How to Naturally Reverse Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay

Great advice from DIY Organix
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Naturally Reverse and Heal Tooth Decay

There is a common belief today about cavities that once you have tooth decay, that cavity can NOT be reversed or healed. Then the only solution is to have part of your tooth drilled out and filled with a synthetic material. 

But according to a study published in the British Medical Journal cavities and tooth decay could potentially be healed or reversed with diet.

A study was performed on 62 children with cavities and they were divided into three different diet groups. Group 1 ate a standard diet plus oatmeal (rich in phytic acid).  Group 2 consumed their normal diet and supplemented with vitamin D.  Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and took vitamin D.

The results found that group 1 who had a diet high in grains and phytic acid had an increase in cavities. Group 2 had improvements in cavities and less form. Group 3 who followed a grain-free diet rich in vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and took vitamin D saw the greatest improvements in which nearly all cavities healed.

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This study along with the backing of many doctors and dentists is proving we have been misinformed about what causes cavities and if they can truly be reversed.

Dentist Ramiel Nagel who authored the book Cure Tooth Decay has helped many of his patients “reverse” their tooth decay and would rather not put in fillings. He believes that you can prevent and heal cavities with nutrition.

In this article I am going to go over the causes of tooth decay and how it may be prevented and in many cases even reversed.

The Cause of Tooth Decay

To understand the link between diet and tooth decay we must start with one of the most well-respected dentists who ever lived Weston A. Price.

West A. Price lived in the early 1900’s and was the chairman of the National Dental Association (1914-1923), and a pioneer for the ADA.

Weston Price traveled the world searching to discover what causes tooth decay. Dr. Price found a common link between eating modern foods and cavities. He witness that many indigenous isolated tribes had perfect teeth and little tooth decay. But once they were exposed to a western diet they experienced tooth decay, bone loss and chronic illness.

According to the American Dental Association this is the cause of tooth decay:

“[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.”

But the truth is the ADA is only hitting on 1 of the 4 things that could contribute to tooth decay.

According to the insights of Dr. Edward Mellanby, Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Ramiel Nagel there are 4 main things that contribute to tooth decay:

  1. Lack of minerals in the diet (calcium, magnesium and phosphorus)
  2. Lack of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) (especially D)
  3. Too much consumption of Phytic Acid rich foods
  4. Too much consumption of processed sugar

Let’s discuss the 4 aspects that cause tooth decay and how they can be addressed with diet.

Natural Approaches To Oral Health

Don’t be fooled, there in addition to brushing and flossing daily, there are several ways you can reverse cavities and maximizes your oral health without resorting to taking in fluoride. Here are just a few for you to consider:

Removing Sugar – Probably the worst culprit of them all for anyone who desires healthy, cavity-free teeth, sugar should be avoided like the plague. Not only does sugar feed oral bacteria that prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids, it is highly acidic and can literally decalcify or demineralize the structural content of teeth that create dental decay.

This means staying away from soda, candy, and baked goods with sugar. Additionally, use raw honey and maple syrup and drink juices sparingly as too much sugar can contribute to cavity formation. Be careful of artificial sweeteners because of their health risks as well. Bottom line: Make stevia your new best friend along with raw honey in moderation!

Removing Phytic Acid – Phytic acid (phytate) is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans which can serious health problems in our diets. The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation which kills off the phytic acid.

According to research published in the The Lancet a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.

80% of phosphorus in grains and beans is bound to phytic acid so it is completely un-absorbable. In addition to blocking phosphorus availability in humans, these molecules bind minerals necessary for oral health such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; thus, causing them to be unavailable for proper utilization. Consuming foods high in phytic acid decreases magnesium absorption by 60% and zinc by 20%.

Phytic acid not only doesn’t allow you to absorb in minerals in your food, it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth!

Subsequently, the powerful anti-nutritional effects of phytic acid have been known to cause digestive disorders, lack of appetite, nutrient deficiencies, and tooth decay. A good rule of thumb is to limit your grain consumption and stay completely clear from unfermented soy products. Because phytic acid is much higher in foods grown using modern high-phosphate fertilizers than those grown in natural compost, try to only eat foods that are organic and GMO-free.

