DIY Weed Killer

Today I will share with you my homemade weed killer. This stuff doesn’t work as fast as the chemical sprays you can buy at the store, but its safer for your kids, pets, and environment! Also, its WAY cheaper and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.

Easy DIY Weed Killer

The salt and vinegar do the killing and the soap just helps the mixture stick to the leaves of the weeds. For my container, I use an old weed killer bottle. It holds the entire recipe and has a sweet battery operated spray nozzle. Be sure and write the contents on your container so that nobody mistakes it for another liquid. It’s not made with any chemicals, but you still shouldn’t leave in reach of pets or children. The smell would likely keep them away, but always better safe than sorry. This will kill all plants so don’t spray with reckless abandon, ok?

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my Weed Killer. Check out my Fruit and Veggie Wash, Disinfecting SprayDIY All Purpose Cleaner, and my Antibacterial Spray recipes while you are here.

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Roni

DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Today I would like to share my fruit and veggie wash with you all. It is SO easy to make at home and the store-bought stuff is very costly. Why don’t you try this out next time?

Fruit & Veggie Wash

I use this as a rinse for items I pull from my own garden, too. It gets any hitchhiking little buggers off your food – and does away with them. Plus, you need to be sure that no birds (or anything else) got into or onto your edibles. So get to washing!  If your fruit is floating you can use a small plate, as shown below, to hold the fruit under.

If you’d like a printable for this wash – here is a link Fruit & Veggie Wash.

If you missed them, check out my All Purpose Cleaning Spray, Antibacterial Spray, and my Disinfecting Spray recipes.

<3,
Roni

OPERATION: Springtail Shutdown

Ok, Dudes. I HATE bugs. Like really legit have a phobia. I trap them under cups and make the man get them and make them dead. If the man is not around, I maaaaay resort to chemicals, hairspray or fire. Or all of the above.  Almost had to with this little gem:

I never kill bugs in the outside or garden. No matter how gross, so simmer down soldiers. But come in my house, my territory, and its on little dudes, IT’S ON! Anywho my latest bugaboo is this crowd of nasty Springtails on some of my windowsills. Not in the bathroom or the sink where these moisture-loving teensy tiny buggers would normally hang out. They are coming in on my crank windows and under the doors (I think). According to Orkin they live outside in mulchy spots and eat decaying leaves. And, according to pretty much all of the people in the universe these are no big deal:
Vacuum them up” …
“When it rains more they will go back outside” …
“They don’t damage anything”

You overreact”

I disagree because, well, EW! I am not having it, they DO damage something. They damage my ability to be ZEN man! So, I am in the midst of executing a full blown attack, consisting of 5 missions. OPERATION: Springtail Shutdown is a-go, people!

Phase 1: Diatomaceous Earth was deployed on all of the sills. They used their trap-detecting pest radar to literally walk around the granules. Phase 1 was a complete failure. This is the first time the DE did not come through for me.

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This is the first time old faithful DE could not protect the territory.

Phase 2: All radiator covers were removed heating elements were vacuumed. Pipes were also checked for leaks all over the house. Sills were cleaned and disinfected to ensure death of everything. Initially an effective mission, but the enemy returned in droves in only two days time.

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Enemy scout tries to hide unnoticed, high above the sill.

Phase 3: All shrubbery was removed and trimmed and the lawn was cut waaaaaaay down around the house. A hose was called into action to power-wash the siding and nuke all bits of stuck-on organic materials from the fall that was leftover on on the back yard patio AstroTurf. The enemy took a hit that time. They fell way back. Only small band of revolutionary’s dared to return to the area. Most of the remaining enemy troops were found dead.

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A fallen enemy soldier.

Phase 4: The little bastard insurgents are rallying back in alarming numbers of 1-2 per sill. That’s just way too many. During the last few neutral territory sweeps on the exterior of the house, they were seen traveling in bands! Next weekend I will bring out the big gun and launch a series of caulk based missiles to the interior and exterior of the house.

