Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eco Friendly Solution To Keeping Mice Outside of Your House

With the chilly temperatures of Fall showing up these days, I thought it was time to post this natural solution to ridding your house, garage, etc. of the mice that have a habit of deciding that they want to set up winter residence in your home. Late one evening last Fall, as I was walking down the hallway on my way to bed that night, I heard the distinct scratching and nibbling sound of mice in the wall between the hallway and the bathroom.

Here it is late at night, not exactly a time when I was in the mood to be dealing with this sort of problem. However, the thought crossed my mind that a few weeks earlier I had been reading an article in one of the natural health magazines while waiting in our naturopathic doctors office that mice absolutely abhor the smell of peppermint! First, I was wondering if we had any candy canes leftover, but I figured even if we did they may not work. Then, I remembered that we had a small bottle of peppermint essential oil. I got the bottle out of the hall closet and found a large wad of cotton balls and got busy. I took my stash of cotton balls and peppermint essential oil bottle down to the mechanical room in the basement which is where we usually had in the past put out the mice bait bags. I put 3 or 4 drops of the peppermint essential oil on each cotton ball and put about 6 cotton balls spaced around the mechanical room. I then went around the rest of the basement and put cotton balls all around in the basement area too.

I then went back upstairs to finally go to bed, and by the time I got back upstairs there was not one sound of any mice scratching and jumping around in the walls. The next day and night I checked and sure enough not a sound or trace of them. Needless, to say I was very pleased that this easy natural solution solved the problem. Throughout the rest of the Fall and Winter I continued to refresh the cotton balls about once a month with drops of the peppermint essential oil and we never had any further mice problems. This year I am going to expand my peppermint cotton ball territory out to our detached garage and evict the mice from there too!

This is a great green idea as there are no toxic chemicals involved and it also gives the areas a great fresh minty aroma! Give it a try and see for yourself!

Monday, April 25, 2011

How To Clean Up And Save Money


Now days everyone is looking for ways to save money, so I thought I would pass this recipe along.  No, this is not some financial advice, or a great new pie recipe, but it is a great way to save money on laundry detergent.  Do you know that when you use a commercial brand of laundry detergent it is costing you at least 25 cents per load?  Well, by using this recipe each load will only cost you about  1 cent per load!  Quite a savings, no wonder those big companies make so much money! 

This recipe was given to us by a friend at the local farm store however,  I understand it was originally put out by the makers of one of the ingredients. It requires only a few basic ingredients, a container and some of your time.  

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/3 bar FELS NAPTHA laundry bar soap (grated)
  • 1/2 cup BORAX laundry booster

Equipment you will need:

  • 2 gallon bucket
  • dish
  • grater
  • saucepan
  • measuring cup or cups to measure 1/2 cup and 1 cup
  • gallon jug for measuring


  • First  grate about 1/3 bar of FEL NAPTHA bar soap onto a dish and then put the grated soap in a  sauce pan and add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts.
  • Next  add 1/2 cup WASHING SODA and 1/2 cup BORAX and stir until dissolved.
  • Next   pour 4 cups of hot water into the 2 gallon bucket and add in the soap mixture.
  • Then  add in 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir thoroughly.  Let stand for 24 hours and soap will gel.

* Use 1/2 cup of soap per load of laundry!

As you can see I have purchased the necessary ingredients, but I am still using up my supply of commercial detergent first, so I will let you know how it works as soon as I get the first batch mixed up, However in the mean time  if you are in need of laundry detergent before I get to try this out my self, you could try it out and let us know how you like it!   

Saturday, March 19, 2011

People Are Funnier Than Anybody Collection Featuring Two Artisan Sisters

This great fun collection curated by ProsperosBookshelf on Artfire features items from 12 different studios. It features our Jolly Old St Nick Norman Rockwell Collector Plate! Hope you have fun checking all of these great items and studios!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Two Artisan Sisters Featured in Spring Collection

Here is a great collection entitled Spring which we were honored to have been featured in today. It is curated by AfterDarkVintage. Check out AfterDarkVintage and all of the great studios represented in this lovely collection!