If you are aiming to improve your health and reverse cavities, foods high in phytic acid like grains, beans, nuts and soy should be avoided. However, if you soak grains or nuts and then sprout them or do sourdough fermentation you can reduce phytic acid by around 50 – 100%.

Raw Dairy and Nutrient Rich Foods – Raw dairy is filled with the vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy dental fluid flow and help maintain strong teeth. Loaded with calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus, and fat-soluble vitamins it is a good idea to consume raw dairy products at least weekly. I recommend goat’s milk kefir, raw cheeses and organic grass-fed butter are great options.

Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake. If I were creating an ideal diet to follow, it would look like this:

  • Rich in animal foods like bone broth, meat, fish and eggs.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables especially green leafy vegetables.
  • Raw dairy like kefir, cheese and grass-fed butter
  • Fruit one piece daily early in day
  • High vitamin D – get plenty of sunshine and days not in sun supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
  • Foods high in healthy fat like coconut oil, avocado, olives and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
  • Fermented grains only and in moderation such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all). You can buy raw flours and breads here: bluemountainorganics.com and wisechoicemarket.com
  • Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted. You can find sprouted nuts and seeds at: bluemountainorganics.com.
  • Finally, NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.

Mineralizing Tooth Paste – First of all, there are several brands of fluoride-free toothpaste that you won’t have to pay a small fortune to get your hands on. Secondly, if you’re looking to save a buck or two and also looking remineralize your teeth in aparticularly powerful way, try making your own! Here is the recipe:

  • 4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Baking Soda (aluminum free)
  • 1 tbsp. xylitol or 1/8 tsp. stevia
  • 20 drops peppermint or clove essential oil
  • 20 drops trace  minerals or (calcium/magnesium powder)

Oil Pulling – Used for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that has gained some popularity in the U.S. the last several years. Simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, this simple process has been praised to cure everything from gingivitis to headaches to systemic diseases like diabetes! 
If you can’t do 20 minutes, 3-5 minutes is still good. We recommend using coconut oil and a drop or two of clove and/or tea tree essential oils for maximal antiseptic and antifungal power. Here are some tips:

  • The best time to oil pull (like most other detoxification procedures) is first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed.
  • Don’t let the 20 minutes time frame deter you. You won’t even notice 20 minutes have gone by if you do this during your normal morning routine (i.e. while you shower, put your clothes on and prep for the day).
  • Immediately afterwards, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial properties.
  • Don’t be shocked if the oil/saliva mixture you spit out is milky white or yellow.
  • Finally, brush your teeth as normal.

Note: This should be a relative relaxing process, so don’t feel compelled to vigorously swish your mouth with oil for the entire time or else you’re bound to get sore jaw muscles. Simply and gently move the oil in your mouth and through your teeth without swallowing any of it.

In a nutshell, these natural approaches to reversing cavities are extremely effective and cost-efficient for anyone to employ without hesitation. Take charge of your oral wellness today and show off your new, healthy smile with pride!

About the Author

This post was originally written at draxe.com here: http://www.draxe.com/naturally-reverse-cavities-heal-tooth-decay/

References:

Mellanby M, Pattison CL. The Influence of a Cereal-Free Diet Rich in Vitamin D And Calcium on Dental Caries in Children. British Medical Journal 1932; 1(37): 507-510.

Guyenet, Stephan. Reversing Tooth Decay. Available at: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/03/reversing-tooth-decay.html.

Nagel R. Living with phytic acid. Available at: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid.

Southward K. The systemic theory of dental caries. General Dentistry 2011; 59(5): 367-73.

Wills MR and others. Phytic Acid and Nutritional Rickets in Immigrants. The Lancet, April 8, 1972, 771-773.

Navert B and Sandstrom B. Reduction of the phytate content of bran by leavening in bread and its effect on zinc absorption in man. British Journal of Nutrition 1985 53:47-53;

Bohn T, et al. Phytic acid added to white-wheat bread inhibits fractional apparent magnesium absorption in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2004 79:418 –23.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique doted for its ability to detoxify, cleanse and heal the body.

But what is oil pulling?
Check out this awesome post from www.ohlardy.com

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If you have been reading Oh Lardy!, you know that last week I made a goal to oil pull every morning.  Well, guess what!  I did!

