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A Fresh Start: Spring Cleaning The Natural Way

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Spring has arrived and that means that it’s time for picnics in the park, barbecuing with friends, seeing flowers in bloom, and deep-cleaning your living space. That’s right, folks, it is time to start scrubbing! Before you bust out the chemicals, though, we want to warn you about to toxic effects of spraying your house with chemical cleaning products.

 

While common household cleaners can make your living space appear clean, they can damage your health as they linger in your home. Exposing children to these chemical cleaners has been associated with mild skin irritations, asthma, and other poisonings. This is attributed to the inhalation of the chemicals in the cleaning products, but also to the fact that touching the “cleaned” surfaces in the house means that one can absorb the chemicals via the skin.

 

Indoor air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly tops the list of environmental dangers. The pollution is primarily caused by the use of cleaning products. If you feel dizzy, fatigued, or experience eye irritation, sore throat, runny nose, or headaches, you are most likely sensitive to the cleaning products. Even though the EPA has ranked indoor air pollution as dangerous, the government doesn’t regulate the safety of cleaning products. Fortunately for you, we have several non-toxic, homemade cleaners that are much healthier than commercial, chemical-laden cleaning products.

 

DIY Disinfectant Spray

Ingredients:

  • Enough lemon peels to fill up a quart-size mason jar
  • Enough distilled white vinegar to fill that mason jar
  • A spray bottle

Instructions:

  • Fill a quart-size mason jar with lemon peels.
  • Fill the jar almost to the brim with distilled white vinegar. Seal the jar and allow it to sit for about one day in a cool dry place.
  • Strain the vinegar through fine mesh strainer into another jar or bowl.
  • Pour the strained vinegar into a spray bottle, screw the top on, and spray away and start cleaning!

 

Appliance Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 part distilled white vinegar
  • 1 part water

Instructions:

  • In a spray bottle, mix one part distilled white vinegar and 1 part water. Spray on your appliances and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.

 

All Purpose Cleaning Spray

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup + 5 teaspoons distilled water, boiled
  • 3 tablespoons +1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 drop liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops pine essential oil
  • 3 drops spruce essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Make sure you shake it up every time before you use it. Spray whatever surface you want clean and then wipe the germs away.

 

Citrusy Dish Soap

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons washing soda
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 5 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the washing soda in the boiling water. Add the liquid castile soap and stir until everything is dissolved. Let this cool.
  • When the mixture is cooled, stir in the essential oils and pour it into a bottle. It is important to shake well before you use it.

 

Sources:

https://www.motherearthliving.com/homemade-cleaners/a-fresh-start-natural-spring-cleaning

https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning

2019-03-20T16:12:25+00:00

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    Q: If I detoxify my body and within that month I happen to inhale cleaning products while Cleaning my house or wear perfumes daily will it defeat the purpose of the detox?

    A:

    A little! What you inhale goes into your body via your bloodstream. Why not wear natural scents (i.e. essential oils)? Why not clean with natural household supplies brands such as Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner, Earth Balance, Bon Ami, etc.? We list alternative cleaning brands in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL (e-book) available on-line.

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    Q: How would I go about doing that? Also by cleaning the whole body would I also be cleaning the colon? I want to be sure to clean out everything! Please advise.

    A:

    Read up on our Full Body Cleanse or the article "WHY YOU NEED TO DETOX."

    Performing a Full Body Cleanse will cleanse all your eliminative channels, including the colon.

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    Q: Hello, I read one of the articles it said to drink distilled water. I was drinking that because I thought it was the right one. A book I was reading said to drink spring water. Can you explain the difference to me about distilled and spring?

    A:

    We answer your inquiry in our article on "ALKALINE WATER". Distilled is BEST for Detoxing whereas Spring water is good daily drinking water. But you're Detoxing!

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    Q: How long will the oxy drops last in one bottle? Also, how many drops in an 8oz glass of water? How many glasses of water a day should I drink?

    A:

    Normally it lasts about a month. Use 30 drops of Oxy Drop per glass of water. You should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.

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    Q: I AM EXPECTING MY DETOX PACKAGE TO COME IN POSSIBLY ON TUESDAY. I WANT TO START REPLENSHING MY DRY FRUITS. 1. ALMONDS 2. PECANS. 3. RAW CASHEWS. I HARDLY EAT PEANUTS AND I KNOW THEY ARE NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL. DO YOU RECOMMEND WALNUTS? MY FAVORITE ARE ABOVE. PLUS SHOULD I GET DISTILLED WATER? ALSO BEFORE DISCOVERING DHERBS, I PUT In A WHOLE WATER FILTRATON SYSTEM IN MY HOUSE AND I BELIEVE IT IS CONSIDERED PURIFIED WATER. IS THIS GOOD OR SHOULD I BUY BOTTLED DISTILLED WATER. I AM VERY ANXIOUS TO START DETOXING BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME.

