Category Archives: NATURAL HOME PRODUCTS

ADIOS ANTS! DIY Ant Spray

There they were: a small army of ants, marching across my window sill from the window to the wall.  (This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with ants!  I guess I’ve been lucky before, considering all the places I’ve lived).  

So, I started thinking about a way to make them not be there that did not involve a shoe or a store-bought spray.  Today, I live ant-free.

DIY ANT SPRAY
Kills and repels ants on all types of surfaces, leaves little residue.

2 C white (distilled) vinegar
2 C water
3 T Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (or any dish detergent that suits your fancy)
3 T table salt

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle.

Shake before each use.
Thoroughly spray the entire area where ants are, as well as their trail. The ants will die.
Once the ants are dead, use a paper towel to wipe off the sprayed area to remove any residue (and deceased ants). The detergent and vinegar smell will repel ants from the sprayed area.

It is said that the soap makes the spray stick to the ants, thereby increasing the effectiveness of this spray.

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Oh, I just can’t stop with one remedy! Here are some others.

VINEGAR AND WATER DIY ANT SPRAY
1 C white (distilled) vinegar
1 C water

Combine water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray on ants anywhere. Use a paper towel to wipe away residue (and deceased ants).

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ESSENTIAL OIL AND VINEGAR DIY ANT SPRAY
Essential oils that will kill ants on contact include clove, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree.
40 drops, clove, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree EO
1/2 C distilled white vinegar
1/2 C water

Mix in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.

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ALL ESSENTIAL OIL DIY ANT SPRAY
1/2 cup of water
15 drops lemon EO
30 drops peppermint EO
30 drops tea tree oil EO*

Combine in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: Do not use tea tree oil on surfaces used for food preparation. Instead, use:
30 drops peppermint EO
15 drops lemon EO
1/2 C water

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CASTILE SOAP SPRAY:
1/4 C liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)*
20 drops of peppermint oil
1 qt water

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake bottle and spray liquid on the ants to kill them. Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: you can also grate 1/4 cup-worth of a bar of castile soap, and mix it in thoroughly with the liquids, until it dissolves.

NATURAL HOMEMADE LAUNDRY STARCH

Know what is in the product you’re using on clothes which will be next to your skin. Easily and inexpensively make your own natural laundry starch, save money and avoid aerosols.

You’ll need:
1 spray bottle
2 t corn starch
1 C room temperature water
1 – 2 drops essential oil (if desired)

  • Mix cornstarch and water until well-combined (the mix will look milky)
  • Add in essential oil (if desired)
  • Put the mixture in a spray bottle.

Refrigerate between uses. Before using, allow the starch mixture to return to room temperature and shake well to re-mix.
This solution will work for ironing any starch-able iron-able fabric.

CREATIVE HOMEMAKING: if you need to do it, the DIY solution is here

Don’t you just hate those people who know everything?  I mean… NOT!  It is so cool when people have paid attention to their mothers and grandmothers and filled in by reading books and other people’s blogs, and then share all of this with us!

If Creative Homemaking does not have it, you probably don’t need it. (okay, you might want it, but then you know how to find that!)

A BLOSSOMING LIFE – cool personal hygiene and beauty recipes

I clicked on A Blossoming Life  thinking I was going to see some food recipes – but no — it was even better – lots of natural personal hygiene and beauty care idea – I won’t copy them here – you  can copy them when you go there.

I am just the messenger this time

NATURAL HEALTH CARE & PERSONAL HYGIENE LINKS

I’ve just discovered a couple of very nice spots for natural beauty and health care.

Humblebee and Me is a compendium of various DIY ideas, with a number of DIY beauty and hair care projects. Definitely worth saving and revisiting often.  I was drawn to this site for its argan beauty serum, but stayed for all the other good things.

Everyday Roots has a lots of natural health and wellness DIY recipes.  They also have a Facebook page

I’ll bookmark these sites and visit often.

NATURAL LAUNDRY WASHING SOLUTION

While I was looking at Living the Fruity Life http://livingfruity.blogspot.com/, I found this recipe for a natural laundry washing solution.  I want to try it, but my laundromat has front loading washers, so I will have to tinker with it.


The recipe as it was Living the Fruity Life:
“Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of sea salt to washer as water is filling and 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar to fabric softener dispenser (could use downy ball), toss in the dirty laundry, and close the lid”

I am thinking that I should be able to dissolve the salt in the vinegar and pout it in the the detergent slot.  I’ll try that with a load of whites and see what happens.
Stay tuned.

Repelling No-See-Ums

I’ve been living a horror story for months.  I have had a rash which did not correspond to any ideas the dermatologist could come up with (his explanations were “bedbugs”or “bedbugs” or” bedbugs”.  The only problem was that I have been getting these “lesions” when I was not in bed, besides the fact that I fumigated the apartment against bedbugs, and I have not seen one.

I’ve been able to relieve the itch with Four Thieves oil and with Strivectin, but I have not come up with anything that would make it not happen to start with.

I decided that there were some kind of bugs around (I am raw vegan, and I have done several internal cleanses to make sure that I had no internal business going on), so I went to the hardware store to find some kind of insecticide. I ran into a man who was talking about “no see ums” – we had them by the beach, but I had not thought that they could be in a city like New York (okay, so, we are, duh, by the beach, all around, but who’d’a’ thunk it — I mean, big city and all)…. fast forward… I read up on no-see-ums and found a suggestion to cover all exposed skin with baby oil.

After my yoga class that night, (I needed a shower badly), I passed by the drugstore and picked up some Johnson’s baby oil.  After I had showered, I slathered the baby oil on all of my skin below my face (it was tricky getting it onto my back)

After the first 5 hours, I had not gotten any new itchy bumps (for the first time).  Was it that baby oil helped my skin or that I had been getting bitten and the biters did not like baby oil??? I did not know.
I kept applying the baby oil when I was at my computer – where I noticed the problem.

The other day, in my class, I felt like I was getting bitten by invisible things, and one of my students kept swatting at her arms, as well, so I decided to carry baby oil with me.

Today, I noticed that I was getting that bitten feeling again, even though I had never experienced it in that classroom (my school is moving, so things are in an upheaval), so I nonchalantly whipped out my bottle of baby oil and started massaging it into my arms and shoulders (I was wearing a sleeveless sweater) Okay, so the students probably thought I was weird.  The biting feeling stopped immediately.

How does that old Monkees song go?  I’M A BELIEVER!!!!!!!!!

Now, I can confidently suggest that you try baby oil as a repellant to “no-see-ums”