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CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

We all know that summer is here and in Florida we did not have a winter at all. Along with hot humid temperatures come mosquitoes and other biting insects. In the past, we used to cover ourselves with a chemical call DEET to help ward off biting insects but DEET does have a lot of negative press that does scare people away from using any products with DEET on the label. DEET is used to repel biting insects by making the insects unable to smell us, this is done by applying this chemical directly to our skin. DEET does not kill the insect, it just masks our odor that draws the insect to us.


In several articles that were posted not long ago the National Pesticide Information Center stated that the CDC is recommending that the use of lemon eucalyptus oil is as effective as DEET. But first the CDC does state that you must avoid mosquito bites and that by using repellents according to the label is the best way to optimize your safety. The CDC does list repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus, DEET, picaridin and IR3535 as the most effective products to use.

What is oil of lemon eucalyptus?

This product also goes by the name p-menthane 3,8-idol or PMD. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a plant based extract from the very tall lemon eucalyptus tree which is also called Corymbia Citriodora that grows about 164 feet tall in the tropical northeastern part of Australian. What is nice about the product besides being an all-natural product is that it provides very similar protection as DEET products.

The p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD) oil is a synthetic version with the pesticide properties which is used instead of the toxic DEET repellents. In 2000 the EPA did register the oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD as a bio pesticide repellent. These lotions of sprays can be applied to human skin and clothing for repelling biting insects such as mosquitoes.

Other reported benefits of lemon eucalyptus oil.

Some reports state that this oil can help with arthritis, cold sores, coughing, fever, flu, sinusitis, and poor circulation. Besides this oil helping with these conditions it is also reported that when applied to the skin it may help treating muscle spasms, toenail fungus, and other joint pain relief. When applied as a chest rub it may help with chest congestion.

The EPA has showed that PMD had no adverse effects on humans except for eye irritation. There have been some rare reports of skin irritations like with other herbal oil use. I highly suggest doing a small skin patch test first to make sure that you do not have any side effects or allergic reactions.


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
The Benefits of Vitamin B-12

The Benefits of Vitamin B-12

The benefits of Vitamin B-12

Now that my wife and I are starting to get a few years under our belt we are finding ourselves taking more vitamins to help our body make it through the day. I remember my mother when she was in her 70’s she had to start getting a vitamin B-12 shot every month, now I am finding my wife and I taking a vitamin B-12 supplement. For a while I had stopped taking it and I started to notice that I was more sluggish and tired throughout the day. I mentioned this to my wife and she asked if I had stopped taking my B-12 supplement and I had to fess up that I had stopped. She suggested to start back taking it and we would see if it made a difference and it did.

What is Vitamin B-12

So, what makes this vitamin so good for us. Vitamin B-12 is also known as being called Cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that is dissolves in water and flows through your bloodstream. Animal foods are the best source for taking in vitamin B-12, this would include grass fed meat, grass fed dairy products, eggs, wild caught fish, and organic range chicken. Like all the B vitamins, B-12 is water soluble and the body does not store cobalamin and if the body does not need it then the unwanted amounts are excreted through your urine.

The benefits of B-12

According to WebMD, Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin. This means that the body requires vitamin B-12 to work properly. Vitamin B-12 can be found in foods such as meat, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory. It is often taken in combination with other B vitamins. Here is some other reasons that we should be taking B-12;

  • It helps the body regulated the nervous system which it aids in reducing stress, depression, stress, and
  • It supports heart health.
  • It converts food and carbohydrates into glucose in the body thus leading to increase in energy and decrease fatigue.
  • It assists to maintain a healthy digestive system and it improves unhealthy cholesterol and it helps with high blood pressure.
  • It can also aid in helping to protect us against breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer.
  • May help curb memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Increase concentration.
  • Increase the Immune system.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency

Many of us are low or deficient in vitamin B-12 and don’t even know it. My mother had been B-12 deficient for many years and this resulted in severe damage to her body where she had to have B-12 injections monthly. There are many signs of being deficient in B-12 and here is a list of some of those signs.

