Posts tagged ‘hydrogen peroxide’

April 11, 2013

Using Essential Oils in the Laundry

Use essential oils to deodorize, disinfect and make your laundry smell superfresh naturally.

trees 031

In the Washer:

Add essential oils to eco-friendly liquid or powder laundry soap. Alternatively you can make your own laundry detergent with soapwort and herbs.

Always use phosphate free laundry detergent it is better for you and the environment.

Place 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice in ¼ cup of laundry detergent.

Add it to your wash in cold water.

Use Borax or Hydrogen peroxide (H202) for stains, they brighten and whiten naturally. Add ½ cup of borax to boost laundry detergents cleaning power. Borax is found in the laundry aisle in the supermarket.

In the Dryer:

Add a few drops to fabric dryer cloths, or an old facecloth or natural cloth that you can use over and over, and add it to your clothes dryer.

If you want your laundry to smell like the essential oils, put more drops on the cloth right before the end of the cycle.

 

December 31, 2012

DIY Sprouts from Seeds

Sprouts are amazing super foods that are easy, nutritious and inexpensive food. Seeds have phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins.

sproutseed

Containers for sprouting:

Buy special containers specifically for sprouting or use a mason glass jar, clay pot or towel. Demulcent seeds like chia and flax seeds are better suited to a flat towel or sprouting tray.

mung beanMaterials needed:

Seeds ~ like Mung beans are easy to sprout

Mason jars

Elastic bands

Cheesecloth

Optional: hydrogen peroxide food grade for cleaning and to speed up sprouting with less mold. Spray on towels for towel sprouting method.

???????????????????????????????

Soak seeds in water – 4-12 hours or overnight depending on seed type. Sometimes I put in 1/4 cup to a cup of hydrogen peroxide in 3% dilution to speed up sprouting and to reduce mold, or 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon full strength H202 (hydrogen peroxide) to a pint (2 cups) of water for soaking.  I also wash and sterilize everything in food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide which is water and oxygen.

Drain and prop jars in a bowl tilted on its side to drain the water. Use room temperature water with 3% hydrogen peroxide sprayed in to daily rinse, and place in a dark place, or put a paper bag or tea towel over the jars. Rinse seeds twice a day and spray some hydrogen peroxide in the water to cut down on mold or rotting, and to increase sprouting. You don’t have to use hydrogen peroxide but it is a good idea in hot weather. Sprouts are ready to eat in about 2-4 days. Enjoy!???????????????????????????????

June 3, 2012

DIY Natural Cleaning products

DIY and Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products

Harsh chemical cleaners can sometimes be more harmful than the germs. Make your own  natural cleaners that are effective at killing germs, economical, and healthier for you and the environment.

Kill 100% of the germs by using an acid and a base. Germs cannot live in extreme ph values using an acid and a base.

Common acids are vinegar and lemon juice and common bases are baking soda and borax. Alternate the use of acids and bases so that germs cannot survive.

Add essential oils to boost antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, deodorizing power and give yourself an aromatherapy treatment while you clean.

Use traditional cleaning aromas like citrus oils such as Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange or tree oils like Pine and Spruce. I also use Clove, Tea tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Thyme, but choose your favourites to create your own blends. I like lemongrass, ginger and mandarin. The lemongrass smell lasts longer than the quick to evaporate top citrus notes like lime and lemon.

Acid:

Vinegar surface spray: 1:1 ratio 50% vinegar to 50% distilled water.

Use 1/3 to half and half ratio of vinegar

Add essential oils to cover-up the vinegar smell and add antiseptic deodorizing action. Alternatively you can steep herbs in vinegar, but strain it well before use.

Put in spray bottle and label. Spray on surfaces such as counters, cabinets, fridges, shelves, walls and just about anything except certain tiles. Use with baking soda or borax when cleaning sinks, toilets to create an acid and base. Let the mixture sit for at least half an hour.

