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DIY Mouthwash

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share something different with you.

Yes, it will require a little cooking…and yes, it will need edible ingredients you may find in your pantry. But the end result is something you may use in the morning and before bed?

Okay guys, it could be many things but in this instance, it is homemade minty mouthwash! I thought it was pretty cool to DIY a commercial product that I never thought of making at home. Enjoy!

DIY Mouthwash

(adapted from Homemade)

What you need:-

  • 1 cup (250ml/8 fluid ounces) water
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tsps finely chopped fresh parsley

Let’s get started:-

(1) In a small pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat (or use recently boiled water from the kettle). The original recipe specifies removing the pan from the stove and stir in the cloves, cinnamon, peppermint extract and parsley and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Alternatively, I prefer to *boil the mixture for 5 minutes. You need to top up more boiling water to make a cup due to the loss of moisture during boiling. Strain off the solids and set aside to cool. (2) Pour the liquid into a clean, tightly covered container.  I love the idea of storing the liquid in traveling size bottles and pretty up the bottles caps with colourful sticky tapes from Typo. (3) Store the mouthwash in the refrigerator, where according to the recipe, it will keep indefinitely. Use as a gargle and mouthwash.

*by boiling the mixture will intensify the aroma and flavour of the cloves and cinnamon into the liquid

DIY Tray – Mother’s Day Gift Idea

When I think of Mother’s Day, I think of breakfast in bed for mums.

I know it may not be the most creative idea in the book but it is my idea of pampering my mum. So if you wish to make something more than just a card (and why not throw in a breakfast in bed?), hopefully this DIY tray will be an inspiration. I love the fact you can double the tray as a “greeting card” by adding the things you want to say to her on Mother’s Day on the tray. Don’t you just love making customised items?

DIY Tray

What you need:-

  • Floater photo frame (I used a collage floater photo frame which holds 3 10x15cm/4×6 inches)
  • Fabric (I used unwanted quilting fabric bought from a thrift st0re)
  • Scissors
  • Ball point pen
  • Marker Paper
  • Cellophane Tape (or double sided tape or glue)
  • Doilies paper

{Photo A- An overview of a floater photo frame}

Let’s start:-

(1) Remove the backing  board, mat board, sample photos and glass. Use the backing board as a guide, outline the fabric with a pen. Use a scissor to cut according to the outline. Set aside. (2) Place the backing board back to where the glass used to be (on photo A, it is the upper section of the frame). (3) Place the fabric which you’ve just cut up. (4) Arrange the doilies papers on the fabric according to your preference. Once you are happy with their positions, use a double sided tape or glue or in my case, I folded the cellophane tape like the picture above, secure the doilies paper on the fabric. (4) Write the message you want on the doilies paper. Then place the glass on top to cover backing board, fabric and doilies paper. (5) Bend the clips around the frame to secure the glass. Hope you all have a fabulous time with your mums tomorrow! :)

{I love you, Mum!}



Food Facial

I’m no stranger to homemade beauty remedies thanks to growing up in a traditional Asian family. I remember as soon as I hit the acne-prone age, my mum would make sure that I slather my face with some bedak sejuk (means cold powder in Malay) which mainly made of fermented rice. When rice is soaked and fermented in water (for a year or two – in the meantime changing the water on a daily basis), its becomes thick  paste and  is left under the sun until as hard and dry as rock salt. The commercial version comes in white beaded pearls looking like tapioca pearls (the large ones) but since mine was homemade, using a teaspoon, we spooned the paste over a tray to dry for days along with some fresh pandan leaves ( it’s like an Asian version of vanilla bean).
{That’s exactly how I remember my homemade bedak sejuk – photo courtesy of My Life My Thoughts}
I must say the worst thing about making this at home is the moment you unscrew the bottle to drain the fermented rice. It stinks like crazy and it’s a stench you’ll remember forever. That said, once the bedak sejuk is ready for application (you rehydrate the dried pieces with some water, put it on your face until it dries and becomes powdery – then you just wipe if off with your hands as if  like talcum powder) , all it’s left is the sweet scented pandan which is not as dreadful as before. Oh thank goodness for that – I have to sleep with my face covered with this stuff!

Anyway, this is a snippet of my experience with home remedies. Before I go back to bed (it’s 1.43 am when I was typing up this post), I shall leave you with some videos on beauty regime utilising ingredients from our kitchen. :D Nite!

Milk + Gelatine (flavourless) = Pore Strips

Oats + Yoghurt + Honey = Mask

Rice balls = Scrubs (Another idea of using up leftover rice in addition to fried rice?)
Chopsticks = No Heat Hair Curler