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6 Unusual Uses For the Dishwashing Soap That You Didn’t Know About

6 Unusual Uses For the Dishwashing Soap That You Didn't Know About

6 Unusual Uses For the Dishwashing Soap That You Didn’t Know About

That soapy solution on your sink or in your kitchen cabinet called dishwashing liquid can be used for many tasks besides just cleaning dishes. Typical dishwashing liquid is made from water, surfactants that break up grease, phosphates that remove mineral deposits in water that interfere with cleaning, dyes, thickeners and fragrances. These ingredients can be used for a host of purposes.

6 Unusual Uses For the  Dishwashing Soap, That You Didn't Know About1

Eco-Friendlier Weedkiller
Those weeds that pop up between sidewalks and paving stones are annoying and unsightly. Instead of buying expensive herbicide that hurt the environment, use a more environmentally friendly weedkiller of 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, 1 cup salt mixed in one gallon of vinegar. Spray the solution liberally on the weeds and allow to dry. The weeds will be dead by the next day.

Plant Insect Killer
Those aphids and whiteflies that attack your outdoor plants can be stopped in their tracks with homemade insect killer. Mix up a solution of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and a cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and give your plants a light layer to choke off the insects making a meal of your garden.

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner
Cleaning products for stainless steel appliances can take a bite out of the household budget. You can save those extra dollars for something more enjoyable by making your own stainless appliance cleaner by mixing a paste of a small amount of baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Mix well and apply with a nylon scrubber or old toothpaste. Rinse well. Never use abrasive powders or steel wool on the surface.

Garage Floor Grease-Cutting
If you have grease or oil stains on your garage floor, cover the stain with a layer of dishwashing liquid and leave on overnight. In the morning, add water and scrub the spot to easily remove the dirt and grease. Rinse thoroughly.

Hair De-Greaser
If using too many haircare products has left your hair feeling heavy and greasy, wash it a small amount of dishwashing liquid to remove all traces of grease and chemical residue. It will leave your hair feeling light and fresh.

Handy Lubricant
Dishwashing liquid can be used as a convenient and clean lubricant for squeaky doors and other hinges. Simply add a drop or two and work into the hinge by moving it back and forth. It will quicken a noisy hinge and loosen a stuck hinge.

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DIY Tips

Replace 11 Household Products With Castile Soap

Replace 11 Household Products With Castile Soap

Household Uses for Castile Soap

Edited By Stephanie Dawson

Castile soap is based on vegetable oil, it’s an environmentally friendly organic soap that originated in the Castile area of Spain. It’s chemical-free and is good for sensitive skin. There are plenty of brands in the market, but I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap and you can buy it on Amazon. Here is a list of some interesting uses for castile soap:

1. Shampoo
Castile soap can be used as a replacement for your regular detergent-based shampoo. Mix it with water at 1:3 ratio and wash for healthy beautiful hair.

2. Dish soap
This soap can also be used to wash utensils and dishes, place a few drops in your sink and use it for washing up. It leaves a pleasant peppermint smell and does not leave any film. We often use this soap instead of commercial dish soaps in our home.

3. Laundry detergent
Castile soap be used to replace your laundry detergent. Take 1/8 cup of castile detergent and add a dash of baking soda, washing clothes with this solution makes clothes cleaner and smell good.

4. Toilet cleaner
Castile soap can be used as a toilet cleaner. Place some in a bucket and add some baking soda. Dip your sponge into it and use to clean.

5. Dog shampoo
Whatever is good for our skin and hair is good for your pet. Castile soap can be used to wash your dog’s coat. Use it with water in 2:1 ratio to prepare a natural dog shampoo.

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6. Toothpaste
Castile soap can be used to replace your regular chemical-laden toothpaste. The pure Castile oil is much better for teeth than ordinary toothpastes. Add a few drops of this soap directly to your wet brush, you might find it difficult to adapt to the taste.

7. Carpet cleaner
A combination of castile soap and water can be used to clean carpets. Mix ¼ cup castile soap and 1 cup water, apply the solution to the carpet to clean it and make it germ-free.

