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Stephanie Duvander
3 simple ways -creating a  toxin- free home for your family

3 simple ways -creating a toxin- free home for your family

3 simple ways to start creating a healthy, toxin-free home for your familyIn 2009, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said household cleaners are one of the top ten pet poisons. If your cat or dog has high levels of toxic chemicals in their systems, imagine what is happening to your children! In 2000, 10% of toxic exposures reported were due to home cleaning products. While you can’t remove all the toxic products in your life, here are three simple changes you can make to remove the worst offenders easily and with little expense (or, even...

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Stephanie Duvander
Make your own beeswax food wraps

Make your own beeswax food wraps

Make your own beeswax food wrapsSo easy ..... School holiday fun with the kids.​This environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film is easy to make at home.Wax food wraps are made by infusing a mix of beeswax and almond oil into cotton fabric – they are an easy-to-make, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling film. A wrap becomes sticky when warmed in the hands, which makes it easy to fold and seal around food or a bowl. Wraps can be washed in cool, soapy water and reused. As they can’t be washed in hot water, don’t use them to cover...

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Stephanie Duvander
Clean your home with vinegar

Clean your home with vinegar

Clean your home with vinegar- the cheap, eco-friendly, & effective cleanerVinegar is touted as the magic clean-all solution, and with good reason. It has a variety of uses around the home and has the added benefit of being budget, family, and eco friendly.   Why does vinegar clean so well?Vinegar’s main compound is acetic acid. This makes it ideal to clean with as it breaks down greasy build-ups and cuts through dirt quickly. It’s antimicrobial and can kill a number of bacteria[1].   What shouldn’t I use vinegar on?Avoid using vinegar on natural stone, marble, granite, or wooden floors. The...

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Stephanie Duvander
A product round-up: Fly-Off (or, how to stop flies landing on your benchtop)

A product round-up: Fly-Off (or, how to stop flies landing on your benchtop)

A product round-up: Fly-Off (or, how to stop flies landing on your benchtop)In the summer in New Zealand, flies can be a problem. They come inside to look for food, and lay eggs to continue their lifecycle. In the process of doing this, not only are they irritating and unsanitary, but they leave fly spots.Fly spots are literally food that they have vomited back up. The vomit is acidic, so it breaks down the food. The flies then eat vomit and food. When they poo, this is very acidic as well. This acid will damage paint, so it’s important to...

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