diy natural cleaning

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My “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” Face Mask

My face hates the winter. I’m one of those odd people that actually break out more when its cold.So, every so often I try different masks to pull out any toxins and hydrate my skin. Also, If you click on each photo you can see the steps/ what I was adding at that time. 

To make my wicked concoction I used the following products:

- Aztec Healing Clay (2 Tbl Sp)

-Apple Cider Vinegar

-Yogurt (6 Tbl Sp)

-Honey (2 Tbl Sp)

-EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tbl Sp)

-Coffee (4 Tbl Sp)


The above “measurements” are super rough. I honestly threw everything into a bowl until it reached a creamy consistency and looked a lot like melted cookies n cream ice cream. 


Why?

-Aztec Healing Clay is an all natural calcium bentonite powder that creates a polarized charge on your face, lifting toxins out of the skin and replacing them with healing minerals. It works against pimples, acne scars, large pores… and that’s just for your face. This clay is $11 for 1lb on amazon :)

-Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure all for acne. According to google it removes dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin; contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E- AND MUCH MORE. 

-Yogurt works as a hydrant in this mask. The healing clay by itself (with water) is very drying and flakes a lot. So, yogurt was used to give the mask a smoother texture. Also, yogurt naturally hydrates the skin and has anti-bacterial properties that will work to destroy pimples. I used some old yogurt that I found in the back of the fridge.

-Honey & EVOO have the same basic properties of yogurt. Honey locks in moisture and has anti-bacterial properties. While EVOO is a super moisturizer. 

-Coffee reduces under eye inflammation and redness. It’s also an excellent exfoliating agent and brightens up your complexion!


Tips

-Apply this mask before you get in the shower so you will be able to soften the mask enough to gently massage it off with your fingertips. DO NOT use a face rag or your face will be sad and red like a tomato. Learn from my mistakes :)

-Test the product on your hand before applying, just in case you’re allergic to any of the ingredients!


Link for clay!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aztec-Secret-Facial-Indian-Healing-Clay-Deep-Pore-Cleansing-Bentonite-1-Lb-16oz-/141904184273?hash=item210a2603d1:g:0PQAAOSwG-1WwTzk

***Someone (Elizabuns) pointed out that I should have used a plastic spoon to make this face mask, great point! Thanks Elizabuns!!***

Alternative Uses For Lemons

1. To get rid of terrible smells in the kitchen

If the garbage disposal is starting to smell, drop lemon peel into the disposal to create a fresh lemon smell in the air. You can also squirt lemon over compost piles, and rub a lemon (cut in half) onto a cutting board to help the bad smell.

2. Help your dry skin

You can rub a lemon on dry parts of your body that are dry (knees, elbows, heels…). Avoid cuts or burns!

3. Natural preservative 

Squeeze a fresh lemon onto fresh cut vegetables to prevent browning.

4. Natural hair highlights 

Apply lemon juice directly to your hair before going into the sun to make your natural highlights pop.

5. Cut grease on dishes 

In the kitchen use a lemon when washing dishes to help cut the grease. You can also add a cut lemon into the dish washer on the top shelf (use soap as usual) to help get rid of grease. 

3

Clean the Microwave with Lemon 

Citrus works miracles on a dirty microwave. Fresh lemons create a steamy environment that cuts through grease and grime. Just let the lemon do its work and then wipe the walls and turntable clean.

SUPPLIES:
1 microwave-safe bowl
½ cup water
2 Paramount Citrus lemons, halved
Clean, dry rag

PREPARATION

1. Place the water in the bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemon halves into the bowl and then add the squeezed lemons to the bowl.

2. Microwave the bowl on high for 3 to 4 minutes, until the water comes to a boil. Do not open the door. Let the bowl sit in the microwave for 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Open the microwave and remove the bowl. Use the rag to wipe out the microwave.

 

Mason jar food (part one?) Mason jar meals are a good idea if you need to take food on the go, a school lunch for example. The jars keep food fresh for longer than most Tupperware. *This is a salad with ranch dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spinach and topped off with croutons and sunflower seeds. **Notice that the dressing is on the bottom so it doesn’t make the rest of the ingredients soggy. Also, the spinach is on the top so it doesn’t get squashed or soggy. *** just take it with you wherever you need to go, shake it up when you’re ready to eat, and you have a healthy & happy snack! :) let me know if you guys liked this and would like more mason jar food ideas!