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May 3rd, 2013

Whiten Clothes Naturally with Home Made Bleach


This article came out in Think Your Body. I try to give you all as much information on home made products as I can when I find them. Enjoy! It’s easy to make your own bleach. You can disinfect your bathrooms, clean your toilets, and whiten your clothes naturally with homemade bleach.

Here are the ingredients to make your own home made bleach.

Whiten clothes naturally with homemade bleach


– 1 ½ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
– ½ cup lemon juice
– Distilled water to fill a gallon jug
– 10 – 12 drops lemon essential oil


1. Mix all ingredients together in gallon jug. Gently shake to combine.

2. Use one cup of homemade bleach in your washing cycle to whiten clothes.

Why Consider The Following?

◾Bleach can often cause respiratory issues.
◾It can also cause burns to the skin and even nervous system damage.
◾Allergies and asthma are often irritated by bleach and can cause serious reactions in those who have problems with these conditions already.
◾Beyond causing its own problems, chlorine bleach also has some really dangerous potential reactions with other chemicals and materials.
◾Each year thousands of calls are made for help and of those calls about 1/4th of them are related to bleach and the household cleaners that contain them. Many of these accidents involve children and can be potentially fatal.

Yes, the simple stuff we use to whiten clothes is not safe. In fact, bleach can be deadly.

Okay, I know I’m sounding a little dooms-day here. And chances are if you use bleach you keep it in safe place and use it responsibly. That’s good. But is it enough?

Because bleach mixes so easily with so many other products that produce a wide range of toxins, we should be concerned. Many of the chemicals produced through chemical reactions with chlorine bleach are toxins that are known carcinogens. These chemicals build up in the environment. They get into the water and food supply, and increase our risk for many negative health issues. Once again we all have a part to play to keeping our world safe.

I hope you enjoyed this article and it made you think about the products you have in your home. You would be surprised at how many things you have that are poison and you are around them day in and day out. Not only in your home, but every time you leave your house. The longer you go without harsh chemicals in your home the more sensitive you will become when you are around chemicals. You will be able to smell them right away and will be amazed at the difference you are having in your home and your own body.

March 17th, 2013

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

Since it’s St Patrick’s Day, I thought you drinking people would like to know what beer does for you. I can’t say that it is totally good for you and of course depends on how much you consume like everything else, so have fun with this. I have to disagree about the cancer fighting properties. My partner drank beer everyday all day for years, yet she died of throat cancer. Not pleasant. You have to do everything in moderation. Anything you over due is not good for you.

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It’s no secret that St. Patrick’s Day is a beer lover’s favorite holiday. What might be a secret is that beer actually has some health benefits. That’s not to say that if drinking one beer is good, drinking a whole 12-pack is better.

Keep in mind that old saying “everything in moderation.” If you don’t, then drinking too much will have the opposite effect on your heart, your liver, your bones, and completely erase any benefits you might gain.

So what is considered a moderate amount of beer? Experts say that for men it’s two, 12-ounce beers a day; for women one, 12-ounce beer a day.

So as long as you don’t over-imbibe, here are some ways that beer is actually good for you.

Beer contains natural antioxidants and vitamins, and dark beers, that go through very a high temperature roasting process contain more of these than lighter brews. And, if you drink a dark beer that contains fruits with even more antioxidants in them, you can boost this benefit even more.

Beer is a great way to keep hydrated since it is over 90 percent water. And, a recent study from Finland indicates that beer can help prevent kidney stones. This is likely due to beer’s high water content and ability to prevent dehydration. There is also evidence that the hops in beer may prevent kidney stones by slowing bone’s release of calcium, a main contributor to kidney stones.

The soluble fiber in beer can help lower the risk of heart disease. Like other fiber-rich foods like oats or barley, it can help lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

Beer can help strengthen your bones. Beer is rich in the element silicon, which has been linked to better bone density.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, it’s a good idea to drink local brews to support the local community and the environment. But, micro brews also provide you with more health benefits because they typically contain more hops than other beers. There are polyphenols in hops, which help kill viruses, lower cholesterol and fight cancer.

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October 13th, 2012

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Pama and Justine at the park last year for Halloween. We are going to our grandchildrens Fall Festival today.

Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I ran across on a blog. I thought I would share this information with you. It’s put out by TipNut.

Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes still cleaned up nice!

Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load! Before you get started, here are a few tips:

For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Avoid using heavily perfumed soaps.

Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the ingredients if the clothes look dingy.
Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different–some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your needs.

You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid detergent bottles, they work great for storing large batches. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed–shake before use

Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil–that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it–just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap and hot water.

Here are ten different recipes you can try, I’ve also added a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the page. Lots of info here to get you started, good luck!

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until melted.
Pour the soapy water mixture into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar
Grate the bar and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until it dissolves and is melted.
Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted mixture, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Hot water
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)
In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring before each use (will gel).
Powdered –

Recipe #4
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Hot water
1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap – grated
1 cup Washing Soda
In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until melted.
Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot mixture. Stir until well mixed.
Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
Set aside to cool.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)

2.5 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar soap (grated)
3/4 cup Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin
Melt grated soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until melted.
In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
Use 1/2 cup per full load.

2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Washing Soda
2 – 2.5 gallons hot water
Melt grated bar in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until dissolved.
Pour hot water in large pail, add hot mixture and washing soda. Stir very well.
Use 1 cup per full load.

