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Kitchen Cosmetics – How to Make Natural Beauty Products

Kitchen Recipes

Most cosmetics and beauty products contain harsh chemicals and extra ingredients that actually do more harm then good. To get the quality of regular beauty products but without the unwanted ingredients and half the cost, go the natural way. Natural beauty products are 100 percent safe to use and work just as well as the store brand. Also, when you make your own beauty products, you get the choice of what you want it to smell like, how much you want and when you want it. Try these kitchen recipes for making your own natural beauty products.

We will start with making a necessary beauty product for every day life. This of course is deodorant. To make a natural stick deodorant, you will need to first gather a few materials. You will need 4 ounces of cornstarch, 2 ounces of baking soda, 1 ounce of liquid chlorophyll, 2 ounces of vodka, 2 ounces of distilled water and 8 ounces of beeswax. You will also need about 10 to 15 drops of your choice of oil. Choose from honeysuckle, rose, coriander, or any other of your favorite essential oils. Mix all of the ingredients except for the beeswax into a bowl. Stir thoroughly. Next, melt the wax on top of a double boiler over low heat. The next step is to remove the wax from the heat and add the other ingredients. Blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, then you can heat it again. As the mixture cools, add the liquid chlorophyll and essential oils. Be sure to do this before it hardens. The last step is to pour the mixture into molds and let harden. After they are hardened, you can remove them from the molds and store in a tightly closed container.

Next, I will show you how to make all natural hair care products. To make an egg conditioner, you will need 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 3/4 cup lukewarm water. Beat the egg yolk until it is thick and lightly colored. Slowly add some drops of oil into the egg and beat well. Next, slowly add the water into the egg mixture and beat. Transfer the mixture to a container. After shampooing your hair, massage the conditioner into your hair, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. If you have dandruff, use this mint rinse conditioner. You will need 1 cup water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 handful of fresh mint leaves. Boil these ingredients then strain. Pour this mixture into a container and massage into the scalp. Let it dry in your hair and do not rinse. For dandruff hair, you may want to consider doing a hot oil treatment.

For a natural breath freshener, use these simple kitchen supplies. To get fresh breath, chew any of the following. Fresh parsley, fennel seeds, anise seeds, peppermint leaves or spearmint leaves work wonders to freshen breath. Add a drop of myrrh oil to 1 cup of cooled, boiled water and use it as a mouthwash. To make all natural toothpaste, use 1 teaspoon of the Old Fashioned Tooth Powder and 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Mix these two ingredients into a paste and brush as usual. To make a strawberry tooth cleanser, take 1 teaspoon of the Old Fashioned Tooth Powder and 1 tablespoon crushed ripe strawberries and mix them into a paste. Brush as usual.

Let’s move onto natural skin care. For aall natural face lift, combine a handful of strawberries, along with a handful of grapes, 1/2 of a pear, 1/2 of an apple, and 1 ounce of orange juice into a blender. After the mixture is well blended, apply a thin layer of honey to the face, followed by the mixture. Leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. For large pores, mix almond meal with enough water to make a paste. Apply the mixture onto your pores for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by putting some witch hazel or a solution of apple cider vinegar and water. For an all natural make up remover, apply milk or plain yogurt to your face with a cotton ball. Finish by rinsing. For those cursed with oily skin, make a puree of fresh tomatoes and apply to the skin.

These are some simple and fast recipes for all natural beauty products. Use these instead of regular beauty products and avoid all the harsh chemicals and ingredients that may be harming your skin.

How to Fix A Clogged Washing Machine

So you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, walk into the kitchen to get yourself a glass of water only to be wading through 3″ of water that is no doubt seeping into the baseboards and floor. This is a nightmare most of use fear, and a few of us have come to deal with. The question is, what are you supposed to do if this happens to you? Maybe you aren’t spilling all over the place, just water is sitting in the bin and won’t drain that way; we will tell you how to check for both. Hopefully right now you are just browsing out of curiosity, and will be prepared for when the time comes. If it has already happened to you, and you are frantically trying to find a solution, I will say this: take care of getting the water out of your home first! The water and mildew damage this can cause could be irreparable if you do not act soon.

Hopefully everything in your house is alright. Now that we have the most prudent tasks taken care of, we can focus on fixing it and keeping it from happening again. How about we start simple and work up from there, don’t want to spend hours.

If water is exiting the machine, there are only a few possible problems. 90% of the time this has to do with a break in the hose or weak spot in the connectors to the water line. Rats and mice can often be a problem chewing through lines, so keep up on your payments to the friendly neighborhood exterminator! Check these and, if this is the problem, head on over to your favorite home improvement store as these are a snap to replace. Most hoses are just attached by clamps or screw on heads.

If water is sitting in your drum, then there is only one problem: something is keeping the water from draining. The only catch here is there is a couple of possible problems to create this effect. The first and foremost thing to do is check the simple solution of making sure there isn’t any small pieces of clothing (think socks) are stuck in the outlet of the drain. No socks? Let’s keep going.

The next possible cause of blockage would be the drain lines. There are screens in them to make sure that debris doesn’t go into the drain and cause a blockage at a much worse, and harder to fix, location. Unhook your drain lines and check these screens. If you find any, make sure to remove this debris carefully or else you could find that debris ends up clogging a pipe years down the road.

So no debris in the drain lines? There are two last possible solutions before your should think about having a professional come to look at it, or with most older washers more cost cost effective case, replace it. The first is the check the switch that is supposed to be suppressed when the door closes. Push on this switch, if it doesn’t click, it needs replacing. The last possible scenario would be would be either: the spin solenoid not engaging or the drive coupling being worn out. Both these parts can be found at most home improvement stores, as can manuals on replacing them.