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72 Uses For Simple Household Products To Save Money and Avoid Toxins

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There are so many ways how you can use certain products for other purposes as well. In this way you will lower your costs and avoid the use of some products which are packed with chemicals and harmful ingredients.

Therefore, follow reading and find out for what other purposes you can use the ingredients you already have in your home. By combining some of them you can make your own efficient cleaning agents, detergents, and soaps free of chemicals.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Household product: for repelling fleas, cleaning the microwave, and deodorizing the laundry.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: it can be used as an aftershave, for washing the hair, as a treatment of sunburns, and acne treatment.

Medicinal Uses: prevents cold, regulates high blood pressure, performs body detox, aids in weight loss, and treats yeast infections.

  1. White Vinegar

This ingredient is used for various purposes:

Household product: for polishing silver, cleaning windows, unclogging drain, and removing smells.

Beauty and Medicinal Uses: acts as a hair conditioner, aids with bee sting torment, and treats an upset stomach.

Dietary Uses: keeps vegetables fresh, better boiling of eggs, tenderizes meat, and neutralizes the unpleasant garlic smell.

  1. Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate

Household product: for cleaning the grill, cleaning tubs and toilets, and for putting out fire.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: natural deodorant, used as a toothpaste, and as well as treats heartburns and diaper rashes.

Medicinal and Dietary Uses: acts as a leavening agent, when added in cooking chicken is crispier and omelets fluffier.

  1. Coconut Oil

Household product: polishes wood furniture, removes bath scum, and successfully replaces WD-40.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: natural deodorant, great lip gloss, hair serum, and prevents the occurrence of wrinkles.

Medicinal Uses: aids with the migraines, and ameliorates the function of the thyroid.

  1. Castor Oil

Household product: repels rodents, lubricates kitchen scissors and betters the health of the plants.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: for stronger eyelashes, treats cracked heels, and makes cuticles softer.

Medicinal Uses: acts as laxative, aids menstrual cramps, cures itchy and dry skin and induces labor.

  1. Castile Soap

Household product: all purpose cleaner, great for cleaning floors and dish soap.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: body wash, toothpaste, pet shampoo, and prevents eczema.

Medicinal and Dietary Uses: treats acne, cures psoriasis and eczema.

  1. Lemon juice

Household product: for efficient cleaning of mirrors and glass, brightens white clothes and toilet, and disinfects the cutting board.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: removes sun spots and wrinkles, decreases the pores, and high-lights the hair.

Medicinal and Dietary uses: betters immunity, body detox, helps digestion, and treats sore throat.

You can combine all the above mentioned ingredients and form more cleaning products, just follow these formulas:

  • Laundry Detergent

Required ingredients:

  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs. 12oz)

  • 1 box of Super Washing Soda (3lbs.7oz)

  • 1 box of Baking soda (4lbs.)

  • 3 bars of Fels Naptha

  • 1 container of Oxygen Bleach (1.3lbs.)

  • Purex Crystals (optional)

Method of Preparation:

Start with grating the soap bars and then place them in a big bucket. Mix all of the ingredients and close it well. For one washing cycle you will need to use 1 to 2 tablespoons.

  • Dishwasher Detergent

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Washing Soda

  • 1 cup of Borax

  • A quarter of cup Epsom salt

  • Lemon Juice

Preparation:

First combine the powder ingredients and after that include the lemon juice. Transfer the mixture in ice cube tray and let it hardens. Use 1 cube for one washing cycle.

  • Soft Scrub

Required Ingredients:

  • A quarter cup of Castile Oil

  • 3 to 4 cups of Baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons of water

Method of Preparation:

Just combine all the above mentioned ingredients in order to form a paste and keep it in a sealed container.

  • Bleach alternative

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Half a cup of lemon juice

  • Water for 1 gallon jug

Method of Preparation:

In the gallon jug place all of the ingredients and mix them. Use 1 cup of this mixture in a laundry wash.

  • Grout Cleaner

Required Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of baking soda

  • A quarter cup of white vinegar

Instructions:

In a container place both of the ingredients and mix till you form a paste. Use the resulting mixture for cleaning the grout and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Let it stand for 5 minutes and after that wash it off.

  • Glass Cleaner

Required Ingredients:

  • A quarter cup of rubbing alcohol

  • A quarter cup of white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • An empty spray bottle

Instructions:

Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake it well. Spray the mixture and clean the surfaces.

  • Dusting Spray

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • 3 cups of water

  • Half a teaspoon of olive oil

  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

  • An empty spray bottle

Instructions:

In a spray bottle put all of the ingredients and with this mixture spray the furniture and clean.

  • All –Purpose Cleaner

Needed Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar

  • 400ml of water

Instructions: Just put all of the ingredients in a bottle and then shake it well.

  • Air Freshener

Required Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of fabric softener

  • Water

  • An empty spray bottle

Preparation:

In the spray bottle pour the water along with the fabric softener. Use this mixture to spray the areas you want.

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Needed Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of Borax

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • 10 drops of essential oil

  • An empty bowl

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. First spray the toilet with water and then put in the ingredients. Let it stand overnight and in the morning scrub the toilet bowl.

24 Hours Across Africa

Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide

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Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “

She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.

In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.

“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”

Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.

“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “

Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.

Source Npr news

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