Ultra cleaning power packed in a smaller, easy-to-use bottle





Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 5/29/2013 4:19:57 PM


Arm&Hammer UltraNew from the makers of ARM & HAMMER, Ultra Power 4X Concentrated Laundry Detergent is an ultra-concentrated formula that’s packed with powerful stain-fighters and two scoops of baking soda to deliver cleaner, fresher clothes than the leading value brand. Packaged in a convenient, smaller and less bulky bottle that is easy to measure and store, Ultra Power is super-concentrated to give consumers powerful cleaning in every drop.


“From my work as a trainer, I know that strength can come in even the smallest sizes,” says Tracy Anderson, celebrity fitness expert. “I need a laundry detergent that shares the same principles to help me power through even the toughest stains. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X Concentrated keeps my family’s clothes fresh and cleans with the muscle I expect.”


The ultra-concentrated liquid and smaller packaging of Ultra Power 4X Concentrated makes it an environmentally responsible laundry choice. Compared to Arm & Hammer 2X detergents, the ultra-concentrated liquid requires less water to produce and since the 4X bottles are smaller than 2X bottles, consumers get more wash loads with less plastic.


“At Church & Dwight, the consumer is our top priority and we are always exploring new ways to meet their laundry needs,” says Kevin Kuchinski, VP, Church & Dwight Fabric Care. “The introduction of Ultra Power 4X Concentrated allows us to expand our laundry portfolio and continue to give consumers what they are looking for – a detergent that delivers tough cleaning power, is convenient, and delivers strong value.”


Arm & Hammer  4X detergents come in two varieties, Ultra Power 4X Concentrated Refreshing Falls, and Sensitive Skin 4X Concentrated Perfume & Dye Free, which is dermatologist-tested to be gentle on sensitive skin.


Each variety comes in two sizes, 45oz (60 loads) from $4.97 and 90oz (120 loads) from $7.83, both available at retailers nationwide.

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pest Infestations

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Pest Infestations

Pest control is not that simple. Completely eliminating a pest infestation problem certainly is
not simple either. It takes time, money and effort to eradicate or exterminate them. On the other
hand, roaches, mosquitoes, termites and the common pests ideally do not get into your homes
if you do not give them reason to. Preventive ways of doing this is to keep your environment
sanitized and clean.

If there is already a pest infestation in your home, you can still get rid of them in a natural way.
Getting rid of pests is important especially if you have kids in your home so as not to cause
harmful effects to the young ones. Here are some natural ways of getting rid of these pest
infestations and how they work.

1 Detergent Solution – this is effective to kill all sorts of ants. The soap solution will
drown and eventually kill them.

2 Natural Roach Killer – make balls out of these ingredients: baking soda, flour,
shortening, chopped onions and sugar. Place them where roaches usually crawl. The
combination of both the sugar and onions give out a smell that roaches cannot resist.
Baking soda, on the other hand, causes gas and since roaches do not belch, their digestive
tracts will explode, killing them instantly. Keep this concoction away from pets and

3 Water trap – fill a pan, or any shallow dish, partially with water and suspend light in it.
Winged termites, fleas and other insects that are attracted to light will crawl into it and

4 Dark cider and red wine – this is for flies. Place dark cider or red wine in a jar. Cover
it with plastic wrap that has holes in it. Holes are big enough for flies to get in. Place it
in areas where flies are seen the most. They are attracted to the smell of the cider and red
wine so they will enter the jar and drown inside. Bury them or flush them and replace the
jar daily.

5 Garlic, mints and pepper – ticks and lice do not come near anything with mint, garlic
or pepper. You can plant these things in a pot inside your home. You can also soak a
cotton ball with spice lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, camphor, thyme, basil, lemon balm
and chilli pepper.

There are so many natural ways to get rid of a pest infestation. This will not happen overnight.
It can take weeks and even months to get rid of them. You just have to be diligent and patient in
using the natural way to get rid of a pest infestation.

On the other hand, if the pests are out of control already then it is best to contact your local pest
control company. Given the fact that the pests are already at large, a pest control company will
use harsher ways to exterminate them. It is best to inform the pest control company at first hand
that you have kids and pets around. There are also pest exterminators that use environment-
friendly insecticide to get rid of those unwanted pests. It is important to protect your home
before pests control you and your household.

