Category Archives: ORGANIC HEALTH & HOME

Smelly Trash Can. Quickie:

By Tia Cristy

Quickie: Smelly Trash Can.

Put an unused dryer sheet in the bottom of your trash can before inserting the bag. It will help cover up those smelly discards, and keep your trash can fresh.

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Candle Too Small for the Candle Holder.

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Candle Too Small for the Candle Holder.

Problem: Hey Tia, I got new candle holders, to hold the straight candle sticks, and the candles I bought are too small for the candle holder, to stand straight, they tilt. Why would someone make candle holders that don’t hold the candle? Anyway, is there anyway to remedy this?

Tip from Tia: I know exactly what you mean, candles are pretty standard, so, why aren’t the holders? Right? Well, depending upon how much room is in there, here’s a few tricks to try.

With a small difference, light the candle and add a few drips into the holder and quickly place candle stick in to cool and seal upright.

If there is a large amount of space using a dryer sheet folded up and placed on the bottom of the candle before you insert into the candle holder. Be care if you use the dryer sheet, not to let the candle burn down to it, they can catch fire.

If it the wax isn’t holding and the dryer sheet is too big, use a used peanut butter mini cup wrapper, (you know, the brown cupcake wrapper thing) it can usually do the job, and is more camouflaged with darker colored candles.

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Can’t Put Sneakers in the Washer. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: Can’t Put Sneakers in the Washer.

Actually, you can put sneakers in the wash, I just think there are some ground rules in doing so, for example…

I wouldn’t recommend washing more than 2-3 pairs at a time.

Don’t wash sneakers with clothes. To me, it seems to be equivalent to rolling around on the ground outside, everywhere you go. We don’t do that, usually anyway.

Don’t put sneaker in the wash alone, they’ll be fine, but your washer would probably appreciate the padding. So, put in a couple of old towels or a fabric drop cloth to brace the washer and dryer during cycles.

Don’t remove the shoe laces, I know from experience, the colors won’t match later.

And, for a deeper clean add a little vinegar to the wash with the detergent.

Don’t forget to wipe down the inside of the washer if shoes were pretty dirty. A quick swipe with a slightly soapy rag or vinegar soaked rag will do the trick.

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Easter Egg Dye Kit at the Store is Better. Stupid Tip of the Day:

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Easter Egg Dye Kit at the Store is Better.

If the kids are begging for an Easter Egg dye kit from the store, but you don’t have the funds to splurge to make sure that they get that magic invisible crayon. You can just say, you got it covered already without feeling you’re depriving them.

The kits are fine, but they can be expensive if you don’t have extra cash. Food coloring will give you any color you want to make, just as good as what comes in the kit. Remember the primary colors; Red, blue and yellow. Red and blue make purple, blue and yellow make green and yellow and red make orange. Using food coloring allows you to make as many colors and as dark and vibrant as you like. Just don’t forget to add the vinegar to the hot bowl of water to make it stick to the eggs. And, if you have to buy food coloring, feel confident that you’ll have those colors for many Easter’s to come, if that’s all you are using them for.

Those little cardboard rings that hold the egg while drying, are easy enough to recreate using foil. Fold the foil less than a half inch repeatedly until you have a firm long piece of foil. Cut several pieces where they can comfortably make a ring to hold the egg. Push the ends together to hold the ring shape and sturdy enough to hold the egg. (seen in above photo)

Kids always seem to have stickers stashed somewhere, allow them to use their own stickers on the eggs to decorate, as if it’s a big treat.

Now, that magic crayon; get a white candle stick break it into pieces giving a piece to each child to use before dying the egg. The wax will keep the dye from sticking.

If you want to make the memory more memorable for them, and you’re brave enough, you can allow the kids to help make the colors with you using the food coloring while teaching them how colors are made.

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Nice Days Triggering the Desire to do Yard Work. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Nice Days Triggering the Desire to do Yard Work.

I felt it myself. The winter is coming to an end, and the urge to get outside and clean up the beaten yard when the sun is shining, it is running through your veins. Well it’s not time to do all that stuff, that most enjoy like, grass seed and flowers; The last frost hasn’t happened yet. But you need to shake off your cabin fever, so what is it time to do, in the the yard? Now is the time, to cut back those trees and bushes that aren’t populated with leaves and bugs. While doing that, you’ll get some much needed vitamin D. Remember, have the right tools for the job. Safety is always important; have help if you need it, be sure to wear long sleeves, pants and boots and have eye and hand protection. Grab a good pole saw to make the job go a lot smoother. You’ll be thankful you did. Check out www.sherrilltree.com/Professional-Gear/Pole-Saws

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Freezing the Odor Out of Your Shoes. Stupid Tip of the Day:

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Freezing the Odor Out of Your Shoes.


There are many tips out there that people say are true, I try to give you the tips that are true, and point out the ones that aren’t.

