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Throughout history, humans have used natural fragrances for a variety of purposes, from religious rituals to aphrodisiacs. Today, fragrances use synthetic chemical ingredients extensively to mimic scents from nature, and there is a growing outcry from those who claim that exposure to some fragrances adversely affects their health. They  report symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Several studies indicate that 15-30% of the general population report some sensitivity to chemicals, including fragrances, and 4-6% report that chemical intolerance has a major impact on quality of life.  Still, a study published in the March-April 1998 issue of Archives of Environmental Health found that certain fragrance fumes produced 
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 : 1)  Place a few slices of lemon, orange or grapefruit in a pot of water and  let simmer for an hour or 
         more for a nice citrus scent. 
 : 2)  Soak cotton balls with vanilla or fruit extracts and put in a perforated jar or basket. 
 : 3)  Soak a cinnemon stick with vanilla and place in dish or use as a car freshener. 

Cuts grease and cleans countertops, baseboards, refrigerators and other appliances.  Combine and put in a plastic bottle...one teaspoon borax,  one-half teaspoon washing soda (a stronger form of baking soda available at supermarkets), two tablespoons white vinegar, or lemon juice, one-half  teaspoon Murphy's Oil Soap and two cups of hot water. 

Use on wood, tile or linoleum for a long lasting shine.  Mix one-eighth cup 
Murphy's Oil Soap, one-half cup white vinegar and two gallons warm water in a plastic pail. 

Sprinkle water on the grimy spots, then cover with baking soda.  Repeat the process, and let sit overnight.  The grease and grime will wipe off clean the next day.  Use liquid soap and water to sponge away any residue. 

Pour one cup borax into the toilet bowl.  Let sit overnight.  Flush in the morning.  Stains and rings will lift away. 

Scours sinks and bathtubs, and leaves no gritty residue.  Combine one-quarter cup baking soda and enough Murphy's Oil Soap to make a creamy paste. 

In a plastic spray bottle, combine one-half teaspoon Murphy's Oil Soap, three tablespoons white vinegar, and two cups warm water. 

Mix one-half teaspoon olive oil and one-quarter cup white vinegar or lemon  juice in a bowl. Apply to cotton cloth.  Reapply as needed.

Half fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and place over the shower head, submerging it in the vinegar and securing with a rubber band and let soak overnight. 

Apply thin layer of mayonnaise and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to sit for an hour.  Remove the wrap and work the mayonnaise into the finish.

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NASA Listening To Native Elders To Help Save Environment
Salt Lake City Tribune


The Nome Eskimo elder lamented that nowadays his homeland in winter is too
warm for the life system to sustain itself -- only 20 degrees below zero
instead of 70 below. His people have learned to live in balance with the ice
and cold. But now the Bering Strait is sick. Sea ice is forming later, affecting
the animals who breed on it. The sea pups aren't ready to leave when
the ice melts, so they die or are abandoned. The hunters say the walrus are
skinny, and they have to hunt farther into the tundra because the
caribou know the thin ice won't sustain their weight.

In the old days, the elders in Alaska could forecast the weather by watching
the stars. But now, says one Siberian Yupek elder, ``The Earth is so fast now.
We can't predict the weather anymore.''

Many native prophesies warned of a time when the people would be confused, and
the old and the young would die first. The prophesies said the trees would die
from the tops down and the world would be in danger.

Using ``eyes'' from space, NASA officials have seen that the elders are right.
Its officials conclude that the ``Earth is a living system that is distressed.''
So now, NASA has turned to native elders for counsel as it examines the effect
of climate change on the U.S. population, environment and economy. NASA
brought together a gathering of several hundred elders for
a five-day climate-change workshop in Albuquerque, N.M., last fall. NASA
is seeking to merge the knowing and wisdom of people who understand the
responsibilities that humans have to the Earth with the knowledge of
non-native scientists.

The elders who attended the conference, called the Circle of Wisdom Native
Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop, stated: ``It is this
spiritual connection to Mother Earth, Father Sky and all Creation that
is lacking in the rest of the world. . . . We call upon the people of the
world to hold your leaders accountable.''

According to documents issued by the workshop, temperatures will become
warmer in the Northern Hemisphere by 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit within the next
20 years. The primary source of human-induced climate change is the burning
of oil, gas and coal. The melting of sea ice ``affects the exchange of
energy continuously taking place on the Earth's surface,'' according to NASA.
While it might seem a distant problem to many people in the United States, all
life is interconnected.

