Monthly Archives: July 2013

Homemade Oatmeal Soap Recipe

Homemade soap is easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and a great alternative to chemical laden soaps. Homemade oatmeal soap has a beautiful rustic look and is a great exfoliant. Here is one of our favorite recipes:

Ingredients:natural soap

6 Tbsp Oatmeal
1 Bar of Castile Soap
Directions:
Blend the oatmeal in blender until nearly fine in texture.
Grate 1 bar of Castile soap into a microwaveable bowl.
Add 1 Tbsp of water to the Castile soap and microwave until melted.
Add the Oatmeal and mix until well blended.
Pour into a container and let harden.

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Breathe Easy with Natural Air Fresheners

Everyone wants a nice smelling home, which is why air fresheners are so popular.  Many spray and plug-in fragrance products smell nice, but breathing in that fresh scent also causes you to inhale harmful chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine bleach, or ammonia.

These unnatural substances can cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks, and irritate the lungs.

Spray fresheners dont just disappear into thin airthe chemicals linger on, staying in the home as they land on surfaces and floors and sink into carpets.

The Health Hazards of Home Air

Air fresheners that use chemicals to deodorize the air or cover odors with fragrances contain ingredients like camphor andparadichlorobenzene, which both have the capability to cause damage to the nervous system and increase cancer risk.

Unnatural fragrances added to products may contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), known to cause cancer.

Fortunately, alternatives to chemical-based air fresheners naturally refresh and scent the air, are biodegradable, and are not harmful to your health.

Natural Air Fresheners

Here are some simple, homemade air fresheners to try:

  • Fresh Air; simply open a window. Windows should be opened for a few minutes each day. Indoor air can be more polluted then outside air due to outgassing of plastics, paints and surfaces
  • White vinegar removes odors naturally on surfaces and in the air
  • Candles from Beeswax or soy wax can wipe away odor particles and improve air quality
  • Potpourri made from leftover herbs can make a quick and easy air freshener
  • Baking soda absorbs odors, so place a few open boxes throughout the home
  • Boiling spices like cinnamon in a little bit of water releases its fragrance
  • Essential oils diluted in water can be used as a spray freshenrty a combination of your favorite essential oils like lemon and cedar

Eco Product Picks

Perfect Scents Air Freshener – The “Perfect Scents Green” air freshener is enviro-friendly and totally “green ” inside and out. It is made with natural essential oils and contains no propellants.  The continuous spray packaging is 100% recyclable aluminum.

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Solar Wild Grass Garden Lights

The Solar Wild Grass Lights use solar power to provide a beautiful, eco-friendly lighting feature to your garden or landscape. The lights come in a set of 3 sprigs of fiber optic lights that can be arranged in a variety of ways, each leaf can be manipulated for the desired look. Wild-Grass-Solar-Garden-Lights.-3-LED-Lights-400x243

The Solar Wild Grass Lights are powered by a 0.2 watt solar panel that chargers a 500mAh rechargeable NiMH battery. The battery can provide around 6 hours of lighting for the wild grass sprigs from only 8 hours of sunlight. The grass lights achieve this as they use 3 LED bulbs, one per sprig, to provide the lighting. The grass lights turn on automatically as dusk approaches by the light sensor.

These are absolutely gorgeous and stylish lights for lighting up flowers, steps and patio seating area. 1 pack includes 3 LED lights connected with 1 solar panel on with stake.

 

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Is a 3 Minute Shower Possible?

A shorter shower not only saves water, but also saves on the energy used to heat that water. A typical non-conserving shower head will spray over five gallons per minute (GPM), so reducing shower time from eight  to three minutes can save 25 gallons of water. That’s over 9 thousand gallons per year, per person. This number can also be reduced further by installing a low flow shower head, which can further reduce the water usage. 

For many people, the thought of a 3 minute shower, does not seem out of reach. But individuals who have a great deal of hair to shampoo and condition along with shaving becomes a bit more difficult, but not impossible. You can turn off or restrict (shower shutoff valve) the flow of water during conditioning, lathering and shaving to conserve water. These few water saving tips will save you money and make you feel good about your impact on the environment.

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Should You Use a Garden Hose Filter?

Benefits of garden hose filter

Your garden or flowerbed consists of an very important ecosystem, which maximizes the disease resistance of your plants. This ecosystem under threat by the use of toxic chlorine. Free chlorine (CL2) cannot tell the difference between harmful pathogenic bacteria and the beneficial bacteria in your garden’s soil. A dechlorinator keeps your plants healthier by removing the chlorine that kills beneficial bacteria in your garden soil.
The life in the ecosystem is a key component of your garden. Plants depend on specific species of mold, bacteria, and some beneficial insects to get nutrients, eat predators, fertilize flowers and defend against disease. These soil organisms act as a support network for your garden. Many gardeners who don’t use a garden hose filter, kill off these supporting organisms, and create an environment susceptible to insect infestations.
By attaching an inline water filters to your existing garden hose, you will give your backyard, garden, and any of your outdoor plants healthy chlorine-free spray water. These systems are simple, effective, and inexpensive filtration device that will improve your your growing efforts.

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