Natural Cleaning Recipes Why spend a fortune on cleaning products that introduce toxic chemicals into your living space? You can use simple ingredients, such as baking soda, lemons, and vinegar to make effective cleaners that work in every room of your house. Besides being a snap to make, homemade cleaners cost mere pennies! Common Natural Cleaners Combined in various ways, these common household items work just as well as the most expensive and noxious cleaners on the market—and they don’t leave your living space smelling like a freshly sanitized hospital. Baking Soda – The cleaning powers of baking soda reach far beyond it’s role as a fridge deodorizer…Baking soda works as a non-abrasive scouring cleaner on countertops and ovens, and in bathtubs and sinks. Natural Cleaning Recipes Here are a few quick and simple recipes to help you on your way to a spick-and-span, non-toxic living space. Always perform a test for allergies before using new ingredients or essential oils. Post-Cleaning Hand Soak
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
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
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 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. 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 This glue will keep for a few days. Vinegar in this glue recipe acts as a mild natural preservative. P.S. Similar Posts:
45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off These 45 health benefits and ways to use lemons will definitely motivate you to keep lemons on hand at all times and maybe even work lemon water into your diet. Credit: Au Feminin Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However, the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24/7. 1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. 2. 3. 4. Credit: Organic Facts 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Credit: Galore Mag 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Credit: Healthy Food Spirit 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. Credit: Live Science 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. Credits: preventdisease.com
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. 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. Alternatively, you can easily make your own cleaning products and reduce your toxic exposure, protecting yourself and your family! Spray on the mirror and wipe with newspaper or paper towels. or
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″>
Use baking soda for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs Sometimes, I’m a little slow to pick up on cause and effect. Let me give you an example. My husband’s family loves deviled eggs, and for years, I’ve been making them by the dozens for different events. It never occurred to me that the problem was the type of eggs I was buying. Fine Cooking says this is because the albumen, or the egg white, will stick to the shell of a fresher egg, but as the egg ages, it doesn’t stick as much to the shell. I hadn’t heard this until someone mentioned it on Pinterest, but once I read about it, I decided to give it a try. When I went to peel them, the one that had been in the water with the baking soda peeled with no problem. I was pleased with the results of my experiment, and I’ll be adding baking soda to the water next time I boil eggs. Do you add baking soda to the water of boiled eggs to help them peel easily, or do you have another trick to share?
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. 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. 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. Since most of these homemade weed killers are all-or-nothing weed killers, you may want to use a weed killer shield with them to prevent sprays and splashes on desirable plants. So, go forth and cleanse thy garden of its weedy sins.
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. 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. Lye is VERY caustic, so don't get any on your skin. You will also need a mold. Homemade soap: The hardest step Pour into mold.