Top 8 Natural Alternatives For Bleach and DIY Household Cleaner Recipes

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It’s really easy and convenient to just tip the bottle and pour some bleach into cleaning buckets, toilets, tubs, and wash-hand basins, and even on the kitchen counter. Bleach is the general name given to chemical products that whiten and disinfect fabrics and surfaces, removing stains and killing microbial germs. Bleach is super-fast and hassle-free,…

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Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

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It’s not easy for one person to pack a few necessities, get into a car and drive off to live in a farmyard house, grow their own food, generate their own power, collect their own water, cook with wood and charcoal stoves, and literally just live without any modern utilities. For a family of seven,…

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Cannabis Oil vs CBD Oil: Scientific Differences You Need to Know Before Trying It

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The topic of cannabis (marijuana) has become far less taboo in recent years, but there are still many misconceptions—and fears—about its use as a medicinal plant. Cannabis is still an illegal product in most countries and can be difficult to obtain. More importantly, it is challenging to study. Still, an increasing amount of evidence has…

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How to Use Frozen Lemons: An Easier Way to Harness the Health Benefits

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Most people say ‘When life gives you lemons – make lemonade’. In this post we’ll tell you why we prefer to say ‘When life gives you lemons – freeze them’! Lemons are probably the most versatile and popular type of citrus fruit. There is an incredible amount of hype around this fruit, while a lot…

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Homemade Turmeric & Ginger Iced Tea for Your Heart, Brain, and Cells

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Love iced tea and want to do something great for your health? You can support your heart, brain and each cell in your body with this delicious and refreshing beverage. This is a fantastic way to ensure that your body is getting enough liquids and helps to battle dehydration. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, which…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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Breastmilk Protects Infants from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and More

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new study from the University of Helsinki showed that babies breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter period of time. Moreover, the study showed that antibiotics used by mothers increased the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infants. Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are everywhere — including…

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These 10 Essential Oils Can Kill Persistent Lyme Disease

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Research just published in the journal Antibiotics shows that a range of essential oils can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease. Some essential oils have strong antibacterial properties. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is transmitted to humans by ticks. In the United States, Lyme disease is the most prevalent…

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How to Make Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (GF, Vegan Recipe)

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What you imagine your favorite mouth-watering side dishes, which recipes come to mind? For us, anything that includes potatoes comes to mind. But every once in a while, we find ourselves craving something lighter and fresher. Fortunately, there is a way to avoid the heaviness that can come with potatoes. Not to mention the fact…

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How to Eliminate Almost All the Plastic and Garbage from Your Shopping Trips

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Imagine if every business had zero waste initiatives? Bring your own mug. Bring your own straw. Bring your own bags. Bring your own jars. Bring your own everything. This may sound tedious, if you’re not used to these habits. However imagine a world where being wasteful was not an option. You always have to bring…

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Why Ceramic Christmas Tree Decorations Are Making a Comeback

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Are vintage ceramic Christmas trees worth a lot of money? If you have unearthed one of those classic decorations, experts say they are quite valuable during this time of year. You remember the ones we’re talking about, right? They skyrocketed in popularity in the late-60s and early-70s. Growing up, you may remember your parents or…

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How to Make Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with 3 Ingredients

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When you were little, was your favorite time of the year Christmas? (We’re sure it still is!) There is something simply magical about the winter holiday season. From wrapping gifts and singing Christmas carols to ice skating and drinking hot cocoa, there is one tradition that lives on in many homes across North America. Baking…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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Japanese Minimalism: 4 Videos Proving How Minimalist Japan Truly Is

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Over the last few years, the minimalist movement has grown quite maximally and led people to completely rethink the way they choose to live their lives. Minimalism has even allowed hoarders to take their lives back and helped people to value relationships with family and friends again instead of material possessions. It is a trend,…

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Coconut Oil Pulling: How to Wash Away Plaque and Fight Gum Disease in 7 Days

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Oil pulling is an Indian health remedy that has been claimed to whiten your teeth, improve your oral hygiene, and provide other health benefits. In recent years, as natural remedies have become more widely used, coconut oil pulling has become more popular. In this article, we’re taking a look at how oil pulling works and…

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Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)

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We love this time of year for two reasons: 1) wearing cozy knitted sweaters and 2) eating soothing, heartwarming soups! The soups are especially a favorite because they’re so fun and easy to make… Most of the time, all you have to do is throw everything in the pot and get creative with the ingredients…

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How to Keep Mice and Other Rodents Out of Your Home, Garage, and Camper

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A mouse contained in a cage running on a wheel can be cute, but a mouse scurrying across your camper or living room floor without an invitation is a big NO-NO. Now that summer is over and it’s time to pack up certain things and stay out of certain rooms for months at a time,…

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A Homemade Ghee Recipe That Can Fight Heart Disease, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Inflammation

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Who thought butter could get any butter, I mean better! The vibrant healing fat known as ghee is not only loaded with nutritional properties and health benefits, to top things off, it also has outstanding flavor. Thanks to the ancient healing practice of oleation, you can even use this healthy fat to detox. Yes, that’s…

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How to Make Non-Toxic, Organic Deodorant That Lasts All Day Long

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I’m not questioning your hygiene by writing a post about deodorant. I’m sure you smell lovely! But do you know what isn’t lovely? Endocrine disruptors, potential carcinogens, and a horde of other toxins; many of which are unlisted and hidden behind the “fragranceâ€� ingredient on the label. While there are plenty of conventional personal-care products with man-made…

