Not only can your bathroom and kitchen can look dirty and dated if the grout is full of mould and mildew, but mould and mildew can actually lead to serious health issues if left over time.
Cleaning tiles ain’t a pretty job, but we can all agree, it needs to be done. Using harsh chemicals and a bit of DIY, or even professional carpet cleaners Melbourne for tile and grout cleaning are both options for getting your tiles and grout sparkling again. But, here at Home, Health, Beauty and Beyond, we prefer to use much more natural cleaning products and a bit of elbow grease. Not only will you save money on hiring professional cleaners, but you won’t need to breath in any harsh chemicals in the process.
Firstly though, let’s talk about how to prevent the development of mould and mildew, because in the long run, this will save you time and effort on the cleaning front! Because bathrooms and kitchens can be hot, steam and create moisture, it’s the perfect environment for mildew and mould growth, and a porous grout surface offers the best environment for mildew and mould to grow. Continue reading “How to Clean Tiles and Grout Without Harsh Chemicals”→
Homemade facial packs are a craze these days. These packs can be prepared easily; they do not have any side effects and are suitable for almost all skin types. You can use these packs as per your needs; they are completely natural and very effective. Though, there are many types of homemade packs available, here are 4 packs which are quite popular and suitable for most skin types.
The Potato Pack
Potato is a wonder ingredient for the skin. It helps in getting clear skin, reduces spots and marks, removes sun tan and helps in achieving a naturally glowing skin. It removes dullness and cleanses the skin naturally. To prepare the pack you need one tablespoon of mashed potato and half a teaspoon of yogurt. Mix both the ingredients till yogurt is well incorporated. Apply the pack on your face, leave it for thirty minutes and then rinse off using cold water. Your face shall feel fresh and have a natural glow.
The Carrot Pack Carrots are rich in a number of vitamins and minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin. It is rich in antibacterial properties, which helps in keeping the skin clean and soft. Carrots also help in keeping the skin moisturised and hydrated, especially during the summer. To prepare the pack, you need one tablespoon carrot paste mixed with one teaspoon honey. Mix well and apply the pack on your face. Let it remain for thirty minutes and rinse off using cold water.
The Oat Pack
Rolled oats work as a natural scrubber. They help in removing blackheads and other impurities from the skin. Oatmeal cleanses the skin internally and also helps in reducing excessive oily skin problems. To prepare the pack, you need one tablespoon oatmeal. Add one tablespoon milk and a few drops of olive oil. Mix well till you have a thick paste. Apply the pack on your face. Rub in a circular motion. This will help in removing dead skin cells. Let the pack dry and then rinse your face. You will feel fresh with a natural glow.
The Tomato Pack Tomato is said to be the best ingredient which takes care of a number of skin problems. Tomatoes are rich in acid, which helps in reducing the frequency of acne and pimples. It also helps in reducing the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals. To prepare the pack you need one tablespoon tomato juice, one teaspoon lemon peel powder (dried) and one teaspoon sandalwood paste. Mix the ingredients and apply the pack on your face. Let it dry and rinse your face with normal water. Your face shall have a natural shine and brightness
Why not take some time to give your tired eyes a break while making yourself one of these great natural facials. Check out these awesome natural remedies for tired eyes.
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses. Each one of us should ideally have a bottle of this at home. There are plenty of medicinal benefits of this vinegar. It can be used in many different ways and in several recipes. Do you know that apple cider vinegar can be used for cleaning your home too?
Just as the in case of other types of vinegar, ACV or apple cider vinegar is known for its antimicrobial properties. This vinegar is highly effective and sometimes much more than several other products which are available in the market. When we consider our own health, or the health of our planet, this is one natural product, which can be said to be the most effective in handling any kind of germ. You can mix ACV with other different cleaning ingredients which includes essential oils, salt and lemon juice. However, you need to be careful and do not use it with baking soda, as it will neutralise the acidity of vinegar.
As per Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, vinegar contains an acid which crosses the cell membrane of bacteria. This causes a release of protons due to which cells die. Keep reading the different ways of using acid cedar vinegar and you will never like to use any other cleaning solution.
In our last post, we talked about natural remedies for dandruff (you can check that our here), but what if you’ve got the opposite problem? An oily scalp? An oily scalp is the result of excessive oil secretion due to hormonal imbalances or other health issues. It is essential to reduce oily scalp before it is too late and damages hair. Our homemade hair packs are completely natural and help in reducing oily scalp problems in a short time.
Dandruff is super common but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing and annoying to deal with and get rid of. There are many anti-dandruff products out on the market, but many include toxic ingredients like pyrithione zinc, which can cause eye irritations and skin problems along with hair loss, rashes and hives. These products often cause redness, itchiness and irritation which can cause a disruption of the endocrine, cardiovascular and reproductive system.
