It always seems to happen — friends come over, and at some point, a glass of red wine tips over onto your carpet. Instead of freaking out, gracefully fix the problem with a few steps that will have your rug looking like new in no time. And this quick DIY uses basics you already have on hand and is considerably cheaper than paying for a pro to come clean the mess. Read on for step-by-step directions.
Keep pesky ants away with this easy DIY ant killer that's sans harsh chemicals. This ant hitman attracts pests with its sweet flavor, keeping them away from the rest of your home, but eventually wipes out whole colonies thanks to borax. A natural mineral that is often used as a cleaning booster, borax not only smacks down ants, but it is also safe to use in your home.
Save your bottle caps and candle ends for making these adorable minicandles. Pick up candle wicks at your local craft store for only a few bucks, which makes this DIY just about free. Personalize the set by using tops from your favorite beverages, and you've got a unique gift that's fitting for any occasion. Perfect for lighting cozy outdoor areas or packing for camping, these bottle-cap candles burn for about an hour before running out of wick.
If your drain isn't flowing as easily as it should, then it's probably a bit clogged. Instead of paying big bucks for chemical-filled concoctions, try fixing the problem yourself with a homemade drain cleaner.
This eco-friendly DIY costs basically nothing to make and can be used weekly to help prevent buildup. Safe to use in the bathroom or kitchen, the drain-buster will have your sink or tub flowing freely in no time. Have a really plugged pipe? We've even found the solution for seriously stopped drains.
From big-city living to cabins tucked in the mountains, these unique Airbnb finds are some of the cheapest and coolest rentals in the USA. Some are luxurious, a few are off the grid, but all are less than $100 per night, making them budget-friendly destinations for Summer travel. Click through to find a fun place to stay during your next vacation.
Give a gift that will have the guy in your life smelling awesome and will also make use of that last shot of rum hiding in your liquor cabinet. Mix together this fragrant concoction with the help of the ends of seasonings and orange peels, ensuring that absolutely nothing goes to waste. And this aromatic balm costs hardly anything to toss together, making it a really unique and memorable gift for any handsome fellow. Use a repurposed glass bottle, and your aftershave looks like you picked it up from a chic boutique.
Along with finding basic home essentials at your local flea market, you might be surprised by the other unique items that you can pick up for a steal. We headed to our favorite local fair and couldn't believe the cool finds that were all budget-friendly. From vintage glasses frames to tailored suits, get ready to haggle for the best price around with these unique flea-market finds. Click through to find out what we were willing to pay for items!
Don't toss that wine cork! Use it for making a simple key chain that makes a great gift. And this quick DIY costs hardly anything to make. With Father's Day right around the corner, this cork key chain would make the perfect gift for vino-loving dads. Here's how to make one:
- Purchase 1 3/16-inch screw eyes and key rings for a few bucks at your local home goods store, and you're ready to get started.
- Simply center the screw eye at one of the ends of the wine cork and twist until it is secure.
- Thread the key chain through the round, and you're finished. And what's really cool about this key chain is that it floats!
We all know trying to stick to a wedding budget is tough. But you can keep costs down by personalizing and printing your own wedding announcements. With so many cute templates to pick from, you'll save tons of money declaring your special day. From formal to whimsical, we've found 10 free printables to chose from.
Keep bugs away from your favorite indoor or outdoor plants with this eco-friendly spray that won't hurt your vegetation. Warmer weather attracts all kinds of pesky insects to fauna, which you don't want buzzing around your home. Keep your favorite flowers free of unwanted pests with simple ingredients that you have on hand. And this spray costs basically nothing to make and safely keeps cats and dogs from munching on your pretty plants too.
Treat your father to a really unique gift this Father's Day with a handmade offering from Etsy. He'll love showing off his new personalized cigar cutter or sweet stirring spoon. And all of these presents ring in at $15 or under, which lets you stick to your budget while picking out a special something for Dad. Click through for a distinctive collection of gifts that are perfect for the favorite patriarch in your life.
If your kitchen sink is a bit dingy, then make it look just like new with eco-friendly materials you already have in your kitchen. And there's no scrubbing involved with this quick clean that basically costs nothing to make. Safely buff your way to a fresh and sparkling basin that will stay that way for weeks.
If you're still on the hunt for the right honeymoon destination, look no further. These unique and eco-friendly lodgings found on Airbnb are perfect for newlyweds ready to relax and unwind.
They're in locations you may not have considered, made from recycled or repurposed materials, and are amazingly budget-friendly! Even if you're not looking for postwedding relaxation, these spots are perfect for couples celebrating anniversaries or searching for a fun Summer getaway. Click through to find the perfect spot for your well-deserved respite.