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Homemade Cauliflower Soup Recipe (Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Options)

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Little compares to the feeling of swimming in a cozy oversized sweater with a warm, soothing bowl of cauliflower soup. It’s creamy, comforting, delicious, and not only does it scream Autumn but it’s healthy, too! Health Benefits of Cauliflower Cauliflower is so full of vitamins and minerals that it should probably be a staple in…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripey Things

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Having a backyard means getting out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with family and friends. Barbequing, lounging by the pool, planting flowers in the garden, etc.. However what usually comes with beautiful nature and fresh air, is the variety of insects and more particularly, BEES! The spring, summer and early autumn is a…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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You Can Make This Anti-Snoring Jelly in 7 Minutes

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Keep this 4-ingredient Snore Relief Gel near your bedside to open up your sinuses and give you a better night’s sleep. Snoring plagues millions of people and can disrupt sleep for those who share a bedroom with them. While it’s often considered a common annoyance, snoring can be indicative of an underlying sleeping disorder associated…

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How to Get Rid of Nasty Toilet Stains – No Scrubbing Required

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Freshen your bathroom with non-toxic Toilet Bowl Bombs made to clean your toilet – without scrubbing! Forget about scrubbing the toilet! These toilet bowl cleaners do all the work for you. Use them to remove stains and deflect tough odors in minutes. They’re easy to make and use all-natural ingredients to help keep your bathroom clean…

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Backyard Chickens Blamed for Illness Outbreak in 43 States, CDC Says

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As more people look to grow their own food, backyard chicken coops are becoming a popular trend. They allow families to love and care for a pet while receiving an all-natural food source in return. “There’s nothing like a good organic fresh egg. I wanted to have the eggs, but I also wanted to create…

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Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home, And the Interior Will Take Your Breath Away

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You’ve probably heard that destroy existing old structures, homes, and buildings are cheaper and much easier than repairing or renovating them. However, that didn’t stop Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect, from restoring this abandoned closed down WWI-era pollution machine. Ricardo saw a world of possibility when he discovered the enormous compound of silos and buildings…

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Challenge: How to De-Clutter Your Home in 30 Days

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I’m too busy, I don’t have time, it’s not Spring yet, holidays are around the corner… How many reasons have you come up with avoid cleaning the clutter over the years? It is amazing what we can get used to living in. You store this, you hide that, you forget about this, you ignore that……

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How A Dietary Change Became One Woman’s Long Searched For Eczema Cure

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Living with a chronic skin condition isn’t easy and it affects every facet of your life. But just because you were born with a certain condition doesn’t mean you have no control over it. In fact, you have much more control than you may think. One woman with eczema discovered just that after completely transforming…

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How to Keep Bugs Out of Your House this Summer (8 Natural Methods)

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Summer is here! That means warm weather, longer days and unfortunately bugs. No one wants to see creepy crawlers running about in their home or have to use harsh pesticides to get rid of them. Pesticides are packed full of chemicals that can harm both bugs and people! They have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s…

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7 Best Health Supplements for Skin

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There are plenty of ways to approach being healthy, from eating right to exercising to reducing stress, there’s no one way that is better than the other and they all compliment each other. These three approaches also affect skin health and we should strive to practice them, but we’re always looking for that extra edge…

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4 Super Powders You Should to Every Smoothie for Maximal Weight Loss

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Weight loss is something it seems most of the western world is constantly charging after.  There are many tools people use to lose weight, and the effective ones have something to do with nutrition. It has been said before but it is worth repeating – you cannot out-work a bad diet. This is extremely true…

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How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites

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No one likes mosquito bites, but they come with the territory as summer embarks, especially near areas that contain stagnant water and swamp-like conditions. The simple yet constant itch is annoying enough, but there have been concerns, and for good reason, about much more serious conditions that can occur from mosquito bites. If only there were ways to…

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Lady’s Mantle for Menstrual, Gastrointestinal Relief, and Other Benefits

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Lady’s mantle — it’s such an interesting name for an herb that has so many possible health benefits. What is lady’s mantle used for? Given its namesake, it’s probably not surprising that women use it to help with painful or heavy menstrual periods and menopause symptoms. But this herb is also highly acclaimed for its use in…

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Did You Know That Tomato Plants Can Thrive On Human Urine?

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It seems that urine is just what every tomato plant needs to produce ripe, red and juicy fruits, according to a 2009 study from Finland. Tomatoes are a popular fresh-tasting produce, especially during the warmer months. Over the years, farmers have experimented with different methods for fertilizing the plant. However, a study by three professors…

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How To Grow Asparagus: The Delicious Vegetable That Grows Back Every Year

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Growing asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) requires patience but boy, is the payoff worth it. Although it takes up to three years to really get going, this perennial plant will produce a bountiful harvest year after year for up to 30 years. In addition, the plant itself is quite attractive with a long feather-like top that turns a warm…

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How to Turn Your Garden Into a Weapon Against Climate Change

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions are a cause for global concern due to the damage they are causing in the Earth’s ozone layer. Much of the ozone depletion, and subsequent climate change, is being caused by CO2 emissions from fossil fueled vehicles. Methane is a far worse offender; twenty-three times more warming than CO2. Methane is responsible…

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