Dryer Balls! A Great Way To Cut Toxins And Drying Time By 40%

In the past five years of writing this blog my dryer ball post has been my most popular. It has been pinned and shared many times. I was talking to someone the other day that was so excited about making some that I decided to share how to make them again.

First I want to say that fabric softeners whether they are liquid or sheets are TERRIBLE!  They are full of TOXIC chemicals which get into the clothes we wear, then on our skin and then absorbed into our bodies. YUK! As one article put it if you use fabric softeners you are breathing and wearing poison! Fabric softeners have been linked to many respiratory problems as well as nervous system disorders. Many of the ingredients are listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Hazardous Waste List!!  The packaging on many brands include a warning that the product should not be used on children’s sleepwear. Most include ingredients like chloroform,benzyl, ethanol, pentane and so many more including phthalates which are used to make scents last longer and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive system problems. Unfortunately the manufactures are not required to list all of the dangerous chemicals that  they put into these products. 11-8-2010 165      One of the best ways to soften your clothes and get rid of static without using chemicals is by using wool dryer balls. Also an added bonus is that they reduce drying time up to 40%!!!! Instead of your clothes just laying flat on top of each other the balls get underneath and lift them up to allow the air flow to go all around which makes your clothes dry so much faster.Just think of the electricity you will save! Some people make them using 100% wool yarn.  I like a lot of people choose to make them by recycling wool sweaters. They are easy to make but the key is making sure that the wool sweaters,skirts, pants or blankets you decide to use are 85% or more wool.11-8-2010 169I go to Goodwill and hunt for 100% wool sweaters and then bring them home and wash them in hot water. Then put them into the dryer. When they come out they will have done all of the shrinking they will do. This is called felting.11-8-2010 184Then cut them into strips and roll each piece up and stitch it.11-8-2010 197Just keep rolling until you get the size ball you want. I make several different sizes.11-8-2010 206Mine are not as pretty as some I have seen but boy do they work well. You will need about a dozen of them and I just leave ours in the dryer all of the time. No need to take them out. I made all twelve of these while we were watching television one night in about an hour! I have been using these same ones for about 4 years.You can add essential oils to them if you want your clothes to have a scent. Would you be willing to give dryer balls a try?028

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Farmers Markets

Summer just shouts Farmers Markets to me! You can find one almost anywhere and it is a great time to take advantage of getting fresh local food. It is also a really good idea to buy extra and can, freeze or dehydrate for use during the Winter months. It really is easy and when you buy or grow ripe local veggies and fruits they taste amazing when you use them in the colder months.blog 511Peaches, apples and local berries make wonderful jams and jellies or just freeze them for making pies later on.blog 510blog 380I love pesto so we grow lots of Basil and I make my own pesto. I also dry lots of our herbs for winter use.blog 1776blog 2209We always have a garden and we enjoy the harvest all Summer long and make sure that we can and fill our freezer to use later.blog 4184We always put lots of tomatoes up each year. We bought these from a local farmer at the end of the season this past year. It is so important to support local businesses especially our local farmers. So do you buy local fruits and veggies in the Summer and do you ever freeze or preserve any of them for the Winter months?

I don’t know if you have to deal with mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers where you live like we do here in Tennessee. If you do I hope that you use a Deet and chemical free insect repellent. It is so important to NOT use a product with Deet that they say if you do to wash it off after 30 minutes especially on children! The only thing is that you have already absorbed it into your skin!! If you don’t already have a good chemical free insect repellent check out our Don’t Bug Me line at Eco Natural014blog 2527blog 2586Also don’t forget to check out our Spring and  Summer colors in our Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup at Eco Natural

 

 

Do You Stay Hydrated?

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I was just reading an article that stated that 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration! Most people don’t think much about this until Summer gets here. While we all should stay hydrated all of the time it is so especially important during the hot Summer months.blog 057Did you know that 60% of our bodies is composed of water? When people start to get a little weak or that they have a headache they think they just need to eat something. In reality most of the time they are simply dehydrated and need to drink. This article was saying that water is like oil to a machine. It is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It detoxifies  the liver and kidneys and carries waste away.Over time failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical problems like fatigue, headaches, joint pain, weight gain, ulcers and even high blood pressure! 010The doctors in the article were also saying that unfortunately soda outsells water in the U.S. A lot of the drinks we consume do the opposite and dehydrate us rather than hydrate our bodies. Especially caffeinated drinks. If you don’t like the taste of water or think that it is just too bland on it’s own you can do like I do and add an array of herbs, fruits, and berries to it. One easy way to tell if you are needing to drink more water is to check your urine. If it is dark you are dehydrated. It should be light , kind of straw colored. Good news is that doctors say that dehydration is very easy and pretty quick to reverse. Just start hydrating by drinking at least 10 cups a water a day. Do you keep yourself hydrated by drinking water?007

