soap http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3178/all en-US 11 Fun Tax Facts You Probably Never Knew http://www.wisebread.com/11-fun-tax-facts-you-probably-never-knew <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-fun-tax-facts-you-probably-never-knew" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-180714432.jpg" alt="soap was taxed in the middle ages" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taxes: Love 'em or hate 'em, you still gotta pay 'em.</p> <p>In fact, taxes are a tale as old as time. Well, almost. The earliest tax, according to the book &quot;A World History of Tax Rebellions,&quot; was on the <em>corvee </em>(by definition, a day's unpaid labor owed by a vassal to his feudal lord) in 594 B.C. China. Peasants paid overlords for the land they farmed in labor if they couldn't pay the land tax in money.</p> <p>That's just one fun fact. Check out this list of tax trivia that's weird, wacky, and sometimes just plain wrong.</p> <h2>1. There was no re-using cooking oil in Ancient Egypt</h2> <p>Ancient Egypt's early taxation system isn't exactly known for being fair, and their cooking oil tax was a perfect example. Not only was cooking oil taxed, but citizens weren't allowed to reuse it. They had to continually buy new oil, thus constantly forking over the associated tax. This was no joke: Scribes (Ancient Egypt's version of tax collectors) would sweep homes in search of recycled cooking oil, forcing people to pony up and buy new.</p> <h2>2. People in the Middle Ages really stunk up the joint<strong> </strong></h2> <p>European governments taxed soap during the Middle Ages, which meant that you probably only bought a bar if you had some extra dough. As for the rest of the folks, well, they weren't making any new friends smelling like King John's sewage pot. The tax lasted for quite a while, too: Britain didn't repeal its soap tax until 1835.</p> <h2>3. Watching TV in the U.K. ain't cheap, you guys<strong> </strong></h2> <p>We all need a license to drive, but a license to watch television? That's the case in the United Kingdom, where each household is taxed on its TVs &mdash; &pound;145.50 a year &mdash; the funds from which primarily support the television, radio, and online services of the BBC. Total income from TV license fees in 2015&ndash;16 was &pound;3.74 billion.</p> <h2>4. The good deed that lingered too long<strong> </strong></h2> <p>To rebuild the town after a devastating flood in 1936, Johnstown, Pennsylvania slapped a tax on alcohol to raise money for the recovery efforts. The town met its fundraising goal in 1942, but the tax remained. Today it brings in around $200 million annually.</p> <h2>5. Eating a bagel in New York could cut you two ways</h2> <p>New York City has a special tax on food <em>and</em> prepared foods. If you have your bagel sliced in the store, you'll pay both taxes. Leave it uncut, you'll only pay the food tax since nobody is &quot;preparing&quot; it for you.</p> <h2>6. Pennsylvania has put a price on fun</h2> <p>Want to go to the movies? Or bowling? Or to a concert? Add 5 percent to your bill thanks to Pennsylvania's amusement tax, which applies to any kind of entertainment.</p> <h2>7. Certain pumpkins get a pass in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Pumpkins are exempt from sales tax in these states if they'll be eaten and not carved. Carving pumpkins and cooking pumpkins are separated so customers aren't confused.</p> <h2>8. Leaving out this one ingredient drives candy prices way up in Chicago</h2> <p>It's simple. If the candy is made with flour &mdash; like licorice (who knew?) and KitKat bars &mdash; it receives a 1 percent tax. Leave the flour out for pure sugary goodness, and the tax climbs to 6.25 percent.</p> <h2>9. You have to lose both limbs to qualify for this tax credit in Oregon<strong> </strong></h2> <p>That's right: Double amputees receive a $50 tax credit in the Beaver State. You might think that single amputees would receive half that credit, but no such luck.</p> <h2>10. If you live to age 100, you're home free in New Mexico</h2> <p>They say the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes. Except in New Mexico. If you can make it to age 100, you become tax-exempt (but only if you're no one's dependent).</p> <h2>11. You can count your pet as a moving expense<strong> </strong></h2> <p>You're allowed to write off moving expenses if you're relocating to begin a new job. You can also deduct the cost of taking your pet with you as the IRS treats your furbaby as personal property. How rude! But also, thank you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-fun-tax-facts-you-probably-never-knew">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-social-security-just-a-grand-ponzi-scheme">Is Social Security Just A Grand Ponzi Scheme?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-tax-day-is-april-15-and-other-weird-financial-deadlines">Why Tax Day Is April 15 and Other Weird Financial Deadlines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-the-heat-with-cool-summer-meals">Beat the heat with cool summer meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/patriotism-and-personal-finance-a-brief-walk-through-american-history">Patriotism and Personal Finance - A Brief Walk Through American History</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Taxes alcohol bizarre candy entertainment Food history moving expenses soap tax facts trivia Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1926610 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_beauty_products_000054756944.jpg" alt="Woman making beauty mistakes that are ruining her skin" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's happened to the best of us. You hear a rumor about an awesome &quot;home&quot; beauty treatment and next thing you know, you're putting toothpaste on your face. What harm could it do? Actually, putting random things on your skin can damage it unintentionally. And there are all sorts of skin mistakes most of us make on a regular basis that can be easily avoided. Check out some of the top <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking">beauty mistakes</a> that may be preventing your skin from reaching its full potential.</p> <h2>1. Not Wearing Sunscreen</h2> <p>The sun is the number one cause of skin wrinkles and aging, as well as a primary cause of most <a href="http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb">skin cancers</a>, including deadly melanoma. A lot of the sun damage sustained by your skin won't show up until later in life, when it is much harder to prevent and reverse the damage. So if you're interested in flawless, ageless, and healthy skin when you're older, it's best to make a habit of using sunscreen now. Look for at least an SPF30 broad-spectrum sunscreen, and apply it liberally.</p> <p>Remember, sunscreen ingredients become less effective over time &mdash; chemical sunscreens degrade in the sun, and physical sunscreens can get rubbed off &mdash; so reapply every couple of hours if you're outside. And no, the SPF in your foundation or BB cream isn't enough. You aren't likely to apply enough makeup to get the advertised SPF rating.</p> <h2>2. Not Removing Your Makeup</h2> <p>I'm not just talking about falling asleep with a face full of makeup. You actually need to use a makeup removing product <em>before </em>you even cleanse your face. Most cleansers are not formulated to remove makeup (and if they are, they are too harsh for your skin &mdash; see the next point below). Once I started removing my makeup before cleansing (or &quot;double-cleansing&quot;), I saw an immediate and drastic improvement in my skin texture. Having makeup residue clogging your pores can prompt breakouts even long past your hormonal teen years.</p> <p>I now enjoy using a gentle cleansing oil (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UE60E0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001UE60E0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q264CG4OOTUOC4YP">DHC Cleansing Oil</a> is my favorite) that emulsifies and rinses off cleanly. Balms (such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WN6N56/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WN6N56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JXRS2AIYGWAG2ZH2">Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm</a>), two-phase makeup removers, and micellar water (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D47VIHA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D47VIHA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C4EQNNXDHZBGYQQQ">Bioderma</a>) are also popular. The important thing is that the remover takes your makeup off effectively and doesn't irritate your skin.</p> <p>Once your makeup is gone, all you need is a super gentle cleanser to remove any leftover traces. Which leads me to my next point&hellip;</p> <h2>3. Using a Too-Harsh or High-pH Cleanser</h2> <p>Remember learning about pH way back in high school? The higher the number, the more alkaline (or basic) the solution, and the lower the number, the more acidic the solution. Your skin's pH is ideally at an average of 5.5, which is slightly acidic. The natural oils and acids of your skin create a fragile but oh-so-important barrier called the acid mantle. This thin barrier keeps bacteria and other contaminants out of your skin, keeps your skin soft and supple, and protects the moisture barrier function of your skin, keeping water in.