Have Your Own Home Signature Scent

  1. You know how realtors always recommend that you bake cookies when your home is on show. This scent apparently triggers off warm and homely associations for someone entering. 
  2. Well today’s tip is a similar idea except that you can concoct a specific fragrance to suit your taste:
  3. You will need:
  4. Mason jar, a small saucepan or pot and water
  5. Then, from the list below, select a fragrance you wish your home to have and collect the relative ingredients:
  6. Coconut Bay: 1 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 sliced lime
  7. Orange Amaretto: 1 sliced orange, 1 tablespoon almond extract
  8. Regal Cream: Bergamot tea (Earl Grey), 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. Instructions:
  10. Step 1: Fill your pot with water about 3/4 the way full, a small saucepan is recommended.
  11. Step 2: Add the ingredients of your chosen scent recipe. Cut any fruits and place in water, add spices, extracts and herbs.
  12. Step 3: Bring the water to the boil.
  13. Step 4: As soon as it reaches the boiling point, reduce to low heat and simmer.
  14. Now,  gorgeously scented vapour will travel throughout your home, changing the scent signature and overpowering other smells in your home. 
  15. For a visual demonstration of how to do this watch this YouTube clip:
  16. Thanks for the tip Melissa Maker
  17. For more ways to care for your home visit handyandy.mobi
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Non-Toxic Blood Stain Removal

  1. Blood has got to be one of the most difficult stains to remove. Never mind trying to all be eco-friendly about it.
  2. Well Pat Barton has the solution for us:
  3. “On washable, sponge the stain with cold salted water, then soak and wash the garment with biological detergent.”
  4. “On non-washable, sponge the stain with ammonia solution (15 millilitres ammonia to 500 millilitres water)
  5. Thanks for the tip Pat
  6. For more eco-friendly stain removal solutions visit handyandy.mobi
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For a Pest-Free Perimeter

  1. There are a lot of upsides to summer weather but one in particular is dinning outside under a beautiful summer sky.
  2. There’s just one problem though …
  4. Flies, gnats, mosquitoes are such pesky, persistent little pests that seem to be set out on ruining your perfect day in the garden. 
  5. @Harry_Styles I’m sitting in my garden getting attacked by bugs….help me Harry!!
  6. I usually like it out here in the garden but it feels like bugs are in my hair yuck
  7. Here’s a simple way to set up a pest free perimeter:
  8. Fill up clear plastic bags with water, tie them closed and place them on tables, or around your deck.
  9. But make sure the water bags are placed where they can catch sunlight. The light hitting the water creates a prism that confuses flies and other bugs ensuring a bug-free zone! (You can add a couple coins to the bags to increase the prism effect)
  10. Pretty cool right? Now just make sure that when you are done in the garden that you remove the water bags. We don’t want to leave plastic bags outside that could harm birds or any other animals that might come into contact with them.
  11. Thanks for the tip Nicole Crowley
  12. For more natural ways to keep pest from bugging you visit handyandy.mobi
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A Serious Shoe Shine

  1. Stocking up on school supplies is an expensive ordeal.
  2. Holy Crap kids are expensive. New school shoes, some extra books, etc etc. When is payday again? #schoolstuff
  3. and school shoes are a particularly costly school necessity.
  4. So it goes without saying that the longer these items last the better it is on your pocket.
  5. So here’s the best polishing technique to keeping shoes in top condition all year:
  6. Step 1: Using your trusted Handy Andy cream and warm water clean off any excess grit and grime from the shoes.
  7. Step 2: Apply good quality polish evenly with brush over the whole shoe being careful not get polish on the bottom of the sole
  8. Step 3: Give them a few moments to dry. Then run some cold water over the bristles of a brush and lightly scrub the whole shoe to semi harden the polish (buffing.)
  9. Step 4: Wrapping a cold dampened cloth around your index and middle fingers rub in a circular motion focusing on areas like the toe and heal.
  10. Step 5: Finish off with a clean dry soft cloth polishing them over.
  11. Teach this technique to your kids and have them do it every early evening. This not only teaches them the value of taking care of their possessions but gives them a sense of pride and responsibility. Plus it keeps those kicks in top condition ALL year round, which is great on your pocket.
  12. For more cleaning tips and techniques visit handandy.mobi
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A Natural Pest Prevention

  1. Today’s tip is for all those terrified of spiders creeping into their home.
  2. So I guess my other favorite is finding out that spiders hate Peppermint
  3. Guess what essential oil fills my garage and door frames??? You can put it in a squirt bottle with a little water or use it straight! Bye bye chemicals!!!
  4. I going to let you all into a little arachnid secret. 
  5. Spiders HATE peppermint!
  6. So, to keep those little beasties far from your home just fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil mixed with water and spray every door and wooden frame or any little crevice that they could creep through. 
  7. Now you can sleep better at night knowing that NO spider will cross the peppermint forcefield that you have created!
  8. Thanks for the tip Julie
  9. For more natural pest preventing techniques and tips visit handandy.mobi
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Homemade Dental Care

  1. Trips to the dentist are never fun, especially when you have to endure the discomfort of having excess plaque build up cleaned off. 
  2. Well then you are going to love today’s tip.
  3. Tea Tree Toothpaste:
  4. Sprinkle a drop of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your regular tooth paste. It doesn’t taste very nice but you do eventually get used to it especially when you see the  the benefits. 
  5. This makes your teeth so clean and smooth feeling. It is so good for your gums and heals them if you suffer from sore gums. 
  6. Now with far less plaque built up to you will be happy to know that your next trip to the dentist will not only be pain-free to you but to your pocket as well!
  7. Thanks for the tip Brenda Larwell
  8. For more great tips and tricks to help out the home and family visit handyandy.mobi
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Vinegar Socks To Bring Down a Fever

  1. Today’s tip may just sound like a ridiculous old wife’s tale but people are swearing by this old school remedy to curb a baby’s fever:
  2. Vinegar Socks:
  3. Yes, you read correctly. 
  4. When you have a baby or small child who has a very high fever and medication just won’t bring it down. 
  5. Take a pair of white socks, soak them in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Put them on the childs feet and wrap the feet in a towel. 
  6. Wait till socks have dried, if fever is still high, repeat. 
  7. Thanks for the tip Betty Bergeson
  8. For more tried and tested techniques to help out around the home visit handyandy.mobi
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