Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stop the Bugs: DIY Insect Torches

If there’s one thing that can ruin a summer get together—it’s mosquito’s. Nothing is more annoying and itchy. When the bugs start to swarm, rather than grabbing an outdoor repellent loaded with chemicals, use one of these easy, homemade versions. They’re not only pretty when lit, but they also help keep the bugs at bay when you’re entertaining outside.

With just a few materials and some imagination, these creative DIY repellent projects can be the hit of your next outdoor gathering. Just be remember to never leave torches or luminaries unattended!

Summer Luminaries
Materials:
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 fresh limes
  • 1 orange
  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Lavender
  • 4 upcycled jars
  • Water
  • Citronella oil
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Floating tealight candles
Directions:
  1. Peel the lemons, limes, and oranges. Set peels aside.
  2. Place 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary and some lavender into each jar.
  3. Fill each jar ¾ full of water, and then add about 10 drops of citronella oil to each jar. Swirl gently to combine.
  4. Place a cinnamon stick and 1-2 peels from each fruit into each jar.
  5. If necessary, add more water to bring the level of the water almost to the top. Then gently float a tealight candle on top, and light when ready.
Wine Bottle Torch 
Materials:
  • Upcycled wine bottle
  • Dish soap and water
  • Coupling that fits your wine bottle
  • Thread sealant tape
  • Pea gravel
  • Citronella torch fuel
  • Wick
Directions:
  1. Wash the wine bottle thoroughly and let sit in the soapy water to remove the label.
  2. Insert the coupling into the mouth of the bottle to see which end of the coupling has the tightest fit. Wrap with thread sealant tape until the coupling is very tight when inserted into the bottle. Remove the wrapped coupling from the mouth of the bottle.
  3. Fill the wine bottle ⅓ full with pea gravel, then fill the bottle with torch fuel. Tip: fill just to where the bottle narrows, and always use caution—torch fuel is extremely flammable. Insert the wick into the wide end of the coupling. You want about ¼” of the wick to stick out from the coupling.
  4. Insert the rest of the wick down into the bottle. Let the wick absorb the fuel completely, light the wick, and enjoy!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Make Your Own Natural Cleaners: Floor and Glass Cleaners

Floor and Glass Cleaner
  • 1 cup isopropyl alcohol 
  • 1 cup white vinegar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 15–20 drops of essential oils 
To create your own floor and glass cleaner, combine alcohol, vinegar, and water into a spray bottle—adding the essential oil of your choice. You can spray it directly onto paper towels for cleaning windows and mirrors, or can pour it into a bucket to use when mopping the floor.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Make Your Own Natural Cleaners: Disinfecting Wipes

Disinfecting Wipes

1 cup water
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons dish soap
½ roll of paper towels

From the grocery store cart handles to your kitchen counters, disinfecting wipes come in handy all the time. To make your own, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar, cut a paper towel roll in half and pour over roll, and store in an airtight container. Use as you would disposable disinfecting wipes to clean countertops, spills, and other messes.