We have long said that native prophesies are misunderstood. They not only are
spiritual visions, but often also come from a life-science observation of the natural
world. When people understand that they are not separate from the natural world,
they will seek to honor and understand it. This is why Chief Joseph said
long ago that the Earth was part of his body and they were of one``mind.''

Native people traditionally have understood that the Earth and universe have a
mind and a spirit, a cosmic intelligence that responds to us, to our intentions.
``Earth is a living mother, an organism. I know none of us would
think of abusing our birth mother. She is a spiritual woman . . . that gives
life. Through our ceremonies, we honor her life-giving power so that she can
continue to nourish us,'' says Cheyenne elder Henrietta Mann.

When people no longer live and learn from the land, their disconnection to it
leads to the abuse of Mother Earth. Along with the land, native people's
traditions die: their food, their ceremonies, medicinal plants, their fibers
for making sacred baskets. And much of it has been through the greed of market
economies and the perversions of science and technology that have claimed or
contaminated the land, particularly native lands, through deforestation,
pesticides, industrial waste, radioactive poisoning and mining. ``What good is
an economic system if our children die anyway?'' asked a Kanaka Maoli elder
from Hawaii. A nearby flip-chart read, ``There is no post-environment economy.''

There are myriad things to be done, including requiring companies to factor
the environmental impact of their projects into their businesses, and
demanding that all public projects invest in clean and renewable forms of
energy. But most of all, we must begin to value life in all its manifestations.

Corbin Harney, a Shoshone elder, says the spirits of the land and the
ancestors are waiting for people to recognize their responsibility to Mother
Earth. ``They want to hear us pray so that they can work with us, so
everything can heal.''

And here in LA there is a great and far less toxic form of dry cleaning at a company called Cleaner 
           By Nature.  I know they are in the La Cienegaarea (I think around Crescent Heights??) and in 
                                  Santa Monica on Wilshire, near 25th. 

Food hints: 
To tenderize meat, soak in vinegar over night. 
To freshen wilted vegetables, soak vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar. 
To boil better eggs, add 2 tablespoons vinegar before boiling eggs to keep them from cracking.

Personal care: 
To soothe a bee or jellyfish sting, dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching. 
To relieve sunburn, lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.  or:  Mix ice cubes, lemon juice and white vinegar and dab on repeatedly with a cotton ball over burned areas.  To condition hair, add a
tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.  egg - avocado - mayonnaise - beer 

To relieve dry and itchy skin add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to bath water - oats - baking soda 

To fight dandruff, after shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. 

To soothe a sore throat, put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow salt. 

To treat sinus infections and chest colds, add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.  To feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor will take the edge off yourappetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.

To clean eyeglasses, wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar. 

Plants that absorb bad stuff like formaldehyde, etc. so have as many of them around as you can stand 
(i.e. biofilters) -  Pothos, ficus, Janet Craigs, spiders, peace lilies, chrysanthemums. 

Plants that absorb radiation (for near TVís and computers) - Cereus Peruvianis (a cactus) 

Baking soda uses:
freshens, cleans and deodorizes.  Good scouring powder.  Softens water in creasing the cleaning power 
of soap.  Do not use on aluminum - it will turn black. 

To make a polishing paste for tarnished silverware, bathtubs, stainless steel sinks, toilets, etc., mix 
equal parts baking soda and warm water. Cover when not in use                       . 

For a liquid cleaner  mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with 1 pint warm water in a spray bottle.  Use for 
mopping vinyl floors, cleaning compact disks or washing windows. 

Sponging - sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and wipe scuffs, stains or crayon marks from
painted walls, laminated counter tops, tile surfaces, and appliances like the microwave, stove top and
fridge.Dry with  a clean cloth. 

Borax (sodium borate): 
Cleans, freshens, deodorizes and disinfects, softens water, prevents soap film.  (when sprinkling powder, 
you may want to wear a painter's mask as this can, in some, irritate the lungs.) 

Biodegrades safely without polluting water.  Sold as liquid, flake, powder or in bars.  Check  ingredients on label and avoid synthetic scents, colors and other additives.  (Detergents by definition are petroleum based products.) 

[super] Washing soda ([hydrated] sodium carbonate):  Disinfectant.  Cuts grease and removes 
stains, aids soap and prevents soap film. 

White vinegar:
cuts grease, freshens. 

Cider vinegar: 
GSE and tea tree oil are naturally anti fungal/antibacterial. 

Hot water and sunshine also kill germs. 

