How do I unclog the garbage disposal? We've tried the allan wrench, broom handle, hot water, ice cubes, vinegar and baking soda, etc.
In short, we've tried everything we can think of and are about to pay the big bucks to call a plumber.
When we used the allan wrench, it made the blades squeak- don't know if that means anything. I think it got jammed from some fibrous substance (juniper incense). The allan wrench turned freely, but it was just squeaky...
I would be so grateful for your advice. Thank you.
We have three long haired kitties, and while I love them to death, their fur is the bane of my existence when it comes to keeping the house clean. I have fried more than one vacuum cleaner trying to keep up.
Our stairs to the second floor are thick pile tan carpeting. The catfur clings to these stairs like crazy. I had tried everything: a damp rag, special "cat fur remover" sponges, and all the attachments that came with every vacuum I have ever owned, and I even bought a dustbuster specifically to use on the stairs. It was nothing but a sad exercise in futility.
Until this weekend!
As usual, I started to struggle trying to get the hair off the stairs with the dustbuster. (On top of the fur, my husband and I both have hair down to our waists, so that makes the matter worse.) Suddenly, I had the solution.
I grabbed the kitty brush, the type you get at the petstore with the plastic short firm bristles, with the rubber tips. I strated at the top of the stairs, brushing towrds me, and side to side, and I kept a plastic grocery bag at hand to clean the brush off, about every stair. It worked like a charm! Once I got to the bottom and had managed to collect 98% of the hair and fur and fuzz from the stairs with the brush, I ran the dustbuster over them to gather any loosened dust and dirt or stray fuzzies, and I didn't even break a sweat. I recommend trying this if you have pet fur+high/dense pile carpeted stairs.
Does anyone know how much fabric (yrds) you need per yard of piping? Does that make any sense at all? OK basically she is trying to figure out how much fabric she needs to buy to make piping. Does anyone know the conversion? Have a chart? Will someone please rescue me from this math?
So being dirt poor has made me more creative lately. So I have been looking for VERY cheap (or free) things that can be given as gifts. Here are some projects I have come up with.
Picture composites: Taking scrapbook paper and magazine pictures and cutting shapes and images out to make collages/pictures. Such as a jungle scene or a living room with pictures of family members interacting in the make believe space.
Magazine cut-out beads: You glue one end and roll a strip of magazine (varying length) very tight. Making a bead, string as you wish. :)
The popular coupon book: "Do the dishes, free babysitting, homework help, declutter assistance", etc. Make them decorative and put time into them.
A collection of images and poems/prose that remind you of that someone you are giving to. How much more thoughtful can it get?!
If you frequent the same grocery store to stock up on food and everyday items I suggest trying this trick. It's worth investing the little bit of time.
Walk through the store and make a little mini map of where items are located. It may look like this
Produce- Fruits, veggies, nuts, dressings
Cereal- cereal, pop tarts, snack bars
Cookies- cake mix, cookies, fruit snacks...
This helps you to write out your grocery list in such a way that you don't have to hop from isle to isle haphazardly. And when time is of the essence this really helps me! Also I think that having such an effective list really helps to keep you on track with buying what you need, not just whatever you see.
I am looking for cheap and moderately easy picture framing methods and ideas.