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Hints For Using Natural Cleaning Products

Hints For Using Natural Cleaning Products

* Ordinary water is one of the most efficient and effective substances for removing dirt and is the closest thing to a Universal Solvent known. Substances like soap and detergent work by increasing the “wetting power” of water because the soap breaks the surface tension of the water. Good old soap and water will get rid of most dirt. Sometimes, however, water needs time to saturate and loosen dirt or grime, so with really tough stains, splash or spray on the water (preferably with a bit of soap) and leave it for a while. Scrubbing also helps loosen dirt physically.

* If you dislike the smell of natural cleaning products “in the raw” (e.g. neat vinegar or baking soda), add a few drops of essential oil to the cleaner of your choice. Essential oil doesn’t just smell nice, either. Some essential oils also have a disinfectant or germ-killing effect, and these will enhance the effectiveness of your cleaner with a bit of germ-killing action. Essential oils to choose from include pine, lavender and lemon – the scents that are often used in commercial cleaners – and also thyme, oregano and eucalyptus.

* Recipes for natural home-made cleaning products sometimes for rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. The truth is that you can substitute any strong spirit for the rubbing alcohol and still get the same results. Good choices include vodka, brandy, whisky and gin, but avoid sticky, sugary ready-mixed drinks or liqueurs – these will leave a sticky residue behind them. Low alcohol drinks such as beer and wine won’t work, either, as it’s the alcohol that does the cleaning and evaporates off afterwards. Also avoid substituting methylated spirits if you are likely to be using large quantities of the product (meths is OK for removing stains from clothes, especially grass stains).

* Patience and/or elbow grease are important with any natural products. Sometimes, you will need to spray on or spread on the home-made cleaner and leave it for a while so it can act. You will also need to put in a bit of effort to remove really stubborn bits of grime.

* If you plan on making your own domestic cleaning products, stock up on suitable containers and dispensers. Shallow screw-top jars are ideal for powders and pastes (don’t use tall jars, as reaching down to the bottom with a cleaning cloth to get the last little bit out is quite tricky). For liquid products, use a spray dispenser (the sort with the squeezy pump handle). If you have been using proprietary cleaners in the past, save the old containers if they are likely to be useful rather than throwing them out and buying new ones. Rinse them out well first, so you don’t get any of the old residues in your new natural cleaner. And remember to label your jar, container or spray bottle so you know what’s in it.

* Natural cleaners that use lemon juice will go off if stored. Only use freshly cut lemons for making natural cleaning products. If you are lucky enough to have access to a large amount of lemons for cleaning purposes (e.g. if you have a lemon tree), squeeze out the juice when lemons are abundant and freeze the juice in a regular ice cube tray for use later on. And, of course, you can use the lemon juice in cooking as well as for cleaning.

* White vinegar works best as a natural cleaning product, with malt vinegar taking second place. Wine vinegar and cider vinegar also work, but as they are more expensive, you may not want to waste them as cleaners. The same applies to balsamic vinegar but this is too dark and sticky to use as a cleaning product – save it for a salad dressing or for putting on your hot chips.

* Invest in good scrubbing brushes, as these will do a lot of the actual work. Replace them when they start to look malformed. To extend the working life of brushes, don’t push down on them so the bristles bend – the bristles will bend and do their job with the horizontally-applied force of friction and your hand, rather than downward pressure (this assumes that you’re cleaning a horizontal surface). Natural bristles last longer than plastic ones, but they will need to be stored properly so the bristles dry out.


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How To Give Your Refrigerator A Good Once A Month Cleaning

How To Give Your Refrigerator A Good Once A Month Cleaning

I must admit, cleaning out my refrigerator and giving it a good cleaning once a month is one of my least favorite household chores. However, if you get organized and get into a routine when doing it, it should become easier.

Cleaning Supplies Needed:

2 Buckets
Hot Water
Mild Hand washing Dish Soap
Clean Sponge
1 box of baking soda

The first thing you need to do is fill up your kitchen sink with warm soapy water and clean off your kitchen countertops. Remove all food and beverage items from your refrigerator and place on your countertop. Turn your appliance off . Remove racks, trays and drawers, place them into the sink to soak.

