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From face masks and hand creams to cleaning products and cold-and-flu remedies, the scent and flavour of lemon have long been used by manufacturers of home and beauty products to imbue their products with the zesty freshness which this citrus fruit is associated worldwide, and it's little wonder why... Packed with vitamin C, an aid to digestion and linked to sparkling eyes and skin, this humble little fruit is packed with goodness that, with a little know-how, can easily be harnessed to allow you to bypass the chemicals and produce your own all-natural products for home, health andbeauty. With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace all-natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Lemons opens by exploring the benefits of lemons and looks at how to grow your own at home. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the vitality of lemons with ease; make a bruise balm infused with lemon zest, a fragrant hand lotion for soft and youthful skin, or a chemical-free cleaning solution guaranteed to leave your home sparkling.
Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional meditative techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul. Live clean. Feel calm. Be happy. We remove dust to sweep away our worldly cares. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks that need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world needs it. In Japan, cleanliness is next to enlightenment. This bestselling guide by a Zen Buddhist monk draws on ancient traditions to show you how a few simple changes to your daily habits - from your early morning routine to preparingfood, from respecting the objects around you to working together as a team -will not only make your home calmer and cleaner, but will leave you feeling refreshed, happier and more fulfilled.
Clean everything in your home from your clothes and sheets to your shower curtain, vents-even the inside of your washing machine-with this simple short-cuts using all-natural cleaning products. Did you know you should be cleaning your sponge on a weekly basis by putting it in the microwave for just 90 seconds? Or that you could use a rubber glove to clean up pet hair instead of a lint brush? Or that wax paper can be used to make your faucets and sink fixtures shine instead of a chemical polish? Avoid long lists of mysterious chemicals and skip buying multiple cleaning products and get back to basics and use simple, all-natural solutions that are safe, inexpensive, and effective. Take control of your cleaning to-do list with these easy, natural cleaning methods. With this book, you'll learn to: -Use vinegar to clean out a washing machine that's starting to smell -Mix lemon juice and salt to really clean out the cracks in your cutting board where food can get stuck -Rub chalk onto a greasy stain to help absorb extra oils before washing And much more! Organized by cleaning project, you'll be able to find the perfect easy solution for all your cleaning jobs, however large or small, with this handy guide!
Lemons are cheap, eco-friendly and multi-talented as well as deliciously flavoured and aromatic. If you are fed up with using detergents that are less than kind to your skin, then take a look at this all-natural, safe alternative. Packed full of tips and suggestions for how to put the humble lemon to good use, this chunky, attractively illustrated, essential guide shows you how to clean around the home, polish, deodorize, deter pests, protect pets, take care of your skin, improve your health and cook tasty dishes.
#1 Best Seller in Home Improvement & Decorating and Personal Time Management Host of HGTV's HOT MESS HOUSEA guided decluttering journal. Life happens to the best of us, whether we were born with messy tendencies or not. Messes find their way into our homes and lives and we can't seem to find the strength or time to tackle them. That's where this motivational guided journal by decluttering guru Cassandra Aarssen comes in. Tested methods that work. Cas Aarssen wasn't always an organization expert. She climbed out of years of cluttered living and transformed her home and her life through organization. In this self-help journal, Cas guides you through favorite tips and tricks that she used to declutter her home and find her way to a more organized and peaceful life. Pages and pages of decluttering and organizational tools. This interactive journal is designed to help you declutter your home and life through mindfulness and self-motivation. Learn how to navigate the chaos of clutter by taking the time to understand yourself and the underlying meaning behind your clutter. Filled with inspiration and open-ended questions, The Declutter Challenge journal guides you onto the path to a clean and clutter-free home. Make downsizing a reality. The Declutter Challenge helps you to work through both the emotional and the physical clutter in your life. Explore your thoughts and feelings about your belongings and discover the knowledge and strength to let go of excess. Take a look inside this life-changing guided journal and find... Insights into goal setting Supportive prompts and writing exercises that encourage self-refection and understanding How to achieve short-term tasks that need to get done or the long-term dreams that you yearn to fulfill Read Cas Aarssen's other bestselling home organizing books, Real Life Organizing, Cluttered Mess to Organized Success, and The Clutter Connection.
