Want to mix up the flavor profile of the food you are feeding your dog? Show your pooch some extra love with homemade dog treats recipes that are healthy, organic, and do not use any weird, overly processed chemicals in the ingredients.
While medical exam gloves are commonly associated with hospitals and not the kitchen, they actually are unexpectedly useful for a number of cooking and cleaning uses that require handling extremely messy things.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, and how much or how little you properly consume iron on a daily basis can be the difference between feeling constantly tired or feeling like you are energized enough to seize the day.
While crockpots are commonly used for making soups and stews or for slow-cooking meats, they are also surprisingly useful for making other foods that you may not associate with a slow cooker, such as brownies, bread, cheesecake, fruit butters, and even yogurt.
Castile soap is named for Castile, Spain, and is traditionally made from locally produced olive oil from the region. In current times, Castile soap refers to a category of soap that is made from 100 percent plant-based oils and does not include chemical detergents, making it a completely natural, biodegradable, and environmental-friendly product.
Metabolism is the process by which your physical body converts what you eat and drink into energy that your body needs to function.
Need to heal your unsightly acne scars? For a quick and easy treatment, dab a little vitamin E gel onto affected area overnight daily until scars begin to fade. You can also use lemon juice, baking soda, aloe vera, and apple cider vinegar with honey.
Using rose petals plucked from your own garden, a large pot with an inverted lid, and some ice, you can create your own DIY rose water which can then be used as an ingredient to make your own beauty supplies or for floral-scented cocktails and desserts.
Did you accidentally burn the edges of your freshly-baked cookies or muffins? Rather than throwing them away, salvage the good parts by using a cheese grater to shave off the burnt ends before serving.
Though cream of tartar, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is commonly used in the kitchen to stabilize egg whites when making meringues or meringue toppings, it can also be used as a DIY cleaning product and to repel ants from your home, among other things. Read below for more practical uses for cream of tartar.
If you ever want to try rebooting your car batteries before calling a towing service, make a solution out of 1 ounce of epsom salt dissolved in warm water, and apply the solution to the battery cell before starting your car.
Paint chips, small cards that show different colors from paint manufacturers, can be picked up for free at your local hardware store to help you decide what color you want to paint your living space. They can also be used for a number of crafty DIY projects, such as making your own drink coasters, gift tags, bookmarks, and more.
Did you know that one of the most germ-infested items in your home is probably your kitchen sponge? It is full of bacteria and germs that thrive in dark, moist places. To ensure that your sponge is at its maximum cleaning potential, not simply a breeding ground for more germs, zap it in the microwave for two minutes or simply toss it in the dishwasher with your next load of dirty dishes.
Whether you need very temporary skin art for a costume or simply want to test-run a potential tattoo design before it gets permanent, making your own temporary tattoo only requires wax paper, a printout or drawing of your desired design, black eyeliner, rubbing alcohol, baby powder, liquid bandage, and a lot of patience.
Not to be confused with Pop Rocks, rock candy, which is large chunks of crystallized sugar, is a wonderfully simple snack in and of itself, and can be used to dissolve in tea or coffee as well as on top of other desserts.
For pretty much any commercial cleaning product you can think of, you can probably make your own DIY, non-toxic version for a small fraction of the retail price. As an example, you can whip up your own all-purpose surface cleaning solution by simply mixing together one part water and one part white vinegar in a spray bottle.
While candy-making can seem like an intimidating task, making your own homemade Tootsie Rolls is actually surprisingly easy. For a super-easy, no heat version, you can simply gather all your ingredients, mix and knead them together until everything reaches a Play-Doh-like consistency, and cut the resulting sticky ball into bite-sized pieces.
How do you clean the blades of a ceiling fan without potentially hurting yourself? For an easy solution, simply use a stepladder and a pillowcase. Encase one blade of a ceiling fan with a clean pillowcase, and then pull the pillowcase towards you, which removes dust from the top of the blade and brings dust down into the pillowcase. Turn fan and repeat for every blade until the entire ceiling fan is clean.