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The “Big Gun” is ready and waiting.

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A battery of three types of assault missiles will be deployed next mission.

Phase 5: The damage to enemy troops will be assessed and then I will replace all of the weather stripping on the windows in hopes of sealing out the enemy FOREVER.

Wish me luck and ROGER THAT, nay-sayers, ROGER THAT!!! Please let me know if you found a way to combat these gross little nasties that is not outlined in my attack plan.

<3,
Roni

DIY Antibacterial Spray

This is a recipe for the Antibacterial Spray that I use at home. The  Disinfecting Spray is more for everyday sanitizing purposes, where this is for those funky sinks, doorknobs and toilet lids. Try neutralizing those nasty’s with this punched up spray. Most households apparently don’t need antibacterial sprays, but I use this Antibacterial Spray on anything that a sick person has come over and touched. (Use your noggin’ though. If someone has Strep or whatever please toss the toothbrushes and bust out the Lysol. This not going to be as effective as Lysol or bleach would be, but it is safer, gentler and will cover you in most antibacterial household situations.)

Antibacterial Spray

In the post about Disinfecting Spray, I talked briefly about the Lavender Essential Oil and its antimicrobial pow-pow on those germs. In this spray the heavy hitter is the Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree oil is widely known for its anti-EVERYTHING pow-pow. (Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal AND is claimed to have some anti-viral properties.) The only reason that I don’t use this stuff in place of the Disinfecting Spray altogether, is I plumb just don’t enjoy the smell of Tea Tree as much. Just like the Disinfecting Spray, it’s important to let it sit and work for a bit before you wipe dry. You won’t need to re-wash or rinse off with water. Just wipe dry with a clean cloth.

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my DIY Antibacterial Spray recipe. Check out my All Purpose Cleaning Spray and my Disinfecting Spray recipes while you are here.

Happy Cleaning!

<3,
Roni

DIY Disinfecting Spray

Hi everybody,
Here is the spray I use for disinfecting counters and sinks after I have got a real mess going on.

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Just mix the ingredients right in your spray bottle. I don’t really worry about leaching so I use plastic bottles for now. I go through cleaning products fast and already have the bottles, so I use ’em. I’d like to switch over one day though.

In the graphic above, I talk about the Lavender oil. Don’t skimp on that as Lavender Essential Oil is the component that really puts the antimicrobial pow-pow on those germs. Also, it’s important to let it sit and work for a bit before you wipe dry. You won’t need to re-wash or rinse off with water. Just wipe dry with a clean cloth and go on your merry way.

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my DIY Disinfecting Spray. Check out my All Purpose Cleaning Spray and my Antibacterial Spray recipes while you are here.

Happy Cleaning!

<3,
Roni

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

So a few of my friends were asking for my cleaning recipes. Here is the first of many – I use this mixture on counters, walls, table tops, kitchen sink & so on!

All Purpose Cleaner

Just mix the ingredients right in your spray bottle. I don’t really worry about leaching so I use plastic. Folks say glass is always best to avoid leaching, and it’s much better for the environment, but plastic really will do. Especially if you go through cleaning products fast, like me, and you already have the bottles.

In the graphic I didn’t specify oils for this one, since I use different oils each time. This last batch I used 5 drops Eucalyptus and 15 drops Peppermint. Smells very, well, ‘yum’. For the antibacterial and disinfecting sprays I use specific oils. Happy Cleaning!

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my DIY All Purpose Cleaner. Check out my Disinfecting Spray and my Antibacterial Spray recipes while you are here.

<3,
Roni

OPP: Spring Cleaning Reblog

Todays post is in honor of the first day of Spring! I came across these genious tips composed by Tara Patterson over at Wide Open Country and Abby Marino from Distractify. Check out Tara’s cleaning hacks here. And you don’t want to miss Abby’s DIY organizing solutions here.

Happy Spring!

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Roni