I keep a jar of coconut oil and a spoon in my bathroom and put a spoonful in my mouth upon arising.  I would ‘swish swish swish’ while I showered, got dressed, made my daughter breakfast, etc.  I probably averaged 10 minutes a day.  There were 2 days, we woke up a bit late and I did the oil pulling a little later in the morning, but I still did it!

I am going to keep this up for the next week and hope that I can make this a regular part of my morning routine.  In my experience, sticking with something for at least a few weeks, helps ensure it becomes part of a routine.

What exactly is oil pulling, you ask?  Great question.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that dates back thousands of years.

It is a super simple process.  Essentially you swish and gargle oil (coconut is used often due to the myriad benefits of coconut oil), much like you would mouthwash, but for a much longer time, anywhere from 5-20 minutes.  The oil pulls toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, plaque and more out of your mouth.  You then spit the oil out (DO NOT SWALLOW) and rinse.

What is Oil Pulling?  - www.ohlardy.com

Many experts say it should be done first thing in the morning, which I have been trying to do.  But doing it at anytime will still be beneficial.

The benefits of oil pulling are numerous.  Oil pulling can be detoxifying, cleansing and healing to the body.  It leads to improved skin health with less acne and a glowing complexion. It has the benefit of whitening teeth and improving gum health.  There are also countless testimonials, online, where people experience healing with arthritis, asthma, hormone imbalances, skin conditions, and more.

Since I started oil pulling, I have noticed whiter, shinier teeth and a better overall feeling in my mouth and gums.

How to Do Oil Pulling?
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Feral Food: Raw Falafel with Chopped Israeli Salad Recipe

Deliciously snagged from RawGuru ;)

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If you love the flavors and textures of Middle Eastern food and prefer to keep it raw and fresh you will LOVE this recipe by Doris Choi of Fresh Energy Recipes. Sunflower falafel balls seasoned with garlic, cilantro, mint, cumin and spicy pepper combine with a creamy Smoked Paprika Tahini sauce and a Chopped Israeli Salad with tomato, onions, cucumbers, parsley and fresh lemon.

At a glance
Entrées & Main Dishes
Serves 2

Ingredients

Raw Sunflower Falafel

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked in water for atleast one hour
2 tbs raw tahini
3 tbs fresh lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1 tbs cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste

Smoked Paprika Tahini Sauce

1/4 cup raw tahini
1/4 cup fresh carrot juice or water, as needed
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Chopped Israeli Salad

2 plum or vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 small cucumber, small diced
1/2 red onion, small diced
1 handful parsley, finely chopped
5 radishes, small diced
juice of 1 to 2 lemons
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Methods/steps

Raw Sunflower Falafel
1) Rinse  sunflower seeds and drain.
2) Put all ingredients in a food processor and  blend.
3) Form into small balls and place in a dehydrator on high for the  first hour. Lower temperature to 110 ° and dehydrate for another two  hours or more until the outside is dry to the touch.
If you don’t have a  dehydrator you can put in the oven at the lowest temperature, keeping  the door slightly ajar (put a wedge of tinfoil to keep it from closing)  and bake for 30 minutes or so.

Smoked Paprika Tahini Sauce
1) Place all ingredients in a blender, add carrot juice or water as need for desired consistency

Chopped Israeli Salad
1) Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Additional Tips

Recipe by Doris Choi: http://freshenergyrecipes.com/

Preparedness Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Get You Started Today

We just had to share this amazing post from Common Sense Homesteading!

Preparedness Basics - Simple steps to be ready for stressful times. Make better decisions, have more options and possibly save yourself some money.

You have that nagging feeling you aren’t prepared – but you don’t know what to do, where to start, or maybe even what to prepare for. Take a deep breath and think what caused you to start thinking about getting prepared. Worrying can wear you out and freeze you into inaction. The best remedy is to take action.

Think through what the real risks are for you.  Start with the most likely event first, and prepare for that.  In this post we’ll discuss the preparedness basics that everyone should cover.

Some of the most common “Everyday Emergencies”

Job loss and Reduced Income – Businesses restructure, industries change, you change – the average person will hold 11 different jobs during their lifetime.  A recent study by the Brookings Institute indicates that 80% of Americans will see a reduction in their income due to the Affordable Care Act (the bottom 20% of wage earners should see an increase according to the study). Several friends have had their hours reduced to less than full time as a result of these regulatory changes.  Our take home pay has decreased dramatically since the first of the year.

