Lemon juice is a simple, natural alternative that can replace countless bottles of over-priced chemicals. If you have lemons laying around and are looking for some clever ways to use them and their juice, here are some great ideas. 1. Grease removal – A mixture of plain water and lemon juice is tough enough to bust through any grease on your kitchen appliances and counter tops.2. Disinfect and deodorize your kitchen – Is your refrigerator or cutting board really clean? Surfaces where we prepare and store food need to be clean, but this is also exactly where we don’t want to use toxic chemical cleaners. Lemon juice is excellent for disinfecting these surfaces, and will also remove unpleasant stains and odors.3. Sooth a cough – Mix some raw honey with an equal amount of lemon juice to ease your coughing. This also works well for a sore throat.4. Enhance digestion – Fresh lemon juice in water can aid digestion during meals. It’s also a great way to hydrate in the morning when you first wake up.5. Tone your skin – Use a cotton ball to apply a light layer of diluted lemon juice to your skin. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse away with cool water. The lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin, and can also lighten dark spots and scars.6. Clean glass – Lemon juice is just what you need to bring the sparkle back to that dull vase, coffee pot or decanter. You can also use one part lemon juice in ten parts water to shine your windows.7. Clean and soften your hands – Lemon juice is excellent for removing stains and odors left on your hands. Lightly scrub the lemon juice... read more
Bananas and their skin (a.k.a. peel) are not typically known for being anything other than a nourishing fruit high in potassium. There are however a number of clever ways that banana peel can be used and reused. Best way to store bananas? If you buy your bananas green, you can place them in the fridge to store them, as opposed to a fruit wall, but make sure you separate them from other fruits and vegetables. They will ripen much slower this way. Bananas that have their stems covered, or wrapped, last longer than those that don’t. 14 Ways To Use Bananas and Banana Skin Plant Nutrient: Banana peel is a common compost bin contributor, but have you considered burying it directly in the soil with your plants? You can even make your own nutrient-rich fertiliser by placing the peel into a jar and covering it with water. The enzymes will seep into the water and each time you feed your plants, add 150ml or so of the ‘banana peel water’ to your watering can. Polish & Shine: You can polish your shoes, and even the put a shine on the leaves of your houseplants with banana peel. Probably not the most common of ideas but at least there are alternatives around in case you run out of store-bought products or prefer to avoid the ‘spit and polish’ routine. Skin Relief: Rub the inside of the banana peel onto scratches or itchy bites to relieve the condition. Acts in a similar way to aloe vera. Wart & Splinter Remover: This is one that many people swear by. Cut a piece of banana peel big enough... read more
Believe it or not, placentophagy is real. People eat placenta. Eating placenta is considered a key to a speedy return to health after birth, decreasing the likelihood of postnatal depression and a way to increase breast milk production. Best we understand what, why and how before closing the door on this cultural tradition. So what are the clever uses for Placenta? What is Placenta? The placenta is an incredible, life-giving organ. From the moment of conception the placenta forms and grows and becomes means of supplying key nutrients to your baby whilst in the womb. Rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly B6, the placenta is often referred to as the tree of life. After a baby is delivered, next comes the delivery of the placenta. It is a mass of tissue shared by both the mother and the baby and helps to protect the baby from virus as it functions like a filter. What is Placentophagy? Placentophagy, or the practice of placentophagia, refers to eating placenta. Depending on who you talk to you are bound to raise eyebrows and receive varying degrees of opinion. Reasons for eating placenta vary almost as much as the recipes you can use. Speak to someone in the field of Chinese Medicine and you are likely to hear all about the incredible respect that placenta has. Its medicinal value is up there with the best, treating impotence and infertility. In medicine, typically placenta would be dried and offered in the form of a capsule. We live in a world where are are reminded to recycle, renew and reuse. This just puts it into a different perspective all... read more