3% food grade peroxide disenfects/freshens

All purpose cleaner:
1 tsp. liquid soap, 1 tsp. borax, squeeze of lemon or splash of vinegar in 1 qt. of warm water.  or: 
2 teaspoons borax, 1 teaspoon soap and 1 quart water in a spray bottle.  Add vinegar or washing 
soda to cut grease. or:  Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar with 1 teaspoon borax in a spray bottle.  Fill the bottle 
with hot distilled water.  Shake to dissolve the borax.  Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil based liquid soap (I find mine at the health food store).  To scent you can add 10  to 15 drops of lemon or any other 
essential oil.  Follow the order of ingredients exactly as described. 

1/4 cup borax in 1/2 gallon hot water.  Used in CA hospitals for a year and met all the germicidal reqs. 
Or 2 cups hotwater on 2 cups fresh thyme leaves.  Steep 10 minutes. Strain, cool and put in spray bottle. 
or:   Use the antiseptic power of tea tree oil for this mix. Ingredients:  liquid castile soap, distilled water, 
and tea tree oil. Use a 16 oz spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water (slowly as to avoid suds from forming) 
then add 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap. Add about 30 drops of tea tree oil.   Use this mix to clean the
bathroom and it leaves a wonderful, fresh smell of clean.  It can also be used in the kitchen and other 
areas of the home. 

Scouring powder: 
firm bristle brush with soap combined with either borax, table salt or baking soda. or:   As a powder 
cleaner in the kitchen, bathrooms, etc., you can use baking soda (which you can scent with about 10-15 drops of lemon or any other essential oil if desired).  Put baking soda in a container such as the one you buy for Parmesan cheese (the plastic ones), wash well with soap and dry thoroughly. 
Smells great and good for the environment. 

Window cleaner/mirrors:   white vinegar and newspaper  or: 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 qt. warm water or: one part white vinegar, three parts water and a dash of lemon or orange oil or:  3 tablespoons vinegar 
 with 1 quart warm water. or:  1 tablespoon vinegar in water or:  1 part vinegar, 1 part water  (basically any combination ofvinegar and water) or:  rubbing alcohol and water or:  2 tablespoons lemon juice in quart of water or:  wipe with a damp cloth or sponges sprinkled with baking soda.Rinse with water and dry with soft towel.  For tough jobs first wash glass with warm soapy water.   (Note: the first time you wash 
windows after using commercial cleaners you might need to clean them a second time to get rid of the 
residue or use rubbing alcohol to remove residue.) Mold and Mildew - use the window cleaner spray. or: 
1/4 cup borax in 2 cups water - borax acts as a mold inhibitor. (You could wash down the walls, etc. with 
borax solution and just let it dry.)   Heat also helps get rid of mold - it dries it to powder so it is more easily
cleaned.  Once cleaned, sprinkle area with borax to prevent more mold. To prevent mold growth, ventilate
well with as mall fan and/or use a dehumidifier.or:  for mildew a mixture of lemon juice or white vinegar 
and salt. 

For mildewed shower curtains - you can get mildew proof cotton curtains.You can take down the curtain 
you have periodically and throw it in the washer with detergent or borax or baking soda or vinegar.  Let it 
dry in the sun and rehang.  Close the curtain after each shower to help prevent mildew.  Or wash with 1/2 
cup soap and 1/2 cup baking soda.  Add 1 cup white vinegar to your rinse cycle.  Or teeter oil diluted in a
sprayer bottle or diluted lemon juice or  lemon oil. 

Scratches in wood furniture:  mix one teaspoon instant coffee with two teaspoons water to make a paste. 
Apply to the abrasion with a cotton ball.  The more you dab the darker it gets. 

Floor and furniture polish:  mix 1 part vegetable and 1 part lemon juice of vinegar and apply a thin coat. 
Rub in well with a soft cloth.  On unwaxed wood use vegetable oil and lemon oil to replenish shine.  Or 
mixture parts olive oil and one part vinegar or one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil.  You can buff 
with a solution of cool black tea. 

Skid marks on linoleum floors:  scrub with toothpaste. 

Floor cleaners (linoleum):
1/2 cup vinegar in 1/2 gallon warm water. Polish with club soda                        . 

Crayon on wallpaper or vinyl paint:  Blow dry until the wax melts endwise with a paper towel or dry sponge. 

Gum:  Rub with ice - the gum will flake off. 

Oil and grease on driveways:  sprinkle with cat litter, allow the spill to absorb and shovel or sweep away. 