  • Constantly feeling tired and fatigued, very common sign.
  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle weakness or muscle aches.
  • Dizziness
  • Poor memory or forgetfulness.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Depression
  • Mood swings.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Heart issues.
  • Anxiety.
  • Anemia, or pernicious anemia which my mother had. This is a serious condition that causes memory loss and long-term dementia. Pernicious anemia is potentially a life-threatening disease.

Many people especially the little big older generation and people that are vegetarians or vegans are potential victims of vitamin B-12 deficiency. In doing my research on this vitamin I know for a fact that I will be taking this vitamin for the rest of my life. If you are showing any signs that I have listed above I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and get some advice, you could be one of us that are starting down the road of being vitamin B-12 deficient.

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You Can Be Successful

You Can Be Successful

Everyone Has The Ability to Be Successful

In order to be successful we must be able to take risk. Risk are frightening because we may get hurt or fail. We try to protect ourselves from getting hurt and we tend to get into a comfort zone and we get complacent because we are comfortable. But in order to be a successful person we need to break down the walls of being complacent and develop a spirit of bravery.

In my fifty plus years on this earth I have had plenty of failures and missed opportunities. But with failure I have had some of my biggest learning experiences. I could have taken the easy way in life and not have taken chances but I would not be as successful as I am today. By going out on a limb and taking risk you will learn from your failed attempts and you will gain wisdom with each failure. Keep this in mind, you will never be successful in life unless you try something new. Trust me, if you do not try then years down the road you will play the blame game and the only person that you can blame is yourself for not trying.

Face Your Issues.

Do not run from conflict, face it head on and resolve any issues that arise in your path. From family issues to conflicts at work it is best to resolve the issue if you can. If you do not resolve the issue and you run from them instead the unresolved issues will eat away at you which can lead to depression and regret. 

The Blame Game.

It is human nature to blame others when it is ourselves that we should be blaming. I hear it all the time, I cannot get ahead in life because I was not raised correctly or I did not have the same opportunities as others had, the list could go on. Most of the time we blame others for our failures in life but in reality it is our laziness or insecurity that keeps us from taking chances in order to achieve new dreams. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own life.

Just Do It.

Always keep striving forward and never look back. This is what I tell everybody that does dive in head first and takes the chance. You always know that failure is a possibility but you will never know if you will win and be successful unless you try. I can tell you from my own personal experience that your wins will outweigh your losses and the feeling of winning is a great and rewarding feeling.

Always Keep Learning.

If for some reason you do not succeed stop and put the brakes on and try and figure what went wrong and look at this as being a learning and growing experience. We all need to keep learning and some of the best life lessons are what we learn from our mistakes and failures.

Conclusion.

We all have it in us from the time we are born to keep reaching for the stars. Don’t get lazy and complacent but always keep striving for bigger and better in life. Life gives us rewards and it can also throw us failures. It is what we do when we fail is what makes us or breaks us. We need to take our failures and use them to learn by instead of looking at the failure as a negative and blame others for not being successful in life. Always take responsibility for your own actions.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Dog Flue In Florida

Dog Flue In Florida

This just posted on Bay News 9 here in Florida. Link

The University of Florida is treating several dogs for a strain of canine influenza not yet seen in Florida.

  • UF vets treating 7 dogs for H3N2 Canine Influenza
  • First time H3N2 dog flu has been found in Florida
  • First showed up in the U.S. in 2015
  • RELATED: UF Canine Influenza FAQ for pet owners (.PDF)

Seven dogs are being treated for confirmed cases of the H3N2 dog flu at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarians are waiting for the results of six other cases. All of the dogs being treated are in stable condition.

The H3N2 strain of dog flu is of Asian origin. It first showed up in the United States in 2015 in Chicago and spread across the country. Vets believe the dogs who are being treated for the disease attended competitive dog events.

While another strain of dog flu, H3N8, has been seen in Florida for many years, this is the first time H3N2 has been seen here.

Here are five things to know about the Canine Influenza Virus.

