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Episode 23: Mrs. Fix It: Home Remedies That REALLY Work

Episode 23: Mrs. Fix It: Home Remedies That REALLY Work

We can relate to the age old dilemma of scrolling through Pinterest, perusing home remedies that claim to be “the thing that REALLY works”, and feeling overwhelmed with all the possibilities. We all know that “Pinterest fails” are a real thing, and who has time for that? Lucky for you, listeners, we have compiled a list of home remedies that actually DO REALLY work. Ranging from stain removers, makeup savers, cleaning tips, and more, we give you a list of our tried and true home remedies in the hopes of saving you hours lost on the pages of the internet looking for just the right fix.

  • The problem: You have a pesky migraine (for anyone who suffers from migraines, you know that pesky is an understatement.)
  • The solution: Peppermint oil. Massage a few drops of peppermint oil diluted with some      water onto your temples and the base of your skull. If you can do this at the first sign of a migraine, in KA’s experience, you’ll have better luck with this trick working. Note: we are are not oil experts and you should definitely make sure the brand you use is safe to be used topically.

 

  • The problem: You’re getting ready for a night out on the town. You’re feeling hot in your super cute black shirt, when, tragically, you slip and get deodorant all down the side of your shirt. What’s a girl to do?
  • The solution: Panty hose aren’t just for your mother anymore- they can restore your shirt to it’s former glory after a deodorant emergency! Just rub the tights onto the affected area and watch as the stain magically disappears. In our experience Spanx and swimsuits have been proven to do the trick, as well.

 

  • The problem: You’ve avoided the near crisis of the deodorant stain, only to arrive at your party and have someone bump into you while holding a glass of red wine. What results can only be described as a true fashion emergency, as the wine quickly starts to stain your favorite shirt.
  • The solution: While it may seem counterintuitive, white wine can negate the effects of red wine. Simply take a little bit of white wine and dab, don’t rub, it onto the stain, in order to save your shirt and subsequent dry cleaning bill that would have ensued.

 

  • The problem: You’re making some delicious ribs for dinner, but because you made the fatal mistake of not wearing an apron, you spill grease all down your clothes, potentially negating all the deliciousness of the ribs you worked so hard to make.
  • The solution: Dish soap! Maybe we’re the last to know about this trick, but take some of the dish soap you have on hand, put directly onto the stain, work it through with your fingers, and watch as the stain disappears. After working the soap though, throw your clothes into the washer on cold and don’t put in the dryer to ensure the stain really is gone for good. We’ve also heard chalk works well for this problem, too.

 

  • The problem: You’re running late for work one morning, hurriedly putting on your makeup, and when you go to swipe some mascara on your lids, you realize the tube is dry and nothing is coming out.
  • The solution: Reach for your saline solution, add a couple of drops to the mascara tube, pump the wand a few times, and voilà, you’re back in business. Rumor has it that lavender oil works well, too, however, in KA’s experience, it was too runny. But we’re not ruling out the fact it could have been due to user error…

 

  • The problem: You’re walking out the door, you reach for the banister to hold on as you’re going down the steps, and all of the sudden, you’re stung by a wasp.
  • The solution: Quickly go inside and mix together a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply to the afflicted area to reduce the pain and swelling.

 

  • The problem: Maybe you live in an old house where the insulation is less than stellar, leaving just enough room for spiders to keep making an unwanted appearance in your home.
  • The solution: Peppermint oil is here to save the day, again! In a spray bottle, combine ½ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups water, and 20 drops of peppermint oil. Add dish soap if you want extra extra protection. Spray your door frames and windowsills to deter your eight legged friends from coming over uninvited.

 

  • The problem: You missed the boat on spring cleaning, but now that it’s summer and you have some more time on your hands, you decide to deep clean your home. You come across your lampshades and realize how truly dusty they are. How on earth will you ever clean them?
  • The solution: By using a lint roller, that’s how. Dusting cloths and dusting sprays don’t work on this type of surface, but lint rollers can in a jiffy. If you wanted to get really carried away, you could try this out on your bedskirts, as well.

 

  • The problem: You’ve acquired some candles over the months, and while you love the smell, you notice that only the middle of the wax is burning, leaving perfectly good, unused wax, around the perimeter of your candle that will never burn down.
  • The solution: Combine the wax to make a new candle! Scrape one jar empty of wax, take a wick (which you can order here or probably from any craft store) and wrap it around a pencil that lays across the jar to keep the wick from falling over. Take the wax and melt it down, either over the burner on your stove or by placing the jar in a pot of boiling water. Pour in a layer of wax, let dry completely, then repeat the process until all the wax is used. Let the candle harden completely, trim the wick, and burn!

 

  • The problem: You know how a lot of times you forget to clean the things in your house that are used for cleaning (i.e. showers, bathtubs, and dishwashers- oh my!)? Apparently, these things need to be cleaned, too.
  • The solution: For a dirty dishwasher, take a glass measuring cup full of vinegar, place it upright in the dishwasher, and run a cycle. While this may not be a cure all for the dirtiness, it loosens up the residue to make cleaning it out a little easier and make you feel a little cleaner.

 

  • The problem: It’s summer. Your skin is dry. You don’t like it. But you’re too poor for those fancy body scrubs at Sephora.
  • The solution: A DIY body scrub. Simply mix together coffee grounds, brown sugar, grape seed oil (KA substituted coconut oil and lived to tell about it), and a few drops of peppermint oil. Use in the shower and come out with your skin feeling smooth and refreshed and with your bank account thanking you. Side note: while the combination of these ingredients sounds like a repugnant smell waiting to happen, something magical happens when these things are mixed together, and the resulting smell is lovely.

 

  • The problem: You love your Origins toner, but your bank account is like, “chill out!” You also have some major razor burn, but you’re like, “what do I do?”
  • The solution: You get yourself some witch hazel. Apply with a cotton ball in place of a toner or on your razor burn, and let us know what you think of the results. KB is tentatively recommending this remedy and relying on user feedback to know if it truly works.
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