Oil Your Way to a Cleaner Home

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Maybe we are the revival of a post grunge, uber sophisticated uninhibited culture. But then, there are some things for which mother nature has got the best solutions. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning their home. For some of us, even if we do enjoy it, the cleaning agents tend to irritate our skin due to their caustic nature. But, borrowing a page from eco-sensitivity, we can now clean our home in a safe, efficient and user friendly manner.

In this post, we have laid out a few oils you can use in your aim to clean your place. All of the suggested oils are easily and readily available online. In fact, major sites like Target.com can deliver these oils in a couple of days to you and always have stock. You can also ensure quality in the oils with the precise description given on the site.

Here is our list of oils that are used by many for various aspects of cleaning:

For the Garden: Neem Oil

Neem is a super power all by itself. Every part of the tree is usable and has multiple uses. In ancient Indian texts, it is believed that the neem is the one tree that absorbs a high amount of sunlight. Thereby, using it in our daily life, we can include the goodness of the sun transformed by the tree for better living. Neem oil is a sticky, viscous and smelly oil. It can be used for household chores but most people find the smell  overpoweringly bitter.

The best place to use neem oil is for the garden. It acts as a natural pesticide. Mix a couple of drops of the oil in water and use it on your plants. Ensure that you wash the leaves of a plant with the oil and water mixture as this proves to be very supportive of the growth of a plant, especially young plants. Note of caution while using neem oil: it is extremely powerful. Don’t overdo its usage with plants. You can use the oil in the water for plants once a week and twice initially.

For the Toilet: Any Essential Oil you Like

This one is an oldie but goodie. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the toilet tank. This acts as a natural fragrance bar. Add a few drops in to the side which is relatively free of equipment. Some of these essential oils can also be used to remove stains, kill germs and keep the toilet bowl looking clean. One such essential oil is that of lemon. With consistent use, lemon essential oil will brighten your toilet thus taking down one more chore off your list. Also, it is one of the most powerful essential oils fragrance wise. You will find the scent of this oil lasts a very long time and helps mask unpleasant smells. Not to mention, it’s terribly cost effective.

For the Floor: Eucalyptus Oil

This oil has tremendous abilities. Because of its natural properties, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is also used to clear respiratory problems by inhaling the essence in boiling water or by just rubbing it into the chest. (note: while there are concentrated versions of this oil, most kinds can be used directly upon the skin. Please consider doing a patch test before actually using the oil topically).

It helps massively in repelling insects, especially mosquitoes. Moreover, it deodorizes and can help make your house very fragrant. It protects tiles and woods flooring alike by preventing the formation of mildew. It dries quickly on the floor and leaves a smooth, shiny finish to it.

All you need to do is add a half cap of oil (this may vary with the potency of the oil. Please consider your floors and act accordingly) in 1 gallon of water. It helps if you use warm water to clean. Use this water to swab your place and see it glow with health.  If you can’t handle the fragrance of this oil, you can add citronella oil to the mix and enjoy a warm lemongrass-y fragrance at your place.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Soon, you will be able to discover and harness the awesome potential of essential oils to not only bring down the toxicity we face on a daily basis but also to promote a healthy life.

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Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Gardening Tasks

Including toddlers and preschoolers in household tasks can be more difficult that you imagine, especially when kids want to demonstrate their independence. You have probably tried many approaches that are more or less effective,but children tend to be very stubborn, especially when they are forced to manage with the boring tasks at home.

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Gardening tasks can turn out to be a real entertainment, as long as you know how to capture the attention of the kids. When they spend more time in the garden, they will be able to establish closer connection with nature and to explore new funny and enjoyable activities.

Read the following lines to learn new ways in which to involve the kids into the gardening tasks:

Plant a Rainbow of Plants

If you want to attract the attention of the toddlers, encourage them to take part in your rainbow project. Pick flower seeds in the colour of the rainbow and ask the kids to help you with the planting. The more unusual the task is, the greater chance you have to make them feel enthusiastic about the gardening task. When you search for flowers, pay attention to choose those ones that are the same size. This is simple, yet innovative ideas that will definitely appeal to the kids.

Grow Unusual Plants

Toddlers adore flowers whose leaves curl up when they touch them. For instance, you can trust Lamb’s Ears flower, as it has fuzzy fur that most toddlers love to touch. Other flowers that will also impress the kids are aloe vera and bunny tails. Ask the kids to help you with the planting and give them some additional information about those unusual flowers. Even if they are not keen on gardening tasks that may want to explore the sounds made by the flowers as well as their unusual form.

