DIY Granite Cleaner Recipe

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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I love the bright, crisp scent of this Lemon & Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner, but vinegar is too acidic for granite countertops. Over time, it can corrode the countertops sealant, making it more vulnerable to staining, etching, and chipping. Lemon juice and citric acid are a no-go for the same reason, but common store bought options have […]

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Streak-Free Homemade Window Cleaner

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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Does your family’s bathroom mirror look like a Jackson Pollock painting? Mine is often spattered with homemade coconut oil soap and toothpaste, because apparently brushing teeth and washing hands can be contact sports if you try hard enough. Fortunately, this inexpensive DIY window and glass cleaner delivers streak-free results. Because it’s so inexpensive and easy to make, […]

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14 Holiday Diffuser Recipes To Make The Season A Little More Bright

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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This year I started decorating for the holidays before my kids wrote their Christmas wish lists . . . which, if you know my kids, is usually reaaaaally early in the season. I’m not trying to ignore or sidestep the challenges we’ve all faced this year, but I do want to show my kids how […]

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How To Make Washing Soda From Baking Soda

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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I’ve been using my 3-ingredient homemade laundry detergent recipe for years now and am so happy with it – it’s affordable, easy to make, and if you read the comments you’ll see that it really gets clothes clean. Part of the trifecta blend is washing soda, which can be used throughout the home as a cleanser, degreaser, deodorizer, […]

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DIY Stain Remover Recipe

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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I’ve been using the same tried-and-true homemade powdered laundry detergent and DIY stain remover for years, but as my kids have grown, so have the size of their grass, oil and ketchup stains. My old stain remover recipe just wasn’t up to the task – especially when it came to oil stains – so I awhile ago I […]

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Best Air Purifiers In 2020

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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If you could hold a scanner up in your living room and see what’s in the air you’re breathing, what would you see? Oxygen, for sure, and some nitrogen and the carbon dioxide that trees love so much. Unfortunately, if the average indoor environment came with an ingredient label like food does, you’d probably also […]

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Easy DIY Homemade Bug Spray

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home, Natural Remedies

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Jack Frost skipped us this winter, and you can guess what that means. Yep, instead of dying off in a deep freeze, the bugs from last season are estab Jack Frost skipped us this winter, and you can guess what that means. Yep, instead of dying off in a deep freeze, the bugs from last season are […]

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How To Make Natural Laundry Detergent (Borax-Free)

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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Have I ever told you about the time I washed newborn clothes with the tags and hangers still on? Or the time my preschooler decided to “help” with the laundry by adding a load of cloth diapers to my freshly cleaned whites? Personally, I’m not up for adding complications to my laundry routine, which is why […]

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners (Tips & How To Start)

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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I’ve tried almost every form of gardening at one time or another – container, raised bed, a huge farm garden and even a kitchen counter garden where I grow fresh sprouts. Some of my efforts flopped, some were moderately successful, and others were so wildly successful that I had to get creative about using all our […]

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DIY Vinegar + Hydrogen Peroxide All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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Non-toxic and affordable, hydrogen peroxide is classified by the CDC as “a stable and effective disinfectant” for hard surfaces. (1) It can brighten laundry, clean mirrors, and more. I’ve already covered many of the ways it can be used around the house, but in this article I’m going to show you how to increase its effectiveness by […]

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14 Hydrogen Peroxide Uses for Cleaning & Disinfecting

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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When most of us think of the word “disinfectant,” we imagine store-bought options that often contain EPA-registered pesticides and can trigger asthma-like symptoms. (1). However, there’s a cheap, non-toxic, effective option that you probably already have on hand right now – hydrogen peroxide.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind commonly […]

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14 Ways To Reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Your Home

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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After 717 days of looking, my husband and I recently closed on a home. I can’t even describe how excited I am to organize my kitchen, hang my kids artwork, and set up my sauna, but it’s going to have to wait a little longer. Because although it’s awesome in so many ways (low EMF, no mold […]

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14 Ways To Reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Your Home

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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After 717 days of looking, my husband and I recently closed on a home. I can’t even describe how excited I am to organize my kitchen, hang my kids artwork, and set up my sauna, but it’s going to have to wait a little longer. Because although it’s awesome in so many ways (low EMF, no mold […]

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How To Make Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (That Actually Works)

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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If you’ve ever tried making homemade dishwasher detergent and been disappointed with the results, chances are you were closer to a great recipe than you thought! Most do-it-yourself formulas use the same basic ingredients, but there’s a trick to getting natural cleaning recipes to work. You see, cleansers like washing soda are considered a base, while buildup […]

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How To Make Beeswax Wraps (Reusable Food Wrap)

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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If you’re like me, there’s probably no love lost between you and plastic. Most food-related plastics – including cling wrap and so-called “BPA-free” containers – can “release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen,” according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. (1) (2) Fortunately, there are so many amazing alternatives available now. In this […]

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How To Make Beeswax Candles

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Featured, Natural Home

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There’s something incredibly soothing about the soft, warm glow of homemade beeswax candles, especially at night after the littles are in bed. But the golden glow and long burn time are just the beginning of a handmade beeswax candle’s charm. Unlike paraffin candles – which release carcinogens like toluene and benzene into the air– they burn clean and […]

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How To Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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It was a compliment, I’m sure, the way ants descended on my kitchen. The sticky sweet smell of homemade strawberry jam is irresistible if I do say so myself. But after watching them take an afternoon dip in my coconut oil I wasn’t feeling very hospitable. I draw the line at coconut oil, y’all. It was officially […]

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How To Make Citronella Candles

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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Have you ever pulled up a chair to a mouthwatering outdoor meal, only to realize that you are on the menu? Personally, I prefer to eat my shish kabobs without becoming a mosquito snack. If you feel the same way, these DIY citronella candles are a safe, non-toxic way to repel mosquitos and other flying insects. They’re […]

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25+ Baking Soda Uses for Cleaning, Personal Care & Remedies

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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Operation Deep Clean is currently underway at my house, which means I’m glamming it up in sweatpants and dumping baking soda on everything. Okay, maybe not dumping, but certainly using it in every room. Expired baking soda – which can cause recipes to fall flat – still works beautifully for cleaning and other applications. Not only is natural […]

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9 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality (And Why You Need To)

Pierre Van ZylNatural Home

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We take in about 23,000 breaths every single day, mostly without thinking about it. Personally I think that’s a good thing, because there’s already so much to focus on – cooking with wholesome ingredients, swapping out home products for non-toxic options, time with family, good sleep, and more. However, a clean air check-in every once in […]

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