Summer has its own series of outdoor challenges. Let me share some of my tips on how to survive.
1. Need to start an outdoor fire and no paper or kindling? Pull out a bag of Doritos. The chips can be used to ignite wood for a cookout. No kidding!
2. Grass stains — We know hairspray takes ink out of clothing, but when grass stains get on clothes, coat with molasses, rub in well and let soak several minutes before washing. Want another great tip to get rid of grass stains? Click here!
3. Where are all the vegetables? Your garden has started but deer decide to visit and eat your goodies. Lots of options besides putting up a fence. Put out a bar of Dial soap; (2) spread human hair or (3) tie aluminum foil to plants — the movement startles them. See other ideas to repel deer here!
4. Poison Ivy – If you have a patch on your property remove wearing plastic gloves. If you have a goat, they just love it. Or, plant grass — the two don’t like each other. If it is on your skin, mix 8 oz. of instant tea in bath water, sit and soak.
5. Coffee grounds — Make a healthy flower garden even healthier by spreading used coffee grounds. See more creative ways to use coffee grounds here!
6. Hate weeds? Boil water, add a few drops of dish soap and drown them. No chemicals.
7. No fly zone. Keep flies outdoors by filling a (quart) Ziploc bag with water and attaching it to the top of a door jam. Flies will stay out even with the door wide open! More fly tips here.
8. Water – Place a 43″ or larger barrel next to your garden. Let Mother Nature fill it and use the rainwater to water veggies or flowers. No hose and no mess. It puts a dent in your water bill as well.
9. Anti-ant environment. Got ants? Sprinkle powdered detergent and let them carry back to their nest. A little moisture expands the soap and destroys the nests.
10. Bee stings — Place a penny on the sting and hold it on for at least 5- 10 minutes. See the penny is good for something! If you have an allergic reaction to bee stings, get medical attention.
11. Splinters — I get them all the time and I go to my office nurse. Don’t have a nurse handy? Put a drop of glue on the splinter and let it dry. Peel and gone! Or try duct tape!
12. Batty — Recent guests at my cottage were visited by a bat. Panic? No way. A single bat can be evacuated easily. Closing all doors to a room, and leaving a window open will generally prompt a bat to leave. You can also successfully remove a bat from a room with a large can or jar. Slowly move toward the bat, so as not to startle it, and gently put it over the bat. Slide a thick paper or piece of cardboard underneath and bring it outside to release it. All done wearing gloves.