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Stop Throwing Away Those Plastic Utensils. Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Plant Them Instead

Eating your food with plastic utensils is a good idea, especially if you hate the washing part. Where do these end after you finish your meal? In the trashcan? Wrong move.

There are so many ways to use plastic utensils, and your kids will have fun helping you do the job.

Some people can’t find the connection between plastic utensils and gardening. It’s time to put your creativity ‘on,’ and re-use plastic forks and spoons. You will never ever discard them.

  1. Keep pests away

Plastic utensils will protect your garden from both pets and pests.

“I figured I would at least buy clear plastic, less visible than white. And it is! I had to get down even with the ground to capture these next pictures of the cutlery art in my garden.

So far it seems to be working. Oh and when you want clear…you get the whole set. Forks, knives and spoons…but they’re all good. What furry little kitty bum wants to be caught crouching over a knife?” says the author of Danger Garden.

Try this, and remove the plastic after your plants come out. Keep in mind that clear plastic is a better option, and your garden will look pretty.

  1. Label garden plants

Believe it or not, plastic forks are the cheapest labeling items you can get.

“At the nursery, they had some garden labels you could buy for about $4.50 a pack, with what looked like about 20 in a pack. I have 100 squares in my garden… am I going to spend $25 just so I can label them all?!? Uh… no,” explains the blogger.

  1. Improve your labeling game

Plastic utensils don’t have to be boring. Use them as decorative labeling items. Simple as that.

  1. Make a decorative fence

Just line up used plastic utensils, and squirrels will never ever enter your garden.

  1. Make your garden pretty

Plastic utensils can do wonders for your garden. Check up the Internet for nice videos, and learn how to make plastic flowers and other stuff.

Source: Healthy Food House

Spray This Simple Mixture and You Will Never See Ants in Your Home Again!

Ants are pretty stubborn, and they keep crawling in our homes, especially in hot days. You can spot these in the dining room, in the bathroom and the kitchen is the worst.

According to a research conducted at the Stanford University, the severity of ant invasion depends on weather conditions.

Getting rid of ants is quite a challenge, and commercial pest control products are packed with toxic chemicals. You don’t want any poison near your kids and pets, right?

The National Library of Medicine’s Technology Toxicology Data Network released a report shows that cypermethrin may cause congestion, cough, wheezing, asthma, and shortness of breath. If by any chance you didn’t know it, cypermethrin is one of the two active ingredients in Raid Ant & Roach Spray.

Most commercial insecticides contain nerve agents that affects the nervous system of insects. What does this say about its effect on people? This is insane.

Stop using dangerous chemicals, and opt for a safer product. Have you ever tried peppermint essential oil?

Drizzle some of the oil around the house, and focus on ants’ entrance. Ants hate peppermint, and it’s one of the most effective way to keep the uninvited guests out of your home.

If you’re looking for more alternatives, try the following homemade solution:

Ingredients:

  • 30 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops clove essential oil
  • 4oz water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake well, and spray affected areas. Repeat if necessary.

Source: Healthy Food House

My Clothes Were Never Pure White and Fresh Smelling after Washing, then my Neighbor Told me This Trick!

Is your favorite white T-shirt too dirty and gray to wear it? Well, expensive detergents don’t really work, and spending a lot of money on a disappointment is not a good idea, right?

Stain cleaners are as inneffective as detergents. You don’t need all those chemicals and toxins. We suggest that you go stain-free, and enjoy wearing your favorite shirt or dress again. Have you ever noticed how the most effective products are usually the cheapest thing you can get in the supermarket?

Try this trick, and you will forget about your regular laundry detergent for good.

Baking soda

Dissolve a cup of baking soda in 4l of water, and soak your stained clothes in the solution for a few minutes. This trick will restore the original color of your clothes, and the stain will disappear.

Aspirin

Fed up of grayish sheets and pillow cases? Aspirin is the real deal for you.

Crush 6 aspirins, and add them to a bowl of water. Soak your laundry in for half an hour, and wash them with your regular detergent. No more stains! Enjoy your snowy white sheets.

