easy cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/17602/all en-US Make Your Own: Homemade Cleaning Wipes and Canister http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-homemade-cleaning-wipes-and-canister <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-homemade-cleaning-wipes-and-canister" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/420011de2fa77084_thumb3.preview.jpg" alt="Cleaning Wipes" title="Cleaning Wipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When there's a mess, instead of reaching for expensive cleaning wipes, make your own for less than a dollar. With the help of vinegar and liquid dish soap, your counters will sparkle without the use of harsh chemicals. And you'll love how this easy <a title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.casasugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> can be made over and over with the help of a repurposed coffee canister. Made from all-natural ingredients that power through any mess, adding a few sprinkles of your favorite essential oil personalizes these eco-friendly cleaning wipes.</p> <p>Keep reading for the easy directions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Natural-Insect-Repellant-29235245">RELATED:&nbsp;How to Make Natural Insect Repellant</a></p> <h2>What You'll Need</h2> <ul> <li>One-pound coffee canister with plastic lid</li> <li>Paper towel roll</li> <li>Sharp knife</li> <li>1/2 cup vinegar</li> <li>1/4 cup water</li> <li>1/4 cup rubbing alcohol</li> <li>1 teaspoon liquid dish soap</li> <li>10 drops essential oil (optional)</li> <li>Spray paint (optional)</li> <li>Needle</li> <li>Scissors</li> </ul> <h2>Directions</h2> <p>1. After picking up the ingredients for these homemade wipes, they cost just about nothing to make, which means you can have a can of wipes in every room of your home. Vinegar does an amazing job of cleaning up messes while naturally whisking away germs, preventing mold, and killing bacteria. And use your favorite dish soap, or <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Liquid-Dish-Soap-28764389/">make your own</a>.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="Project supplies" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/34a31fc2f3cb4e1d_P1140492.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>2. Repurposing an old coffee can for this DIY is a fun way to create a container that can be used over and over again. Either leave the can as is, or give it a quick coat of spray paint, inside and out, for a fun look and to keep the inside of the can from rusting.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="Painting the canister" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/dda6d1b743a725f3_P1140496.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>3. To create the cleaning wipes, cut the paper towels in half using a sharp serrated knife, and squish them into the painted can. And using eco-friendly paper towels makes this DIY even greener.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="Towels in canister" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/53b3bf2bf67da3e3_P1140501.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>4. Mix together the vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and water in a small bowl. You can add several drops of essential oil to the wipes, which personalizes the cleaner and boosts its antibacterial powers.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/dca807afdb539d10_P1140506.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>5. Slowly pour the liquid over the paper towels. Once saturated, carefully remove the cardboard center, and pull a paper towel from the middle.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="Paper towels with liquid" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/66bbf2b58e52a049_P1140512.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>6. Press a craft needle through the center of the plastic lid several times, and then fit scissors through to cut a circle from the center, around one half-inch in diameter.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/8a4a79458890b7a4_P1140517.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>7. Now feed the paper towel through hole in the plastic lid and secure to the painted coffee can. Not only are these wipes great at cleaning and disinfecting your home, but they also look seriously cute adorning countertops. Simply add a few drops of water to the canister as needed to keep wipes moist.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="Finished product" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/23b7b9e6489dcb07_photo-14.preview.jpg" /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you love the convenience of cleaning wipes but hate the chemicals they include, check out this tutorial for easy and cheap, DIY wipes. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img width="300" height="95" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Pot-Scrubber-29048797">Make Your Own&nbsp;Pot Scrubbers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-All-Purpose-Cleaner-28495713">Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Toilet-Bowl-Cleaner-28855947">Homemade Toilet Bowl&nbsp;Cleaner</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-homemade-cleaning-wipes-and-canister">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-already-own-that-can-be-turned-into-a-tote-bag">10 Things You Already Own That Can Be Turned Into a Tote Bag</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home cleaning products crafts easy cleaning Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:24:33 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 973572 at http://www.wisebread.com Easy, Frugal Ways to Have People Over (Even If You Don't Cook and Clean) http://www.wisebread.com/easy-frugal-ways-to-have-people-over-even-if-you-dont-cook-and-clean <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/easy-frugal-ways-to-have-people-over-even-if-you-dont-cook-and-clean" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bbq-4358691-small.jpg" alt="bbq" title="bbq" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A friend once made the observation that people have the time (and inclination) to cook OR clean. Like me, she opted to cook, meaning, then, that she typically had a messy house.</p> <p>I had never really considered that there were two such types of people. But after doing a mental scan of the homes of friends and acquaintances, I realized she was spot-on. Those with immaculate homes infrequently prepared home-cooked meals whereas those who cook most of the time seem to have, well, lived-in homes.</p> <p>Whatever your personal capabilities, lacking one or the other skill shouldn&rsquo;t prevent you from having people over. There are easy, cheap ways to entertain, even if you are not amazing at <em>both </em>cooking and cleaning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a>)</p> <p>Let's start with entertaining amidst your mess.</p> <h2>Entertain Cheaply Without Cleaning the House</h2> <p>Friends, acquaintances, and neighbors will appreciate your hosting a get-together, even if the venue is not a formal living or dining area in your home.