    A:

    Walnuts are good to eat during the Full Body Cleanse. Distilled water is the best water during the Full Body Cleanse, but your filtered water would also be okay to drink during the cleanse.

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    Q: I was cleaning my place yesterday and shortly after, I noticed small itchy red bumps all over my body mainly arms, shoulders, back. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that it might be dust mites (I have a long-haired cat that sheds a lot). What can I do to treat the bumps (I don't want any scaring) Is there an alternative to soaking in a tub (I'm renting a condo and I don't feel that soaking in someone else's tub is sanitary). Also, how can I prevent them?

    A:

    BY ALL MEANS - DETOXIFY YOUR BODY! PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX AND USE A GOOD SALVE OR OIL (I.E. OZ OIL) EXTERNALLY. AND "NO" YOU DON'T HAVE TO PERFORM THE SOAK. YOU PREVENT DUST MITES BY GOOD HOME CLEANING (ALMOST DAILY), USING CERTAIN PRODUCTS (VISIT GAIA.COM FOR PRODUCTS), AND AIR FILTERING (PREFERABLY OZONE).

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    Q: Hey wassup Dherbs.com, I got a question about when people try to say they clean the meat with vinegar and citruses before they cook it. What does "cleaning" the meat have to do with the pesticides, worms, and other harmful things added to the meat? I read from your articles that the worms have a shell that forms in very high temperatures so it doesn't kill them.

    A:

    You can't clean meat, Beloved. Period! Folks are doing something just to be doing something! All meat is corrupted and toxic! Period!

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

    A:

    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

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    Q: I have a question about your ANTI-VIRAL FORMULA. My wife took 3 pills as instructed on the bottle but soon discovered redness (blood) in her urine after using the bathroom. Is this part of the cleaning process? She even tried just taking one pill and got the same results. The redness wasn't dark, just light. Thanks in advance for your response.

    A:

    Please read the articles "HEALING CRISIS" and "IS THIS NORMAL?" found in the articles section.

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    Q: Is Crystal Body deodorant spray safe to use? It's supposed to be all natural No Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Fragrance and Paraben free

    A:

    Did you read the "BEWARE OF DEODORANTS AND ANTIPERSPIRANTS" article? "Also beware of crystal stick deodorants. If the brand only contains mineral salts (i.e. 'Naturally Fresh' brand), you can take a chance. But just make sure "aluminum" is not an ingredient in any crystal deodorant you purchase. And because manufacturers are sneaky and tricky and only care about profits, make sure the crystal deodorant doesn't list "alum" as an ingredient. Alum is short for "aluminum", as in ALUM-inum (Alum + inum)."

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    Q: Two months ago I used your Full Body Detox, and got fabulous results. I also did The Total Woman Cleanse three weeks after the detox, and got fabulous results from both products. My family, and I have been vegan for the past eight months, and before that vegetarians. Now, I am still experiencing pimples, and some fungi which looks like a kind of wring worms, but much smaller apparing on my body. Not just mine, but other members of the family as well. I gave the children, and my husband their Full Body Detox, as well, and I have even bought the Oz Oil to treat this. I really don't know what to do right now, this stuff is spreading on my body, but I have a very possive attitude with it still. I thank God that I am richer in color (meaning very dark) that one can't really see spots after they have dried up. But, I should also tell you that Bermuda is a very moldy place to live! One has to contantly stay cleaning washing, and airing out the house out.

    A:

    Start performing the "Sea Salt Soak" (read our article by the same title in our articles section). Perform daily if you can! I'd also recommend you alternate between the Oz Oil, and the Healing Skin Oil. Read the article "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder." Continue to stay positive! Consider reading "The Mental Science Manual." (highly recommended)

    Article:
    Sea Salt Soak
    Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder

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    Q: Hello, this is my 2nd time doing the full body cleanse. I did it last year so now I'm doing it again. I started on Monday 3/9 and since have lost 5 lbs. Is that normal? Also why do you recommend Distilled water and not Spring and/or filtered (Brita). I have always drank a lot of water but roughly how many times a day should I urinate and how many times a day should I make a BM? When I did it the first time last year it was late Spring early Summer and incorporated a lot of walking which helped out a lot. This time not so much due to the horrible NY weather. I would appreciate you answering my questions and getting back to me at your earliest convenience. Thanks

    A: Everyone's body is different and responds to the regimen differently. Losing 5 pounds in days is okay. Distilled water is the best type of water that helps to detox the body. You should be drinking half your body weight in water. Anything you put into your body you can expect it to come out. Bowel movements and urination is directly related to the foods and beverages you're consuming. Be sure that you're consuming three regular meals a day; eating fruits and vegetables with fiber.

