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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The Power of Lemons – Home Remedies

Lemons for Home Remedies

Lemons are a well rounded staple ingredient in home remedies.  The health benefits of lemons are endless.  The fruit is a well known remedy for colds and flu being naturally high in vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, potassium and calcium.  What many may not know about lemon is that it is an acidic citrus fruit which restores the pH of the body to a more alkaline state upon consumption.  It has almost zero fat and cholesterol and works with the body to lose weight faster.  The pectin fiber in lemons make it supremely beneficial for digestive and colon health.  The benefits of lemons are endless but the fruit works best when used as a preventative health measure.

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The Power of Lemons – Homemade Beauty

Lemons for Beauty and Personal Care

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When I began researching lemons and their various uses I had no idea I would find so many uses for lemons in homemade beauty concoctions.  I found a plethora of great uses for lemons on your skin, hair, nails and even your feet and your smile.  Needless to say I had to share all of this stuff.  It was never my intention to highlight the use of lemons in personal care.  I just so happened to stumble upon this stuff.   I have to admit that the only lemon beauty remedy I knew of prior to this discovery was adding lemons juice/oil to witch hazel astringent for use as a toner… No Idea!  So, pardon my amazement, but without further adieu, The Power of Lemons in Beauty Products.

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Simple and Easy Summer Beverages

These are not your ordinary Iced Teas and Lemonades folks. These are summer beverages that POP!

I know it’s a little late in the season for this but, I just wanted to share how much fun I have been having re-creating delicious iced teas and lemonades this summer.  One of the things I love about summer is the re-opening of my local farm stand where I can go to discover new and exciting foods.  Last year I discovered Apple Mint leaves.
Overbrook Farmer's Market in Philly

Overbrook Farmer’s Market in Philly

Apple mint is a sweet mint.  It’s not as pungent as spearmint or peppermint, which makes it perfect for summer beverages.  I have an entire process dedicated to making iced teas and lemonades that I am more than happy to share with you here.

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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

DIY Home First Aid Kit

Store bought first aid kits can be quite expensive and filled with items that you do not use or maybe do not need in your all natural arsenal of injury management.  Depending on your family’s needs you may be able to put together a DIY home first aid kit.  As with any first aid kit, you will need to re-stock as supplies are used.  So what are the basics of a first aid kit anyway?

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