Friday, July 21, 2017

Easy Liquor Bottle Soap or Lotion Dispenser

Crown Royal Bottle Soap Dispenser

Folks this is a simply item that can class up your guest bathroom. Its easy, looks expensive and the best part - its FREE.

An Empty Pint Crown Royal Bottle
1 Dan of Metallic Spray Paint (I used Gold)
1 Can of Chalkboard Spray Paint 
A discarded pump from a liquid soap dispenser and its container. (I used Jergens Hand Soap Pump)

Rinse out the Liquor Bottle, soap dispenser and pump with warm water and allow all to dry.

Once dry, insert the pump back its original dispenser and screw it back on. Now, spray paint the pump with the Chalkboard Paint. Paint will spray over old container but that's okay because you will be throwing it out anyways. Its done this way to keep paint off the inside of the pump and to hold it upright while drying.

Once the Chalkboard paint is dry, spray over it with your Metallic paint. You may need to go over it a 2 or 3 times to get the paint evenly distributed. Allow to dry.

Pour your favorite liquid hand soap or lotion into the liquor bottle and screw on the painted pump. Its ready for use.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Washer Easy Fix if its Not Filling with Water

Fix for washer not filling with water

Okay, maybe you guys already know this, but we didn't. Its so insanely simple that I had to share in an effort to save others time, money and frustration. Try this, before calling a repairman, if your washer is not filling with water.

We bought a new washer just over a year ago and to my chagrin, it stopped working last week. I was so angry, I was ready to beat the crap of the dang thing with a sledge hammer. In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't.

In passing, I mentioned my "dead" washer to my parents and asked for a suggestion for a repairman. My dad asked what was it doing (southern for what was the problem.) When I explained it wouldn't fill with water, my dad laughed. I found it strange that he laughed, but I went on to explain how I double checked that the water hoses were not crimped. I even unplugged it for a while to see if something needed to reset; nada. Nothing I did helped. When I finished my rant, my dad spoke up, "I bet you, I know exactly what's wrong, and its a stupid fix. He chuckled, "take off that water hose and look inside. You will find a small screen. Use tweezers and pull it out. I bet that the screen is full and it won't allow the water into the washer. Run the screen under warm water, clean it up, and replace it. See if that fixes it."

Okay, I'm not one to question my dad's repair advice, but this seemed just too simple. Could a screen, in a fresh water hose, really be full of debris? I had my doubts, but I also had nothing to lose. We had to at least try this crazy, hair brain scheme. Guess what - Dad was Right! When we removed the screen, it was full of what could best be described as mud. I washed up the screen, my husband placed it back in the hose and screwed the hose back on the washer. First load I tried, after the repair, worked like a Champ! In fact, I think the washer is working better than before; if that's possible.

All in all, I learned not to question my dad's advice on repairs, and second, that sometimes the simplest things can cause the biggest problems. Hopefully, your washer issue will be something this easy to fix. Please let us know if this quick fix helped you.

Tip for Cheap & Easy Living: Storing & Reusing plastic shopping bag

Storing  plastic shopping bags in tissue box

Tip for Cheap & Easy Living:
Storing & Reusing plastic shopping bags

We've all done it. You need to drop by the grocery store after work and you forgot your cloth shopping bags at home. If you're like me, you feel guilty sending the discarded plastic bags to the landfill and I never remember to take them back to the store for recycling. Not to mention, they are a bulky mess to store and hold onto. 

My solution?
I reuse them where I would use a garbage bag, a tote, a disposable bag; etc.

Storing Solution:
Storing them can be efficient by doing this one simple and free thing. Save  empty tissue boxes and pack them with plastic bags. It makes a compact and an easy to dispense solution.

Ideas for reuse:
  • Use several bags to line a waste basket, when someone is sick, for easy clean up. After use, simply tie up doubled bags and toss out.
  • When I want to donate several small items to a charity, I take them in these bags. I don't have to worry about keeping up with or asking for my bags back.
  • Keep a tissue box of these in your vehicle They come in handy.
  • Not only can they be used for garbage, but I've even used them as doggie poop bags, when I was out of the real ones. 
  • I've used them for storing a wet swim suit until I got home. 
  • They can be used to carry small purchases from roadside vegetable stands, yard sales, flea markets; etc.
  • When someone is sick and needs a barf bag, double these up and use.
  • Throw a few in your beach bag and use for collecting shells at the beach.

The reuses are endless, and for the best part, they are FREE.