Ever heard the old saying about flies and vinegar? Well, the old saying is wrong, as this homemade fly trap proves.
As with so many things, why pay for a commercial fly trap (or worse, some nasty poisonous spray) when you can easily make a homemade fly trap from household materials?
Sorry, a Venus flytrap isn’t really a viable option here. While very cool, they’re really hard to find and don’t eat nearly as many flies as you’d think. And they’re so tiny! We’ve been misled by The Little Shop of Horrors and all those other schlocky sci-fi movies featuring man-eating giant plants, see.
Olive oil (even the non-virgin kind) is absurdly handy all around the house. Here are a few uses you may not have thought of.
Ever thought much about olive oil? Probably not, except as an adjunct to cooking. And it’s darn good for that; but as with so many other things, it’s good for much more, too. In this article, we thought we’d show you a few more uses for this most princely of vegetable oils.
In recent years, canny marketers have managed to convince many of us that bottled water is better for us than tap water. Well… no.
Bottled water is an expensive fad. Think about it: it’s not unusual to have to pay a dollar or more for a pint of the trendy brands, and even the cheapest cost a dollar or more per gallon in the grocery store. So why bother, when you can get water for next to nothing from the tap?
Mostly it’s because we’ve been brainwashed into thinking we need it by sharp marketers. Sometimes there are valid reasons for buying water, if the municipal supply piped to your house is low in quality or just plain tastes bad. But even then, you don’t need to buy water in bottles.
If you’d prefer not to douse your home in chemicals, there are organic roach repellents that will keep the bugs away just fine
While we hesitate to offer up these organic roach repellents, since no one wants to admit they might have a bug problem, we’ve gotta be realistic here. Roaches are a fact of life in many parts of the country, and no matter how vigilant you are, they can still invade. You’ve got to be ready to repel the boarders as necessary.
That said, why not just use a can of bug spray from the store? You can buy the stuff fairly cheaply when you have to… assuming you buy Brand X. But false economy aside, remember this: a savvy consumer’s not just frugal, they avoid things that can come back to haunt them in expensive ways. Like poisons.
Nothing guzzles fuel like car air conditioning. Here are a few tips on how to save some bucks on that.
I’ll be the first to admit that I wouldn’t want to live without my car air conditioning, especially in the summer — and where I live, that’s basically March to October. But as nifty and necessary as it is, any auto A/C costs the Earth to run… literally, in one sense.
You see, it’s more than just the cost of fuel that matters here, though that’s nothing to sneeze at. Not only does auto air conditioning use up prodigious amounts of fuel, it dumps greenhouse gasses and pollutants into the atmosphere more rapidly than necessary.
Most people don’t think twice about using plastic bags, waxed paper, and plastic wrap to store food. But in the end, aluminum foil is cheaper.
Rather than store your refrigerator goodies in plastic wrap, plastic bags, or even waxed paper, why not give aluminum foil a whirl? Not only does it do a great job, it’s more environmentally sound — and it’s cheaper.
Intrigued? Then let’s take a closer look.
Think you need to run to the vet for expensive meds to treat your cat’s ear mites? Think again.
Let’s say your cat comes down with ear mites, a fairly common occurrence. That means you have to visit the veterinarian for some medication to pour in her ears, right?
Actually, no. It’s not hard to create an organic ear mite solution that’ll knock that infection right out. It’s cheap, too, which makes it ideal for the savvy consumer and the green living advocate alike. It’s up to you to figure out how to hold down your cat while you apply it… but then, that’s always a problem.
Dandelions have to be one of the most ubiquitous weeds in America, so you’ve probably got ’em. Here’s how to get rid of dandelions safely.
Unless you’re liberal as I am in your definition of flowers, you’ll probably want to get rid of dandelions when they appear in your yard. Well, you can always hire an expensive lawn care service to take care of that for you, or dowse them with pricy chemicals yourself.
But most savvy consumers aren’t willing to do that, especially those of us who care about adding toxins to the environment. So here are a few ways of killing dandelions that are a lot cheaper and safer for you and the world.
Part of being a savvy consumer is knowing when discretion is the better part of valor. Arranging to clean your rain gutters safely is one example
Most people don’t think it’s worth the effort to take the time to clean rain gutters safely, since it’s a fairly straightforward process and you don’t have to do it all that often. But here’s the thing: all it takes is one ladder wobble or patch of mud to cause a fall that costs you a lot more than being careful.
That being the case, we’d like to offer a few suggestions on tools that you can use to make cleaning your gutters safer. Yes, you’ll have an initial cash outlay; however, these tools are cheaper than even a few hours at the hospital, and less expensive over the long term than hiring someone to do it.
Since you don’t want to be spraying harsh chemicals in the home environment, you need some good natural fungicides for your houseplants
Natural fungicides for houseplants are a must, unless of course you prefer to have aerosolized chemical poisons contaminating your home’s air supply. The only other option is not to have houseplants at all, which is almost as bad. Houseplants offer an excellent way to keep the air clean and oxygen-rich.
So where do you turn? Basically, to your kitchen. Some of the best mild fungicides in nature can be found in your spice rack: specifically, cinnamon and chamomile. Garlic also makes a good fungicide, but it’s too rough for common indoor use, and who wants a house that reeks of garlic anyway?
Let’s take a closer look at our natural fungicide options.