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DIY Cleaning Products

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We’ve provided tutorials on DIY glue and more in recent posts and today we want to provide a “how-to” on DIY cleaning products for your home or apartment.

Let’s face it. Cleaning products and chemicals are very expensive and they’re not healthy for you either. Several store-bought cleaning products contain toxins and solvents that are not good to breathe in.

What if we told you there was a way to clean your home without cleaning products or chemicals? This would mean you could save money and avoid breathing in toxins and contaminants in your home.

Here are some DIY cleaning products for your home:

Lemons

That’s right. Lemons are an amazing cleaning product and much cheaper than store-bought products and cleaners. You can use lemons as a disinfectant or mix them with water for a lemon-scented deodorizer in your home.

You can also slice a lemon in half and place it in a dish of water and then leave that dish in your microwave or refrigerator for a pleasant aroma in those spaces. Just be sure to replace the lemon slice each week.

White Vinegar

A bottle of white vinegar is only $1-2 at the grocery store and is the perfect replacement to many types of cleaning products and chemical solutions. You can use white vinegar as a disinfectant and as a deodorizer in your home.

Mix a solution of half water and half vinegar and spritz it on your carpet for a pleasant, fresh carpet deodorizer. This will conceal odors from most carpet stains besides pet urine odor. For pet urine odor, you should hire a local carpet cleaning service near you. Learn more online: lloydschemdry.com/carpet-cleaning/

Table Salt

Table salt is able to help with cleaning stains on carpet and other surface. Sprinkle table salt over the stain if the stain is still wet. The salt will absorb the moisture and most of the stain. Then you can just wipe up or vacuum over the stain to remove the salt.

If there is more of the stain remaining, you can dab it with a damp towel and repeat the process again since the stain will be wet again.

Salt is extremely cheap and odds are you already have some in your home.

Baking Soda

You can complement white vinegar and water with baking soda to create a lather similar to soap. The lather will clean just as well as soap but it won’t create a residue or require a lot of water for rinsing. Often, soap will remove dirt and stains but traces of the soap will remain on or in the surface and lead to soiling and re-staining as the soap attracts dirt and other spills around it.

Warm Water

The truth is, plain, warm water is great for cleaning. For many stains, you don’t need anything more than a damp towel or a small spritz of water. The only stain you should not use water on is an ink stain as the reaction can lead to a permanent issue.

Club Soda

You can use club soda and carbonation to lift dirt and stains off of fabric and carpet. Just dab the club soda on the stain and watch as the carbonation and bubbles lift the dirt or liquid from the fabric. A bottle of club soda is typically $1-2 at the grocery store.

DIY Glue Tips

glue

You will find that glue is a major component of many DIY craft projects. There are several types of glue required for DIY crafts. Types of glue used for DIY include wood glue, super glue, rubber cement glue, fabric glue and plain old white Elmer’s® glue.

We have our own set of tips on how to use glue in your DIY and craft projects. Glue can be a big mess or lead to a big mistake. Avoid issues while using glue with our tips below:

PREPARATION & CLEANING

You should clean the surfaces and materials you plan to apply glue to. You do not want dust or moisture or any kind of debris on the materials you use to apply the glue or on the surface itself. These elements can weaken the adhesive bond the glue creates.

You will also want to have one or two damp rags nearby. You will need the rags to wipe glue from your hands or excess glue from the surface and around the project.

Also have a clamp or two available. A clamp can help to secure and tighten the bond immediately after the two materials are joined together.

SAND & SCORE

Some types of materials will react better to the glue if sanded or scored prior to the application of the glue. You should sand or score various woods, ceramics or metal before applying glue for a stronger adhesive bond.

VENTILATION

There are some types of glue that contain toxins and harsh chemicals you do not want to breathe in for long periods of time. You should complete projects that require these types of glue in a well-ventilated area and avoid letting the glue enter your eyes or your mouth.

DIRECTIONS

Follow the manufacturer’s instruction on the jar or container the glue is in. There should be safety tips available on the container as well as step-by-step instructions for properly using the glue for your project.

We hope our DIY glue tips help you avoid any setbacks or issues during projects that require glue for adhesive purposes. For questions about our glue tips, please fill out our contact form here.

DIY Bird House

diy bird house

You will need a saw and someone able to cut wood for this project. A DIY bird house is a fun project for the whole family and everyone will enjoy watching the birds feed in the house after it is done.

Below are the steps to build a DIY bird house.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 10 x 7 Back
  • 5 x 6 Front
  • (2) 6.5 x 6.5 Sides
  • 6 x 6 Bottom
  • 7 x 7 Top
  • Nail Gun
  • Nails
  • Hinge
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Clamp

Find cedar wood and cut the pieces out from the dimensions provided above. You will need a table saw to cut the wood in the correct dimensions. Then you need a hole saw to drill a hole through the front piece of wood for entryway to house for the birds.

Then nail the sides pieces to the front piece of the house with a nail gun and slide the back piece in and nail the side pieces to the back. You will need a clamp to hold the pieces tight together so the boards do not move before the nail attaches them.

You should use three nails per piece of board. This should hold the boards firmly in place for the lifetime of the bird house.

Then you should attach the roof using the hinge. This will allow you to open the bird house to clean it and add more bird seed.

