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Chef Royal Salmon

One Minute Cooking Videos with Chef Royal

Chef Royal Salmon

One Minute Cooking Videos with Chef Royal: During our cooking lessons we asked our Facebook followers if they could ask a chef one question, what would it be.

1. How can I keep my chicken breasts juicy? Great question! This is an issue for us too. I can tell you after hearing the answer we have been doing it wrong all along.

2. How to get a good crust on a filet and other great steaks? Ever eat out and order a blue cheese crusted filet and wonder how you can do that at home? Chef Royal tells us…

Being a chef you would think that Royal would eat pretty much anything. One of our followers asked: What is one thing Royal will not eat. Take a guess before watching the video, we were shocked at the answer.

Weve Tried It has really enjoyed our cooking series with Chef Royal and guest DJ Phat. The amount of information we learned was huge, cooking the perfect ribeye, cooking on a Himalayan salt block, preparing exotic meats.

Hopefully we remember all of his tips and if not we can always go back and watch the videos as a reference. Other cooking videos: Perfect Ribeye and Salt Block Salmon by Chef Royal and Exotic Meats.

Don’t forget to follow Chef Royal on Facebook and DJ Phat on Instagram @PhatPhood.

Lawn mower

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Lawn Mower Tips

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips: Few pieces of lawn equipment take a beating like a lawn mower.  Yet, this important piece of equipment is often neglected until it won’t start or something breaks.

A lack of preventive maintenance almost guarantees an early death for your lawn mower, but you don’t have to be a mechanic to keep it buzzing all summer long.

Check the oil: Monitor the oil level in your mower and look for floating debris or oil that is dark black in color. Old or contaminated oil should be drained and replaced. To change the oil, remove the drain plug underneath the mower and allow it to drain completely. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the correct type of oil to use.

Clean out the undercarriage: Grass can get caked in the undercarriage potentially clogging the mower’s discharge chute. Use a wire brush to scrape grass clippings and dirt from the undercarriage and spray the remaining debris away with a hose.

Inspect the air filter:  A clogged or dirty air filter puts added stress on the mower and burns gas less efficiently. Most lawn mowers have a paper or foam air filter that can be easily accessed.

Change the spark plug: Like the air filter, the spark plug is extremely important to a functioning lawn mower, yet inexpensive and easy to replace. Change the spark plug every year to ensure an easy start.

Have the mower blades sharpened: Mower blades endure a great deal of stress thanks to rocks, large branches and other hidden objects. A dull blade rips and tears grass instead of providing a clean cut.

Do you have any great outdoor tips to share? Comment below we would love to hear them.

Clean garbage disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal: First things first, never put you hand down your garbage disposal. Your disposal should be cleaned bi-weekly and sooner if you detect an odor.

Ways to clean your garbage disposal

1.) Clean the grinder or blades with 2 cups of ice, 1 cup of rock salt or vinegar. Pour two cups of ice into the garbage disposal, followed by one-cup of salt or vinegar. Then, turn on cold water and let the disposal run for five to 10 seconds. The ice will clean off any debris off the blades, and the salt or vinegar will reduce any strong odors.

2.) Anytime you eat any kind of citrus fruit (lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit) save the peels,  a good way to freshen up your garbage disposal and leave your kitchen smelling great is to grind up a handful of citrus peels. The citric acid in the peels will not only clean the blades but it will also eliminate any odors.

3.) When putting food in your disposal add baking soda right on top, it is known for its odor absorbency.

4.) Mix 1 tablespoon bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pour in the disposal and let set for 10 minutes. Turn on the disposal and process thoroughly with cold water.

5.) Make lemon ice cubes. Slice up chunks of lemons and place them in an ice cube tray and fill with water, then freeze. Use a couple each time you want to clean your garbage disposal.

5.) Clean off any particles from the garbage disposal’s drainage system. It’s like unclogging a bathtub drain, plug the drain with a stopper, fill the entire sink with hot water and a few drips of dish detergent, and then let all the water drain with the disposal running at the same time. Gravity and the weight of water will rinse through the garbage disposal and clear out any debris in the pipe.

We want to know how you clean your garbage disposal and keep it smelling fresh. Let us know in the comment section below.

Laundry Soap DIY

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap WTI

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe: We took suggestions on what the best homemade laundry soap was and we were told to try out the recipe from The White Silk Purse.

Ingredients:

2 bars Fels Naptha
2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
6 cups of hot water
Quart Canning Jars with Lids

Start with heating up the 6 cups of water in a large kettle. While the water is heating, grate the 2 bars of Fels Naptha. Once grated add the soap to the hot water, and stir frequently. We stirred for about 15 minutes until it was completely melted. Don’t boil or you will have a big soapy mess.

