DIY Car Care – You’ve Got This!

DIY Car Care – You’ve Got This!

9 Care Care Tips You Need to Complete Before Winter

  1. Check your fluids – Oil, Transmission, Windshield Washer, Power Steering (if your vehicle does not have electric power steering).
  2. Battery -Make sure the posts are cleaned.
  3. Tires – Make sure tread is good and air pressure
  4. Lights – Emergency, blinkers, headlight, tail lights, brake lights,  and reverse lights.
  5. Alignment
  6. Exhaust/HVAC
  7. Windshield Wipers Blades
  8. Brakes
  9. Belts, hoses, air filter


Check the oil! What parent hasn’t yelled that before their child embarks on a weekend journey?


I can appreciate that concern now that I am a parent. Additionally, as our family continues to acquire more and more used cars for our teenage drivers, I am always looking for the ‘original owner’ statement in the for sale ad. You, too? 

There is much to be said for how well your car will run if you take care of it by checking fluid levels and bringing it in for regular maintenance. 

I was speaking with a car dealership owner who shared that most cars on the road are at least 11 years old. I have owned several cars at least that old that had over 200,000 miles on them, and our beloved Chevy TrailBlazer rolled well over 300,000 miles. Yes, it helped that my mechanic lived directly across the street at that time. 🙂


Before the cooler weather hits, check out the nine things you need to have checked on your vehicle to help prevent otherwise preventable car issues during snowy and/or icy conditions. 


For those of us who would love to have a car without a car payment, that IS possible, but you MUST take care of your vehicle! We have created a DIY Monthly Car Care checklist for you to do just that. Buy it!

If you mark your calendar to complete this task the first weekend of every month, you can thank your future self right now! 


This low-cost, instant-download is the perfect way to track how your vehicle is doing. Keep copies in your car for comparison each month, so you can predict if a possible leak may begin. Buy it now!

We created this form and use it for all of our vehicles. As soon as the kids start driver’s training, they know how to perform each and every item on this checklist. We give them one car. Only one. It is their job to keep it running, fuel it and maintain it. 

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Drive on!


White Teeth on a $5 Budget!

White Teeth on a $5 Budget!

Love white teeth but hate to pay the high cost of whitening strips that only whiten the front of a few of your teeth?

This hack is absolutely perfect for the DIY’r because you probably already have these low-cost products sitting in your cabinet somewhere. You are going to create a low-cost mixture that is great to use weekly to keep the entire surface area of all of your teeth whitened.


1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp hydrogen peroxide

1 squirt of your favorite toothpaste



Mix the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and toothpaste together in a clean container.

Use the mixture to brush the entire surface area of all teeth. 

This should take at least two minutes. 

Rinse, and enjoy the results!


If your gums become sensitive while you are brushing them, immediately rinse your mouth with water. This whitening DIY trick is NOT recommended for people with sensitive teeth.

That is seriously all there is to it. I know, right?! 

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

Do you have sink stink?

Do you dread turning on the faucet because of the foul smell that hits your nose? Use this easy DIY trick to solve that now!

If you have no idea what I am talking about…move right along to another DIY post. If you do, then you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

This hack is absolutely perfect for the DIY’r because you probably already have these low-cost products sitting in your cabinet somewhere. I am amazed how well it instantly works. It also reminds me of an old school science experiment from after school TV. Read on…



1 cup salt

1 cup baking soda

2 cups vinegar

1 container that will hold at least 3 cups (I like to use Ball canning jars because they are already marked for accurate measuring)


Remove the stopper from the sink 

Mix salt with baking soda in the container of your choice

Pour the mixture down the drain

Follow immediately with the vinegar

This will cause an immediate fizzing reaction (think Snap, Crackle, Pop) 

About 15 minutes later, use hot water to wash it down. 

That is seriously all there is to it. I know, right?! I just repeat as often as needed.

This post is NOT for clogged sinks. If you have a clogged sink and you have already tried liquid helpers, go out and get yourself this – the Liquid-Plumr Hydro-Pressure Plunger for sinks and drain clogs. It is great. It is NOT great if you have teenage girls in the house who shed over the sink. Then you just need to take the plumbing apart and dig out the mice-sized hair clogs trapped inside.

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent – Step by Step How to Clean Instructions

I was almost too embarrassed to do a blog post for this oven vent screen because mine was so filthy!

A friend told me that I would be able to clean it using only boiling water with baking soda, so I decided to try it out.

You are supposed to submerge your filthy screen into a metal pot with just enough boiling water to cover it, but my screen would not even fit into my largest pot. The reason you want to use a metal pot is because the metal screen will scratch the sides of any non-stick material. I found this cute metal serving tray, which fit the bill just fine. I have the screen dirty-side-up for the picture, but you MUST turn the screen dirty-side-down when you pour over the water/baking soda mixture.