Base:

Baking soda: Mix 30 drops to one cup of baking soda in a wide mouth jar and label. I use a chopstick to stir it and mix it together. You can use giant salt and pepper shakers to spread on carpets or store in a jar. Let it marinate at least 24 hours. Use with vinegar to create an acid and base. Caution: the mixture bubbles up and foams when put together.

Hydrogen peroxide spray: (H202) the chemistry symbol for hydrogen peroxide which is water  (H20) with another oxygen bond on the end

Find food grade ultra pure hydrogen peroxide 35% aqueous solution at a health store or a seed sprouting supply store. Do not use hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore it has binders and it is not food grade. Be careful not to splash on skin or eyes at full strength when diluting. At full strength H202 can burn off warts and can discolour the skin white for a short period so caution is advised.

Use 3% solution which equals 1 part 35% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to 11 parts distilled water. Mix carefully in spray bottle and label.

You can use food grade H2O2 to clean fruit and vegetables as well as any surfaces including your toothbrush and ear buds. There are books written on all the uses for hydrogen peroxide. Anytime you see a product with the word ‘oxy’ chances are this is the magical ingredient. It gets rid of stains on clothes and I have used it to get rid of coffee stains on white shirts. It brightens and whitens. Happy natural health cleaning!

This is an excerpt from my ebook: Essential oils and the Five Elements: Easing Emotional Overload with Aromatherapy and Reflexology

January 5, 2012

DIY Natural Cleaning Products

DIY and Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products

Harsh chemical cleaners can sometimes be more harmful than the germs. Make your own effective natural cleaners that are inexpensive and are much healthier for you and the environment.

Kill 100% of the germs by using an acid and a base. Germs cannot live in extreme ph values. Thank you grade school science! Common acids are vinegar and lemon juice and common bases are baking soda and borax. Alternate the use of acids and bases so that the germs cannot survive.

Add essential oils to boost antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and give yourself an aromatherapy treatment while you clean. Use traditional cleaning aromas like citrus oils such as Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange or tree oils like Pine and Spruce. I also use Clove, Tea tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme, but you can choose your favourites to create your own blends.

Vinegar surface spray: 1:1 ratio 50% vinegar to 50% distilled water.

Add essential oils to cover-up the vinegar smell and add antiseptic action. You need a lot of oils to cover the smell of vinegar. I use 50 drops to 100 mls if using base oils like ginger use less.

Put in spray bottle and label. Spray on surfaces such as counters, cabinets, fridges, shelves, walls and just about anything. Use with baking soda when cleaning sinks, toilets to create an acid and base. Let the mixture sit for at least half an hour. Caution: When put together vinegar and baking soda will bubble up and foam. You can alternate use instead of putting them together.

Hydrogen peroxide spray: (H202) the chemistry symbol for water is (H20) with another oxygen bond on the end.

Use food grade ultra pure hydrogen peroxide 35% aqueous solution used in seed sprouting and found at the health store or from a seed sprouting supply store. Do not use hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore it has binders and it is not food grade. Be careful not to splash on skin or eyes when diluting. At full strength H202 can burn off warts and can discolour the skin white for a short period.

Use 3% solution which equals 1 part 35% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to 11 parts distilled water. Mix carefully in spray bottle and label.

You can use food grade H2O2 to clean fruit and vegetables as well as any surfaces including your toothbrush and ear buds. There are books written on all the uses for hydrogen peroxide. Anytime you see a product with the word oxy chances are this is the magical ingredient. It gets rid of stains on clothes and I have used it to get rid of coffee stains on white shirts. It brightens and whitens.

Baking soda: mix 30 drops to one cup of baking soda in a wide mouth jar and label. I use a chopstick to stir it and mix it together. You can use giant salt and pepper shakers to spread on carpets. Let marinate at least 24 hours. Use with vinegar to create an acid and base. Caution: When put together vinegar and baking soda will bubble up and foam.

This is an excerpt from my book: Essential oils and the Five Elements: Easing Emotional Overload with Aromatherapy and Reflexology

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,006 other followers

%d bloggers like this: