The Survivals of Jewels

Learning to thrive through sharing my true stories, healing through God, healing through crafts, helping others, and helping others gain better health. Please note, names have been changed for protection.

How-To Make Your Own Carpet Powder April 20, 2013

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When we ran out of carpet powder, I thought, “man, I spend a lot on powder. I bet there is a way to make my own.” Then I found this recipe. It called for a parmesan cheese container to shake it out of. But, as long as you have the capability to sprinkle it on the floor, I don’t see a problem in it.


2 cups Baking Soda
15 drops Orange Essential Oil
15 drops Clove Essential Oil


Mix both in a container with a lid. I shook mine up. All done! When ready to use, sprinkle on your carpet and let it site for about 15 minutes, then vacuum up. Sweet smelling victory.


How-To Wear Hair Feathers April 8, 2013

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wpid-IMG_20130325_184228.jpgSo, you know how when you buy those feathers on a string that are supposed to clip into your hair. I bought a few because I thought they would look cute and ended up getting them tangled in my hair. The string came attached to an open clip that just didn’t close. So, here’s how to get them to work for you. Go to the dollar store and get some barrettes. Open one up and slide the feather clip onto it and close it. I bought enough barrettes to equal the among of feather clips I bought so I don’t have to keep taking them on and off. Hope this helps.


How-To Whiten Your Teeth Cheap April 5, 2013

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Put a tiny bit of toothpaste into a small cup, mix in one teaspoon baking soda plus one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for two minutes. Remember to do it once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using the whitening treatment once every month or two.


How-To Clean Your Shower Everyday Without Breaking Your Back April 4, 2013

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wpid-IMG_20130325_184302.jpgDid you know that vinegar and Dawn dishwashing detergent makes the best cleaning fluid? Here’s a trick I’ve figured out that helps me a ton. I absolutely hate cleaning showers and tubs. You have to get down on your knees, and mine hurt, and you’re stuck there for a long time scrubbing and scrubbing. So, I figured that if I could find a way to clean the shower without getting on my knees I would try. I originally bought a dishwashing wand at the dollar store. Big mistake. Everything ran out of it. I definitely recommend buying the name brand one. So, you pay more, but it works and lasts a long time. Scotch makes the best one. Fill it half with vinegar, then half with Dawn. This must be brand name as well. Cap it off and shake well. I put mine in the shower caddy sponge side up. When ever you shower, just turn it over and scrub away. It doesn’t take near as much scrubbing and I’m just bending over to scrub. I scrub the shower every other time I shower and find that it works great.


Never Buy Swiffer Wet or Dry Wipes Again April 2, 2013

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Do you own a swiffer dust mop? Then why are you buying those expensive pads for them? They are high priced and if you buy the generic ones, they don’t work. Well, there is a solution. And believe me it’s too simple. Grab a couple old washcloths or wash rags. Or better yet, crochet a square that fits around the flat end of the mop.

For a duster, simply take a rag and drop a bit of fabric softener on it. mash it around a bunch and allow to dry completely. Once dry, and this may take a day or so, wrap around your swiffer and press into the holes and dust.

For a mop, simply take a rag and get it wet with hot water. Spray some soap of your choice over it and mash it together. Ring it out, but not all the way. The rag must be wet. Mop away. I’ve even had to add water to the rag as I go. This dries pretty quick.


How-To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent March 24, 2013

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wpid-IMG_20130310_114859.jpgLet’s face it, of all the cleaning fluids, this is the one we spend the most money on. Are we really concerned with the smell? That wears off fast anyways. The only thing that really matters is if it cleans well. This does, so why not make your own?

It is probably best to use the Fels-Naptha soap. It was made for laundry and has stain removing ingredients.


1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
an extra large pot, the kind that holds 2 gallons of water or more
long wooden spoon or paint stirrer
2 empty Gallon Jugs


Grate bar of soap into pot. Fill one gallon container or 64 ounces of water and pour into the pot. Boil until the bar soap dissolves. BE CAREFUL, the boiling makes the suds build up fast and rise almost to the top of the pot. Add the borax and washing soda and bring to a boil. Again, be careful, it will produce suds that reach for the top of the pot. Remove from heat. Add another gallon of water, this one cold. The mix should thicken upon stirring and sitting. Stir well. It may coagulate, just stir some more. Using the funnel pour back into the gallons for storage. Use 1/2 cup soap per load.


How-To Get Wax Out of Old Candles March 16, 2013

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wpid-IMG_20130311_001331.jpgI love candles and used to use them a lot. After awhile, I ended up with a pile of glasses with a tiny bit of unusable wax at the bottom. I searched for a way to get the wax out so I could use the glasses for other things. Or if you want, you can make more candles.


Old used candles that are unusable anymore
Boiling water
More Water


Don’t worry, if the glass was made to hold a flaming candle, it will hold boiling water. Fill the candle with boiling water and let sit overnight. Please note, the water must be cooled completely before removing wax. Stick a knife in the center and cut the wax in half or just remove. Dump out the water. It won’t be empty yet. Use your knife and work it around the edge of the candle in between the candle and the glass. Fill with water again and stick it in the microwave for one minute. Leave the microwave open afterwards to air it out. Let cool again and remove the wax. Use soap and a scouring pad to get the remaining bits of wax out.