Repurposing Candle Jars

Love Bath and Body Works candles and the aroma that fills my house when they burn. The cost of them is a bit more than normal candles from department stores but the quality cannot be compared. Regular price for the large 3 wicks are approx $22.50 each Canadian but often go on sale for 2 for $22.00. This is when to buy and stock up. You also can use one of their many  coupons they also have combined with the sale price. Using the coupons usually ends up to be an additional $10.00+ off depending how much you spend.

It always saddens me when the candle is done and it’s time to toss the jars in the trash recycling bin to be picked up and taken away. The jars are so well made and the lids seal tight on top. A few weeks ago I figured out an easy way to repurpose these.

What you will need

Magic Eraser (Mr.Clean or any other brand)
Dawn liquid soap (probably could use other brands but find Dawn works the best)

Directions

1) remove the label from the front and bottom of the jars. These peel off really easy and in one piece.

2) put the candle jars in the freezer for a few hours.

3) take them out of the freezer, using a butter knife  gently scrape the wax out of the bottom of the jar (this should be easy to do with little effort if it’s not try putting back in freezer for a bit longer)

4) put a dab of dawn liquid soap inside the jar and a tiny bit of water. Using the magic eraser gently swish it around the inside and outside of the jar and it will remove any of the glue left from the labels and any residue on the inside.

5) wash and dry them by hand and they are good to go!

Not sure what I’m going to use mine for yet but the possibilities are endless!

Advertisements

Homemade Peppermint Body Scrub

Let me tell you about the hands down best gift that I received this Christmas (thanks mom!) – a jar of homemade peppermint body scrub!  If you’re like me, the very best gifts are useful things, and who doesn’t love to pamper themselves? I’ve been using this divinely scented sugar scrub daily, on my body as well as my face, and it’s so incredibly soothing that it eliminates the need for moisturizer.  The best part is that you can make it at home in just a few minutes, for yourself or a lucky friend!  Simply follow the instructions below.

Scrub text

Materials needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Essential oil for scent (Peppermint is just one of many options!)
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Embellishments for jar, if desired

Steps:

  • Open jar and fill with sugar
  • Pour olive oil on top of sugar
  • Stir sugar and olive oil, making sure all of the sugar is coated in the olive oil
  • Add the essential oil a few drops at time until the desired amount scent is achieved
  • Adorn your jar with something special (Pipe cleaner, ribbon, and an artificial flower adhered with hot glue is shown. Printed labels provide a modern option.)

To use:

Wet skin for a few minutes in the shower or bath, then apply the scrub with your hands (I use my bare hands but bath mitts can also be used), gently massage the skin until the sugar dissolves, lightly rinse and you are done!

Caution:

For safety reasons, I suggest using a plastic container to hold the scrub while using it in the shower or bath, to avoid the risk of dropping the glass jar on accident.  If you are using the scrub in the bath especially, make sure to wipe down the area if you notice that the oil has made the tub or shower floor slick, so that no one falls.

Enjoy!

DIY Laundry Soap

laundry soap DIY

Over the last 6 months I have pinned a lot of different DIY recipes for making your own laundry soap. With the cost of store bought laundry soap and the amount of laundry that gets done in my household I was looking for a way to save money. Doing less laundry was not an option as with having 2 boys we all know how dirty they get and washing by hand and hanging them to dry is not feasible due to our extremely cold winters and the additional time this would  eat up from our already busy lives.

This is the second laundry soap recipe I have made, although the first one I tried had a few less ingredients and worked great, it just didn’t have that fresh smell and softness I was looking for. Taking the “Cheaper and Better DIY Laundry Soap recipe from the How Does She? website and changing it up a bit is what I would consider the perfect DIY Laundry soap costing approx .3 cents per load compared to the Tide Pods at Costco that work out to be around .25 cents per load.

laundrysoapitems

  • 1 (2kg) Box of Borax (Walmart)
  • 1 (3 kg) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found it at London drugs or available almost everywhere in the states)
  • 1/2 (2.72) Container of OxyClean( I used Walmart’s Great Value Brand) (optional)
  • 4 (5.5 oz) Bars of Fels Naptha Soap ( You can also use Zota bar soaps. I have not found in Canada either of these but you can order online or grab a bunch next time your in the States)
  • 3 (500g) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1/2 (804g) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (Walmart)
  •  2.5 gallon pail or larger. This batch makes just under half a 5 gallon pail! (Home Depot)

First thing your going to want to do is grate your Fels Naptha soap with a cheese grater or I use an old  food processor I have just for this purpose. It tends to grate it fast and really fine leaving no chunks.

Next mix all ingredients together in your pail. You can estimate on how much of the Purex Crystals fabric softener you want to use by the smell. I started with a small amount then kept adding a bit at a time.

Fill  a glass or plastic container with the detergent and store the rest with a lid in your 2.5 gallon pail.

You will only need approx 2 teaspoons per load so this should last you a very long time!

laundrysoapcloseup

Notes:

Almost all of the ingredients I used had the HE Symbol on them but for precaution I would check with your manufacturer before using this in an HE washer and dryer.

I wash all my loads on cold cycle and have had no problems with this soap clumping and leaving residue on my clothes.