To polish car chrome apply vinegar full strength. 

Insect repellent - burning citronella candles.  Plant sweet basil around patio and house to repel mosquitoes.  Blend 6 cloves crushed garlic, one minced onion and one tablespoon soap in a gallon of hot
water.  Let sit a day or two, strain and apply with spray bottle. Also, bugs don't likened bugs. 
Gather together a collection of dead bugs, place in a blender with water; stir in the mix until spraying 
consistency. Spray areas bugs come in. 

Ants: block cracks & points of entry with caulk.  Wipe down or spray ant trails and suspected points of 
entry with white vinegar or with a diluted essential oil of peppermint, cinnamon, citrus or eucalyptus.  Try 
to water a little more outside - ants come in when they are thirsty or they smell something good.  Keep 
clean.  Wipe down kitchen counters, floors and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water which will 
erase their trails.   Place animal food bowls in shallow pans of vinegar or water. (You can add a little citrus 
oil or something to deter ants further along as your animals leave it alone).  Lay a line of boric acid (can
be mixed with sugar) along the ants path or sprinkle (or use an old spray bottle) behind areas such as
ovens, sinks, washers and toilets.Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cream of tartar, dried peppermint,
paprika, cinnamon, salt, dried sage, cucumber peelings and boric acid all  act as a barriers they will not
cross. For heavy Infestations mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon borax, and 2 tablespoons water into a thicksyrup. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton balls on low lids or something flat that ants can reach.  Place these lids in the  middle of ant infestations.  The ants will eat it and take it back to the nest and the numbers will diminish slowly.  For carpenter ants, try to locate and remove the nests.  Drill holes in the wood   they are attacking and fill the holes with boric acid (Borax).   If you know where the ants are coming in, and all else fails, you might be able to decoy them outside by putting food they'll be interested in a few feet away from the house at the entry site, and then wiping down the site with white vinegar to get rid of their trails.  I did that and the ants went for the easier food and left the house alone. 
I moved the food away from the house by degrees, so it wasn't so close. 

Fleas:  Avoid all insecticides except those with the active ingredient de-limonine gas which is derived 
from citrus extracts (dips, flea collars, and flea prescriptions as they all can cause harm to the animal). 
Add brewer's yeast and garlic to the pet's food.  For fleas on the pet, wash with warm soapy water and 
use a flea comb to remove fleas. Drown the fleas you remove from the animal.  After toweling down your 
pet, put 1/2 cup fresh or dried rosemary in 1 quart of boiling water. Steep 20 minutes, strain and cool. 
Spray or sponge evenly onto pet and allow to dry.  Do not towel dry.  Flea comb the pet regularly and 
reapply rosemary solution as needed.  For fleas in the home, vacuum daily for 2 weeks and weekly
thereafter.   Make sure to periodically vacuum under sofa and chair cushions, move furniture and 
vacuum between  mattress and box spring. Throw the bag away outside the house or freeze it after 
each use.  If the problem continues, steam the rug and upholstery.  As a last resort, work borax into the 
carpet with your fingers - use a dust mask and plastic gloves for this (under furniture, sofa cushions,
mattress, etc) and don't vacuum for 24-48 hours minimum.  Eucalyptus, citrus, pennyroyal, cedar wood, 
bay, fennel, rue and rosemary (fresh/dried/oils) are all repellents and the oils can be used on home made 
flea collars (ore can stuff a fabric tube with fresh/dried ingredients and make a collar  and sprinkle these 
in the bedding, etc.).  I spray the oils on the carpet etc. - diluted of course.  One suggestion I heard for 
fleas in the yard is to sprinkle cedar shavings on the lawn and mow them into the lawn.  High heat 
dehydrates them.  There are also "plug in" type machines available to repel fleas if you are not sensitive 
to EMF's.A home made flea collar could be made from a roll of strong fabric filled with tansy and catnip. 

Ticks - Guinea hens.  (And to keep  the chickens from pecking each other, put a little vinegar in their 
                                           drinking water.) 

Cockroaches:  Caulk all cracks along baseboards, shelves, cupboards, pipes and sinks.  Eliminate 
moisture.  Apply a light dust of boric acid or borax in cracks and crevices.  Allow 2 months to tak effect.  Place whole bay leaves in several locations around the kitchen.  Or set out dishes with equal 
parts of either (1)  oatmeal flour and  plaster of Paris or (2)  borax and brown sugar or (3) baking soda and powered sugar (this works for silverfish too - the sugar attracts, the baking soda kills). 

