This week on Hey Riley: Vacuuming – you’re doing it wrong! Freezer Storage Tips, AND Beginner Homesteading Tips
Homesteading Tips & Tricks | Advice From Homesteaders
Hey Riley: I’ve got a great dusting tip for you. My home is a clean one, but it’s still important to vacuum away the dust – especially since I get allergies. I do a quick cleanup by slipping a scrap of netting over the vacuum nozzle. It sucks up all the dust and dirt, but not the pens, wires, and clutter. Ideal for drawers, tool boxes, desks and craft areas. -L.M.
Hey Riley: I’m keen on homesteading, but I don’t know how to get started. I have an acre of land, I just need to start harvesting it. My main question is, what animals should I raise? What would get me the best bang for my buck? -C.D.
Hey Homesteader: Welcome to the family! You’re about to embark on an extremely rewarding journey. In terms of animals, I think chickens are a wise investment. You get the benefits of chicken meat and daily eggs, plus they don’t take up a lot of space, you can feed them all your scraps, and they’re relatively simple. If you’re looking for a livestock option, I’d start with goats. They are wonderful “lawn-mowers” and you can drink their milk and make all the cheese your heart desires. Here’s some reading material to get you started: Homesteading Guide to Raising Chickens – Homesteading Guide to Raising Goats
Hey Riley: Ever use those powder carpet fresheners? I just love them, I’ve been using them for years. However, my husband thinks the smell is a bit too strong. I’ve found that mixing the powder with baking soda (equal parts ratio) does the trick. I’m also saving money because the carpet powder lasts twice as long! -P.G.
Hey Riley: My wooden toilet seat has a crack in it. Is there a way to fix this? -N.C.
Hey Friend: Is it the lid or the seat? You can fix the lid with some wood glue and a clamp. However, if it’s your seat you should get a new one. The pressure of people sitting on it will only make it worse
Hey Riley: Overcrowded freezer? Treat it like you would any storage area and add bins. Put like foods in each bin and pull them out when you’re looking for what you need. No more frozen peas spilling across the floor! -K.W.
That’s all for this week, stay tuned because next week we’ve got some great homesteading tips for the off-grid family!
Got a question or a handy tip of your own? Send it to Riley E. Carlson via [email protected]
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