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A Simple Natural Deodorant Home Remedy

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Economical, Safe, and Effective - Baking Soda
Economical, Safe, and Effective - Baking Soda

If you’re trying to cut chemicals out of your morning beauty routine, then one thing you’ll want to examine is your choice of deodorants.  I’ve not reviewed many deodorants on this site.  That’s because, in my experience, good natural deodorants that actually work are quite hard to come by.  I usually rely on home remedies for deodorants, and I think I’ve finally hit on something that works far better than anything else I’ve tried so far: baking soda.

I was doing some online research recently, trying to find out what other people used as a deodorant alternative, and I stumbled across baking soda.  I’ve heard of it used, and for some reason I never actually tried it myself.  My husband told me that “in the old country,” baking soda is what everyone used when deodorant was hard to come by.  So we gave it a shot.

Most importantly to us was to find an aluminum-free baking soda. After all, aluminum is one of the main ingredients you want to avoid in a deodorant.  Research suggests aluminum is linked to breast cancer.  So we picked up a small bag of aluminum-free baking soda at our local health food store.  Using just a small dusting on wet palms and applying it to our armpits after a shower, we found that neither one of us were experiencing any sort of odor, even 24 hours after use!  Exercising, stressful phone calls, running around the house after a toddler; none of it seemed to matter.  

I still like to use my homemade deodorant spray from time to time, just because nice scents are fun.  But it’s nice to know I’ve found a reliable odor warrior in a small bag.  It’s extremely economical, it’s natural, and it works better than any of those lonely deodorant sticks under my bathroom sink.

How to Remove Carpet Stains Naturally

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Not My Living Room. If it Looked Like this, I Might Show it to You.

About a month ago my son decided to draw on his white bedroom carpet.  (White carpet – not my idea.)  Unfortunately, my son chose the hot pink crayon for his very long arching stripe across the middle of the floor.  (Note: These were not the soy crayons I recently reviewed; these were WASHABLE name-brand crayons which did not wash.)

I admit it, I panicked.  I have a bottle of nasty chemical-laden spot remover that has managed to stay in the house despite all my chemical-free tricks.  Why I grabbed that first instead of my usual stuff, I’ll never know, but I sprayed the heck out of the stain with smelly gel.  And guess what?  His room still smells of the stuff. The cleaner turned the bright pink stripe into a wide smudge of rose pink. Oops.  

The second thing I grabbed was my trusty old bottle of vinegar and water, which did remove the stain completely.  No more pink, and I’ve learned my lesson.  Sometimes life happens and no manner of natural remedy will remove a stain, but it’s always good to try it first.  So for your average nasty carpet stain, try a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water.  Spray bottles are best; adjusting the spray nozzle to a stream can really knock out a stain.  If it’s a tough one, try sprinkling a little baking soda on the area and blot.  Allow the area to dry thoroughly before vacuuming.  It may take a few applications, but it’s worth it! 

Other cleaning tricks:  

Gum: freeze with an ice cube, then break it off the carpet.

Paint, makeup, staining goopy stuff:  Scrape off with a dull knife, then try the vinegar mixture above or blot on rubbing alcohol. (Always test your carpet first in an inconspicuous area!)

Fruit Juice: If you have a wet vac, you can try sucking up as much as possible before blotting the area with a damp paper towel.  I’ve used the vinegar spray with good success on fruit juice.  Or try 1/2 tsp. dish soap in a quart of water and blot the area. 

Honestly, I’ve used a wide variety of natural remedies over the years with that white carpet, but for spot cleaning the best I’ve found is the vinegar solution.  It’s removed muddy dog prints, crayon, blueberry juice, dog “products” (need I say more?), coffee, and wine.  I keep a spray bottle at the ready under every sink in the house.  Why oh why I grabbed that cleaner, I just don’t know, but next time I’ll go the natural route first.  Ah, to say there won’t be a next time…

How to Make Homemade Ginger Ale – A Wonderful Remedy for Asthma

I’ve been experimenting with making my own homemade ginger ale for awhile, and I think I finally have the recipe how I like it. I’ve been waiting and waiting to share it with you! I love to use the ginger ale as a treatment for sore muscles, but even more for asthma. Although I rarely have an attack anymore, I often have days where breathing seems labored. A glass of homemade ginger ale seems to eliminate that feeling for the rest of the day for me. Of course, this is no replacement for a doctor’s care if you’re really having an attack, but it’s nice to be able to feel like you have some control over the sensation of having difficulty breathing.

