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Natural DIY Stain Remover and Pre-treatment

Natural DIY Stain Remover and Pre-treatment

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Natural DIY Stain Remover and Pre-treatment

This Natural DIY Stain Remover and Pre-treatment recipe is almost too easy to believe, but will be one of the best tricks up your sleeve (did I just say that? Ugh.) Okay, fraudian aside, we are sure you’re about to fall in love with what we’re about to share! Readay?

INGREDIENT
1 bar Castile Soap

Sometimes we do wardrobe styling on photo shoots and this is the best kept secret ever! When we have spots on clothing, we use pure castile soap, right from the bar.

We just rub the bar on the stain before washing, sometimes we’ll scrub with a toothbrush and re-apply another application of soap. Then we throw it in the wash and it comes out nice and clean. We love it and think it works better than anything else out there!

Natural DIY Furniture Polish

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Natural DIY Furniture Polish

Have you ever taken a whiff of regular furniture polish?  If not, it’s definitely something we don’t recommend!  The fumes alone are enough of a reason to stay away from most standard brands of furniture polish, but how about replacing it with something that smells great, works beautifully on  furniture, and saves a lot of money at the same time? AND it only takes about 2 minutes to make.  Hmmm, pretty impressive, huh?  Here goes… 🙂

Furniture Polish shopping list:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
lemon or sweet orange Essential oil

 

Natural DIY Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice – 1/4 cup
lemon or wild orange Essential oil – 4 drops

Instructions:

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
4 drops lemon or wild orange Essential oil

Mix together in a bottle with a spray nozzle.  Shake well and spritz onto a clean, lintless, cloth and wipe gently over wood grains.

Let us know how you love it!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Natural DIY Air Fresheners

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Natural DIY Air Fresheners & Why You’re gonna want to switch to them!

FRESH AIR

I’m convinced that good old fashioned fresh air is the ultimate natural air freshener. Last summer, I was working on a movie in Austria and Germany, and learned something I hadn’t even thought of before. Most of the locals over there keep windows open in their houses all year long–which was a foreign thought to me, since I’m used to central air and heat. But I liked it, and I realized that I could breathe better with the windows cracked open.

After I got home, I researched a little more about the pro’s and con’s of utilizing fresh air and I was intrigued, to say the least.  I learned that students perform 20% better on exams, when windows are open, that kids experience less sickness when they live in fresh air environments, and much more. I was impressed with the thought that we will thrive, mentally, physically, and with greater levels of energy and wellness by changing that one simple thing in our lives.

Here are some studies that I think you might like as well:

Fresh Air May Reduce Illnesses

Toxins found in Buildings

Children find Improvement in Asthma

Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Other Natural DIY Air Fresheners

I used to love it when actors would step into our makeup trailer and immediately comment on how wonderful it smelt. I would look proudly at my newest little air freshener that I had just purchased thinking what a wonderful investment it had been.

Or was it?

When I first learned that fragrance could be highly toxic, I seriously didn’t want to believe it. I loved fragrance. So at first I denied it, then as time went by, I became curious as I started to connect my headaches and foggy thinking moments to times I was surrounded by fragrance. I reluctantly started doing my homework and learned much more than I wanted to. I found reports and studies that linked fragrance to neurotoxicity, cancer, and endocrine disruption.

Many fragrances contain petroleum bi-products, and even phthalates, which are carcinogenic endocrine disruptors. Often, a single perfume can contain hundreds of ingredients, resulting in chemical toxicity, central nervous system disorders, birth defects, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fainting, respiratory issues and the list goes on and on.

So yes it was a sad realization, but before long and after much searching, I realized pure essential oils were a much better option and even could be therapeutic. However, some essential oils themselves may contain synthetic ingredients, or are loaded with pesticides and herbicides, so we believe it’s important to make sure to only use ONLY 100% Organic Essential Oils.

