25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Uses

By Rachel, Contributing Writer Today we’re talking about an essential oil that you’ve probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil. Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that’s both practical and convenient that you’ll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils. photo credit What is Tea Tree Oil? Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an […]

How I Healed My Son’s Skin Infection (Without Antibiotics)

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This is a tale of how a mom can take charge of her family’s health. It isn’t necessarily meant to read like a “how-to” (although you may find what I share useful), nor is it meant to make some sort of definitive statement about doctors and home remedies and antibiotics (although some may read that into it). Rather, it is meant to be a descriptive story of one situation where I used a simple remedy to deal with a health concern that supposedly required medication. […]

Non-Toxic Disinfectants

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If you have visited this blog regularly this month, you’ve probably learned a lot of tips for natural, healthy household cleaning.  It’s so important for our health and for our children to use safe, non-toxic cleaners. However, safer alternatives are sometimes quite hard to find when you need to disinfect your home. I advise against disinfecting every surface in your home—germ exposure is important to build a healthy immune system. However, there are times when certain areas of your home may need a good sanitizing, […]

Back to the Basics: Frugal, Non-Toxic Green Cleaning

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer If you are somewhat new to going green, or are just beginning to dabble in homemade and non-toxic cleaning, you may be a little overwhelmed about where to start, what products to use and where, and how to get rid of toxic cleaners from you cupboards once and for all. The thing that I love the most about homemade, green cleaners is how simplified my cleaning cupboard, and cleaning routine in general, has become. Gone are the days of […]