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25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes For the Whole House!

25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes For the Whole House!

Salt: Secrets Of Soap Additives Pt 5 Did you know that you can add salt to soap? Salt gives soap bars four very distinct characteristics: a foamy lather with very small bubbles, a very hard bar, soap that doesn’t dry out your skin, and a gentle exfoliant. When I first tried a bar of salt soap I was surprised – it was honestly unlike any soap I had ever used before. Read more to find out how (and why!) When you think of natural, you should think of salt. Now, back to learning about salt bars. I have been using a salt bar for about a month, and my hands haven’t once felt dry. When making a salt bar, the soap should contain primarily coconut oil, no less than 80%. Because the two main ingredients salt and coconut oil provide a much harder soap, the bar doesn’t get all gooey when resting between uses. I have seen numerous recipes and posts on other blogs/forums about salt soap. Salt is also great by itself. What about soaking in the tub with Epsom salt? I hope that you found this informative. With Love and Bubbles,

- StumbleUpon Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Some smaller seeds require light to germinate and should not be sown too deep; otherwise they may never germinate or break through the surface of the soil. Conversely, large seeds planted too shallow may not develop properly. Keep seeds well-moistened while awaiting germination and check regularly. Select a light-weight, well-drained medium for sowing to ensure good seed to soil contact. Growing Tips Most vegetables will produce better results if sown and grown in a soil-medium that is well-drained, rich in organic matter (fertile), and fairly lightweight. Most vegetables will prefer good quantities of natural, direct sunlight daily. Harvesting and Seed Saving Many vegetables will be harvested in the fall, especially if grown in lower hardiness zones.

Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others | ZME Science Ross Technology Corp, a company that focuses on steel products has created a new product based on the spray known as NeverWet – which aside from being useful, is also pretty cool. Now, this might not seem particularly interesting, but it has a myriad of applications; it is built from nanoparticles and it is hydrophobic – not only that it stops water from wetting it, but it shoots water right of from the surface on which it was applied. Even if at first they wanted to apply this technology to steel, they quickly realized the enormous list of applications this can have, from shoes and clothes that wouldn’t require washing any more, to your phone that could become waterproof, or just on stuff that you don’t want bacteria to get on. This spray will be released as a commercial product next year. Check out this video to see exactly how it works. Spray an even coating on leather or fabric. Several neutrla people have tested the technology and report great results.

Homemade Lip Balm | FIMBY You've stumbled upon one of my most popular posts. You might also enjoy let's talk lip balm. After making my own lip balm I will never buy it again. It's easy, cheap, 100% natural and good for your lips, especially this time of year. I tried to figure out the actual cost of this recipe but it wasn't worth counting up the pennies. Ingredients 1/2 oz. Directions In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, lanolin and vitamin E. This recipe makes enough for 3 - 3/4 oz tins (see photo for size) and one 1 1/2 oz jar. Notes I prefer to measure kitchen cosmetics with a scale but I included the approximate tsp. measurements for those without a scale. All ingredients can be found at a natural food store or ordered from an online store such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Some people are allergic to lanolin. I always use solid honey, that's just the kind of have. This recipe makes enough to last our family of 5 several months, plus I usually give away a tin from each batch I make.

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner Don't knock it til you try it, the saying goes, and in this case it applies. While some of the things I'm suggesting might sound insane or perhaps a little (okay, a lot) OCD, they're tricks that work, and hey, isn't that really the bottom line? Keep a marker in the freezer: If you're the type of person who cooks a lot and freezes the leftovers, or someone who likes to buy in bulk, keeping a marker in the freezer might mean the difference between "what is this?" and "here's the pasta sauce I made last summer when the tomatoes were at their peak". Use it to label and date whatever you're freezing. Collect pint size versions of your favorite toiletries and store them in your suitcase: This is one of those silly ideas that I used to scoff at until the TSA changed the rules and mini became the rule. Pack up your beach or ski stuff: As for traveling, so for sports. A pen and a pad by my phone's charger: I used to keep them by my landline, now I keep them by the charger.

2X4: Four Effortless Bathroom-Stink Solutions Date: October 02 2013 | Author: Jessica | Category: Clean Bathrooms won’t smell fresh on their own! But relying on a big aerosol freshener will never get to the root of the problem. Try one of these proactive bathroom odor solutions: Stronger Hand Soap. Washing your hands after a bathroom visit is good hygiene, but it’s also an awesome way to cover up any ... ahem … foul play in the bathroom. The Cotton-Swab Trick. The Charcoal Technique. DIY Diffuser.

Persephone Magazine | Blog | The Lazy Lady's Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Flip the can over.

Homemade "Clorox" Wipes Today, my journey to find cheaper, natural, and BETTERalternatives to the cleaning supplies I use in my home presented me with a showdown with what has been, up until now, one of my best cleaning allies…Clorox Wipes. There are a lot of reasons why I liked these little gems. The main reason being that I like being able to grab a cleaning wipe whenever I need one. I also have issues with rinsing, dipping and wringing out the same rag over and over (often in the same dirty water) until you are done. That’s what I LIKE about Clorox wipes. So today I’m breaking the Clorox wipes habit and embarking on a new cleaning experiment. First thing I did was gather up a few of my old t-shirts that were beyond help (bleach stains, tears, etc.) and cut them up into approximately the size of baby wipes. Next I got an empty baby wipes dispenser that I had been saving for just this project and threw them all inside. 1 cup of water 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol 2 Tbsp. From left to right: Farewell old friend.

Make your own natural body lotion If you’re tired of all the chemicals and synthetic fragrances in most store-bought creams and lotions, you might want to consider making your own. Most people think that making creams and body lotions is difficult but it’s actually fairly easy. I frequently make my own and give them as gifts to friends and family members who seem to love them. If you can, I recommend that you keep an old blender, a small- to medium-size glass bowl, and a spatula that you use solely for making natural aromatherapy products. While you can use your kitchen blender, the beeswax found in natural creams can leave a residue on the blender and utensils used. Here’s what you’ll need: • 3/4 cup of pure oil (I like sweet almond oil since it absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film. • 1 cup of pure water (or you can use rose water — available in health food stores) • 2 tablespoons of shaved beeswax (most health food stores sell plain beeswax. • A glass jar or small glass jars for storing the lotion That’s it.

10 Techorating Tips for Rearranging, Reorganizing, and Rebooting Your Life Besides the start of a new year, long holiday weekends are the best time to tackle tasks you've put on hold for "one day". Make that one day, today. Ironically a holiday set aside as a day of rest from your professional life can be a most productive opportunity to reboot, reorganize, and rearrange your digital life... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Orange Peels & Vinegar = DIY All-Purpose Cleaner | Buy Nothing Project DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner or What To Do With All Those Holiday Season Orange Peels by Rebecca Rockefeller Do you spin your dreidel for satsumas? Orange Peels in the Jar, 2 Days Old Fill a glass jar with orange peels (any variety of orange works well). Have you tried this? Click Through For More DIY Cleaning Tips at Trash Backwards Happy house cleaning! Like this: Like Loading...

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