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51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda
I don’t mean to sound seditious here, but I have a rebellious plan to combat the ills that many corporations are perpetrating in the name of fighting grime and germs. My main gripe is about the environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, resulting in situations like the chemical triclosan (a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent) being found in dolphins. So the simple plan is to encourage everyone to use baking soda in any of these 51 applications. Baking soda also makes a perfect stand-in for many personal care products, which are adding their own twist to the toxic tangle of pollutants and personal health (mainly in the form of synthetic fragrance (and it’s almost all synthetic), sodium laurel sulfate, and parabens). So exactly how does baking soda fit into my scheme to make the world a better place? Personal Care 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Cleaning Love This? 13. 14. 15. 16. Related:  improvementCosmétiques nature1Do It Yourself Home & Garden

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Eau de riz Si vous tapez dans Google "eau de riz" ..... vous aurez la surprise de découvrir que ce produit banal et que l'on jette habituellement sans regret, peut vous aider dans votre beauté naturelle au quotidien ! L'eau de riz et ses bienfaits Cheveux, visage,bain, l'eau de riz est un produit magique et gratuit ! Eau de cuisson En lotion, elle embellit les cheveux : utilisez l’eau de cuisson du riz en après shampoing (à rincer). Masque = versez l’eau sur vos cheveux, massez délicatement cuir chevelu et pointes, laissez reposer 10 à 15 minutes, procédez à votre shampoing habituel (l'amidon a depuis toujours la réputation de lisser, fortifier et faire briller). Eau de rinçage Si vous trouvez que l'eau de cuisson du riz alourdit trop votre chevelure, vous pouvez utiliser de préférence, non l'eau de cuisson, mais l'eau de rinçage du riz. Faire tremper le riz, le malaxer entre les paumes des mains, et récupérer l'eau de trempage.Rincer ses cheveux après le shampoing avec l'eau de rinçage du riz.

Create a Pebble Mosaic Mix mortar in batches Mortar, rather than concrete, must be used in mosaics. There’s sand in the mixture but no gravel, so it’s smoother than concrete and adheres well to the stones. To install a mosaic I work with small batches of mortar one bag at a time, covering a 3- or 4-square-foot area. Being organized is important because I have to work quickly. To prepare the mortar, I use a wheelbarrow and a hose with a spray nozzle. When a batch of mortar is the consistency of stiff pudding, I pour it on the layer of compacted gravel. I pay a lot of attention to how the stones fit together. After I've embedded rocks into an area of wet mortar that's begun to set, I place a piece of 1/2-inch-thick contractor's-grade plywood over my work and step on it to press the pebbles to a level even with the top of the form (slideshow photo #8). The slower the mortar cures, the stronger it will be.

How to Fix Your Garden Gnome (and Other Garden Decor) Garden gnomes are the cute little guardian angels that watch over our homes. And sometimes they get a bit neglected. In our case the poor fella was beaten up a bit by string trimming and the sun. So today I’m going to share how you can fix any small holes or cracks and repaint your gnome so that it looks like new. These tips will also work with other garden decor that you’d like to repair. Here are the supplies you need Hydraulic cementBucketMargin trowelGlovesGreat stuffOld towelRust-Oleum Primer (spray)Hobby paint brushesValspar paint samplesRust-Oleum Clear Coat (spray) This is a pretty fun project and the kids can participate, too. Let’s get to it Before we get started let me introduce you to Hanz, he’s our garden gnome. But this is an easy fix. Allow the Great Stuff to completely dry and harden. You can then mold hydraulic water stop cement with your hands to re-create missing pieces or fix cracks (again, wear gloves because the cement gets warm and could burn bare skin).

75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy. Health Uses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. In the Home 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. In Cooking 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Cleaning Purposes 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap.

100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. With 100 sites to choose from, you’re bound to find something here that will help you learn just about anything you could want. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. Around the House Want to know how to fix that broken cabinet or hang up some great wallpaper? Business and Management If you feel like you’re seriously lacking on business and management skills at work, no need to worry. KnowThis? Language and Writing Those who want to learn a new language, improve their writing skills or just learn more about literature will be well-served by these instructional sites. Technology These tech-focused sites offer help to both technophiles and beginners alike. Math S.O.S.