Weather – Hurricanes, blizzards, bitter cold, tornadoes – all of these are likely to present physical risks to your person and your property, as well as the potential for power grid failure and difficult travel.

Minor injuries – From falling on the ice or water slicked surfaces to dog bites and bee stings, accidents happen.  Every household should have a basic medical kit on hand for minor injuries.

For more on relative risks, see the post, “Odds of Everyday Emergencies“.

Preparedness Basics – Covering the “Stuff”

To get started we suggest you start with the basics of life:

  • Food
  • Water
  • First Aid
  • Shelter, Safety and Hygiene

Prepare for 4 hours to 72 hours of living without electricity and simple injuries.  As your skill level increases, you can prepare for more complicated scenarios and longer time periods.

Food – Have 72 hours of food on hand. This can be as simple as having a few extra boxes of breakfast bars, cans of soup and other dry foods. You can and should try buy the things you eat already. Put a few extra items in your cart when there is a sale.  Shop in bulk.  If the power is out for an extended time, refrigerator and freezer items may spoil, so it’s good to have emergency foods that are shelf stable.  Also, you should have some way to heat/cook food that does not require the power grid.  If food prices rise, which is likely, extra food storage will save you money down the road.  Don’t forget pets and livestock.

For more information on food storage and emergency cooking, check out:

Top 10 Real Foods to Store Without Electricity

Preparedness Storage – Finding Room and Keeping it Safe and Sound

Emergency Cooking – 10 Ways to Have a Hot Meal When the Power Goes Out

Water – Store a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day.  2 to 4 gallons per person per day or more would be even better, since the average U.S. family of four uses 100 gallons per day.  For temporary emergency storage, consider something like a waterBOB, which stores water in your bathtub and comes with a pump for easy access.  Remember, too, that bad weather or other water delivery disruptions can also lead to water contamination, so you should have water filtration available, too.

For more information on water storage, please read:  “Emergency Water Storage and Filtration – What You Need to Know”

First Aid – If anyone is on prescription medication, make sure you have adequate supplies on hand.  Know your limits. If you are the only one there, what happens if you get injured?  Plan ahead.  The best way to “treat” injuries is to avoid them in the first place.

Purchase or assemble a first aid kit that will allow you to treat minor injuries.  Have a few more first aid items for larger, more complex injuries, such as a sling for arm injuries.  Take a first aid class if possible, and invest in a first aid guide such as the Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival, which I recently reviewed.

For more detailed recommendations, read “Preparedness – First Aid Kit and Medical Supplies“.

Shelter, Safety and Hygiene – Our homes are our first places of shelter in most emergencies.  Take steps to secure your home from weather and intruders.  Difficult economic times often cause an increase in burglaries.  Use your locks, consider motion activated security lighting and/or full security systems.  Well trained watch dogs and basic security/safety training may also prove useful.  Consider firearms/firearm training at your discretion.

Prepare to heat or cool your home without electrical power if possible.  In hot weather, take advantage of shading and natural ventilation, opening the home during the cooler periods of day and closing the home up during the hottest part of the day.  For cold weather, read “Winter Storm Survival – Keeping You and Your Home Warm When the Power Goes Out“.  The winter storm survival post also discusses toilet options during a power outage.  Safety also includes:

  • Emergency Lighting – Have flashlights, lanterns or candles on hand.  Always be extra careful with open flame, especially around children and pets.  Don’t forget matches or lighters.
  • Emergency Communication – Have an emergency radio.  Have a way to charge your cellphone when the power grid is down.  Some crank emergency radios and lamps can do double duty as cellphone chargers.  You may also want to invest in a solar cellphone charger.  Have extra batteries on hand, and make sure to keep them organized and rotated.

See also:  Preparedness – Summer Storms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes and Emergency Power Options for Your Home.

Preparedness Basics - Simple steps to be ready for stressful times. Make better decisions, have more options and possibly save yourself some money.

Preparedness Basics – Preparing Yourself

If you take daily steps to prepare for what might happen – good or bad – when things get stressful, you will be able to make better decisions, have more options and possibly save yourself some money.  This is what I refer to as “Common Sense Preparedness”.  Just as athletes train, musicians practice and scholars study, time that you put in learning skills and gaining knowledge will keep you level headed, focused and forward thinking.