Head lice:  Shampoo hair with an oil soap, like Dr. Bronner's unscented baby Castile shampoo which
contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil.  Then, work olive oil or kneed oil into the scalp and leave 
the oil on for 20-30 minutes.  Comb through using a metal  lice comb and remove dead adults and all nits 
(lice eggs) stuck on hair... this will  take awhile.  Let oil remain on scalp for a while, then shampoo out. 
Repeat several times a week over the next couple weeks. This nourishes the scalp, and the oil suffocates 
the nits.  The head should be examined every day and combed with the metal lice comb to remove nits if any are found until two weeks after the last nit/adult is gone.  Wash all clothing, hats, towels and bed linens the affected person has used invert HOT (120-130 degree Fahrenheit) water regularly, making sure
there is at least 20 minutes of actual agitation time (as it takes that long for the water to kill the adults and nits)  and so not allow unaffected persons to use those items belonging to the affected person.  The 
actual bedding (mattress and pillow etc.) should be vacuumed thoroughly daily, as should other areas 
the person frequents.  Vacuuming is incredibly effective, but be sure to dispose of the vacuum bags 
after each use! Wash all combs, brushes, hair clips and ties, etc., for a minimum of 20 minutes in hot 
soapy water.  An oil based soap (such as coconut oil) is best.  Make sure that no sharing of personal 
items (brushes, clothing, towels, hats.) even at school like batting helmets and dress up clothes - are shared until the affected person is lice free for at least 2 weeks. Until the house and person are lice free, 
make sure dirty laundry is stored in sealed plastic bags until washed (or washed as above immediately) 
to prevent reinfestation.  Items that the person is around which are fabric (like stuffed animals) which can't be washedshould be sealed in plastic bags for a minimum of two weeks.  Alternatively, they can be placed  in sealed plastic bag and frozen for 48 hours. Toss the bags immediately after use outside the home. 

Mice and rats:  Keep storage areas tidy, seal holes in wall sand around pipes.   M&Mís to kil Peppermint oil saturated cotton balls to deter. 

Moths:  avoid mothballs and flakes.  Clean garments thoroughly before storing them in a sealed closet, bag, trunk or other container - mother attracted to dirt on clothes. Vacuum the closet regularly to get rid moths food sources.  Cedar  (hangers, lining, shavings, oil) or lavender (dried, sachets, oil) act as deterrents.  Moth eggs can be destroyed by running the items through a hot dryer - be careful of 
shrinkage).   For pantry moths keep all grain and sugared products in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator or freezer.  There are also glue traps available that use moth hormones to attract them by accompany called SureFire. 

Spiders:  In general leave them alone - they are good bugs.  Remove webs with a broom. 

Termites:  Non chemical termite control includes:  liquid nitrogen, heat treatments, electrical shocks,
biological controls, etc.  Mesh and sand barriers are being developed to prevent (re)nfestation.  If you 
must use insecticide, hire a firm that uses beagles to sniff out all active nests for spot treatment. 

Slugs and Snails:  1-2 inches of beer in a shallow container that has been set into the soil with the rim at
ground level (also supposed tholepin with ants).  Or place copper sheeting around sensitive plants. 

Wasps and bees - there are traps available. 

Flies:  Make your own flypaper with honey and yellow paper.  There are also traps available.  And zappers if you are not sensitive to EMF's. 

Insecticide for plants: Blend garlic, hot peppers and water, put in a spray bottle and apply it to plants. Or  place cotton balls soaked in hot sauce in house plants to repel insects.  Or mix8 oz. sugar  and 4-8 oozes 3% peroxide (food grade) in 1 gallon water anduse as a spray. or:  1% soap and 99% water as a spray using a container affixed to the end of a hose. or:  Use predator insects or bacillus thuringiensis or:  Mix 1 gallon of water, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of tobasco.  Wash well if used on something edible. 

