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Sea salt is kind of pretentious because it’s better than all other salts. If salts were fonts, sea salt would be Helvetica and table salt would be Old English (can you say douchebag?). There isn’t much of a difference, but sea salt is a more natural substance that comes from the sea (duh) rather than the ground, with minimal processing before it hits store shelves. It is made of bigger chunks, meaning it tastes better (and you can use less) and is great for non-food uses, such as cleaning and beauty. Not only do I sprinkle sea salt on baked goods, but I’ve also used it to clean my oven and added it to a homemade body scrub.
Here are my top 20 uses for sea salt.
1. Calm psoriasis and skin inflammation in a sea salt bath or body scrub.
2. After a workout, add to a warm bath to soothe muscles and aches.
3. Add to a facial or skin scrub to slough away dead skin and improve its tone.
4. Sprinkle on baked goods (brownie bites or any other chocolate dessert are a fave) for a light contrast of sweet and salty flavors.
5. Sprinkle on thick meat filets to enhance the flavor and absorption of your marinade.
6. Sprinkle on sliced cucumbers for a fresh, crunchy summer snack. Then dip them in ranch dressing, duh!
7. Add to water when making hardboiled eggs to make them easier to peel (although I prefer the oven method, this still works great).
8. Mix with cinnamon for an easy, natural oven cleaning scrub.
9. Mix with soda water for a refrigerator cleaner.
10. Mix with turpentine for a bathroom and shower cleaner.
11. Relieve a sore throat by gargling sea salt with warm water.
12. Heal fresh body piercings with a warm water and sea salt solution.
13. Fade bruises by soaking a washcloth in a sea salt and warm water solution and applying it to the bruise for a minute or two.
14. Remove blood, red wine, and perspiration stains on clothes by scrubbing with sea salt and hot water.
15. Whiten your clothes by boiling them in water, baking soda, and sea salt for an hour. Follow up by washing them as normal.
16. Brighten your teeth by brushing them with one part sea salt and 2 parts baking soda.
17. Alleviate the pain of a bug bite or sting by soaking it in a warm water and sea salt solution.
18. Rinse your sinus cavities with sea salt and warm water in a Neti Pot.
19. Add one eighth of a teaspoon of a sea salt to a glass of water on really hot days to decrease dehydration.
20. Volumize your hair by mixing one part hair conditioner with one part sea salt, coating your strands with it, leaving it on for 20 minutes, and rinsing.
Life is a complicated thing and it involves so many aspects that you often find it very hard to manage with everything, that can come on your way. It is very difficult to decide what needs more attention and what to put on first place. Should this be the home and the order in it or you better pay more attention to the work and your career, that will let you earn more and have better life? Or is it good to go out with friends, when your children are hoping to spend a little time together with you?
There are so many choices and so many things to do, that sometimes when you take a look around you, you will find yourself piled up with unnecessary things and living in nice huge messy place, when you can not find anything that you need.
In this situation you will probably need few advices to put everything back in order, so you do not get lost in all these. You should know that the hurry will not save you time. Just the opposite you will feel under pressure all the time and you will be forgetting important things because you are short of time. So whatever you do, do it slowly for as much time as it takes and give good thinking, so you will not need to do it twice.
A good place to start from can be your desk, no matter if this will be the one in your home or the one at the office. Get rid of every paper or papers that you no longer need, but have stayed on your desk for so long and have piled up with other documents. Make sure you have thrown away everything that you no longer need, because if you leave it for a little more, surely soon you will have the same piles again.
Wipe up the dust, because it creates very ugly look. It will not take much time, but the result will be very good.
Check your drawers and sort your stuff. Make sure you have opened any closet in your house and you have put everything in order and again make sure you have got rid of everything unnecessary.
Last but not least, put your thoughts in order as well. You have to be sure you know your priorities and what you can leave for later. Once you have established what is important for you, make sure you follow your system so you will not be in difficult situation or you lost your way and forgot what you should do first and what second. Get organized this way so you finish your work on time and have enough left for doing things you really enjoy.
Bio: Ella Andrews has been writing about home related matters since years. Home organizing and decorating are some of her favorite topics to treat in her work. She is constantly searching for motivation is house maintenance related matters. Find some more of her tips and advices here: www.removalsoffice.co.uk/man-and-van/SE19-van-hire-crystal-palace.html
There are two ways to do this:
1: Hang shower curtain rings from a clothes hanger and hang scarves through the shower curtain ring
2: Use white tape and make shower curtain rings as seen in the bottom row of the picture above taping each meeting to clothes hanger or shower curtain ring.
Rings can be found at a dollar store!
