The Power of Lemons – For home, health and beauty

Lemon Power

The title of this article, The Power of Lemons, is really an understatement.  When I decided to write this article I had no idea just how powerful lemons really were.  As I did my research I realized that one article would be way too long to summarize all of the information I was gathering.  Since the power of lemons spans across all of my content and then some, I really wanted to present my readers with all of the information I could.  So,  I have decided to break this article up into four sections with this article being the introduction.   Below you will find a link in every category on Home Aide Good about lemons.  Cooking with lemons, cleaning with lemons, using lemons as medicine and a post on lemons under my newly created category, Homemade Cosmetics, which was inspired by you know what… yup, Lemons!
I played around with the idea of creating this new category some time ago.  Up until now I have categorized my homemade cosmetics posts under the Home Remedies category.  Lemons have changed the game my friends.  The recipes and tips I discovered on using lemons to beautify oneself deserves a class of its own.  Click one or click them all, but, above all, please enjoy my tribute to The Power of Lemons.
Cleaning with Lemons
Using Lemons as Home Remedies
Using Lemons in Your Cosmetics
Cooking with Lemons – Coming Soon

The Power of Lemons – Cleaning with Lemons

Homemade Clean with Lemons

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Lemons are increasing in their popularity for use as a very good cleaning agent in the home.  Whether in the form of essential oil or used freshly cut and raw, there is something about the scent of lemon that screams fresh and clean.  The oil of the lemon, which is very abundant in the skin, is actually a pretty good disinfectant for the home.  Lemon is versatile.  There is no one way to use it in a cleaning regimen.  Below is a list I have gathered for some of the best uses of lemon around the web.

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Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

I absolutely love all of the vinegar cleaning solutions that I find on the web.  I love that green cleaning is becoming more popular and that more of us are seeking non-toxic, earth friendly, frugal solutions to everyday life challenges.  Even Heinz has jumped in on the wave.  They have now added a “cleaning strength” white vinegar to their line of products.  Don’t fall for this non-sense by the way.  I don’t use Heinz Cleaning Vinegar, I use Shoprite brand.  Its cheaper and it works just fine.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the more practical vinegar cleaning solutions that I use most often around the house.  In the last month, I have cleaned with white vinegar in the following ways:

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How to get rid of fruit flies?

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

Its summertime. That lovely time of year when fruit is abundant and temperatures are warm. The perfect environment for fruit flies to thrive. Pesky little critters they are. You never know how many you have until you pick up those nice, ripe, brown bananas to bake bread with and they all come flying up in your face, bothered that you have disturbed their feast. Yuk! In the midst of this fruit fly invasion you ask yourself and Google, “how do I get rid of these fruit flies?” Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you’re looking for a more natural solution than spraying your kitchen down with fruit fly Raid. Well, you know you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

imageHow to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

The time has come for me to make another 1 year supply of laundry detergent.  I use a mixture of the above ingredients 1 ounce at a time and save myself a lot of money.

While some may use homemade detergent alone, I use it as a supplement to my liquid laundry detergent (which I buy from Trader Joe’s). With the homemade stuff as a supplement, I feel confident about using a small amount of the store bought liquid laundry detergent and my clothes still come out super clean and smelling fresh.

Ingredients :
1 box or Borax
1 box of Super Washing Soda
64 oz Baking Soda
4-5 bars of French milled soap of your choice
1 container Oxo-Brite (optional)

imageThe soap in the picture above is Trader Joes Lavendar soap. I like French milled soap because it is not oily and it grinds into a fine dust.

Instructions:
1. Break soap up into manageable chunks and grind in a vitamix a few chunks at a time on high to get a fine powder

2. Combine ground soap with all the other ingredient in a dry storage container like this:

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3. Mix it up well and use a 1oz scoop per load of laundry.

 

Final Result:

imageThis soap will not create a lot of suds if any at all and therefore it is safe for HE machines. Do not be deceived by its lack of sudsing and think you need to add more soap. Doing so will only cause you to waste product and money.

This laundry detergent recipe is really nothing new and has been floating around on the internet for quite some time now. I’d like to give credit to http://www.savvybrown.com which is where I first discovered homemade laundry detergent. Go to her website for more great ideas on eco-friendly products for the home and body as well as healthy vegetarian recipes.

Happy Laundry Day Friends!

Homemade Soft Scrub

Have you ever tried soaking in a tub that was recently scrubbed with scouring powder?  Yuk!  Its takes forever for that stuff to rinse clean.  And who wants that toxic stuff in their bath water anyway?  I have a solution for you.
Ingredients: Just baking soda and castile soap (diluted, of course).
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Add enough Castile soap to the baking soda to make a paste like this:
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Put some on a rag or sponge, scrub the tub and rinse.  It doesn’t even require a lot of elbow…unless your tub is really dirty, in that case you will probably need a scrub brush.  In any event, this homemade tub scrub is all natural, non-toxic and actually beneficial to your skin.  If you have a little bit left over in your container, you can rinse the container out and pour it right into your bath water.  The baking soda will soften your water, and the scent from the Castile soap will delight your senses.  Should you choose to store your solution for later use, just cap it with airtight seal so it can stay nice and soft.
This solution, my friends, is the best thing since, idk,  hot water heaters (sliced bread is so cliche).
Easy cleanin’ folks!