Air Fresheners - Leave an open
box of baking soda in a room, boil water, add cloves and
cinnamon and simmer.
Ant Repellant - In kitchen and
bathrooms, wash counter-tops, cabinets and floors with parts
vinegar and water.
Avoid Wrinkles - Don't get too
much sun, Eat fruits, dark leafy vegetables, beans and nuts.
Battery Cleaner - Clean battery
terminals with a mixture of 2 teaspoons bicarbonate with 1
liter of water and apply generously.
Bleach - Use one cup of lemon
juice in bucket that has been 1/2 filled with water, soak
Bug Bites - Cut a potato in 1/2 and
gently apply to the bite. The potato will help draw toxins
out of the skin. A wedge of pineapple can help neutralize
the enzymes that get under the skin from insects. Paste type
toothpaste will relieve the pain from a sting.
Carpet - General stains use white
distilled vinegar and warm water, put into a spray bottle
and then blot the stain. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on
carpet before vacuuming to deodorize. Remove red wine stains
with club soda.
Dishwashing Detergent - Pure soap
to wash dishes and add white vinegar in the rinse for a spot
Drain Opener - To prevent
clogging, flush drain weekly with boiling water and vinegar.
If clogged, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1-1/2 cup vinegar
in the drain.
Flea & Tick Repellant - Feed
brewer's yeast and garlic to the pet.
Furniture Polish - Mix 3 parts
olive oil and 1 part vinegar and use a soft cloth. Mix 1
part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil and use a soft cloth.
General Household Cleaner - 3
tablespoons of baking soda into warm water and/or add white
Glass or Mirror Cleaner - Wash
the window first with warm soapy water, use a newspaper
moistened with vinegar to get a streak free shine.
Mold & Mildew - Mix borax and
water and wipe the area. In the shower, wash down with borax
and leave on, the residue will fight mold growth.
Mosquito Repellant - Drink
brewer's yeast or take it in a tablet form during the
Oil Stains - Rub white chalk on
area before washing.
Roach Repellant - Leave out bay
leaves or sprinkle borax.
Tar Remover - Moisten a cloth
with eucalyptus oil and rub clean.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Vinegar, a
can of coke a cola will also remove build up.
Home Insect Control Moths
(Pomanders) - Stick cloves into surface of apple or orange
until completely covered. Cover with white tissue and let
dry for two weeks in a dry, airy place. Then unwrap and hang
in closet. Cedar wood chips (or chests) also repel moths.
Cockroaches & Ants - Fill cracks
around shelves, cupboards, sinks and bathtubs with caulking,
putty or paint. Sprinkle equal parts of confectioners' sugar
and borax in dry area where ant or roaches are found. Be
sure these areas are not reachable to children or pets,
Boric Acid is toxic! Do not apply in areas where food is
stored or eaten. Also a mixture of chopped bay leaves and
cucumber skins can be placed out to deter roaches.
Flies - Mint plants set in window
sills help to repel flies.
Fleas - Nutritional yeast added
to the diet of a dog or cat has been known to help. Also
vacuum floors and furniture thoroughly. Fleas spend more
time off of an animal.
Mealy Bugs or Scales on House
Plants - Apply alcohol or oil directly to the colonies with
a small paintbrush.
Personal Hygiene - Our hair and
skin often suffer from the many detergents we use on them.
Some of us counteract these results with conditioners and
moisturizers. We end up with dozens of foreign substances
absorbed by our skin. Many items found within the home can
produce a more satisfying and healthier result in our daily
Shampoo - Beat one egg yolk
gradually adding 1 cup water. Massage into hair and rinse.
Rinse - Lemon or vinegar rinse
removes detergents and replaces a proper Ph balance.
Conditioner - Massage 2 tbsp.
natural yogurt throughout hair.
Baths - Use oils for dry skin,
herbs for fragrance and relaxation, salt for cleansing and
toning, starch to give skin sleekness and/or milk to soften
Cleanser - Oatmeal cleans and
softens without soap. Wrap some in a cloth and use as a
Hand Lotion - Combine ripe
tomato, lemon juice, and glycerin in equal parts. Massage
into skin and rinse with tepid water.
Toothpaste - Add enough water to
baking soda to form a paste.
Mouthwash - A salt and water
solution will disinfect germs and eliminate odors in the
Companion Planting - Including
certain plants throughout and around the garden can repel a
variety of insects. These plants are: nasturtium, tansy,
euphoria, rue, dahlias, marigolds, aster, cosmos, coreopsis,
garlic, chive, savory, rosemary, petunias and thyme. It also
is helpful to mix plants. When a garden is set aside for one
type of plant it becomes a definite target for its
Aphids - Garlic, chives, petunias
and nasturtiums repel aphids. Also protect ladybugs and
lacewings; they prey on many garden pests.
Cabbage Worms - Tansy, rosemary
and tomato help repel cabbage worms.
Other pests - Many insects
despise the smell and taste of PEPPER!