‘DIY Projects & Life Hacks’ Category

  1. diy goo gone

    April 24, 2013 by Lauren

    diy goo gone

    Are ya ready: (you better be. it’s soooo complicated)

    Mix together equal-ish parts baking soda and oil

    You can choose whatever type of oil you want. Vegetable, canola, olive, sesame, coconut if you’re feeling tropical…. 

    We tried it with both canola and sesame because that’s what we had lying around.

    Form it into a paste – obviously add more baking soda if you think it’s too liquidy, more oil if it’s too thick.

    Then, spread it onto whatever has that icky sticky residue and leave it for a few minutes. Then come back and wipe it with a sponge/cloth. You might hafta work for like 15 seconds at it if it’s a super sticky thing, but it’ll come off so much easier than if you had no homemade goo gone and tried to use your fingernail (and breaking it in the process!).

    I accidentally left it on one jar for an hour and then came back to AMAZENESS to clean up. I literally just wiped it with a sponge and goodbye sticky stuffffff.

    What’s awesome about this:

    -It’s completely made of foods you can eat. (I mean, don’t. It would taste sick nasty. But what is even IN real goo gone?) sidenote: I saw another post online for homemade goo gone and it included GASOLINE as an ingredient. Umm… what??! Does it get more gross/smelly/toxic than gasoline? 

    -It’s sooooo easy and cheap to make yourself! Baking soda is 48 cents online. 48 CENTS! Plus it’s completely customizable with whatever oil you want.


    and if you’re missing that “goo gone-y” smell with this homemade goo gone… never fear. Grab some orange essential oil and it’ll be smelling just like normal! Or you could add peppermint… or lemon…. or or or…..

    do be careful about what materials you use this on, please! try it on a small area first. it worked great on glass. but don’t come crying to me because your blah blah blah got ruined – i warned ya!

  2. Keep sponges on soap dishes

    April 13, 2013 by Lauren

    Keep  sponges on soap dishes to let them dry out - The Burlap Bag

    We just use a wooden soap dish – and it lifts our sponge up off the side of the sink so that it can dry out! (our exact soap dish here) They are so cheap and great at not letting our sponge mildew. And I’ve noticed they don’t smell as bad as when you just leave them on the counter!

    Why a soap dish is awesome: You just place the sponge on it and WALK AWAY! It might not dry it out AS much as the binder clip would, but our sponges dry it super fast.

    Ok – now the other one is still a super cool idea of using a binder clip to lift up the sponge.


    My problems with it: I don’t wanna hafta attempt to open up a binder clip when I have slippery wet hands. I can barely open those suckers sometimes! (boohoo, my hard life, i know :) )Also, I don’t like that it leaves a huge indention (and even tears) at the sponge. I’m cheap, yo! Also, it looks kinda silly being upright like that. Just bein’ honest.

    (also, I just noticed that tear and tear are spelled the same way but sound different. It must be impossible to learn english! If you tear up my sponge, my eyes will tear.)


    Ok. Well. That’s all. Two tips for the price of one. Except you know which one is obviously the better one (ours). :)

  3. Attach magnets to tools

    February 27, 2013 by Lauren

    Attach magnets to tools to hold screws, nails, and other metal things. 


    Just glue on a magnet and you can hold metal stuff! (If you use hot glue, you can take it off if you decide you no likey the magnet later in life.)

    Also, we thought we’d be super smart and think about doing this on our drill… and found in the process that our drill actually HAS a magnetic strip built in so it’ll hold your screws. DOH…. but you COULD do this on a screwdriver or wrench.

    Obviously, don’t make it hold like 5 nails and do some vigorous hammering. You’ll hurt an eyeball.
    This is perfect for those whimpy IKEA nails, or if you’re just tacking up a picture. Josiah always has me be his “nail holder”, so YOU CAN’T MAKE ME ANYMORE. (sorry for all the yelling. it’s been a long day and someone gave me caffeine!)

  4. DIY smelly markers

    January 17, 2013 by Lauren

    DIY smelly markers - The Burlap Bag

    It’s super super easy. Well, if you have the right kind of markers. More on that later:

    Grab some markers. Some say they need to NOT be waterproof markers, but I have no idea if our markers were waterproof or not. So, test that out yourself and someone let me know, kthanks.

    And grab some essential oil (or fragrance oil or some scenty oil thing). We used this:


    (but it would be awesome to have a bunch of different scents for different colors! Vanilla for brown, lemon for yellow, orange for orange duh, spearmint for green, etc.

    Here’s the tricky part: Take the small end cap off of the marker. Some come off really easily – ours had to be pried off with pliers. Hopefully you have some easy ones or some strong hands. Take out that weird beef jerky looking tube – that’s what we need! 


    Now that you have the ink tube, you will put 10ish drops of scenty oil into it. We did it on the side that will almost directly touch the tip of the marker so that it smells harder/better/faster/stronger. (experiment and see how many drops is perfect for your nose!)


    And then let it sit for awhile to let the scent get all in everything’s business. Maybe a couple of hours/overnight?

    And then you’ll have some lovely homemade smelly markers! And YOU got to pick the scents! 

    ok, just for funsies and nostalgic purposes: 


    Everyone knows that the light blue (mango) and light pink (melon) ones are the best. And that black is the worst (licorice! yuck!)