I was introduced to Fire Cider last year when my friend, the owner of Spice & Grain, offered me a sample after hearing me complain about terrible congestion from a cold I was fighting. Made with apple cider vinegar and other immune-boosting natural ingredients, it’s something I feel comfortable taking. It’s safe for kids and in fact makes a good gauge as to whether your kids are faking illness or not. If one of my little cherubs announces they are too sick to go to school, I bring out the Fire Cider.
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I’ve done my fair share of talking dirty here on The 104 Homestead. I’ve talked about dirty cookware and ways to clean and avoid it. I’ve mentioned some of my favorite DIY cleaning recipes. I’ve even aired my dirty laundry solutions here (sorry, the pun couldn’t go missed). Today I’m talking the worst-of-the-worst when it comes to cleaning. The baked on goop in your oven and the greasy residue that is stuck to your stove top. I’ve got solutions for you that don’t involve harsh chemical and a putty knife.
Coconut Oil. It’s like heaven in a jar. I use coconut oil for everything, not only for it’s healing properties, moisturizing abilities and healthy fats, but you have got to love that smell. I thought it would be fun to make a list of all of the uses for coconut oil. Some you may have already known about, but some may just surprise you.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure.
I aim for natural and safe when it comes to choosing products for our homestead. I have chosen not to use toothpaste as toothpaste in our home because many contain sodium fluroride (a by product of aluminum manufacturing and highly toxic), Triclosan (a pesticide), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a chemical that accumulates in the heart, liver, brain, and lungs), and DEA (which disrupts hormone functions). I’ll let you go read your toothpaste bottle and come back to better ways to use up the stuff…
If you’ve read Line Drying Clothes in Winter, you know I’m an avid fan of my clothesline. There are a few tricks I’ve picked up along my clothesline journey and I’m excited to share these tips and tricks with you today. Yes, line drying clothes can be as simple as flinging your clothes over a line, but with the right technique, you’ll see how amazing line drying really can be. You might even take to bragging to your friends that you are a clothesline master. Don’t laugh, I do it.
I love cleaning! I know, I’m one of those crazy people who actually enjoys cleaning. Thankfully with three children and a husband who never takes his shoes off at the door, I get ample opportunity to do it. It’s not just cleaning I enjoy though. I like to look at things and see how it can be improved. I’m almost ashamed to say that when I worked in home health I would sit there dreaming what I could do with these people’s homes if they were mine. Everything can be changed, improved, altered, or bettered. Keeping to today’s topic, I’ll share with you how I did all those things with my cleaning regime.