1. How does a dog get the Canine Influenza Virus?

The dog flu highly contagious, and is spread through direct contact with a sick dog, like when a dog coughs. It is also spread in environments where dogs share spaces, like kennels and dog parks. The virus can survive on surfaces that pets use for 12 to 24 hours before it dies. It can also be easily killed by washing with soap and water.

Dogs that are very social, going to group events or the park, or day care or boarding kennels, are at a higher risk for catching dog flu than dogs that largely stay home and walk around the neighborhood.

2. What are the symptoms of the dog flu?

Dog flu is very similar to kennel cough. The dog will develop a persistent cough, nasal discharge and a fever (can run around 104 degrees and 105 degrees) during the first few days. Other symptoms include lethargy, eye discharge and reduced appetite. Some cases lead to a more serious illness and pneumonia, which will require hospital care. But the mortality rate for dog flu is low.

3. Can humans or other pets get dog flu?

There are no documented cases of humans getting canine influenza. But there are cases where other pets, particularly cats, can get the illness.

4. Is there a vaccine for dog flu? How is dog flu treated?

There is a vaccine for both strains of the canine influenza virus. However, the vaccine may not completely ward off the virus. It largely shortens the duration of the flu and keeps the pet from getting a more severe case.

If you think your dog might have canine influenza, call your veterinarian ahead of time. The disease is highly contagious and vets will want to isolate your dog from other patients at the clinic.

Make sure to let your vet know the symptoms and when it started. Be sure to let your vet know if your dog was at any events or locations with lots of dogs in the past week.

Your vet should perform a diagnostic to make sure your dog has the flu or another virus. It will include swabs of the nose and throat.

5. What happens if my dog is diagnosed with dog flu?

Most dogs will be able to recover from home. You have to keep them in isolation for about four weeks — two weeks of recovery, plus an extra two because dogs can be contagious for up to four weeks. If you have other pets in the house, they should stay in isolation as well.

If your dog stops eating or becomes lethargic, call your vet. They may have developed pneumonia.

Also, be sure to disinfect pet areas in your home for the sake of other pets.

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Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

Coconut Oil and Honey Facial Mask

The benefits of coconut oil and honey for your skin.

I have been researching all the benefits of coconut oil for the body and I keep running into the same information of how beneficial coconut oil is for the skin. As my wife and I are getting older and more old age spots appear on our faces and hands we figured why not give coconut oil a try to see if it helps. Many people swear by it and it sure cannot hurt us. Of course, me being the husband I was the one that was more skeptical about smearing stuff on my skin, but I finally got over it and gave it a shot.

But why mix in honey?

Honey has many fantastic ingredients that is also great for the body and skin. Using the coconut oil along with the honey it makes a wonderful face mask. Most people already know that facial mask is very beneficial since they provide concentrated nutrients and minerals for the skin. Many facial masks are made up of honey to begin with so why not make yours at home of these to great ingredients; coconut oil and honey.

Honey contains many natural ingredients such as antioxidants that counteract the effects of free radicals, alpha hydroxy acids which are great exfoliators. Honey also has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties which is also beneficial for the skin and other inflammatory conditions. Honey also has natural properties that is said to help repair damaged tissue and restore many other facial conditions and issues.

If you are considering on trying this homemade coconut oil and honey face mask here are the ingredients and instructions of how to make your own mask.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of cold pressed coconut oil.
  • 5 teaspoons raw, unpasteurized honey I would recommend purchasing locally grown honey.
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil, this is optional on your part.

 

Directions:

  • Mix raw honey with coconut oil and lavender essential oil by stirring with a spoon.
  • If mixture is too sticky, put it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s hardened slightly, remove from refrigerator and stir with a spoon.
  • Aftercleansing your skin, apply DIY coconut oil and honey face mask across your face with your fingers using small circular strokes. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Suggestions:

  • It’s important to make sure you use raw, organic honey from a trusted source. I recommend purchasing it froma locally owned honey producer.
  • As with anything before using this mask, try a small area on your skin, some people may have sensitive skin and this may not be right for you.
  • To remove the mask, soak a wash cloth in warm water and rest the wash cloth on your face for a few seconds. Then gently remove the mask by wiping gently. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

 

Conclusion:

 

Not everyone has the same skin conditions and chemical balances in their bodies. Be careful at first and try a few small areas as a test area to make sure you do not have any bad reactions to anything.

