Ash for chickens!!!

Did you know that if you put your cold ashes, from your open fire, in with the chickens they like to roll around in it? It’s good for getting rid of any mites!!! My chickens also love it when we cut the grass and put the grass cutting in with them. Especially, if its a hot day as these cool them down. My chickens will sunbathe in the grass cuttings. Odd chickens.

Chair socks!!!!


We have a laminate floor so our wooden chairs have started to scratch the floor. So my hubby (it) came up with a good idea of putting ‘socks’ on the feet. So we cut up bits of fleece and used loom bands to hold them on. Good use for the loom bands that are not as popular anymore!!. It has made the chairs lovely to push out from the table now. Well done hubby, There’s hope for you to turn crafty yet.

Reduce your energy in the home

This is taken from a book by Cabbages and Roses. It’s not all the tips but quite a lot of them.

* Rise with the lark to make the best of the natural light

*Clean the windows and get used  to using natural light instead of electricity

* Wear more clothes when it is cold rather than putting the heating on

* Interline curtains  for extra draught proofing. Sew old blankets between curtain fabric and lining.

* Place a brick or filled litre bottle of water in the cistern. This will save at least one litre of water every time you flush

* Brush your teeth with the tap off. Only turn on when necessary

* There is no need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, just scrap the food into the food bin

* Run the dishwasher and washing machine at full loads as much as possible

* Defrost your freezer regularly

* Avoid empty spaces in the freezer. If possible fill bags with ice to fill the gaps up.

* Switch off any lights and use lamps with energy saving bulbs in where possible

* Install a timer on your lights if you go away so you don’t have to leave lights on to deter burglars

* Unplug chargers when they have finished doing their job. They are not energy efficient if you don’t

* Switch off appliances when not in use. TV, DVD’s. Even washing machines and dishwashers and tumble dryers should be switched off at the wall plugs when not in use

* Boil only as much water as you need. I have a whistling kettle that goes on the hob and you can have less water in the bottom

* When cooking with boiling water use the kettle to boil it first as its quicker so saves more energy

* Chop vegetables smaller so they cook quicker

These are just few tips.

Homemade tumble dryer sheets

You can either use J cloths for this or old t shirts or rags as long as they are clean.

You will need: Jar with a lid, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 8 drops of essential oils, cloths.

Cut cloths into smaller pieces. Mix in vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the cloths until they are damp. Store in a jar. When you have used them in the tumble dryer, keep them to one side and remake them all when you are ready. It’s better than having the shop bought ones getting stuck in the filter.

Air fresheners

Gel in a jar: Make your own gel air freshener with a few simple ingredients. Boil 110ml/1/2 cup of water in a pan then dissolve a packet of gelatin in it. Add another 110ml/1/2 cup of cold water and stir until blended. Add 1/8th teaspoon of vodka and 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil and stir well. Pour into jars. Don’t put them too close to the heaters as they will melt. If they do melt pop them in the fridge to set again.

Instant spray: Mix white distilled vinegar and essential oil for scent and use in a fine mist spray bottle.

Lemon and baking soda spray: Dissolve baking soda in 450ml/2 cups hot water, add lemon juice, pour into a spray bottle and spray into the air as an air freshener.

These are all very cheap ways of making air fresheners that can cost a lot of money in the shops.