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July 2, 2013 at 10:17 AMComments: 2 Faves: 1

4 Life Changing Products Already in Your Kitchen

By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This Author

Prepare to have your life changed beyond your current comprehension. When the reading of this blog has come to a finish, you will be counted as one of the enlightened. There is no turning back. There are no more redos. The world you know is coming to an end. Change is survival. This is smart living.

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is awesome! It can be used as a lubricant on most household DIY projects and (hopefully) doesn't contain anything nasty. If you spill olive oil on the ground I doubt the ground will be "contaminated". Olive oil obviously has merits in cooking too, one of my favorite uses is to coat burgers in olive oil and then covering it with herbs, the oil keeps them super juicy when they are grilled! Of course, there is always the classic olive oil and spices with a loaf of french bread, always fantastic!

I use olive oil most as a pre-shave oil. There are products out there that are used as pre-shave oils, but they always seemed to be stupidly expensive for what is in the bottle! Take for example The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil, for a 2oz bottle you pay $25.00! WHAT!? That is insane, people! A 25oz bottle of olive oil will run MAYBE $7.00. Maybe. It works just as well as the insanely priced stuff.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for a variety of things as well, though I don't have a 100% complete list, there are a few things that I use baking soda for. The most practical to me is the deodorizing properties that baking soda has. Baking soda can be put inside shoes to get rid of stinky feet and it can also be added to the normal amount of laundry detergent for an extra boost in the washer! 

Baking soda can be used as a natural whitener for teeth as well! After brushing your teeth, dip the bristles in a bit of baking soda and brush for just a little bit longer for a whiter smile. If for some reason you catch something on fire during all this, baking soda is fire retardant and will quickly douse an unwanted flame.

3. Brown Sugar+Lemon Juice

Have you ever looked on the ingredient lists of store bought face scrubs? There are crazy amounts of things with scary multi-syllable names that corporate america wants on your face in those bottles! Brown sugar with a little lemon juice is a good alternative! The sugar is abrasive enough to effectively take off dead skin, but is still gentle and washes off very easy. The lemon juice acts as a bit of a built in toner! I usually mix like a cup and a half of brown sugar with the juice that comes out of half a lemon and use it in the shower.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

To take your glowing skin to the next level, apple cider vinegar may be very helpful! This one I have yet to try, but am going to start experimenting. As per my internet researching goes, a mixture of apple cider vinegar diluted in water (because it is very acidic) does wonders for the complexion of your face. Apparently it's supposed to even out the skin tone and lessen breakouts. I have read different forums that recommend different ratios ranging from 1:1 cider/water to 1:8 cider/water, but I have a feeling that it comes down to whatever feels like it is working the best for your specific skin type. If anyone has tried this, tell me in the comments how it worked!

Hope your life was changed! :D!

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  • So you really use brown sugar and lemon juice as face wash? I might have to do that myself.

  • when I was in Hawaii a few years back I purchased a bottle of cane sugar (it looks like big brown crystals) my idea was to change this into a body scrub.
    Believe it or not it is still sitting in my drawer and I haven't tried it yet, mostly because I didn't know what to mix it with. Now I know I can mix it with lemon juice. Thanks for the tips.

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