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The Amazing Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an earth friendly, non-toxic multi-purpose solution that has many great uses around the house, as well as hygienic uses. It's basically made up on water and oxygen and it's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-mold and anti-mildew.

Here are a few tested (by me!) uses of this miracle solution:

  • All purpose cleaner  - clean and disinfect your entire house with 50/50 - HP/water solution.
  • Use instead of bleach - this gets out blood and other stubborn stains on whites.
  • Use on your hair - to lighten up your highlights
  • Mouth gargle - gets rid of any canker sores and whites your teeth, maintains gum tissue health & kills any mouth bacteria. Make sure to dilute properly with 1 part water + 1 part mouthwash + 1 part hydrogen peroxide. This is my daily holistic routine
  • Glass and window cleaner - cleans without streaks and no toxic Windex smell!
  • Sanitize ANYTHING - cutting boards, sponges, brushes, baby toys, toothbrushes etc.
  • Nose rinse - spray 50/50 solution into your nose and blow in a tissue. It will break down all the mucus. Works wonders during a cold/flu or just a stuffy nose during allergy season
  • Clean any cut or scrape to kills germs and prevent an infection
  • Germinate your seeds in it - I have not personally tried this, but once I get my own garden, I surely will :)
  • Kills toenail and finger fungus - soak your feet or hands in a 50/50 solution to kill harmful fungus.
  • Use on houseplants - spray your houseplants to make them grow healthier
  • Wash your fruits and veggies in it to remove pesticides
  • Wash your ears with it to remove a waxy build up
  • Skunk odor removal - have not tried this myself and hope not to ever have to, but when mixed with baking soda and soap, it can remove the stinky odor
  • Relieve tooth pain - gargle with it until you are able to go see a dentist to numb the gums & teeth

Vinegar - My New Obsession

I can't get enough of how multi-purposeful this completely natural product is. Vinegar is basically a liquid substance consisting mainly of acetic acid and water, the acetic acid being produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. There all kinds of vinegar: white (the most basic), apple cider, balsamic, wine, sherry etc.

Besides its many uses in the kitchen for pickling, making sushi rice and flavoring, vinegar has known to have many medicinal uses as well, which are my most favorite:

  • Soothing for sunburns
  • Diabetes management - have been shown by a number of medical trials to reduce the glycemic index of carbohydrate food for people with and without diabetes
  • Weight management - multiple trials indicate that taking vinegar with food increases satiety (the feeling of fullness) and, so, reduces the amount of food consumed
  • Jellyfish sting - deactivates the venom. But it's also recommended to place the sting into HOT water
  • Natural deodorant - cheaper version of a stick
  • Conditioner - I have personally tried this on my own hair and LOVED how it detangled my hair
  • Great digestion supplement - A little extra acid helps get things moving again. 1/2 tsp with a glass of water on an empty stomach before food or whenever you feel the symptoms
  • Fabulous face toner helping to eliminate & prevent acne

Since, vinegar is a great antibacterial agent, it naturally disinfects all surfaces, hard to remove stains (especially if combined with baking soda). Here are a few of ways to use vinegar around the house:

  • Clean out your coffee maker or tea pot - pour 2 c. white vinegar and 1 c. water into the coffee maker and run a full brew cycle. Remove and replace the filter and run 2 cycles of just water
  • Disinfect cutting boards, especially the garlic/onion smells
  • Clean and disinfect pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc.
  • Clean sponges by soaking them overnight
  • Natural de-greaser
  • Naturally clean your fruits and vegetables by soaking them in 1 part vinegar and 1 part water
  • Laundry - add a cup instead of the fabric softener
  • Wood floors - I add it into my steamer!
  • Disinfects toys, books etc.
  • Removes stains from mattresses

There are unlimited ways to using vinegar inside the home instead of a chemical solution. So, next time you are reaching for the bottle of clorox, ask yourself, do I really need to be inhaling these fumes or can I use vinegar to disinfect my entire house without the smell of bleach or any other harsh chemicals?

The Powerful Uses of Borax

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I only recently discovered a product called Borax, also known as sodium borate, which is an important mineral compound and a salt of boric acid.  Borax NATURALLY cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, repels bugs. Let me tell you first hand, this white powder is quiet powerful on just about any stain or greese. You can add it into your laundry to make clothes cleaner and brighter. You can sprinkle a little on your stove or kitchen sink and it will be shiny with just one wipe. NO KIDDING! I was amazed!

So, how does Borax work? Borax has many chemical properties that contribute to its cleaning power. Borax and other borates clean and bleach by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This reaction is more favorable in hotter water. The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners

The best part about Borax is it's notacutly toxic, like some other cleaning agents, for example, Comet (this thing smells from miles away). Borax has no perfume or chemical smell to it and it's tough on all stains. It's always advisable to wear gloves when handling borax as it can cause skin irritation for some people.

Safety Warning: Do not use Borax around food, keep it out of reach of children and pets, and make sure you rinse borax out of clothes and off of surfaces before use.

Here are a few household uses of Borax:

  • Floors - Mix borax with water and wipe the floors to its shiniest clean!
  • Mold & Mildew -  Pour the water+borax solution in a spray bottle, spray on furniture/tiles, allow to sit, rinse and then air dry.
  • Cookware - Will remove stains and build up without scratching it
  • Insects - Repel cockroaches and other bugs by sprinkling around the problem areas, like under the fridge
  • General cleaning - Mix with water and spray on any surface, wipe clean
  • Dishwasher - Make your own dishwashing detergent, but mixing 1 tbsp of borax + 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • Unclog drain - pour 1/2 cup of borax into the drain followed by 2 cups of HOT water

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