Organic Essential Oils
Essential oils can enhance mood, aid fatigue, stress and depression. Even though they are typically much safer than fragrances or perfumes, pure grade oils are potent and should be used carefully and avoided during pregnancy. Most oils should not be ingested.

Simple Air Fresheners

1. More indoor plants. I love houseplants, especially the ones that I can eat, like fresh herbs, which have wonderful aromas. And it’s a nice bonus to snip them off and eat them year round too.

2. Freshly cut lavender or flowers – I even love them dried, as they will maintain their scent for quite a while.

3. Place orange, lemon, or lime peels in a little water and boil them, or dehydrate them to sprinkle into a cute open dish where their aroma can flourish over time. I like to grind them down the disposal every now and then, to clean and freshen it.

4. Place pure essential oils on the inside of toilet paper rolls, so you reactivate scent as the roll is used.

5. Place baking soda in a cute, open container to absorb odors. You can also add in your favorite pure essential oils to add even more freshness.

6. Sprinkle baking soda (with added essential oils-optional) onto carpet prior to vacuuming. If your vacuum has a bag that fills up, placing a drop of essential oil on it will fill the room with a nice fresh aroma.

Those are a few of our little tricks, that work great and help freshen the air in our lives. Please comment below and let us know your great ideas and tricks–we love to hear from you!

Stay healthy!!! 🙂

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Those are just a few

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KSL News Interview with Nature’s Knockout

KSL News Interview with Nature's Knockout

KSL News Interview with Nature’s Knockout on “The Browser”

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KSL News Interview with Nature’s Knockout on “The Browser”

Topic: Earth Day Celebration,  DIY Dishwasher Detergent, News Update, + GIVEAWAYS!

See DIY Dishwasher Detergent News Story here

We LOVE our viewers!!  We posted this on our social when we were going on KSL Channel 5 (NBC), the Browser 50 and many of you contacted us, asking for the link. Of course we are always happy to get the word out to inspire going natural, so here’s our DIY Dishwasher Detergent on the news! (plus a hint of what to watch for!! 🙂

In those quiet moments,

take a walk,

drink in the beauty

around you,

for nature is

the art of God.

AND, watch for our Thousands of $$$$ in giveaways, that we plan to begin launching this week!!!!!!

And last, but not least, thank you for being so wonderful and a special thanks to the production staff of the Browser 50, for letting us come and play–you guys rock!  🙂

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

DIY Natural Dishwasher detergent recipe (Gel) + FREE printables!

natural easy to make dishwasher detergent

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If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed a different recipe…um yep, sorry about that!. 🙂  But we’ve changed it for 2 reasons…

1. Because we’ve improved it beyond imagination! Seriously!!

2. When we started down our path of natural living, we were more focused on personal care products, and as far as we could tell, borax was stated to be very natural and very safe. So our original recipe contained borax. It worked okay, but also left a white film on the dishes. The vinegar rinse helped tons, but wasn’t quite perfect.

When one of our viewers, Angela, pointed out that the EWG had rated Borax as being highly toxic, we decided to look into it further. We checked a lot of studies and sources, here is one citation on pubmed, which indicates low levels of toxicity to humans, with a possibility of higher levels as well. But going back to our roots and our original hunch, if there is enough controversy, or any indication of toxicity at all, we prefer to look for another alternative. It’s about playing it safe.

Actually, before we get to the good stuff, have you looked at the ingredients in commercial dishwashing soap? Or, have you noticed that you can’t???  Because in many countries (including the US) companies don’t have to list the ingredients used in cleaning products. Crazy, huh?!  You’ll only find the ones the poison control will need in order to get help when a loved one becomes poisoned. ugh.

So we say–if they won’t list their ingredients DON’T buy their products!  If they’re proud of the ingredients they’re using, you know they’d be happy to list them.

