The Suprises a Lemon Can Bring
The citrus of a lemon is an excellent insect repellent. Place lemon rinds on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 150 degrees for three hours. Scoop a cupful of dried rinds, wrap them in a large piece of cheesecloth, tie it closed with a string, and hang them up in closets, storage spaces, etc. to keep the moths away.
Kicking Your Shoes to the Curb
Keeping your shoes outside is a very varied opinion amongst families and individuals. Aside of your personal beliefs or feelings, I just wanted to share with you some facts and findings, and some general things to think about before letting those down to earth foot covers enter you home again.
The first proof of pesticides being tracked into people’s homes by shoes was made in an EPA study, reported in Environmental Science & Technology. Another study showed that 98 percent of lead dust found in homes is tracked in from outside as well.
Besides the studies, just thinking about what has been on the pavement, who knows. Dog poop, People’s spit, urine, all kinds of trash and bodily fluid that your shoe comes face to face with every day, then introduces it very formally to your household floors. Why all of the extra cleaning, or just plain living in the extra mess when you can stop a good amount of it at the door? If you do not feel comfortable with leaving them outside, have a shoerack right inside the door, or in a close closet.
When Coffee is done Waking you up, Don’t Throw Away the Grounds!!
• Coffee grounds are a great natural exfoliator–make a body scrub with coffee grounds, coconut oil, and a little brown sugar.
• Use coffee grounds as mulch for acid-loving plants, such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias–they’ll appreciate your used coffee grounds for their natural acidity and the nutrients they’ll add to the soil.
• Sprinkle used grounds around places where you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.
• Before cleaning the fireplace, sprinkle with still-damp used coffee grounds–this weighs down the ash dust and makes cleaning much easier.
• Soak used grounds in hot water and use as a dye bath for Easter eggs, cloth, and paper.
Tips that will help you rid Many Odors
fume – Soak or spray with white distilled vinegar (in both instances let set for a few hours before rinsing, or for spraying just let the smell dissipate)
Chemical Smell in Fabric -Soak overnight in 1 cup of baking soda before washing as usual.
Soot —Washing soda (wash area with 1 gallon to water to ¼ cup washing soda; let set for an hour or so before rinsing).
PVC/Plastic – Set plastic shower curtains, etc., in the sun, or wash with soap flakes and water once a week (about ¼ cup to 1 gallon warm water). Alternatively, set the plastic item in the sun as often as possible.
Many biological odors contain both alkaline and acidic components, hence the alternating of baking soda and vinegar. When in doubt for any biological odor, follow directions for “Pet Pee,” below.
Pet Pee – Vinegar and Baking soda, alternating. (Place white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it straight onto the pee assuming the area can handle moisture; let kit set for an hour or so before rinsing. Follow by sprinkling the area with baking soda. Mist the baking soda with water. Let it set for a few hours before vacuuming. Keep alternating until the odor is gone.)
Perspiration — Baking soda. (Scrub a thick baking soda paste into the perspiration on the fabric; let set for an hour before laundering as usual. For personal hygiene, powder baking soda under your arms, making it slightly moist beforehand to help is stick if needed.)
Vomit – Vinegar and baking soda, alternating (follow directions for “Pet Pee”).
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