HOMEMADE FRAGRANCE-FREE ALTERNATIVES
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INSECT REPELLENT & CONTROL
Shaklee Basic H - Use either full strength or diluted 1/3 BH to 2/3 water.
Apply Basic-H full strength on skin - mosquitoes, chiggers, flies, fleas etc. will not bite where Basic-H is applied! Also if you forgot to use Basic-H beforehand, use it afterwards if you get a bite to stop the itching.† (This is an off-label use, though recommended by many people)
Be Fragrance-Free:† It's helpful to avoid having any kinds of "attractants" on your body before you leave the house and walk through an infested area. These include anything with a scent that masks your own: perfumed soaps, hair gel, and deodorant.
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride) is reputed to give off an odor through the skin that repels no only mosquitos but also gnats, no seeums and black flies.† A 100 mg. tablet, taken once daily, is reportedly sufficient to do the trick.
Eliminate Ants -- http://geocities.com/sahmsforchrist/bakingsoda.htmUsing the top to a butter dish (or something similar), sprinkle confectioner's sugar on the bottom and add a light coating of baking soda on top.† Place in a discreet place on the floor (in a corner, along a baseboard) near the source you suspect they are getting in t.† Within a couple of days you will notice that the ants are swarming the dish and then they will be gone in a day or two.
Skin Cream:† Use in place of shaving cream.
Aloe Vera Gel - Replace shaving cream with 100% aloe vera gel.† Purchase commercial aloe vera gel, or use aloe vera gel from your houseplants.† Cut open leaf and rub on skin.
Simple Baking Soda Deodorant:† Ingredients:† 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of water.
Directions:† Dissolve the baking soda into the water - the liquid should feel slippery, since sodium bicarbonate is a base - and apply directly to skin. Adjust quantities as necessary - you may need less, you may need more.† Since there's different "types" of water, you may need to adjust the recipe. If your water easily rinses away the "slimy" feel of sodium bicarbonate, you'll need to use more. If your water does not easily rinse it away, you'll need less.† Too much sodium bicarbonate will cause some skin irritation. It also needs to be dissolved sufficiently, because dry powdery baking soda can chafe skin just like sand.† By the way, the water solution will leave white stains on clothes or countertops wherever it drips and dries out, but it washes away easily. After all, another use of baking soda is as a cleanser!
Simple Baking Soda Deodorant:† Sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a powder puff or damp washcloth.† Pat on the body where needed.† Don't rinse.† For a more convenient way of applying baking soda, add 3 teaspoons baking soda to 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Use less baking soda if the sprayer gets clogged.
Baking Soda Deodorant:† Mix a cup of baking soda and 2 T. of cornstarch (to keep baking soda from clumping) and put it in a plastic container with a short-handled blush brush. Then after your shower you just brush on your deodorant. Since you're still a little moist, it doesn't have a problem sticking.
TIP DIRECTOR LIBERTY GOODWIN SHAMPOO SOLUTIONS:† I began using Dr. Bronnerís Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap after I discovered its ingredients were about the same as several recipes I found for making your own shampoo at home.† I have seen comments on the internet that for some folks it might leave hair dry, although I havenít had a problem myself.† There are also suggestions to use an apple cider vinegar rinse after shampooing.† QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS:† E-Mail:† TIP@toxicsinfo.org or call 401-351-9193.