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What My Grandmother Taught Me

By on August 13, 2015
What My Grandmother Taught Me

These are just some things I do around the home to save money, and also space. Having an item in your cupboard that is used for multiple things helps a great deal. It helps with storing, and with keeping the budget in check.

• Want to exfoliate but not spend the money on 2 types of products, just add some sugar to your daily face wash.

• Once or twice a week mix 1tsp organic honey and 1tsp organic lemon juice, apply to your face after washing in a circular motion, let sit for 3-5 min and rinse. This will help keep the tone of your skin looking healthy while cleaning out your pores.

• Tea Tree oil is your best friend, it can be used for all sorts of home remedies, to help reduce acne scars dab some on a cotton ball and dab it onto your blemishes. You can also use tea tree for most rashes, again dab on a cotton ball and apply to the area. To help keep pet’s pest free you can add a few drops to a litre bottle filled with water and use it as a last rinse on your pets after giving them a bath.

• After washing your towels and drying them you can re-use the lint from the dryer as cotton balls. It has been cleaned any way and towels tend to be made of cotton. I use this for removing my nail polish.

• Have too many spiders in your garage or basement areas boil at least a handful of fresh mint to 3 cups water, let cool and strain the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray the walls and area with the mint, spiders hate it!

• Have an ant issue, cinnamon helps keep ants away; I use some on the outside of my windows and door frames to help keep them out.

• Notice your shoes are not smelling so great? I like to take my old socks or t shirts (cotton is the best) and make my own shoe deodorizers. Just cut out some squares and make pouches of baking soda, tie or sow shut and place in shoes when you get home. You can also use newspaper just crumple it up and place a few balled up pieces in your shoes.

• Starting to feel a cold coming on. Make your own soothing hot drink to help with congestion and sore throats by mixing 1 tbsp. of honey with 3 tbsp. of lemon juice and 1 tsp of cinnamon in about 2 cups boiled water, stir and drink while hot (not too hot, you don’t want to get burned).

• Want to save money on fabric softener, try using a cup of vinegar or half a cup of baking soda in the wash, this will help get rid of any mildew smell on sheets and also helps remove the deodorant and sweat build up on your cloths. You can also take tin foil and make a ball, throw this in with your cloths while drying, it will help eliminate static.

• To help remove wrinkles in your cloths, hang them in the washroom while you shower, the steam will help remove the wrinkles.

• Added to much salt to you soup, no worries! Just add 1 large peeled potato, this will help pull the salt in and you won’t have to throughout your meal.

• Want to keep your carpet smelling fresh and your upholstery, before I vacuum I sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and my fabric furniture, let it sit for about an hour, then vacuum up the powder. I do this on my mattress once a season to keep it smelling great.

• If you want to keep your skin soft, or help with your child’s diaper rash. Always have coconut oil handy, coconut oil has antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, which make it a great cure all item to have in your home. It is also safe to use on pets, I use it to help with my dogs paws in the winter. Salt can really dry out and crack the skin on your pet’s paws. I use this to help keep them smooth.

• Get oil stains out of your cloths with your dish soap, as soon as possible place the dish soap directly on the stain and rub in, and then rinse.

• Have a pair of “not so white any more” white shoes, try using tooth paste and a scrub brush to bring back the sparkling white.

• Summer is always a time for sunburns. I always have at least 2 aloe plants growing in my home. Aloe can get fairly large when transplanted properly. I like to make my own burn aloe rub by splitting open the leaves and scrapping the aloe jelly and juice out, I place it in a jar and leave it in the fridge, this way it is always ready to use.

If you have any you would like to add, please comment below.

The more we share, the more we know!

Helena Barclay

One Comment

  1. Nancy

    8/14/2015 at 2:22 pm

    For thin, fly-away hair, try baking soda and vinegar. I wash with baking soda and rinse with a couple of teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water. My grandmother always sang the praises of vinegar as a hair rinse but it took me decades of disappointment in fancy schmanzy products to give it a try. Since giving up shampoo for this easy, low-cost regimen, my hair is softer, more manageable. Even my hairdresser asked me what I was using to make my hair so soft and healthy.

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