Vinegar and lemon

This combination does wonders to dirty clothes. Say ‘goodbye’ to all the ugly stains and odd smells, and say ‘hello’ to the whitest white you’ve ever seen.

Source: Healthy Food House

This Homemade Oven Cleaner is Better than Name Brand Ones and You Already Have the Ingredients

Is your oven clean? You better remove those burnt bits, otherwise your food will be flooded with carcinogens. Burnt food residues will keep burning as you turn on the oven pretty often. So, what can you do to stop this?

Don’t look for commercial oven cleaners as most of them are made with chemicals and toxins. You don’t want those irritants on your skin and eyes, right?

Opt for a natural oven cleaning product, and we strongly suggest that you try the power of baking soda and vinegar. That’s pretty much everything you need to get that oven clean. Keep reading.

Lye and ammonia are often added to oven cleaners. These can easily find their way to your bloodstream and lungs. The fumes are even worse. Every time you turn the oven on, these will end up in your lungs. Let’s not forget the fact that your cooked food will be “spiced up” with these, too. Yes, you can’t taste toxins, but they sure exist.

According to the latest research, popular oven cleaners contain poisons that cause difficulty breathing. The fumes can also cause pain and swellings in the throat. These poisons irritate your nose, eyes, ears, lips and lungs. Some say that they had vision issues, too.

In the most severe cases, customers complain of abdominal pain, especially in their stomach and intestines. Others had bloody stool, burns that damage the esophagus and even bloody vomit. Fainting, low blood pressure and damaged organs are some of the other side-effects.

Monoethanolamine (MEA), glycol ethers and alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs) cause serious health problems, such as asthma and issues with the reproductive system. Butane, diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (found in auto care products, hair dyes and paint glosses), and sodium hydroxide (lye) are also some of the ingredients you should be aware of.

These poisons cause burns to your eyes, skin, mouth, throat and stomach if ingested. Butane is a harmful volatile substance, and causes something experts call “sudden sniffing death.” This is a cardiac arrhythmia/arrest when sufferers are stressed or do heavy workout after being exposed to butane.

Lye decomposes carcasses. Simple as that. Sodium/potassium hydroxide breaks down tissues, and is often added to household cleaners.

Self-cleaning features are a nice option, and many ovens have this mechanism. But, improper management can lead to the release of carbon monoxide. Some people even leave their comes during the self-cleaning cycle, because the teflon coating releases fumes at high temperatures. The oven is heated to 600 degrees! The fumes cause flu-like symptoms and even difficulty breathing. Keep an eye on your pet, and protect it from the poisons.

Homemade oven cleaner

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • (1 application)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Castile liquid soap
  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 6 drops orange essential oil
  • ¼ cup organic white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works well, too)
  • Water

You will also need:

  • Glass bowl
  • Pastry brush
  • Scrub sponge
  • Spoon
  • Gloves

Instructions:

Get rid of the racks, and clean them in your sink. Combine Castile soap and baking soda in your glass bowl. Castile soap is made from pure, chemical-free ingredients. You can use it to wash your face, clean your windows and even scrub your tub. Let’s go back to the oven cleaning.

Baking soda does miracles to your oven, and offers an abrasive power to your cleaning product. Add baking soda to the washing cycle and clean your dishes with ease. Baking soda will enhance the cleaning process.

Stir in vinegar and orange essential oil, and stir until well combined. Add just enough water to get a paste-like consistency. Vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent, and will clean your household to perfection. Orange essential oil gives your cleaning product a nice scent, and offers an antibacterial and antimicrobial effect. Terpenes in orange essential oil do miracles.

Brush the resulting mixture on your oven, and make sure every bit of it is coated. Let it work for 6-8 hours or overnight. You should notice foaming reaction, but don’t be scared, it’s normal.

Take a bowl filled with water, and wipe clean the oven. Yes, you will have to fill the bowl with fresh water several times during the process.

Source: Healthy Holistic Living