Turning Candles into Pots for Plants
Up-cycling is just as important, if not MORE than recycling. When I buy my candles I buy ones with unique designs that I know I can eventually make into a new pot to feed my plant addiction.
When turning an old candle into a plant pot, there are a few pointers you should follow.
1. Clean out the candle! Make sure to remove the little bit of wax safely out of the jar in order to ensure the plant is going to be able to grow in the pot properly! Some Plants do not grow well without drainage.. But there are ways around this. Rocks or pebbles at the bottom give the chance for air to reach the soil. You don’t want your pretty babies to rot!
2. After buying your desired succulent or botanical, make sure to ask the garden shop if you are able to return the plastic pot that it comes in. If not, PLEASE recycle that thing!
3. If you want more tips, click on this video to watch how to properly repot your plant.
Citrus Surface Cleaner
Let’s get zesty!
Stop throwing away your citrus peels! This DIY citrus cleaner will save you $$$$ forever.
Simply toss your peels of choice, whether that’s lemons, tangerines, limes, or oranges into a spray bottle with vinegar and water for 2+ weeks. If you want to add other scents, add some essential oils, or herbs into the mix.
Before using, dilute the mix with some water. My combination is a lavender lemon spray, great for cleaning up dirty kitchen countertops and makes everything smell amazing.
I used to buy Method cleaning products as they are made with non toxic, earth-friendly ingredients. However, knowing that it was packaged in plastic packaging always killed me. I started keeping the spray bottles knowing I would re-use them in some way, and this is it!
Isn’t amazing what we can do just by using everything we already have?
CAUTION! Make sure you dilute the mix with enough water! If not properly diluted, the acidity could damage wooden countertops.
Growing Your Own Sprouts
Sprouts are probably one of the easiest things to grow in your own home. Sprouts are full of antioxidants, help improve digestion, and promote a healthy heart. How to Start You’ll need a Mason Jar, some beans, seeds, or legumes of some sort, water, and some cheesecloth (if you don’t have cheesecloth just make sure that your mason jar has a lid for draining.)
1. Place about two tablespoons of seeds into the jar
2. Pour 1-2 cups of water so it completely covers the sprouts
3. Let the Sprouts soak overnight, leave them in a DARK PLACE
4. Drain the water by pouring it out over the cheese cloth (or drain using mason jar lid). You’ll be surprised how fast these little greens grow!
5. Repeat this process until the sprouts grow to the desired height
6. Eat your sprouts on some Avo-toast, or salads! Make sure they are stored in the fridge with ventilation. They can be stored for around a week.