There are often recommendations that you should apply natural ingredients on the face and body, use no chemicals in house-cleaning, and eat non-processed and organic food rather than using their highly processed and chemical counterparts. But, where do you get these organic and natural ingredients – aren’t they very expensive and difficult to find?
I draw some great ideas from two books I have recently read: The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk and The Recipe for Radiance by Alexis Wolfer.
Look no further. The ingredients may already be in your kitchen and refrigerator. Here are a few DIY examples:
- Want to do something about your fine lines round the eyes? Try the Plump ‘Em Up Eye Mask, said Alexis.
1/4 banana, ripe
1/4 cucumber, peeled
1 tablespoon raw honey
Puree in blender and let sit for 30 minutes; then apply a thin layer under your eyes for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
(If you have dark circles and puffy eyes, turn to your raw egg-shells. Wipe your finger along the inside of the egg-shell and apply a thin layer under your eyes for about 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Egg white is excellent in tightening up your skin and fine lines.)
- Want to wash the pesticides and germs off your produce? Try Becky’s Fruit and Veggie Wash.
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle; spray on the produce and rinse with cold water. The wash can be stored up to 1 month in the fridge.
- How about an unknown spot in your carpet? Try this natural carpet spot remover from Becky.
Enough distilled white vinegar to cover stain
Cover the stain with the white vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on top of the vinegar – you will see the stain bubble up from the carpet. You can let the mixture sit on the carpet until dry and then vacuum up the residue.
- Want to restore your stainless steel to bling? Just put some vinegar on a spray bottle, spray a little on your stainless steel, and wipe off the vinegar with a paper towel or a soft microfibre cloth in the direction of the grain (vertical or horizontal line on your appliance). Then apply a little olive oil on to your soft cloth and then wipe the cloth in the direction of the grain again. Viola! (See the Kitchn for more “How to” posts.)
- Want to keep your hands smooth and nice? Rub some virgin, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil all over your hands and fingers. Just love this one, especially before I go to bed!