Take one large handful peeled and coarsely chopped ginger root, fresh. Put it in a medium sauce pan and fill with water. Bring the water just to boiling, and reduce the heat until the water just steams but does not boil. Allow to heat without boiling until the water is about half of what you started with. While the tea is still hot, strain out the ginger pieces and add about 1/2 – 3/4 cup honey. (Most recipes call for sugar water, but I like to use honey to avoid so much processed sugars.) The mixture should be very sweet and very spicy. Allow too cool, bottle, and place in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to enjoy some ginger ale, fill your glass 1/2 – 3/4 full, then top off with a good mineral water. Add a squirt of lime juice if you prefer.

You may need to tinker with the ratios to get the ginger ale how you prefer. Keep it on hand for your aches, pains, arthritis, asthma, stomach aches and queasies. You can even use it for menstrual cramps, but beware – ginger “improves” the flow of–uh–Aunt Flo. So if you’re not hoping for that result, don’t overdo your homemade ginger ale, even if it’s darned delicious!


How to Make Homemade Lip Balm

Kiss those kiddies all you want, and without fear! You know there’s no lead in your lip balm when you make your own. Here’s the basics for creating lip balm, with some additional instructions to help you personalize your creation.

Basic Lip Balm:
4 Tbs. almond oil
1 Tbs. grated beeswax
1 tsp. honey

Over very low heat, warm up the oil and beeswax until all the wax melts. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the honey. Pour into a small jar with a wide opening, and stir it occasionally until it is cool. Always keep your balm in a cool place so it doesn’t melt and separate.

With the above basic recipe, you are now able to add some oils and make the balm your own. Right after stirring in the honey, and before it cools and solidifies, you can add essential oils. Try 10 drops of peppermint for cooling peppermint balm. Or add 10 drops grapefruit essential oil with 5 drops lavender. Another nice one: 5 drops chamomile with 10 drops neroli oil. Or for sensitive lips, try 10 drops rose oil.

For extra help with chapped lips, you can take a Vitamin E capsule (400-IU), puncture it, and add the contents in when you add the honey.

How to Clean Just About Anything – Chemical-Free!

I like clean, but I don’t like the cleaners you buy at the store. I used to look high and low for natural cleaners at health food stores, etc.  But even though they seemed great, they’re expensive.  I finally stumbled on a secret our grandparents knew for years – vinegar.

I love using vinegar for cleaning.  You can get a whole gallon for just a couple bucks.  Mix it with water in a spray bottle, and you’ve got a whole lot of cleaner.

I mix about 1/3 – 1/2 parts vinegar, the rest water.  If you don’t like your kitchen smelling like salad dressing, then throw in a few drops of sweet orange oil or lemon juice.  Not only will it smell better, but it cuts through grease a little more as well.

This is such a safe option that you’ll never have to worry about its effects on children.  It’s a deodorizer, an antibacterial spray, a soap scum remover, a degreaser, and so much more.

If you have tough stains on the countertops or the stove top, spray the vinegar on and use a little baking soda with a paper towel.  I use it on my stovetop regularly; it’s great at removing all that burnt stuff.

Vinegar can also be used in the laundry as an alternative to fabric softeners.  It also helps remove stains, bacterias, odors, and static.  Not to worry – your clothes will not smell of vinegar when they’re done!

For more information on chemical-free cleaning, I’ve found a blog that I’m really enjoying. It’s at Healthy Child.  It’s by The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, and I’m really enjoying the information I’m finding there.  If you’ve found any other websites or blogs of this nature, let me know.  I’d love to link to a few more!