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A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! My bathroom cupboard holds an array of partially used natural deodorants.

A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works!

All of them now sit abandoned because they just don’t work well enough. I’ve tried everything – sticks, sprays, roll-on liquid, made by countless different brands -- but by the end of a long day and an intense workout at the gym, there is inevitably a moment when I realize the natural deodorant just isn’t cutting it. So I revert to conventional anti-perspirant, feeling confident that I won’t smell, but uncomfortable with possibly putting myself at risk for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (not to mention the host of toxic chemicals included in conventional anti-perspirant and deodorant). 13 baking soda uses to clean almost everything. We also know baking soda is in many of our favorite recipes.

13 baking soda uses to clean almost everything

It’s also coming back in style for many more uses around the house, as more people look for non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning solutions. Baking soda is a key ingredient in many DIY beauty and cleaning products, thanks to its gentle abrasiveness, smell fighting properties and ability to absorb oils. What could be safer than a cleaning potion that’s also edible? Below, you’ll find a round-up of ways to use baking soda to clean everything from a clogged drain to a greasy head of hair.

Homemade Borax-Free Dishwasher Detergent. InShare I have tried many different “eco-friendly” dishwasher detergents over the years.

Homemade Borax-Free Dishwasher Detergent

From 7th Generation to Ecos, Method to Ecover, I just couldn’t find one that worked very well. And with a price as high as those, I certainly wanted something that worked. Eventually I came across a recipe to make my own dishwasher detergent. It contained washing soda, borax, salt and citric acid. Miscellaneous Bulk Ingredients – Mountain Rose Herbs. Aloe Vera Gel This incredibly stable Aloe Vera Gel with a pourable consistency is highly beneficial for dietary, cosmetic, and household use.

Miscellaneous Bulk Ingredients – Mountain Rose Herbs

A helpful and indispensable household ally for treating burns, bites, and other skin maladies. Pulverized from the inner fillet of certified organically grown Aloe Vera plants, and further filtered to produce a clear and consistent Aloe gel with a well rounded, and fresh odor. This product may occasionally contain pieces of pulp or inner fillet, and we recommend refrigeration. 6 Homemade herbicides: Kill the weeds without killing the Earth. It's been said that weeds are just plants whose virtues have not yet been discovered, but if you're tired of waiting to find out what those virtues are, you might want to use one of these homemade herbicides instead of the chemical versions.

6 Homemade herbicides: Kill the weeds without killing the Earth

Many common weeds can be either food, medicine, or unwanted visitors to the garden, depending on the varieties and how you view them. But if you've eaten all of them you can, and you still need to get rid of weeds in your yard, it's far better for you, your soil, and your local waterways to choose a more environmentally friendly herbicide than those commonly found in the home and garden center. DIY Non-Toxic Dish Detergent for 8 Cents a Load. Flickr/Sarah Korf/CC BY 2.0 Of the 88 dishwasher detergents listed in Environmental Working Group's new Guide to Healthy Cleaning, nearly 70 percent scored a rating of D or F, indicating that the ingredients offer 'likely' or 'potentially significant' hazards to health or the environment.

DIY Non-Toxic Dish Detergent for 8 Cents a Load

Along with a gaggle of ingredients that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, other ingredients like sodium hypochlorite and zinc carbonate are of high concern for acute and chronic toxicity to aquatic life. Meanwhile, four products - that's right, four out of 88 - received an A rating which indicates that they are considered relatively safe for human health and the environment.

Those four are: Homemade Borax-Free Dishwasher Detergent. Scientific consensus has gotten a bad reputation—and it doesn’t deserve it. One of the many unfortunate aspects of arguments over climate change is that it's where many people come across the idea of a scientific consensus.

Scientific consensus has gotten a bad reputation—and it doesn’t deserve it

Just as unfortunately, their first exposure tends to be in the form of shouted sound bites: "But there's a consensus! " "Consensus has no place in science! " Lost in the shouting is the fact that consensus plays several key roles in the process of science. S Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Miscellaneous Bulk Ingredients – Mountain Rose Herbs. Borax: Not the green alternative it's cracked up to be. Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Borax: Not the green alternative it's cracked up to be

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes. Potassium carbonate. Potassium carbonate (K2CO3) is a white salt, soluble in water (insoluble in ethanol[2]), which forms a strongly alkaline solution.

Potassium carbonate

It can be made as the product of potassium hydroxide's absorbent reaction with carbon dioxide. It is deliquescent, often appearing a damp or wet solid. Potassium carbonate is used in the production of soap and glass. History[edit] Sodium carbonate. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline decahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate.

Sodium carbonate

Pure sodium carbonate is a white, odorless powder that is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air). It has a strongly alkaline taste, and forms a moderately basic solution in water. Sodium carbonate is well known domestically for its everyday use as a water softener. It can be extracted from the ashes of many plants growing in sodium-rich soils, such as vegetation from the Middle East, kelp from Scotland and seaweed from Spain. Because the ashes of these sodium-rich plants were noticeably different from ashes of timber (used to create potash), they became known as "soda ash".[12] It is synthetically produced in large quantities from salt (sodium chloride) and limestone by a method known as the Solvay process. It is a common additive in swimming pools used to raise the ph which can be lowered by chlorine tablets and other additives which contains acids.

Mining[edit] 7 uses for diatomaceous earth. Borax. In artisanal gold mining, the borax method is sometimes used as a substitute for toxic mercury in the gold extraction process. Borax was reportedly used by gold miners in parts of the Philippines in the 1900s.[2] The term borax is used for a number of closely related minerals or chemical compounds that differ in their crystal water content, but usually refers to the decahydrate. Avoid borax in your green cleaning products. Many MNNers already shun conventional cleaning products, most of which contain unnecessarily harsh and potentially harmful chemicals that are undisclosed on the ingredient list, if a list’s even provided. Instead, green cleaning advocates often mix their own DIY cleaning products from safer ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and borax.

If you use all four of the ingredients I just mentioned above, I’ve got bad news. Borax isn’t so green and healthy, according to the well-respected environmental health nonprofit, Environmental Working Group. “Borax: Not the green alternative it’s cracked up to be” is the title of EWG senior scientist Rebecca Sutton’s post. Borax: Not the green alternative it's cracked up to be. DIY Laundry Soap at 20 Cents a Gallon, But Is DIY Always Green? Image credit: Urban Farming Guys I've written before about the green benefits inherent in DIY, but that doesn't mean that everything DIY is green. Take this latest video from the inspiring Urban Farming Guys—the same folks who gave us videos on DIY biogas and homemade goat milking stands—which shows us how to make insanely cheap laundry detergent from commonly available ingredients. The only trouble is, one of them is considered toxic. When I saw the video above I was instantly intrigued. Homemade Borax-Free Dishwasher Detergent.

REACH for Greener Chemistry. Toxic waste. You know it is bad. Must be controlled. But think about this for a second: factories are not built to make waste. Factories make products. Most of the chemicals which go into a factory come out in the products you buy. On 18 December 2006, the EU Council approved the most ambitious regulation of chemicals yet conceived, the REACH law, for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals.