Spaghetti Sponge

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This is a really cool item.  The Spaghetti sponge.  It’s  all natural sponges made from peach pits for light scrubbing or corn cobs made for heavy duty scrubbing.  They are reusable and last longer then traditional sponges and leave no smell or rust.  Plus there is lack of bacteria or mold and you use less soap with them.  Why not give these a try?  They are great for removing stains and can be used to clean the grill, cookware and even peel off the skin from vegetables.  Woah!!  That’s awesome!  To learn more about these amazing all natural sponges or where to get your own check out  www.goodbyedetergent.com

5 Helpful solutions for the home

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You don’t have to spend money or energy on simple fix-its around the home.  Use what you may already have on hand to get the job done.

  1. Having a party?  Put  ice in a colander in a large glass bowl so that the ice doesn’t turn into slush.  As the ice melts it will turn into liquid and empty out in the glass bowl, while the ice inside the colander will stay solid.
  2. Use binder clips to keep your garbage bags from sliding down into the trash can once they start to get full.
  3. If your glass vase is foggy simply fill it up with hot water and drop 2 alka-seltzer tablets to remove the film.  The citric acid and sodium bicarbonate will break down the caked on plant residue.
  4. To eliminate odors in a musty basement toss a few unused charcoal briquettes (without starter fluid) into empty coffee cans and seal.  Punch holes in the lid, then place the cans throughout your basement.  The porous charcoal absorbs odor causing moisture.
  5. Instead of buying a rug pad, use a hot glue gun and apply thick zigzag lines to the carpet’s underside to grip the floor and keep it from sliding about everywhere.

Breath of Fresh Air

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Common indoor plants that laboratory tests have shown to reduce airborne contaminants emitted from household cleaning products.

  1. English Ivy: benzene,toluene, alpha-pinene, and trichloroethylene, formaldehyde
  2. Mother-in law’s tongue: alcohol, acetone, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde
  3. Weeping Fig: formaldehyde, ammonia, h-hexane, benzene
  4. Peace Lily: acetone, ammonia, ethylacate, methyl alcohol, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, n-hexane, toulene
  5. Devils Ivy: carbon monoxide, fromaldehyde, benzene
  6. Flamingo Flower: ammonia, formaldehyde, toulene, xylene, benzene
  7. Janet Craig: trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde
  8. Asparagus Fern: benzene, toulene, octane, alpha-pinene, trichloroethylene
  • In homes, benzene may be found in glues, adhesives, cleaning products, paint strippers, tobacco smoke and gasoline. Most benzene in the environment comes from our use of petroleum products.
  • In homes, trichloroethylene may be found in typewriter correction fluid, paint, spot removers, carpet-cleaning fluids, metal cleaners, and varnishes.
  • In homes, toulene and xylene may be found in fingernail polish, glues/adhesives, paint, paint thinners, rubber and plastic cement, printing and  leather tanning process, wood stains
  • In homes, formaldehyde  is a combustion product found in cigarette and wood smoke, natural gas, kerosene, exhaust from automobiles, incinerators and power plants.Also used in furniture, paper products, cosmetics, deodorants, shampoos, fabric dyes and permanent-press fabrics, inks, disinfectants, air deodorizers and carpet deodorizers.
  • In homes, ethylacate may be found in glues, nail polish removers, and cigarettes.

8 Purifying Herbs

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Instead of using toxic air fresheners opt for adding plants to the home which naturally purify the air.  Try opening up a window as well to let in some fresh air and move out the old.  Here are 8 air purifying herbs you can try using around the home to keep it smelling fresh and clean.

  1. Honeysuckle also known as Woodbine:  Needs sufficient sunlight.  You can grow it in a dry branch or wooden log in the soil, so that the vine may climb up it.
  2. Coffee  plant:  Needs sufficient sunlight.
  3. Geranium:  Is a natural mosquito repellent.
  4. Jasmine:  Creates beautiful flowers.
  5. Mint:  Cut off a branch and leave it in a glass of water for one week.  It will grow very quickly then replant.
  6. Basil:  Will reduce carbon dioxide in the room.
  7. Lavender:  Is a natural insect repellent.  The aroma also helps you to relax if suffering from anxiety.  The soil is best to be sandy and not too rich.  Use a pot with good drainage.  Exclude using compost and fertilizers.
  8. Rosemary:  Good for humid air.  It improves cognitive function and shields the brain from free radicals.