Fill up your clean bucket with semi-hot water and hand dishwashing soap. Using a clean sponge, wipe down the inside of your refrigerator, being careful to not slop water all over the place. If needed, use a plastic scouring pad to remove any stuck on food debris. Using a clean wet sponge or damp cloth, go over the inside of your refrigerator with plain water, just to rinse any remaining soap. Once you are done scrubbing the inside, take a clean cotton towel and dry it out.

Your next stop is to scrub down your racks, trays and drawers that have been soaking in the sink. Use a plastic scouring pad if needed to remove stubborn food debris. Rinse with clean water and set aside to air dry.

Fill up your bucket again with hot soapy water and scrub down the outside of your refrigerator…don’t forget to get the top. Take a clean damp sponge over it to rinse any soap that you left behind and dry with a clean cotton towel.

Place your racks, trays and drawers back inside your refrigerator. Turn the power back on. Take a clean and wet dishcloth and wipe down any containers or jars that might have sticky food debris on them. You want to really check out those sticky condiment bottles and jars. Place all your food and beverage items back into your refrigerator.

Now that it’s all clean, partially open a fresh box of baking soda and place inside on your middle rack, this will help to keep odors to the minimum.

I personally like to give my refrigerator an overall inside and out cleaning once a month. If you have a large family, you might have to do it more often. If you find that you need something stronger than just hot soapy water, I recommend a mixture of vinegar and water (1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 1/2 gallons of water.)

Shelly Hill has been working from home since 1989 in Direct Sales and is a Manager with Tupperware. You can visit Shelly online at: http://www.workathomebusinessoptions.com or her recipe blog at: http://wahmshelly.blogspot.com

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Using Water Bottles As Art

Using Water Bottles As Art

There are many art projects you can engage in by using water bottles. This is a great way to create something beautiful whilst recycling. Encourage your young ones and others to go GREEN with these crafts endeavors.

Lava lamp
All you need are simple materials that can be found in the kitchen or around the house: –

1 transparent bottle with cap
Food coloring
Either vegetable or mineral oil
1 flashlight
Salt or baking soda

First, fill the water bottle with oil, about three quarters and add on water. Leave a little space at the top. The water will descend to the bottom and minute bubbles will emerge. Add a few drops of food coloring, two or more to add dimension. It will take a few moments for the color to merge. Switch on the flashlight and point it to the makeshift lamp. Drop little bits of baking soda or salt into the concoction, and voila, you now have your very own unique home-made lava lamp. To get the same effect later on, attach the cap on the bottle and turn it upside down. A word of caution – do not expose the lava lamp to high temperatures as it can explode.

Water bottle hat
A contraption your children will love.

2 socks with cuffs folded
2 plastic water bottles
2 pieces of aquarium plastic tubing, preferably 42 inches
1 baseball cap

To start off, sew the socks directly unto sides of baseball cap. Discard the bottles’ caps and fill with water. Thrust the plastic tubing through the holes made vacant by the discarded caps and place the bottles in the sock pockets. You can further embellish the water bottle hat with stickers or drawings.

Message in a Bottle
This is a beautiful piece of art that can be tailored for any special occasion.

Empty water bottle
1 sheet of stationery paper
1 cup granulated sugar
Plastic or acrylic jewels, beads and confetti
Marker pen (choice of color is infinite)
Thumbtack or glue

First, make sure that the bottle is clean and free from all labels. Using your marker pen, write a note or poem on the stationery paper. Tie the note with some ribbon, leaving one end and attaching it to the end of the bottle cap using a thumb tack or glue. Set it aside. Pour sugar into the bottle, enough to ensure that the letter is visible in the neck for easy removal. Now, drop the beads, confetti or jewels into the sugar. Carefully, push the note into the neck of the bottle. Make sure that the long end of the ribbon is also in the neck and put in the cap. Decorate your bottle using paint, making your designs as festive as possible.

Recycled garden
A garden made from recycled bottles and other easy to find materials.