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    Q: I am taking nexium 2Mg to prevent vomiting. Now I am having headaches at both sides of my temples mouth waters up as though preparing to throw up but muscles do not respond. Resulting in a feeling of sour stomach nausea and a constant hot pulsating pain that is even worse at night. Here is a list but complete list of all known symptoms and circumstances: 1975-1977 weight 110 lbs 1982 diagnosed hyperthyroidism weight 98 lbs. proprylthyoruracil taken also radio active iodine no follow-up treatment only herbal teas cleaning regular diet no pork or by products 1983 pregnant 110lbs. June 1983 March weight 210lbs. Newborn weight 4lbs. 14ounces 1985 weight 135lbs. 1986 April wt. 205lbs newborn at 6lbs. 12ounces 1993 weight 130lbs 1994 September wt. 195lbs newborn at 7lbs. 9ounce 1997 colonics chlorophyll 2000 miscarriage 2002 miscarriage 2003 weight 175lbs. 2006 weight 195lbs 2007 February colonics no additives March hypothyroidism diagnosis weight at 215lbs Synthroid taken approx. 2wks abdominal pains / stop taking synthriod pain subsides / lower dosage taken approx. 1wk / intensified pain with nausea & vomiting tried Armour Thyroid Extract & Herbal equivalent with same results / Stop all Meds. & herbs/Pain has intensified prilosec does not help 2007 May emergency room visit all test normal Bill: $10,000 No insurance / weight 215lbs. 2007 October 26 - 31 stomach will not hold food or water without vomiting 2007 October31 Emergency Room Visit/all test normal detect minor stomach irritation/Follow -up prescription :Gastroenterologist Weight 224lbs height 5'4 New Hospital Bill undetermined Employment Pending Problem : paid $324 for individual insurance coverage from Beech / Aetna Now they are nowhere to be found. ACH revolks has been put on my account to keep that bogus insurance associate from using my account information and to recover that which they have already taken. Nexium was prescribed for the last 6 months I have been experiencing nothing but intensifying pain and sleepless nights being awakened by pain or frequent calls to urinate. At times I look as though I am 9 months pregnant. I have infrequent bowel movements and hardly any food in my stomach. I am constantly experiencing hunger pains so I just drank a lot of water. Now my stomach won't event take water without making me nauseated. All the little cleansing diets has robed me of my strength the smallest of task feels like a chore . If you can't help me I'll understand. The pain is mainly in middle of chest and in my back between the shoulder blade it burns and causes my whole abdominals and diaphragm to swell. It feels like an acidic chemical in my chest shoot out almost like, (if you could imagine) a spray bottle. It sprays like tiny streams of a burning like chemical into the breast, muscles in my upper and lower back tightens, my spine burns and my diaphragm feels like it is on fire and it starts to literally vibrate and trimmer in pain. I am in constant pain.

    A:

    I highly suggest you first perform our Full Body Detox (maybe twice, back to back). After the Full Body Detox, I would suggest you try our Weight Release kit and regimen which will help you to regulate your weight. Consider a vegan and raw foods diet. Order our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual and check out these diets and how to incorporate them into your life.

    After your cleanses, your daily regimen should consist of: Thyroid Formula, Electric Greens, Weight Loss (Release) Formula, Bowel Mover, and HYPERLINK "http://www.dherbs.com/store/rainforest-tonic-tea-p-289.html" Rainforest tea.

    No drugs will really help your condition. I don't recommend medication but it's your choice in the end!

    For pain, we have a Headache and Pain (Bio-salicin) formula which works well with MSM Sulfur (of which you need to take 9-15 capsules per day, maybe 3-5 capsules three times a day).

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    Q: I just recently completed the FULL BODY DETOX and have developed a taste for distilled water, with two additional gallons of water left. Are there any harmful effects of drinking distilled water over a prolonged period of time?

    A:

    Yes, it can leech vital minerals from your body. Spring water is better! But you should be fine finishing the 2 gallons.

