Oct
12

Natural Nirvana: Hand Sanitizers

Jamie

My search for a homemade hand sanitizer has led to interesting results.  Sure, I found quite a few recipes that include aloe vera gel, alcohol, and essential oils, but I also found that most of those recipes would do nothing to kill the germs on our hands.


It turns out, you need at least 60% alcohol for it to effectively eliminate germs.  That brings me right back to square one.  I wanted to find a product that didn’t have that strong alcohol smell, but apparently it’s necessary.

I do like keeping a bottle of sanitizer in my purse for instances where washing our hands isn’t an option, but I think the best solution here is to rely on old school soap and water!

Further reading - Hand Sanitizers, Good or Bad? (New York Times)

Until next week,

Jamie Blair


Next week we’ll conquer: Top 10 Best Uses For Vinegar!

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Sep
25

Natural Nirvana: Week 1

Jamie

Sniffing. Sneezing. Itchy eyes. Sore throats.

This has been me and my family for the past week, and we seem to experience these allergy attacks at least once a month. I’m all for quick, natural remedies, but so far nothing has seemed to work.

It’s time to look into some long term changes!

Hours of Google searching has led me to realize a complete lifestyle overhaul may be in order. My family uses tons of chemical-laden products on a daily basis: soaps, shampoos, lotions, cleaners, detergents… (you get the idea). They all contain more ingredients than I can pronounce! Between inhaling and absorbing all these chemicals, it wouldn’t surprise me that they’re the culprit for our constant allergies.

Follow me as I transform my home into a Natural Nirvana keeping you updated on all my successes and failures. I love all things DIY, so my first step will be making my own products. If it turns out to be less cost-efficient, or if I simply cannot figure it out, then I’ll search out the best of the best and review them here.

This week I’ll be taking inventory of all the questionable products in my home, but I won’t be posting that list here. Instead, I encourage you all to make your own and begin your own transformation!

If you’ve already gone all natural, what advice do you have to offer?

Until next week,

Jamie Blair

Next week I’ll conquer: Carpet fresheners

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