Empty 2 liter bottles
Pipe cleaners
Dryer sheets
Drinking straws
Construction paper (various colors)
Popsicle sticks
Cardboard box
Styrofoam bowl (for containing paint)

Fashion flowers out of the dryer sheets, and place them one inside the other. This can be done by dipping each cut flower into a Styrofoam bowl filled with paint. Do not forget to lightly pinch the flowers in the center. Next, wrap the pipe cleaners around the pinched areas and twist to hold the flowers. Fluff the flowers to make them seem alive. To form the stems, slip the pipe cleaners down into the drinking straws. Utilizing the cardboard box as the base, cut out one side and start decorating with construction paper. You can fashion a fence using Popsicle sticks. To hold the flowers in place, cut the bottom of the water bottle and place it upside down into the bottom of the box. For grass, use green construction paper.

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Home Made Cleaner: How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Spray to Cleanse, Disinfect and Freshen Your Home… Naturally!

Home Made Cleaner: How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Spray to Cleanse, Disinfect and Freshen Your Home… Naturally!

Home Made Cleaners: Cheap, Easy, Earth Friendly… and Aromatic!

Cleaning your home with products that won’t poison you or bring on an allergy attack is easier than you might think. It’s also much less expensive than buying store-bought cleaning products. And the best benefit of making your own aromatherapy spray – it smells fabulous!

Green is the latest big movement in energy, cars and cleaners. But consider the amount of energy that goes into manufacturing those bottles of spray and jars of scrub. Think about the transportation costs to get them to your store shelves. Not to mention the toxic ingredients that often go into making them.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Making cleaning  products yourself reduces the amount of product you buy. Plus, if you put your aromatherapy spray in old, clean bottles, you’re reusing. And of course, plastics go in recycling bins, not trash cans.

Make your Own Homemade Cleaning Solution… with Just a Few Key Ingredients

You only need three or four key ingredients to get great cleaning results in just about every area of your home, and you can buy most of them from your supermarket. You need:

A big jug of white vinegar.
A box of borax (usually found in the laundry detergent section.)
Baking soda. (Buy it from your local bulk food store and reduce your packaging even further.)
A few of your favorite essential oils.

Aromatherapy Home Made Spray Recipe

This is one of the quickest, easiest homemade cleaning recipes you’ll ever make. You can use it everywhere: Spray it on your sinks, toilets and countertops to disinfect them. Spray it onto a cloth and damp-wipe to dust your furniture. Use it to clean your car, your office, your patio furniture…


1 teaspoon borax
1/4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
30 drops essential oil


Boil the water. Pour it into a large glass measuring cup or pitcher with a spout. Add the borax and stir until it’s dissolved. Add the vinegar. Let cool, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Drop in the essential oils.

Note: Add the essential oils AFTER your pour the cleaner into the bottle because the essential oil’s scent can “stick” to your measuring cup or pitcher.

Caution: Do not use this recipe to clean windows, mirrors or glass; it will cause streaks. The secret to home made spray for glass is just to use vinegar and essential oils. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, drop in a few essential oils and voila! a grease-cutting, streak-free, aromatic glass cleaner!

Essential Oils for Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Try some of these terrific essential oil blends in your home made cleaning recipes – they not only smell fabulous, but they boost your cleaning power by killing viruses and bacteria.

Soothing Lavender

20 drops lavender
10 drops lemon

Minty Fresh

20 drops peppermint
10 drops tea tree

Clean Pine Scent

10 drops pine
10 drops lemon
10 drops grapefruit (or  just use 20 drops lemon)

Why Use an Aromatherapy Spray (Not Just a Plain One)

Essential oils disinfect surfaces by killing any viruses, bacteria and funguses living on them. They also boost your immune system, lift your mood and reduce your stress – not to mention freshening your rooms! You won’t find all those benefits in a bottle of synthetic spray on your supermarket shelf!

Once you try it, you’ll love making cleaning products – after all, you’ll be saving money, using green, healthy ingredients and filling your home with fresh, natural scents… Who knows, you might even find that you enjoy cleaning after all!

I invite you to visit my website to get a bonus aromatherapy air freshener recipe with a happy, spicy scent that will lift your mood and warm your home.