A Wonderful Butterfly Feeder

Butterflies are a nice addition to gardens and yards and this gardening activity will certainly capture the attention of the kids. For the purpose,, you can help the kids to fill a jar with colourful flowers and to put a tiny sponge, soaked with sugar water. Encourage the toddlers to spend more time outside and to admire the beauty of the butterflies. This way the toddlers will be able to establish closer bond with the nature and to help you with the basic

Painting of the Pots

If the kids are keen on painting, you won’t meet difficulties in involving them in this pleasant gardening task. Create wonderful mood by painting the spot in sparkling colours and encourage the toddlers to be initiative and to choose the colours by themselves. Leave the kids to give the utmost of their efforts and to paint the pots in the desired way.
Leave The Children Their Own Garden Space

Give the kids their own garden space where they can experiment with growing plants. Of course, they will definitely need some help with the organization, but this gardening task will make them more independent and responsible towards their duties. No matter of the size of the space, the kids will certainly be flattered by the fact that you trust them.
This is the ultimate guide for entertaining gardening tasks that will help you to include the toddlers and preschoolers in these activities. Be patient and keep the interest of the children by introducing them innovative and fresh ideas for gardening projects. Make them part of your team and praise them for their efforts and motivation. Toddlers will develop new skills and will gain confidence by spending more time in the garden.

 

The article is contributed thanks to http://www.gardenersmates.co.uk/gardeners-finsbury-park-n4/

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Winter is finally, finally over, and it’s spring, which means it’s time to refresh your home. Spring cleaning lets us shake off the last traces of winter, opening our windows and letting the sunshine into every corner. A thorough spring cleaning means doing all of the things we let build up in the previous months, including tackling all the mess of our appliances. It’s not enough to just scrape away the gunk or wipe away any build-up of spills, grease, and other deposits. Have you ever looked at the inside of your refrigerator or oven? It’s probably a big yucky place, right? It doesn’t have to be!

The infographic below will show you quick and easy ways to banish all that yuck and grime from all of your most-used appliances. Do you have a greasy film on the inside of your microwave, and it just won’t go away, no matter how hard you scrub? No problem! We’ve got two quick ways on how to get rid of the grime so you have a gleaming microwave inside and out once more. All of the tips below use common household ingredients for an inexpensive yet effective fix. If you don’t have some of the items, you can easily pick them up at the grocery a few bucks. Say bye-bye to to foul smells, stubborn stains, dingy stovetops and more with these tips.

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Source: Consolidated Foodservice

 

 

 

 

 

Best Ways To Accommodate Your Child’s Outfit Needs

child costumes Let’s face it, almost every holiday invites children to wear some type of costume or festive accessory.   Whether your child wants a full on goblin outfit for Halloween, an elf hat for Christmas, or a Heart Shaped headband to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one must always be on the look out for cheap and reasonable ways to keep up with holiday trends.  From school plays, school spirit days, themed birthday parties, costume parties, or costumes for playing dress-up, parents are looking for places to find the perfect costumes and accessories for their kid’s upcoming activities and events. Below are a few great places you can find great outfits for children of all ages.

Your Closets

An oft-overlooked place to find excellent costumes, are the closets in your home. This could be anything from “dress up” clothes that can be spruced up with embellishments, to mom and dad’s dated high school attire, to old costumes that can be transformed into something new. It is also an excellent place to find junk jewelry, and dated accessories that can be used to enhance costumes, both old and new.

The Craft Store

Even those who are not avid sewers or crafters can find several easy ways to make costume ideas online, or by getting creative with fabrics and embellishments. For example, a plain facemask can be embellished with rhinestones, sequins, and feathers to create a Mardi Gras style mask, or a box you have at home can be covered with brightly covered construction paper and black electrical tape to create a Rubik’s cube.

Vintage And Thrift Stores

Vintage and thrift stores are a great place to find second hand costumes in excellent condition. You can also find dated styles and trends for a decade theme party at a vintage and thrift store. For example, if your child is invited to a 70s theme party, bellbottoms and multi-colored polyester shirts are easier to come by in thrift stores than just about anywhere else. They are also an excellent place to find sweaters for the always fun, ugly sweater party.

Costume Store

Every Halloween, pop up Halloween costume stores can be found all across the nation. However, you can also look to see if there are any year-round costume stores, or costume rental locations in your area. Also take advantage of the post-Halloween discounts at your pop-up stores. Their goal is often to sell as much of their inventory after Halloween, before they close their location for the season. You can visit these stores a day or two after Halloween, and search for costumes for your children’s upcoming parties and special events.

Online Costume And Craft Stores

If you do not have the time or desire to get creative and make a costume for your kids, it may be easier to shop for their costumes online. For something unique and one-of-a-kind, search handmade arts and craft sites by crafters who ship the costumes they make around the nationwide. However, if your child has a very specific look they are going for, it may be easier to search for the costume they desire at a specialty costume website.

There are plenty of places you can turn to when looking for new costumes for your children. If you have many kids in your family, hang on to the costumes you purchase over the years to see if they can be repurposed at a later date.

Byline: Claire Wintrode’s daughter needed to be an angel for the latest school play, so they went to find an outfit online for cheap