25 April 2012

Inexpensive Homemade Cleaners

Found some more solid info non-toxic home cleaning things. I was specifically looking for an oven cleaner that was non-toxic. I mean, honestly, who would spray their oven with catastrophic chemicals and then bake something in it?! I guess a lot/if not most people are expediting their untimely deaths. Don't let it be yours. 

Ganked from: Earth Easy Website!!

Oven Cleaner: Moisten oven surfaces with sponge and water. Use 3/4cup baking soda, 1/4cup salt and 1/4cup water to make a thick paste, and spread throughout oven interior. (avoid bare metal and any openings) Let sit overnight. Remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with fine steel wool for tough spots. Or use Arm & Hammer Oven Cleaner, declared nontoxic by Consumers Union.

Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap (or Fels Naptha soap), 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads. Commercial natural, biodegradable laundry detergents are also now available online and in select stores. 

 Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
• In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
• Carpets - sprinkle baking soda several hours before vacuuming
• Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours

Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

Scouring Powder: For top of stove, refrigerator and other such surfaces that should not be scratched, use baking soda. Apply baking soda directly with a damp sponge.

Exchange Indoor Air
Many modern homes are so tight there's little new air coming in. Open the windows from time to time or run any installed exhaust fans. In cold weather, the most efficient way to exchange room air is to open the room wide - windows and doors, and let fresh air in quickly for about 5 minutes. The furnishings in the room, and the walls, act as 'heat sinks', and by exchanging air quickly, this heat is retained

Use Gentle Cleaning Products
Of the various commercial home cleaning products, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and oven cleaners are the most toxic. Use the formulas described above or purchase 'green' commercial alternatives
. Avoid products containing ammonia or chlorine, or petroleum-based chemicals; these contribute to respiratory irritation, headaches and other complaints.

22 April 2012

Radical Life Changes for the Better

Shampoo: Mint, Tea Tree and Rosemary BWC diluted into a old dr. bronner bottle
Soap: Homemade made by fellow dready friend
Deo: Jason's Tea Tree
Toothpaste: Desert Essence Mint & Tea Tree (have used Dr. Bronner's when camping)
Face wash: Burt's Bees Acne scrub
Moisturizer: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil or Aura Cacia grapeseed oil
Hand soap: Dr. Bronner's diluted into a foaming pump
Dish soap: Planet or 7 Generation
Dishwasher machine soap: 7th Generation liquid
Floor mop solution: Ecover
Pimple spot treatment: lavender oil or Tea Tree oil neat.
Sponges: Biodegradable natural material sponges.
Laundry Detergent: Ecos All Natural
Fruit & Veg wash: Dr. Bronner's diluted.
Foot wart treatment: homeopathic wart free spray, Apple cider vinegar, Colloidal silver topical
Shower curtain: cotton fabric curtain
Bathroom cleaner: Method Cleaning spray, or Dr. Bronner's diluted into spray bottle, baking soda
Yoga Mat: free of Phthalates, Silicone and Latex.
Sexy Time Lube: Organic Extra Virgin coconut oil or KY Natural
Depression Meds: 5HTP 50 mg
Anxiety & Panicking meds: L-Theanine 100mg/daily. Bach's Rescue Remedy when need. Yoga Several times/wk.
Yeast Infection: Homeopathic Yeast-Gard Suppositories and tablets.
Caffeine: Organic 85-90% Cocoa chocolate pieces.
Yogurt: Make my own from organic milk
Organic Butter
Bagels: bake my own every other weekend
Bread: bake my own every other weekend
Recipes: Foodgawker.com
Eat high fiber, often.
Eat typically 3-4 fruits/day and 4-5 veg/day
Water: 54/day, often adding lemon juice to alkalize myself
Green Powder: Emerald Balance.

----------In closure------------
Its all about ingredients. Read what's on the label. If you don't know or its a crazy chemical word...avoid. The skin is the largest organ on/in your body. Treat it with respect. Your health is your wealth. Its what you put in, in the front end. I plan on living to 100 years old. I have to invest on the front end to make it that far.

21 April 2012

Home Bakes by Magola

Butternut Squash Pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream

Beautiful crust filled with a tasty pumpkin filling alternative: butternut squash

Tiny tea sandwiches made of rosemary bread, fresh spinach, pesto, boursin, paper thin cucumber slices.

For my father's birthday celebration...

Everyday breakfast: Garlic wheat flax bagels.

So fresh...

Baking is quite therapeutic. I do it every weekend I'm home.

Breakfast pizzas with fresh spinach, black olives, feta cheese and made from scratch marinara.

Breakfast Pizzas with feta cheese, bacon, spinach and made from scratch marinara sauce.