8. Glass cleaner
Mixing two teaspoons castile soap with a gallon of water can make an effective glass cleaner. Make sure the water is very hot. Use it to clean glass windows and mirrors.

9. Body wash
Castile soap is very good for sensitive skin so it can be used as body wash. Mix with water in a ratio of 2:1 and use it as body wash.

10. Hand soap
Castile soap is a great hand soap. Regular hand soaps can contain chemicals that are not good for our skin. Castile soap is very gentle and makes your hands smell good.
11. All purpose cleaner
Castile soap can be used as an all-purpose cleaner to clean almost anything and everything. It has no chemicals and is a good cleansing agent.

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natural remedies

10 steps to rid your house from bed bugs

10 steps to rid your house from bed bugs

First of all, before you start trying to kill bed bugs naturally, you need to know what they are. Bed bugs are tiny dark brown insects that come out at night to feed on a human or animal host, they bite into you while you sleep, then spend a few minutes sucking your blood.

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To get rid of bed bugs naturally, you need to follow every one of these steps precisely and properly:
1. Remove all of your bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, bed liners and mattress covers) and wash them in extremely hot water. Don’t put them back yet.
2. Clean any other fabric-type object with a vacuum cleaner using the hose, then put into plastic bags, sealed with tape and leave closed for 3 days to kill any remaining bed bugs.

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3. If you find bed bugs or bed bug eggs in your cupboards and drawers, wash those in hot water as well.
4. Vacuum your whole room or and use a vacuum hose in the nooks and crannies, pay attention to cracks and openings in the wall, remember to throw away the vacuum bag as soon as you’re finished.
5. If you have any cracks or openings in your walls, use caulk to completely close the hole to stop any more bed bugs from getting into your room.
6. If you decide to keep your bed, as it’s incredibly difficult to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress, even if you used chemicals which you don’t want to do, just about the only way to get rid of them is to buy a plastic mattress cover and box springs cover. Put these covers on, zip them up and leave them on for a least a year.
7. Throw out your pillows.

bedbug8.Clean the entire house with a natural cleaner. Make sure you clean every surface, behind every piece of furniture, inside every cupboard and drawer, along the baseboards, light fixtures, wall sockets – basically everything in your room or house.

9. Put back all of your belongings, sheets, pillows etc.
10. Repeat everything on this cleaning list 3 times, once every 10 days.

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Alternative Medicine

15 Benefits of Baking Soda

15 Benefits of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, it is one items no home should be without. It has a surprising number of things you can use it for, here are the top 10 uses of baking soda:

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Baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline and neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and absorbs odors from the air.

  • Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.
  • Use it as an antacid.
  • Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda.
  • Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
  • Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes)
  • Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide into a paste and use it as toothpaste.
  • Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up
  • Use it as a face and body scrub.
  • Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.
  • Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
  • Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.
  • Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn: Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
  • Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.
  • Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and p>oison ivy irritations.
  • Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge.
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Inspiration

The Many Uses of Epsom Salts

The Many Uses of Epsom Salts

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Epsom salts have fantastic health benefits that you can enjoy in many different ways including a relaxing bath, a facial scrub, and as a hair volumizer. Epsom salts are the perfect example of one thing that really does fit all.

The Many Uses of Epsom Salts

  • Relaxing sedative bath: Soak in warm water with 2 cups Epsom salt.
  • Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin with a foot soak.
  • Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salts will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises.
  • Splinter remover: Soak in Epsom salts, it will draw out the splinter.
  • Facial cleanser: To clean your face at night mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salts with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
  • Homemade oily skin mask: Apply this mask to damp skin: mix 1 tablespoon cognac, 1 raw egg, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and one-half teaspoon Epsom salts.
  • Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of Epsom salts over wet skin, from feet towards the face.
  • Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair, add 9 tablespoons Epsom salts to 1/2 cup oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it’s dry, then rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse. 
  • Hair volumizer: Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salts. Warm and work the mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes.

Edited 8/18/14 SCD