For the last ten years I’ve been on a personal mission to clean out my house of toxic stuff. I overhauled my life and removed (for the most part because nobody is perfect) toxic thinking, relationships, foods, and of course toxic chemicals in my daily existence.
It wasn’t an easy task, but when you want to live a healthier, less-complicated, and happier life, you start doing crazy spontaneous stuff like throwing out all your make-up and conventional cleaning products.
Have you ever done that? Went into your make-up drawer and just chucked it all? Or at least gave it a good spring cleaning?!
How about all the cleaning products underneath your sink—tell me it’s not a bio-hazard zone! When I looked underneath mine so many years ago, it shocked me to see the expired and toxic products lurking in there.
Anyway, here are my top 5 household items that I kept and began to use like a mofo on everything from cleaning the kitchen sink to enhancing my ageless beauty lifestyle!
1. Vinegar (aka mama’s quick-fix helper)
- Unclog a drain in a jiffy by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup of vinegar, then follow up with hot water. (See video below)
- Need to clean your bathroom quick-style before guests come over? Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water into a spray bottle and use to clean everything from glass to bowl! You can also add a little dish-washing soap to the mix for a deeper clean.
- But that’s not all, vinegar is there for you in jam, like when you realize you ran out of shampoo or conditioner in the shower. Just wrap the towel around you and tip-toe to the kitchen and grab that bottle of vinegar and it will make your hair shiny and beautiful!
- Vinegar will also quickly relieve and treat skin irritations from sunburn, skin bumps, to acne. And cleans your make-up brushes so well to prevent said skin bumps.
- My favorite face mask is one part apple-cider vinegar and one part natural calcium bentonite clay. Hands down it’s the best face mask I know and I do it a few times a month.
Watch this awesome video on other uses of vinegar in your home!
2. Baking Soda
- Baking soda helps to make my favorite midnight snack: apple berry mug cake. Get ready to have your mind blown and midnight cravings deliciously satisfied…
In a mug melt 2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add 2 tablespoon gluten-free flour, 1 tablespoon almond meal, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon coconut raw sugar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ¼ cup of apple sauce, a few pieces of walnuts and dried cranberries, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Mix until it’s a cake-like batter then microwave for 3 minutes. Voila! (Make it a-la-mode and top with three twins vanilla Madagascar ice-cream.) I think I just got side-tracked…
- Baking soda will literally save the freaking house! When I started to cook more because I wanted to eat healthier, let’s just say the road was a tad hazardous. A little grease fire can be a lot scary! But throw some baking soda on that fire and fire-be-gone! (Food as well)
- Then it is baking soda to the rescue again because it will help you clean the oven with said grease fire. Not to mention it will also clean your toilet, tub, and sink. Nothing extra to do, just sprinkle the powder, add water so it becomes paste-like, then put in the elbow-grease.
- Baking soda is the best teeth whitener.
Use 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1 tablespoon lemon juice. In a small bowl, mix baking soda with juice. Dry brush your teeth to remove dirt and plaque. Wipe off excess saliva. Using a cotton swab, apply mixture to your teeth. Leave mixture on your teeth for a minute before brushing it off with a toothbrush. (Do not do this too often as it can destroy the enamel of your teeth. 1x a week is suffice.)
- Baking soda + coconut oil = refreshing facial!
Baking soda is detoxifying to the skin and helps to remove dead skin cells. Coconut oil, with its antibacterial properties helps to keep the face clean of acne causing bacteria and then nourishes the skin with its antioxidants and deep moisturizing benefits.
In your hand put ½ tsp of baking soda (¼ tsp for sensitive skin) and 1 tsp of coconut oil. Mix and melt together in your hands then scrub your face, neck, and décolletage. Rinse, and with slightly damp skin apply just a bit more coconut oil to lock in moisture.
3. Coconut oil
- Not only is coconut oil good for your face, it’s great for your whole body moisturizer. It’s perfect to use especially after you’ve been sunbathing because you will smell like you were just in the tropics, and the antioxidants will help heal your skin from the sun exposure and any free-radicals you made.
- Coconut oil is a perfect beauty enhancer because it deeply moisturizes the skin helping to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and aging signs caused by the sun and free-radicals.
- Coconut oil is also my go-to treatment for deep hair conditioning. Rub 1-2 tablespoon of coconut oil in your hair, let sit for 1-2 hours then rinse. Or keep it overnight for an intense oil treatment.