Grating soap

Once Fels Naptha has melted turn off the heat and add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Continuously stir for three minutes. The powders will dissolve into the liquid.

jar soap

Pour the liquid equally into 4 quart jars. Then add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” of the jar. This will leave about 1 ½ inches of head space. Put lids on the jars and let them sit overnight.

The soap in the jars will separate while it is standing. This is OK. There will be semi firm coating of soap on top and kind of gel-like soap on the bottom.

cut soap

Now stick a knife down into the jars and cut through them like a pie, so that they will come out in pieces. Pour the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl or blender. We used an electric mixer. Start mixing on the lowest speed and gradually go up. Mix until it is a pale yellow whipped cream like consistency. We mixed two jars at a time.

Pour the mixed soap back into the jars, fill all the way full. There may be some extra for another jar. Put the lid back on and your soap is ready to use. It will get a little firmer when it sits, but it stays spoon-able. For a large load use a tablespoon of soap and smaller loads use 1 teaspoon.

homemade soap

Add the soap to the washer as it it filling. One quart will last for around 65 loads of laundry. The broken down cost equals out to be just under two cents per load.

This can also be used as a stain remover, rub a small about of the concentrated on the stain and wash as normal.

Do you make your own laundry soap? Let us know what you do different in the comment section below.

Resolve

Easy Tile Grout Cleaning

Resolve

Easy Tile Grout Cleaning: We have found a great alternative use for Resolve High Traffic Carpet Cleaner, it can also be used to clean the grout on your tile floors!

With the direct stream dispensing it is very easy to spray directly into the grout lines you want clean.

Simply spray the cleaner onto the area you are wanting to clean and leave it sit for about 15-20 minutes.

We used two methods to wipe off the Resolve Carpet Cleaner and they both worked good. In one area we simply wiped off with a wash cloth and in the other area we scrubbed the grout lightly with a tooth brush. Both methods got the grout back to the original color.

All of the grout in my home is a darker color, so it is hard to see the dramatic difference in them from the pictures, but it really is amazing! I had no idea that the bathroom grout was actually maroon!

We can’t wait to finish all the hard areas in the house!

Do you know of a product that works wonders in a way that it is not advertised? We would love to here about it in the comment section below.

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diy bug spray

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent: We get many requests from our readers on what they want us to try out and lately many have been asking for homemade mosquito repellent.

One recipe that was sent to us was found on the website SurvivingTheStores.com. We were lucky enough to already have all of the ingredients at home.

Homemade Mosquito repellent

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.

DIY Mosquito Repellent

We made 2 – 8oz bottles and are going to have two of our followers: Becky and Lisa test these out for Weve Tried It. They have both been eaten alive by mosquitoes recently and we have asked them to try it. We will update the story with their verdict on whether it works or not. We do not claim this works and will give our honest feedback.

Recently we wrote a story called ‘Home Remedies for Mosquito Bite Itch Relief.’ If you do end up getting attacked by mosquitoes check out that story here.

Have you ever made your own bug spray and had great results? We would love to hear about your recipe, leave us a comment below.

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Baking soda

No Poo Shampoo Review

Baking soda

No Poo Shampoo Review: So I decided to stop using shampoo and jump on this “no poo shampoo” train that I have been hearing about. In theory it made sense to me, that commercially made hair washes strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils which makes your scalp freak out and produce more and more which makes you rely more heavily on soaps to clean it.

Still. I have very fine, oily hair. Generally two days without shampoo and my hair is an oily mess. Could I really go without using shampoo?

No-poo is taking shampoo and conditioner out of the picture entirely, and substituting baking soda and vinegar. The baking soda acts as the cleaning agent in the hair washing process. You only use enough to cleanse your hair, so you don’t need to worry about it frying (seems to be the biggest hesitation when it comes to the no-poo method). The vinegar acts as the conditioning agent, and can leave your hair feeling soft, shiny, and overall…CLEAN.

I’m loving being shampoo free. My hair and scalp love it too, it is soft, full and shiny. I have had many comments on how healthy it looks.

Directions: Place the baking soda in a airtight container in your shower. Each time you need to wash your hair place about a tablespoon of soda in the palm of your (wet) hand. The water on your hand will help form a paste. Get this paste on your fingertips and massage in the roots of your hair. If your hair is especially thick, add more baking soda. Keep in until your hair starts to feel slippery and the baking soda has mostly dissolved.

Then condition with the vinegar rinse. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower, spray on your hair then rinse out. I have not noticed any vinegar smell afterwards and I love the way my hair looks and feels.

