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Reusing Plastic Containers

Reusing and repurposing plastic containers such as bleach and juice jugs as well as a ketchup bottle can be very useful.

Here is a wonderful idea for reusing a bleach jug to create a bird feeder. Just cut the jug using some sharp scissors and hang it up for a unique recycled bird feeder.
Photo Credit: Indiana Ivy Nature Photographer on Flickr

Cut the bottom of a bleach jug off at an angle for a handy scoop to use for dirt, grain, sand or other material that you need to scoop up.

Photo credit: Erica McCartney

Here is example of a Ketchup bottle being reused for pancake batter. It allows for easy batter pouring and provides a perfect shaped pancake.

Photo credit: Mark Lund

Here is a recycled plastic apple juice container. It makes an outstanding watering jug for your garden. Just poke holes in the lid with a nail to make a water spout. I used a hammer and a nail to punch the holes around the top of the cap as shown. Just put the cap on a old board and hammer the nail through the plastic to create your watering holes.

You can gently sprinkle water on plants or squeeze the jug to create pressure which allows you to spray water quite a distance.

Conclusion: Plastic containers can be recycled and repurposed into new and useful items.


Citrus Vinegar Spray

Homemade Citrus Vinegar Spray

Useful Idea for the Day:
Save those pieces of citrus peelings to make a homemade citrus vinegar cleaning spray. Save the peelings from oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Here is a leftover piece of lemon slice I had from a water glass. Cut it into small pieces as shown to put into a bottle sprayer. Add vinegar to the sprayer and use the homemade citrus spray for cleaning countertops, sinks, and your bathroom.

Lemon Slice Pieces of Lemon cut

After a month or so, the peelings do begin to break down. I use a strainer to remove any decomposed pieces as needed. Add more vinegar and peelings to keep your homemade citrus cleaner filled. You can use the old pieces as a scrub too for your sink before throwing them out.

Conclusion: The citrus vinegar solution makes a useful homemade cleaning solution that leaves your kitchen and bath looking and smelling wonderful.


Homemade Leather Cleaner & Conditioner

I recently bought a used leather chair. It needed cleaned where there were a few stains on the leather. Nothing serious, just a few marks and a spill I needed to clean off the leather. But I didn’t have any leather cleaner in my cleaning supplies so I set out to find a homemade leather cleaner.

As you may know, I think vinegar is an amazing fix-all product. I checked and several home remedies for leather cleaning and stain removal call for using vinegar. Was I surprised, no not at all. In fact, I figured if I didn’t find this suggestion about using vinegar to clean the leather chair, I was going to try it anyway.

Homemade Leather Cleaning and Conditioning

Materials Needed:
White vinegar
Clean soft rag or towel
Olive Oil

To clean a stain or spill off leather, dribble a bit of vinegar on a clean towel. Continue Reading →


Toilet Paper Roll Firestarters

Today’s tip is how to recycle your toilet paper rolls and repurpose your dryer lint. Recycled toilet paper rolls make excellent firestarters. Just save your toilet paper rolls and stuff them with lint from your dryer lint trap.

I find it useful to keep a few empty rolls by the dryer and then each time I empty the lint trap, I just stuff the lint into the paper roll. After a few drying cycles, the roll is full and I keep it near my woodstove along with kindling for firestarting.


Re-Seal your Packages

This useful idea has been shared on many tip sites and I just love it. You use a lid and ring to re-seal a package. A recycled bottle top or small jug is used for re-sealing packages. Cut the top of the package open and insert it into the cut lid sleeve. Fold over the package and screw the lid on.

Resealing your Packages

What a fantastic way to recycle a plastic bottle and keep your packages sealed for freshness and storage.


Baking Potatoes in a Woodstove

I want to share my experience of using a woodstove to bake potatoes. We use a woodstove to heat our home and I wondered about using the woodstove for baking potatoes. It’s already hot and has room inside for baking so why start up the oven for baking potatoes when I could use the woodstove. So I set out to try out my idea, first you want a hot woodstove that has burned down a bit and has hot ashes that you can use as a bed for baking the potatoes.

Next double wrap the potatoes in foil. Move the fire over to one side of the stove as you want to place the potatoes in hot coals and ash but not directly against any burning wood.

Here is a photo showing my two potatoes wrapped in foil and placed inside the woodstove. As you can see, the potatoes are on the ash bed with the burning wood moved over to the side.

After placing the potatoes inside the woodstove, cover up the potatoes with some hot ashes on the side of the firebox as shown in the picture below. I use my small stove shovel to scoop some ashes cover the potatoes to help them bake evenly.

In about 20 minutes, turn potatoes over and cover again with ashes. My large bakers were done after about 45 minutes in the woodstove. Using a potholder, squeeze the taters to make sure they are done and then remove them carefully using a thick potholder or heavy leather gloves as the potatoes are very hot.

The results are some wonderful baked potatoes that are very tasty. This useful idea produces great tasting baked potatoes but also is very useful should you have a power outage. Plus it saves energy by reducing the use of a traditional oven for baking.