You’ll also find dozens of other quick, easy, fun-to-make aromatherapy recipes you can use to take care of yourself and your family. Recipes to help you sleep better… lose weight… relieve stress… ease pain… improve your skin… and much more!

Visit www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com to learn how you can have fun and get healthy with aromatherapy today!

From Kyley Zimmerman

Disclaimer: All information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any condition.

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A Way of Life: Toxicity in Our Environment and Eco-friendly Products You Can Make

A Way of Life: Toxicity in Our Environment and Eco-friendly Products You Can Make

Because toxicity has become a way of life, and we must breath and eat, we are continuously exposed to pesticides and polluntants, some stored right under our kitchen sinks, says a report from the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., and the Harvard University School of Public Health.

The study was published last October in Environmental Science & Technology, Sedona, Ariz., naturopath doctor Teresa Dale, Ph.D. says “demonstrates that we are exposed daily to a wide array of chemicals that affect our hormone systems.”  Chemicals like phthalates and alkyphenois may heighten the risk of hormone-linked diseases like breast cancer and testicular cancer.

To limit your exposure, “read labels carefully, use nontoxic cleaning products and avoid using indoor pesticides,” says Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Dave Dergan.  There are nontoxic cleaning products and pesticides right in your kitchen.  If you have baking soda, white vinegar, borax, and rubbing alcohol in your pantry and bathroom, you have the basic ingredients to make your own cleaning products and pesticides that don’t cost you an arm and a leg.  I have included formulations for making your own products from these items and many more at the end of this article.

There are plenty of effective, earth-safe cleaners that you can buy or make.  Using these alternatives will reduce the toxic burden in your house and environment.  By switching to environmentally friendly cleaners protects your health and that of the community you live in while reducing air, water, and ground pollution.

I bet you are asking yourself, “So why isn’t everybody doing it?”  There are very few people who actually read the labels of the products they purchase and even fewer who know the impact these chemicals can have on our bodies.  Most people do not take the time or have the time to research the chemicals that go into these products. 

Not all “green” products are created equal, some have simply added essential oils to make it smell like the formula has changed.  “You need to read the labels carefully to check for irritating chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and artificial fragrances and dyes,” says Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., a preventive-medicine specialist in Tucson, Arizona.  “Buy cleaners from health-food stores or retailers specializing in environmentally friendly products.”

“Eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products are the next frontier of environmentalism,” says Marci Zaroff, former publisher of Macrocosm and CEO of Under the Canopy, an organic fabric clothing company.  “It’s an inexpensive, easy and effective way to protect our planet and commitment to life.”

Here are some options to get you started onto the path of “thinking green”:

* CITRUS OILl;   sold in health-food stores and home improvement stores, fills rooms with the smell of oranges and is far more  pleasing to your nose (unless you like the smell of hospitals). 

To clean or polish wood floors, dilute 1 c. of citrus oil in one gallon of hot water, and mop with a sponge.  For floors that are greasy, simply use a stronger solultion.  You can also clean kitchen counters and tabletops with this solution.  Citrus doesn’t strip the protective sealants.  On  porous surfaces like marble or granite, only use diluted oil and it should never be allowed to sit on a surface, always wipe it dry when finished.

* TEA TREE, THYME AND LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS:  these have been proven to have more antiseptic in some studies than              phenol, the most common chemical disinfectant.  Many disinfectants contain chlorine, which reacts with organix matter in                  drinking water to produce potentially carcinogenic trihalomethane. 

To make a natural disinfectant mix 20 drops of one of the above mentioned essential oils and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  Apply and let sit for 15 min. or until dry.

* BAKING SODA:  Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda), an alkaline substance is used in fire extinguishers, antacids, and                  sparkling water.

You can use it to clean your tubs, sinks, countertops in the kitchen and bath.  Combine 3/4 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. of borax and enough diswashing liquid to make a smooth paste or if you prefer a pleasant smell, add 1/4 t. lemon juice to the paste; pour down your sink drain to deorderize and to unclog your drains you put 1/2 cup of baking soda in drain and add a cup of vinegar, wait 30min. and pour hot water down drain.  I use this method once a month on all the drains in the house to keep them clear.

