DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

The Unhealthy Truth Behind the Coca-Cola Label

Coca Cola The Unhealthy Truth Behind the Label - Keeperofthehome.org

Guest Post by Elsie Callender Why do healthy people eat unhealthy things? Why do I? I drink raw milk, eat pastured meat and write real food cookbooks. And yet…and yet sometimes when I go to a restaurant I order my meal based on how well it will taste with a tall glass of Coke! I know Coke is unhealthy, but I like the taste. My appreciation for Coke goes deeper than that, though, and I suspect this is the case for many of you as well (whether with Coke or […]

Hidden Dangers of Teflon Cookware: What You Need to Know

The Hidden Dangers of Teflon Cookware

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I grew up with many of my meals lovingly cooked in a Teflon frying pan, and I’m willing to bet you probably did, too. But are those frying pans the healthiest choices for our families? Is there new information on the scene that might give us reason to doubt the stovetop wonders? What are the hidden dangers of Teflon cookware? A brief history lesson… “Teflon” is the brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a man-made chemical accidentally invented in 1938 while Roy Plunkett was […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

what's wrong with hydrogenated oil

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

Tired of Feeling Sick? Try Alternating Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy

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By Andrea, Contributing Writer It’s the time of year when its common for most people to start feeling run down and sick. Regularly detoxing our bodies can help boost our immune systems, warding off illness and contributing to our feelings of well being. For the last two years, I’ve been practicing alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy daily. This is really just a fancy way of saying that I alternate between hot and cold water in the shower each morning. If the thought of a cold […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

time saving tips for natural cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

By Erin Odom, contributing writer It wasn’t long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.  At first, I simply began using a free and clear detergent. But even those are not quite as pure as they may appear. The final push for me to fully detox my laundry routine was when I made the switch to cloth diapers. When I discovered that I […]

Safe Bath Products for Kids

Safe bath products for kids

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I was expecting my first baby, I bought so much stuff.  Some of what I bought was all the “usual” baby care products — shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion, and so on.  All of that stuff makes babies smell so good! Then, when my daughter was a few months old, I was putting on her baby lotion after her bath one night and I watched an angry, red rash appear immediately. Wow! We never used that lotion again. […]