I have been using this method on my daughter hair as well and now there is no worries about getting soap in her eyes, this really is a no-tears way of cleaning.

Have you tried the “no poo” method and what do you think? Leave us a comment below.

Makeup remover

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Video

DIY eye makeup remover video. Are you sick of all the strong chemicals in your makeup remover or even the smell? We are, so we set out to make our own makeup remover and think we found the perfect recipe.

This process was quick and easy. Coconut oil, vitamin E oil and small glass jars.

Fill the glass container with coconut oil and then put in microwave for 5-10 seconds until it turns to liquid. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin e oil to the coconut oil and stir (we used a toothpick.)

Once completely mixed, put the lid on and store in a cool place until it turns to a solid. You don’t have to refrigerate this product.

Apply a small amount to a makeup remover pad and gently wipe the eye. Be sure to keep your eyes fully closed while applying the makeup remover.

Coconut oil would work alone but we added vitamin E because of all the benefits to our skin.

Benefits of using vitamin E oil: aids in keeping your skin looking young and soft. The skin under and your eye doesn’t produce as much of the natural oil that is necessary to keep the skin firm and vibrant. Applying vitamin E under your eyes helps prevent puffiness because it will constrict blood vessels, which will keep fluids from building up.

It can also help prevent dark circles from forming under your eyes. Don’t rub the skin under your eyes. Under eye skin is fragile and rubbing it can cause bags and wrinkles. Instead, lightly tap the skin to penetrate that area with vitamin E.

We were thrilled with the results and will continue to use this product! If you have made your own makeup remover please tell us about it in the comment section below.

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mildew remover

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Shower

How to remove mold and mildew from shower. Over time black mold can build up on bathroom caulk and it can be hard to remove. Not only is it a health hazard, it looks terrible.

Moldy shower

If you’ve tried cleaning this stuff, you know it’s nearly impossible. Over the past years I have tried many different way to clean it and nothing has worked. My next step was going to be to remove all of the moldy caulking and re-caulk my shower to get it looking clean again.  I did a little more online research and found a cleaning method that worked amazingly well with no scrubbing required.

Bathroom mold remover

All you need is some liquid bleach and some cotton pads. I soaked the cotton pads in the bleach and pushed them into the moldy caulk area. I placed the cotton over the moldy area and let them soak overnight and in the morning my caulk was white again.

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I am absolutely thrilled with the results. My shower looks new again or like I re-caulked it. I will for sure be using the bleach and cotton ball method again. Quick and easy!

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Do you have a great cleaning trick? Comment below, we would love to hear from you.

Mosquito

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bite Itch Relief

Mosquito

Home remedies for mosquito bite itch relief – There is nothing worse than being covered in bug bites and you can’t stop the itching.

We did a little digging and came up with a list of all natural itch relief aids and our guess is that you may have most of these items in your home already!

We personally have not tried each of these remedies out, but hey it’s worth a shot. They are in no particular order so be sure to read them all.

First things first! Right when you realize that you have been bitten clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, alcohol wipes, or plain water.

1. Honey – Use raw honey and just put a small amount on the bite to take the itch away.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended; dilute two or three cups in a bathtub of warm water to treat all-over bites, or put a few drops on cotton and wiping an individual bite.

3. Tea Tree Oil acts as an anti-inflammatory so it combats itching, swelling and pain.

4. Ice – Apply a cold ice pack to the bite. Ice numbs the nerves that conduct itching and pain so you don’t feel either.

5. Aloe Vera is very good for itching and swelling and can be very soothing.

6. 9 Volt Battery – For spider, bee, wasp, and ant bites, take a 9-voltbattery, and wet the bitten area a little bit. Put battery to the bitten area, and it will stop the action of poison and stop the hurt.

7. Preparation H it takes care of swelling and itching.

8. X Marks the Spot – Putting an X in the middle of the bite with your fingernails. This causes some pain which in-turn distracts you from the itch.

9. Apply a blend of essential oils of eucalyptus, winter green and peppermint or tea tree oil to bites every 2 to 3 hours to relieve itching and aid healing.

10. Tea bags: Natural tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing toxins out of the skin and helping to lessen your discomfort. Press a used tea bag against your bites until the itching has subsided.

11. Toothpaste – Just a dab of toothpaste can help relieve itching of bites. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and ingredients like baking soda and menthol help to relieve the irritation.

12. Deodorant – Rub some underarm deodorant on the bite area.Try to use a non-scented deodorant if possible.

We would love to know what you use to take care of the horrible itch that comes with bug bites. Leave us a comment below.

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