But they do have to list the cautions–and if those aren’t enough to scare you, we don’t know what is…

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

We’ve been busy dirtying as many dishes as possible so we could clean, clean, clean. And this formula was a sparkling success I had been seriously dreaming of–the results were almost shocking–my dishes looked better than ever! My glass dishes were clear and spotless. This DIY Natural Dishwasher detergent recipe only took about 2 1/2 minutes to make too. What more could you want?! If you think of something, let us know! lol! 🙂

Guess what? There are NO huge bolded warnings to scare you to death (literally! 🙂 And this detergent works as well, without any reason to live in constant fear that your children might decide to drink the stuff! And before you have to ask, I’ll add some affiliate links to products that we recommend because we trust them enough to use them ourselves! 🙂

DIY Natural Dishwasher detergent recipe (Gel) –super easy!

Add essential oils if the castile soap doesn’t contain any–they will also aid in fighting off bacteria.

Mix together in a blender and bam! (use 1-2 tbsps per load) It should be a thick frothy consistency, like a gelled whipping cream. Store in a closed container (glass is our favorite)

The essential oils not only add a wonderful scent to your clean dishes, they also aid with antibacterial and antifungal properties as well.

And another wonderful trick is to add a Rinse Aid, so I’ve added that recipe below…

Rinse Aid: (for rinse cycle)

  • Add 1/3 cup white vinegar (I just filled the rinse aid compartment with it)

Don’t worry about your kitchen smelling like Easter eggs, the vinegar smell doesn’t ruin a thing, in fact we found that our dishes had a fresh peppermint smell still from our wash cycle…which was wonderful!

The Rinse Aid acts as a homemade version of ‘jet dry’ to make them sparkling clean! Let us know how you love it!!!

BONUS–FREE PRINTABLES! 🙂

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid Recipe, Free Printables

And in case all of this isn’t quite enough, here’s one more thing to make this change over even easier on you!  Go ahead and Download our FREE PRINTABLE LABELS for our DIY Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid

Try it out and let us know how you like it!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Get rid of Spiders Naturally

I couldn’t help but relate to this screaming CNN news anchor, I think I would totally freak out myself! 🙂Get rid of Spiders Naturally

So if you’re like us, you’re probably not a huge fan of spiders (in the indoors!)  I know they do good (someplace somewhere else) and yes, I’m happy to let them do it somewhere else.

It kinda yikes me out, but we used to bug bomb our house every time we left on a summer vacation. I’m kinda really creeped out that we ever even thought that was ok. Who knows what the long-term effects are, and the crazy thing is, we didn’t even think of that at all.

I remember how successful we felt as we’d find dead spiders for months, so I knew our bombs were successful.  But…were they?  Ugh.  If they were strong enough chemicals to continue killing those spiders for months, what were they doing to our health…uhhhh yeah.  Not so good I don’t think…a chemical IS a chemical 🙁

We LOVE all things natural, right?  Ummmm, well, okay…confession time…we don’t.  We really can’t say that we do because there are these little creepy crawly things that make us draw the line really super fast!

Soooo, we maybe we should say we love dealing with things naturally!  Like yes, I can say it….spiders–argh, ick, and ugh!

So, here are a few things we’ve found about how to get rid of those 8 legged creepers in completely natural ways.

1.  CLEAN THEM OUT:  They love cardboard and messy places.  Sooo, if all else fails, cleaning the house will really bug the heck out of them.  So do it.  And get rid of all of those cardboard storage boxes.  Since they hate plastic, it helps to store things in plastic containers.

2.  GIVE THEM WHAT THEY HATE   They don’t like garlic, peppermint or spearmint.  So, fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup water.  Drop in 3 garlic cloves.  Add 12 drops of pure peppermint essential oil, and 12 drops pure spearmint essential oil   Mix together, shake well and spray to your hearts content.  Get window wells, window sills and anywhere you might have spiders.  Remember to re-spray after rain or watering and as often as you like.

3.  Sit back and enjoy life once again, ahhhhhhh

Please comment below and let us know your thoughts, scary spider stories, or whatever moves you (hopefully not a spider, lol! You guys are awesome, thanks for the inspiration, and goodbye to your spiders! 🙂

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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