  1. Learn – always.  Like muscles, the brain responds to exercise.  Challenge yourself with new knowledge, new skills and interaction with real humans.  Employers are complaining that those under 30 have trouble with non-digital communication.  We can do better than that.
  2. Get physical.  It’s so easy to spend way too much time sitting.  Plant a garden, take a walk, crank out some pushups – just get moving!
  3. Plan. A plan provides a framework to follow, modify or break. Change plans to match changing needs, and adjust plans based on observations and practice.
  4. Practice.  A plan is meaningless if you can’t execute it.  Every time I see one of those prepper shows where they hold up a container of seeds and say, “We’ll learn to garden when we really need it”, I cringe.  Every activity has a learning curve.  If you practice now, your odds are much better for success when it really counts.  Your body remembers even when your mind is struggling to focus.
  5. Create your team. Find people you can trust, work together in good times and bad. A team will beat an individual every time; an educated team is even more formidable. Think wide and deep – your team needs a variety of skills and personality types.  Get to know people in different age groups.  Our elderly neighbors are a wonderful resource for information about the area, and my sons do odd jobs and computer work for them.

The most important thing to remember is, “Don’t panic!”  Prepare in steps – “Eat the elephant one bite at a time”. Start with just one thing, finish it, then move on to the next.  We’ve got a lot of easy to follow information in our Preparedness Series.  You can do this!

Feral Farmacy ~ The Doctrine of Signatures

“Physician, heal thyself.” ~ Luke 4:23

Arranged Vegetables Creating a FaceA cornerstone of The Feral Life is all about returning to source and our original harmony with Nature. Deeply interwoven in this aspiration is our relationship with food and what could be considered “health sovereignty”.  Health care (from supplements to insurance to gym memberships) has grown to a half a trillion dollar industry today, but much expense and worry can be spared as we begin to take charge of our own self-healing.  Of course, hospitals are great for accidents and emergencies, but the rejuvenation and maintenance of our body temples can be achieved by learning to utilize the medicinal properties of the bounty in Nature’s pharmacy.

The best part is you don’t have to have a PhD to do this! Common sense is the greatest science, and we all earned our Masters during the nine months in our mother’s womb.  The genius of Nature has created what has come to be called “The Doctrine of Signatures”, a profound ancient wisdom in which the nutritional benefit of a fruit or vegetable is reflected in that food’s resemblance to a certain organ or part of the body.

There is a plethora of additional information on this subject available online and you can also use your own intuition to discern the properties of each food, but here are a few examples of the inner nature of these plants:

 

BRAIN = Walnuts

 Walnut-Brain

EYES = Carrots

 Carrott-Eyeball

EARS = Mushrooms

 Mushroom-Ear

HEART = Tomato

 TomatoAndHeart

LUNGS = Grapes

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BREASTS = Citrus Fruits

 grapefruit

STOMACH = Ginger

 Ginger-Stomach

KIDNEYS = Kidney Beans

 Kidney-Beans

PANCREAS = Sweet Potatoes

 Potato-Pancreas

OVARIES = Olives

 olive_ovaries

WOMB = Avocados & Pears

 Avvocadoes-Womb

PHALLUS = Cucumbers, Zucchini, Bananas

 squash

TESTICLES = Peanuts, Figs

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BONES = Celery

 Celery-bones

CELLS = Onions

 onions-cells

Perhaps this seems like mere coincidence or maybe a light bulb went off in your head and this really resonates with you. It seems odd in our present society, butThe Doctrine of Signatures was inherent wisdom for our ancestors.  It was made popular in modern times by a Swiss physician, alchemist and philosopher named Paracelsus (1493-1541) who scholars consider to be the father of modern chemistry. He applied this principle to food as well as medicine, remarking that “it is not in the quantity of food but in its quality that resides the Spirit of Life”.