It’s time to be enjoying all of the fun outdoor activities that Summer brings. Please be a label reader and make sure that if you use a bug repellent that you choose one without the harmful chemical Deet! I was reading that the FDA said that if you put a repellent with Deet in it on a child to wash it off after 30 minutes. That long and they have already absorbed it into their skin and bloodstream. Always look for a chemical and Deet free repellent. We have people from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Forestry department  using our Don’t Bug Me Balm telling us it’s the best repellent they have ever used. As of now it has been to 5 continents with testimonies of how no one in any of these groups were bitten! If you would like to check out this product more just click here 005We also have some beautiful Spring colors in our Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup009028006Check out these and all of our other  Natural organic chemical free products at  Eco Natural

Are You Ready For Spring?

Well we have had ice then snow then a thaw then more ice and 5 inches of snow on top of that ice!!  We live out in the country and have a long steep driveway. During the first ice and snow storm we weren’t able to get out for 8 days. Talk about cabin fever!I am sooooo ready for Spring!!I am ready for our garden to be planted.Ready to see Daffodils11-08-2010 851.Ready to be buying theseblog 467So we can be planting our garden!005Ready to be seeing some of the first signs of Spring. DAFFODILS!!blog 1771Ready to be picking fresh herbs from our herb garden.july 005Ready for beautiful warm Spring weather! What are you most looking forward to this Spring?

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Lemons

 

Here in Tennessee we have had lots of snow which isn’t all that bad normally but the ice under the snow has not been good. The airport in Nashville has been pretty much shut down for three days now. I hope that where you are living that you are having  much better weather in your area!007In our home we use LOTS of lemons. We put them in our water, tea, salad dressings and desserts. This past year I found a lot of other ways to use them and their discarded peels.blog 3615One way is to make your own enzyme cleaner. So easy and this stuff is amazing at all kinds of cleaning jobs.  This requires a 2 liter plastic bottle, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 liter of water and 2 cups of citrus peels. That’s it! You let it sit for about 12 weeks then strain it and you have this awesome environmentally friendly, non toxic cleaner that smells so good! Because of the long wait I tripled the recipe. You can add 1 teaspoon of yeast to this and it will be ready to use in 2 weeks. I made a batch with the yeast and a batch that sat for the 12 weeks. Both cleaned really well but I like the non yeast batch the best. Well worth the wait.002006I just discovered this a few weeks ago. You dry your lemon peels and then grind them in the blender until they are a powder. Then add baking soda and you have a product that will take the place of products like Comet or Ajax! It is more of an abrasive cleaner so it is suggested not to use this on granite. It does a fantastic job on sinks, tubs and regular counter tops11-08-2010 900You can also use lemons along with vinegar, salt and other pantry items to make lots of different cleaners including furniture polish.They will all be chemical free which is wonderful! If you haven’t lately take a look at the ingredients on the labels of your cleaning supplies and Google them. You will probably be shocked to find out what awful chemicals get into your home this way! 11-08-2010 860You can also use lemons to make beauty products as well. They make wonderful scrubs when mixed with oats and great masks when mixed with sour cream or yogurt, Have you ever made your own cleaning or beauty products and if so were you pleased with the results?

Also I wanted to ask a big favor. We have started a blog at Eco Natural and I wanted to ask if you would check it out and leave a comment. Thanks so much!  Eco Natural Blog.

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Getting Toxins Out Of Your Home Are You Up For This Challenge?

 

At the beginning of the New Year most people make a list of resolutions of things that they want to accomplish. I want to issue a challenge to you and hope that you are up for it. The challenge is to start on a small scale if need be to eliminate some of the toxins in your home. I think that you will find it to be a lot easier than you think.

Did you know that the average home contains 500- 1000 chemicals? Many of these you are unable to see, taste or even smell. Indoor air is usually 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. is One of the easiest things that you can do is to leave your shoes outside the door.It is estimated that 85% of the dirt in our homes comes in from the bottom of our shoes! Just think about where you have been walking lately and what your shoes have come in contact with! Look how much dirt and toxins wouldn’t get in our homes if we just left our shoes right outside the door. Pretty easy to accomplish wouldn’t you say? Many of the cleaning products we use today are full of harmful chemicals. I found this awesome recipe for making your own enzyme cleaner a few years back and always make sure I have some on hand. It only has 3 ingredients and cleans wonderfully. If you would like the recipe I used it is  here  You can also use things like sea salt, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda to clean extremely well and without any harmful chemicals. What makes using these products even better is the cost! So much cheaper than buying expensive toxic filled products. Do you think that you could do either one or both of these things to eliminate harmful toxins in your home?