</p> <p>Unfortunately, many of us are destroying our skin's natural barrier every time we cleanse. Many harsh surfactants used in foaming cleansers, such as <em>sodium laureth sulfate</em>, have extremely high pH. They are super effective cleansers, but they also strip the natural oils from your skin, raise the pH of your skin, and damage the acid mantle. Acne, eczema, general irritation, and sensitivity may result.</p> <p>Ever had that squeaky-clean feeling after you cleansed? That's a sure sign that you've stripped the important oils from your skin. Want to learn more? This post by Skin &amp; Tonics goes in-depth about the <a href="http://skinandtonics.com/the-importance-of-fatty-acids-ph-moisture-barrier-how-i-eliminated-my-acne-decreased-my-skin-sensitivity/">importance of skin pH</a>.</p> <p>In practical terms, look for cleansers that don't deviate too far from a pH of 5.5. Cleansers from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=sebamed&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432307104&amp;rh=n%3A3760911%2Cn%3A11060901%2Ck%3Asebamed&amp;rnid=11055981&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2CESH3JWGUUOTL7M">Sebamed </a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=paula%27s%20choice&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432307134&amp;rh=n%3A3760911%2Cn%3A11060451%2Cn%3A11060711%2Cn%3A11060901%2Cn%3A7730193011%2Ck%3Apaula%27s%20choice&amp;rnid=11055981&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SWRTFLK6YPCEOAVQ">Paula's Choice</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMJJSK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YMJJSK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UIVLYHS7XUVJXPV3">Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4BUV06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I4BUV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MHHSJ4XXKD4YCGKM">Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser</a>, are supposed to be at or very close to pH 5.5. Non-foaming cleansers are less likely to strip your skin, but even lotion, cream, and gel cleansers can have too high of a pH. Listen to your skin. It should not feel tight, dry, or itchy after washing.</p> <h2>4. Using Harsh Scrubs</h2> <p>Speaking of disrupting your skin's moisture barrier &mdash; one of the worst things you can do to your skin is to scrub it with a harsh physical exfoliator. Please, please, please, for the love of Bob, put down that apricot scrub! If the exfoliating particles are jagged or uneven, they can cause micro-tears in your skin. Even smaller particles, like sugar or microbeads, can be problematic because most people don't use them gently enough (microbeads are also dangerous to wildlife, so I'd skip it). Over-exfoliating can further disrupt your moisture barrier, causing dry, flaking, peeling, reddened skin that is vulnerable to infection.</p> <p>There are gentle ways to exfoliate out there. I personally love using a gentle enzyme powder exfoliator (the powders by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VBG7J0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VBG7J0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7U7OBJVZXCYI3BIO">Amore Pacific</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA6MRI4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IA6MRI4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WQGEJJXX6Q7PDBO3">Tatcha</a> are readily available but they are pricey; try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MQ16W9Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MQ16W9Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KME25Z2MHRP3TVEN">Murad Transforming Powder Cleanser &amp; Exfoliator</a> instead). A peeling gel such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ABLKK2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ABLKK2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AON2NFQD73O4FS4P">Cure Natural Aqua Gel</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APVZ7HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00APVZ7HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WY5JG3RADH3T3FLM">Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Gel</a> is a very gentle exfoliating alternative. Chemical exfoliators, like AHA and BHA, are also good options, but you have to be careful not to overdo them, either.</p> <p>The simplest and cheapest way to exfoliate might be to simply use water and a muslin cloth or baby washcloth.</p> <h2>5. Drying Your Skin</h2> <p>So you've got the occasional breakout. The culprit has to be oil, right? So you should remove all the oil, right? <em>Wrong</em>. Acne can have many causes, but drying out your skin or blasting it with harsh chemicals is not the answer. Dry skin can't heal as well, and a compromised moisture barrier leaves your skin vulnerable to bacterial infection, making your skin problems even worse.</p> <p>If your skin feels dry and irritated, you may need to back off on the treatments and increase moisturizing. Products with hyaluronic acid will help put moisture back into your skin.</p> <h2>6. Trying Every Beauty DIY</h2> <p>I'm all for doing things yourself, but sometimes, putting the latest DIY concoction on the sensitive skin of your face might not be the best idea. A search on Pinterest turns up several DIY beauty ideas that could go terribly wrong. Using a baking soda mask (pH 9), for example, will strip your skin of its natural oils and disrupt the acid mantle. Just because baking soda is great for scrubbing your bathtub, and just because it is &quot;natural,&quot; doesn't mean you should put it on your face.</p> <p>Putting lemon juice on your face is another dangerous idea (acid burns, anyone?), and even great natural ingredients that are effective in properly formulated products, like tea tree oil and essential oils, can damage your skin. In addition, keeping a homemade concoction around for extended periods of time, without preservatives (yes, sometimes preservatives are a good thing), means that bacteria can grow in the product. Pretty gross, huh?</p> <p>I'm not saying don't DIY anything, but be discerning of anything you put on the sensitive skin of your face, and be sure to research the DIY product before jumping all in.</p> <h2>7. Taking a One-Size-Fits-All Approach</h2> <p>Skincare is such a personalized thing, it's a mistake to think what works for someone else will always work for you. For example, other people can use AHAs, BHAs, and acidic forms of vitamin C every day, but my skin can only tolerate them every few days, otherwise it gets itchy and sensitive. Other people can get away with one rich moisturizer, but my dehydrated skin does much better with various hydrating toners, serums, and light moisturizers layered over each other. Everyone's skin is different and your beauty routine will require customized tweaking.</p> <p>Listen to your skin. Treat it like a finicky lover who needs to be wooed in just the right way. Treated right, your skin will be healthy, beautiful, and loyally protective &mdash; love your skin, and it will love you back.</p> <p><em>What do you do to take care of your skin?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-10">15 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-highlighters">The 5 Best Highlighters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-brand-name-beauty-buys-under-20">10 Great Brand Name Beauty Buys Under $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cleansers makeup skincare soap sunscreen Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1454451 at http://www.wisebread.com 50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bath-soap-gifts-Dollarphotoclub_60635657.jpg" alt="bath soap gifts" title="bath soap gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but I love bath and body products. Unfortunately, they can also be quite expensive. Not to fret, my friends, because the web is teeming with amazing DIY products you can mix together using very basic, natural ingredients. In fact, you'll see quite a few components of these recipes repeated throughout this list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>And the vast majority of these projects would also make wonderfully cheap (and impressive) gifts for birthdays and other holidays.</p> <h2>1. Copycat Bomb</h2> <p>Do you love those Lush bath bombs? So do I. This <a href="http://www.creatorsocial.com/index.php/butterball-dupe-cocoa-butter-bath-bomb-diy/">Butterball copycat recipe</a> is full of skin-softening cocoa butter. The fizz comes from the baking soda and citric acid.</p> <h2>2. Flower Bomb</h2> <p>For even more luxury, make <a href="http://www.lovelygreens.com/2014/04/how-to-make-natural-rose-lavender.html">Rose, Lavender, and Oat Bombs</a> filled with dried flower petals. If you're having trouble finding molds, check your local craft store with the decoupage or soap making items.</p> <h2>3. Soap Cupcakes</h2> <p>Or get fancy with your bath bombs and decorate by <a href="http://www.otionsoap.com/blog/2012/08/09/crazy-for-cupcakes/">piping on soap</a> like frosting on a cupcake!</p> <h2>4. Sweet Bubble Bath</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.brit.co/picks/treat-yoself-to-this-5-minute-diy-bubble-bath/">Vanilla Honey Bubble Bath</a> takes only five minutes to put together. It should be used immediately (there's an egg white in the mix), but you can keep any excess in your refrigerator.