2. Soothe a sore throat; use 1 tsp of vinegar per glass of water, then gargle.
3. Fight dandruff; after shampooing, rinse hair with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
4. Remove warts; apply daily a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar and glycerin until they’re gone.
5. Cure an upset stomach; drink 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in one cup of water.
6. Polish chrome.
7. Keep boiled eggs from cracking; add 2 tbsp to water before boiling.
8. Clean deposits from fish tanks.
9. Remove urine stains from carpet.
10. Keep fleas off dogs; add a little vinegar to the dog’s drinking water.
11. Keep car windows from frosting up; use a solution of 3 oz. vinegar to 1 oz. water.
12. Clean dentures; soak overnight in vinegar and then brush.
13. Get rid of lint in clothes; add 0.5 cup vinegar to rinse cycle.
14. Remove grease from suede.
15. Kill grass on sidewalks and driveways.
16. Make wool blankets softer; add 2 cups distilled vinegar to rinse cycle.
17. Remove skunk odor from a dog; rub fur with full strength vinegar and rinse.
18. Freshen wilted vegetables; soak them in 1 tbsp vinegar and a cup of water.
19. Dissolve mineral deposits in drip coffee makers.
20. Deodorize drains; pour a cup down the drain once a week, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
21. Use as a replacement for a lemon; 0.25 tsp vinegar substitutes for 1 tsp of lemon juice.
22. Make rice fluffier; add 1 tsp of vinegar to water when it boils.
23. Prevent grease build-up in ovens; wipe oven with cleaning rag soaked in distilled vinegar and water.
24. Kill germs; mix a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
25. Clean a clogged shower head.; pour vinegar into a zip-lock bag and gang it around the shower head. let it soak overnight to remove any mineral deposits.
26. Shine patent leather.
27. Remove the smell from laundry that has been left in the washer too long; pour 1 cup of vinegar in with the load and rewash it.
28. Make propane lantern wicks burn longer/brighter; soak them in vinegar for 3 hours, let dry.
29. Act as an an air freshener.
30. Soften paint brushes; soak in hot vinegar then rinse with soapy water.
31. Remove bumper stickers and decals; simply cover them with vinegar-soaked cloth for several minutes.
32. Prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers; use 2 tbsp of vinegar and 3 tbsp of sugar per quart of warm water
33. Prevent Mildew; Wipe down shower walls with a vinegar solution.
34. Soften calloused feet; soak your feet in a mixture 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for 30 minutes then scrub them with a pumice stone. The dead skin should slough off easily.
35. Treat Acne; start with a solution of organic apple cider vinegar and water at a ration of 1:8, apply the toner to blemishes and leave on a minimum of 2 minutes.
Kitchen organizing is something we all do whenever we have to prepare a meal. Whether done consciously or without giving it too much thought it is something simply ingrained in our minds. If we want to keep our kitchen in a condition that helps instead of hindering our cooking efforts we need to have quite a few things done. Kitchen drawers are pretty much the most commonly-used area where we store the majority of what we need to do our job. Here are some tips on what you can do to keep things in order, adding functionality to your work space:
- Prepare a junk drawer
Making sure you have one drawer for all those little bits around your kitchen you’re not certain about will ensure you can deal with the clutter. These can be mostly things you haven’t used in over a year or the odd piece of clothing that must be turned into a cleaning rag.
- The spice drawer
Spices are essential to our cooking and that is why they deserve the preferential treatment. Having their own drawer will not only make it easier for you to find them, but it will also allow you to keep them out of sight. You can organize them by using special compartments for the spices with their own lids, where you can take as much as you need with a spoon or your fingertips. Alternately you can organize them with their bottles or spice jars if the depth of the drawer allows it.
- Utensil drawer
Utensils are something else we can’t do without and unless they are properly organized we will have to endure rifling through the contents of a single drawer, trying to dig out what we need. Luckily, there are plenty of organizers on the market that fit within most drawers in our kitchen furniture. Another alternative to that can be drawer dividers which allow us to compartmentalize the contents of our drawers according to our needs. They come in varying sizes that are affordable and easy to install.
- Pot and lid drawer
Depending on your furniture you might be blessed with deep, comfortable drawers. If you have these, then you can make use of that space in the best way possible. Stacking pots inside one another or side by side is not difficult, however the lids can become a problem if the space doesn’t allow them to stay without banging around. There are lid organizers on the market, which look pretty much the same way as a plate organizer. Make use of these when you are preparing for cleaning and organizing your N11 drawers.
Depending on the size of your drawer and the amount of canned sauces, food and other canned goodies you’re using you might be able to organize them very well. You can lay them down in separate lanes using dividers to keep several cans of a tomato sauce for example. If you feel creative you can emulate the can dispensers in stores and you can have a carpenter construct one of these for you. The use gravity to dispense individual cans, stopping them before they fall out with a little hooked end. These are sold as wire-rack varieties for cabinet or kitchen top use.
- Grains and beans drawer
You can make use of plastic containers to keep your rice, beans, lentils or any other types of grains or beans you’re cooking with often. This will allow you quick access as well as perfect organization through proper labeling. You can also put your salt, sugar, flour and other vital ingredients here or in a similar drawer.
Bio: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household cleaning and organizing field and therefore her present article treats exactly this theme.
What a great way to store your yard tools -and reuse something that might have just been thrown away. This is an old filing cabinet (a heavy duty one) that has been lightly sanded, primed and then painted. A Heavy coat of polyurethane has been added to protect from scratches – even those are inevitable in a garage. On each end a piece of pegboard has been attached to provide room for small tools to be hung. A piece of thick plywood has been attached to the bottom and wheels have been added. This will allow the piece to be moved around to clean and it won’t be sitting on the floor where it can easily rust.
This is such a great idea for a trashcan for your car. We used a large closeable cereal container ( we found a two gallon size) which has a closeable lid that snaps tight and has a wide base to help prevent a tip over. The lid pops off easily to empty and has a nice pop top to make throwing trash away a breeze.