, you can easily drill one to slide the zip tie through. We had to drill a hole to secure this one. If you do need to drill, be sure to wear eye protection.