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Save Money & Avoid Toxins – 72 Uses For Simple Household Products

Save Money & Avoid Toxins – 72 Uses For Simple Household Products

By Cortney Harden
April 5, 2013 2:53 AM EDT

Limiting the amount of products you bring into your home will not only cut down on costs at the grocery store but will keep you and your family healthier. Below is a list of some common uses for seven household products. Add some drops of essentials oils like lavender, rose, or sweet orange to any of them for extra pleasure!

Here are a few more tips to help you go green and save money!

  • Cut up old bath towels. Reuse these as rags for cleaning your house rather than paper towels, which are expensive and contribute to 3,000 pounds of waste in landfills each day.
  • When you grocery shop, leave your list at home. Instead, fill your basket with local, seasonal, and organic items that are on sale that week. Once you have your fruits and veggies, you can start to plan what other items you might need for the week.
  • Stock up on staples when they are on sale. Some ideas: look for jars of organic pasta sauce, condiments, and, frozen organic veggies or fruit.
  • Purchase things in bulk like quinoa, granola, beans, nuts, seeds, and dried herbs.
  • Cook up large pots of grains and beans then divvy them up smaller portions to freeze for later meals.. Staples that work well: quinoa, brown rice, black beans, and kidney beans.
  • Prep veggies on Sundays. You can wash, chop, blanch or steam them.
  • Invest in a high quality blender. This will allow you to make your own nut butters, almond milk, oat flour, soups, dips, and smoothies.  Choose one with at least a 5 year warranty.
  • Limit the amount of beauty products you use daily. Keep your routine simple!

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****REPOSTERS NOTE****

Thank You to Cortney Harden and http://www.mindbodygreen.com for this post.

Individual actions  may not seems like much but when you add together multiple small actions they are greater than the sum of the parts.

I like to buy in bulk, it saves time and money plus expands your menu choices. I also like to cook larger quantities and freeze in smaller portions. This makes it quicker and easier to always be able to throw together a great meal at a moments notice. It also saves time and electricity.

When you create home care solutions, you know exactly what they contain, the same goes for meals prepared from scratch. You end up with cost-effective solutions that save money, time and cut the amount of toxins in your living space and your diet.

A really excellent investment is a compact deep freeze. The savings in time and money far outweigh the minimal amount the additional minor electrical costs.

Our son was very high level ADHD. Food additives as well as chemicals found around the home significantly affected both his behaviors and ability to learn. We saw significant improvement at home and at school by implementing these changes like those suggested in this post.****

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Tonic To Prevent Cold and Flu + Natural Sinus Relief

Excellent Daily Tonic Recipe to prevent colds and flu if taken daily. Always use fresh Lemons to get the full benefit. Each Ingredient is a powerhouse individually but when combined are an even more formidable Immune Booster. Add a good Vitamin D3 in significant dosages and you are setting yourself up to cruise through the winter cold and flu season.

This is really easy to prepare. I put every thing but the fresh lemon and warm water in a large cup in the evening. In the morning, while my water is heating I juice hafl a lemon. Always use Local Raw Honey.

If you do get sinus symptoms, cold or flu taking this tonic a few times a day will shorten the duration quite substantially. Thank You to Healthy Homemakers for this excellent poster.

FYI, a couple of links on the benefits of Local Raw Honey.

http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/07/03/10-benefits-uses-for-raw-honey/#

http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/05/10/the-amazing-benefits-of-local-raw-honey/#.UmVawRCA7IU

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC! Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC!
 
Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and counter-top. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

 
“Reposters Note”
You can also purchase 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide which has no chemical stabilizers. Mix 1 ounce with 11 ounces of water to get 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.
 
We have used and continue to use it Daily – It has so many uses.
Gargle with it daily – mouth health improves immensely. Gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide at the first sign of a sore throat and you can avoid colds and flu’s.
 
It has been used as a very effective cancer cure for years. Tons of info on the net, so be sure to check it out.
 
Athletes Foot – Soak feet nightly and wash all socks and any footwear worn on bare-feet  – continue until all symptoms are gone for 1 month. Athletes Foot is very difficult to totally get rid of and very contagious of so be persistent.
 
Earache, I used to get severe earache when I was younger – fill ear canal with Hydrogen Peroxide and let bubble til it stops, then drain, dry ear as well as possible and remove any debris left by the process from the outer ear – do this every few hours and earache will soon be gone if it is due to inflammation in the ear canal.
 
Once you start using for your home and your health you will never be without Hydrogen Peroxide again. It is so versatile, useful and effective.
 

Natural Hair Repair and Maintenance – 5 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks

Natural Hair Repair and Maintenance –  5 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks

Five different masks for each type of hair that you can be easily make in a couple of minutes using all-natural ingredients. Most of these in ingredients are probably sitting in your refrigerator or cupboard, if not put them on the grocery list!

Dry hair –Olive Oil and Egg OR Coconut Oil and Egg
In need of some major TLC?? Combine three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with two eggs and apply the mixture to your hair and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before rinsing in the shower.

The olive oil will help hydrate brittle locks, while the protein in the eggs will promote healthy hair growth.

(Switch it up and use Coconut Oil in place of Olive Oil. Coconut oil has numerous benefits for both hair and skin. It is nutrition for all hair types, helping hair to shine, softening hair, remedying damaged hair by helping to preserve the hair’s natural proteins[1] and can even provide relief from dandruff.[2, And there’s more––the lauric acid in coconut oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.[4])

All hair types — Avocado and Honey

Mash a ripened avocado and mix in a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower.

Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E and protein, both of which your hair needs to remain soft and healthy. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent as well as having many healing benefits.

avocado hair mask

Oily hair — Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon
Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil from your scalp, and then rinse in the shower.

( I would mix this up in the blender so the peel of the lemon becomes liquefied. That would make a smoother more uniform mask for the hair.)

Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff. (Apple Cider Vinegar is the best but in a pinch – white vinegar will work. When I was young and mom and dad were going somewhere special like a wedding, mom would rinse her hair in Vinegar. Rinsing her hair in the vinegar made it just gleam and almost sparkle.)

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Dry, flaky scalp hair — Banana, Honey and Almond
Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow it to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Bananas can increase the moisture of your hair, smooth frizz and soothe your itchy scalp.

** Handy Tips**

1.  I save good empty shampoo squeeze bottles and put my masks in them so the masks are easier to apply and less messy.

2. I use raw honey when I can get it as it is more complete.

3. I put my mask that is in the reclaimed shampoo container in hot water for a few minutes before I apply it  – when they are luke warm they are more liquid. I have a plastic pitcher in the bathroom I just fill with hot water before I start my shower. It sits on the shower/tub floor while I shower until I am ready to apply it.  NEVER MICROWAVE – YOU ARE DESTROYING ALL OF THE BENEFITS.

4. When my daughters were teens – I would make triple batches, separate them into 3 bottles and store the girls bottles in the fridge and they would do the masks when it was convenient for them. Mondays and Fridays mornings seemed to their favorite hair mask days.

5.  I freeze Over- Ripe Avocados peel and all –  pop them in hot water for a couple of minutes and they work great. Over- ripe avocados are often found on the discount rack in your grocery store.

6. If you have long hair or an abundance of hair consider doubling these recipes.

Choose the mask that fits your needs the best and bring your hair back to life!! Moisturize and revitalize your hair naturally to heal you hair and scalp. Avoid pricy chemical laden commercial products – you will love your hair and your hair will love you for not trying to fake it out with inferior commercial solutions.

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