Creative Planters Made From an Old Junk

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Sometimes we keeps our junk and we don’t know what we can do with it. Until out of space. Here’s some ideas of upcycled creative planters that are very easy.

Upcycled Baby Food Jar

Trust me that you won’t regret of keeping your old food jars in your kitchen. It will be very usefull and you will love the way and it look afterward.

You can use your jars for a vase, planter, candle holder, or even a combination. You can hang it outside or inside according to your preference. You can even change the size. Super easy to personalize to fit your needs and space limitations.

Get your jar and wash it clean. You can paint the jar with your favourite color or you can use marker/pens/glitter to draw, decor the jar however you love to. Ribbon can make your jar more pretty too.

So now you have made this little beauty, and it’s time for you to have a fun filling the jars. There’s many options, you can fill anything in it. Flowers for instance, cut some geraniums and flowers from your yard and placed them in water on the top. If you willing to plant it, geraniums are great to put in the jars filled with water because the cutting root in water. Once they grown some roots, you can plant them in the jars on the bottom in soil. Once they grow even bigger you can transfer to the bigger pots or bigger containers and placed them back to your yard.

It’s a great idea too to make tea light candles. You just need to fill the jars with the candles you like. This will be a great decoration for backyard barbecue or evening fire with your friends or family or even for little ambiance in your home.

There are so many things that you can do with this, just be creative and save those adorable baby food jars!!

Recycled Cans

Next to plastic, food cans are one of the top things that make us wonder what else can be done with them. Start saving them for crafty and useful project.

Clean, peel the labels off, spray paint, organize and glue together old cans into interesting shapes for art. Turn tin cans into wall art for instance, after cleaned up arrange to make an abstract shape glue them together with super glue, let it dry and then stick it on a wall with some screws through the bottom of the wall anchors.

Use for pencil holder, bathroom storage, office storage, remote holder, make up brush holder, or any other storage. After cleaned, spray paints cans or use of scrapbook paper, cut and glue on the cans, label for sharp dull, pencil, crayon etc.

Doesn’t it cute and fabulous, you’ll never look at tin cans the same way again!

Say Goodbye to Unclog Shower Drain - How to Unclog a Shower Drain

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It’s the worst feeling when you were in the middle of a hot shower and suddenly the water not going down the drain like its supposed to be. And when you are panic, it’s often you lost your mind. Don’t know what you need to do. But there is a way to fix clogged drains straightaway.

Learning how to unclog a shower drain is very doable. Taking care of clogs promptly is the best action when considering the health and long-term quality of your plumbing fixtures. And standing water can be a prime for bacteria growth, mildew and even bugs. And the most important is, no one ever likes seeing standing water. Because it’s so dirty and yuck !!!

Here how to unclog it :

First remove blockage that can be safely grabbed with your hands. Don’t forget wear your gloves. If the water a lot and after you clean the blockage still can’t eliminating the water, grab a plunger and then place the opening of the plunger fully around the drain creating a seal. Make sure the drain is all covered, otherwise it won’t allow the proper air movement. With both hands, push and pull. Both direction will help the process. Remove the plunger and test the drain. Repeat if it necessary. You can also boil a water and slowly pour it down to the clogged drain as far as it goes.

Secondly you can use a smart DIY of baking soda and vinegar that most likely hanging out somewhere in your pantry. Simple, just dust the baking soda into the open drain and allow to sit for few minutes. And then slowly pour vinegar down the drain, enjoying the fizziness that occurs when baking soda meets vinegar. Hopefully it will loosen all up for a final flush. Pour the very hot water down to the drain to remove the sitting vinegar. Repeats if it necessary.

Most people might just pour a gallon of boiling water down to the drain. This occasional chore helps loosen any hair or gunk clogging the main pathway and pushes it down.

Just make sure to clean your shower drain daily. Remove any hair from the drain after you shower. This keeps your drain sparkling and squeaky-clean.

Note: Seek professional if it failed.

How to Clean Cork Floors

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Protecting cork floor is part of knowing how to clean it. Place a doormat outside, make sure it don’t have any rubber bottoms as it can trap moisture. Rattan or any other material with no backing are the best. But like all floors it requires periodic cleaning and sealing. Here we share how to clean cork floors.

Alike like hardwood and laminate floors, sweep and vacuum your floor daily. Because dirt and debris can scratch the floor. As it can damage the finish, please try to use a brush attachment not a beater bar attachment. Mix a mild cleaning solution of five drops of liquid dish detergent and one gallon or 3.79L of warm water. Avoid ammonia-based product or abrasive cleaners and stronger solution as it can caused streaking.

Use a soft mop to spread the cleaner. Wring out the mop after each dip in the water. Too much water can damage the floor by seeping between the tiles and making the tiles swell. It may separate and leave gaps between the tiles after it dry. Damp a dry mop to excess water. Because excess water will encourage mould to grow. Clean up spills immediately, as cork is porous and will soak up liquids quickly, staining the surface.

Allow the floor to air dry. Wipe the floor with soft and dry cloth to remove excess moisture, when you finished mopping.

For tough stains, scrub with a fine grain steel wood pad. Note down that the most important part of knowing how to clean a cork floor is NOT USING TOO MUCH WATER. As it will ruin your floor no steam cleaner is suggested, it may put too much water on the floor.

You’ll need to reseal your cork floors in every several years. Protecting from scratching and dirt you can use polyurethane. You’ll need to reapply wax once or twice a year. Make sure to remove older coats of wax before resealing. You can buff it off with mineral spirits. DO NOT USE PASTE WAX.