We would love to hear from you if you have tried this facial mask of coconut oil and honey. If you have used it please inform us how it worked for you.

Related Links:

DIY Face Mask

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Raw Honey and Coconut Oil

 


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Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease

More and more cases of Lyme disease is being reported around the United States. The disease is spreading all across the country. Now it has been reported and confirmed the ticks carrying the disease has been reported in the national parks. Lyme Disease in the news.

The disease has been growing for the past several years, Lyme disease is also called Lyme borreliosis and is transmitted to humans by being bit by a tick especially a deer tick. Usually, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can spread.

Read our post on Controlling Fleas and Ticks

There has been reported over 300,000 cases each year of Lyme disease just here in the United States. Lyme disease not only affects humans but it can be debilitating or deadly to animals also. The symptoms of Lyme disease will not show up for several days after the tick bites you and often is not diagnosed properly. The most common sign of infection is in the area of the bite will become red which will occur about a week after the bite. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, feeling tired. If left untreated the symptoms will get worse and include joint pain, severe headaches, heart palpitations and the inability to move one or both sides of the face. It is stated that months or years later repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur.

Treatment for Lyme disease can be done mostly through antibiotics. More and more people are being seen with advanced version of this disease, it is without saying take this disease very seriously.

Now with this disease being found in our National Park Service, according to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected ticks along hiking trails in nine eastern national parks. They found blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also called deer ticks, infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in all nine parks. The study is the first to confirm the presence of these ticks, which researchers already suspected because Lyme disease has been reported in the region.

Prevention

Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites would be to wear long pants and use a pesticide with DEET in the ingredient. If you find ticks on you or your children or pets use a pair of tweezers. Be sure to remove the whole tick. If the tick is full of blood seek treatment in order to get an antibiotic in order to treat the infection the tick bite may cause.

The best prevention is to stay away from tick infested areas. But if you have to go into areas that you feel have ticks, make sure that your body is covered by clothing and treated with some sort of insect repellent. I know that when I am working on my property I will wear protective clothing and if I am handling firewood I will also wear gloves. When you and your family come back to where you are staying make sure that you search each other for any ticks, especially in scalp region. Getting these nasty things off your body as soon as possible is the best prevention that a person can do.

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Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Tick Control

When having animals one of the things that you need to consider is what to give your dog and cat for flea and tick control. When you take medications for your own health you do your research and try and find out what are the side affects of taking a medication. The same amount of research and care should also be used when determining what to give your pets in order to control fleas and ticks.

Read our article on Deer Ticks Being Found Carrying Lyme Disease

The following article will cover tick repellent methods and means of keeping you, your family and your pets safe from all of the dangerous and deadly diseases that these blood-sucking pests are known to carry.

If you are a pet owner, then you very likely are at least somewhat familiar with a tick and what it is. Ticks have 8 legs, but they aren’t exactly spiders. These creatures attach themselves to mammals and feed on blood. Male ticks are actually known to increase up to five times in size in a single feeding, sometimes drinking blood until they explode. A small amount of anesthetic that the ticks administer keeps them from being detected, and female ticks can lay thousands of fertile eggs on their own with a single blood meal. These eggs can be laid on the exterior in your yard or bushes or they can be laid inside your home.

The first step for keeping ticks off you and your pets should be to thoroughly inspect everyone for any ticks that may already exist. Check through the fur of every pet you have – consider shaving the pets hair if possible as it can often times be hard to detect the ticks with large amounts of hair in the way. The ticks will go for soft spots, so be sure to check the underside of your pet very well.

Most pet shampoos perform decently against fleas, but you need something very strong if you want to kill a tick in a bath. Ticks can live underwater for days at a time, so don’t bother trying to drown it. It is recommended that you take your pet to the vet to have a tick removed, especially if you have noticed any strange behavior from the animal the tick was attached to. The head of the tick can sometimes remain under the skin of your animal if you try to yank the tick out, and squishing a tick can potentially transfer a disease to you or your pet, so be sure to seek out professional help if you do find a tick on your pet.