Are you looking for clever way to reuse zip lock bags? Don’t buy them anymore, reuse them. We do not often appreciate how simple items can be so useful. A perfect example is the humble resealable bag. They are extremely nifty items. You may already use them for one or two things or may not even use them at all. Don’t forget that you can wash them and dry them and reuse them over and over. Here are 50 ways to use resealable bags, today, right now, or when ever you can. Baby Bags: Perfect for pacifiers and wipes; the little things that often get lots all too easily. Biscuits: Open a packed of biscuits and not sure what to do with them? Place them in an airtight resealable bag. Keeps them fresh. Breastmilk: Perfect storage bag for freezing expressed breastmilk. Bolts & Screws: Use them to house the odds and ends you have laying around. Bolts, screws and all sorts of ‘toolbox’ items. Bulk Meat: Buy in bulk and save. Organise into portions and freeze separately. No need to thaw all the chicken to get one fillet. Car Rubbish Bag: Perfect little bags to have in the car to use as a rubbish bag on the go. Seals up to avoid any smells. Coating: Coat chicken fillets or fish with breadcrumbs quickly, easily and mess free. Just place the breadcrumbs into the bag, add the meat or fish and seal it up then shake. Coupons: If you are a coupon collector, keep all your coupons in one place and organised in your bag for when you need them. Cords: Keep power cords, earphones... read more
Looking for some clever ways to reuse old Christmas or greeting cards? When the holiday season is over and Christmas has come and gone, unless you are the sentimental type who keeps each and every card you receive, chances are you will have accumulated a lovely ‘large’ pile of cards. Should these cards simply be destined to go in the trash or recycling bin or are there ways to reuse them, recycle them and give them new life? Don’t be limited just to cards with Santa or Reindeer on them, these ideas can be extended to any greeting cards, birthday cards or other holiday celebration cards that you may acquire throughout the year. Whether you realise it yet or not there are so many ways to reuse old cards, in fact here are 50 ways to get you started. Blank Drawing Paper – Remove the images and allow children to use the blank part of the card as drawing paper. Bookmark – Make a bookmark by cutting the card into strips and you can punch a hole near one end and add a tassel. You can even give these away as gifts. Books – Cut out images that relate to each of the letters of the alphabet and make a book. For example, A is for Apple, B is for Broom, C is for Car, S is for Santa, T is for Tree. They can be of a particular theme, such as Christmas, or just a random selection of images and words. Boxes – Cutting the cards up you can make little gift boxes out of them.
Bunting – Cut cards up into triangles and attach to... read more
Bread clips are those tiny, square clips used to keep a load of bread or bag of bread rolls closed. Half of us dispose of this nifty clip once the bread is opened for the first time, whilst the rest diligently re-seal the bag to retain freshness. Which one are you? The point is though, these plastic bread clips are actually very useful items. Have you ever considered using them in these ways: Keep cords and wires clipped together Help attach christmas lights to the christmas tree Stick beneath the end of a sticky tape roll so you never lose the end again Scrape gunk off things And of course you could just use it to re-seal your bread! Got some more ideas? Please... read more
The first step to setting up your home vegetable garden is to plan. Planning is important to establishing the layout, the design, the size and you need to be realistic. Start small, but plan big! You need to consider what you would like to achieve, and most importantly you need to identify your limitations. These will include time you have to tend to it, the space restrictions, any water regulations and of course money. Let’s get planning. Planning: Do A Site Analysis The first thing you need to do is to take a good look around your garden, or the area in which you plan to set up your vegetable patch. Identify the garden’s sunny and shady spots. These can differ in winter and summer. Be aware that most produce performs best in full sun. Take note of any deciduous trees in your garden – and even your neighbour’s trees that may overhang your property. Take note of any areas that are water logged. Test the pH levels of the soil in your garden in random spots. Planning: Location When you are choosing a location, make sure it is easy to access and its surroundings are clear. Do you want it close to the house or in a back corner? Does it need to be a raised garden to prevent your sore back from getting worse – saving you bending down all the time? If you have a worm farm or a rain water tank, does it need to be in close proximity? Do you need to keep it away from pets or children? Planning: Be Realistic The main... read more