Professional organiser and YouTube sensation Nikki Boyd (creator of At Home With Nikki) is back with an all-new guide, The Beautifully Organised Home Planner: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Organizsng Your Home Life, helping you to put her advice into practice with worksheets, tools, timelines, and charts, all designed to guide you to home organisation success! In her best-selling home organisation book Beautifully Organised , Nikki Boyd shares her best advice for how to create an organized, beautiful, and welcoming home. In this companion book she walks with you through your home and provides you with the tools you need to make your space both beautiful and organised. The Beautifully Organized Home Planner includes: - Exercises to help you pinpoint areas of frustration in your home - Home Management Essentials to keep your home running smoothly - Daily and Weekly Cleaning Checklists to stay on top of household chores - Home Maintenance Schedules with seasonal to-do lists to keep your home looking its best - Room-by-Room Organization Strategies to efficiently tackle the clutter in your home - Labels for pantry, laundry room, the home office, and beyond - And so much more!
Have you ever visited someone's home, watched a television programme or been on holiday in a fabulous hotel and wished your home could look like that? Have you looked at magazines and seen the beautiful homes of the rich and famous and would love to be able to create interiors like that? Almost certainly an Interior Designer has been involved, but how do they do it? Could you be your own Interior Designer? This book has been written by an award winning Interior Designer and gives you insight into how the professionals work and their secrets in achieving that wow factor. The chapters cover all the main areas of interior design with photographic examples and design tips summaries to remind you of the key points. This book will inspire and guide you through any size of interior design task with useful references where further information is required. Whether you are a gifted amateur or a complete novice this book will help and inspire you.
'Meet the new king of decluttering' - The Times 'Take your spring cleaning to the next level with Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki' - Parade 'There's happiness in having less. If you are anything like how I used to be - miserable, constantly comparing yourself with others, or just believing your life sucks - I think you should try saying goodbye to some of your things' Fumio Sasaki is a writer in his thirties who lives in a tiny studio in Tokyo with three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and not much else. A few years ago, he realised that owning so much stuff was weighing him down - so he started to get rid of it. In this hit Japanese bestseller, Sasaki explores the philosophy behind minimalism and offers a set of straightforward rules - discard it if you haven't used it in a year; be a borrower; find your uniform; keep photos of the things you love - that can help all of us lead simpler, happier, more fulfilled lives.
Sweet-smelling soap suds, fresh laundry blowing in the breeze and an iron warming by the fire, these are the romantic images of our grandmothers' laundry days. Although the tasks of washing, drying and ironing are less arduous than they were, the laundry is still dreaded by many, much less enjoyed. However, as this invaluable book shows, with very little effort you can turn your home into a tactile heaven - freshly laundered sheets, crisply pressed work clothes and soft, fluffy towels. Let the hints and tips of laundry inspire you to fill your home with beautifully scented, soft fabrics and sparkling clean clothes and linens. These are the easy-to-achieve results that will transform your laundry routine from a chore into a pleasure.