</p> <h2>5. Bath Oil</h2> <p>Here's a <a href="http://www.bcliving.ca/garden/homemade-aromatic-bath-and-massage-oils">dual-purpose bath oil</a> that works equally well as massage oil. Your biggest decision is what base oil to use. I'd choose coconut oil because it helps with sunburns to psoriasis.</p> <h2>6. Bath Melts</h2> <p>I had never heard of <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-relaxing-bath-melts/">Bath Melts</a> before researching this article. It's a similar idea if you're looking for a bath oil, just in solid form. The blogger who made this batch shared that it took $3 total to make a whopping 15 melts.</p> <h2>7. Sleepy Bath Salts</h2> <p>Unwind from your day with these <a href="http://www.naturallyloriel.com/nighty-night-diy-bath-salt-recipe/">Nighty-Night Bath Salts</a>. Epsom salts are made of magnesium chloride, which is thought to be a sleep aid. If you don't have the specific essential oil blend, you can use a combination of lavender, marjoram, mandarin, cedarwood, sage, etc.</p> <h2>8. Bubbling Salts</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.savingwithshellie.com/homemeade-gift-lavender-bubble-bath-salts/">Lavender Bath Salts</a> also bubble with the addition of scented body wash. You can customize by using your favorite essential oils.</p> <h2>9. Detox Soak</h2> <p>We all need a cleanse every now and again. This <a href="http://www.triedandtrueblog.com/ginger-detox-bath-soak/">Ginger Detox Soak</a> is just what the doctor ordered, combining the detoxifying power of epsom salt, ginger, and apple cider vinegar.</p> <h2>10. Beard Oil</h2> <p>I'm making my husband this <a href="http://bumblebreeblog.com/2014/05/26/druff-beard-oil/">Beard Oil</a> for Christmas &mdash; but don't tell him! Apricot oil is the base for this mix, but vitamin E helps soften those dry beards in a flash. The rest is up to you with the essential oil mix, though I'd certainly recommend the tea tree for its antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>11. Beard Balm</h2> <p>Whiskey and woodsmoke. Those are two rustic scents that take this <a href="http://transientexpression.com/diy-gift-beard-balm/">beard balm</a> to a whole new level of manly. Beyond the scents, the rest is a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil.</p> <h2>12. Shave Soap</h2> <p>This <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2013/08/natural-diy-lanolin-shaving-soap-recipe.html">Natural Shaving Soap</a> recipe has a base of lanolin and shea butter for extra moisturizing power.</p> <h2>13. Shave Cream</h2> <p>If you prefer a cream, try this <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-homemade-shaving-cream/">simple shave blend</a> made with coconut oil, shea, jojoba, and liquid castile soap. Whip using a hand or stand mixer for that creamy texture.</p> <h2>14. Makeup Removing Scrub</h2> <p>Skip the harsh face soaps at the store and whisk together this <a href="http://liagriffith.com/seasalt-face-scrub-and-coconut-oil-makeup-remover/">Sea Salt Scrub and Coconut Oil Makeup Removing Combo.</a> The creator of this project packaged hers in some adorable glass containers with crisp labels.</p> <h2>15. Salt Soap</h2> <p>Here's a three ingredient <a href="http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2014/05/pink-himalayan-salt-grapefruit-soap.html">Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap</a> combination that uses a goat's milk soap base for a twist. Alternatively, you can use shea butter soap base, and both can be found at your local craft store.</p> <h2>16. Coffee Soap</h2> <p>My husband would enjoy this <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2014/01/cinnamon-hazelnut-coffee-soap.html">Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap</a>. You mix together the soap bases to start and then fold in the cinnamon, hazelnut, and coffee grounds to give the whole thing texture.</p> <h2>17. Foot Scrub</h2> <p>Wow. <a href="http://soletshangout.com/diy-sugar-cookie-foot-scrub-a-valentine-to-yourself/">Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub</a> sounds so good, I could eat it. The ingredients all come from the kitchen (brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract), so I actually could swallow it with no repercussions.</p> <h2>18. Bath Paint</h2> <p>Here's a great gift for those kids on your list: <a href="http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2010/11/bubble-bath-paint.html">Bath Paint</a>! Just mix together bubble bath, cornstarch, and food coloring.</p> <h2>19. Bath Crayons</h2> <p>Or you could make them these <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-bath-crayons/">Bath Crayons</a> using a bar of white soap, powdered colors, and ice cube molds. Melt, mix, and set.</p> <h2>20. Bubble Gum Bath</h2> <p>Kids need bubbles, too. This <a href="http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/bubble-gum-bubble-bath/2">Bubble Gum Bath</a> is made from unscented castile soap, vegetable glycerine, and some scented oil. Far fewer ingredients than in the brands you'll find at the store.</p> <h2>21. Lotion Bars</h2> <p>You won't see parabens, chemicals, or formaldehyde in these <a href="http://adelightfulhome.com/how-to-make-chocolate-peppermint-lotion-bars/">Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars</a>! The cocoa butter gives this blend a richness that's perfect for the winter months.</p> <h2>22. Lotion Cubes</h2> <p>I store my <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/diy-natural-lotion-cubes.html">DIY Lotion Cubes</a> in the fridge to keep them fresh. The mix of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax melts on contact with your skin.</p> <h2>23. Slow Cooker Bar</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.missinformationblog.com/crockpot-lotion-bars/">Slow Cooker Lotion Bar</a> recipe uses the same ingredients as the rest, but can be made conveniently in your crock pot.</p> <h2>24. Tea Lotion</h2> <p>Your beverage-loving friends will enjoy this <a href="http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2012/12/wild-chamomile-body-cream.html">Wild Chamomile Lotion</a> made with loose leaf tea. Melt together the herbs and oils in a double boiler until combined. Then strain before beating into a smooth lotion.</p> <h2>25. Healing Salve</h2> <p>Give some TLC to super dry skin with this herb-infused <a href="http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/01/how-to-make-a-healing-salve/">Healing Salve</a>. The instructions yield quite a few jars of the stuff, and I think recycled baby food jars would make perfect, low-cost packaging.</p> <h2>26. Basic Lip Balm</h2> <p>This <a href="http://threadedtogether.com/2013/12/02/small-batch-homemade-lip-balm/">DIY Lip Balm</a> takes only three ingredients to make: Coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils.</p> <h2>27. Kool-Aid Balm</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yF6yXnmXXSc"></iframe></p> <p>Essential oils will not give your balm any taste. So, if you want a delicious blend like this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF6yXnmXXSc">Easy Flavored Lip Balm</a>, you can use drink mixes (like Crystal Light or Kool-Aid).</p> <h2>28. Natural Flavor Balm</h2> <p>For a more natural experience, <a href="http://www.brambleberry.com/Webpage.aspx?WebpageId=69&amp;CategoryId=148">choose flavored oils</a> over essential oils in the basic balm recipe.</p> <h2>29. Tinted Lip Balm</h2> <p>Or add some <a href="http://www.littlehomesteaders.com/2013/08/homemade-tinted-lip-balm/">beet root powder</a> to make a tinted balm for more special occasions.</p> <h2>30. Deodorant</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/5-minute-homemade-deodorant-review.html">5-Minute Homemade Deodorant</a> will change your life. It's made with baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and essential oils. If you need a stronger stench-fighter, choose clove or lavender, which have high antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>31. Edible Mud Mask</h2> <p>Well, not real mud. This <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2013/04/diy-edible-mud-mask.html">Edible Mud Mask</a> would make an awesome snack if you don't use the whole thing on your face. It's made with banana, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, buttermilk, lemon juice, and honey.</p> <h2>32. Shampoo</h2> <p>I love coconut milk, so I think I'd also love this <a href="http://www.goddesslife.com/homemade-coconut-shampoo-recipe">Coconut Milk Shampoo</a>. Combine the nourishing liquid with castile soap and vitamin E, then lather, rinse, and repeat.</p> <h2>33. Conditioner Bar</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/how-to-make-your-own-diy-conditioner-bar/">spill-proof conditioner bars</a> are perfect for travel or giving as gifts. You'll need some special ingredients, like incroquat, but you can find most easily online at a low price. Rub the bar on your hair to condition and rinse.</p> <h2>34. Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>You likely have the ingredients you'll need for this <a href="http://sortofhomemade.com/homemade-deep-conditioning-treatment/">Deep Conditioner</a> in your kitchen. Mix banana, yogurt, avocado, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar together for a treat your hair won't soon forget.