*BORAX:  Borax, like is’s close relative, boric acid, has relatively low toxicity levels, and is considered safe for general household use, but the powder can be harmful if ingested in sufficinet quantities by young children or pets.  Keep it out of their reach.
Borax is toxic to plants, so in the yard be very careful when applying borax onto or near soil.  It doesn’t take much to leach into the ground to kill off nearby plants and prevent furture growth.

 But it is great for rubbing out heavy sink stains, even rust in your stainless steel or porcelain sinks.  Make a paste of 1 cup of borax and 1/4 cup of lemon juice, put some of the paste on a cloth or sponge and rub it into the stain, then rinse with running warm water, the stain should wash away with the paste. 

You can also remove mildew from uphostery and other fabric by soaking a sponge in a solution of 1/2 cup of borax dissolved in 2 cups of water, and rubbing it into the affected areas.  Let it soak in for several hours until the stain disappears, then rinse well.  To remove mildew from clothing, soak it in a solution of 2 cups of borax in 2 quarts of water.

Want a way to clean your toliet bowl and leave it spakeling whiite without those dangerous fumes?  Use a stiff brush to scrub it using a solution of 1/2 cup of borax mixed with a gallon of water.

VINEGAR:  Vinegar is known as nature’s most practical liquid and is so versatile that you can use it in the kitchen and bath, laundry and garden, housecleaning and car cleaning, even pet care and personal care.

Damp mopping with a mild vinegar solution is widely recommended as a way to clean wood and no-wax vinyl or laminate flooring.  Be sure to check with the manufacturer of the flooring  because even when diluted vinegar’s acidity can ruin some floor finishes, and too much water will damage most wooden floors.  But if you want to try vinegar on your floors, use 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed in 1 gallon warm water.  You may want to start with a trial application in an incomspicuous area.  Before applying the solution, squeeze out the mop sthoroughly (or just use a spray bottle to moisten the mop head).

To liven up dull wood paneling, mix 2 cups warm water, 4 tablespoons white or cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container, give it a couple of shakes and apply with a clean cloth.  Let it soak in for several minutes, then polish with a dry cloth.

To keep your computer, printer, and other home office gear clean and dust free, dampen a clean cloth in equal parts white viegar and water, sqeeze it out well and start wiping.  Before you start, make sure that your equipment is shut off, and never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuis inside.  Have a few cotton swabs on hand for getting into tight spaces (like between the keys of your keyboard).

To make a scratch on a wooden tabletop much less noticeable, mix some distilled or cider vinegar and iodine in a small jar and paint over the scratch with a small artist’s brush.  Use more iodine for darker woods; more vinegar for lighter shades.

To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain.  Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it.  To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

For the great outdoors, vinegar can get rid of bugs and ants or you can use it as an insect repellent and clean you outdoor funiture and decks.

Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray it on anthills and around areas where you see ants.  Ants hate vinegar, and it won’t take long for them to move on.  Also, you can spray picnic and children’s play areas to keep ants away.  If you have lots of anthills, pour full strength vinegar over them.

Going camping or fishing?  Here’s an old army trick to keep away ticks and mosquitoes:  About three days before you leave, start taking 1 tablespoon cider vinegar three times a day.  Continue throughout your outing and you just might return home without a bite.

Before resorting to bleach to remove mildew on your deck or your patio furniture, try these milder vinegar-based solutions.

*Keep full-strength white vinegar in a spray bottle and use it wherever you see mildew.  The stain will wipe right off must surfaces, and the vinegar will keep it from coming back for a while.

*Remove mildew from wood decks and wood patio furniture by sponging them off with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon water.  Use an old tootbrush to work the solution into tight spaces.

*To deodorize and inhibit mildew growth on outdoor plastic mesh furniture and patio umbrellas, mix 2 cups white vinegar and 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in a bucket of hot water.  Use a soft brush to work it into the grooves of the plastic and for scrubbing seat pands and umbrella fabric.  Rinse with cold water; then dry in the sun.

