More Hair Fixes from the Kitchen

I had so much fun writing my post on homemade hair fixes that I decided to write another one! I've done some more research and reached out to my network for more ideas.

Thanks for the tweets in response to my post. My followers gave me some great new tricks to try. Below are four more hair fixes from the kitchen to try out.

Please continue to share your tricks with me on Twitter or in the comments below! Who knows, I might feature your tip in a future blog post.

LediaMedia's Hair Fixes from the Kitchen

What You'll Need
  • Sprite
  • Sweet 'N Low
  • Vegetable juice
  • Liquid dish soap

How to Use Your Kitchen Items

Sprite
Used as: hairspray and hair texturizer
How to use: Run a small amount of Sprite through damp hair, paying close attention to the hairs' roots.

Sweet 'N Low
Used for: taking the sting out of hair dye
How to use: Mix one packet of Sweet 'N Low into your hair coloring solution before applying to prevent skin irritation. Most hair dyes are alkaline and the acids in sugar substitutes help neutralize the pH level.

Vegetable juice
Used to: remove the greenish tint left behind from chlorine after a summer swim
How to use: In the shower, massage a can of V8 into your hair as if you are lathering shampoo. The red pigments in the tomato juice will warm up any ashy or green discoloring.

Liquid dish soap
Used to: get rid of product build up in your hair
How to use:
Rub a dime-sized amount of dish soap into your hair and rinse. Since it contains heavy-duty detergents, make sure to follow with a hydrating deep conditioner. How do you know if you have too much build up? You can't generate a lather with your regular shampoo. Liquid dish soap is super-clarifying and removes all traces of build up.

What trick is missing from this list? Please share in the comments below.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

I used to be a cleaning product hoarder. I had 10+ cans and bottles full of cleaners with a single purpose. Most would clean a bathroom or kitchen surface, but never both. I'm a busy woman and don't have time to switch back and forth!

Instead of crying about this first world problem, I did some research to find one awesome all-purpose cleaner. I wanted something I could use in the kitchen and bathroom. I asked my network for their go-to recipes and did some serious Googleing.

I believe I've found the magic solution! It was actually shared by my friend Jessica Cabiness on Twitter. I tweaked it a little bit and voila! Isn't being a connected domestic wizard awesome? 

LediaMedia's Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

What You'll Need
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 10 drops of essential oil (lemon or peppermint)
  • Hot water
  • Funnel (optional)

Creating Your Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
  1. Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a spray bottle.
  2. Slowly pour 1 cup white vinegar into the spray bottle. This will cause a fizzing reaction so pour slowing and carefully!
  3. Add 10 drops of essential oil. Both lemon and peppermint smell great and have antibacterial and antifungal properties. 
  4. Fill rest of spray bottle with hot water.
  5. Shake until well mixed.
 
Using Your Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
  1. Once mixed, spray cleaner onto counter tops, sinks, ovens, stoves, toilets, and floors. It will disinfect just about anything.
  2. Avoid mirrors and glass, as it will cause streaking and smears when wiped off.
Although the smell isn't the greatest, white vinegar is an organic disinfectant that is safe to use on all hard surfaces. It's great if you don't want to use harsh chemicals around food.

What I Learned
  • After the vinegar dries, the smell goes away.
  • White vinegar also acts as a deodorizer.

What do you use for an all-purpose cleaner? Please share in the comments below. While you're at it, try out my other recipes for homemade shower cleaner, Windex, and Drain-o.

Homemade Drain Declogger

I'm having so much fun making my own cleaning products that I've found another recipe to share with you! Hooray! Isn't being a domestic wizard awesome?

Using store-bought cleaners means introducing tons of chemicals into your environment. While these chemicals aren't fatally dangerous, they can be harmful to you and yours. Making your own is cost-effective and a healthier life choice.

In case you missed my previous posts ... Check out my recipe for a homemade shower cleaner; you can also make your own Windex! I explain how here.

Today I'll teach you how to make your own drain declogger! Let's get our Ms. Clean on, y'all. 

LediaMedia's Homemade Drain Declogger

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • Plastic baggie
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Boiling water
  • Funnel (optional)

Creating Your Homemade Drain Declogger
  1. Begin boiling a small pot of water. A few cups should suffice. You will use this later on.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of salt into a plastic baggie. Shake.

Using Your Homemade Drain Declogger
  1. Pour baking soda and salt mixture down clogged drain.
  2. Pour 1 cup of vinegar down clogged drain. This chemical reaction will cause bubbling and gurgling noises.
  3. Let vinegar work it's magic for 5-10 minutes. Add time depending on the severity of the clog.
  4. Once water has boiled, pour down drain slowly.
DO NOT TOUCH the pipes for at least 30 minutes under the sink. Boiling water is HOT and WILL BURN YOU.
What I Learned
  • Pour boiling water down the drain SLOWLY. I poured mine all at once and it was almost too much for the pipe to take.
  • You don't have to use all of the baking soda/salt mixture. I used too much and it caused a mini-explosion when I added the white vinegar. Don't get me wrong-- it was AWESOME -- but it scared the shit out of me.
  • You may have to repeat several times for tough clogs.

What tricks do you use when declogging a stopped up drain? Please share in the comments below.