</p> <h2>35. Strength Conditioner</h2> <p>This protein-packed <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/10/natural-protein-conditioner.html#_">conditioning treatment</a> is made with egg, olive oil, and some of your normal daily conditioner. It helps promote healthy hair shafts and good growth.</p> <h2>36. Shine Spray</h2> <p>Cool! <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2014/07/diy-shine-spray-leave-conditioner-recipe-dry-damaged-hair.html">DIY Shine Spray</a> is made with Argan oil and agave nectar. Spritz on hair, especially parched and damaged ends, to moisturize. I love how the blogger made her own labels for the containers.</p> <h2>37. Hair Dye</h2> <p>File this one under interesting! You can use coffee to <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/09/natural-coffee-hair-dye.html">dye your hair</a>. If you already use a natural dye, like henna, you can use coffee to enhance the resulting color. It's all-natural, so why not give it a try?</p> <h2>38. Sugar Scrub</h2> <p>I like my scrubs to be invigorating, and that's exactly what this <a href="http://www.classyclutter.net/2014/02/lemon-lime-sugar-scrub.html">Lemon-Lime Scrub</a> is about. The sugar granules exfoliate dry flakes to reveal softer, smoother skin in their place.</p> <h2>39. Salt Scrub</h2> <p>This copycat recipe is for my favorite scrub on the market: Lush's <a href="http://www.pantryspa.com/beauty-remedies/face-remedies/diy-lush-ocean-salt-scrub-homemade-recipe-lush-copycat/">Ocean Salt Scrub</a>. It feels/tastes sort of like a margarita on your face with the lime juice, salt, and vodka. Yum.</p> <h2>40. Shower Jelly</h2> <p>Another Lush-inspired DIY, this <a href="http://www.rookiemag.com/2013/07/diy-shower-jellies/">Shower Jelly</a> is so much fun to give and get. You mix soap with gelatin (or agar-agar) and food coloring. Set in your fridge overnight until firm.</p> <h2>41. Scrub Bars</h2> <p>Or take this idea to solid form with these <a href="http://www.adventuresincoupons.com/diy-sugar-scrub-bars">Sugar Scrub Bars</a>. Mix together shredded soap, sugar, coconut oil, essential oils, and even a little food coloring for pizazz before pouring into molds.</p> <h2>42. Chest Rub</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">Natural Vapor Rub</a> &mdash; made by mixing together olive oil, beeswax, and essentials oils &mdash; has worked wonders for my family. It's very similar to Vicks, and I've been able to make different strengths for my daughter as well as for myself and my husband.</p> <h2>43. Wash and Toner</h2> <p>Here's a wonderful spa set &mdash; <a href="http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/01/diy-oil-cleansing-method-skin-toner.html">DIY Face Wash and Toner</a> for oily skin. Once you stir together your concoction, store in a travel container that you can find at most drug or box stores.</p> <h2>44. Face Wipes</h2> <p>Use some microfiber clothes for gentle cleansing <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/gentle-cleansing-facial-wipes/#_a5y_p=1489439">Face Wipes</a>. You'll soak and store them in a solution of water, coconut oil, and essential oils. To wash, pop them in a pillowcase so you don't lose any in the shuffle.</p> <h2>45. Face Mist</h2> <p>Do you have sensitive skin? This <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/18/face-mist-for-sensitive-skin/">Face Mist</a> is for you! Combine chamomile tea, essential oil, vegetable glycerine, and water in a spritz bottle. You can make your own label for gift giving, too!</p> <h2>46. Soap-Free Cleanser</h2> <p>Here's yet another Lush copycat recipe. This time it's for <a href="http://lovelygreens-shop.com/copycat-recipe-for-lush-angels-on-bare-skin/">Angels on Bare Skin</a>, a popular soap-free cleanser. The power comes from Kaolin clay, which you can purchase easily on sites like Amazon.</p> <h2>47. Sore Muscle Rub</h2> <p>Friends and family who struggle with aches and pains will love this <a href="http://www.organicauthority.com/health/make-your-own-essential-oil-sore-muscle-rub.html">Homemade Muscle Rub</a>. It's all natural and uses the power of eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, and rosemary to massage pains away.</p> <h2>48. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> contain natural SPF to keep your glow pretty and safe year-round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready?ref=seealso">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Skincare Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>49. Shampoo Bar</h2> <p>Have you ever tried a shampoo in soap form? Once you do, you might never go back. Try this <a href="http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/12/shampoo-bar-soap-recipe/">Tea Tree Shampoo Bar</a> as an entry into the new way of looking at your hair care. Note: You'll need lye for this recipe, which you can purchase at chemical stores and online. By the time you're done with your soap, none of the chemical should remain due to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification">saponification</a>.</p> <h2>50. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Yup. You can mix together <a href="http://saynotsweetanne.com/2014/quality-diy-nail-polish/#_a5y_p=1756649">your own nail polish</a> using bases you can buy online (or cheap top coats, etc. you can find at the drug store). To create, use glitter or even eyeshadow as pigment mixed with your base. Get creative and make a custom blend your friends will love.</p> <p><em>Will you be making any of these or other homemade gifts this year?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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I've collected tips from around Wise Bread and the web to help you make the most of your bathroom products. So whether you want to get more life out of the stuff you own or are out of something and need to find a substitute, read on for great ways to get more out of everything in your bathroom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom From &quot;Yuck&quot; to Yes!</a>)</p> <h2>Bar Soap</h2> <p>Yeah, you can use a bar of soap to make things smell nice and clean, but it can also help you keep things smelling nice in another way &mdash; if you hang it up outside, bar soap can help <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-skunk-without-losing-your-dignity">deter skunks</a>. Prefer liquid soap to bar soap? You can follow this tutorial for turning <a href="http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/how-to-turn-a-bar-of-soap-into-liquid-hand-soap/">bar soap into liquid</a>. There are plenty more alternative uses for bar soap, too &mdash; like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nine-frugal-suggestions-for-a-humble-bar-of-soap">these nine</a>.</p> <h2>Bobby Pins</h2> <p>From pulling zippers to holding hems, check out Myscha's piece on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-practical-uses-for-bobby-pins">25 uses for bobby pins</a>.</p> <h2>Comb</h2> <p>I fondly remember <a href="http://nicholasacademy.com/scienceexperiment293combkazoo.html">making a comb into a musical instrument</a> as a kid. Real Simple has seven more <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/news-uses-for-comb-00000000029987/index.html">uses for combs</a> &mdash; including using a (clean) comb to create some awesome cake-frosting texture.</p> <h2>Conditioner</h2> <p>Personally, I'm a soap-and-water shaver. But one thing I remember from my days of reading teen magazines was the suggestion of swapping in conditioner for shave cream when you're in a pinch. Since conditioner is, at heart, a moisturizer, it can also be used as a stand-in for lotion, or even to grease up stuck things like zippers or rings trapped on fingers (because, come on, do you really want to cover your wedding ring in butter?).</p> <h2>Cotton Balls</h2> <p>Stylelist has a great list of alternative <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/chris-barnes/5-new-uses-cotton-balls_b_1400319.html">uses for cotton balls</a>; my favorite detials how you can use cotton balls to make daffodils last longer.</p> <h2>Deodorant</h2> <p>The Coupon High recommends a few <a href="http://www.thecouponhigh.net/6-alternative-uses-for-deodorant/">uses for deodorant</a>, including drying pimples.</p> <h2>Floss</h2> <p>Our own Linsey Knerl has already listed 14 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">uses for floss</a>, including hanging photos, precision cake cutting, and even baby delivery (um, don't try that at home?).</p> <h2>Hairbrush</h2> <p>Over at Yahoo! Voices, Angela Vee lists a few different <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-recycle-old-hair-brushes-3184448.html">ways to use old hairbrushes</a>. Most of them are for (big surprise) brushing other things, but I especially like her suggestion of using an old brush to work dirt out of messy kids' clothes (or adult clothes, because sometimes, you just have to jump in a mud puddle no matter what your age is).</p> <h2>Hairdryer</h2> <p>I've always liked using my hair dryer as a way to dry clothes in a pinch, but that's a pretty obvious use. For more creative options, take a look at this Instructables guide on <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/13-Unusual-Uses-for-a-Hair-Dryer/">ways to use a hair dryer</a>.