Feral Homestead DIY Cleaning Recipes

homemaker cs lewisAs an eco-conscious mama to a newborn, keeping a clean house is of great importance for maintaining health and an esthetically pleasing environment. However, conventional cleaning products are often loaded with unsafe chemicals, like artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansing agents like bleach, ammonia and acids (to name a few); many of which may not be listed on the packaging since the formulas are considered trade secrets. They may, on the other hand, display disclaimers warning “do not ingest” – but I have to ask how to distinguish what’s safe when the lil’ hands that touch those freshly “cleaned” surfaces inevitably end up in baby’s mouth? In addition, the combination of chemicals mixing to form these products can often produce poisonous off-gassing fumes and cause indoor air pollution that irritate eyes and lungs.

The solution? Well, you’ll be happy to know that choosing the “green” alternative (such as Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers) is not only safer for baby and the planet, but can be cheaper too! You can also make your own green cleaners using non-toxic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen:

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

* Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, scours, softens water
* White Vinegar – solvent, cuts grease, removes mildew, stains, and odors
* Lemon - food-acids cut through grease, are anti-bacterial and natural fragrance essential oils
* Cornstarch – similar to baking soda, deodorizes and scours

HEAVY DUTY ;)

* Castile Soap – a biodegradable vegetable oil-based soap (my fave is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, a little goes a long way)
* Borax - (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water
**Note that although borax is made of natural minerals, is not edible like the other recommended ingredients
* Citrus Solvent – stain remover, degreaser, and multi-purpose cleaner

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FERAL HOMESTEAD DIY RECIPES

GENERAL

All-Purpose Cleaner
Recipe #1
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
Optional: Add ½ tsp lemon juice (strain the pulp)
* Combine in a spray bottle

Recipe #2
2 tsp borax
1/2 tsp liquid castile soap
2 cups of hot water
* Combine in a spray bottle and shake well

Glass & Window Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
* Combine in a spray bottle

Wooden Furniture Polish
1/4 cup white vinegar (or 1/2 cup lemon juice)
3/4 cup olive oil
* Combine and polish with soft cloth

Disinfectant
4 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp liquid castile soap
3 cups hot water
Optional: 20-30 drops tea tree oil or 2 tsp borax
* Combine in a spray bottle

Air Freshener
2 cups hot water
2 tsp baking soda
Optional: 10 drops essential oil of your choice
* Combine in a spray bottle

KITCHEN

Dishwashing Liquid
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tsp lemon juice
5 drops tea tree oil
1 cup water
* Combine and store in a squeeze bottle. Use 2 tbsp per load in dishwasher.

Dishwashing Rinse
White vinegar
* Pour into the compartment

Non-abrasive Cleaner
Baking soda
* Sprinkle directly onto surface or a damp sponge and scrub
Optional for tougher grime: Add some lemon juice and kosher salt
* Make a paste and use a sponge to clean

Garbage Disposal Freshener
Lemon (or any citrus) peels
* Grind in the disposal

BATHROOM

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup borax or baking soda
¼ cup white vinegar
* Add to toilet bowl and let sit overnight (or approximately 8 hours). In the morning, scrub and flush.

Mold & Mildew Cleaner for Tub & Tile
1 2/3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp white vinegar
Optional: 10 drops tea tree oil
* Combine in a spray bottle, shake well, spray, and let stand for an hour before wiping

Grout Mold Cleaner
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
2 cups water
* Combine in spray bottle. Spray, let sit for an hour, wipe with a damp sponge

Drain Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup baking soda
* Pour down drain and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Flush with boiling water until drain clears.

LAUNDRY

Laundry Detergent
1/8 cup liquid castile soap
1/4 borax
* Double the recipe for heavy soiled loads

Fabric softener
½ cup white vinegar
* Add to rinse cycle

Stain Remover
* Spray with hydrogen peroxide and/or rub spot with a mixture of dishwashing soap and borax then rinse clean
* Steep linens in a pot of boiling water until the stains lift
* Dampen linens and expose to direct sunlight for a few hours

FLOOR

Floor Cleaner
Recipe #1 – linoleum & no-wax floors
1 tbsp liquid castile soap
6 tbsp baking soda or cornstarch
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 gallons hot water

Recipe #2 – wood floors
1 cup vinegar
1 gallon water
* Mix in a bucket and mop

Carpet Cleaner
Baking soda or cornstarch
* Sprinkle onto carpet and let sit for at least 30 minutes then vacuum

Please feel free to comment with your own recipes or share your results. Hope these green cleaning tips help in making your homestead a sanctuary!