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The Best Natural Cleaners to Keep Your Home Spic and Span and Save You Money!

 If you are the type of person who is careful with what you put in your body, then you would probably like to avoid using harsh chemicals around the house too. Here are some great recipes for DIY natural cleaners to try out at home. Some countertops and wood surfaces are delicate, so it’s a good idea to test it out any new cleaner in a hidden area first to be safe. Using natural cleaners is a great way to create a healthier environment in your home and can also save you quite a bit of money, so it’s a win-win! xJacq Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth. Countertops and bathroom tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scrub, and wipe away. Floors: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. You can add a few drops of …

DIY Natural Room Scents

Check out these great recipes and how-to for making natural room scents from theyummylife.com! -Jacq  By Monica Matheny Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus — I’ve tried other fruits. Some of them smell good initially, but they don’t hold up for more than one use. Citrus is sturdier, longer-lasting, and gives these scent recipes freshness. Lemons and oranges are particularly fragrant and have the best staying power in these scented waters. herbs — Any herb can be used for making a room scent, but the ones that are sturdier and on woody twigs hold up the best. My favorites for room scents are rosemary and thyme. pine or cedar twigs/needles — There may be other fragrant trees that will work, too; pine and cedar are the two I’ve tried for their appealing, fresh fragrance. extracts — A touch of vanilla or almond extract improves most room fragrance mixtures. Mint extract has a nice fresh scent. spices — You can use ground or whole sweet spices. The whole spices look prettier, if your scented …

Top 10 Reasons To Grow Your Own Organic Food

1. Get The Nutrition You Need and Enjoy Tastier Food! Many studies have shown that organically grown food has more minerals and nutrients that we need than food grown with synthetic pesticides. There’s a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes—they taste better. Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and, ultimately our bodies. 2. Save Money Growing your own food can help cut the cost of the grocery bill. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars and month at the grocery store on foods that don’t really nourish you, spend time in the garden, outside, exercising, learning to grow your own food. 3. Protect Future Generations The average child receives four times more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. Food choices you make now will impact your child’s future health. “We have not inherited the Earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children.” – Lester Brown 4. Prevent Soil Erosion Soil …

Recipe Ideas for Quick and Healthy Homemade Dog Treats | Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

By Nicole Pajer Making your own homemade dog treats can be a fun reward for you dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home. • Control what goes into the recipe. You can ensure that your pet is getting a nutritious and wholesome snack. You can also tailor your dog treat recipes to your dog’s taste preferences as well as cater to any dietary restrictions. • Prevent unhealthy additives. Many brands of commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives, which help to extend their shelf life. In addition, store bought treats are often made from fillers and byproducts as opposed to natural and high quality ingredients. By creating your own treats at home, you will be able to provide your dog with a healthy snack that is not only nutritious but is also free of unhealthy additives. • Make it tasty! Making your own dog treats allows you to provide your pet with a tasty alternative to his usual doggie biscuit. Quick Dog Treat Recipe Ideas Here are a few …

Spice Cabinet Redo

If you’re like me you may have a few days off for the Easter/Passover  holiday and you have a spice cabinet that looks like this. (my before pic) Then it might be a good time to get a little crafty like I did the other day. With only printable labels from the craft store (Michael’s), 4oz. Ball Jam Jars and some wrapping paper, that mess turned into this beauty… Add a little dish and some cute measuring spoons and cooking just got a whole lot easier! xJacq

How to Murder Slugs and Other Organic Gardening Tips

The website Organicgardentips.com has so many organic gardening tips its almost overwhelming but its fun to read a few at a time. Here are my 25 favorites: #16. There is no need to work the soil deeply when adding compost or soil amendments. Eighty five percent of a plant’s roots are found in the top 6″ of soil. #22. Bare soil should not be visible around a new planting. Always cover with a layer of mulch, any coarse-textured, loose organic material. #25. Weeds? Spot-spray with common full-strength household vinegar, on a sunny day. It’s an organic weed killer that’s safe for you and the environment. #42. Use the least-disruptive and least-polluting protections against a pest. Try the following methods as applicable: first physical removal, barriers, and traps; next, biological controls; then, appropriate botanical and mineral pesticides. #47. Less than 2 percent of the insects in the world are harmful. Beneficial insects such as ground beetles, ladybugs, fireflies, green lacewings, praying mantids, spiders, and wasps keep harmful insects from devouring your plants. They also pollinate your plants and decompose organic matter. …

DIY Natural Room Sprays

Sure, room sprays make a room smell nice, but they do much more than that! Studies have shown lightly scenting a room using essential oils can have a variety of beneficial effects ranging from invigorating to calming depending on the oil you choose. Add one cup of water and 20-30 drops of essential oils to a spray bottle and shake well. Here are some proven blends or experiment using your favorite oils to create your own personal scent. If you are drawn to a particular smell, chances are it will benefit you, so go ahead and trust your intuition. If you are not using your room spray frequently, you can use a mixture of half water and half vodka to avoid a musty scent. The vodka smell dissipates quickly after it’s sprayed and the delicate  fragrance from the essential oils is all that’s left behind. It’s best to store your room spray out of direct sunlight. Enjoy! xJacq  Office or Study Room: 15 drops Lemon, 10 drops Rosemary Lemon is energizing and uplifting with its crisp, bright …