</p> <h2>Liquid Soap</h2> <p>If your liquid soap is Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's), you can dilute it and use it as a household cleaner, add a &frac14; cup to your laundry in place of regular detergent, or even use it as a toothpaste.</p> <h2>Lotion</h2> <p>When I'm having a particularly frizzy hair day (such as every day that I'm on the East Coast), I'll often use a little bit of lotion to help tame the curly beast. Like the aforementioned conditioner, it can also be used when you need to moisturize other things (like hair) or get stuck things unstuck.</p> <h2>Mouthwash</h2> <p>Our Nora Dunn compiled a list of 19 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-money-saving-uses-for-mouthwash">uses for mouthwash</a>, from treating bruises to cleaning glass. Mouthwash also factors into Paul's secret <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">lawn tonic recipe</a>, which uses other common ingredients that you (hopefully) don't keep in your bathroom, like beer.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Nail Polish</h2> <p>I was first introduced to the magic of nail polish when my 3<sup>rd</sup> grade teacher took a bottle out of her desk to help stop a run in her stockings; all you need to do is paint a little clear polish around the hole. Mikey compiled 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternative-uses-for-nail-polish">uses for nail polish</a> &mdash; as someone who has done a lot of sewing, using nail polish to help thread a needle is one of my favorite tips.</p> <h2>Razors</h2> <p>Even though it's probably not great for the blade, I'll sometimes use my bathroom razor to cut loose threads off of clothing. But if you're a straight-razor user, you have several <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/4280993">more options available to you</a>.</p> <h2>Shampoo</h2> <p>If you've spilled grease or oil on your clothing, try pouring a bit of shampoo on, rubbing it in, and rinsing. This works best immediately after the spill. <a href="http://www.rd.com/home/how-to-use-shampoo-14-ways/">Readers Digest</a> also recommends a bit of shampoo for shining up leather shoes and purses (just rub a little on it with a clean cloth) and washing things other than hair, like delicates or hair brushes.</p> <h2>Shaving Cream</h2> <p>Well, I know that performers will often use shaving cream as an inexpensive alternative for whipped cream when they want to hit someone in the face with a pie. That might not be the most practical use, but <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-new-use-for-shaving-cream-99998">Apartment Therapy</a> has another great suggestion &mdash; mixing shaving cream with bleach to help keep the cleaner in place when removing mildew from grout.</p> <h2>Toilet Paper</h2> <p>Of course, toilet paper can be used for tissues (and vice versa). But if you really want to get fancy...check out this <a href="http://blog.toiletpaperworld.com/the-5th-annual-toilet-paper-wedding-dress-contest-winner/">toilet paper wedding dress</a>.</p> <h2>Toothbrush</h2> <p>Just because a toothbrush isn't great for cleaning your teeth anymore doesn't mean it's kaput. Used toothbrushes are great for scrubbing hard-to-reach areas around the house, like between tiles or behind the faucet. Or if you're looking for a fun project to do with your kids, try this <a href="http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/bristlebot-a-tiny-directional-vibrobot/">toothbrush robot</a>.</p> <h2>Toothpaste</h2> <p>From removing stains to relieving itchy bug bites, Nora Dunn has gathered 20 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/two-dozen-uses-for-toothpaste-aside-from-cleaning-your-teeth">alternative uses for toothpaste</a>.</p> <h2>Witch&nbsp;Hazel</h2> <p>You might know the stuff primarily as an astringent, but Paul has detailed 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">great uses for witch hazel</a>.</p> <p><em>What did I miss? Share your favorite alternative uses for bathroom products in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toilet-papers">The 5 Best Toilet Papers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-onions">10 Great Uses for Onions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka">Absolut Repurposing: 17 Uses for Vodka</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Home alternative uses bathroom shampoo soap Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:36:40 +0000 Meg Favreau 945906 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3972748155_f3a255fb19_z.jpg" alt="water bottle" title="water bottle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Instead of buying container after container for commonly used items, buy one and use it over and over again by refilling it. Here are 10 refillable items that can save you money.</p> <h2>1. Water Bottles</h2> <p>This is a no brainer. Bottled water is expensive and bad for the environment. Stop picking up a new bottle at the convenience store every time you&rsquo;re thirsty, and start packing a refillable bottle in your bag or leave one in your car. If you can&rsquo;t decide which water bottle is best for you, perhaps my post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">eco-friendly water bottles</a> will help. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-reusable-water-bottles">25 Things to&nbsp;Do With&nbsp;Reusable Water Bottles</a>)</p> <h2>2. Lighters</h2> <p>OK, so you may not use a lighter on a regular basis &mdash; unless you&rsquo;re a smoker &mdash; but it&rsquo;s still cost efficient to buy a refillable lighter instead of a disposable one, even if you&rsquo;re just keeping them around the house for emergencies. Bic makes refillable lighters, but I personally recommend Zippos because of the cap that keeps the wick dry and protected. Zippos are also much easier to light, and the flame is easier to maintain than plastic lighter, too.&nbsp;</p> <h2>3. K-Cups</h2> <p>After years of stocking my guest bedroom with disposable K-Cups, I finally broke down and bought two refillable K-Cups from Groupon recently. I paid $16 for the pair, and I picked up a pound of coffee at Home Goods for $6. Those initial investments alone saved me about $10 off the price I would normally pay for a box of 48 disposable K-Cups. I expect that a pound of coffee will produce a similar amount of single cups of coffee. Next time I&rsquo;ll save even more money because I&rsquo;ll only have to buy the $6 coffee.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Printer Cartridges</h2> <p>Anyone with a home office knows that one of the most expensive items to keep it up and running is printer ink. The cartridges I use cost about $35 brand new for the black and colored ink bundle. Instead of buying them new every time, however, I have them refilled for about $13 each. Each time I have them refilled, I save about $9 &mdash; and then I treat myself to lunch for being such a wise guy.</p> <h2>5. Pens</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choosing-a-luxury-eccentricity">Ink pens</a> aren&rsquo;t terribly expensive individually, but if you&rsquo;re constantly buying new pens, the cost can add up. A pack of 12 disposable pens can run anywhere from $4 to $20, while refillable pens cost in the area of $28. A two-pack of refills for the latter is between $2 and $4. If you use a lot of ink, it&rsquo;s a wiser investment (for your wallet and the planet) to pick up the refillable kind. Or you just do what I do, and get your pens for free by taking them from wherever they&rsquo;re handing them out.</p> <h2>6. Mechanical Pencils</h2> <p>Does anyone use pencils anymore? I suppose kids do, but I haven&rsquo;t picked up a pencil in years. A pack of 12 store-brand disposable pencils from Office Depot cost $1.49, while a Paper Mate Mega Lead mechanical pencil costs $3.24 and comes with 12 lead refills. Separately, the refills are only $2.29 for a pack of 36 leads. The numbers speak for themselves.</p> <h2>7. Soap Dispenser</h2> <p>Instead of buying a new, pre-filled soap dispenser from Target every time the ones in my bathroom or kitchen run out (which is often &mdash; I wash my hands A LOT), I buy a single dispenser and purchase a gallon jug of hand soap at BJ&rsquo;s that I use to fill the dispensers when they&rsquo;re empty. One jug lasts me for the better part of a year.</p> <h2>8. Prescriptions</h2> <p>I learned a new trick recently while researching information for another article &mdash; when you ask your doctor for a prescription, have him prescribe pills that contain double the dose of your medication. The prescription will cost the same as the single dose pills (or close to it), but when you get home you can split the pills in half so they last twice as long. Fewer trips to the pharmacy and more money in my pocket is music to my ears.</p> <h2>9. Travel Mugs</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re a Starbucks junky without a travel mug, your carbon footprint is through the roof. So. Many. Wasted. Cups. Tread a little lighter with a reusable, refillable travel mug. <a href="http://www.keepcup.com/">KeepCups</a> are my favorite. Plus, to make each day even brighter, Starbucks will discount your morning Joe for doing your part to save the planet. Win-win.