Baking Soda
Large Metal Pot
Tongs to remove the scalding hot screen from the boiling water
Oven Mitts (if you need to pour the water over the screen into the tray like I did)
A large metal tray to soak the screen if it will not fit into the metal pot


Boil the water
Add ¾ to 1 cup (8 oz) of baking soda to the water
It will bubble like the picture
Turn off the heat

Pour the mixture over the screen in the tray (or submerge the screen completely into the pot of boiling water)

Leave standing for 5-8 minutes

Remove using tongs to prevent burning yourself – the metal gets VERY hot!

Pour out the yucky water

Ta da!

Share your awesomeness with a friend.

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Cleaning Screen Door Tracks

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Cleaning Screen Door Tracks



Now is the time of year for back to school, pumpkin-flavored everything, apple picking, and getting the house ready for the cold weather.

Funonthehomestead.com has put together an awesome Fall To Do Home Maintenance Checklist you simply must check out. The checklist is broken down into categories, including: Stock Up On, Check, Clean, Store/Winterize, Prep, and Landscaping. 

We have been checking items off since the beginning of the Labor Day weekend. Each member of the family has had his/her own share of assignments! 

We have 13 sliding glass doors in our home, so when I saw ‘Clean Sliding Glass Door Tracks’ on the list, I will admit I sighed heavily. I do happen to know of a cheap way to clean them, involving only baking soda, vinegar, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. The only thing keeping me from getting this project done was me. 

Let’s get to it!


Here is what we started with

We have lived here in this house for five years, but I have not cleaned these sliders once since we moved in. The doors were hard to open, and WD-40 alone wasn’t going to fix this mess.


First things first

Vacuum as much of the loose dirt as possible, for obvious reasons.



Gather your supplies

Let’s get to work!

Using the spoon, put the baking soda right into the cracks. For very dirty tracks, use significantly more baking soda. The secret has to do with the vinegar. The vinegar will completely dissolve the baking soda, but the more baking soda you use, the more vinegar you will need. Thus, the more paper towel you will use. You will get the hang of it right away. Trust me!


I used a pump sprayer to spray in the vinegar because I have so many windows. I used four gallons of vinegar to get this behemoth project done in one afternoon. A simple spray bottle will probably do the trick for you if you only have one or two sliding glass doors.

As you can see, the vinegar instantly dissolves the baking soda.



If stains remain once the bubbling stops, simply use your toothbrush to scrub away at them. You MAY need to apply a second round of baking soda and vinegar for very stubborn stains, but you will be surprised how much comes out with no effort whatsoever!


Scoop up all of the standing water with strong paper towels. This is NOT a job to use generic paper towels to complete. You need the extra absorbing type for this kind of wet project. Wipe away the dirty vinegar/baking soda solution. Voila, gorgeous tracks are yours!



I did spray WD-40 on my tracks after I finished them to help provide additional ease of use. These 13 doorwalls were installed in 1992, and I have no intention of replacing them any time soon.

Check out more DIY Cleaning for Cheap ideas at funonthehomestead.com/home! Let us know if you want us to post any ideas for DIY cleaning, too.

Fireplace Facelift – An Inexpensive DIY Weekend Project

Fireplace Facelift – An Inexpensive DIY Weekend Project

When we purchased our 1970s custom-built ADA accessible home out of probate, we were ecstatic at the price – but we knew we were in for quite a few repairs and updates. This home had not been well taken care of, but we fell in love with it for its Brady Bunch charm and 1970s state-of-the-art technology, which still remained intact.

One of our favorite projects was transforming the outdated fireplace with cheap bookshelves into a modern day focal point of the home.





Follow these steps below. You can easily complete this project over a weekend. We spent about $10 on brushes/rags we pitched afterward, as we already had leftover paint.

blue tape, a paint brush with very wispy bristles, SEVERAL clean rags, ladder(s) (as needed) and paint the same color as the wall (you are just going to mix it 1 part paint to 1 part water)

SAFETY FIRST: Always have someone help you with ANY ladder work.
Remove everything from the area




Use a quick-dry drywall filler for any imperfections left behind (as needed)

Sand and paint the side walls (we used a plaster-type product to match the rest of the home)



Use blue tape to protect anything you do not want paint to drip on.



BEGIN from the TOP and work your way down.
White washing is extremely messy and drippy. I was laughing so hard chasing all of the paint that was pouring down the cracks until I got my groove.

Use a soft bristle brush to apply the white wash (mix 1 part paint to 1 part water and stir with paint stick)

IMMEDIATELY pat any and all white wash that you have applied in order to prevent dripping.

You can always go back and apply another layer if you want to. I used two coats. They dry FAST because brick is VERY porous and absorbs paint quickly.





Voila! You are done! Put on your finishing touches, and enjoy your new fireplace!

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