Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to make a food/fruit dryer from a dorm fridge using recycled materials

How to make a food/fruit dryer from a dorm fridge using recycled materials.
Material list:
-dorm/bar fridge
-base from slow cooker/crock pot (found at dump)
-110V fan (though a 12V should work as well but then you'd need a power supply as well)
-thermostat assembly from an electric stove (found at dump) (save all the screws you take out to get the back of the stove and use them to mount the shelves etc.)
-neon indicator lights from same stove
-racks/shelves from old stove/fridge
-piece of aluminum angle cut into +/- 1" pieces for rack hangers
-on/off switch (a regular house light switch would work as well, but not as cool..)
-misc. wire, crimp terminals and wire nuts and misc. fasteners
-Mylar sheet/aluminum foil
-aluminum tape, duct tape
-screen material to cover vents and lay on racks
-And of course, some fruit to dry

Tool list
-wire strippers/crimpers
-drill, bits, holesaw
-utility knife
-And most important, basic common sense and the humility to ask for advice when needed.

Step 1: Remove freezer and controls

Remove the freezer compartment and controls from the inside and the compressor etc. from the back. Keep the fridge power cord for the new set-up.
Cut around the door shelf to remove it and using a fishing wire leader or piano wire or a guitar string slipped in through the cut at the top, saw downward and cut the foam and remove door shelve
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider, Extremely Dangerous, contains 9 poisons, similar to rattlesnake venom. Self Treatment - Stage 1 - If you've been bitten by this spider (or any spider), the 1st thing you should do is apply activated charcoal directly to wound (keep in medicine cabinet for poison emergencies). You can find it in capsules sold at health food stores, or you can buy it in the aquarium dept. of a grocery store. Charcoal must be finely ground before it's used. Apply thick paste to bite area.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Recipe

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them cleanly.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

25 Tips You Can Clean with Salt, Dryer Sheets, and Other Common Household Items

Here's the secret though; it's not magic. It's not even hard. Necessity is the mother of invention, and I'm going to show you how to make those reinventions rock! 
Here are 25 surprising ways to clean, using things already in your house.