</p> <p><strong>Throw a Party in Your Backyard</strong></p> <p>Your backyard, patio, or deck is a great place for a casual function. Friends with small children will especially appreciate freedom from worrying about their kids making a mess.</p> <p>Grill burgers and serve with a side item and dessert for a dinner party. Host an ice cream social if you want to have a kid-friendly affair. For either, stash drinks in a cooler and let guests help themselves.</p> <p>Pull out patio chairs or throw a blanket on the ground for seating. Ask guests to bring a lawn or camp chair if you are expecting a crowd.</p> <p>Leave most of the house untouched but clean the few areas that your guests might visit inside.</p> <p><strong>Use the Clubhouse</strong></p> <p>Many people I know have a clubhouse or common area in their neighborhood that can be reserved at no charge. Such an arrangement is ideal for a gathering.</p> <p>Food preparation is a bit more complicated than dinner or drinks in your home. But since you&rsquo;ve saved loads of time by not having to clean the house, you have more energy to plan and prep food and beverages.</p> <p>For a casual get-together, have your favorite pizzas delivered. For a slightly more formal affair, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes" target="_blank">fix a hot meal using a crock pot</a> and serve with previously prepared cold items, such as a tossed salad with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes" target="_blank">homemade dressing</a> and potato salad.</p> <p><strong>Plan a Picnic at the Park</strong></p> <p>You can host a lunch, early dinner, or birthday party at a park inexpensively. Note that facilities vary in their arrangements: some sites are free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis whereas some venues require reservations and charge a nominal fee ($10) or a hefty one ($200 or more).</p> <p>Free options involve spreading a blanket on an open space or snagging an empty picnic table. There, treat a couple of friends to a casual picnic with fried chicken or sandwiches.</p> <p>For larger events, reserving a space is helpful. Coordinate a potluck dinner with friends if you want to share a meal. Oversee games or free play and serve ice cream and cake for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kid%E2%80%99s-birthday-party-that%E2%80%99s-fun-happily-memorable" target="_blank">kid's birthday party</a>.</p> <p>Remember to bring your own supplies, like plates, spoons, and napkins.</p> <p><strong>Invite Your Closest Friends</strong></p> <p>Your best friends will enjoy your hospitality no matter the state of your house. They&rsquo;ll understand that you&rsquo;d rather spend spare moments in conversation, not polishing furniture or dusting around books.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/company-coming-10-areas-to-clean-to-make-it-count" target="_blank">bit of tidying won&rsquo;t hurt though</a>. Just clear the main area and take care of tasks like clearing dirty dishes, taking out the trash, or changing the bathroom towels before, rather than after, the visit.</p> <p>Entertain as simply or elaborately as you want, hanging out over a casual brunch or hosting a fancy dinner.</p> <h2>Entertain Cheaply Without Excessive Cooking</h2> <p>Keeping your space clean and free of clutter can take a lot of effort. As a result, you may not have honed your cooking skills or developed a list of go-to dishes for special events. But you can still have people over with these techniques.</p> <p><strong>Use Simple Recipes</strong></p> <p>Spend most of your party prep time planning the guest list and decorating the area to ignite great conversation.</p> <p>Don't attempt to fix a lavish meal. Prepare a simple-to-make but elegant dish like <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1739,153176-250204,00.html" target="_blank">creamy baked chicken</a>; or try one of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies" target="_blank">easy recipes for beginners</a>, such as spaghetti with salad and bread.</p> <p><strong>Serve &quot;Home-Cooked&quot; Meals Prepared by Others</strong></p> <p>Private catering can be expensive, but you can often buy healthy and affordable items from local businesses.</p> <p>In my area, there are a few shops with commercial kitchens that make small batches of reasonably priced entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Items can be purchased fresh with prior arrangements or frozen nearly anytime.</p> <p>Alternatively, buy dishes from the freshly prepared, deli, or bakery sections of a traditional or specialty grocery store. Some frozen foods work well also, such as marinated fish.</p> <p>If you decide to try one of these techniques, be sure to sample the food before your event. Pay close attention to cooking times and consider adding minutes because multiple items in the oven take longer to heat thoroughly than smaller or single-sized portions.</p> <p><strong>Practice New Recipes</strong></p> <p>Just because you don&rsquo;t have a repertoire of wonderfully exotic meals doesn&rsquo;t mean that you can&rsquo;t learn to make a new dish for a special event.</p> <p>Look for recipes that you can easily master, which typically are those with cooking techniques you understand and ingredients found at most stores. Test them in your own kitchen to be sure that you&rsquo;ll enjoy the dish. Consider trying one or two new foods and ask your friends to bring additional items if needed.</p> <p><strong>Throw a Cooking Party</strong></p> <p>Cooking parties can be riveting and well-orchestrated get-togethers based on what I've read. Find formal guidelines in this article on <a href="http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/how-to-throw-a-cooking-party.htm" target="_blank">how to throw a cooking party</a>.</p> <p>For a simpler event, pick a casual dinner or dessert theme. Ask friends to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fabulous-party-ideas-for-the-frugal-minded" target="_blank">bring a topping</a> for the pizza, baked potatoes, or salad that you provide. Let your guests surprise you with add-ons or mix-ins for ice cream or plain cheesecake, if you decide to throw a dessert party.</p> <p>Buy the basic ingredients and be prepared with supplies needed to cook, serve, and dine.</p> <p>Confession: I am much better at preparing meals than keeping a spotless house. Getting food and drinks together has always been easier for me than readying my house for even the friendliest of gatherings. And although I am far from a perfectionist, I sometimes find the process of having more than a couple of people over a challenge &mdash; and I thought you might feel the same way. So, to make things super easy (no matter your strengths and inclinations), mix and match the suggestions (buy home-cooked meals and eat outside, for example), relax, and enjoy.</p> <p><em>Do you have frugal, time-saving techniques for entertaining guests?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-frugal-ways-to-have-people-over-even-if-you-dont-cook-and-clean">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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