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    100 Hour Burn Time Emergency Lantern Candles DIY Project

    Keelefishel website shares how to make emergency mason jar lanterns (candles) that will burn for one hundred hours.

    Having at least a few different alternative lighting sources in case of an emergency is wise.

    I personally have flashlights, headlamps, these one hundred hour mason jar candle and beeswax candles.

    Yes, we use these items in our everyday life as well… they just don’t sit in a box waiting to be used.

    If the item breaks or is used up then we replace it so we are always stocked in case of a disaster.

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    Click here to read how to make this project yourself http://keelefishel.com/100-hour-candles/
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    NEVER KNEW THIS!! GREAT SHARE!!! GREAT FIND!

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    In my little world, items like cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) are not simply a super way to stabilize eg...g whites but also scandalously inexpensive cleaning secrets.

    This long-forgotten gem of a cleaning agent may be used with a little water or vinegar to lift even the most stubborn stains. Unattractive grout driving you batty? Mold and mildew stains got you reaching for the Prozac? Burner pans and casserole dishes giving you fits? Cream of Tartar is your new best friend.

    Cream of tartar is one of nature’s best bleaching agents. Cream of tartar, a.k.a “crusted wine,” is mixed with baking soda to create baking powder (bet you didn't know that.. okay, some of you probably did, you smartypants). While it is an acid, it’s not harmful. It’s an acidic salt which comes from grapes.

    Use a few tablespoons of cream of tartar with hot water or hydrogen peroxide and clean any aluminum pans which have discoloration or any rusty drains, pans, or stains.

    Do you have copper kettles? Mix some cream of tarter with lemon juice and rub the copper with it. Rinse and be amazed!

    How about a porcelain sink, tub, commode? Rub the porcelain surfaces with cream of tartar and watch the stains disappear.

    Fabric stains? No prob. Mix a few teaspoons of cream of tartar with some glycerin and use like spray-and-wash. The results? Well, I’m here to tell you that this stuff cured the ring around Joshua’s shirt collars.

    Just need a great nonabrasive cleaner? Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean). Apply with your cleaning rag or scrub brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub. Wash with hot soapy water.
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    How To Restore Your Headlights So They Shine Brightly Project

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    DIY Toilet Bombs – Deodorize & Kill Bacteria

    Make your own toilet cleaning drop in bombs with this recipe from Mariasself. So much better than all the chemical cleaners out there. They are made with essential oils that have antimicrobial values so they kill germs too.




    WHAT I USE: (for approx. 24 bombs)

    --1 1/3 cup Baking Soda - amazing for all-natural cleaning AND deodorizing!
    --1/2 cup Citric Acid - (low-strength acid that exists naturally in fruits like lemons & oranges) - used in many kitchen & bathroom cleaners for its cleaning, whitening & deodorizing properties
    --30 drops Lavender Essential Oil***
    --30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil***
    --30 drops Lemon Essential Oil***

    --Medical Mask

    *** All three oils I use have great antimicrobial properties and kill odor-causing bacteria PLUS this combo smells heavenly!!!

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    How to Make LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP Recipe.



    Quit paying for expensive name brand laundry soap…. buy the ingredients and make five – six times the amount of laundry soap for the same price. The cool thing is…. it actually gets your clothes cleaner !

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    This is an infinitely scalable recipe for very effective and cheap laundry detergent. It's important to do this by weight as borax and wash soda crystals are different sizes and a cup of one isn't the same weight as a cup of another. I've been using this detergent for nearly a year now and I cannot see a reason to go back to buying a manufactured brand. It works wonderfully.

    The magic numbers are 3:3:5.

    Three parts (by weight remember!) of borax to three parts of bar soap to 5 parts of wash soda.

    That's it. Three ingredients.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Laun...nt-By-Numbers/
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    WHAT YOU NEED:
    1 Container with an airtight lid (grabbed out of my pantry)
    4 sponges cut in half ($1.00 for a 4pk at the dollar store)
    1 cup of your favorite fabric softener ($0.30 worth of fabric softener)
    2 cups water (free from my tap)

    WHAT TO DO:
    Mix the water and fabric softener into a plastic container.
    Add the cut sponges so they can soak in the mixture.
    When ready to use, squeeze the excess liquid from 1 sponge and place into the dryer with your wet clothes.
    Run the dryer cycle as normal. Once complete place the now dry sponge back into the container of liquid for use next time.
    Clothes smell good, are soft and have no static just like the expensive non-reusable dryer sheets.
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    Even if you change your sheets and pillowcases weekly, chances are you haven’t thought about how to clean a mattress lately. Dust and dust mites accumulate in our bedding very quickly and can cause anywhere from mild to severe allergic reactions. Getting rid of dust mites is an ongoing battle and one effective way to fight them is to keep your mattress and bedding clean. Below are simple steps to help you clean your mattress on a regular basis What a great, inexpensive way to clean your mattress! Be sure and share the post so you can save it to your timeline!

