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
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
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
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?
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
Homemade Shaving Cream – Silky & Natural 8K+ This recipe/post has been a long time coming. Feels like forever since I wrote down the note on my idea board "Homemade Shave Cream". I think for some reason I was thinking it would be difficult to make or require something I didn't have on hand. Turns out that neither of those things were true and I'm glad I finally took the plunge! Easy Homemade Shaving Cream What You Need: 1/3 c. The ingredients! Just like with coconut oil, with Shea Butter you want to pick a good unrefined, unprocessed kind. Start by melting the shea butter and the coconut oil on a low heat on the stove top. Once it's melted, pour into a container and add in the olive oil and stir. Once it's solid again you can take it out of the fridge and put it in a bowl you can whip it in. Whip it! Isn't it beautiful? Use this homemade shaving cream the same as you would any store bought shave cream! Want more DIY projects and natural health and beauty make-your-own ideas? Enter your email below to get our weekly newsletter!
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.
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.