I heard freezing your shoes will remove odor. Fact is, freezing the shoes can sometimes only freeze the bacteria and fungi that is making the shoes smell in the first place, so once it is frozen, some top layer, bad stuff, may die off, and the smell will go away. But, once your feet warm up the shoes, the bacteria and fungi that didn’t die off, will thaw, have an extra moisture source and begin to grow again. And, may make the situation worse.

So, freezing is not the way to go, kill odor with vinegar. Wiping shoes down with a vinegar soaked cotton ball and letting it dry will kill the bad stuff and reduce the smell. Keep this in mind, bacteria and fungus can penetrate deep so I recommend rubbing shoes down with vinegar once a week, even if there is no odor.

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Retail’s Winter Slump Could Help Your Financial Health.

By Tia Cristy

Happy Presidents Day

Since this is a holiday for some, here’s a different kind of quick tip that can help your financial health on 2 major purchases.

Presidents Day closes a lot of offices, but not everyone is off today. As usual, the retailers hard at work, boom on this holiday.

Throughout the seasons there are some pretty great sales. But, you need to do your research on when you can get the best price, on a specific something.

Not suggesting you to spend money today, but if you are in need for a bed or a car, go do some research, because Presidents Day sales are usually the best sales on those 2 items.

Why? Because the winter slump happens to retail too. If it’s cold and you don’t want to go out you probably aren’t shopping for anything other than necessities, either. It’s too cold to think of summer stuff and too over winter, to have excitement of getting more winter stuff. So, the best way to get out of the slump, is to offer a great deal on a big tag necessity.

It may not always be this way, but it’s just a quick tip you may want to remember, that’s held for quite some time.

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Removing Stubborn Pet Hair from Clothes. Tips in Action:

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Tips in Action: Removing Stubborn Pet Hair from Clothes.

 

It can be a hassle to have a wardrobe of light clothes with a dark colored pet, and vise versa with dark clothes. Some materials are not pet friendly at all, …for example wool. Everything sticks to it. But truthfully, why go without a jacket you love? There’s an easy trick to actually remove the pesky pet hair.

If you’ve tried the lint roller and it just won’t cut it, remember, duct tape fixes everything. Take a strip of tape and apply it to the garment and apply a smoothing pressure and peel off quickly. It should pull up that stubborn hair. Repeat process if necessary.

Everybody loves to snuggle up with their pets. But, you also love your clothes, so use this tip to leave the fear of everyone else noticing how much you love your pet.

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Getting Melted Candle Wax Out of Glass.

By Tia Cristy

Getting Melted Candle Wax Out of Glass.

 

Lighting votive candles can bring a beautiful ambiance to a room, but once they burn down it’s hard to get the left over wax out of the glass holder.

A quick tip to get that wax to pop out effortlessly is, once the candle and glass cool completely, place in the freezer overnight.

The next day, remove from the freezer. Use a spoon handle and push wax from one side and the remaining wax should come out in a complete mass. If it still gives some trouble break the seal of the wax to candle and try again.

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Hurricanes, Extra Tips the News Doesn’t Tell You.

By Tia Cristy

Special Tips Edition

Major weather is hitting the east coast. Hurricanes are making their presence known in all states east of the Mississippi. I know you’re getting flooded (literately) from the news stations, with tips to stay safe, but here are a few safety tips you should use when facing a major weather crisis no matter where you are in the world.

If it’s a mandatory evacuation, do it. You can only protect your stuff to a certain point. Make sure in the car you have packed all your necessities you will need for at least a week. You never know if you’ll need them or not, but it’s best to have more than less.

Take a roll of toilet paper and paper towels to keep in the car, you never know when you’ll need them.

Bring food. It may take hours to get where you are going and stopping for a bite to eat may not be an option.

Bring games, easy ones of course. If you have kids, make sure you have games for them and for you as well.

Remember, frustrations can get high in evacuation settings, so be sure to instruct the kids on keeping noise levels down and refrain from arguing, as well as assuring them that there is presently no danger. You don’t want them to panic silently if they see you’re chafed.

If you don’t have to leave; I’m sure you’ve heard all the important things needed to keep close and dry. Like flashlights, batteries, radio, insurance papers (keep in a large freezer bag) and bottled water.

Here are a few more tips the news hasn’t mentioned and you may not have thought of; keep lighters in a location where they will stay dry and are easy to find, but also get books of matches. This is good to have in case the lighters get wet or lose fluid. Dip the match head and strike strip in hot wax. (Blow out the candle before dipping the book of matches, you don’t want it to ignite the matches by accident.) This will waterproof the matches.

Next tip, fill the bathtub with water. This is good if for any reason the water in source becomes contaminated or you need power for your water supply. This water can be used to flush toilets, clean clothes, wash dishes etc. Keep a small bucket next to the tub to transport water to another area to do such things, keep the tub water clean for as long as you can.

And last but probably important, while still with power, keep your cell phone on the charge. You don’t want to lose power and have less than half battery life in the middle of the storm.

Stay safe and may she not leave behind too much of a mess for all those she comes to visit. 

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