    CLEAN YOUR MATTRESS: Pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a Mason jar & drop in 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Put on lid & shake jar. Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress & let it sit for an hour or more. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress. Bye, bye dust mites, & other nasty things. The baking soda helps draw up any moisture & deep dirtiness. It deodorizes & leaves the mattress smelling fresh & clean

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    buy a mattress plastic as soon as you buy your mattress and you dont have to bother ever again. buy a nice cotton mattress pad to put on top so you dont feel the plastic, dress your bed in nice cotton sheets and your good to go...change your sheets weekly and wash the mattress pad every two weeks or every month and you will have a clean bed all the time without all the hassle
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    How to “Unshrink” Your Clothes

    Have you ever accidentally thrown a favorite garment into the dryer only to find it too short when dry? I know I have and it seems its always a favorite and not something you really didn’t care about. Well now you can use this method and just possibly unshrink that garment. One Good Thing By Jillee shares a tutorial on how to unshrink your clothes and I know I will try it before tossing out the next thing that shrinks.



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    I have a sad story, followed by a happy ending to share with you today.

    A couple of weeks ago I was buying No. 2 son a pair of football cleats at the Nike Outlet and inadvertently ended up browsing in the women’s clothing.

    Although I wasn’t looking for anything in particular..I did find myself inexplicably drawn to a pair of royal blue pants (or as I like to call them…”comfy pants”). I don’t usually shop for myself at the Nike store…but those pants were calling my name. I just loved the color and they were made out of the SOFTEST tshirt-like material!

    So I gave in to the temptation, which was just too great to bear, and purchased the pants.

    Here’s the SAD part of the story….I only got to wear them ONCE before they were ruined by the evil clothes dryer!

    Well, it’s really not the clothes dryer’s fault. I had INTENDED on washing them and then letting them air dry…because I feared they might shrink. But the hubster (bless his heart) got to the load of clothes in the washing machine before I did…and into the dryer they went!



    When I went to take the clothes out of the dryer and saw the blue pants…I wanted to cry. My “laundry intuition” (something you develop after years and years and years of doing laundry for a family of 6!) told me they were no longer going to be wearable. Sure enough, they had shrunk in length a good four inches at least! *sob*

    Well, I dried my bitter tears and decided to chalk it up to experience and put the pair of “floods” into a bag with a bunch of other outgrown t-shirt items that I like to save for future projects. I tried to move on with my life.

    I was ALMOST over the whole horrible experience when I got an email from someone asking if I knew how they could UNSHRINK some article of clothing that had shrunk in the dryer. Hmm…sounded familiar. Of course I immediately thought of my blue pants that were wadded up in an old pillowcase with a bunch of other t-shirt cast-offs. Was UNSHRINKING something even POSSIBLE? Sounded like some voodoo magic to me. But what the heck….it was worth a try.

    So I commenced my research into this magic reversal process and was amazed to discover just how EASY it was to “UNSHRINK” clothing (and that it didn’t involve any sort of black magic whatsoever!)

    What it DID involve was a sink full of lukewarm water, a capful of baby shampoo and two large beach towels. That’s it!
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    Reconditioning & Re-Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

    I LOVE cooking with cast iron. As more reports come out about the dangers of nonstick pans and the toxins that they can emit, I appreciate my cast iron cookware more and more. They distribute heat evenly, can stand up to almost any abuse, and will last for many years - some of the pieces in my collection are around 100 years old!

    Most people I know think that cast iron skillets are solely for making cornbread or for frying. I use mine for everything from homemade cinnamon rolls & scrambled eggs, to steaks and roasted chickens. The only thing I DON'T do in my cast iron is boil water.

    I seek out older cast iron pieces, made back when the pieces were machine polished to a smooth glassy surface after casting. All newer pieces are simply cast, and will have a more textured surface. Since I prefer old pieces, I typically find cast iron cookware in poor shape; neglected, rusty, and coated with years of caked-on burned food and seasoning. Luckily, these pieces can be fully restored for just a few dollars, a bit of elbow grease and patience.




    Greg has a great restoration tutorial over on his Black Iron Blog. His method is the one I have used for over 10 antique pieces so far, all with amazing results.

    I picked up this Birmingham Stove & Range skillet and this Griswold skillet at a local junk store. Both pieces have some surface rust as well as caked-on seasoning and grime. But, both set flat and do not have any cracks. I've found that, the grungier & rustier the piece, the cheaper the price.

