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The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers. “And the weeds of the garden shall be visited upon the gardener.” I can certainly think of the 7+ weedy sins of the garden but knowing how to cleanse my garden of these weeds is even better. Especially if it can be done cheaply and with household items. Murdering weeds is a fun past time. So, for your reading enjoyment, here are The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers, guaranteed to help you eradicate the weeds you find in your garden. Boiling Water – Yep, that’s right. Plain old H2O can be used as an extremely effective weed killer. As a matter of fact, boiling water is more effective than many of your store bought weed killers in wiping out unwanted vegetation. As an added bonus, many of these 7 homemade weed killers can be combined to produce super results. You can also add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the liquid homemade weed killers for added effectiveness.

So, go forth and cleanse thy garden of its weedy sins. Remove Permanent Marker. DID YOU KNOW… You’ve probably heard all about the amazing uses of distilled vinegar, using olive oil to condition leather and even that nifty trick of using a potato to loosen a broken light bulb. But today, we are going to talk about some of the not-so-known uses for everyday items like coffee filters, marshmallows and dryer sheets. COFFEE FILTERS – The little paper-like liners that make your morning cup of joe possible have many more uses than just getting your morning started. Because coffee filters are lint-free and absorb oil very well, there are many, many uses for these little guys.

Did you know… You can use coffee filters to clean glass, CD’s/DVD’s, computer monitors and even your iPad. DRYER SHEETS – Speaking of dryer sheets, did you know… If you plan on storing your luggage for a long period of time, stashing a dryer sheet inside each piece can help prevent musty odors.Going camping this Spring? MARSHMALLOWS - Yes, it’s true. CLEAR NAIL POLISH – Handy for more than runs in your hose. Top 10 DIY Posts of 2013. The 'Dirty' on Cleaning and Personal Care Products. Erin Schumacher, Guest WriterWaking Times When you pick up a product to clean, you expect it to clean. You don’t, however, expect the product to irritate the skin, cause cancer or disrupt hormones. The same goes with personal care products. You may think you are cleaning your body and hair, but in addition you are slathering on hundreds of toxic volatile organic compounds. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. There are various levels of toxicity when it comes to personal care and cleaning products but the toxins that I avoid above all else (and that you should memorize) are: Parabens. Make sure you AVOID these ingredients when you’re shopping. Or. Banish Mosquitos With Beautiful DIY Kokedama String Gardens Design*Sponge. Natural air fresheners: 9 nontoxic options that really work. Chemical air fresheners are not just a problem for people with chemical sensitivities; they are a problem for everyone.

Inhaling petro-chemicals, dyes, and perfumes can cause long-term health problems. Time magazine reported that many chemical air fresheners contain phthalates, a type of chemical that causes cancer. Why willingly expose yourself to cancer-causing chemicals when you can freshen your air naturally? When cleaning your house, opening your windows, and sprinkling baking soda isn't enough, try these nontoxic options. Aura Cacia grapefruit oil I spent way too much time sniffing this essential oil when I bought it. Aura Cacia olive candle lamp I avoided buying an essential oil candle diffuser for a long time, because most of them look too hippie for my taste. JR Watkins Aloe and Green Tea Room Spray Have you ever noticed that chemical bathroom sprays actually make the bathroom smell worse than the original offending odor?

Clean Air Room Spray Zeofresh Carpet Deodorizer. Non-Toxic Bug Repellent Recipe with Coconut Oil. NOTE: A few weeks back, my recipe for bug repellent was featured on the CoconutOil.com website. Since there are still some high days of summer left and the bugs are in full swing, I wanted to share my recipe for bug repellent on here too! By Jessica Espinoza CoconutOil.com Looking for an all-natural, non-toxic insect repellent that doesn’t contain the chemicals (like DEET) that most of the commercial brands do?