Enjoy your Summer nights with the help of scented glass jars topped with floating candles that keep bugs away. We saw this smart idea on Pinterest and had to give it a try for ourselves. Along with being easy, this DIY gives your lemon and orange peels a second life — and you can toss the ends of fresh herbs into the mix too. With the help of citronella essential oil, which you can find at your local health food store, and a few floating candles from the dollar store, the result is a really cute outdoor candle that also keeps pesky insects from bugging you. Here are a few tips for putting your jars together:
- Fill the jars with odds and ends to create a really beautiful scent that will waft from the jar. Bugs don't care for the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, or rosemary, which gives any citrus rinds or ends of these herbs and seasonings a good use. Cut the items into two-inch sections so they don't bunch the top of jars and overturn the floating candle.
- After placing items in the jars, add 20 to 30 drops of the citronella essential oil, and then top with hot water around 100˚F, which will warm all those tidbits and develop the scent. For fun, add a drop of food coloring to jars, or make them sparkle with the addition of superfine glitter, which looks really chic. Allow the water to cool before taking outdoors.
- Float a citronella-, rosemary-, or vanilla-scented candle at the top of the jar and light. The finished candles look awesome at night and are wonderfully safe for small areas. But we did find you need quite a few bunched together to really keep some bugs from visiting. So make a collection, arrange them around your patio, and sit back and enjoy the glow — and your bug-free outdoors!
Don't toss those coffee grounds! Put them to good use, along with your stash of mini hotel bar soaps, with this easy-to-make soap that's a perfect gift for the favorite guy in your life that loves a strong cup o' joe. These soaps are seriously easy to make and exfoliate and deodorize, leaving skin nice and healthy without any froufrou scents. Don't have a stack of minisoaps hanging around? You can find four-ounce unscented bars of glycerin soap at your local grocery or craft store for around $1 each.
Just about everyone can admit to zoning out while on the opposite end of an endless phone rant from a friend or daydreaming during a long business meeting. But when you're having an important one-on-one with your bestie or participating in a small group meeting, it's especially important that you're engaged and present.
Aside from missing out on crucial details and having to fill in the blanks on your own, you're also missing the opportunity to impress colleagues and bosses with smart contributions. Being a good listener is more than just hearing what others are saying, it involves a conscious effort to understand and retain information being presented and shared. From your friend's winded phone call to that next big business meeting, here are a few tips for being a better listener:
- Remove distractions: Instead of feeling the need to multitask, put away your cell phone and other devices and focus on taking notes. If using your laptop, close out your email or other applications that may entice you away from the current meeting or conversation. Clear your mind and carefully follow along with what the speaker is saying.
- Don't interrupt: While listening, try not to interrupt even if you feel you have something important to share. Write your thought or idea down until it's the right time and then return your attention to the speaker. When it's time to discuss, ask smart, relevant questions and share ideas and thoughts in a clear and concise way.
Along with cleaning and organizing your home, keeping your leather furniture in great shape is a must once the weather starts getting warmer. Fresh Spring air and hot Summer sun can cause cracks and dryness in your favorite leather furnishings, which doesn't make for a happy house. Instead of spending money on expensive cleaners and cleansers, make your own with ingredients you have in your kitchen. Free of any chemicals, this eco-cleaner does an awesome job at refreshing all of your leather furnishings. And did we mention that it costs basically nothing to make?
Keep pesky bugs and wasps away while enjoying lunch on your patio this Summer with a homemade wasp trap that repurposes a plastic bottle. Along with being seriously easy to make, the trap can be dumped, rinsed, and reused. Perfect for using in small spaces or spots that highly attract wasps, like balconies or rooftop terraces, these bug traps can be discreetly tucked in corners while still being effective.
Here's how to make your own wasp trap:
- Any size plastic bottle works for creating the trap. Simply remove the cap and the label from the bottle, and use scissors to cut away the top fourth of the bottle.
- Now invert the top of the bottle into the bottom, creating a funnel. There should be at least a one-inch space between the end of the funnel and the bottom of the bottle.
- Mix together a sweet bug- and wasp-attracting solution of two parts warm water to one part sugar, and carefully pour into the wasp trap, leaving at least a half-inch gap between the sugar water and the end of the funnel.
- Place the wasp trap outdoors, and let it do its job. Bugs are attracted to the sweet water, fly down the funnel for a taste, and then are contained in the trap. Add more sugar water as needed, and empty and reuse after the trap has done its job.
When your dishwasher isn't wafting the freshest scent or cleaning your dishes as it should, giving it a good cleaning may fix your problems. Instead of spending hours scrubbing, make these supereasy dishwasher baking-soda bombs that do all the work for you. Along with being eco-friendly, this just-about-free cleaning solution does an amazing job freshening your dishwasher while cleaning all those nooks and crannies that collect bits of food, harbor mold — and all that other icky stuff.
There's nothing more refreshing than a bubbly drink, but sipping that beverage can bust your budget — even if you're drinking plain mineral water. I admit to having a pretty severe sparkling water obsession. It's sans calories, fat, or additives, and is satisfying with a splash of fresh juice, which made checking out the SodaStream pretty enticing. With the help of a carbonating cartridge that costs $15 per refill, the SodaStream promises up to 60 liters of bubbly beverages. So, did it deliver?