Are you ready for cold and flu season? I encourage you to look for all natural chemical free products this year. Check out our Germ Shield line along with all of our other organic chemical free products at  Eco Natural

Happy Happy New Year to all of you!!

Do You Shop Local For Christmas

Do you shop for locally made products to give as gifts for the holidays? Did you know that for every $100.00 spent with small locally owned businesses $68.00 stays in the community?  I know that I would much rather receive a gift that was made locally instead of manufactured in China or some other country. You can almost guarantee that it will be of superior quality and enjoyed a lot! You can also feel good about helping local small businesses thrive in your community!Locally made jewelry, purses scarves and aprons make wonderful gifts.Locally made jams, jellies and sauces are always welcome gifts as well as locally made bread. You can make awesome Christmas baskets by filling them with locally made goodies adding a great looking bow and using recycled paper to make a pretty card. My husband likes a good cup of coffee some days so I am getting him some local coffee along with a great looking mug. So do you ever support local businesses during the Christmas season by purchasing your holiday gifts from them?

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Don’t You Just Love Fall?

 

I love Fall. I love the weather, the pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples, and apple cider, Fall Festivals,the beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees and of course THANKSGIVING!! I always think that pumpkins are so pretty and colorful.I think Fall Mums are just gorgeous!I love sweet potatoes and have been eating so many of them lately since the Fall crop has come in. Are you enjoying Fall and do you have special things you do this time of year?

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Chlorine And What Awesome Benifits From A Showerhead Filter

I did a post a few years back on the dangers of chlorine in the water we use and found out that a lot of people were unaware of this.Chlorine makes your skin unnaturally dry and therefore is considered to be one of the causes for aging your skin.

More importantly though is the harmful effects on your health especially from your shower. Chlorine and it’s by- product VOC ( volatile organic chemicals) can evaporate more quickly than water and chlorine concentrates in your shower steam and inhaling it can damage your health. Chlorine is very harmful in gas form and the steam in your shower probably contains elevated levels of this gas. This isn’t good for anyone but especially very bad for someone that has bronchitis or asthma! Chlorine is also a leading cause of fatigue which happens when we inhale the vapors released through the hot water. which my husband was having to deal with. Also don’t forget that your skin absorbs what is put on it and chlorine water is no exception.Chlorine in the water can actually alter hair color because of its bleaching ability and also make your hair dry and brittle. That is why a lot of hair salons now use water filtration systems.

About 9 years ago I was reading about this and immediately wanted to do something about it. I was reading how just by getting a good shower head filter that would filter out the chlorine you could see an amazing difference.  So after several hours of research I found a wonderful filter for our shower. The only thing was it was a bit pricy. $100.00 to be exact  and that was way more than I wanted to invest at the time. So I showed it to my wonderful smart husband and after researching what kind of filter it was he found the exact same type of filter at Home Depot for only $29.00!!!!!! It has been such an excellent investment and we saw such a difference within the fist few days. Our skin was so much softer and my husband noticed a big difference in how he felt after the first shower! So happy to say that since we got the shower filter he has not had to deal with the fatigue anymore. With this shower head you only have to replace the filter every two years and they are only $10.00.You can get these at any home improvement store. I hope that you will give a filtered shower head a try because I know your body will thank you! Not only do you get the benefits of not breathing the harmful chlorine gases, you get softer skin and beautiful hair and most are very Eco Friendly so you are saving money as well!

Have You Ever Tried Goji Berries?

A few months back I was reading about Goji Berries and was amazed at what I learned. These little berries are a powerhouse. They contain all of the essential amino acids and contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit! They are loaded with vitamin c and contain more cartotenoids than any other food which helps promote healthy skin. They have 21 trace minerals and are high in fiber. They also have 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach!If you look at the ones on the left that’s the way they look when you buy them. Kind of like raisins so they are great just for snacking or in granola, trail mix, oatmeal or used in baking. The ones on the right I soaked in water for about an hour. They plump up so nicely and are great to use in smoothies and drinks like this Gogi Berry Lemonade. This amazing super fruit has some awesome ant inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti fungal compounds as well. After reading all these wonderful facts I knew I wanted to try them so I had my husband go online and buy us a bag of them. I have not been disappointed at all! They are packed with antioxidants and are suppose to help with weight loss and cold symptoms. I have only been using them a few weeks now but can really tell a difference in my energy level and they taste really good. Has anyone else tried these powerhouse berries?