Category Archives: DIY
And it’s better for the environment.
What’s not to love.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
1 box Borax (4lbs 12 oz or 76 oz)-found in the detergent isle-$3.38
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55oz or 3 lbs 7oz) found in the detergent isle.-$3.24
Citric Acid-usually found in the canning isle. I used Fruit Fresh which is mostly citric acid-$3.58
(the recipe I found online said to use 24 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix-like Kool aid, but that just seemed silly to me).
3 cups Epson Salt-~$3
Vinegar as a rinse aid. (the recipe I found on line suggested using Lemi Shine as a rinse aid, also found in the detergent isle. But if Vinegar works why not use it)
Grand total ~$13 for a year supply of detergent. Come on!-what’s not to love about that.
Mix all together. Store in an air tight container. Scoup in as needed per your machine. Fill rinse aid with vinegar. If your dishes are coming out with spots on them that means you do need a rinse aid and might want to try the Lemi Shine. To date vinegar works just fine for us.
So it’s the day before New Years Eve. And we’ll be hosting a small dinner party, well part of one. Nothing fancy. Just a group of neighbors. We’ll be doing a different course at each house. We have the main dinner course. It’s going to be easy-baked trout. We live in a shoe box sized house so we can do anything big and extravagant…..like sit at the dinning room table-CAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ONE. We have to shove all our living room furniture to the side and set up a folding table to accommodate all of us……..a whopping EIGHT of us that is. Did I mention I have a crafting problem. And I’m coming off a holiday high of crafting, and I found myself wanting to make something fun and quirky for center pieces. So here it is-Citrus Candles.
Citrus-I used Satsumas
Sharp paring knife
Optional: tooth picks, hole punch, crafting scissors
Start by carefully cutting the peel horizontally around the citrus. You need to be able to separate the fruit from the peel so don’t cut too deep. The ‘top’ or where the steam is actually becomes the bottom. You can experiment with cutting in half or thirds to create different looks and heights.
Carefully separate the peel from the fruit.