Insect control in the garden: Many gardeners know a bug free garden is not a perfect garden, that not all insects are pests and that "good'' bugs often feed on "bad'' bugs.  Perhaps the best known beneficial insect is the lady beetle, often called a ladybug. Lady beetles devour small, soft bodied insects and are especially helpful in controlling aphids, particularly in warm weather.  + Lacewings also are beneficial insects. Adult lacewings feed primarily on nectar and other fluids, but the larvae are voracious predators, feeding on a variety of pests. + Spiders are another weapon in the cultural arsenal. All spiders feed oninsects, but many varieties including wolf spiders, crab spiders,  jumping spiders don't build webs; they move about and hunt prey. These less conspicuous spiders help control beetles, caterpillars, leafhoppers and aphids.  Birds can be enticed to the garden by feeding, hanging a birdhouse, and providing a bird bath or plants that provide berries for them to eat.  The story also says that homemade soaps and sprays make a goodalternative to and are less toxic than commercial pesticides. They are less expensive and less harmful, but they are not as effective as commercial products and may require several applications. + Household liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soap can be used as insecticidal soaps; however, dry dish soaps or clothes washing detergents are too harsh. For a gallon of soap spray, add 5 to 8 tablespoons of detergent (depending on the desired concentration) to a gallon of water. For a quart, add between 4 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons of soap. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and liberally spray both sides of infected leaves.

Completely coat the insect. Because these soaps weren't designed to be insecticides, some plants may 
be sensitive to detergent; when in doubt, test the spray on a small area a day or two before spraying extensively. 

Outdoor insecticide (for lawns) - beneficial nematodes, ladybugs, praying mantises, etc.  For general 
 insect control I use liquid dish detergent and water (one teaspoon liquid soap to two quarts of water) 
 and spray it directly on the insects.  It almost always works, but you must spray directly onto them. 
 There is no residual effect.  For insects like pine sawflies that hatch out for several weeks, you will have 
 to spray every few days to get rid of each new batch ofcaterpillars. 

 Weeds - Salt in Sidewalk cracks. Let them be.  Pull them.  Pour boiling water on them.Make a mixture 
 for a spray bottle with white vinegar, a couple of teaspoons of soap and a couple of teaspoons of 
 regular table salt.  I sprayed this on dandelions and other assorted weeds growing in the gravel 
 near the house last week and they began to shrivel up and turn brown in a few days.   I think you 
 need to be careful not to use too much salt spraying areas where you want other plants to grow. 
 Plain vinegar (with some liquid soap added to make it adhere well) might work and it is definitely 
 biodegradable. or: Kill grass on walks and driveways with vinegar poured or sprayed directly on 
 them. or: Spray full strength vinegar on weeds until plants have starved. 

 Fertilizer:  Compost. Earthworms. 

 To increase soil acidity: 
 In hard water mix one gallon of tap water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar for watering rhododendrons,
 gardenias, or azaleas                                        . 

To freshen cut flowers: Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water. 
Change water at least every other day and remember to trim stems under lukewarm running water. 
 or:   Add a penny.       or:  Add an aspirin.        or:   Add Sprite or 7up. 

Kitchen cleaner:
3% food grade peroxide to wipe counters, sink, cutting boards and appliances.  Disinfects and freshens. 

Dishwashing (hand):  Liquid or powdered soap.  Any detergent (even phosphate free or biodegradable 
is still petroleum based - bad for everything including us!    To cut grease sprinkle baking soda on the 
item or add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the wash water.   To remove burnt on food, cover with water 
and baking soda.  Let soak, then scrubber soak in a lemon juice solution, then scrub with baking soda. 

Dishwasher soap: 
equal parts borax and washing soda.  Increase proportion of soda for hard water. 

Dishwasher rinse:
3% food grade peroxide added to the dishwasher soap.
To clean the dishwasher: run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap 
build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware. 

Refrigerator:  3% food grade peroxide. Or wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. 

Drain cleaner:  Plunger.  Plumbing snake (or a straightened coat hanger).  Use a drain strainer to prevent clogs.  Flush weekly with boiling water. To keep drains open or to clear sluggish drains before the become clogs, plug the overflow drain with a wet rag and  pour a mixture of 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain periodically .  Flush without water.  Or plug the overflow drain and pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, follow with 1/2 cup vinegar and close the drain tightly until fizzing stops.  Flush with one gallon boiling water.  Or pour about cups of 3% peroxide down drain, wait a while then flush with boiling water.  Or pour 1/4 cup salt down drain and follow with hot water. 

To deodorize the kitchen drain:  pour a cup or vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water. 

To clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal.
After grinding, run cold water through clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and
mustard jars with vinegar when empty. or:  run a lemon through the disposal. 

To unclog a drain:  pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water. 

To clean marks out of glass coffee pots:  lots of salt, ice cubes and alit water.  Swirl coffee pot around until marks are gone.

To clean a teapot:  boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot.Wipe away the grime. 

To eliminate onion odor from hands:  rub vinegar or lemon juice on your fingers before and after slicing. 
To remove fruit stains from hands:  rub with vinegar or lemon juice. 

To clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:  wipe with full strength vinegar. 

To cut grease and odor on dishes: add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water. 

To freshen a lunch box:  soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit-in the lunch box over night. 

To clean china and fine glassware:  add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass
or china in the solution and let dry                                  . 

To get stains out of pots: fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons ofvinegar to a pint of water. Boil until 
stain loosens and can be washed away. 

To clean the microwave: boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. This 
will loosen splattered on food anddeodorize. 

To dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar. 

To get rid of cooking smells, simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution. 

To remove decals, brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Washoff.  Or rub with orange
 essential oil. 

Scouring pads:  Let pots and pans soak in a baking soda solution before washing. 

Oven - Avoid spills and overfilling pans.  Wipe spills that do happen immediately as soon as the oven is 
cool enough to.   Line racks with aluminum foil or place  a baking rack on the shelf below.  Clean with 
steel wool, washing soda and water  or with 2 tablespoons liquid soap, 2 teaspoons borax and warm 
water in a spray bottle.  Leave this solution on for 20 minutes then scrub with steel wool.  Pumice works 
for baked on black spots.  Or use a non metallic bristle brush and clean with a paste of baking soda, 
salt and hot water.  Or sprinkle with dry baking soda and scrub with a damp cloth after 5 minutes. 
Or to remove baked on spills,sprinkle a little water on them and briefly turn on the oven to steam loosen
 them.  Then scrub with baking soda.   (Don't let baking soda touch wires or heating elements.) 

Brass: Mix equal parts salt and flour with a little vinegar and rub.  Or use Worcestershire sauce or pour 
on Ketchup and let sit. Wipe dry. 

Chrome:  Rub with undiluted white vinegar.  Or rub fixtures with wet newspapers or rub with baby oil 
and soft cloth. 

Copper:  Rub with paste of  lemon juice and salt (and flour if desired) or hot vinegar and salt.  Or use
Worcestershire sauce or pour on Ketchup and let sit. Wipe dry. 

Gold:  wash in lukewarm soapy water, dry and polish with a chamois cloth. 

Silver and Stainless Steel:  Rub with a paste of baking soda and waterier soak for 10-15 minutes in one quart warm water, one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon salt and a small piece of aluminum 
foil and then wipe with a soft cloth. 

Silver:  Rub with toothpaste and soft cloth.  Rinse and polish dry. 

Stainless steel polish:  baking soda or mineral oil for shining, vinegar to remove spots.  Or rub with
olive oil or club soda.  Or wipe with avenger dampened cloth. 

Aluminum:  dip cloth in lemon juice  to clean then rinse the item with warm water.  Or soak overnight in a mix of vinegar and water then rub. 

Tub, tile and toilet:  Scrub with powdered soap and a scouring powder made of baking soda, borax or table salt.  Use white vinegar to loosen lime deposits. or:  1/2 cup borax dissolved in one gallon hot water. or:  for the toilet - sprinkle baking soda in bowl, drizzle with vinegar and scour with brush.  Adding vinegar or lemon juice to sit overnight can help remove old stains.

Air freshener:  find source of odors and eliminate them.  Keep house and closets clean and well ventilated.  Set out 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar or baking soda in open dishes.  Use plenty of houseplants which are great air purifiers.  Boil herbs and spices for natural fragrance.  Rent an ozone machine and let run while you are out with a window cracked.Zeolite crystals or activated charcoal  placed around child/pet proof containers.

To Rent Ozone Machine (If you are unable to find one locally): 

American Environmental Health Foundation - Dallas   214-361-9515 

National Ecological and Environmental Delivery System (NEEDS)  800 634 1380 

Caution:  be sure you have a crack in the window in the room getting treatment. This prevents over
saturation with ozone of furniture. etc.... 

Carpet deodorizers:  sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on carpet, using about 1 cup for a medium 
sized room.  Vacuum after 30 minutes.  Or mix 2 parts cornmeal with one part borax, sprinkle liberally  leave on 1 hour and vacuum.  Also for upholstery but you may want to test forcolor fastness first. 

Carpet cleaners:

Mix: 1/2 cup mild liquid washing soap and 1 pint hot water. Let cool until it forms a jelly. Whip into a 
stiff foam with a beater. Apply with damp cloth or sponge to small section at a time.  Rub gently. Wipe 
with clean cloth. Allow to dry.   For steam cleaning, don't use the commercial solutions. Instead use 
plain water or plain soap or baking soda or a combination of the two. 