</p> <h2>10. Gift Cards</h2> <p>Nobody is refilling their own gift cards &mdash; when mine is empty, I simply recycle the plastic &mdash; but refillable <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-i-love-gift-cards-5-reasons-gift-cards-make-perfect-holiday-gifts">gift cards are a great idea for parents</a>. Parents can give their kids the cards &mdash; for iTunes, their favorite clothing store, or the local cinema &mdash; in lieu of cash or credit cards. Refillable gift cards can also be used as a rewards or incentive program at home; when the kid does something helpful, you can surprise him or her with a deposit on the card.</p> <p><i>Do you have other refillable items to suggest that will help us save money? Let me know in the comments below.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-veggies-to-plant-this-spring">10 Easy Veggies to Plant This Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone">Soy Milk, Tofu, and Veggie Burgers for pennies, anyone?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living Lifestyle coffee pens prescriptions reusable soap water bottles Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:24:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 935138 at http://www.wisebread.com For a Frugal, Healthy Soap, Go With Goat Milk! http://www.wisebread.com/for-a-frugal-healthy-soap-go-with-goat-milk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/for-a-frugal-healthy-soap-go-with-goat-milk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/goat milk soap.jpg" alt="goat milk soap" title="goat milk soap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everywhere you look, you can find ads for creams, lotions, and serums with names including promises, such as &quot;anti-wrinkle&quot; and &quot;anti-aging.&quot; These products have ingredients with names you can't even pronounce, much less know what they are. The price tags on these attractively packaged miracles are even more intimidating, with some of them costing as much as a day's salary. After reading reviews and comparisons of these products, I've found that most people see mild improvements in their skin after prolonged use and many times the less expensive products are as effective as the more costly ones.</p> <p>If you are looking for the benefits of these products without the costs and unrecognizable ingredients, goat milk soap is a great alternative. Goat milk soap is believed to go back as far as ancient Egypt where Cleopatra was thought to have bathed in goat milk. It does not contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, petroleum, and preservatives. It's also effective in treating psoriasis, eczema, acne, as well as other skin problems and irritations.</p> <h2>Benefits of Goat Milk Soap</h2> <p>Goat milk contains healthy vitamins and nutrients that are very nourishing for your skin. These include vitamins A, C, E, and some B vitamins. It contains amino acids, citric acid, enzymes, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc. In addition, goat milk soap contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid often found in skin rejuvenation products. Alpha hydroxy acid helps get rid of dead skin cells and leaves healthy new cells at the surface. Goats milk also has a low pH &mdash; very similar to the pH of your skin. This promotes moisturizing and helps prevent dryness and skin irritations.</p> <h2>Which Soap to Choose</h2> <p>When shopping for goat milk soap, you may be overwhelmed by the many types available. Many brands of goat milk soap are made with all-natural and herbal ingredients. All types have basic ingredients of lye and a combination of carrier oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and other more exotic and costly oils. The oils and lye are combined, which cause what is called the <em>saponification process </em>&mdash; the process of producing soap.</p> <p>From this point on, your selection will depend on your individual preferences. Some soaps contain essential oils, which are made from natural herbs. Others have fragrance oils, which are more like a perfume and have no added benefits. You can find goat milk soap with added dyes or completely natural. Some ingredients and their benefits are as follows:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><strong>Oatmeal</strong> is a soothing exfoliant.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Honey</strong> helps to moisturize skin as it attracts water. It's also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and it speeds healing and cleans wounds. It's great for eczema and acne.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Tea Tree essential oil</strong> is antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-viral, a fungicide and insecticide. Soap that contains Tea Tree oil is good for treating fungus such as athlete's food and toe nail fungus<strong>. <p> </strong></li> <li><strong>Lavender essential oil</strong> is great for pain relief from sore and aching muscles, sprains, and back ache. It is also an antiseptic.</li> </ul> <h3>Special considerations</h3> <p>People ask if goat milk soap is safe to use during pregnancy. There is conflicting information regarding use of certain essential oils during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. Some experts err on the side of caution, advising avoidance of certain essential oils. Although the amount is usually not enough to cause adverse affects when absorbed though the skin, this is a personal decision. Many soaps contain no essential oils and are safe to use during pregnancy.</p> <p>Another question commonly asked is whether it is safe for children. A plain goat milk soap is safe for children, although no ingredients are added to prevent stinging if it gets in their eyes. If your child tolerates this well, you can go on to try a soap with natural ingredients, such as oatmeal or honey, but with no essential oils. Chamomile and calendula are oils that are especially gentle and soothing to young or sensitive skin. It is wise to use one kind of soap for a period of time before moving on to another to be sure there is no sensitivity to the skin.</p> <h2>Where to Buy</h2> <p>Goat milk soap can be purchased in health food stores, craft fairs, online, and even in supermarkets. (A brick-and-mortar store will generally have fewer kinds of goat milk soap than an online store.) Although some bars are more expensive, you should be able to purchase a bar of soap for around $5.00. Keep in mind that some bars will be crafted into beautiful works of art, while others will be plain chunks of soap. An elaborate appearance doesn't mean that it is a more effective product. Be sure you don't store your goat milk soap in an airtight container but allow the bar to breath to prevent sweating and molding.</p> <p>Once you try goat milk soap, you may even want to clear out your shelves and replace your many bottles and jars of expensive products with a few bars of this natural &mdash; and less expensive &mdash; alternative.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Terri Donnelly is the owner and crafter behind <a href="http://beulahlandsoaps.com/Soap.aspx">Beulah Land Soaps</a>. She uses her own goat's rich milk to create unique and healthy options for soap-lovers everywhere! Read more by Terri:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://homeatbeulahland.blogspot.com/2010/06/yarrow-time.html">Make Your Own Yarrow Salve</a></li> <li><a href="http://homeatbeulahland.blogspot.com/2010/08/its-elderberry-time.html">It's Elderberry Time!</a></li> <li><a href="http://homeatbeulahland.blogspot.com/2010/04/baby-goats.html">Baby Goats</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/terri-donnelly">Terri Donnelly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-a-frugal-healthy-soap-go-with-goat-milk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-cleansing-brushes">The 5 Best Facial Cleansing Brushes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty products goat milk natural products soap Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:00:15 +0000 Terri Donnelly 234491 at http://www.wisebread.com Are we too clean for our own good? http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soil.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="322" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A friend of mine has three daughters, all under 6 years old. Recently, she was at the supermarket with her youngest. Her daughter dropped her pacifier on the ground. My friend picked it up, wiped it on her shirt, and handed it back to her daughter.</p> <p>An elderly gentleman approached her a few seconds later. Chuckling, he patted her child on the head. &quot;This must not be your first kid, then,&quot; he said with a grin,</p> <p>&quot;Why do you say that?,&quot; my friend asked nervously.</p> <p>&quot;Well, with the first child, if they drop their binkie, you&#39;d be more likely to boil it before letting your baby touch it again. By the time you get to your second, you get over it.&quot;</p> <p>My friend smiled. &quot;Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.&quot;</p> <p>There are probably a few of you reading this who think my friend is a horrible mother. I can assure you that she is not. Yes, supermarket floors are dirty. Yes, her daughter was probably exposed to germs. But according to many scientists, <a href="http://www.livescience.com/health/070914_too_clean.html">germs may be exactly what we need more of</a>.