This proven forty-day plan helps readers achieve a well-ordered home and life. Practical and easy to apply, it shows how to get control of clutter, chaos, and disorganization. Each day readers learn tried and tested organizing tips such as how to recognize the time realities of modern life, keep email and paperwork under control, simplify solutions, and more. An orderly home is only forty days away
This title deals with nature's wonder ingredient: 100 amazing uses from traditional cures to food and beauty, with tips, hints and 40 tempting recipes. You can learn how to use the remarkable powers of honey in your medicine chest, household, bathroom and kitchen. It features dozens of safe natural remedies and preparations - how to make honey compresses, anti-fungal ointments, digestive tonics, cough syrups, antiseptic balms and sleeping aids. It contains a guide to all the different kinds of honey, and over 40 classic recipes that make the most of nutritious honey in all kinds of delicious ways - from sweet-and-sour marinades to delectable honey pastries. It comes with step-by-step instructions and 275 photographs. The first sweetener, honey predates sugar by hundreds of years. But as well as its culinary uses, honey has long been valued in folk remedies. This book presents in one volume not only a fascinating history of an ancient ingredient but a comprehensive and practical guide to the many amazing and beneficial uses of honey in the home. Combining history, a guide to the different types of honey, household uses, medicinal preparations and beauty treatments, as well as many delicious recipes, it demonstrates the amazing versatility of honey. This is a delightful sourcebook of ideas you will turn to time and again.
Entertaining and packed full of time-saving tips, Outwitting Housework is an essential guide to making your house gleam without breaking a sweat. Household expert Barty Phillips shares her clever tips for avoiding chores wherever possible, revealing her sanity-saving shortcuts and creative advice for keeping those boring tasks to a minimum. Discover what basic tools of the trade you need and how to use them to bring sparkle, shine and a sense of calm to your home. Learn how to do effective minimal tidying, train errant family members and engage technology to help save you even more effort. Armed with these cunning and creative stratagems, you'll soon be drying off those rubber gloves and doing something much more fun instead.
After getting his start years ago on HGTV, Orlando Soria has made his way to the upper strata of the blogosphere with Hommemaker, his blog about home decor, art, style, and life. His distinctive voice-funny, confessional, and honest-has made him the Dan Savage of millennial homemaking. Now he brings together his most original, endearing, and irreverent advice in one gorgeous book that will help readers out of all kinds of tight spots-whether it's throwing a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art like a gallery owner, or preparing your home for an unwanted guest. In sections on interior style, design, "Homme Life," DIY, and general life lessons, Orlando offers advice on topics such as "How to Make Non-Garbagey Flower Arrangements" and "How to Deal with a Soul-Sucking Breakup." He helps readers problem solve, avoid rookie mistakes, and choose a wall color that won't make them puke. Photographer Zeke Ruelas's stunning images accompany Orlando's tips on designing for dudes, making your own coffee table, and decorating a kid's room. Whether you're short on cash or have money to burn, Orlando's unique and highly contagious take on life will inspire, comfort, and reassure you that anyone can Get It Together!
Go Green in Every Part of Your Life with This Huge Collection of Easy, All-Natural Products Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with these simple, customizable projects. In this new and expanded edition of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry adds 50 brand new recipes for a total of 151 in all, making this beloved book a complete and versatile resource. You'll learn how to make your own skin care and hair care products, health remedies and household cleaners, such as: - Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser - Triple Sunshine Body Butter - Sleepy Time Bath Bombs - Wildflower Shower Scrub Bars - Lip Gloss Pots - Cucumber Mint Soap - Lemon Balm & Ginger Sore Throat Drops - Lemon & Rosemary All-Purpose Cleaning Spray - Lavender Laundry Detergent - And so much more! All of the projects are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients. No fancy equipment or previous experience required! The new edition is packed with even more basic formulas, so you can make your own one-of-a-kind creations. Going green has never been easier or more affordable. With this book, you can use local, natural ingredients to make something beautiful, effective and good for you and your family.
The follow-up to the bestselling Complete Book of Home Organization, the Complete Book of Clean is a foolproof, eco-friendly guide to cleaning your home. From establishing routines, making schedules, and DIYing green cleaning solutions to help keep every area of your home neat, safe and spotless--find it all here. Learn the best seasons to tackle home projects, storage solutions to simplify the process and teach even the messiest kids to clean up after themselves. This book will help you tackle every mess, stain and dust-magnet, and keep things from getting out of hand in the future--all while being friendly to the environment and keeping toxic chemicals out of your home. Whether you're a neat freak or new to the world of homekeeping, let Toni Hammersley be your guide to establishing routines, learning techniques and mastering the best home cleaning hacks out there. Learn what needs a deep-clean and how often, how to substitute kitchen supplies for chemicals and what to do about the toughest homekeeping dilemmas. Soon you'll find that no matter the number of pets, kids, or home traffic, maintaining a clean home can be a breeze.
