when i bought my house, it was already about 6 or 7 years old. now, since i’ve lived there just about 4 years, things are starting to break, need replaced, etc.
in the master bathroom, there is a tiny corner where the flooring meets the tub, that has started to pull back a bit. this has become an increasing problem, because of ants!
you would think this cold weather would kill them, but i think it actually makes them come inside more to get to the warmth. in the past, i’ve always just used this really good liquid ant killer, that you put a few drops of on a piece of cardboard. it has always worked like a charm. the hard part is allowing them to live long enough to take the poison back to their nest…i always want to just squish them as soon as they emerge. yuck!
however, this time, the ants just wouldn’t seem to go away. and i’m not talking about a ton here, but any bugs are too many bugs in my book, so i had to fix the problem. the amount wasn’t exterminator worthy, so i decided to take things into my own hands. i’m all for being resourceful, (cheap), and solving my own problems. i quickly found a 3 ingredient remedy on pinterest. a week later, i’m happy to say i think the ants are gone for good (knock on wood), and it was SO EASY!
here is what i used:
1/2 a cup of sugar, dissolved in 1 1/2 cups of warm water
and 1 1/2 tablespoons of borax. this is the brand i bought at meijer
i soaked a few cotton balls in the substance, and put them in powerade lids, then put them near the places i saw the ants. throughout the week, i reapplied the liquid once or twice, just to make sure the cotton balls stayed saturated, because there were a few stragglers. i’m assuming the sugar attracts them, and masks the borax, and the borax kills them after they’ve already taken it back and infested their nest.
well if you know me, “waste not, want not.” i had just purchased this huge box of borax, simply to use 1 1/2 tablespoons? that’s crazy talk! i remembered another “recipe” per say that i saw on pinterest in the past, for homemade laundry detergent, using…wait for it…borax!
you can make it powdered, or liquid. i actually prefer powder. i think it works better, stays fresher longer, and lasts longer, because you don’t need to use very much of it. plus, the directions for the liquid detergent sounded like a hot mess, so i chose not to make that kind this go around.
all you need is:
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda, i used this kind
i chose this kind, because i thought pomegranate rose would smell nice. plus it was all organic
mix all 3 ingredients (oh yeah, you can throw in a tablespoon or two of baking soda. i did!) thoroughly, and store in an air tight container.
you only need to use 1 tablespoon per load, or 2-3 tablespoons for extra large or heavily soiled loads.
the smell wasn’t as strong as i would have liked it to be, although the laundry did still smell fresh and clean. they were also SUPER soft, without using fabric softener. you have to think how much gentler this probably is on your clothes as well, without all the harsh and unneccesary chemicals. i’m all for that! (remember when i did the baking soda only shampoo? if not, you can refresh your memory here.)
also, it turns out to cost about $0.09 cents per load! can’t beat that! i still have another bar of soap, and more than enough of the other two ingredients left over to make another batch. definitely worth a try if you think you are up for it.
i had already started to buy fragrance and dye free detergent and body wash, because i have really sensitive skin. i’m sure a bar of dove or ivory soap would work just fine too 🙂
and finally, i want to tell you about the really weird thing i tried out last night. i saw this link on facebook, read up on it, and right before bed, had to test it for myself. it’s called “oil pulling,” and supposedly has MANY health benefits such as whitening teeth, clearing up acne, strengthening of mouth and gums, cure for bad breath, clears sinuses, helps you sleep better, etc. etc. do a simple google search and you can read all about it. there are way too many things to list.
but, it does sound kind of gross at first. you have to put a spoonful of oil (coconut or sesame) in your mouth, and swish it around for 20 minutes. yes, 20 full minutes. i used coconut oil, because i love coconut. also, *sidenote* there was an incident from my childhood that scarred me from liking sesame oil. long story short, my mom stored some in an old syrup bottle (don’t ask me why), and me, doing the logical thing, poured it on my pancakes, getting an unpleasant mouthful. yuck! i’ve slowly started to use it in my cooking, but no way would i ever want to swish it around in my mouth for 20 minutes.
it was weird at first, because of course coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it took a while just to get the waxy wad to turn into a “swishable” liquid, lol. not gonna lie, it was a long 20 minutes. i had to try hard not to spit it out, talk, or accidentally swallow any, because it is literally “pulling” the toxins and bacteria from your mouth.
when you are done, you are supposed to spit it into a ziplock bag, because you don’t want it to reharden in your sink pipes, and then floss and brush your teeth. good thing i did it right before bed! this may be tmi, but i want you to have all the facts if you are going to try it yourself…when i woke up, i had a lot of almost stringy/mucusy white stuff in my mouth that had probably been a continuation of the oil pull after i fell asleep. it didn’t have a bad taste or anything, it really just felt like unnecessary “stuff” was being removed from my mouth.
i just did a little bit more research, and apparently you can do it up to 3 times a day, and you can do it daily. i even read a few success stories about someone no longer needing a root canal, and another person curing himself of chronic blood disease. are you serious?! i don’t know about all that. it also said that sunflower oil is the most effective, and probably the most cost effective as well. then sesame oil, and coconut oil is at the bottom of the list. boo. and finally, it said in addition to swishing, you should also try to use an up down “chewing” motion, to trick your mind into triggering the digestion response. i think i will go read up on it some more. anyone ever heard of this before?