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    Q: Thank you so much for doing all that you do. I wish that you were in my everyday life...If I ever come to Cali, I hope to be able to take you up on some of your services. I have given your site out to many people that cross my paths...most recently, a man with diabetes who is going blind. He seemed to be quite thankful for your info...I do hope that he contacts you...and my friend who perhaps has a problem with a parasite(s). But me....okay just waiting for tax refund and then I will hit you up for another full-body detox...and perhaps a parasite kit myself...as it is sad but true..with my current boyfriend careless but kind...I now have a problem with genital herpes...a small breakout every other month...I eat well for the most part...ofcourse it could be better. But the stress is hish...I am working on that. But my question is...would an air purifier do me any good? You see I live in Dundalk, Maryland...near baltimore...near a Steel plant, and a yeast plant, and close to the military practice bombing sites, and other military negative stuff, and the city polluted with car pollution, tons of light pollution, and they spray for mosquitos...then I go to work and I work at a place called ABC Supply...great place right, well the stress is high, and the building we work in is shot...I swear there is mold under the carpets in one of the rooms...the ceiling is constantly leaking and we don't know what from...and the fumes from forklifts and the asphalt from the shingles...the filterfrom the intake gets changed like once a year...but is filled with 'shit' probably in a day or week. So the answer is to get a new job and move...yeah I know...I just don’t know how to do it...or where to go. Since I moved here, I have a problem with my ears...filling up with water or histimine or whatever...usually if I don't drink enough water near my menstrual cycle...I went to a doctor once and basically walked out of the office telling him what to do for his cold...yasee..he was no help...I knew more than him already....these past two years have been bad for allergies. Now, my ears and my throat...my nose too...though I do clean it out with water and that helps. I am not the only one. In the past two years there is a great number of people who say the same thing...they have never had a problem with allergies until these past two years. My grandmother and next door neighbor are two..but many more...well they just started up that steel mill again probably about that time...they sprayed hard core for mosquitos right before my grandmother started having problems...global warming for one...and i dont' know..but two years ago I was involved with a group of people sending out petitions against an LNG liquid natural gas plant that would bring in a ship two times the size of a football field and a huge pipe line to pennsylvania, and a skyscraper of a building to store the gas. Well...we fought against it...but apparently the gas company has more say than our own local government...I don't know...but hear about it every once in a while that they are still trying to get it built. So, an air purifier?? what do you think? Much Love and Health and Thanks!! Peace, RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your words, Beloved. Much obliged from the heart!

    A:

    In regards to your question: Oh yes! By all means purchase an air purifier or an ozone machine (which will actually be best or better for you). Make sure you detox (FULL BODY DETOX) periodically, consume ACTIVATED CHARCOAL, and take plenty of IODINE PHOSPHATE as sea weed is great for neutralizing the effects of radiation.

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    Q: Hi, thanks for giving people like me some hope that we can all be healed. I recently bought the FULL BODY DETOX and I see where I need to drink distilled water for the first 2 weeks. I am unable to find distilled water here (Jamaica) but I see deionized water is that the same thing as distilled water?

    A:

    It's not the same water but it will do!

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    Q: Essential oils - Some essential oils have an effect on the male hormonal or sexual reproductive system and can be inhaled directly into the nose, burned in a diffuser, or applied to the bath water or the body itself. What are some of these oils and do you sell them?

    A:

    Sexually stimulating essential oils include NEROLI, ROSE, YLANG YLANG, DAVANA, COMBAVA, JASMINE,PATCHOULI, and SANDALWOOD.

    Dherbs.Com does not sell these oils individually; but we do have great inhalers made of them. Check out our inhalers on our site (on-line store).

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    Q: So what are the essential nutrients and what products do you have or that I can buy that will do what is need to resolve this skin problem??

    A:

    THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS ARE ALL 102 MINERALS (CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, SODIUM, MAGNESIUM, ZINC, IRON, ETC.), VITAMINS, AMINO ACIDS, B-VITAMINS, ETC. FOR THE SKIN PROBLEM, I SUGGEST PERFORMING THE FULL BODY DETOX FOR STARTERS. APPLY OZ OIL EXTERNALLY TO THE FACE, ESPECIALLY AFTER A GOOD FACIAL WASH AND SCRUB.

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    Q: Question, I usually drink distilled water but for the last month or so I?ve been drinking more sparkling water with lemon ["Blu' Italy"] ...it sparkling water good for u or no?

    A:

    It's your choice! If it has carbonation in it, I wouldn't drink too much of it. Spring water is best on the market (unless you can find a brand of water that is alkaline and antioxidant). Drinking too much distilled water can leech vital nutrients from the body. Switch up between distilled and spring.

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    Q: I am thinking about purchasing your Full Body Cleanse program, but I am concerned about one thing... too much weight lost. I am already thin, and do not want to fade away as I think three weeks on nothing but raw fruits and veggies may leave me looking sick. What is your suggestion? Are there any foods high in protein I can eat while cleansing? Also, thank you so much for your wisdom and insight. I listen to you on Blake Radio, and one of the reasons why I am buying your product is because you speak with so much passion. There are a lot of cleaning products out there, and to be perfectly honest, I have been so overwhelmed by the products out there that I ended up not buying anything. At any rate, thank you for your time and let please let me know if you have any suggestions on keeping up my weight while I cleanse.

    A:

    If you are concerned about getting enough food while maintaining a raw foods diet over a 20-day period, make sure you are consuming plenty of healthy fats to keep you full and satiated. Avocado, Coconut Cream or Oil, Raw Nuts, Raw Seeds, are great sources of nutrients and healthy fats that will keep you from losing weight.

    To get the protein you need, you can try making a smoothie with Vegan Protein Powder.