Not just for cakes, bicarbonate of soda has long been recognised as a hero ingredient for anyone looking to make their own eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products. Made up of tiny crystals, bicarb's natural structure makes it the perfect gentle abrasive for home cleaning, and its natural antacid properties are ideal for tackling heartburn or creating antibacterial cosmetics at home. With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Bicarbonate of Soda opens by exploring what bicarbonate of soda is made up of, and how it can be both naturally occurring and manufactured. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of bicarbonate of soda with ease; make a soothing drink to ease indigestion, an all-natural exfoliating scrub to smooth your skin, or a simple but effective stain remover to leave your clothes looking like new.
"An inspiring read for anyone wanting to downsize, finally park the car in the garage, or just clear out a few closets." -Rachel Jonat, TheMinimalistMom.com Having less stuff is the key to happiness: Do you ever feel overwhelmed, instead of overjoyed, by all your possessions? Do you secretly wish a gale force wind would blow the clutter from your home? If so, it's time to simplify your life! The Joy of Less is a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living: * Part One provides an inspirational pep talk on the joys and rewards of paring down. * Part Two presents the STREAMLINE method: ten easy steps to rid your house of clutter. * Part Three goes room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle each one. * Part Four helps you get your family on board and live more lightly and gracefully on the earth. Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just open this book, and you'll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life. Francine has helped hundreds of thousands of people declutter their homes and simplify their lives with her bestselling book, The Joy of Less. Her advice has been featured widely in the media, including on CNN, BBC, Today, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Le Parisien, ELLE Espana, House Beautiful, Woman's World, Dr. Oz The Good Life, and others. The Joy of Less, a beautiful minimalism book, makes an ideal gift for any loved one on a mission to simplify their life.
From ancient Greece to the Victorian era and into modern times, vinegar and oil have been used for an infinite variety of purposes. This book explores the many varied applications of these wondrous substances, looking at their distinct properties, the range of types available and their uses as valued ingredients in medicinal treatments, household cleaners, beauty treatments, aromatherapy, as well as 130 irresistible culinary recipes for sauces, marinades, soups and desserts and everything in between. Illustrated with more than 700 beautiful photographs, this wonderful compendium explores the amazing versatility and health and household benefits of these magical everyday ingredients.
Women are increasingly beginning to question just what is in all the foods they eat; what are all the substances that they spread with abandon on themselves; and what chemicals are in all the household products they use every day around the home. Now Janey Lee Grace, the popular British talk show host who is co-presenter of BBC Radio 2's popular show ?Steve Wright in the Afternoon, ? has gathered together a fantastic collection of alternative ways of assuring that women eat healthy, stay beautiful, and keeping your home clean without endangering their health and well being in the process. Although she claims to be no expert she is fast becoming known as Radio 2's Holistic Ambassador of Health . As a mother of three young boys, a wife, a broadcaster, a singer and a writer, Janey doesn't have time to waste on unrealistic objectives so she has taken the best of what's offered holistically and has incorporated it into her daily life. She is no eco-warrior and insists that she is an im
Home cures, recipes, everyday hints and tips. It is a celebration of one of nature's most powerful ingredients and how to use it for health, cleaning and in cooking. How to use bicarbonate of soda - or baking soda - as a cheap, natural cleaning product around the home, and for medicinal purposes. It includes delicious culinary ideas, with recipes for tasty main dishes, delightful desserts, perfect muffins and breads, and fizzing lemonades. An incredibly versatile substance, bicarbonate of soda - also known as baking soda - has an enormous variety of practical uses. It is a valuable commodity in the world of glass and soap manufacturing, it is a necessary ingredient in the making of gingerbread, and the Ancient Egyptians used it in the preparation of their mummies. This book sets out to pull together a number of facts - some whimsical, some serious - about bicarbonate of soda. It includes a chapter on the uses of bicarbonate of soda throughout history, from cleaning cuts and making toothpaste to leavening bread and creating fizzy drinks.There are helpful suggestions concerning how best to consume bicarbonate of soda, whether used as an ingredient in a recipe or for medicinal purposes. It can also be used for cleaning - in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and outdoors - and for deodorizing pet smells and controlling household pests. With the help of this book, you will be surprised just how versatile bicarbonate of soda really is.
