How to Organize Jewelry By Hanging It Up With Shower Rings

As I've accumulated more necklaces, bangles and bracelets over the years, it's become incredibly difficult figuring out how to store them in a way that allows me to see them all at once, so I don't have to open individual bags and boxes trying to find a particular piece of jewelry.

So I figured, why not hang them up?

I found this really great multi-use hanger from Ikea that only cost me 8 bucks, then I attached old shower curtain rings to it to hang my jewelry from.

And voila! All my necklaces and bracelets easily accessible and on display.

However, if you live somewhere with a humid climate, it might be better to store your silver jewelry and valuables in a way that will prevent them from becoming tarnished. Perhaps like this.

How to Make Shampoo with Baking Soda

I have found that most commercial shampoos either dry out my thin hair, or make it so heavy that it lays limp on top of my head. Not to mention the fact that the nicer shampoos that give my hair more body are incredibly expensive, and still filled with chemicals that I'm not sure are entirely necessary to keep my hair and scalp clean.

Then I came across this solution online: baking soda shampoo.


You'll Need:

- a clean, empty container
- at least 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of warm distilled water

1. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your empty container. Use a funnel if you have to.
2. Add the distilled water into the container.
3. Close the top securely and shake the container until the baking soda is dissolved.

To Use:

Apply to your scalp and thoroughly rub it into your skin and hair like you would with conventional shampoo. The solution, of course, will not create a lather, but after you rinse and dry your hair you'll see that your scalp feels clean and refreshed, without the use of any chemicals! I have personally also noticed that my hair has a lot more body to it after using this home-made baking soda shampoo.


Add more baking soda to the solution if you feel you need it. However, keep in mind that the more baking soda there is in the solution, the less it may dissolve, which means you need to remember to shake up the bottle each time you use the mixture.

If you prefer having a lather to your shampoo, some people add soap flakes or liquid soap of their choice to the mixture. Experiment with as much or as little as you prefer until you get the amount of lather you like.


Cost Comparison:

Normally my shampoo would cost about $5.00 for a 400ml bottle. One 450g packet of baking soda costs about $5.00 and yields me about thirty 400ml bottles of far superior and healthier hair wash. This means each bottle costs about 16 cents. Crazy.


Also, find out how to make hair conditioner with apple cider vinegar!

House-Cleaning with White Vinegar

White vinegar has become one of the most important ingredients in my cleaning kit as I gradually phase out all the commercial cleaning products that contain highly toxic chemicals. Here is a list of the ways I use white vinegar to clean and freshen my home:

Multi-purpose cleanser: Simply fill a squeeze bottle with white vinegar use it to clean grime off almost any place you can think of; bathroom tiles, toilet, kitchen counter tops, stove, oven, refrigerator, etc. After the vinegar smell evaporates, you'll notice many foul odors also disappear. However, avoid using vinegar on marble, as it may damage the surface.

Mirror and window polisher: Use a squeeze bottle to spray a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water on your mirrors and windows. Then polish with a clean rag or paper towel.

Polish metal surfaces: Use a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water to polish metal materials.

Unclog drains: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 3/4 cup of hot white vinegar. You may see bubbles emerge from the drain when the two elements react. Leave it for a few minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

Remove stickers and labels: Soak any container with unwanted labels in a solution of white vinegar, or place a paper towel soaked in white vinegar over the offending sticker. The label should peel off easily after a few hours.

Clean rags and sponges: Soak dirty sponges and rags in white vinegar for a few hours, rinse clean with water and let dry.

Clean glass bottles and jars: Fill dirty glass containers with white vinegar and let it sit. After a few hours, the glass should be clean after rinsing with hot water.

Repel insects: Spray white vinegar wherever you think unwanted insects are making their way into your home. White vinegar will turn most pests away.

Organize Jewelry in Empty Cookie Boxies

I recently finished a large, tin box of cookies.

And look what I did with it!

No more tangled necklaces.

Prefer hanging up your jewelry instead? Here's a great way to do it.

Uses for Boxes and Containers

It surprises me how many people throw out the nice boxes and packaging they get along with gifts or the things they buy. I find these boxes and containers perfect for organizing my drawers and small things. Keep it at your workspace to hold pens and thumbtacks. Keep it in the bathroom to hold cotton swabs or cotton pads. If it's conveniently sized, you can even use it as a pill box to bring with you when you go out.