Homemade Rodent Repellant

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Spring has sprung and the mice are active. #CityLivin.  Last year even my cat couldn’t keep the little critters away. Not this year! I have a remedy for that and it doesn’t involve sealing up holes with steel wool. Seeing that my mouse hole is behind my lazy susan cabinet, that’s not a very practical solution anyway.  Here’s the trick.
Mice don’t like menthol. The aroma must be too powerful for their little noses. So, once I found out where the mice were coming from, I blasted the area with drops of Essential Oil of Peppermint. Every week or so, a few drops behind my stove does the trick. I haven’t seen a mouse since last spring.
Now, if you want to go HAM on those suckers, douse some cotton balls in peppermint oil and stuff all of your mouse holes with them and steel wool, all mixed in together. Mice won’t come near the stuff and you won’t have a mouse problem any more.

Homemade Soft Scrub

Have you ever tried soaking in a tub that was recently scrubbed with scouring powder?  Yuk!  Its takes forever for that stuff to rinse clean.  And who wants that toxic stuff in their bath water anyway?  I have a solution for you.
Ingredients: Just baking soda and castile soap (diluted, of course).
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Add enough Castile soap to the baking soda to make a paste like this:
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Put some on a rag or sponge, scrub the tub and rinse.  It doesn’t even require a lot of elbow…unless your tub is really dirty, in that case you will probably need a scrub brush.  In any event, this homemade tub scrub is all natural, non-toxic and actually beneficial to your skin.  If you have a little bit left over in your container, you can rinse the container out and pour it right into your bath water.  The baking soda will soften your water, and the scent from the Castile soap will delight your senses.  Should you choose to store your solution for later use, just cap it with airtight seal so it can stay nice and soft.
This solution, my friends, is the best thing since, idk,  hot water heaters (sliced bread is so cliche).
Easy cleanin’ folks!

Homemade De-icer

Got Frost? 

This was the scene all over my car one morning last week just as I was about to leave for work, running late as usual.  This stuff was as hard as a brick.  

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It would have easily taken me an additional 30 minutes, to get it all off my car.  Then I remembered this tip that I read online one day (I have no idea where I read it).
Pour two parts white vinegar and one part water into a squirt bottle.  An old sports water bottle will do just fine, anything you can squeeze with relative ease.  Squirt the solution all over the ice.  The ice scrapes right off.  That 30 minute job just got reduced to 5 minutes.
I wish I had a video to show you just how easy this is.  That hard, cold ice slid down my windows after just one scrape.  Unfortunately, I could not film, squirt and scrape at the same time and there was no one around at 6:30 am to hold the camera for me.  However, I guarantee that if you try this, it will work.
This was the patch that was left on my rear window after I arrived at work.
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 I impressed the hell out of the hard core maintenance guy on my job when I showed him how to do this.  He said he was never buying de-icer again… I don’t blame him.  Vinegar costs $2 a gallon.  How much is store bought de-icer running you these days?