Recycled Furniture Ideas

There is a lot of campaign going on around the world for recycled stuff. Recycling is often, if not always, a great idea. Not only does it save you money, but it also challenges your creativity and best of all, it’s the more earth-friendly option.

When it comes to furniture, we can’t deny the fact that many furniture pieces are often pricey, most especially for those with tight budgets. If you are a creative soul, you might entertain the idea of recycling another man’s trash and turn it into your treasure.

Here are some of what others recycled and came up with:


10 Homemade Natural Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Kitchen is the place where we prepare and cook food. It must be clean and tidy all the time. Here are the ten simple tips and recipes for a dirt-free kitchen:

  1. Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

What you need are just orange peels, salt, vinegar, and water. It’s very simple. First, you need to cut the orange peels and fill it in an empty container. Add some salt and let them sit for 20-30 minutes. Fill the containers with vinegar and water and put a tight fitting lid on your jars. Then, let them sit for 2-3 weeks. After that, strain the solution, fill a spraying bottle and it’s ready to use!

  1. Green Drain Cleaner

You only need two things: baking soda and vinegar. Find the horrible-smelling drains in your kitchen and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Then, pour some vinegar on top of it. You will see bubbles as you put the vinegar. Let it stay for an hour, then rinse it with boiling water. You see, it will make a big difference in your kitchen.

  1. Homemade Soft-Scrubber

First, you need to prepare a 2-3 cup food container, 1 ½ cups baking soda and ½ cup eco-friendly liquid laundry detergent. Place the liquid detergent in a bowl. Add the baking soda and stir. Keep adding the baking soda until you get the right consistency (same with cake frosting). If needed, you can add a little water. Then you already have your DIY kitchen scrub! You just scoop out a little of it onto a clean rag and wipe your kitchen sink. After which, use a dry cloth to dry and shine it. It will give glow to your kitchen.

  1. The Magic Cleaner

Just combine the three ingredients: 12 oz. of white vinegar, 12 oz. of dish soap, and 12 oz. of laundry detergent. Put them in a spray bottle and spray it whenever needed. The laundry detergent is optional. It is there to cover the smell of the vinegar.

  1. Homemade Dishwasher Powder

Do you know that you can use borax and baking soda in washing dishes? Yes! You can! Just use 1 tbsp borax and 1 tbsp baking soda per load. It will remove the stains on your plates and to leave a good smell, use a commercial rinse agent. If not available, you can also use vinegar to rinse.

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  1. Microwave Cleaner

No need for scrubbing, brushing, or exerting too much effort! What you need to do is just place ½ of a lemon in a small bowl of water and microwave it for 30 seconds. Open the door and wipe with a dry cloth. That’s all!

  1. Liquid Dish Soap

You need ½ cup liquid castile soap, 1/8 cup water, 4 drops of essential oil scent and 1 tsp vinegar. Just mix everything and store it in a tight-lid bottle.

  1. Foaming Hand Soap

Just mix 2-3 tsps of liquid castile soap and water in a foam dispenser and shake it thoroughly. Then, you’re good. It’s easy and really affordable.

  1. Natural Stove Cleaner

You need 4 parts baking soda and 1 part washing soda. Store them in a container and shake to mix. This will help you in getting rid of those unwanted grease.

  1. Natural Brass Cleaner

You can now clean the kitchen utensils made of brass by a simple homemade brass cleaner. How to make one is simple. Just squeeze half a lemon into a mixing bowl, add baking soda and stir the mixture until it creates a well scented paste. Use a soft cloth and apply it on. Then rinse off the paste and dry.

Tips On Preparing To Sell Your House

Planning to sell your house?

It sure isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. However, if you take some important steps in preparing your home, you can greatly improve the chances of your home being sold in record time.

Here are some steps you might want to consider in preparing your home for sale:

1. Clean your home.
Give your home a very thorough clean. Pay attention to the tile grout in the kitchen and bathroom. Remove those cobwebs hanging from the ceiling in and out of the house. Polish the door knobs, faucets, sinks and everything else that needs to be polished. If the job is too monumental for you to tackle, consider hiring help in cleaning the property.


2. Declutter.
If you are preparing your home to be photographed by the real estate people, make your home as neat as possible. You can temporarily store away the unnecessary mess from the countertops and tables in a few boxes and hide that in a closet, storage room, or even under the bed. If you can temporarily move out huge, unimportant pieces of furniture, do it. You’d want your rooms to look more spacious in photos. And you’d want buyers to see the beauty of your home, and not be distracted by your home’s mess.

3. Paint the walls in neutral colors if necessary.
Not everyone will love your daughter’s bright pink bedroom wall, or your dramatic red living room wall. Best to have those walls in neutral colors and leave it as a blank canvas for future new homeowners to personalize.

4. Make sure your home smells good.
When prospective buyers are scheduled to visit, avoid cooking or preparing food with strong smells, get rid of the garbage, and open windows to let some fresh air in. Avoid masking odors with air fresheners, in case some people are allergic or do not like strong scents.

5. Finish repairs and other home improvement projects.
Complete all necessary repairs and any home improvement projects you have started.

6. Have proper lighting.
Draw the curtains open to let some natural lighting in. If that is not enough, consider turning on the indoor lights. Buyers want to have a good look at what they’re planning to buy, so help them conveniently do that.

7. Hide your personal items.
You’ll want the buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home, so make it easy for them to do that by moving as much personal items (such as family photos, children’s artworks, etc.) out of sight as possible.


8. Make the toilet and bath presentable.
Get rid of those floor/wall/toilet bowl stains, if possible. Close the toilet lid. Empty the garbage. Hide the countertop mess (such as cosmetics, toothbrushes, toothpastes, etc.) Get rid of dirty clothes and towels, put some fresh bath mats and towels (in coordinating colors, if possible). Wipe the mirrors and glasses clean. Bring in a nice and small potted plant (with a clean or covered pot) if that’s available. Make sure these areas are free of bad odors.

9. Check outdoors.
Get out of the house and look at it from the road. Imagine yourself as the buyer, seeing the house for the first time. If there’s anything unappealing (such as weeds, messy shrubs, toys littering on the lawn, loose pavers, etc.), do something about it. Make your home look inviting for the prospective buyers to come in. The first impression of the house goes a long way.