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A Natural Bleach Alternative - One Good Thing by Jillee

A Natural Bleach Alternative - One Good Thing by Jillee
I recently got an email from La June which included the words, “I need HELP Jillee!” Well shoot, I can’t possibly ignore that! ;-) Actually what she needed help with is something I’m sure a lot of you probably deal with who live in a rural area. Not being able to use bleach in your laundry because you’re on a septic system. Specifically, La June was talking about the Miracle Whitening Solution post, which does indeed include bleach. While VERY effective…I know not everyone uses it. I looked at LOTS and LOTS of “bleach alternatives” and to be honest wasn’t extremely impressed with any of them. Mixing the two results in Peracetic Acid, which is a strong oxidizing agent used for high level disinfection. Then I came across this post from Grit.com and it made perfect sense! Here’s the recipe: 12 cups water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 cup hydrogen peroxide Mix. I decided to test it on a pair of white pillow shams I have on my bed that were beginning to look a bit on the dingy/dirty side.

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5 Location-Based Reminder Apps For The Forgetful Smartphones have become so smartypants these days that they are now virtually holding our hand every day, making sure that we successfully navigate the hazardous minefield known as life. From making sure that we don’t miss any important birthdays, anniversaries, or dinner dates, phones these days can also give you reminders when you reach a certain place. These are called “location-based reminders” and they require that you switch on your GPS. The most famous app which does location-based reminders, is of course Apple’s Siri (my girlfriend). But there are other apps which are vying for a piece of the location reminder pie. Here are 5 of them – 2 free, 3 paid.

Homemade Drain Cleaner – Green and Non-Toxic You can make your own drain cleaner using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, with no worries about the toxic and even fatal chemicals found in drain cleaners. You just need vinegar, baking soda, and citrus fruit peels. Drain cleaners are one of the most toxic chemicals there are, in fact, they are on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Hall of Shame because they can cause blindness, burns, and be fatal if swallowed. I got rid of our drain cleaner about a year ago so the children could never get a hold of it – way too risky for me. I used to work in Internal Communications for a large company and a lady in our office nearly died after accidentally drinking Drano that a janitor had left at the soda machine. She mistook the janitor’s cup for her’s, and had such severe burns in her esophagus that it required many surgeries and several months in the hospital before she could even function normally.

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How To Make A Chemical Free Shower Spray Shower sprays are amazing at preventing a build up of mold and mildew in your shower, however store bought brands are often full of chemicals. So Becca at thedabblist.com created a non-toxic version which works just as well. This non-toxic shower spray is one of the easiest things you could ever make, using only three ingredients, most of which you will already have in the home. How to Make Homemade Peppermint Extract Part of the reason that I decided to grow mint this year was so that I could try making my own peppermint extract. Jesse and I are pretty much obsessed with mint (especially mint plus chocolate) so we go through a lot of mint extract. Even though I buy my extracts through Azure Standard, they’re not exactly cheap, so making my own seemed like a great way to save some money.

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