    All that is needed for the reconditioning process are a few inexpensive, readily available items:





    Heavy-duty Oven Cleaner (I used Easy-Off)*


    Gloves


    Garbage Bags


    White Distilled Vinegar


    Steel Wool (#0000)

    *EDIT 05/2012* This post has become VERY popular recently thanks to Pinterest! Since some commenters have had some concerns about the oven cleaner, I wanted to give a little more information about the chemicals.
    Oven cleaner contains lye, which IS a caustic agent, typically sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. The lye residue is washed off of the skillet, neutralized with an acid soak (vinegar), then washed again and coated with seasoning.
    Lye is used in many everyday items such as soap; it also shows up in food preparation, from olive curing, to lutefisk (eww), to making authentic pretzels. It's also used for biodiesel!

    Lye is very hygroscopic, meaning it will pull moisture out of the air. This is why, when being used on grimy cast iron, the aerosol foam ends up becoming a brown liquid. It's dissolving when it contacts the air, which results in VERY little if any of the lye being absorbed into the metal.
    Even groups such as the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association RECOMMEND the oven cleaner method for reconditioning cast iron.
    Some people advise using high heat or a self-cleaning oven cycle (which uses high heat) to clean cast iron. I shy away from this method mainly because the majority of my cast iron collection is antique. High heat CAN and WILL warp or even crack fragile cast iron. Plus, my oven doesn't have a self-cleaning cycle. I also can't simply throw my cast iron in a fire, being that I live in the suburbs, and setting yard fires is strongly frowned upon here!

    *EDIT 06/2013* This method is for 'plain' cast iron ONLY. It is NOT for enameled cast iron such as Le Creuset. Do NOT try this with enameled cast iron.





    Coat the cast iron piece (top and bottom) with the oven cleaner, making sure to wear gloves. Oven cleaner is basically aerosolized lye foam and is very caustic. It WILL burn your skin. Place the coated piece in a garbage bag and seal tightly to prevent the oven cleaner from drying out.

    This is where patience comes in. You will need to wait several days for the oven cleaner to loosen and remove the old seasoning. I usually check after 2 days, then wipe off the cleaner and apply a fresh coat and check again after 3 days.

    For especially grimy pieces, letting the pieces soak for about a week is usually sufficient. Once the old seasoning has been removed, the skillet will be restored to it's original cast. The iron will be a silvery-gray color. There may still be surface rust present, which has to be removed before the skillet can be seasoned.




    Remove the lye and old seasoning by wiping off the grime with a paper towel and then washing the skillet with hot water.




    Next, the lye needs to be neutralized, and any surface rust will need to be softened to make it easier to remove. Soak the cleaned skillet in a 2:1 solution of hot water and white distilled vinegar for 30-60 minutes. This should soften any surface rust enough that it can be easily scrubbed away with steel wool. Wash the skillet with soap and hot water and dry it thoroughly.


    At this point, the skillet has been cleaned down to the bare metal and must be seasoned immediately to prevent rusting (especially here in Alabama with our humidity!).




    To season, place the cleaned, dry skillet upside-down in a 250-degree oven for 15 minutes. Increase the temperature to 500 degrees and let the skillet heat up for 45 minutes. At this point, the skillet will be EXTREMELY hot, so be careful removing it from the oven. Turn off the oven.





    Season the skillet with a coating of lard. I render my own lard for cooking and baking, but use inexpensive storebought lard for seasoning. Some people also use shortening (Crisco) or olive oil. Rub the lard all over the entire skillet with paper towels; the hot skillet will absorb the oil and begin to turn brown. The oil will likely smoke as well; this is normal. Using clean paper towels, rub off the excess oil so that the skillet just appears wet. With seasoning, like painting, your aim should be for multiple thin layers rather than a single thick layer.







    Return the oiled skillet to the oven (upside-down to prevent pooling) and let the skillet cool while the oven cools. Wipe any excess oil off every 10-15 minutes to prevent any pooling or buildup. Every 30 minutes or so, repeat seasoning with a fresh application of lard or oil, remembering to wipe off the excess oil. After one hour, open the oven door slightly to help cool the oven faster.

    At this point, the skillet should be completely reconditioned, seasoned and ready for use.

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    NEVER BUY JEWELRY CLEANER AGAIN!

    I GET ABOUT 100 MESSAGES A DAY REQUESTING THIS... SO HERE IT IS AGAIN!

    1 tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    1 tablespoon dish detergent
    1 cup water
    1 piece aluminum foil

    Directions:

    1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.

    2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).

    3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish washing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.

    4. According to wire-sculpture.com, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".
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