Removing the ticks that are actually attached to you or your pets right now isn’t enough; you have to keep these ticks off your property (or keep your pets away from tick-infested areas) if you don’t want to be dealing with them on a constant basis. Remember, ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other harmful diseases, so they are really nothing to mess around with.

Ticks are most commonly found in forests and other areas that have a number of surfaces (such as a tree) that a tick can wait on for an animal to rub up against. Avoid allowing your dogs or cats to roam free in any areas that you think may contain ticks.

It is very common to have ticks and fleas in your back yard or where ever your animals go and play. By spraying trees and plants and the lawn with a good flea and tick barrier will bring some relief for the fight against these pesky pest. I have heard of some all natural garlic based mosquito barrier treatment products on the market, but I cannot swear that these do work or not. Being in the pest control industry I am still feel that using chemicals like bifen and talstar still works the best for the control of fleas and ticks.

Related Links:

Flea and Ticks in South Florida

Tips to avoid ticks this summer

Vets expect high number of flea’s and tick’s

 

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Is Sugar Killing Us?

Is Sugar Killing Us?

Sugar a dangerous drug.

On my way to the office this morning I was listening to a DJ on my favorite radio station talking about kicking sugar out of her diet. She was explaining how terrible sweeteners and high fructose is for a person’s body. I could not believe what I was hearing because the symptoms of too much sugar is some of the issues my wife and I struggle with in our lives.

With this peaked interest I decided to do some digging and see why sugar is bad for you. I found that sugar is made up of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen which makes sugar a carbohydrate and the doctor has been telling me to be on a low carb diet. This makes sense to me because every-time I go on a carb free diet I do have more energy and less brain fog. I also found that sugar is one of the worst things to put in our body.

Refined sugar, granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup goes through a refining process which makes them of no nutritional value for your body. These two substances actually steal your energy and can cause major health issues. The harmful effects of having sugar in your diet goes way beyond that there is no nutritional value. The plain truth is that sugar and high fructose is the single worst ingredient you can have in your diet.

Let’s take a look at what having sugar in your diet can cause.
  • Increases the likelihood of chronic fatigue.
  • Increases mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
  • Foods containing sugar can cause a big spike in blood glucose levels, when this happens your energy level spikes which cause restlessness and insomnia.
  • Raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin.
  • Contributes to heart problems.
  • Can create the urge to binge.
  • Makes the pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Diabetes results when the overworked pancreas can no longer eliminate sugar from the blood stream.
  • Compromises the immune system because it lowers the efficiency of white blood cells for a minimum of five hours.
  • Could lead to a fatty liver which will lead to liver disease.
  • Increase cholesterol.
  • Cause cataracts.
  • Increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Decrease emotional stability.
  • Feeds candida which is also known as a yeast infection.
  • Can be very addictive like a drug.
  • Sugar and excess fructose causes the body to be leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that communicates with your body and tells you when you have had enough food. When the body is leptin resistant and the leptin does not work making a person over eat and cause obesity. There are no symptoms or warning signs that tell you your body is leptin resistant.
  • Excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.
  • Added sugar will release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone interferes with your awake and sleep cycle. Get rid of the added sugar and you will find yourself more awake during the day and sleep better at night.

If this list does not scare you to stop eating sugar than I do not know what will. When I did my research for this article I decided it was time to take control of what I put in my mouth and make a lifestyle change to remove this addiction from our lives..

What can we substitute sugar with?

  • Honey, honey has been proven to improve blood lipids, and lower blood glucose levels.
  • Stevia, is a naturally occurring sweetener from the Sunflower family.  It is approximately 300 times sweeter than table sugar, and allegedly has a lower effect on blood glucose levels.  
  • There are other sugar alternatives out on the market, I would recommend that you do your research on each one and make your own decision. I personally like honey since it is all natural and it can help improve issues in the body.

What is next for my family?