RUBBING ALCOHOL:  Be sure to not confuse denatured alcohol with rubbing alcohol.  Denatured alcohol to ethanol (drinking alcohol) to which poisonous and foul-tasting chemicals have been added to render it unfit for drinking.  Often, the chemicals used in denatured alcohol are not ones you should put on your skin.  Rubbing alcohol is made of chemicals that are safe for skin contact, most often it’s 70 percent isopropl alcohol and 30 percent water.

Ticks hate the taste of rubbing alcohol as much as they love the taste of your dog.  Before you pull a tick off Fido, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip.  Then grab the tick as close to the dog’s skin as ou can and pull it straight out.  Dab again with alcohol to disinfect the wound.  This works on people too.

The problem with ice packs is they won’t conform to the shape of the injured body part.  Make a slushy conformable pack by nixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a sel-closing plastic bag.  The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area.

This is just the tip of iceberg of ways to use eco-friendly products that you can make yourself.  I have used most of these recipes for the past 10 years.  They cost next to nothing to make and the results are fabulous.  I use olive oil and vinegar to clean my furniture and  I don’t have to dust again for a month.  The solution seems to repel dust, just mix the olive oil and vinegar like you would for a salad dressing. 

Angela is the owner of Coastal Computerized Information Services located in Savannah, GA. http://www.ccis.web.officelive.com

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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

Aromatherapy bath salts are one of the quickest, easiest goodies to make for the bath – and one of the most healing. With just a few simple ingredients you can make your own aromatherapy bath salts to ease your aching back, calm your frazzled nerves or relax yourself for a deep, restful sleep.

We all need down time, and we all need to have fun. Life is so busy these days that it can be hard to carve out the time. Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is a great way to give yourself a break.

First, you give yourself some ‘fun’ time by making your scented bath salts – mixing, stirring, smelling… and, most especially, experimenting. Don’t be afraid to blend together a few of your favorite essential oils to create your own custom scent. Play! The creative process is half the fun.

Second, you actually have to lie in the bath for a while (here’s your down-time) to use your aromatherapy bath salts. Give yourself candles, a glass of wine or tea, soothing music – all those good, stress-draining, nerve-calming accessories. Lock the door and slide into warm, scented bliss – your own hand made, master crafted aromatherapy bath salts, created just for you!

Aromatherapy Bath Salts Quick Trick

If you honestly don’t have time to make bath salts but you still want some aromatic down-time in the tub, try this instant ‘cheat’. Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt to your hot running bathwater. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil (any type will do) into a small glass. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Adjust the water temperature and slide into the tub. Pour in the essential oil mixture and swish it around a bit. Lie back and relax.

10 Minute Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe

3 cups Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (or one of the blends below)
Optional: 10 drops of your choice of food coloring

Measure salt and baking soda into a large glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowl (not plastic – it will absorb the essential oils.)
[Three minutes]

Stir together the salt and baking soda using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils.)
[One minute]

Drop in the essential oils and food coloring, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salt.
[Two minutes]

Stir until thoroughly mixed.
[One minute, maybe two]

Pour your essential oil bath salt mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Click on the following link to learn why you should use dark glass. http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/storing-essential-oils.html
[One minute]

That’s it! Nine minutes (plus one extra for spills or finding your glasses.) Quick, easy, painless!

It’s best to let your aromatherapy bath salts cure at least 24 hours before using them so the salt can really absorb the aroma.

Use about one cup of salts per bath. This aromatherapy bath salt recipe makes enough for three baths.

Essential Oil Bath Salt Blends

Cheer Up! Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

7 drops Bergamot essential oil

7 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

Super Sedative Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

8 drops Sandalwood essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Cedar essential oil

Pain Relief Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

10 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Chamomile essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is so easy and quick that almost anyone can do it. It’s a great activity to do with your children or grandchildren (just make sure an adult handles the essential oils.) Family time and play time all in one!

Plus, aromatherapy bath salts make great gifts – why not make up a big batch and share the love. We all have friends and relatives who could use a friendly jar of aromatherapy bath salts. Just remember to save some for yourself!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any condition.

Kyley Zimmerman works from home and focuses on making her family life happy, healthy and eco-friendly.

She shares her love of making natural bath, body and home products at http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/ Check it out!

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