Vinegar and Baking Soda – The Natural Drain Cleaner

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Baking soda and vinegar. Natures natural, non-toxic cleaners. I am still amazed by how well these two things together clean and deodorize. Plus they’re cheaper than commercial toxic cleaning options on the market!

When we had a funky odor that didn’t seem to want to go away in the linen closet in the new apartment we just moved into, we put a small dish of baking soda in the closet. The next morning all the odors were gone. This also works great in fridges and freezers!

When our drains get slow, we simply pour 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of baking soda down the drain.

Then follow with 1/2 Cup or more of white distilled vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda combined will fizz, helping to naturally clear drains without toxins and are safe for pipes. Let fizz for several minutes, then follow with hot water – or water you’ve brought just to a boil – down the drain to rinse free the baking soda and vinegar.

This doesn’t work on severely clogged drains or for drains with standing water. If that’s the case, you’ll need to first remove the clog. But if you do this natural baking soda and vinegar method monthly or whenever drains just start to get slow, it will help to prevent them from clogging again! Plus it’s much cheaper than buying toxic drain cleaners.

And, if you buy your baking soda in bulk from a source like Mountain Rose Herbs, you’ll save even more! You can buy a pound of baking soda from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $2.75 and use it in cooking and baking, to scrub pots and pans as well as for general household cleaning. You can even use it to make your own deodorant and toothpaste! Much cheaper than buying little boxes one at a time! (Buy more and save more! 5lb. is just $11.75.) I also buy vinegar in gallon containers locally.

Be sure to check out the article, Over 100 Ways to Use Baking Soda at, for more ideas on ways to use baking soda. You may also like Good Housekeeping’s article, Spring Cleaning the DIY Way.


Green Beauty Cosmetics

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I really like the idea of natural cosmetics, however, I like to use a liquid base rather than a powdered one and then follow with a loose translucent powder to finish my look. I have been using Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind The Eraser Treatment Makeup Foundation. I like that it’s not a heavy foundation and that it also moisturizes just enough that I don’t need to apply a separate moisturizer underneath my foundation. It provides a light coverage that just evens out my skin tone and has an SPF18. I wasn’t aware that there were indie cosmetic companies offering alternatives for liquid foundations until I stumbled across Green Beauty Cosmetics.
Green Beauty Cosmetics is an all natural, chemical free, non-toxic, green cosmetics line that gives health conscious women an alternative to toxic skin care products. Their products contain no genetically modified substances, parabens, petro chemicals, phthalates, synthetic dyes, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or triclosan. All products are preserved with an ECOCERT certified corn derived preservative and ECOCERT certified plant based emulsifiers. These products are not tested on animals and you receive a free sample with every order.

I of course wanted to try the Tinted Moisturizer for Light Skin for my own fair skin so I purchased the sample size for $3. The purpose of this tinted moisturizer is to even out skin tone while providing sheer coverage and just a hint of natural color. I am happy to say that this product produced the intended results. The product is thinner than I expected, but it goes on quite easily and absorbs quickly. You can add additional product for a slightly darker tone. It  also provides the perfect amount of moisture without going overboard and it smells amazing. The scent is very herbal and reminds me of lavender and chamomile. While it does not have a stated SPF it does contain titanium dioxide, which is known for it’s natural SPF. However, if you are concerned about the sun, you may want to apply a sunscreen underneath this moisturizer or wear a loose powder on top that offers SPF coverage. As far as pricing for Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer, I found similar that it is quite similar to that of Maybelline’s Foundation. 1oz. of Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer is $19.95 while about half that amount – .68oz. – of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind runs $9.99 at discount stores like Target. Additionally, if you buy a sample sized product, Green Beauty Cosmetics will refund the cost of your samples when your buy their full sized bottles.

In addition to the tinted moisturizer I received from Green Beauty Cosmetics, I also received a free sample of Eye Makeup Remover for Waterproof Mascara. While I hadn’t specifically requested a sample, I am so glad it was sent to me. I have had a heck of a time getting my waterproof mascara off lately. Often times I’m applying mascara over top of mascara that I couldn’t get completely off from the day before. This product worked perfectly at solving my this issue. I applied a somewhat generous amount to my lashes with my eyes closed, rubbed back and forth gently, then wiped clean with a wet washcloth. And voila! No more mascara. And better yet, it didn’t irritate my eyes which are often plagued by seasonal allergies. This is a must have if you’re looking for a natural alternative to your eye makeup remover.
Have you tried these or any other additional products from this company? If so, feel free to chime in with your feedback and reviews. I’d also love to hear about some of your other favorite, natural cosmetic companies!