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72 Uses For Simple Household Products To Save Money and Avoid Toxins

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There are so many ways how you can use certain products for other purposes as well. In this way you will lower your costs and avoid the use of some products which are packed with chemicals and harmful ingredients.

Therefore, follow reading and find out for what other purposes you can use the ingredients you already have in your home. By combining some of them you can make your own efficient cleaning agents, detergents, and soaps free of chemicals.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Household product: for repelling fleas, cleaning the microwave, and deodorizing the laundry.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: it can be used as an aftershave, for washing the hair, as a treatment of sunburns, and acne treatment.

Medicinal Uses: prevents cold, regulates high blood pressure, performs body detox, aids in weight loss, and treats yeast infections.

  1. White Vinegar

This ingredient is used for various purposes:

Household product: for polishing silver, cleaning windows, unclogging drain, and removing smells.

Beauty and Medicinal Uses: acts as a hair conditioner, aids with bee sting torment, and treats an upset stomach.

Dietary Uses: keeps vegetables fresh, better boiling of eggs, tenderizes meat, and neutralizes the unpleasant garlic smell.

  1. Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate

Household product: for cleaning the grill, cleaning tubs and toilets, and for putting out fire.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: natural deodorant, used as a toothpaste, and as well as treats heartburns and diaper rashes.

Medicinal and Dietary Uses: acts as a leavening agent, when added in cooking chicken is crispier and omelets fluffier.

  1. Coconut Oil

Household product: polishes wood furniture, removes bath scum, and successfully replaces WD-40.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: natural deodorant, great lip gloss, hair serum, and prevents the occurrence of wrinkles.

Medicinal Uses: aids with the migraines, and ameliorates the function of the thyroid.

  1. Castor Oil

Household product: repels rodents, lubricates kitchen scissors and betters the health of the plants.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: for stronger eyelashes, treats cracked heels, and makes cuticles softer.

Medicinal Uses: acts as laxative, aids menstrual cramps, cures itchy and dry skin and induces labor.

  1. Castile Soap

Household product: all purpose cleaner, great for cleaning floors and dish soap.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: body wash, toothpaste, pet shampoo, and prevents eczema.

Medicinal and Dietary Uses: treats acne, cures psoriasis and eczema.

  1. Lemon juice

Household product: for efficient cleaning of mirrors and glass, brightens white clothes and toilet, and disinfects the cutting board.

Beauty and Personal Care Uses: removes sun spots and wrinkles, decreases the pores, and high-lights the hair.

Medicinal and Dietary uses: betters immunity, body detox, helps digestion, and treats sore throat.

You can combine all the above mentioned ingredients and form more cleaning products, just follow these formulas:

  • Laundry Detergent

Required ingredients:

  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs. 12oz)

  • 1 box of Super Washing Soda (3lbs.7oz)

  • 1 box of Baking soda (4lbs.)

  • 3 bars of Fels Naptha

  • 1 container of Oxygen Bleach (1.3lbs.)

  • Purex Crystals (optional)

Method of Preparation:

Start with grating the soap bars and then place them in a big bucket. Mix all of the ingredients and close it well. For one washing cycle you will need to use 1 to 2 tablespoons.

  • Dishwasher Detergent

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Washing Soda

  • 1 cup of Borax

  • A quarter of cup Epsom salt

  • Lemon Juice

Preparation:

First combine the powder ingredients and after that include the lemon juice. Transfer the mixture in ice cube tray and let it hardens. Use 1 cube for one washing cycle.

  • Soft Scrub

Required Ingredients:

  • A quarter cup of Castile Oil

  • 3 to 4 cups of Baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons of water

Method of Preparation:

Just combine all the above mentioned ingredients in order to form a paste and keep it in a sealed container.

  • Bleach alternative

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Half a cup of lemon juice

  • Water for 1 gallon jug

Method of Preparation:

In the gallon jug place all of the ingredients and mix them. Use 1 cup of this mixture in a laundry wash.

  • Grout Cleaner

Required Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of baking soda

  • A quarter cup of white vinegar

Instructions:

In a container place both of the ingredients and mix till you form a paste. Use the resulting mixture for cleaning the grout and then scrub it with a toothbrush. Let it stand for 5 minutes and after that wash it off.

  • Glass Cleaner

Required Ingredients:

  • A quarter cup of rubbing alcohol

  • A quarter cup of white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • An empty spray bottle

Instructions:

Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake it well. Spray the mixture and clean the surfaces.

  • Dusting Spray

Required Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • 3 cups of water

  • Half a teaspoon of olive oil

  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

  • An empty spray bottle

Instructions:

In a spray bottle put all of the ingredients and with this mixture spray the furniture and clean.

  • All –Purpose Cleaner

Needed Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar

  • 400ml of water

Instructions: Just put all of the ingredients in a bottle and then shake it well.

  • Air Freshener

Required Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of fabric softener

  • Water

  • An empty spray bottle

Preparation:

In the spray bottle pour the water along with the fabric softener. Use this mixture to spray the areas you want.

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Needed Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of Borax

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • 10 drops of essential oil

  • An empty bowl

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. First spray the toilet with water and then put in the ingredients. Let it stand overnight and in the morning scrub the toilet bowl.

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Quick rise in young people with Type 2 diabetes is alarming

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Hundreds of young people are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, a 41% rise in just four years.

The condition occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

It is often linked to obesity and is most commonly seen in adults, where it can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease and strokes.

Some 715 people under the age of 25 received treatment for the disease in England and Wales during 2016/17 and 78.6% of them were obese.

The number of cases is up from the 507 registered in 2013/14, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

But the true number may be much higher, as the RCPCH recorded only those young people being treated in paediatric units, not by a GP.

Professor Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: “A rise in Type 2 diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite.

“It’s also concerning that we might not be seeing the full picture.”

The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, said more support was needed, especially for obese children and ethnic minorities, as almost half of those treated in 2016/17 were black or Asian.

Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “These figures are a sad indictment of how we have collectively failed as a society to tackle childhood obesity, one of the biggest health challenges we face.”

She called for “urgent action”, saying: “Type 2 diabetes can be a lifelong debilitating illness and these figures will only multiply if we delay.

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In an experiment, the researchers demonstrated that it is possible to more than double the amount of time, from the clinical standard approach, that red blood cells can be stored. At present, red blood cells can be stored for a maximum of 42 days. Using this new approach, it was possible to extend this up to 100 days.

Alongside the immediate practical applications, the researchers also believe that this discovery could enable fundamental scientific research by making it possible to study liquid phase reactions at a much lower temperature than is currently possible.

Heck, who knows — although this approach studiously avoids actual freezing, maybe it could prompt advances in the kind of long-term cryogenic preservation process that scientists, sci-fi authors, and, allegedly, Walt Disney have speculated about for years.

“We are now focused on increasing the volume of the preserved liquid phase from the 1-100 milliliter range to 500 milliliters to enable mass preservation of samples,” Usta continued. “[We also want to translate] our approach to the preservation of exotic cell types and organs, such as the liver, since our center already has a very active cell and organ preservation research thrust. Through collaborations, we are also looking into further understanding our observations by conducting [additional] computational and laboratory experiments.”

A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

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