Archive | December 2013

Killing Ants

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with the ants here.  Most people complain about the cockroaches, but I’ve had that under control for several years now.  (Just put out 20-50 cockroach traps in every nook and drawer.  Change every 3-4 months)  But ants have always eluded me.  I could never find a trap they liked for long.  They ALWAYS came back.  I looked up some ideas online.  Seems like Borax will do them in.  Dehydrates them or something.  But how to administer it?  Drops around the house?  Sprinkled in with powdered sugar.  Again, nothing worked for long.  Until I mixed it with a little water, made a solution, and added honey.  Good bye ants!  As long as I leave a little (like 2 TB) out on the counter in a mini container (or bottle cap) they wander by but never stay.  Take about 1 TB borax, add 2 TB hot water, stir until there are still some crystals at the bottom.  Add 2 TB honey or sugar syrup.  Mix and set out on the counter.  It does dry up over time, so you’ll have to replace it about once a month, but it really truly does the trick.



DIY Cinnamon Room Scent

One of the things I miss about the US while living in a foreign country is familiar smells.  Like pumpkin spice candles filling the room with scent.  I’ve brought candles back with me from the States, but they are gone too soon and I’m left bereft.  Without cinnamon…

Last year I finally thought up a solution.  It’s so simple you’ll love it too.  Be you at home or abroad.  I had two of these:


And, nerd that I am, had no clue what it was.  I also had some horrid smelling oil that I assumed went into the top, but which burnt and smelled even worse when I poured it in and tried to warm it up.  Anyway – lightbulb!  Poured in some olive oil, and spices of my choosing and there it was, the comforting scent of cinnamon spice filling my room.  I’ve since moved on to coconut oil, but you can use olive oil too, just not a strong tasting one.

You need:

1 TB coconut oil/light olive oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cloves

That’s it!  Light a votive underneath, give your oil and spices a stir and leave it to fill up your room with “holiday” cheer 🙂  Feel free to experiment.  I’ve added ginger, cardamom & anise, but didn’t really like the combination.