Category: Non-Food Items

  • Homemade sunscreen

    Makes one small batch of unscented sunscreen, about SPF 20: 4 oz coconut oil 4 oz almond oil 1 oz emulsifying wax 2 oz powdered zinc oxide Measure the oils and put into a large glass bowl. Weigh the zinc oxide and set aside. Weigh the wax, put it in a small glass bowl, and…

  • Blue glowsticks (not edible!)

    Warning! This is not a recipe for food. Do not eat this! 2 liters distilled water, divided 50 ml hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration) 0.2 gram luminol 4 grams sodium carbonate 0.4 gram copper sulfate pentahydrate 0.5 gram ammonium carbonate In a medium mixing bowl, add the hydrogen peroxide to 1 liter of the water. In…

  • Drunken Rum Cake

    I found this on Bert Christensen’s site, thinking it might be similar to my own Rum Cake. I was in for a surprise! It was on a Sunday morning, and I swear, we were both stone cold sober. But after reading the recipe — much of it out loud — Barry and I both found…

  • Slime (not edible!)

    Haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds like fun for kids and child-like grownups! 1-1/4 t Borax 1/2 C Water 1/4 C White Glue 1/4 C Water Food Coloring (optional) Ziploc bag Stir the Borax into the cup of water until dissolved. Mix the glue and the quarter cup of water. Put the two solutions…

  • Silver Polish

    Technique #1: Rub silver with a soft cloth and a paste of baking soda and water. Technique #2: Rub silver with a soft cloth and toothpaste. Technique #3: Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a pan, add 2-3 inches of water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to…

  • Copper and Brass Cleaner

    1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup flour white About a cup of vinegar Heat vinegar until warm, then add just enough to the salt and flour to make a paste. Spread cleaner on copper or brass. Let dry; brush off with a soft cloth.

  • Homemade Scouring Powder

    1 cup baking soda 1 cup borax 1 cup salt

  • Rug and Glass Cleaner

    We call this stuff “miracle cleaner.” 1 pint alcohol 1/2 cup ammonia 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent (liquid) 1-gallon jug of distilled water The alcohol can be the cheapest rubbing alcohol from the drug store or grocery store. Pour out enough water from the gallon jug to fill it up with the other ingredients and then…