How to Clean Wood Cabinet

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As we are cooking everyday and anytime kitchen will get dirty easily with no time. Especially if you have kids, your 6 years old helps you to make a juice that end up splitting all everywhere on your kitchen’s cabinet. But don’t worry you can fight the grime, grease and grunge. Make your cabinet look best with this simple way and you can make your own cleaners  from your kitchen desk too. Easy, effective and affordable.

Vinegar, salt, lemon, vegetable oil and baking soda. These ingredients guaranteed will always found in the kitchen. To clean the greasy cabinet, use vinegar. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and then put into a spray bottle. Simple, just mist it onto the cabinet and let it sit for few minutes and then use the soft cloth to wipe. If it extremely grimy, add some liquid dishwashing into it.

Basically cleaning the wood kitchen cabinets are the same, no matter what you cleaner you are using. Wipe the cleaner on the drawer pulls and door handles. To scrub the hardware you can use toothbrush. Use a second cloth or sponge dipped in clean water to remove the cleaner from all surfaces and finally wipe dry with clean cloth.

Make a paste of vinegar and salt to clean the stubborn stains. Like stain of syrup and chocolate or so on. Use a toothbrush and then slightly scrub the stained areas. If you afraid of scratching the wood, you can use steel wool #0000. Use clean water and cloth to rinse off the paste and wipe dry.

Alternatively you can also put baking soda on a wet cloth or sponge and scrub the stains. Be gentle even it is a stain because you don’t want to scratch the wood cabinet surface. After all clean, you can mix vegetable oil and vinegar in equal portions like 50/50. Apply lightly on the cabinet  surfaces and then rub it with soft and clean cloth. Buff till it shines. No more grease and grimy kitchen.

Enjoy !!!

How to Clean Rust

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Rust can happen on tools, kitchenware, outdoor furniture, a car or anything made from metal. Especially when you let the water sits on it for too long, it will easily get ugly and damaging rust. But not to worries you can use your common ingredients in your kitchen to remove those rust. Here’s some tips for you to just look and grab what you have in your kitchen.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice and salt will always sit in your kitchen. What you need to do is, rub salt on all the rusted areas you want to clean. Once it coated, cut a lemon in half and squeeze its juice onto the salt. Let the salt and the lemon juice mixture remain on the item for two hours, and then scrub it off. For stubborn stains, you can use steel wool or a scouring pad. But if you don’t want to scratch the metal, you can use cloth. The acid in lemon is well-known natural cleaner.

Lemon juice also suitable for removing rust from fabrics. For the carpet for instance, put lemon juice on the rust stain and then sprinkle cream of tartar onto the top of the juice. Rub in the solution and let it sit on the stain until the rust gone. Rinse with clean water and soak up excess water with towel. The citric acid will take the rust off.

Baking Soda

Pour baking soda in a bowl and then add enough water to make a paste. Apply it to the rusted area, let it sit for a couple of hours. Use a toothbrush to scrub off the paste. Rinse with clean water and dry the area with towel. 

From all above ingredients vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners around. To remove rust from small item like knives and hand tools, just soak them in a bowl of vinegar, and let it sit overnight. In the next morning remove the item and scrub with metal brush or steel wool. Rinse with clean water and dry with towel. If there’s any large or wide items, you can use a cloth. Soak the cloth in the vinegar and wrap around the rusted area, let it sit for overnight and scrub. Even its slow method for cleaning the rust but it work well.

 So Enjoy and no more rusted tools at home !!

How To Make A Swing From an Old Skateboard

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Wanted to share an idea how to make a comfortable swing made from an old recycle skateboard deck. An awesome design that suitable for children and adults.

Suppliers :
1.Recycle an Old Skateboard Deck
  Make sure you have a strong deck that can hold your weight.
2.½“ Diameter Rope
  You can use 50‘ of ½“ diameter polypropylene rope or use it as needed.
3.Carabiniers and Rope Clamps
Use the hardware to make the attachment point for hanging the swing.
4.1¼ Diameter Dowel
  This Dowel is used to make handles that keep ropes from getting tangled.
5.Minwax Polypropylene Spray
  Minwax polypropylene spray is used to seal the wooden handles.

Tools :
1.18 volt Cordless Drill
2.18 volt Circular Saw ( with plywood blade)

Step :
1.Drill holes in the skateboard deck
Measure in 1½“ from the edge of the skateboard and mark it as the center for drilling ½ diameter holes.
2.Mark, drill, and cut them handles
Use the holes in  skateboard to mark the drill location on the dowel then drill and cut the handles for the swing. Make sure the length of the handles equals to the width of the board.
3.Sand and spray
Sand down the dowel handles and then to seal them spray with a coat of polythene.
4.Cut the rope
Cut the rope into two equal length pieces. Pay attention on it, to make sure it is equal.
5.Make a loop
Use the clamps to make a loop in the center of each piece
6.String and knot the rope
 the ends through the holes in the handles and tie a loose knot behind them and then run the ends through the skateboard and tie a knot behind it. Try to keep the knots loose so that you can adjust it easily later.
7.Hang and adjust the swing
Hang the swing to sturdy support and level the board and handles by adjusting the knots. When its in the right place, tighten it and you are ready to rock !!!

Please make sure the utilise ropes and hardware are appropriate for structural applications and that appropriate knots are secure to all parts of the swing.
Enjoy !!