MERMAIDS' DIY HOUSEHOLD CARE

Eucalyptus Oil


Eucalyptus oil is one of nature's antibacterial agents.  I swear by it.  I am going to tell you of a couple of marvelous ways to use eucalyptus oil.

First of all, it kills bacteria.  So, the next time you vacuum, and about everytime from this point on, dump a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your vacuum bag.  It will kill the germs in your bag.

I do this once per day.  Take a small stainless steel pot that you will keep for this purpose.  Fill two-thirds full of water and drop in maybe 10 drops of eucalyptus oil.  Bring to a boil, and turn down to where it is steaming.  Let this continue until you are almost out of water.  The steam mixed with the eucalyptus oil will kill germs in your household air and if you happen to have a cold or bronchitis, will definitely help your breathing!

Let me know with a lovely comment how this helped you.  

Thanks for reading.







Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) Bug Killer You Can Eat!

DIE BED BUGS DIE


Okay, I am lazy this night.  If anyone knows how I can stop the underlining on this page PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW.  This is driving me nuts.  Anyway, as I was saying, I am lazy, tired, or whatever you might call me this evening and so I copied this wonderful information that will cause your BED BUGS TO DIE BABY DIE!  This is exactly what my stepson used that got rid of his bed bug problem.  Clink on the above highlighted phrase, and you can read even more interesting information.  Let me know how this works for you that may have a bed bug problem.


Diatomaceous Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain!
Die bugs! Die! Die! Die!

I have heard two explanations of how diatomaceous earth works.

    diatomaceous earth magnified

    One is that on a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp looking. These particles stick to an insect and get stuck between its exoskeleton joints. As the insect moves, it gets physically cut up.

    The other explanation is that diatomaceous earth sticks to the insect and somehow causes them to dry out. I think this approach involves scratching the insects waxy layer which then allows precious moisture within the insect to get out. So their teeny tiny bug-innards turn into teeny tiny bug-innards-jerky.



DRAIN CLEANER AND DEODORIZER

drain unclog vinegar baking soda

 Baking soda and vinegar are excellent for getting rid of smelly drains and if you do this weekly, your drains will not become clogged.

Dump slowly 1 to 2 cups of baking soda into each drain.  Then slowly pour in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar.  Let that sit overnight before flushing thoroughly with water.  Works like a charm every time!




VINEGAR WASH FOR FRUIT NATURAL

vinegar fruit wash

I don't know about you, but I always wash my fruit very well before I consume it.  I know fruit is coated in pesticides and of course your hard shell fruit like apples, are waxed.  Even after a good washing and rinsing, I still feel that I am eating pesticides.

Well, I have recently learned a little trick that I want to share with you.  You can use this mixture on any fruit except softer fruit like strawberries.  I even do cantaloupes - all fruit that I can.  Have  you ever thought that if there is any pesticides left on your fruit, when you cut into it, what is on the outside is being transferred to the inside?  So, it is important to get it all off.

Take a large punch bowl and fill it over half full of water.  Dump in 1 cup of vinegar.  Use apple  cider vinegar because white vinegar is made from coal tar!! Put your fruit in and let it set for ten minutes.  Remove   fruit and rinse thoroughly.  I usually put my "treated" fruit as I call it, after it drips dry, into ziploc bags.  When I want some, I reach in and get what I want and don't worry about eating contaminated fruit.