There are many natural, non-toxic ingredients that can be used to make a bug repellent that won’t harm you and your family. Catnip Cedarwood Cinnamon Citronella Clove Eucalyptus Geranium Lavender Lemongrass Patchouli Peppermint Rosemary Tea Tree Note: Some citrus oils, like lemon, also have strong bug repellent properties, but are also considered “phototoxic”, meaning that the skin could damage or burn easily if those oils are applied to the skin and then exposed to any source of ultraviolet (UV) light. Bug Balm Recipe This recipe makes approximately 4oz (1/2 cup) of bug balm.

How to Make Soap at Home: A Recipe for Kitchen Coffee Spice Bar Soap. I don’t know about you… …but I LOVE working in the kitchen. I may not be an awesome food blogger (many thanks to those of you who are), and I may not make the most excellent of meals, but gosh-darn I love to cook! Cooking from scratch and fresh, local foods excite me. So that usually means chopping and mincing lots of onion, garlic, and the like. Not to mention, working in the garden, looking after the chickens, and tending to the house — all of which keeps my hands pretty dirty and in need of washing constantly.

But those soaps you buy in the store just dry my hands out and I hate using “anti-bacterial” hand washes. Kitchen Coffee Spice Bar Soap was it! Coffee soap is one of my favorites! It really works to deodorize my hands.The grounds feel so good as they exfoliate and scrub all the dirty away. Soap-Making Basics As I’ve shared with you all before, my journey into soap-making began years ago. Nowadays, making soap has become second nature and very much a part of the routine here in my home.

7 Ways To Get Rid of Ants Naturally. It’s a compliment, I’m sure . . . The way ants are descending on my kitchen. The sticky sweet smell of homemade strawberry jam is irresistible if I do say so myself. But after watching them take an afternoon dip in my coconut oil I’m not feeling very hospitable. I draw the line at coconut oil, y’all. There are certain spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, that are thought to repel ants, but I haven’t had much luck with them. 7 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally 1.

When a forager and goes out and discovers food, it marks the path from the food to the nest using a pheromone trail. Peppermint Essential Oil Not only does this one really work, it smells great to boot! To use: Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe on baseboards and other entry points. (Where to find peppermint oil) Tea Tree Essential Oil Tea tree is a great all-purpose oil to have around. To use: Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe on baseboards and other entry points. (Where to find tea tree oil) Clove Essential Oil. All-Natural Bug Spray Recipe. This all-natural bug spray recipe is not only bad for bugs, it’s good for you.

Good because it’s super simple. Good because it actually smells nice. And good because it’s not toxic on your skin. All that and it keeps mosquitos from biting. If you’ve visited recently you would have probably happened by the Citronella CANdle project where you will have learned two things: I hate mosquitoes and love easy projects.

Oh, and one more thing, I don’t like toxic stuff, particularly on my skin as you will see in the Natural Skincare Series of recipes. I used to douse myself in horrible smelling bug sprays and lotions but it disrupted me as much as the mosquitoes didn’t like it. Ingredients Directions 1. 2. 3. Style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2008610541549994″ data-ad-slot=”2861689544″> Good Ideas for Dryer Sheets–Bounce | 1. All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.?? It also repels mice. 2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

Author: Amy Allred is the Creator of GoodIdeasandTips.com. How to make a natural air freshener, and assemble your own laboratory for concocting teas, salves, and syrups. As a little girl I mixed up shampoos and lotions in my laboratory, trying to improve on the toiletries we had. I never came up with anything worth mentioning, but I did once get scolded for spilling my mom's shampoo all over the bathroom rug. A friend of mine told me about the "laboratory" she'd had at age 12, in which she created, among other things, the cure for AIDs. You probably won't cure any diseases with your apothecary, but you will scratch that youthful itch to create something useful out of ordinary ingredients. narfmore I'll get your mad scientist career started with a list of ingredients to start a home apothecary, with which you'll be able to make herbal teas, salves, syrups, tinctures, eye pillows, and infused oils.