</p> <p>Building up a healthy immune system is one of the most important things that we can do for our health. It&#39;s the reason that people try to make sure that their children get chicken pox at a young age; they hope to inoculate their babies against the disease, which is much more serious if experienced at an advanced age. Taking your kid to a Pox Party is like a cheap vaccination. Viruses are serious things, and we believe in inoculating our kids against them, for the most part. </p> <p>However, we don&#39;t feel the same way about bacteria and other bugs. In fact, we do our utmost to avoid contact with bacteria, and when we do experience it, we zap the hell out of it with antibiotics and antibacterial ointments. The result? Our bodies don&#39;t know how to deal with bacterial infections, and the bacteria that we do come into contact with is getting stronger and stronger as we continually do our damndest to kill it off. Not only that, but when an immune system with too much free time on its hands comes into contact with innocuous but foreign substances (like cat dander), it over reacts, causing us to suffer from allergies.</p> <p>You&#39;ve probably heard that certain conditions that seem endemic to Americans, such as hayfever, <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F05EFDE1330F93AA2575AC0A9649C8B63">asthma</a>, and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/03/23/allergies.kids/index.html">food allergies</a>, are not as common in the developing world. People infected with hookworm, for instance, have fewer asthma attacks and allergies (the hookworms trigger and immune system response, it is thought, that causes the body to concentrate on the worms, rather than triggering wheezing asthma attacks). By the way, do not Google &quot;hookworm&quot; unless you want to spend the rest of the day fighting the heebie jeebies. </p> <p>The point is, exposure to other germs, especially those found in soil, are <a href="http://www.realage.com/parentingcenter/articles.aspx?aid=10326">beneficial in preventing all kinds of autoimmune diseases</a>. With that in mind, consider letting go of your germ phobic ways. You&#39;ll save some money on the plethora of cleaning supplies that promise to nuke every single bacterium within a hundred-mile radius, and just may find that your kids grow up healthier.</p> <ul> <li>There&#39;s certainly nothing wrong with washing your hands, but skip the anti-bacterial soaps. Also, hand sanitizer is good in a bind, but if you apply it several times a day (and don&#39;t work in a hospital), you might have bigger issues than germs.</li> <li>Nobody wants salmonella poisoning, but using the appropriate tools when preparing raw chicken (plastic or glass cutting boards that can be run through the dish washer) and cleaning the kitchen with normal soap and water afterwards can do the trick - no need to break out the Clorox wipes.</li> <li><a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2175569/">Slate.com</a> believes that Americans should eat sh*t and NOT die. Provocative, but also, ew. They also mention the importance of breast feeding as a method for transferring antibodies from mother to child, even though most mothers today also lack crucial antibodies, having also been raised in sterile environments.</li> <li><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/conditions/04/05/cohen.allergies/index.html">Let your kids get dirty</a>. They will survive. I suppose it&#39;s possible, but it&#39;s fairly uncommon to hear of children who have been hospitalized because they accidentally ingested a little dirt.</li> <li>Ladies, your ladybits are self-cleaning, like an expensive oven! Unless it has been recommended by your gynecologist, do not feel the need to rinse them out from the inside (click <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/37387729/sizes/l/">here</a> to see a really odd add for Lysol ladybit cleaner). Remember, douchebag is a better insult than it is an invention. Too much rinsing will actually CAUSE infections.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-big-of-a-house-do-you-really-need">How Big of a House Do You Really Need?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-dirty-is-your-money-really">Do You Know How Dirty Your Money Is?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Green Living Home Lifestyle Allergies antibiotics bacteria chidren clean cold Dirt disease flu germs hand washing hookworms illness immune system infection lactose intolerance Overly Clean soap wash hands Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:27:20 +0000 Andrea Karim 2585 at http://www.wisebread.com Cleaning House With Dr. Bronner http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cleaning-bottles.jpg" alt="cleaning bottles" title="cleaning bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, I noticed that, not only did I seem to spend a little more cash than I was comfortable with on cleaning products for my house, but I was having a sort of reaction to them: headaches, sudden fatigue and a weird taste in my mouth. At first, I wasn’t sure what it was; but I eventually made the connection between the various chemicals I was using around the house and these symptoms.</p> </p> <p>I started reading about some of the <a href="http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm" target="_blank">products</a> and cases of compromised immune systems, skin irritation and respiratory problems in some people. Of course, I knew that furniture polish may smell “lemony” (or, to paraphrase George Carlin, doesn’t contain any actual lemons) but probably doesn’t make good mouthwash, and that bathroom cleaners will release a bunch of talking, mustachioed suds that will leave the room sparkling – but probably shouldn’t be added to my overpriced latté.</p> <p>You get the idea.</p> <p>I had 2 cats and lived near a busy street. I’m no Felix Unger, but I don’t like dust, grit, etc. </p> <p>Cats + street = dust x (grit + dander). </p> <p>So I typically purchased, on a semi-regular basis, disposable dusters, the aforementioned citrus-scented furniture polish, glass cleaner (why is it always blue?), bathroom cleaner, an “all-purpose” cleaner (for… well, I don’t know, actually. It just sounded good to have) and a few other things like air freshener spray and various laundry items. Sometimes I really went crazy and bought something to turn the water in the toilet blue for a month. </p> <p>Wild times, I know.</p> <p>I noticed that it added up to a lot, over time, so I started looking at the alternatives. A Whole Foods opened near me and I started shopping there, out of curiosity. Before anyone jumps on me about how expensive a lot of their stock is, I’ll say this: I know, I know.</p> <p>One day, I picked up a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. The bottle says that Sal Suds will clean everything in your house – wood floors, laundry, dishes, and cars. Sounded like a good alternative to the stuff I was using; but, really, it caught my eye because –surrounding the list of natural ingredients (each defined for clarity), various uses and pledge that it was not tested on animals – was written an entire philosophy of life. </p> <p>Granted, the bottle seemed a little pricy for just one cleaning product, but I found that it would last me for, literally, months. Just a little bit mixed in water, applied using a spray bottle, will tackle just about any job. And, as promised, it did a great job on both my laundry and my car (even the inside).</p> <p>I also checked out liquid soap for the shower and found that, not only did they smell great, but worked out, in the long run, to save me some dough that I’d have spent on whatever was available at the supermarket.</p> <p>So, the symptoms I’d experienced were gone, I felt better about using products produced by a company that seemed to actually care about both the quality of its soaps as well as the well-being of its customers and, admittedly, reading the words on the bottles is actually very thought-provoking.</p> <p>For both the uninitiated as well as existing fans of Dr. Bronner, hopefully you can catch <a href="http://www.magicsoapbox.com/doc/" target="_blank">the documentary</a> that’s now being screened. Also, check out the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11813678" target="_blank">NPR interview</a> with the film’s director, Sara Lamm.<br /><a href="http://www.drbronner.com/" target="_blank"><br />http://www.drbronner.com/</a> <br /><a href="http://www.seventhgeneration.com/" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-products-that-rock-my-world">Three Products That Rock My World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Shopping animal safety Dr. Bronner environmentally friendly green shopping natural beauty soap Wed, 18 Jul 2007 08:26:01 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 858 at http://www.wisebread.com Snail Free Gardening http://www.wisebread.com/snail-free-gardening <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/snail.jpg" alt="Photo by mozzercork" width="224" height="146" /></p> <p>Green gardening should be cheap. Organic gardening was the way of the world before chemical companies found ways to create compounds that could destroy pests quickly and effectively. The thing that makes organic gardening less-favored than, say, using pesticides, is that it&#39;s not as efficient. You have to put more effort into organic gardening.