Let’s talk about Home Economics. What once was a course in school is now a group of skills that often fall by the wayside as we grow up. These days, if your mom or dad doesn’t teach you how to sew a button on a shirt, this seemingly easy task can feel like a confusing chore. Fortunately, we have the internet to keep us educated, so that’s why today we’re working with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® to bring you seven Home Ec lessons you need to know.
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2. Master the Oatmeal Face Mask: One of our favorite Home Ec lessons is learning how to make homemade bath and body products. There are many to choose from, but oatmeal is a great ingredient to use since it is soothing and often can reduce itchiness. We recommend you put this recipe for an oatmeal face mask in your back pocket when you need a home spa day.
<b>Use Shower Steam to Reduce Clothing Wrinkles</b>So you don’t have an iron on hand but your blouse is completely crumpled and wrinkly. Not to worry, all you need is a flat iron and some steam to MacGyver your way out of this situation. Hang your outfit in the bathroom while you are taking a shower to let the steam do its magic. Then zap any tough wrinkles with a flat iron. Women used to straighten their hair with a clothes iron, so why not iron clothes with a hair straightener?
5. Try a Mayonnaise Hair Mask: When your hair needs a deep conditioning, head to the grocery store instead of the salon. Though it sounds a little scary, mayonnaise works wonders on those dry ends. Mix it with an avocado and honey, then let it sit on your hair for maximum replenishment.
<b>Lay Out Your Furniture Like a Pro:</b>Home Design 3D ($7, for iOS). It’s intuitive to use and is perfect for home renovations or assessing if your furniture will fit into a potential new home.
<b>Take Your Cookbook Online</b>Ditch the recipe box full of magazine clippings and get yourself set up with an online cookbook. Sites like Evernote and Pinterest can help you keep your favorite dishes safe and sound. After all, nobody wants to lose Grandma’s baked chicken recipe :)
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