Starter herbs and their properties You can find these herbs online or in stores with large bulk herb selections. So, oils. Starter oils Most essential oils aren't cheap, but a little goes a long way. AND! Storage Lavender Mint Room Spray & Linen Mist Ingredients. How to Make Glue | Homemade Glue Recipe. During their childhood, kids use a large amount of glue. Most of them are chemical mixtures with no ingredients listed on the packaging. You can only imagine what’s in there. Preschoolers love pasting and collage, as well as tasting anything that comes close to their mouths. Besides the awful taste, shop bought glue might not be the perfect substance for their tummies. School kids have (hopefully) learned not to lick the glue, but having it on their skin and, occasionally, all over them, isn’t good either as we know that our skin absorbs anything that’s put on it.

Try this old trick to prove it: rub a clove of garlic onto the soles of your feet and after a while you’ll feel the garlicky taste in your mouth! Whether you would like to avoid a chance of your kids digesting chemical glues, make your house greener and as chemical free as possible or just want to avoid buying stuff and reducing wasteful packaging, the recipe above is a sure winner. How to make non toxic homemade glue P.S. Easy homemade soap. As the last generations of Depression-era children or back-to-the-landers take their leave of this world, their DIY skills go with them. When we try to learn from scratch, we soon discover that recipes in books don't tell half the story. DIY soap making and other skills slipping away I have never figured out why this knowledge started slipping away from us, but I am trying to re-learn some of the basics.

I now make my own soap, hand lotion, yogurt and bread. I am trying to figure out toothpaste, but it is hard to find good information about abrasion damage. My soap recipe is customized to use full bottles of most of the oils, so you don't have a lot of inventory lying around, and you don't have to do a lot of measuring. Making homemade soap can be dangerous Before we begin, let me stress that soap-making can be dangerous. Here is some general homemade soap information Soap is made in two parts, lye and water, plus a mixture of oils. The oils must be gently heated. Homemade Soap Recipe.

Lye-Ability: Making Castile Soap. I always thought soap making would take a lot of specialist equipment and expensive ingredients. But like so many things when you dig deeper, soap making can be done on the cheap. I chose Castile soap for my inaugural soap making experience. Why? Castile soap is expensive to buy; it has been known for hundreds, possibly thousands of years for its gentleness to skin AND I could get all the ingredients I needed at the grocery and hardware store. If you want some economical but super swanky Christmas gifts, this soap fits the bill. Castile soap is known for its gentleness, but not its lather, so don’t expect any big suds out of these bars. You’ll also need 170g (6 oz) of lye aka caustic soda aka sodium hydroxide.

Next you’ll need protective gear. Because you are working with lye, this is absolutely, positively NOT a young kid-friendly activity. Finally you’ll need mould for you soap. If you want pictures of the process have a look at SoapChix’s 13 Steps to Cold-Processed Castile Soap. Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer. This recipe is super easy to make and requires just two ingredients: coconut oil and dandelion flowers. Coconut oil, reputed to have many health benefits when used both internally and externally, is readily available in most areas.

I live in small town USA and found two types to choose from in my local grocery store. I buy it in larger quantities for soap making and other projects, through Mountain Rose Herbs. Dandelion flowers have been traditionally used to heal rough, chapped skin and soothe sore, achy muscles. Here are a few ways to use whipped dandelion coconut oil moisturizer, but you can probably think of plenty more! Use straight on the skin as a moisturizer.Use as a treatment for flaky scalp.Use as a soothing aftershave.Use as a chapstick.Use as a massage cream for sore back, legs, and feet.Use on your pet’s skin irritations. Please note that while many enjoy the benefits of coconut oil, some may find it too drying or show signs of allergy to it. Measure out: You may also like: 3 simple homemade toothpaste recipes. While some people in rural parts of the world may resort to the use of brick, charcoal, rangoli powder, mud, salt or ash for toothpaste, western brushers usually rely on a tube of mystery ingredients to make their pearly whites sparkle like the Pepsodent girl's.

But the ingredients found in conventional toothpastes — including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan — might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth. Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time. And given that most of us brush our teeth 730 times or more a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab. The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. 1. 2. 3. Related stories on MNN: DIY Peppermint Mouthwash | The Dabblist. 45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off.

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