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It’s early in the summer swimming season, which also means it’s prime time for sunburns. This is especially true for those living in the cooler climates — you finally shed your winter gear and reveal your tender pale skin for the first time to the sun. If you’re not wearing the right SPF (which you should always remember to do!) you’re in for a nice burn. If you’re unfortunate enough to get burned, try using a natural home remedy with some of the things you probably already own.




Vinegar. I swear this is the miracle liquid. What can’t vinegar do? To soothe a sunburn, spritz plain white vinegar over the affected area and let it air dry.


Dairy. Either cold plain whole milk yogurt or whole milk can be applied to sunburned skin using a soft cloth. Let sit for up to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.


Baking soda. Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda in a cool/lukewarm bath and soak. Don’t rinse off — let the water air dry on your skin.


Plain ole’ water. Go au naturel and soak in a cool bath. When you go to dry off, don’t rub your skin, but rather pat it dry. If you’ve been burned before, this is probably a no-brainer.


Disclaimer: I’m the furthest thing from a doctor, so use your common sense. If you’re severely sunburned, experiencing chills, fever, etc., stop doing Internet research and go see a doctor.



Photo by blmurch.

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Summer, with all its humid, hot glory, is just around the corner. If you have a section of your house, like the basement or the attic, that gets particularly damp during warmer weather, your home may be at risk for growing mold. One of the easiest solutions to help prevent dampness is a dehumidifier, but commercial dehumidifiers are pricey. Consider making your own dehumidifier with materials you likely already own.




Create a dehumidifier from charcoal briquettes


1. Find a suitable medium to large sized container with a lid, such as a coffee can, plastic container, painter’s bucket, etc.


2. Poke several holes in the lid of your container.  


3. Fill your container with a handful of charcoal briquettes, and voilà, a homemade, cheap dehumidifier! For the most humid areas of your home, set out multiple dehumidifiers.


4. Replace the charcoal briquettes every few months with new briquettes. The old briquettes are perfectly fine to use in your outdoor grill.


A charcoal briquette dehumidifier is not a guaranteed way to completely prevent mold from growing, but having several of them around does make it more difficult for mold to grow.



Photo by ElektraCute.

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When was the last time you used that box of cornstarch sitting way in the back of your pantry? If you’re like me, you can’t remember. Here’s a new way to put it to good use that will also save you money from having to buy a new product.



The next time you want to freshen your house, sprinkle cornstarch over your carpets, let it sit for half an hour and then vaccuum it up. Cornstarch acts as a natural deodorizer without the harsh chemicals and smelly fragrances. Especially helpful in pet-loving households.

Photo by Alex Kehr.

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