Disturbing – isn’t it? Here at Home, Health, Beauty and Beyond, we’re all about natural remedies and cures and we’ve come up with a great list of store-bought alternatives for the treatment of dandruff. Not only are these all natural, but they are super affordable and you’ve probably got at least half of this list in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets already! Let’s get on with ti!
1) Tea Tree Oil
This is an essential oil which is created by steam distilling the leaves of a specific plant which is grown here in Australia. This tree oil is known for its effectiveness in reducing bacteria. This oil is helpful in battling fungus and bacteria which helps in tackling dandruff but doesn’t dry the scalp. This oil also helps in killing bacteria which is generally caused due to overproduction of the skin cells. This often leads to the formation of dandruff. As this tea tree oil is applied on scalp, it slowly seeps in the hair follicles; it slowly works to unclog them and removes all kinds of microorganisms which are known to cause an irritation. A study reveals that tea tree oil helps in reducing the severity of dandruff as much as by 5%.
You need 10 drops of the oil for 8 ounces of your shampoo. You can use it to wash your hair normally. Let it sit on the scalp for ten minutes, so that the benefits of the oil are soaked up.
You can also prepare one overnight effective medicine with the oil. You will need one small empty bottle, which is ¾ filled with almond oil. In this oil add at least 15 drops of organic tree oil and mix it well. You can apply the oil on your scalp and massage for 3-4 minutes. This will ensure that your scalp is well saturated. You can place a shower cap on your hair so that your pillowcase isn’t stained. You can wash the hair the next morning
Tartar is solidified plaque which, left untreated can be extremely harmful to teeth and gums. It can lead to tooth decay and other several painful conditions. If tartar is something that’s bothering you, try out these natural home remedies before your tartar gets any worse.
1) Baking Soda You need to put a small quantity of baking soda on your damp toothbrush. Brush your teeth using it. You can later rinse your mouth using lukewarm water. Use this daily to remove plaque.
2) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is quite effective in treating tartar and other gum problems. You need to extract aloe vera pulp for this. Rub this on your teeth and let it remain for ten minutes. Rinse it away using cold water. Use this twice in a day.
3) Black Tea
In a cup of hot water, you need to steep one bag of tea. Steep it for 4 minutes at least. You need to squeeze the bag in water so that most of the fluoride is removed. Let the tea cool. You can then use it to rinse your mouth. You need to do this everyday which will remove tartar.
You need a teaspoon of powdered cloves and a few drops of olive oil. Mix and apply this on your teeth. Leave it for two minutes and you can rinse off with lukewarm water. You can do this twice a day.
These homemade hand and foot lotions are easy to make and effective in tackling a number of hand and foot issues. They keep the skin soft, hydrated and moisturised, and you can find almost all of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry or fridge. These lotions can be applied daily, prepared in a short amount of time, and can be used throughout the year whenever your hands and feet are feeling dry or need a boost of hydration.
1) Buttermilk Lotion Buttermilk is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals which keeps the skin hydrated and soft. It keeps the skin moisturised and reduces chapped skin problems in winter. To prepare the pack, you need 5-6 tablespoons of buttermilk. Add one teaspoon of olive oil. Give the mixture a good stir. You can now apply the lotion on your hand and foot.
2) Milk Cream Lotion
This is a rich lotion, filled with the richness of milk proteins. You need milk cream as per requirements. Add some milk to prepare a smooth consistency, which will be a little runny in nature. Add one teaspoon of sandalwood oil for additional fragrance and nourishment. Mix and apply the lotion. You can use this lotion daily for soft hands and feet.
Homemade cleaning products are cost effective, easy to make, environmentally friendly, and are suitable for a number of household cleaning purposes. The cleaning products below are made using ingredients you can find around home.
1) Vinegar Cleaner
This is an excellent product for cleaning windows, mirrors, doors or any shiny surface. You need two cups of water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of essential oil for a great fragrance. Mix well and store the cleaner in a spray bottle. You can use it by first spraying on any soft cloth or a paper towel and then rub it on any surface.
2) Alcohol Cleaner
Alcohol is a great cleaning product. It is highly effective as an evaporating cleaner. It can be used to clean glass windows, mirrors, chrome furniture, tabletops and kitchen counter. In a bowl you will need one cup of alcohol. Add a few drops of lemon juice to increase its effectiveness. Use a sponge or cloth to dip into this product and clean different surfaces.
3) Lime Cleaner
Lime is a great stain buster, especially on surfaces like steel or ceramic. You need one cup of warm water and drop in 10-12 drops of lime juice. Lemon is acidic nature which works as a great cleansing agent. Mix warm water and lime. Use a sponge or a scrub to rub any dirty utensil or surface. It will be clean in a short time.