Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Favorite All Natural Household Tricks

In this economy people are always looking for ways to cut back on spending. Here are some of my all natural, homemade household tricks that are super cheap and really work!

First, if you don't already know, you will know now, that dryer sheets are extremely toxic. They smell great, but all of that fragrance you are smelling is very toxic. It causes allergies, skin irritations, and causes asthma to get worse. What else can you use instead? Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I prefer lavender--stress reliever and relaxing, but eucalyptus and jasmine smell great too) on your wet clothes before you start drying! Also, add 2-3 tightly rolled aluminum foil balls to your laundry for a natural approach to REMOVING all static from your clothes or you can put a wet rag with some essential oil on it to help reduce static. This natural and cheap way makes your clothes static free and smelling good with non-toxic, all-natural fragrance.
You can also purchase the dryer balls at a Bed Bath and Beyond. Anything is better than dryer sheets!!! 

Second, white vinegar and water for sparkling clean windows and mirrors. Vinegar is really cheap. Add half vinegar, half water to a spray bottle and wipe down your window or mirror, and then use dry towel to dry the window/mirror for a streak free shine.

Third, use hydrogen peroxide as a natural teeth whitening and mouth cleaner. Before you brush your teeth, swish some 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little water in your mouth for 30 secs. Spit and then proceed to brush your teeth. Doing this everyday will clean out your mouth and whiten your teeth!  

Fourth, use a liberal amount of salt on wine stains. Immediately after you spill your wine, pour a large amount of salt on the stain and let it sit for many hours until it has soaked up the wine, proceed to vacuum up and the stain will be gone.


Fifth, use baking soda as a cleaner, de-clogger, and deodorizer. Do you have a drain that is clogged? Dump a bunch of baking soda down your drain and add distilled white vinegar (like you did for your elementary school volcano science projects), flush with boiling water, repeat until clog is gone (depending on how clogged your drain is, it should work after 2-3 tries)!
Use a wet cloth and apply baking soda to your tub, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it clean.
Dump some baking soda at the bottom of your trash bag to help with your trash odors, or put it on your carpets let it sit for a few hours then vacuum up (this is a way better option than those harmfully toxic, carpet deodorizing products in the stores)! Add it to your laundry to whiten it up as well. 

Lastly, for severe dry skin or other skin disorders give Tamanu oil a try. I use it under my eyes to moisturize and prevent wrinkles, but it can be used on cuts and scars since it is a natural antibiotic and helps regenerate new skin tissue. Coconut oil works wonders as well :) 

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