What eliminates nail polish bubbles, and cleans bad things?

That’s right:  Vinegar. Who knew?  I alway knew that it supposedly has thousands of potential applications, but I have tried two uses so far this week (and will be testing a third in the next day or so) that do not necessarily appear on all these cool lists.

So the polish came off on one of my nails, but the others were still ok, so I painted the offending thumbnail.  It looked good at first: I did all the things you’re supposed to do.  I did thin coats, waited a while between layers until the others were dried, ‘rolled’ the bottle of polish instead of shaking it.  As it set it became a trainwreck!  I have never had so many bubbles in my life.  Ever.  Poor pic below, but you get the idea.  It’s like one of those undersea bubble blowing decorations for a fish tank.  Sad.

So I did the research, and I was doing most things well, but I came upon a couple great suggestions.  One was to use rubbing alcohol on the nail first to pull out oils & such that can react with polish.  Since I don’t have any on hand, I kept looking.  Stubborn, I know.  Turns out you can use vinegar instead (white distilled.)  So I stripped my sorry excuse for a paint job off, and especially since my remover has moisturizing properties, applied the vinegar with a cotton ball, waited a few seconds, then dried off the excess with a paper towel.

Base coat… ok.  1st layer of polish… so far so good. 2nd coat of polish, a few teeny bubbles on my right hand, because I didn’t wait long enough on the second coat.  Topcoat, time for the real moment of truth:  MUCH better, pretty well bubble free.  I will definitely work the vinegar into my home mani routine

OK here’s my second run-in with vinegar, but seriously, it’s kind of gross.  I have two kittens, and one had worms (and therefore diarrhea.)  Well, his feces sprayed up my wall.. a lot, and my normal cleaners weren’t working.  Magic Eraser, Greenworks, nothing worked well, and I removed more paint than poo.  There is plenty online about cleaning pet mess from carpets, but not so much about getting it off of walls.  I found one lone suggestion hidden in a random question/answer, which I misread (go me), but it still worked very well.  I mixed 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle, sprayed it on the whole mess & let it sit for a few minutes, came back and used the spray like a normal cleaner.  It was AMAZING.  Got all the bad stuff off, and didn’t take off any of the paint.  Once upon a time I had a young artist finger paint my bathroom in poo and I had the same difficulty then, so I think it’d be worth a try on kid-mess too.

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Iced Coffee

So my super simple iced coffee experiment was based on an article from The Pioneer Woman (which was based on another article from Imbibe Magazine), so we’re all borrowing.  I don’t have institutional sized containers, so I halved the recipe and made 1 gal.

I combined 1 gal of water and half of a bag of coffee in a pitcher and let it steep all night (they recommend 8 hours, but I made mine earlier in the day, so mine was WAY longer than that.)  Today I was faced with the dilemma of how to strain it.  I don’t have the cheesecloth and mesh strainer the article used… So I got creative(ish):  I used the basket from my coffee maker, with a coffee filter, placed it on top of a mason jar with a canning funnel to direct the precious liquid.  Then I filled my second pitcher whenever the jar filled.  I’m not going to lie, it took a little time to strain it all that way, but it worked fine.  It  also only made a little over 3/4 of a gal after it was all filtered.

Now to add my favorite things (I use sugar, a caramel macchiato liquid creamer, and a touch of chocolate syrup.)

Taste test verdict: Tasty, but definitely more stout than the store-bought mix.  I didn’t take into account that I use a very bold coffee mix, and could get away with a little less coffee when brewing (I will probably try 1/3 bag next time.)  Iced coffee recipes are normally kind of watery, so strong coffee isn’t a bad issue to have.

This afternoon, I’ll make my coffee ice cubes, not that they are as big of a deal with this batch of stronger iced coffee.

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Scrub pic


Sugar scrub… Maybe I got over zealous with the coffee?

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Sugar scrub (Oil-free)

I love scrubs.  A lot.  I wanted to  try my hand at making a sugar scrub, but ones with oil dripping out creep me out.  On top of that, I’m a 30 year old with acne & rather sensitive skin, so I’m not really keen on rubbing oil all over me.  I also wanted to use things I already had, since I was anxious to try it NOW.  Of course I searched online, and most had oil, and the few that didn’t had things I didn’t have or didn’t know where to buy (vegetable glycerin).  I did discover that the beauty of these is you can add most anything beneficial that you like, so I tried this:

In a old store-bought scrub jar I  mixed 2 parts white sugar, 1 part brown sugar (I did 2/3 cup & 1/3 cup), then I added what little honey I had left in the bottle (several TBSP.)  It’s a good moisturizer & has some antibacterial properties.  I mixed in some 100% aloe gel I had around to treat sunburn., probably 1-2 TBSP.)  Really, I played with the quantities til I liked the consistency.  You can always add a little water if you choose, maybe some extract or essential oils, for a nice scent.

After mixing it together, I liked it, but I decided to add a little scoop of ground coffee.  I was intrigued by scrubs with this, and the caffeine and antioxidants in it are good for toning & energizing the skin.  According to CancerLynx.com “Coffee is granular and feels nice on the skin but the caffeine has added benefits. Applied topically coffee helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate varicose veins.”  Certainly worth a shot, right?

I am off to test drive it on the rest of my body, but my elbows (test area) feel amazing.

Don’t forget to lotion afterwards!  Happy scrubbing 🙂

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