How to Make Solar Canning Jar Lanterns

How to Make a Solar Canning Jar Lantern

Solar. Canning. Jars. Do I really have to say anything else to convince you that you need a set? Yeah, didn’t think so, which is while I’ll skip right to the part where I tell you how to make them.

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How to Make Shower Diffuser Melts

How to Make Shower Melts

Have you seen all the recipes for shower melts circulating around on the web? The concept is brilliant. You mix a couple ingredients together to form a hard tablet that you can add essential oils to. Then, you place one in the bottom of the shower, and as the water melts it, the oils are released into the steam, so you breathe them in while you’re showering. It basically turns your shower into a giant diffuser. And that’s a great thing, if you’re looking for relief from congestion caused by sinus problems, allergies, a cold or the flu. Just scent your shower melts with essential oils that help to relieve congestion – peppermint and eucalyptus, for example — and by the end of your shower, you should start to feel some relief from all of that sinus pressure.

Like I said, it’s a brilliant concept, but the recipes I tried were less than brilliant. They all basically danced around the same idea of combining three parts baking soda with one part water. That combination will give you a tablet of sorts, but you either have to wait forever for them to air dry or bake them in the oven before you can use them. Then, once they’re dry, you have to be super careful with them because they crumble really easily. But the biggest problem by far is that they dissolve too fast to get all the diffuser benefits that you’re after. After looking at the comments on a bunch of blogs, I could see that other people felt the same way, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. [Read more…]

How to Make Wax Melts

How to Make Wax Melts

I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.

But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms. Check it out. [Read more…]

How to Make Reusable Food Wrap

Homemade Reusable Food Wrap

Plastic food wrap is a hard product to have love for. It’s disposable, which means you’re buying it just so you can turn around and throw it away; it’s made out of plastic; and it always gets stuck to itself when you try to use it. Annoying!

Well, as of last week, this is one product that I’ve banished from my kitchen. Yep, I’m done with plastic wrap. From now on, I’ll be using reusable food wrap, made from beeswax-dipped cloth. Maybe you’ve seen this stuff, since it’s kind of “in” right now. It’s literally just a piece of fabric that’s been coated in beeswax. The wax makes the fabric waterproof and air-tight, and it gives it just enough body, so that when you press it around the edge of a bowl or casserole dish, it stays put. Pretty nifty. It even folds around a sandwich nicely.

There are actually several companies selling this product right now, but as easy as it is to make, I opted to make my own, which means I also got to pick the fabric.

Ask your grandmothers or your great-grandmothers how they covered food before plastic wrap came along, and you might just find that they used beeswax-dipped fabric. Yep, while beeswax food wrap is trendy right now, it’s far from a new idea.

Ready to banish plastic wrap from your kitchen? Here’s how to make your own reusable food wrap. [Read more…]