This title offers traditional wisdom, hints and tips for using natural ingredients in the home. These are five classic volumes filled with hundreds of timeless household hints and tips for using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt, lemon and honey. There are delicious culinary ideas and recipes for these age-old ingredients, with surefire salad dressings and marinades, pickles and preserves, cakes and bakes. It is brimming with traditional household uses, such as cleaning kettles, removing ink from the carpet, making a hair rinse and removing grease spills. You can learn about the medicinal and health benefits that these old-fashioned yet effective remedies can bring your family - from relieving tired muscles and treating wounds and headaches to soothing sore throats and strengthening your immune system. It features a description and history of each ingredient, and a guide to the many varieties that are available. This super collection of practical volumes is packed with hundreds of home cures, household hints and recipes for five staple store cupboard ingredients. "Bicarbonate of Soda" provides versatile cleaning solutions and a range of recipes; "Vinegar" explores one of nature's most miraculous products, capable of doing the jobs of hundreds of household substances; "Salt" gives great advice about both cooking and cleaning with this essential mineral; "Lemon" looks at the nutritional, beauty and health uses of citrus fruits; and "Honey" contains culinary recipes, beauty tips and health benefits. Together, the five books offer essential information and inspirational ideas that will both help and delight every householder.
The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change, by getting to the bottom of why we've accumulated too much stuff in the first place, therefore allowing us to transform our lives. Professional decluttering and design team Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism will take you through every step, from assessing your emotional relationship to your stuff to decluttering your home to then turning it into a beautifully designed space that feels clean and tidy without feeling sparse or prescriptive. And all of this without filling up a landfill--you'll find resources and strategies to donate and reuse your stuff so you don't have to feel guilty about getting rid of it!
Lemon juice is an unexpectedly good cleaning agent and odour-eater. If you are looking for an economical and environmentally-friendly way to clean around your house then try this magical, readily-available juice. If you're fed up with using detergents that are less than kind to your skin, then take a look at this all-natural, super-safe alternative. Combined with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) it is a powerful enemy of tough-to-clean areas such as the sink. Also, lemons' natural fragrance is particularly useful in dealing with smelly refrigerators and cookers. This perfectly practical guide is packed with hundreds of tips for every household.
Clearing clutter can radically transform your life. Drawing on her wealth of experience as a feng shui, space clearing and clutter clearing consultant, Karen Kingston explains how clutter is stuck energy that has far-reaching physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects. This book will motivate you to clutter-clear as never before, once you realise just how much your junk has been holding you back! Learn: - Why people keep clutter - How clutter causes stagnation in every area of your life - Why clearing clutter is essential for effective feng shui - How to clear clutter quickly and effectively - Karen Kingston's top ten clutter clearing tips
Derived from the world's most popular fruit, apple cider vinegar has long been revered for its health giving benefits. Linked with weight loss, regulating blood sugar and gut health, as well as its many beauty benefits and practical uses around the home, this super ingredient is a must-have in homes the world over.With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Apple Cider Vinegar opens by exploring the different types of apple cider vinegar and the importance of using natural, unfiltered varieties `with the mother'. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of apple cider vinegar with ease; make a soothing balm to ease sunburn, an astringent blemish cream for a clear complexion, or make your own wax polish infused with apple cider vinegar to leave your home sparkling.
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