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Cultural reporter for KUTV 2News and adjunct yoga/meditation professor blogs about wellness, green living, downsizing, simplifying, better travel✨and more. Offering mindfulness, meditation, goal-setting and decluttering coaching!

Natural Home Solutions Using 3 Common Products

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Dreamed of having an all-natural household, but reluctant to spend extra for organic products? Well, what you need to make a virtually endless array of household and beauty products is likely already in your kitchen cabinet.

Here are several items that can do the dirty work, naturally!

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VINEGAR (distilled white, and apple cider)
The basics: antiseptic, antibacterial, and its acidity dissolves mineral deposits
*Studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar
can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity.
Uses: (home) stain remover; dye enhancer; shine leather; discourage pets; odor remover; soap scum/buildup remover; wound cleaner; all-natural pesticide; (beauty) age spot reducer; hair clarifyer; facial toner; nail polish last longer; (kitchen) Low-cal salad dressings; add too much salt – taste correct with vinegar; make cakes more moist; when boiling or steaming veggies, helps remove gassiness; digestive system-clearing, weightloss promoting drink.

BAKING SODA
The basics: An antiseptic mineral that neutralizes both acidic and alkaline chemicals, as well as maintain neutral pH (like in your laundry water, which helps boost your detergent’s power).
*Egyptians used it as a form of soap
Uses: (home) Pour some down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water for a drain cleaner; leave a cup in the fridge to freshen and eliminate odor; freshen bedding/carpet/shoes/garbage cans; all-natural pesticide; polish silver; soften buildup (oven, driveway, shower, dishwasher, garbage disposal, etc.); clean floors; smother fire; soak hygiene products; boost your detergent/wash diapers; (beauty) mix with coconut oil and course sea salt for a whitening tooth polish; mix with honey and brown sugar for an acne- and blackhead-clearing face scrub; deodorant; add water and use as soap; put some in a tub of water for your baby to cure diaper rash; clarifying/skin softening bath; (kitchen) antacid; fruit & veggie scrub

COCONUT OIL
The basics: High lauric acid content makes this oil antifungal, antimicrobrial and a proponent of good cholesterol.
*Easily digested triglyceride mean good fats quickly turned into energy, boost metabolism and brain function
Uses: (beauty) lotion; emollient-rich eye cream; makeup remover; facial cleanser; mix with coffee grounds for a delicious body scrub; split-end smoother; rub on inside of your nose for stuffy/dry nose relief; yeast infection treatment; lighten age spots; prevent stretch marks; diaper cream; help skin heal from wounds to eczema; (kitchen) No-cholesterol butter and oil substitute (you’ll never go back!) with high smoking point; coffee creamer replacement.
Find more ideas here!

OTHER GREAT POTIONS
Dilute tea tree essential oil in water or carrier oil for a serum that soothes, heals and kills bacteria (skin conditions, body odor, ear infections, dandruff, clean/disinfect home and laundry, cold relief)
Lavender essential oil is similar: Disinfects wounds, soothes anxiety and depression, helps prevent stretch marks, helps clarify oily skin and tone acne

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Author: simplegreenme

I'm a mom, wife, certified yoga instructor and TV personality whose passion is coaching you toward a healthier, simpler, greener life! I use tools including yoga, organization and downsizing to create lives free of unnecessary STUFF and stress. Email me to start your journey toward Simple, Green, ME! simplegreenme@gmail.com

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