5 Amazing Homestead Hacks You Can Use Right Now

We think you’re going to really enjoy these homestead hacks. While they won’t save your life, they will save you some time, and money. Most of these hacks can be made with ingredients you probably have at home. Hopefully they will make your life fun, and easier.

1-Reusable Sandwich Wrap-

This is pretty creative, and it will save you some money in the process. It’s actually kind of fun, and you’ll be helping to do your part in saving the planet. All you’re going to need to start is an 11 x 13 inch piece of plastic such as a potato chip bag. See how to make resuable sandwich wrap in this video:

2-DIY Non Toxic Hand Sanitizer

You’re going to love this homestead hack. By using a few simple ingredients you can make your own anti-bacterial hand sanitizer that is non toxic, and will save you a few bucks in the process.

3-Skunk Smell Remover Remedy

Bathing your dog in tomato sauce doesn’t work very well and it’s messy. This skunk smell remover works really well. Hopefully you won’t have to use it very often, but should the situation arise you’ve got something here that actually works.

Make sure to watch the video for instructions, but here’s the how to make the skunk solution:

This is the solution,
Please try to keep it out of the eyes!

1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent
Mix these together and bathe (“shampoo” in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
Rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.
For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

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4-Easy To Make River Rock Boot Tray

Every home needs one of these river rock boot trays. This DIY boot tray not only helps keep your your floor, and carpet clean it is pretty cool looking as well. With a little creativity you can make a nicer one than the tray that’s shown in this video.

5-How To Make Your Own Homemade Cleaning Products

This homestead hack will save you a bundle of cash. In this video you’ll learn how to make 5 different cleaning products that work great. You’ll learn how to make them in about 5 minutes. Below the video you’ll see the ingredients you’ll need (most of them you’ll probably already have), along with some simple instructions, and tips.

Instructions, and tips to make your homemade cleaning products:

You likely have all these items in your house as it stands; so this should be relatively simple to put together.

Remember, it is wise to use these as a compliment to products you buy in-store. Store bought products and homemade products both serve a purpose. I use about 50% store bought and 50% homemade cleaners in my house.

The 4 key ingredients you’ll require are:

Vinegar – mild disinfectant, grease cutter, de-scaler, glass cleaner

Dish soap – neutral pH – gentle and safe on essentially every surface and a mild soap that can lifts off dirt and grime

Rubbing alcohol – at least 65% USP in order for it to qualify as a disinfectant, can be mixed with water

Hydrogen peroxide – naturally occurring bleach, used in Oxy powders. Uses oxygen to break bonds between dirt and bacteria and the surface they are on. A great disinfectant, stain remover and natural whitener.

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Baking soda – abrasion, deodorizing, great for replacing a scouring powder. It’s not actually used in any of the recipes but can be used to boost cleaning power by sprinkling on a sprayed surface.

If you wish to, select an essential oil that you like (and perhaps has some extra beneficial properties) and add 10 drops to the bottle.

Here are the recipes:

Glass cleaner – 50/50 water and vinegar mix, use to clean windows and mirrors – smell dissipates quickly

Disinfectant – 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol, use to spray and leave after you’ve cleaned a surface, only use where required i.e. points of contact, cutting boards, bathrooms etc. Note that a disinfectant does not necessarily clean (i.e. lift dirt off) so this is the 2nd part of a two-step cleaning process (first part is the actual cleaning with a cleaner).

All-purpose cleaner – 1-2 tbsp dish soap per bottle of water. Great to use for cleaning kitchen, bathroom surfaces, hallways, most furniture. Won’t leave residue behind. If you are finding residue, reduce the amount of dish liquid being used (they vary in recipes).

Tub and tile cleaner/degreaser – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup dish liquid. Use for soap scum on tiles and glass, greasy kitchens etc. Spray, let it sit for 5 minutes and start to clean.

Stain remover – 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup dish liquid. Amazing, simply spray on a stain, rub it in, rinse it out. Can also be used as a pre-treatment for stains. Test in an inconspicuous area first as the hydrogen peroxide may discolour.

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Some general tips:

Label bottles using easel tape and a permanent marker (easel tape is much easier to remove than a sticker label and is more water-resistant). Label the ingredients, date and name of product.

Use clean bottles and triggers only – don’t use a bottle from another product until the trigger and bottle have been thoroughly rinsed and do not spray out or smell like the old product.

Use different shapes, colors and sizes of bottles if possible to further ensure you are using the correct product.

Make enough for 1-2 months of use and that’s it. These don’t have the same stabilizers that store-bought products do. Less additives means lower shelf-life.

Never mix a recipe that you make up yourself without checking to see if it is safe to do, some items you cannot mix together!

Remember, a cleaner does not disinfect and a disinfectant does not clean – clean first, disinfect second (many store-bought products can do both).



Originally posted 2014-03-04 18:43:47.

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