</p> <p>But it&#39;s worth it. It&#39;s cheap, it&#39;s fun, and you can protect your water supply. Remember, whatever <a href="/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">we spray on our lawns</a> and gardens ends up in our drinking water.</p> <p>I haven&#39;t had too much luck with critter control where I live. Seattle is a very snail and slug-heavy area, and I have one very serious problem:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/snails/">I love snails</a>.</p> <p>I think snails are beautiful. I grew up in an area where there simply aren&#39;t any snails, and I was so taken with the little guys when we used to visit my grandmother in Pasadena. I was heartbroken when my father announced the ingredients to the escargot that I had just sampled while dining at my very first French restaurant. When I take my dogs out for their last walk at night here in the Pacific Northwest, I often have to tiptoe through the streets because the snails come out in droves and line the sidewalks - I can&#39;t bear to step on one.</p> <p>Thus, I can&#39;t stand the idea of drowning them in beer or setting traps and then throwing them in the garbage (although I don&#39;t suppose I would object to some one actually trapping and eating them - I wouldn&#39;t do it, but I can see why someone would).</p> <p>My mom used to drip some weird, sludgey black poison to protect her roses from slugs. I never liked this, and snail bait can be very <a href="http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&amp;A=1423&amp;S=1&amp;SourceID=42">dangerous to household pets</a>. But I&#39;m happy to report that there are plenty of ways to reduce the damage that slugs and snails do to your garden that don&#39;t involve pesticides. Sure, it take a bit more elbow grease than plain ol&#39; poison, but it&#39;s worth the effort.</p> <p>I should stress that there&#39;s probably <em>no such thing as a snail-free garden</em>, just a garden that snails don&#39;t really like to visit that much.</p> <p>Here are some tips from discouraging those mollusky visitors, courtesy of <a href="http://www.thegardenhelper.com/slugs.html">The Garden Helper</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Pulling the weeds from your garden is something you need to do anyway. As you pull each weed, you remove a potential slug outpost. </li> <li>Keep all decaying matter cleaned out of your garden beds. While leaves make a good mulch, once they begin to compost they become food and shelter for slugs and snails. </li> <li>Prune the branches of any shrubs which are laying on the ground. Keep the old leaves and such cleaned out. By doing this you will have destroyed yet another slug haven! </li> <li>Cultivate your soil regularly to keep the dirt clods broken up, and unearth any slugs which may have burrowed under the surface. </li> <li>The shaded areas beneath decks can be a slug arena: keep them weed and litter free. </li> <li>Keep the lawn edges trimmed. Slugs will congregate under the umbrella of unkept grass. </li> <li>Cedar bark or gravel chips spread around your plant will irritate and dehydrate slugs.</li> <li>Rosemary, lemon balm, wormwood, mints, tansy, oak leaves, needles from conifers and seaweed will repel slugs.</li> <li>Enlist allies... snakes, ducks, geese, toads, and [chickens] would enjoy helping you out as they dine on your slugs. </li> </ul> <p>Here are some other ideas that I&#39;ve gathered over the years:</p> <p><strong>Create as sunny a garden as possible</strong>. Now, this is tough, especially for those of us who live in the Land of Perpetual Rain, but put all of your snail-prone plants in a sunny area. If you have lots of shady areas in your garden, try to keep it free of ground cover like ivy, where the slugs and snails like to sleep during the day. I have a long strip of skinny yard that is VERY shady, and I&#39;m making it into a rock garden with some moss and a couple of tiny Japanese maples. It&#39;s low-maintenance and pretty, and snails just aren&#39;t interested in it.</p> <p><strong>Protect prone plants with copper barriers</strong>. For some reason, slugs and snails won&#39;t cross copper. You can <a href="http://www.glassmart.com/regular_foil.asp">buy copper foil online</a> for pretty cheap. I have a teeny courtyard that I use to grow tomatoes, so I put copper around the base and around the lip of the huge ceramic pots that I use. It looks pretty as an accent if you put it on right. You can also put a loop around the base of a plant.</p> <p>If you are a great big meanie, <strong>traps are easy to construct</strong>. Spray some beer on a board and place it, beer-side down, 1/2 inch off of the soil in a shady area of your garden. The snails that collect under there can be eaten, or thrown into your <a href="/is-this-job-worth-it">evil coworkers yard</a>. You can go out at night and collect them, as well. They are nocturnal, so day time collection is harder.</p> <p>Also, take note: <a href="/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">another use for vinegar</a>!</p> <p>&quot;As you wage your war on slugs and snails, you are almost certain to be &#39;slimed&#39; at least once. YUK! Mix up a little warm water and vinegar, and use this formula to remove the slime from your hands like magic!&quot;</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozzercork/146787892/">mozzercork</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snail-free-gardening">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-deter-garden-pests">8 Cheap Ways to Deter Garden Pests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-valuable-things-to-plant-in-your-garden-this-spring">10 Most Valuable Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-landscaping-and-gardening-skills-that-will-save-you-money">9 DIY Landscaping and Gardening Skills That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mosquito-repellent-plants-with-a-dual-purpose">6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants With a Dual Purpose</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living bugs compost flowers garden gardening organic pesticides pests plants slugs snail-proof snails soap top soil water Tue, 03 Apr 2007 20:17:27 +0000 Andrea Karim 446 at http://www.wisebread.com Can Beauty Be THIS Basic? http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-beauty-be-this-basic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009193995_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="woman applying face cream" title="woman applying face cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The NY Times has an online article that will probably get the reporter, Natasha Singer, killed by a contract assassin employed by Lancôme or La Mer. Remember that scene at the beginning of Zoolander, where all the heads of major fashion houses are plotting to kill the prime minister of Malaysia? Kind of like that, but with one of the Lauders at the helm.</p> <p>The basic message of the article is that you can pretty much care for your skin using <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/04/fashion/04skin.html?pagewanted=1&amp;ei=5090&amp;en=c5e06ebf36a27673&amp;ex=1325566800&amp;partner=rssuserland&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=0">soap, water, and sunscreen</a>. If this turns out to be true, I imagine that the earth is about to careen into the sun any minute now.</p> <p class="blockquote">Dermatologists are prescribing simplified skin-care routines requiring at most three steps: soap; sunscreen every day, no matter the weather or the season; and, if necessary, a product tailored to specific skin needs, whether a cream for pimples or pigmented spots, or a vitamin-enriched moisturizer for aging skin. Each product, they say, can be bought at drugstores for $30 or less.</p> <p>Actually, this is the skincare regime that I employed when I was growing up, and I was blessed with clear skin until I was 25, when I suddenly started breaking out all over the place like Puberty Boy on <em>The Simpsons</em>. Since then, I've spent a fortune on washes, creams, potions, lotions, astringents, removers, exfoliators, and finally, <a href="http://www.proactiv.com/" target="_blank">ProActiv</a> (I bought the starter pack, which got rid of my pimples, but also caused my face to be red and scaly for two weeks &mdash; I can now only use the treatment once a week or so).</p> <p>Anyway, I've been thinking for a while about getting rid of the mess that is my skin care regimen and try the whole wash-n'-sunscreen method, but I was dreading the thought of not being able to smell the sweet, sweet scent of my Shiseido freckle-reducing cream. It's all a part of learning to fake luxury, I suppose.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-beauty-subscription-boxes-are-worth-the-cost">Which Beauty Subscription Boxes Are Worth the Cost?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-keys-to-creating-an-affordable-makeup-kit-youll-love">9 Keys to Creating an Affordable Makeup Kit You&#039;ll Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dandruff-shampoos">The 5 Best Dandruff Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cosmetics makeup shopping skin care soap sunscreen Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:20:30 +0000 Andrea Karim 157 at http://www.wisebread.com