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6 Eco Friendly Alternatives to Bleach

Chlorine bleach is very toxic to not only people, but it’s also bad for the environment.  Bleach releases dioxins and other chemicals in the air when you wash with it.  It’s not something you really want to have around your house if you can help it.  Unfortunately, many people use bleach as a disinfectant and brightener for clothes, as bleach has been around for many years.  It does work well, but it’s not something I want to use on a regular basis.  Every time I think of bleach and the environment, I think of the coral reefs in Australia that are losing their color.  Sad news! Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chlorine bleach, and many of them work well to disinfect and whiten whites.  Here are some eco friendly alternatives we use instead of chlorine bleach. -Sunshine.  The sun is a powerful whitener and brightener.  We hang our whites outside to dry.  Not only does it save us from having to use the dryer, which saves us money, but it also will help remove spots out of clothes.  I […]

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The Best Homemade Natural Ant Killer

 For some reason, the ants this year have been especially bad in our kitchen and bedroom. I make sure all the food is put away and the counters are clean, but they still love to make their ant trails all over my house. It seems to get worse in the summer.  Annoying! We’ve been using Terro liquid ant killer, and it works really quickly, but I don’t want the chemicals in my house. I worry that Penny might get a hold of one of the traps and that wouldn’t be good. Obviously, we make sure they are out of her reach but you never know with a kid around! My mother in law mentioned that she’s had really good luck with a homemade natural ant killer.  I decided to give it a try, and it works really well!  Here’s how you make it: Ingredients: -1/2 cup of water -2 Tablespoons of borax -1 cup of white sugar Mix 1/2 cup of water, 2 Tablespoons of borax (the same kind you use in your laundry detergent recipe!), and 1 cup of […]

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