1. Stains at the bottom of coffee cups or pots are problematic, but using a citrus peel to rub salt into the bottom can get them out.
2. Has your iron seen better days? Sprinkle salt on a piece of plain paper and then run your steamless iron over it to get rid of the hard water and other stains on the bottom.
3. Cast iron skillets can be cleaned with salt and a soft sponge; Salt is an abrasive that removes the gunk while preserving the pan.
4. If you happen to get spills in the bottom of your oven when a casserole bubbles over, pour table salt on the mess to soak it up. When the oven cools, you will be able to wipe it up with a damp sponge.  (Using an old baking sheet under your casserole dish to catch the spills is another way to repurpose the baking sheet and prevent the mess in the first place.)
5. Use baby shampoo to clean make-up brushes. A few dabs of shampoo mixed with water does the trick.
6. Cotton swabs at the bottom of your make-up bag or purse will absorb spills. (Make sure to replace them as you don't want a bunch of gunky cotton swabs at the bottom of your purse.)
7. Acetone or fingernail polish remover is great for removing "permanent" marker stains and the like. It is also great for getting sticky residue from labels off of surfaces.
8. I love in-house, do-it-yourself painting jobs and I've found that oil removes paint from hands. Rub some on after painting and then wash with soap.
9. Stainless steel sparkles with a little oil on it -- just put some on a rag and rub  down with the grain. See how pretty?
10. Throw dryer sheets in your shoes or gym bag to get them to smell fresher. When the fresh scent is gone, you can reuse them as dust rags.
11. Dryer sheets don't actually clean your faucets, but they do make them nice and shiny after you clean them.  Rub a dryer sheet on a dry faucet for maximum shine.
12. To deodorize a food container or a lunchbox, ball up newspaper and place it in the container; then find the lid and cover, and let it sit overnight to soak up moisture.
13. Pour equal parts water and vinegar into your coffemaker's water chamber. Switch on the brew cycle, but stop it halfway through. Let the water-vinegar mixture sit for about an hour and then complete the cycle.  Run a few more cycles of plain water and your coffee maker is brewing fresh cups of coffee again.
14. You can run a half a cup of vinegar through the reservoir of your dishwasher and run an empty load or put a small bowl full of vinegar in a load by itself.  Voila!  You've now cleaned your dishwasher.
15. Ounce of prevention? You can get rid of mineral deposits on your iron by filling it with equal parts vinegar and water; then press steam, let cool, empty and rinse.
16. To unclog a drain, pour half a box of baking soda down your drain. Then take half a cup or so of vinegar and pour it in. Get an old rag and stuff it into the drain so that the chemicals will mix without backing up into your sink.  Give it thirty minutes and then slowly pour a kettle of hot water into the drain (you can use the hot water you made when cleaning the coffee maker, you multi-tasker, you!).
17. Rinse your glasses with hot water with about a cup of vinegar mixed in. Spotless.
18. Dip your showerhead in pure vinegar to get rid of mineral stains. You can either remove your shower head for this, or repurpose a plastic bag or two, filling them with vinegar and knotting so that the shower head sits in the vinegar overnight.
19. You can mix vinegar with water or just use it straight for extra-clean windows. Another tip: wipe it off with newspaper.  Can you say, "Streak free in 2012"?
20. Odors in your upholstery?  Sprinkle a little baking soda on the item (or a lot, depending on the odor) and after half an hour or so vacuum.
21.. Crayon marks on the walls? Make a paste out of equal parts water and baking soda and scrub the walls with it. (Be careful: Some brightly colored walls will become dull if you scrub too hard. Test in a small, out-of-the-way area first.)
22. Baby wipes can be used to get deodorant stains out of your favorite black shirts and dresses.
23. Old pillow cases can be used to clean your ceiling fan.  Put the case over the blade and then pull the case back towards you, wiping the blade.  The dust accumulates in the case, not on your floors - or your head, mouth, hair...
24. The mesh bag that your potatoes and onions come in can be used as a scouring pad.  Just add warm water and elbow grease and you have got yourself a handy way to save money and the planet.
25. Citrus peels can be used to deodorize garbage disposals. Just throw the peel in and freshness is yours.
Now, look at you!  Your house is cleaner and fresher and you didn't even have to go any further than your own super creative house.  There are plenty of expensive things out there that do the same jobs, but what's right under your own roof is always Good Enough!
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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir...It is a natural remedy for heartburn, helps clear up skin conditions and acne, promotes digestion and will keep you regular, helps control weight, can help regulate blood sugar, helps reduce sinus infections and sore throats and can help ease menstrual cramps. It is rich in enzymes and potassium.

recipe :

Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir:
  • 1 1/2 cup of cold filtered water
  • 2 tbs of apple or grape juice
  • 2 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of stevia (powdered) if using liquid you only need a few drops.
* I only suggest using raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Place all the ingredients together in a glass and stir until it is all mixed together. You can add a little ice if you like, and drink!
This tastes sweet and delicious! If you try this--please come back and let me know what you think.

How to Treat Acne in 4 Days With the Help of Banana Peels

What makes bananas priceless in the fight against acne is the potassium and the antioxidants housed within their peel. They have the ability to drastically reduce skin irritation, swelling and redness, as well as to diminish the visibility of scars.

So, right now you are just 5 steps away from an acne-free face:
  1. Eat a ripe banana (you know how beneficial they are for your overall health, don't you?)
  2. Cut a small piece of the peel (approximately 1,5 inch).
  3. Rub the inside of the peel gently over the irritated area. Rub for about 5 minutes or until the inside of the peel gets brown. Replace and throw away the banana peel once it is entirely brown.
  4. Clean the skin around with lukewarm water but let the banana dry out on the affected area to do its magic.
  5. Repeat at least 3 times a day.
Apply daily to visibly reduce your acne. You will be surprised by the fast and glorious results and the clear skin you will be awarded with just a few days later. In fact, you will see the first results just overnight. 

After we discovered banana peels at home we waved goodbye to all commercial anti-acne treatments.



HOMEADE LAVENDER BATH SALT 4 cups Epson salt 1 cup course ground sea salt ( preferably Dead Sea Salt ) 1 to 2 tsp. glycerin ( optional) 30 - 40 drops of essential oil ( aromatherapy kind ) 1 cup baking soda 1 cup ground ( powdered ) oatmeal ( optional )