‘DIY Projects & Life Hacks’ Category

  1. how to keep your shower curtain liner clean

    September 29, 2013 by Lauren

    how to keep your shower curtain liner clean- The Burlap Bag

    quick fix #1 to an always clean shower curtain liner:

    Trim off the bottom couple of inches. If the liner is too long, then it will bunch together in your tub and contain all that moisture and soap. You want it to be light and airy.

    quick fix #2 to an always clean shower curtain liner:

    Trim it in a zig-zag (the easiest way to do this is with pinking shears! Literally took 10 seconds.) Supposedly the water will drip off of the uneven edge more quickly – thus making your shower curtain dry faster – and no more yucky grime stuff.

    how to keep your shower curtain liner clean- The Burlap Bag(sorry for the terrible photo of the zigzag cut – I sadly do not have a bathroom with amazing lighting. cry cry)

    or quick fix #3 – have a kitty watch you the whole time wondering what you’re doing. kitties fix everything!

    how to keep your shower curtain liner clean- The Burlap Bag

    If you’ve already tried one of these, let me know how they work for you! I’m hoping for an easy, clean bathroom!


  2. 20 second hair twist – a tutorial

    September 3, 2013 by Lauren

    20 second hair twist

    20 second hair twist - a tutorial - The Burlap Bag

    As you know, I’m all about simplicity and NOT spending tons of time on things. I’ve got too many other things I’d rather be doing! Don’t worry – this follows that completely. (duh Lauren, it’s called the 20 second hair twist, it better be easy!)

    Step 1:

    Separate your hair into two pieces and twist both pieces the same direction. Clockwise is fine, or both counterclockwise – just do the same twisting direction!

    20 second hair twist - a tutorial - The Burlap Bag

    Step 2: 

    Twist those two sections TOGETHER now in opposite directions. If this confuses you, hold one piece stationary and wind the other piece around it. Or if that confuses you, hold the two pieces in your hands and just interchange them between your hands in a clockwise motion. And if you’re still confused – you’re outta luck, my friend.

    20 second hair twist - a tutorial - The Burlap Bag

    Keep twisting them together until you’re at the bottom. Then just put a hair tie around them and you’re set! You might need to pull it a little at the top to make it even, but it’s suuuuuuper simple and easy. If it looks messy in a couple hours – just redo it in 20 seconds! No hairspray, no bobby pins, no unicorn tears sadly, although I’m sure that would also help.

    20 second hair twist - a tutorial - The Burlap Bag

    go impress your friends with your twistin’ skills. & this is great for doing at night time and waking up to fun curls!

    also – ignore my really really damaged blonde hairs. they need to all be cut off but i’m too attached to it for now. and you’re getting the smallest sampling of the smallest lil baby bump! still looks like a food baby :)


  3. blend soapy water to clean your blender!

    July 8, 2013 by Lauren

    blend soapy water to clean your blender! 

    blend soapy water to clean your blender!

    this tip includes 2 vital things.

    the first tip to cleaning your blender is that you MUST do it right away! have you ever left your blender all day and it got all crusty and was such a pain to clean? yeah, don’t do that. this tutorial doesn’t help you with that. take 20 seconds to clean your blender, you’ll thank me later. 

    the second tip to cleaning your blender is to blend soapy water. since you’re taking 20 seconds and cleaning your blender right after making a delicious pineapple mango banana smoothie, this will be so easy. Right after your pour your delicious blended thing into a cup, grab a little bit of dish soap and some water. Then stick that blender back on its little motor and give it another whirl. This will clean the blade and any random chunks that got stuck on it. (if you’ve ever blended spinach, you know what I’m talking about).

     

    (oh and if you just decide to stick your whole blender in your dishwasher, ignore this whole thing. I’m afraid of those blades and don’t want them hangin out in my dishwasher ready to stab me.) 

    ok zee end!


  4. use a carrot to transport knives

    May 14, 2013 by Lauren

    Use a carrot to transport knives (perfect for picnics!)

    carrots

    I actually got this idea from a book – they mentioned to use two wine corks. Which I then tried and almost sliced my finger off…. it was so dry, there was no getting the knife in there!

    So I thought for a minute about what else I could use… a carrot! We just sliced through the carrot with the entire blade until the knife was halfway through the carrot – and then just stopped so that it stayed in there. Carrots are thick enough that it won’t continue going through all on its own. (you could also try a squash or something like that, but they aren’t quite as hard). And when you get back home, just eat the carrot! No wasting! And no blood. It’s what I would call a perfect day.

    Go enjoy yourself a good picnic for me, no blood please.