Removing Odors From The Kitchen

keeping a clean kitchenNo matter how clean a house is, any persistent and lingering odor can ruin the whole effect.

Here are some handy tips to deal with odors in your kitchen that I’ve learned over the years.

Using lemon, vinegar, herbs, bicarbonate of soda, washing powder and other readily available ingredients from your kitchen, you can eliminate odors easily.

Odors in the Refrigerator:

  • Remove all food and perishables. Wash the inside with a solution of 2 tspns full of baking soda or sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a liter of warm water.
  • Place a piece of crumbled news paper inside to absorb any smells.
  • Place a charcoal or a piece of coal. They’ll work in the same manner as do the charcoal based refrigerator fresheners available in stores.

Odors in the Microwave:

  • Clean the inside of a microwave with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) dissolved in warm water. Then wipe clean with cotton soaked in lemon juice.
  • In a bowl pour some fresh lemon juice with a little water and heat it in the microwave for a minute. The microwave will smell fresh and together remove any odors present.

Freshly cut lemons keep cut sharp odors in your kitchen

Odors in the Sink:

Throw a couple of table spoons of washing soda down the plughole of your sink and then flush it with plenty of water.

Use a solution of caustic soda dissolved in warm water to unblock pipes from food waste and grime. They also add a bad smell to your kitchen and should be cleared of any clogs as quickly as possible.

Odors in the Trash Can:

Keep your trashcans clean by wiping them with a soft cloth soaked in a solution of any washing up liquid or powder in water.

Sprinkle some borax and lemon peels in the trashcan to dispel bad smell.

Cooking smells:

When cooking food with spices,always place a small dish containing vinegar on the work top to avoid smells spreading in the whole house.

When boiling vegetables such as cabbage put a leftover piece of bread inside before covering it with a lid. It’ll not let the smell penetrate into your house.

Rub plastic boards with a lemon wedge every 2-3 weeks to remove any smells from them.

To remove strong smells of fish or onion from your chopping boards, simply sprinkle some baking powder on top. Then a few drops of water. Spread the paste evenly and leave to stand for 3-4 hours. Wash with running water and dry.

To keep your kitchens smelling fresh, simple remedies are available in your kitchen only. All you’ve to do is keep things washed and cleaned up. If you fancy growing your own herbs, place some on your kitchen window sill. Also ensure there’s good ventilation in your house to eliminate any lingering odors.

Let me know some of your favorite tips and I’ll list them out here too. I love to share your website and ideas!

You Can Decorate Your Home

interior design is easier than you thinkYes, you can decorate your home. All it takes is a little time and creativity. It only takes as much money as you want to spend. Paint doesn’t cost very much and you more than likely have everything else you need.

Sometimes just switching the furniture and accessories around and a good cleaning will do the job. So look at your home and think of what you can do to make it a brighter,more comfortable, cheerful place.

You Can Decorate Your Home

There is really no place like home and it doesn’t take a magic wand to turn your home into a castle, neither do you need a handyman or a suitcase full of money.

With a little time, creativity and a few basic skills you can do it. Your home can set the mood for depression and gloom or it can be a comforting and cheerful place. So why not make it positive and cheerful?

When you look at other up-beat rooms and your own, you will be able to see exactly why yours isn’t working. Learn to listen to your space and discern what it’s saying to you.

You may already have a good idea where to begin. Choose a room and see what you like and dislike about it. Jot it down on your list. What do you want to use the room for? Write that down too. Make notes of what you want to change.

Look at magazines and clip pictures that you like, that you think would work in your room. Keep collecting and editing as you go.

Do some pricing on line and see how much you will need for paint, shelving and fixtures. See what you have that you can make do with.

Measure your room and sketch out the shape on a sheet of paper. Mark the windows. Measure pieces of furniture and find a good location for them.

You may not need to do anything but put on a coat of fresh paint. Paint can do wonders to brighten up a room. Maybe you will decide to paint, put on fresh slip covers and hang different curtains.

Gather new fresh ideas and consider all your options.

To make your room look taller, paint the ceiling a cooler lighter color than the walls. To make a small room seem larger, paint it a light color. Paint a darker matte color to make the room seem cozy.

Floors should be neutral. A bare wood floor can be refinished, stained darker or bleached, or you can paint it. Or use carpet tiles that can easily be changed out.

Beware of contrast between rooms.

If you need furniture, thrift stores and garage sales are good sources. Don’t overload your room with too much furniture. Use one larger decoration for a center piece that you build the rest of the room around.

I used and old leather saddle. it’s rustic, natural with great earthy tones that could be used in any decor. And I like that I re-used something rather than it be thrown away. I just Googled “used Western saddles for sale” and found one a a great price. It really makes a great conversation piece.

