Thursday, September 29, 2016

Non DIYer's guide to DIY

Ok, I'm not a DIY girl. I actually wrote a big post a few years ago about how I'm not crafty and I hate investing time to make something that look like a four year old did. I would rather buy a finished product from someone with a gift and passion for crafting. Win win, right?

But here are some things I DO DIY - cleaners! DIY cleaner is more like chemistry than crafting (I don't actually have a chemistry talent or passion, but I can read rules!) You mix stuff with other stuff and have a place to put your mixture. It doesn't need to look cute, you don't need to set up an Etsy shop, and you can still save some money and feel accomplished.

Bug spray - to keep spiders away from areas I frequent in the basement, I use a mixture of peppermint oil and water and spray around the areas where I really don't want to see them. I also spray doors and windows. It won't kill them - I know spiders are important to life - but they also won't cross the barrier and stay outside where they belong. You can also use tea tree or clove oil to make a spray for your home OR yourself! Non toxic, effective, and smells great!

Stain remover - Blue dawn and hydrogen peroxide are the magic ingredients that can pretty much get stains off of EVERYTHING. Cheaper and easier than bottles and bottles of stain treatments for different stains that probably won't work.

Armor All wipes - I tried using regular old wipes in the car and found out that a) they don't really work and b) they can actually damage the interior. I found a recipe for DIY Armor All wipes and I was in LOVE by how cheap and easy it is to make them!

Still not a DIYer. But I can read a recipe, I can mix, and I can teach my kids that chemistry DOES actually have an place in their daily life!
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