149. DIY ant repellent.

Ok, maybe this isn’t the most glamorous post…but I’ve been seeing some ants near the kitchen sink. Not sure what exactly is causing this, but I would like them gone. I went to Menards this morning (for probably the seventh time in a week), and on my list were ant traps, but when I found them they were $6 and I realized the active ingredient was borax. Since I have a whole box of borax at home, I figured I would try to make something natural instead of buying those traps at the store.

This is what I did:

1 tablespoon of hot water
1 tablespoon of maple syrup ( i bet you can use corn syrup or honey)
1/2 teaspoon of borax

Place the ingredients in a small glass jar, shake to mix. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture, slightly squeeze out the excess liquid, and put the cotton ball on a small lid. Place the ant trap where you see the most ants. After the ants have disappeared, discard the cotton ball and keep the lid for reuse.

Someone claims this got rid of their ants in 24-36 hours. That would be great if thats the case. So far I’ve seen quite a few ants take to the bait…so we shall see…

105. dishwasher detergent.

I ran a load of dishes in the dishwasher this afternoon and finished up the current bottle of store bought dishwasher detergent…So I made some more.

1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
15 packets of unsweetened lemon kool aid.

 Mix all ingredients in a container and voila! dshwasher detergent!
Use 1 Tablespoon per load.
* i used some the next day, and it works great! everything came out clean and sparkly! yay!

57. slime

I spent the afternoon with my two of my friends and we made slime for our kiddos using this recipe.

We had one bottle of clear glue and two bottles of the white glue. The recipe says you can use either. Not sure why, but the ones we made with the white glue did not turn out. It stayed really sticky and wet…The clear glue (green above) worked like a charm and came together in no time. Not sure what we did wrong with the other two slimes, it sure made a mess, but we had fun.

1 teaspoon borax powder
1 1/2 C water, divided
4 oz (1/2 C)  Elmer’s glue, clear or white
food coloring

Add borax powder to 1 cup of water and stir to dissolve.  Set aside.  Pour glue into a medium mixing bowl and add 1/2 C water. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is reached and then stir to mix glue solution until smooth.  Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture and watch the solids start to form.  Stir for a few moments and then use your hands to gather the mass.  The mixture will be very soft and wet.  Keep kneading until it firms up and feels dry.  Discard excess liquid in bowl. The more you knead and play with the slime the firmer it will become.  Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container and the slime will keep indefinitely.