If your room is small consider moving some pieces of furniture out. You may be able to switch some furnishings from one room to another. There really are no rules that you can’t have a love seat in a bedroom or yu must have a sofa in the living room.

Make the focus of your room a fireplace, TV, window or some other distinctive feature of the room and distribute furnishing around it. This brings the eye to one focal point and makes the room feel “tied in” rather than just a bunch  of stuff strewn about.

Now, aren’t you proud of your decorating ability?

Recycled Paper Prefab Home Offers Shelter for Refugees and the Homeless

Prefabricated house made from recycled paper could hold the key to affordable, green housing

swisscell for recycled houseIt’s called the Universal World House, or the Wall AG, and although it may not look like much, this eco-friendly, earthquake-proof and easy-to-assemble home could be the answer for affordable shelter in impoverished and war-torn countries. It might also be a glimmer of hope for millions of people in need of shelter in America.

Created by Swiss designer Gerd Niemöller, the Universal World House comes with built-in plumbing, 8 single and double built-in beds, shelves, tables and an open veranda. The inside walls are designed with honeycomb air vacuums that act as insulation and support for the entire home structure.

The coolest part: the home is made from a material called Swisscell, which is composed of recycled paper and cardboard, and altogether it weighs less than 1,800 pounds (the equivalent to a VW Golf)! And any wiring uses fiberglass cable conduit which is stronger AND less expensive then other wiring options. Oh, and it’s also rain resistant.

An article in the UK Times Online says that more than 2000 homes have been ordered by a Nigerian company, and “development aid agencies are considering whether the houses could be used to accommodate those fleeing from the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe. South America, too, is interested.”

The goal of the Universal World House is to get itself manufactured in Germany, and then shipped to countries around the world that need it the most. The only problem may be its $5,000 price tag, which is cheaper than most homes, but still out of reach for many people.

I think that this is a great idea, but I hope to see it made more affordable in the future. What do you think?

Here Are 10 Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles into Something Fun!

Plastic bottles aren’t just an eye sore when you see them strewn on the streets. They are an ecological nightmare taking hundreds of years to break down. After all, plastic is really just oil in a different form. And plastic bottles are made by the millions daily!

So where so all of these bottles go?

Usually to the dump. Or worse, they’re dumped into the ocean where they float around forever, killing all sorts of fish and other sea creatures. Then washing up on some shore only to need to be picked up, thrown away and start a new life in the ocean.

It’s ridiculous!

So when I started watching what can be done to use these bottles rather than them just being thrown into the dump, I was really happy to see this video that shows, step by step what to do to transform this “garbage” into something useful using a little DIY elbow grease.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did and it sparks some creativity. Happy New Year!


5 Green DIY Lamps You Can Build Before Dark!

It was so popular we decided to surf the web and pick out examples of lamps you can build yourself from scratch – or at least from stuff that would otherwise be tossed out, like the iMac G4 lamp pictured below. It makes sense – almost anything can be turned into a lamp base or lamp shade, and every hardware or building supply store carries lamp wiring kits. Making your own one-of-a-kind lamp saves money and keeps stuff out of landfills and the lights on at home. You are limited only by your imagination. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

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Photo: Randall 180

Lamp from Wine Bottles

Drain the bottle, wire it up, and build a lamp. Gives you a reason to keep drinking. Here are a few variations on that theme











The website Remodelista has a DIY wine bottle lamp project inspired by Maison Martin Margiela’s home line. To make this reclaimed bottle lamp you’ll need a wine bottle. Think “vintage” – pun intended. Get a cork stopper lamp kit and put a lampshade on it. Fill the wine bottle with colored stones or shells or glass for extra ballast.

Bottle of Pixies Lamp














Is that a genie in your bottle or are you just glad to see me? Before you put away your wine glass, you might want to try this variation on the theme From Instructables – put a string of colored lights inside the bottle for a conversation piece. Add a dimmer switch or flasher for special effects.

DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Gas Lamp

And Green Upgrader has a very cool wall mounted gas lamp you can make from a wine bottle – a beer bottle or whisky, cider, brandy… you get the picture.










Fill this with citronella oil and fend off mosquitoes this summer.

Simple Oil Lamp


You can also make a small oil lamp for practically nothing from some scrap cotton, a juice or iced tea bottle and a little olive oil. No electricity or batteries. Runs for 8-10 hours.








Just remove the metal cap from the glass bottle and poke a slit in it with a scissors. Cut a cotton strip about half an inch wide and five inches long and pull it through the cap. Leave half an inch sticking out of the cap. Fill the bottle with oil, replace the cap and light it.

There’s a DIY video here.


What can you repurpose as lighting? Remember, it’s better to build a reclaimed lamp than to curse the landfill!