Pretty much all of your cleaning supplies can be found in your kitchen or medicine cabinet for dirt cheap. White vinegar can be used to clean shower head deposits and your dishwasher on an empty cycle. Ammonia can be used to clean the gunk off your stove burner grates. And citrus fruits can be used to clean bathtub rings and dull sink faucets.
Want to show off vacation photos on the big screen or project goofy videos on the wall? Using a shoebox, magnifying glass, and a smartphone, you can make your own photo or video projector for super cheap.
How important is it to have healthy and strong nails? Strong nails are better for manicures and are also more pleasing to present in public. Regular nail growth is also an overall indicator of good health, while discolorations and indentations on your nail beds, or even just slow nail growth, can be a sign of underlying health problems.
How often should you clean things in your home? Washing dishes and doing the laundry are no-brainers because they have their own self-imposed cleaning schedule, but what about the other items in your home that don't have such an obvious indicator of when it is time to clean them again?
While mold is a naturally occurring phenomenon outdoors and in nature, it can be a major health hazard and an expensive problem if it infiltrates the inside of your home.
Just because you live in a rented space where you aren't allowed to nail stuff into the wall does not mean that your walls have to be completely bare for the rest of your rental agreement.
While blackheads are a little different from your run-of-the-mill acne and zits, they are still annoying when they appear on your face and, thankfully, can be banished with a number of DIY home remedies incorporating common household products.
Bored of your living room furniture? As a weekend DIY project, one easy way to give new life to old wooden furniture is to add a new coat of paint. All you need are a drop cloth to cover the floor, sandpaper and sanding sponges, primer, latex paint, a foam roller, synthetic bristle brushes, and a well-ventilated room to paint the furniture in.
While they may make your clothes smell fresh after a cycle in the dryer, commercial dryer sheets contain many harmful and toxic chemicals that have been linked to causing cancer.
Other than displaying your favorite take-out menus on your refrigerator, magnets can be used in a number of surprisingly useful ways around the home.
Turn your refrigerator door into a mini-garden by scooping out the top of a wine cork, adding a small air plant, and then hot gluing a small magnet on the back of your wine cork. Just make sure to mist the air plant with water every week to keep it green and healthy.
Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are great for making sure that your bathroom floor doesn't collect water, but eventually you'll want to replace them. When you do, the old one can be repurposed for a number of practical uses around the house and outdoors.
For a low-maintenance houseplant with infinite decorating possibilities, look no further than Tillandsia, an epiphytic genus commonly known as air plants. Air plants absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves and do not need to be planted in soil to stay alive.
Sometimes, raising your self-esteem is a matter of sticking to basic self-care routines like exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep. Once you have that down, you can then move onto other productive mindsets and rituals, like setting realistic goals for yourself and exploring hobbies, activities, and communities that interest you the most.
More and more studies prove that sitting for long hours at your desk job is detrimental to your health in the long run. To decrease the health risks of chronic sitting, you need to learn how to sit properly so that you aren't setting yourself up for long-term back pain and other serious health problems.
Inflammation in your body is not a bad thing if it is localized and temporary, as it is your body's natural healing response to an injury or illness. When the inflammatory response does not turn off and becomes chronic, that is when your body's healthy cells and tissues are in danger of long-term damage.
Disposable shower caps are great for keeping your hair dry while showering, and they are also perfect for covering your hair during a DIY house painting job.
Smell some mint leaves or drink peppermint tea the next time you feel the urge to snack on unhealthy junk food or overindulge during a meal. Studies have shown that the scent and flavor of mint and peppermint leaves are known for suppressing your appetite and making you feel less hungry.
Whether you know you have gluten sensitivity or simply want to see how you feel if you cut wheat products completely out of your diet, going gluten-free is actually not as difficult as you would think.
An estimated 19 million American adults live with depression, a mood disorder which causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Are you experiencing difficulties falling asleep? Brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea. Or if you have difficulty feeling hungry when you should be eating, stimulate your appetite with a cup of dandelion tea.
While having multiple cable cords in your home is basically unavoidable in this day and age, having to deal with the eyesore of looking at them doesn't have to be.