Do you tend to hang on to things? Maybe your significant other does? I am definitely a cluttered person, but I do try to get rid of things when the time is right. Some people I know won’t get rid of anything, even 20-year-old college textbooks that are pretty obsolete by now. I think sometimes a list is helpful, because it’s easy to push these items to the back of the closet or dresser “until another time.” But you know what – that “other time” rarely happens. Those old college textbooks moved with us from our old house to the new house and they are now sitting in plastic bags in the outdoor shed….
I have been struggling with my skin since I can remember, and getting older hasn’t helped any. This is why I research herbs and plants so much so I can try to heal my acne-prone skin without using chemicals. It seems that what companies think work really just doesn’t do anything for me except put unnecessary chemicals on my face. I love this homemade moisturizer recipe because it uses aloe vera. Read on to find out why aloe vera and the other ingredients are so awesome for your face. …
Sulfate free doesn’t just apply to women. You can find some really great sulfate free shampoo for men that also promotes hair growth. Since a lot of sulfate free shampoos include essential oils which also help hair strength and growth. Achieving the perfect hair begins with using the right shampoo. Go back to nature and discover great hair!…
These 10 Indian Home Remedies for the Common Cold are made from natural ingredients and treat cold and flu without medicines. Besides the fact that most of these can be found at home already, the best thing is these remedies don’t have any harmful side effects like mainstream medicine might. These herbal medicine remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing….
Do you get dry rough feet during the winter? I find it hard to care for my feet when I am always trying to cover them up due to the cold! When springtime comes and the shoes come off, it’s time to treat the feet to a nice Peppermint Foot Soak to get the circulation moving and moisturize the skin. I love using essential oils for natural skincare….
I used to use dryer sheets. Then I stopped because of the overpowering smells. For a while we used nothing in the dryer but with such dry air in the winter time, I needed something. My sister-in-law makes fabulous dryer balls by felting yarn, then I add some essential oils to them each time I use the dryer. How do you dry your clothes?
Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical-Laden Fabric Softeners
Conventional, store-bought fabric softeners contain some dubious chemicals. These odd-sounding substances include dimethyl sulphate, pentane, limonene, and benzyl acetate. Various disorders have been linked to these and other chemicals present in fabric softeners, including cancer and kidney and liver damage. Both liquid and dryer sheets have such chemicals. And the heavy scents of fabric softeners can set off chemical allergies and asthma in some individuals.
So what are the alternatives? Using no fabric softener at all can leave clothes stiff and full of static. Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with that. There are natural alternatives to conventional fabric softeners. Here are some suggestions.
- Green fabric softeners can be found in stores. These natural, dye- and fragrance-free softeners do not have the same harsh chemicals as their conventional counterparts. Look for unscented, biodegradable fabric sheets or unscented liquid fabric softener made from natural, biodegradable ingredients.
- Toss a few tennis balls into your next load of laundry in the dryer. These work especially well on sheets. Static may still be a nuisance, but tennis balls will soften the fabric.
- Adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda to your washing machine helps soften cloth and reduce static.
- White vinegar and baking soda, added in equal parts at the beginning of the rinse cycle, will result in soft fabrics. The two chemicals, baking soda and vinegar, combine to form a completely unscented liquid. So you don’t have to worry about smelling like vinegar!
- Skip the fabric softeners altogether and hang your clothes outside to dry. There is something naturally softening about the sun and fresh air.
- Recycle your aluminum foil by tossing a crumpled piece of it into your dryer. Perhaps it’s the conductivity of the metal; either way, this technique helps reduce static.
- Soap nuts are a natural alternative to liquid fabric softener. These fruits of the Chinese Soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrossi) are placed in a drawstring bag and sent through the wash cycle. Then they can be dried out and used again. The soap nuts contain a natural soap-like substance called saponins that foam out of the nuts during the cycle. The saponins in the soap nuts soften and clean fabric.
- Felted yarn dryer balls are also really good. These are fairly easy to make or you can buy them online. My sister-in-law sells them at craft shows. They work like the tennis balls, but you can add essential oils to them to create a pleasant smell on your clothing.
I’ve been hearing that ticks are going to be really bad this year because of all the acorns last fall. Not sure if that’s true, but I never like hearing about ticks. I’ve been bitten before and it was not pretty. Thank goodness it never resulted in lyme disease, but it very easily could have. We need to be proactive in our health and wellness and keep ourselves safe during the warmer months….
Do you have a clutter problem? Are you a cluttered person or know someone who is? Do you constantly have piles of things and papers and don’t know how to contain it? I struggle with this and I always have. I never learned how to be neat. I just can’t ever seem to find time to go through things and they pile up, literally. I have been trying to get better, for my health and the sake of my family. It seems like everyone is happier when the house is clean! For help getting rid of the clutter, read last week’s post about 10 Decluttering Tips….
My oldest daughter recently started going to a new therapist for her severe anxiety. I am amazed at the difference in her I have seen just by finding the right therapist! She never opened up to our last therapist and the new one just has her talking and being free in our sessions. Recently she had my girl create a calm box for her anxieties and worries. Whenever she feels scared or nervous, she can pull out the objects in the box to try and soothe her worries….
As a vegetarian or vegan, you need to be vigilant about nutrition in order to maintain your health. Aiming for whole foods is one of the best ways to ensure you are eating a balanced diet full of all the essential nutrients you need to stay at your peak of wellness. Here are 8 whole foods to eat every day to maintain optimum health! Find healthy recipes with these foods here!…