If you are looking to start "greening" up your home, one the best places to start is in your laundry room. That's right, with just a few ideas we can remove thousands of chemicals that your family is being exposed to.
Do you have skin issues in your family? Start by switching out your laundry detergent with an old fashioned laundry SOAP. The science of laundry detergent is the deter-gent is a chemical that is something that is put into the fabric of your clothing during the wash cycle and is left there to "deter" dirt and oils from getting to the fabric. It acts like a shield to protect your clothing from the dirt and grime. Detergent acts like a shield against dirt, but also lays on your skin for 24 hours and after awhile your body starts to react with rashes and irritations. Most allergists don't even understand the science of detergent and how it works. That's why they never even ask you to try switching to a soap. Laundry soap works differently. It goes into your clothing and wraps itself around the dirt and oils and pulls them out of the clothing. It works differently, but the best part is that it totally rinses out of your clothing, leaving them clean and free from chemicals. In this episode I'm sharing my Great-grandmothers laundry soap recipe with you along with a DIY fabric softener and even some DIY dryer sheets. You can download a free PDF of the recipes here.
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In this podcast we are going to talk about some tips that block the weed seeds as well as make up a DIY weed killer.
Here are some tips on preventing weeds in your yard:
Here are some tips on weed removal:
Other things you can try
Lemon juice – Lemon Juice is also a natural acid, just like vinegar and will work to kill weeds if sprayed on them. I don’t use lemon juice in my recipe as it’s much more expensive and vinegar is cheaper and you get much more for the same price.
Rubbing alcohol – Alcohol will work to burn the weeds too. You could add a ½ to the recipe if you like.
Corn Meal – Corn Meal works like the salt to pull the water out of the weed. It also works to suffocate it from the sun and the air. I’m not going to recommend it as it will leave your garden covered in a white powder and will need to be mulched into the soil.
Torching – This is a convenient way to remove weeds from a patio or drive way with cracks or seams. It doesn’t kill the root system. You could start with a torch to kill the weed and add the vinegar mixture afterward to kill the root system.
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Today, I'm interviewing Alison Grimes from the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center.
What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed in older individuals who worked with asbestos in an industrial setting. Prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, but early detection and newer treatment methods have given many patients hope for survival.
Asbestos is the only confirmed cause of mesothelioma. When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers lodge in pleural tissue of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, causing inflammation and scar tissue that can eventually lead to tumors.
When asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne and may be swallowed or inhaled, eventually becoming lodged in the delicate lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. The fibers cause irritation and scarring, which can mutate, inhibiting the body’s natural cancer defenses. Eventually this scar tissue may develop into tumorous growths.
Symptoms of mesothelioma may appear anywhere from 10 – 50 years after exposure. While the connection between asbestos and deadly lung diseases was known prior to the 1900s in asbestos mine workers, it wasn’t until the 1960s that an official study linked asbestos exposure with incidents of mesothelioma and other related diseases.
It's tick season here in New England and I've heard it's going to be one of the worse ones ever. Everyone is asking about ways to repel them without using chemicals. In this episode we talk about ways to repel and remove ticks from your home and your body.
Did you know?
Ticks feed on mice while they are small. So removing mice from your home will get rid of the ticks too.
Ticks are arachnids and are smaller than a period on this page. Make sure you can identify a tick.
Ticks carry more than just Lyme's Disease. They are carriers of numerous different diseases and bacteria.
Nymphs are baby ticks that usually can't get any higher than your ankles. Make sure to wear white socks that are tucked in. Once they get on you they can crawl anywhere.
Ticks don't latch on immediately. They look for thinner skin that they can penetrate such as behind your ears or on your scalp.
If you've been outside, take a shower right away and check and scrub everywhere!
Ticks like humid areas so if you keep your lawn manicured they will likely move to a woodsy area. You can edge your yard with mulch or gravel to create a buffer between the lawn and wooded areas.
Make up a DIY Tick Repellant. You can download the recipe here.