I saw the recipe online. It was from the legendary Paul Harvey so it had to be true, right? A simple concoction for eliminating mosquitoes in your backyard. Heck, I could even hear Paul’s distinctive voice in my head reading off the formula …
“You take blue mouthwash, the minty kind. Pour it into a bucket. Mix in three cups of Epsom Salt. Be sure to stir it well. You want all that salt to dissolve. Then … pour in three stale beers. Stale, mind you. Don’t waste the good stuff on those pests. Put that into your spray bottle and you’ll enjoy a whole summer mosquito-free … I know … I’ve been doing it for twenty years. And now you know … the rest of the story.”
(Note: that is not an actual quote, just how I heard it in my own mind.)
As I walked into the grocery store, scratching the mosquito bite on my elbow, on my way to buy blue minty mouthwash, Epsom Salt, and cheap beer, I quickly Googled it. Sure enough, it was legit.
I sprayed my yard three days ago. My backyard smells minty fresh and I haven’t seen a mosquito yet. As soon as I post this, I’m going to The Poison Frog and spraying their backyard by the campfire circle where I’ll be performing this Thursday night.
I’m seeing a resurgence in old home remedies like this. I’ve been using a vinegar, salt, and dish soap remedy for the weeds in my yard. Much, much cheaper and safer than the chemical solutions on the market. And nearly as effective.
Here are the recipes:
- One Gallon White Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Dish Soap
- One Large Bottle Blue Minty Mouthwash
- 3 Cups Epsom Salt
- 3 Cheap, Stale Beers
Yes, there are more costly solutions. I used to spend a lot of money on Roundup and Ground Clear to keep the weeds at bay. I used to spend a lot of money on Cutter’s yard spray to be able to enjoy the backyard. The old recipes seem to be working just as well as the newer, more costly solutions.
I’m telling you this because you are being bombarded with a bunch of new-fangled (often costly) solutions to your business problems. There are some less-costly yet incredibly effective old recipes for success you should try cooking up. Here are three of my favorites.
- Find out exactly what the customer expects.
- Give her that and a little more.
- Don’t let your ads look or sound like an ad.
- Tell a story.
- Make it about your customer, not you.
- Speak to the heart of your customer.
- Speak to your tribe, the people who share your Values.
- Make only one point.
Hiring & Training
- Identify all the traits and skills of the perfect candidate for that particular job.
- Hire the traits and skills you can’t teach.
- Train the traits and skills you can teach.
Five recipes that are proven to work, don’t cost a bunch, and have stood the test of time. You’re welcome to try any of them.