Drill holes on the roof and on the top of the back piece. Then use a screwdriver and screws to tighten the hinge onto the bird house.

Now the bird house should be assembled except for the front bar below the entry hole. Drill another hole in the front a little smaller than the diameter of the bar. Then pound the bar into the hole for a firm place for birds to rest on the bird house.

You can now hang nail the bird house to the front of a tree in yard somewhere in the view of a window in your home. Just hammer a nail through the back board of the bird house. Then you can watch the birds enjoy your DIY bird house.

Finches are one common bird that loves bird houses. Here is a full list.

DIY Cloth Napkins

cloth napkin

You will want to pair DIY cloth napkins with your DIY tablecloth from our last post. Pairing napkins with a tablecloth is very classy and the sign of a great host and entertainer.

In this post, we will provide instructions on how to sew complementary cloth napkins for a beautiful table for your home.

This is a good project for beginner sewers. You will learn how to sew double-sided and mider corners too. These techniques can then be used on several other future sewing projects for your home.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Front Fabric
  • Back Fabric
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Gauge
  • Fabric Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

STEPS

You should first prewash your fabrics before you begin the project. You want the fabric to be clean and in good condition before you start to cut and sew the fabric.

Use your ruler and fabric marker to mark a 18×18 square pattern on the front fabric with an extra 1-in. for the mider corner and edge folds. We recommend a 21×21 inch square for extra fabric to work with.

Then measure the back fabric ½-inch smaller than the front. This means you would want 17.5×17.5 inches for the back fabric.

Fold the fabric over ¼ inch and press it with an iron. Then folder it over how wide you want the border of the napkin to be and iron it again. Repeat these steps on all corners of the fabric.

Fold the corner in half diagonally with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Pin it together and repeat the steps on all four corners. Then mark down the creased line and sew. Then cut off the excess fabric from the corner. You should now have a mider corner.

DIY Party Hats

birthday party

The cost of party supplies for a child’s birthday party can add up fast. So, here’s a fun idea! Have the children each create their own DIY party hat when they arrive for the birthday party.

It is very easy for children to make their own DIY party hats with adult supervision.

Here is what is needed for this project:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Decorative Accents

STEP 1: CUT A CIRCLE

Have the children cut off the four corners of a piece of construction paper until you have a circle. You or another adult can assist with the scissors if the children are too young. When you have a circle shape, cut a narrow train from the bottom left “corner” of the circle shape.

STEP 2: FOLD

Fold the circle into a cone. You can do this by overlapping the two bottom corners of the narrow triangle cutout. You should overlap the corners until the hat will fit correct on the child. You should adjust accordingly until you find the right fit. Then staple the fold together to hold the cone shape.

STEP 3: DECORATE

Now decorate the cone or hat. You will want glitter or beads and other fun accents for the hat. You could also purchase stickers that match the theme of the party and the child could add stickers to the hat too. This is the part where you let the child be creative and decorate their hat however they want to. You should have materials and accents that the child can easily glue onto the hat.

STEP 4: STRING

Now pierce two holes in the bottom of the cone hat on opposite sides of each other. Then cut a piece of string and string it through the two holes and tie a small knot on each side. The string will help to hold the hat on the child’s head during the birthday party.

STEP 5: HAVE FUN!

That’s it! The child can wear their own DIY party hat now and go and have more fun at the party with their friends.

Be sure to visit ZMLYNA DIY again for future crafts and projects for birthday parties!

DIY Tablecloth

 

heart tablecloth

Let’s start with an easy DIY project for our first post.

This DIY craft project does require that you know how to sew either with a machine or with hand sewing needles. If you know how to sew, you will be able to create your very own DIY tablecloth for your home.

MAKE YOUR OWN TABLECLOTH

The first thing to do is to choose a fabric. You want to consider color, pattern and the fabric. The fabric should be something you can wash in your washing machine since food and liquid will get on the fabric.

You can purchase fabric at a design store or craft store for very cheap. Keep an eye out for fabric on sale or remnants that fit your measurements. You can save money this way.

Then you need to measure the table to determine the size of fabric you will need. You might need to cut out side panels for the tablecloth too. You want the overhang measurements to be the same around the entire table.

You need to decide how far you want the tablecloth to overhang. For an informal cut, let the tablecloth hang 1 ft. over the sides of the table. For something more formal, cut the tablecloth to hang 1 inch. from the floor below. This is your preference.

If the tablecloth doesn’t need panels, the only sewing that needs to be done is a hem around the bottom of the tablecloth. We recommend a ½” double rolled hem for most DIY tablecloths.

If the tablecloth needs side panels, you will need to sew the side panels to the center panel before you sew the hem at the bottom. If the tablecloth does require side panels, we recommend you choose a patterned tablecloth as it will then be able to hide the seams for the panels.

A well-made DIY tablecloth can last several years and is also a good conversation piece for dinner party or holiday guests. You will find that once you have made one tablecloth you will be able to easily make others for different seasons and different occasions throughout the year.

Visit ZMLYNA for more DIY projects soon!

ZMLYNA Welcomes You!

Hello DIY Enthusiasts! ZMLYNA wants to welcome you to our new blog. This blog will feature fun DIY projects for your home. Posts will feature step-by-step instructions on various crafts and home repair projects too – Come back soon!