Riz : Vous ne jetterez plus jamais l’eau de riz après avoir lu ça Ce procédé vous aidera à avoir des cheveux brillants et une peau plus saine, il vous apportera beaucoup d’avantages pour la santé. Cette recette gagne sa popularité à travers le monde entier chaque jour. Pour préparer cette recette, vous besoin d’eau et de riz, c’est tout. La méthode de préparation du riz : Peut-être que vous avez entendu dire que l’eau de riz est l’eau avec laquelle vous lavez le riz, mais ce n’est pas vrai. La préparation de l’eau de riz nécessite plus d’eau que pour la préparation du riz. Voir aussi : POUR UNE PARFAITE CUISSON ou Modes de cuisson et de préparation Les bienfaits de l’eau du riz pour la santé: • Fournit de l’énergie • Régularise la température du corps • Agit efficacement comme prévention contre le cancer • Guérit et prévient la constipation • Prévient la gastroentérite • Contient des avantages cosmétiques : • Rend votre peau plus douce • Rend vos cheveux sains et brillants • Utilisez l’eau de riz comme un élixir tonique + Posez une Question sur le forum

Conditioning Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse A few months ago I shared with you my love for washing my hair with homemade shampoo bars! Today I want to follow up that post with my conditioning herbal vinegar rinse in order to round out my family’s natural hair care routine and hopfully give you a little inspiration. Click this link to see my handmade shampoo bars… Simply put…we use vinegar and herbs to condition our hair. Using vinegar as part of your natural hair care routine will restore it’s natural shine and leave the hair follicle full of life! Vinegar also acts to improve circulation in the smallest capillaries of the bloodstream — this helps bring the blood supply, along with all of the nutrients and oxygen, to the scalp. Rosemary is an excellent hair cleanser and stimulates hair growth. The Recipe Directions: 1. 2. 4. 6. 8. How to use this Conditioning Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinse After shampooing and rinsing your hair, spray the herbal rinse on your hair and massage into your scalp.Avoid the eyes! Notes -Variations include:

Beyond Grass 3 Lawn Alternatives for LowMaintenance EcoFriendly Yards | Care2 Healthy Living A lush green lawn is lovely in theory, but in actual practice, it tends to be a major hassle. Mowing and weeding are just plain hard work, and the amount of water necessary to maintain a traditional lawn is unconscionable, especially in regions that are plagued with drought. For all these reasons, more and more alternatives to high-maintenance lawns are being developed these days. Read about some of the most popular. Ground Cover Ground cover is the term that describes any low-growing herbaceous perennial plant that can be used to cover the ground in place of grass. Wooly thyme is a silvery-green hardy herb that requires a minimal amount of care and is very resistant to crushing. Moss is soft and green, perfect for lying on with a book on a lazy summer afternoon. Wolly Thyme growing in between flagstones | Image credit: patrickstandish via Flickr Low-Maintenance Grass Fescue grass stands up well to both foot traffic and drought in USDA zones 1-7. Mondo Grass Meadow

8 Little-Known Uses For Baking Soda Outside The Kitchen SPECIAL FROM Women spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. You can forgo the expensive products and still look and feel fabulous with just one do-it-all tool - and it only costs about a dollar. Find out how to use plain old baking soda to get great hair, skin, nails, and more. Help Your Hair Drugstores and beauty supply stores sell expensive shampoos, serums, and dry shampoo formulas to combat product buildup, chlorine damage, and oily hair. Whiten Teeth Several studies published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry found that not only were toothpastes with baking soda more effective at removing plaque, but baking soda also is more effective at whitening teeth than other products. Soothe a Sunburn When aloe just isn’t cutting it for soothing sunburnt skin, try baking soda for calming relief. Polish Jewelry If your silver jewelry looks old and tarnished, try cleaning it with this simple trick. Smell Better Exfoliate Rough Skin

A Life of Productivity – 100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive When I graduated University with a business degree last May, I received two incredible full-time job offers, both of which I declined because I had a plan. For exactly one year, from May 1, 2013, through May 1, 2014, I would devour everything I could get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about the lessons I learned on A Year of Productivity. Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, and read a ton of books and academic literature on productivity, all to explore how I could become as productive as possible, and then write about the lessons I learned. One year, 197 articles, and over one million hits later, I’ve reached the end of my year-long journey, but not before going out with a bang. This article’s a long one, but it’s pretty skimmable! Without further ado, let’s jump in. To kick things off, here are a number of my favorite time hacks to both: Hacks to get more time

<i>The Story of Cosmetics</i>: What's <i>Really</i> in Your Personal Care Products? | Annie Leonard As a mother, I want to be sure that the shampoo, sunscreen, bubble bath and other personal care products my daughter uses are safe. If I stick to products in the children's aisle at the drugstore -- stuff that's made and marketed specifically for kids -- those should be OK, right? The labels are reassuring: "Gentle." "Pure." "Natural." "Free of Harsh Ingredients." But when you turn the bottles around, get out a magnifying glass and read the fine print on the back (and get online to do some research) it's a different story: sodium laureth sulfate, diazolidinyl urea, ceteareth-20, PEGs, quaternium-15 -- all these are typically contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde or 1,4 dioxane. Carcinogens in baby shampoo? I asked some scientists what was going on, and what they told me was scary, and not just for our children. I got so mad about this I joined with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to make a new video, The Story of Cosmetics. Today, Reps.