SCRATCHES ON WOOD FURNITURE
It has happened to all of us. There are some easy fixes (or disguises) for those scratches. Most come from items we have around the house.
*I like using Old English - I always have that on hand. I have had 2 bottles (light and dark) for years. A little goes a long way. It is really good for concealing scratch marks.
*Use an eyebrow pencil to cover a scratch - then buff
*The right shade of crayon will work. They do sell furniture crayons in different colors - but if you have kids around, check the crayon box!
*Tea bags - a couple black tea bags in a few tablespoons of hot water makes a great scratch cover. Dab on with a cotton swab and wipe away excess liquid
*Nut meats work well - walnut, brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, etc. Rub the nut in the same direction of the scratch until colored.
*Shoe polish hides all kinds of irregularities. Use a cotton swab to apply.
DEEPLY BROKEN NAIL
I recently broke my thumb nail down way below the quick. It is too far down to just cut off without pain and bleeding. My fix - SUPER GLUE
It sure does work. Cut your nail down to a comfortable place and then CAREFULLY apply a thin coat of super glue. If bumpy - you can file when dry. Can be reapplied as need until the nail grows out.
You can see how low the break is - I covered with super glue. I have even trimmed the nail down further so I don't keep hitting it. Make sure not to get glue on your skin!!!!!!
MAKING YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER
2/3 C - 99% rubbing alcohol (you can also use witch hazel)
1/3 C - Aloe Vera gel
Add 8-10 drops of essential oils if desired
Some people like to add 1 tsp. or so of Vitamin E - (open capsules if you have them and use)
Mix and keep in a squirt bottle.
WIPES (for on the go)
If you can't find sanitizing wipes - just keep a couple soft cloths (t-shirt squares or cotton washcloths) in a baggie dampened with alcohol. Take these with you when you go out - use for cleaning cart handles, door knobs or just cleaning your hands. These can easily be laundered and re-used over and over.
You could also make a bleach based liquid - but would need to be careful with getting it on clothes or fabrics. Alcohol WORKS GREAT!
You all know I color my hair at home. My hair is short, therefore I don't need to use a whole box of dye - that just gets wasted.
My little kit works great for me.
I use a color that is lighter than my natural color - due to the gray in my hair. WHEN I do decide to go natural the change won't be so shocking!! I get three dye jobs out of a box of dye. (Pretty cheap, especially when you get dye on clearance). I use one of those little cups that come with some over the counter medicines to measure equal parts of solution. Mix in an empty bottle (that I have kept) and then with gloves - I squirt over hair and use a small comb to comb the dye through my hair. A bit of the gray still shows through (on sides) which is fine - as it looks more natural.
Wash the cup, comb, gloves, and bottle to use again.
**Those little OTC medicine cups come in handy for all kinds of things!
Take time and think outside the box. There are so many fixes we can do - that just makes life a little easier and little bit more frugal.