- Coconut oil makes a great deodorant. Slightly wet your armpits and dab the oil and let it be absorbed before you put on your clothes. Bacteria and sweat is what makes you smell, coconut oil has antibacterial properties that kills the BO bacteria.
And the coconut tree just keeps on giving…
- I melt 1 heaping tsp of coconut oil every morning in my tea to strengthen my immune system. Coconut oil has the largest quantity of lauric acid of any food on earth which helps you fight viruses and bacteria that can make you unwell. I also believe this practice is what helps me have strong and healthy hair, nails, and skin.
- Coconut oil will polish your wood furniture, de-squeak your door hinges, and helps to soften grout grime so you can scrub that gunk off easier. (Work is never done!)
- And of course, coconut oil is the best oil for deep-frying! (I mean, if in your life you ever need to deep fry anything =P )
Like my coconut cauliflower bites…
Melt 1 cup coconut oil in stainless steel frying pan. Mix 2 eggs, ¼ cup of parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl and stir in cauliflower chunks. Then dunk the chunks for 60-90 seconds in the very hot oil and invite me over to watch the latest rom-com!
4. Lemon Juice
One of the best things my mom ever planted was a Meyer lemon tree! Amen to that little tree because it just gives, gives, and gives!
Ode to the lemon tree…
From laundry whites, bathroom thrones, and pearly whites—I am never dismayed.
You keep my insides healthy- cleansing and detoxifying.
You strengthen my immunity- defending and fortifying.
Blessed is my family with your fruit and nectar because all in all you make our life better.
(Hahahahah- crazy bloggers)
OK — so what to do with your lemons::
- Straight up just put ½ cup with your laundry whites and get those babies bright and white again!
- Squirt the juice on your throne and scrub for a sparkling shine.
- And you already know how to get that megawatt smile. (Baking soda + lemon juice)
- Mix lemon juice with water and cayenne pepper to strengthen your immune system and even shed a few pounds. Drink this as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or right before large meals to quell your appetite.
- Squeeze lemon over the cauliflower bite recipe I gave earlier for extra zest.
- For the best salsa to top your grilled meats this summer, mix ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ cup orange juice, ¼ cup of dice cilantro, 1 cup chopped mangoes, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, ½ cup of purple onions, a dash of salt, and pepper.
- Before I throw the used lemons away, I rub a little of the flesh over my sun spots to help diminish them. (Don’t do this before you go under the sun — and always put sun protection over your sun spots.)
- Then toss 1 or 2 pieces in the garbage disposal to freshen the sink and the rest in the garbage as a deodorizer.
5. Olive Oil
- Olive oil is the number one beauty enhancer in my book. It helps fight the signs of aging by deeply moisturizing your skin to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, fighting free-radicals, and sun damage.
- In my experience olive oil helps to increase skin firmness, improve skin texture, and gives you a youthful glow.
I never leave home without wearing olive oil all over my body. True story.
- I owe to olive oil not only my glowing and ageless skin, but also my shiny, thick, and healthy hair. Every evening, I rub the excess oil from moisturizing my face and body, onto the tips of my hair to promote healthy hair.
The combination of coconut oil and olive oil in my diet and beauty care system is the corner-stone of my ageless beauty and lifestyle.
- Extra-virgin olive oil is a good monounsaturated fat that is well-known for its health benefits. But it should be eaten as is—cold pressed, drizzled, and / or mixed with food and NOT used for cooking.
- Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes extra-virgin olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage so it’s best to use it for “quick” cooking not frying and instead drizzle it over your salads! (Coconut and palm oil are best for med-high heat cooking.)
- Olive oil, when left out in the open will go rancid very quickly. Take care of your olive oil by keeping it in a dark and cool place, always closing the lid after each use, and buy smaller bottles to ensure freshness.
- Also make sure you are buying real extra-virgin olive oil that has been inspected and approved by the international olive oil commission because many brands – even the popular ones – are putting fake stuff.
- A dab of olive oil will bring out the shine in your shoes as well as spruce up a leather bag.
- Dab olive oil on those annoying stickers they put on everything you buy. Let it sit for a bit then easily remove them.
Well there you go — my house cleaning and ageless beauty secrets are out! I even threw some recipes in there because a woman will get huuuungry doing all that stuff!
Now go spring clean your make-up drawer and your cleaning products and detoxify your life in every way.
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