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diy reed diffuser air freshener

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Reed diffusers are wonderful air fresheners. We have one in each bathroom in our house, and we have one in the laundry room (the litter boxes call the laundry room home). Have you ever bought the oil for them?? It is crazy expensive! One small bottle will run you at least $10, and that only gets you (at best) two fills! Fear not, frugal friends…I have a recipe!

For the bottle, you can buy any glass bottle you like, so long as it has a narrow opening. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby. I especially like that it came with a cork top. While it won’t get used often, it’s a nice cap for when you want to swish the solution in the bottle. The reeds were a bit tougher to come by. I couldn’t find them in a store locally, so I ordered them on Amazon.

*One note: in order for the fragrance to really get out of the jar, you need to fill the jar at least 3/4 full. Adjust the recipe accordingly for your chosen jar.

Ingredients:

Make It:

  1. Add all ingredients to bottle (or mix in a separate container first).
  2. If your bottle has a cap, simply cap it and swish to mix ingredients together. If not, use one of your reed sticks to stir it.
  3. Add 8-10 sticks to the bottle, and fan them out.
  4. Be patient! It can take a day or two to really smell the fragrance.

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Maintenance:

  • To maximize fragrance, flip the sticks every few days.
  • Replace the sticks once per month.
  • Fill the bottle with new solution as needed.

When making a new solution, experiment with different oils (or combinations of oil) to find the fragrance you enjoy most!

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homemade play-dough

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My son LOVES play-dough! Well, let’s be honest, he loves anything he can dig into and make a mess with! While Play-Doh isn’t actually very expensive, I was all about making it myself to save some money.

If you do a quick Google search for homemade play-dough, you’ll find TONS of recipes. At first, being the lazy person that I am, I chose what looked like the easiest one. While it came out ok, it was beyond messy. Every time you touched it, you were left with flecks of it between your fingers, on your clothes, and in a trail wherever you traveled. Now, imagine that with a toddler…it was a disaster! He kept bringing me the container wanting to play with it, and I kept secretly wishing he had forgotten all about it.

Fast forward a couple months, and I finally threw it away – not because it had dried out or anything (it was actually still in its original state) but because I just couldn’t bring myself to let him play with it anymore. I did some more research and found the KEY ingredient I was missing was cream of tartar. Who has that stuff anyway?? After a quick trip to the store and another search for dos and dont’s, I came up with a great recipe, so here it is:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 tbsp oil (I use vegetable)
  • food coloring of your choice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar (the KEY ingredient!)

Make It:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heat-safe bowl, stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar
  3. When water is boiling, add oil and food coloring to the pan
  4. Pour boiling liquid over dry ingredients
  5. Stir together with a spoon
  6. Allow to cool to a handle-able temperature
  7. Knead together with hands
  8. Store in an airtight container

Enjoy!