5 Helpful Homestead Hacks
I am a social media addict. I don’t check posts all that often (I’m a Facebook purist) but if I come across a list of 30 Amazon Products Under $30 You Need, or an article about cleaning hacks, or something else, I will absolutely fall down the rabbit hole and keep reading article after article after article. Those Amazon lists are dangerous…I can literally waste hours looking at them.
It’s no secret that out of all the Purely Poultry Partners, I am the only one without a flock. To the best of my knowledge we are not allowed live poultry where I live (a future blog entry will determine this once and for all). So why am I offering up some Homestead Hacks? Because I love me some lists. Plus I asked my Facebook peeps for fun blog ideas and this one was repeatedly suggested.
*Right up front I need to say that I did not come up with these. This blog is the product of time spent researching and compiling. Where possible I’ve included a direct link for the hack.
- Cheap DIY Chicken Feeder and Waterer
Bless This Mess
OK, I love anything DIY. I have an entire storage unit full of fun and crafty DIY projects. Maybe not a storage unit but a couple tubs of stuff I refuse to dispose of in case I magically come across an article on how to turn my daughter’s only stuffed animals into a Mercedes Benz.
This article from Bless This Mess is complete with step-by-step pictures and instructions on how to make a cheap but efficient Chicken Feeder and/or Waterer. It’s a great way to up-cycle a 5 gallon bucket you may have laying around, or a pretty cheap investment if you purchase them new.
- Freeze Those Extra Eggs
The Incredible Egg
We don’t have any laying birds, but we sure go through a lot of eggs in this household. Occasionally the local market will put them on sale for an incredible price and I would like to stock up, but I always worry about using them before they expire. I had no idea you could freeze eggs until I came across this article.
You can freeze them whole, whites separate, yolks separate, or…and this really surprised me…hard boiled!
- Supplies for Pennies
I’m a huge believer in making my own cleaning supplies when possible. Not only can it be a huge money saver, but it allows me to control what goes into the products. Our home currently houses 4 adults, 1 toddler, 2 dogs and 2 cats…that translates into a LOT of messes and a LOT of products!
Here are some my favorite recipes (and I’ve used each of these, or at least a variation):
Homemade Laundry Detergent
This recipe requires only 4 ingredients; hot water, Borax, washing soda and a bar of soap. You can add your own scent by adding some essential oils (we are particularly fond of citrus scents).
Homemade General Cleaner
Vinegar will cut through just about anything. I make up batches of this miracle cleaner (I generally add just a couple drops of dish soap to the bottle, along with some lemon essential oil) and just keep it in spray bottles I find at the local dollar store.
Heavy Duty Scouring Powder
I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than this. Baking soda, non-iodized salt, washing soda and essential oil. Wet, apply, wait and scrub. It’s that easy!
- Homemade Tick Lasso
Ticks are just about back in season in my neck of the woods. I detest them. Every time the wind blows and ruffles my hair I’m convinced a large colony of these stinkers has attached itself to my scalp. This tick lasso is a great impromptu way to remove them in a pinch.
PS…it’s tip number 27 on the list!
- Get Rid of Flies Naturally
This one is a cheat. The article linked above has 9 ways to deter and rid your home of flies naturally. Flies are HUGE problem for me and mine in the summer. Our home butts up against a field and once they start arriving, we can’t get ahead of the swarms.
This article has ideas using items you probably already have in your home-vinegar, wine (or is that just me?!), cloves and more. Definitely worth the read-I know we’ll be trying some soon!
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