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)
Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until melted.
In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted mixture, stir well.
Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

Powdered – Recipe #9
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

#10 – (Powdered)
1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Mix well and store in sealed container.
I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results.

Note For Liquid Versions: This will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure to keep covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the mixture in old (and cleaned) detergent bottles and shake well before each use.
*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).
Optional: You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover. Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

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April 7th, 2010

How to Recycle…Everything

Have you ever found yourself about to chuck a bunch of packing material? I have and I can kick myself for it. I sell used books on Amazon and at times I could use some packing material. One time my partner saw some listed on Freecycle. The man who listed it had five big boxes of packing material that saved me a bunch of money and really came in handy. There are all kinds of usages for things and we should really keep an eye out for them. You would be surprised on the money you can save on something as simple as packing material, w hich by the way is very expensive in the stores. Now and then I have to puchase a roll of brown paper to wrap my books and also bubble paper. It really adds up so it’s great if ywe are able to save these kinds of things and also give them to someone who can use them.

Here is a list of a ton of stuff you can recycle.

“Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle! Please do not use the recycling bin for refuse.

GLASS Food and beverage containers; clear, green and brown bottles and jars up to 1 gallon in size. All other glass including window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramic, porcelain, drinking glasses. Remove and discard lids and caps; labels OK; rinse and place in bin.
METAL Aluminum and tin food and beverage cans, up to 1 gallon in size; aluminum foil and pie plates. Aluminum and steel aerosol cans containing non-hazardous materials and 3 gallon #10 cans such as coffee containers All other metal containers including aerosol containing hazardous materials or paint cans, cleaning fluid and poison containers, scrap metal. Rinse empty containers and place in bin; can lids OK in can; labels OK.
PLASTICS Small and wide mouth containers marked on the bottom with a (PETE OR PET); or a (HDPE) up to one gallon in size. Containers with other numbers or no numbers; containers larger than three gallons; plastic bags, motor oil and anti-freeze containers; even if marked with a “1” or “2”. Make sure container has a “1”or “2” on the bottom; remove and discard cap or lid; labels OK; rinse and place in bin.
NEWSPAPER, CATALOGS, MAGAZINES, JUNK MAIL & SHREDDED PAPER Clean, dry newspaper, (and inserts), magazines and catalogs, junk mail, computer paper, stationery, bills, shredded paper, envelopes with windows. NOTE: Must be less than 2 months old, or goes out in trash. All other paper including soiled paper, telephone books, non-paper bags such as plastic or TYVEK, overnight delivery envelopes, bubble wrap, books of any kind, greeting cards, gift wrap and product samples. Paper material can be loose, tied or bagged in paper bags. Loose paper must be place on the bottom of your recycling bin to prevent it from becoming wind blown.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD Clean cardboard with a wavy middle layer of brown paper. Pizza boxes, wax coated cardboard. Flatten boxes, remove packing material, tie in bundles with string; place in or beside bin. 3′ x 3′ maximum size.
Cereal, cracker, shoe boxes and shirt boxes, beverage cartons and six-pack cartons Boxboard with wax, plastic or foiled coating and boxboard that has been contaminated by food. Flatten boxes, remove plastic cereal bag, place in paper bag or tie in bundles with string; place in or beside bin.
MILK CARTONS & JUICE BOXES Residential aseptic packages including the gable shaped paper containers (milk-type containers) up to one gallon in size, and the small, single serving juice boxes Any aseptic package over one gallon size. The cartons and juice boxes must be empty, with straws and caps removed, and the larger gable shaped cartons must be rinsed clean.


Unacceptable Curbside Recyclable Items

  • Plastic bags (even if they have a “1” or “2”)- drop off at grocery or department store.
  • Plastic, clay or porcelain flower pots and flats (even if they have a “1” or “2”)
  • Antifreeze, motor oil, and pesticide containers (even if marked with a “1” or “2”)
  • Paint Cans
  • Aerosol Cans that contained paint or solvent based hazardous material
  • Pots and pans – These items can be recycled at the town’s small metal collection
  • Mirror or auto glass
  • Ceramic plates and cups
  • Drinking glasses and Pyrex containers
  • Crystal
  • Clothes hangers – Return to cleaner.
  • Light bulbs: Incandescent – Dispose as weekly refuse. Fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’S) must be brought to Electronics or Hazardous waste collections
  • Pizza boxes (even if corrugated – too much grease and cheese!) Frozen pizza boxes are OK.
  • Foiled beverage cartons or other foiled boxboard
  • Books
  • Telephone books – Check with SBC/AT&T for drop off locations
  • Spiral bound notebooks – Remove spiral and recycle paper
  • Automotive Batteries – See Recycling Center
  • Motor Oil – See Recycling Center
  • Antifreeze – See Recycling Center
  • Rechargeable Batteries are a state-mandated recyclable item. Some electronics retail outlets will take and recycle these batteries. Please check your local phonebook or the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, for recycling locations. Currently there are more than 20 drop off locations within a four mile radius of West Hartford Center. Rechargeable batteries may also be brought to West Hartford electronics collections. Check the Special Collections section for dates and times.

Consider Donating!

Items in usable condition can often be donated to a number of nonprofit organizations or second hand stores. Many organizations will also pick up your donation.

Donating used and unwanted items not only helps the organization but also reduces the amount of trash in the waste stream. Scheduling this type of collection is easy, free of charge and often qualifies for a tax deduction. Everyone benefits!

Salvation Army –
Goodwill Industries –
Freecycle – Posts items to be given away for free.”