My wife and I are going to start a  detox program. I cannot stand being on a diet and from what I read quitting sugar is not a diet. From what it looks like we take in more than a cup full of this white crystal stuff  into our body every day. Forbes reports that American consume 130 pounds of sugar every year or at least 3 pounds per week. This does not sit well with me, There are so many bad side effects from eating sugar I know for me and my house we are going to make a lifestyle change and stop consuming this dangerous drug.

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The Benefits Of Borax

The Benefits Of Borax

It is surprising with all the new laundry detergents on the market that many younger people have never heard of Borax soap. This well-known soap was extremely popular back when I was I growing up about 40 years ago. Borax also known as sodium borate has been on the market for over a hundred years, borax is a natural product and mineral that comes the evaporation of the salt lakes.  This particular product has many uses similar to vinegar and baking soda, let’s take a look at a few of these.

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Borax Benefits.

  • Unclog and Clean Drains. I remember my mother doing this at least once a week to keep the drains clean of any buildup of grease or debris. Pour a ½ cup of borax down the drain and then slowly pour two cups of boiling water down the drain. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes then flush with hot water. This will help with drain fly problems.
  • Unclog and Clean Toilets. If the toilet is clogged scoop as much water out as possible. Then add a ½ to one cup of borax and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Pour two cups of boiling water and flush the toilet. If the toilet is stained pour in a cup of borax and swish it around and let it sit overnight. The following day scrub the toilet with a toilet bowl brush and it should be sparkling clean.
  • Clean Mold. Mix one quart of hot water and one cup of borax and put in a spray bottle. Saturate the mold and mildew and let sit for several hours, then rinse and repeat if necessary.
  • Deodorize Litter Box. Mix in ¼ to ½ cups of borax into the cat litter box and it will help cut down on unpleasant odors.
  • Fire Retardant. Borax works great to put our grease fires.
  • Washing Patio Furniture. Living in Florida our patio furniture gets moldy and unsightly. Taking a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of dish or laundry soap and adding this to a gallon of hot water works great to wash down the furniture. I take a car washing sponge and soak it in the bucket and I wipe all over the furniture and let sit for a few minutes and rinse the furniture with a hose.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner. Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.
  • Weed Killer. Sprinkle it on weeds between cracks on walkways. For garden weeds you have to be careful because it can kill other types of plants. Option Two, Mix 1 ¼ cups of borax with 2 ½ gallons of water and transfer to a weed sprayer. Since borax doesn’t discriminate, carefully soak the leaves of unwanted plants in your yard while avoiding the ones you wish to keep, and try to only spray the foliage and never the soil itself, the leaves will suck in the mixture which will kill the plant.
  • Deodorize Garbage Can. Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor-causing moisture.
  • Rust Remover. Combine together borax and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this mix to rusty objects, allowing it to set for at least 30 minutes, and then scour with a scrub brush. Repeat these steps if necessary, and always rinse clean with water when finished.
  • Washing Windows. Now I have always added vinegar to my water to wash windows, buit I hate the smell of vinegar so I use this combination. Thoroughly mix three cups of warm water with two tablespoons of borax until it is completely dissolved. Dip a clean cloth into this mixture and wipe down windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Buff and shine.
  • Clean Spots from Clothing. Best for grease, oil, and protein stains, pre-soak discolored and soiled clothes and linens in the washing machine by using a half cup of borax for each gallon of warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes before adding laundry detergent and running the wash through as usual.
  • Ant Killer. This mixture is great for getting rid of ants naturally without the use of harmful pest control chemicals. Mixing together 1/3 cup of borax to one cup of sugar. Mix the two together really good, if any clumps break them up so the mixture is fine and smooth. Slowly add water and stir together till the mixture is thick and pasty. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton ball near the ant trail. Once the ants find the mixture they will start feeding on the borax mixture and take it back and feed the queen of the colony and eliminate the whole colony.
  • Washing Clothes. Using detergent and bleach can be damaging to your clothing, by adding a half of a cup of borax to your wash along with your regular detergent the water becomes softer and is brought back to a more neutral ph level. Borax is a more green and great alternative to using bleach.

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