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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden


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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden

Like many of us, I like to keep a clean house. Cleaning my kitchen and bathroom sinks, counter tops and vanities once presented a challenge. How so? I refuse to use harsh chemicals, mainly because of my children's allergies and asthma. I also prefer an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. I've found all this and more, by cleaning with a homemade paste I make from baking soda and vinegar. This all-natural cleaning solution removes most of my everyday stains and grime with ease. I just scour the surface with a scrubby-type sponge and it's a breeze. In addition to kitchen and bathroom surfaces, I use baking soda and vinegar cleaning paste on my parrot's cage. There are no harsh chemicals or fumes, so it's also perfect for cleaning the toddler's room. Try the same solution diluted with a bit of water to kill your garden weeds. You'll be amazed!

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Surprisingly Simple Way To Create Glass Vases From Ordinary Household Items

Glass vases in a variety of shapes and sizes can be purchased at just about any retail or home store. Even though you could go find a vase for just about any style preference, it can also be a lot of fun to upcycle items you already have at home and create your own colored glass vases.

With just a few simple tools you can easily transform everyday household stuff into stylish and functional vases to hold flowers, branches, or small items that need a place for storage around the house. Beer and wine bottle vases are the perfect example. Grab a pair of leather gloves and safety glasses to keep you protected and get started.

Creating Your Own Beer and Wine Bottle Vases

Think about all of the glass beer and wine bottles you have tossed in the trash or the recycling bin. Many of these glass bottles are already eye-catching colors like green and amber. However, the small opening at the top will not allow you to insert much, which means without alterations, the bottles are not very functional. You can actually use string, acetone nail polish remover, and a bowl of ice water to safely chop off the tops of these bottles.

  1. Tie a thin piece of natural-fiber twine around the bottle where you would like to have it cut.
  2. Remove the twine and soak it in nail polish remover until it is saturated.
  3. Replace the twine on the bottle and make sure it fits snugly.
  4. Light the twine afire with a lighter and allow it to burn for just a few seconds.
  5. Dunk the bottle in a bowl of ice water, making sure the fire is completely extinguished.

When you slip the burning bottle into the ice cold water, you should hear a slight pop. This noise indicates that the glass has severed and you should be able to lightly tap it with a spoon to release the upper end of the bottle. What you should end up with is a vase that is cut right at the spot where you had the twine tied in place. Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges where the glass has severed.

Now that you know how to make vases out of the bottles you bring in your home, you can make as many as you need. These glass vases can be painted, embellished with ribbons, and even attached together if you want a large centerpiece for a table. This is a great trick to use if you want several vases to use for table setting or an outdoor event, and will cost you only pennies to accomplish.