To remove odors (pet or other - carpet or furniture) - blot the fresh stain with cloth soaked in cider vinegar. To get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang 
clothes above the steam. 

Laundry:  When you first switch from detergent to soap, wash laundry once with washing soda alone 
to get rid of the detergent residue and avoid yellowing of fabric.  After that add 1/3 cup washing soda 
to water before placing clothes in machine and substitute soap flakes or powder fordetergent.  For 
more cleaning power add 1/2 cup borax. 

If you add 1/2 cup Baking Soda to your wash (or use Arm and Hammer Detergent that already has 
baking soda in it), and 3/4 cup White Vinegar to your rinse, you'll be able to almost completely eliminate 
the use of pretreatmentlikeSpray-n-Wash or Shout (I rarely use them anymore). 

I've never come across ANYTHING that was ever harmed by this baking soda/vinegar treatment, it 
doesn't make your clothes smell like vinegar, and it also often gets rid of colors that have bled onto 
other clothes.  Also I don't have to worry about separating colors and whites when I use this treatment.
 It gets it all clean.  In fact, it seems to get all the clothes a lot cleaner. 
Bleach:  powdered non chlorine bleach only.  Can also use peroxide. 

Fabric softener:
add 1 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup baking soda during final rinse.  Not necessary on natural fibers like
cotton or wool - they don't produce static. 

Presoak:  soak heavily soiled items in warm water with 1/2 cup washing soda for 30 minutes.  Rub soiled
areas with liquid soap. 

Spot remover:
Mix 1/4 cup borax and 2 cups cold water.  Sponge on and let dry.  Or soak the fabric in above mixture 
before washing in soap and cold water. 

Spray starch:
dissolve 2 tablespoons cornstarch in 1 pint cold water in a spray bottle.  Shake before each use. 

Stain remover:  Vinegar 
Coffee and wine stains:  Blot the fresh spill with a cloth soaked with club soda. Or rub with moist salt.
Wine and fruit stains: Cleans with club soda or pour on salt or soak in milk before washing

Oil stains:  Rub white chalk into the stain before laundering.  Or rub with damp cloth dipped in borax. 
Or apply a paste of cornstarch and water, let dry and brush off. 

Ink stains:  Wet the stain with cold water.  Apply paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice.  Let sit one  hour.  Wash as usual.  Or mix 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup warm water.  Apply a small amount to
the stain.  Blot until no more stain can be removed. 

Lipstick stains:  Rub with shortening and wash with washing soda. 

To remove tough stains:  gently rub vinegar on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual. 

Rust stains:  Scrub with crumbled aluminum foil.

To get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

To keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.

To freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run 
through a regular cycle (no clothes added). It will dissolve soap residue. 

To brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle. 

To take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot. 

To unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water. 

To clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the 
cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains. 

Dry cleaning:  Many garments labeled "dry clean only" can be safely hand washed using mild soap and cold water or sent out for pressing.  If you must dry clean try to find a dry cleaner who does not use "perc". And do so as little as possible no matter what kind of dry cleaning youuse and air clothes outside before putting in your closet.  There is also a product (no commercial interest) called "Sweater

Fresh" by McLaughlin Inc. that is made from plant oils that breaks down soil bonds.  You spray it on and
throw the item in the dryer for 2 minutes. 

To remove skunk odor: rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse. or:  Bathe the pet in tomato juice. 

To keep cats away:
Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking,or scratching on.   or: sprinkle ginger powder or place fresh chunks or fresh ginger. To keep cats out of plants: place aluminum foil over the plant. To keep pets from chewing (plants or whatever):  Spray with a mix of cayenne powder and water.  To keep cats from scratching furniture:  Place strips of double stick tape on the surface they scratch.  Provide a surface that they can scratch nearby.

To keep dogs from scratching their ears:  Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar. 

Recipes for milk paint:
"Pour just enough hot water in instant nonfat dry milk (not the yellowish sort) to reconstitute it into a smooth syrup.  Add powdered pigment in small amounts until the desired shade is reached.  Apply several coats to raw wood with a brush or rag for a flat finish much like that of latex wall paint. 

Put 6 oz of hydrated lime into a bucket and add enough milk to make it the thickness of cream (you will need one half gallon of milk in all) Stir in 4 oz of linseed oil, a little at a time, and add the rest of the milk. Sprinkle 3 oz finely powdered calcium carbonate over the top and let its ink in before stirring it well into the mixture.  Add powdered pigment for color,  if desired." 

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