Natural/Organic Bug Spray for Plants

This is another one of those things that I either wrote down or took a picture of a while back thinking it might come in handy at some point. Apparently this year is that point.

With a very dumb hound who will eat or lick just about anything lol, and the fact we don’t want chemicals in the garden because our granddaughter plays there when they visit, this is a great alternative to over the counter bug/pest sprays for plants.

Chris used it for the first time the day after I made it and he said he could actually see things/little bugs of some kind leaving the plant straight away. Not only that… but it is quick and simple to make and only uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now!

The ingredients list for this spray is as follows:

  • 4 liters of filtered water
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic, or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion, in large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 bar hand soap, grated (I used Ivory because that’s what I had on hand)

To make the spray you start by adding the water, garlic, onion and cayenne to a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add the grated hand soap.

Allow the mixture to continue boiling for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let stand about a half hour.

After the half hour, strain the mixture and pour into spray bottle(s). This makes 4 liters of spray so you will need something to store what isn’t in a spray bottle in something in a cool spot until you are ready to refill the bottle.

To use, spray directly onto plants about once a week.

Sandie

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Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Yes, I know… not very glamorous lol… but it’s a job we all have to deal with. This project makes that not so pleasant job a little more tolerable!

Toilet Fizzies!!!

Easy to make and even easier to use!

Here are the ingredients required to make them, and some silicone ice cube trays. The essential oil scent is up to you… I chose an orange scented essential oil.

To start, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar in a large measuring cup.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and about 30 drops of the essential oil and mix well.

Using a teaspoon, press the mixture into the ice cube tray cavities. I had enough for 20+ Fizzies.

Allow to dry for about 6 to 8 hours, maybe more depending on the humidity.

Pop them out of the ice cube trays…

And store in a covered container close to the toilet so you can pop one in a couple times a week!

Sandie

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

I have been fooling around with different “homemade” cleaning alternatives. Some work, some don’t but all of them were definitely worth trying on the off chance they did work. This is one of them.

I love adding those little scent booster pellets to the wash, some of them smell so awesome. What I do not love is the price. I am already using a nice smelling laundry detergent and fabric softener so why spend upwards of $10 of a scent booster?

What is even better about this…. it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. And if after a while you find the smell is starting to dissipate, you can just add a few more drops of your favourite essential oil to the jar and shake it to disperse!

(That was the only label I could find the other day lol!)

Sandie

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Pop Bottle Mosquito Trap… Hopefully! ***UPDATE***

UPDATE: Well, I’ve had this on my back deck for 5 days and I guess it “trapped” one mosquito a day lol because that’s all that is in the trap! Another mosquito repellent idea down the drain, but we will keep trying. I swear I look like I have Chicken Pox due to the number of bites 🤨

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are having a really bad season for mosquitoes. I swear I got about 10 bites just hanging clothes on the line! 😮

I have been trying anything and everything I’ve ever seen to deal with the issue. Our house and yard have smelled alternating scents of garlic, sage, tea tree oil, coffee… you name it, we’ve tried it.

This little project is another attempt at dealing with them… and if you have an empty 2 L pop bottle laying around it only costs pennies, using things you likely have on hand!

The first thing you need to do is cut the bottle in half, remove the lid and tape the 2 pieces together like in the picture.

Next you are going to mix together 1 cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of brown sugar, whisking until the sugar dissolves.

Pour this mixture into the bottom section of the bottle.

The last step is to add 1/4 tsp. of yeast to the brown sugar/water mixture. Just sprinkled, not stirred.

Now place it outside where mosquitoes frequent, just not close to where you are planning on hanging out and hopefully 🤞 the mosquitoes will go in it rather than buzzing around and biting you or your guests!

I will update after 2 weeks. The mixture is supposed to be changed and the bottle cleaned out every 2 weeks. Fingers crossed!!!

Sandie

Mosquitoes!!!!

Help lol!!!! I don’t know why, but this is the worst year for mosquitoes that I can recall! They are literally swarms… and they lay in wait outside all of the doors just waiting for a victim!

I swear we have tried every possible “remedy” we can find and nothing seems to have any impact whatsoever!

So…. I am looking for suggestions. Does anyone have a magic mosquito repellent remedy we can try?

I’ve tried planters with citronella and mint plants, lavender oil, garlic, Epsom salt/mouthwash, clove oil…. the only thing that’s working even a little is burning sage incense and that is only succeeding in keeping them off the screens. Once you get past the doors you are still under attack!

Considering the fact they tend to fly by everyone else to bite me, I am especially interested in any possible relief….

Sandie

Fabric Clothespins Bag

I bought one of those hanging clothespins bags from the dollar store years ago. I am really surprised it has lasted as long as it did. When I was hanging clothes on the line last week I noticed that every time I put a clothespin back in the bag I could hear a little clunk noise…. I had a big hole in the bag and my clothespins were falling out into one of my gardens!!!

At first I was going to just buy another one seeing the last one lasted as long as it did but then decided I would just make one.

I used the old one as a pattern from the new one but you could just as easy make your own pattern. It is after all only rectangles with a circle on one to put the clothespins in and a small hanger to actually hang it. But I took the easy route and just used the old one.

Sandie

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Pan Fried Steak

We still haven’t found a BBQ we want so no backyard BBQ’S for us so far this year! But… I knew Chris was dying for a steak so I pan fried it to satisfy his craving lol!

Sandie

I didn’t start with an ingredient picture for some reason so I will just do the step by step.

The first thing I did was to put a couple tablespoonfuls of olive oil in the pan and heated it up on high heat.

While it was heating up I sprinkled both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper.

I placed the steaks in the pan with the preheated oil and seared them for about a minute per side. I did this about 3 times to ensure they were cooked through.

Next I added 1 heaping tablespoon of butter/margarine, 3 tsp. minced garlic and about 1 1/2 cups of sliced mushrooms.

I continued cooking on medium high heat until the mushrooms were cooked and getting crispy, still turning the steaks every minute so they were evenly cooked.

I let the steaks sit for about 5 minutes and then served them with baked potatoes, veggies and caesar salad!