All women of a certain age start to notice these unattractive stains appearing with time. The stains develop on the most exposed areas such as the face, neck and hands, and often give away a person’s age. The main cause of course is sun exposure, which is enemy number one for the skin, which we don’t want to see ageing!
Importantly, these spots are benign. But it’s true, they’re not the most attractive. So here are 9 simple and 100% natural remedies to reduce their appearance.
1) Fresh lemon juice
Citric acid is an natural whitening agent which exfoliates the skin and reduces stains. You simply need to apply it twice a day, every day, and leave it to work for at least 30 minutes (although be aware that it could give an unpleasant tight feeling to the skin). You will see improvements within a few weeks.
Be careful, as lemon makes the skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays, so wait until the juice is well dried before going outside.
2) Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar naturally contains AHA which reduces spots on the skin due to sun exposure and age. Mix it with olive oil to render your skin smooth and soft after 20 minutes. You may notice some tightness or redness, but this is normal if you have sensitive skin. You can dilute the mixture if necessary with a little water.
3) Onion juice
The sulphur in onions is an excellent antiseptic and their acid facilitates exfoliation. If your skin cannot tolerate lemon, onion is an excellent replacement. You simply need to rub a slice of onion to the area two or three times a day.
You can also mix a dessertspoon of onion juice and two dessertspoons of honey and apply this to the affected area. Leave it to work for 15 minutes before rinsing it well to remove the odour. Repeat once or twice a day.
The scientific term for this problem is “onychocryptosis”, or in simpler terms “ow, ow, the pain!” When the nail becomes embedded in the soft tissue around it, no good can come of it. Inflammation starts in the soft tissue around the nail, which results in fairly intense pain and localised redness. Without treatment, the problem can become worse, and pus can start to form.
If we often know what caused the problem (ill-fitting shoes, cuts, a genetic predisposition, poorly cut nails, etc.), we don’t always know how to treat the problem when it starts, and these 6 remedies should give you some great leads. For more information, read our article on how to naturally heal an ingrown toenail.
1) Garlic: a natural antibiotic for infection and inflammation
Crush a clove of garlic with a pestle and mortar and apply the paste to your nail. Wrap it in a bandage and leave it to work overnight. Repeat until you start to get relief.
2) Onion juice: an antifungal, a calming antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory
Mix a half an onion with 5 drops of fresh lemon juice. Try to get the maximum amount of juice from the onion during preparation. Strain the mixture with a cloth and apply the liquid you obtain to your nail with some cotton wool. Do this twice a day every day.
3) Take an Epsom salts foot bath to relax your legs and prevent the nails from embedding themselves in the skin
Heat two litres of water, but make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Next add 60g of Epsom salts. Bathe your feet in this for a quarter of an hour. After the foot bath, dry your feet with care and cover them with socks.
Everyone already knows how useful toothpaste can be every day in ways other than cleaning your teeth and preventing bad breath. People who have spots have probably already tried it out to dry out pimples, and people with weak nails have surely tried applying it with a toothbrush to get them into a healthier state. Here are some of our other articles on the subject, here and here.
Here are 5 other techniques to complement them, for turning this seemingly ordinary paste into something truly extraordinary!
1) Rapidly reduce bruising
Bruises can quickly become nothing but a bad memory with this weird but effective technique. The colour, inflammation and swelling will be quickly reduced: in the evening, mix some toothpaste with cream and apply the mixture to the affected area. Cover it with a gauze or a bandage to avoid staining your sheets and rinse it the following morning. Surprising!
2) Remove small to medium stains from a rug
Simply apply toothpaste to the area and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Rinse and repeat if necessary. It works wonders!
3) Say goodbye to dye stains
This is a hairdresser’s tip that seems strange but that is very effective. In fact, the toothpaste is abrasive enough to remove the stains, without damaging the skin. You simply need to rub it in and rinse it off.
4) Toothpaste works well for drawings on the walls
Start by applying a little toothpaste to the drawings, rub it in and remove it with a damp cloth.
Test it out on a small part of the wall beforehand, in case the ingredients in the toothpaste remove the paint.
5) No more smelly tupperware or containers
For containers that have retained food odours, using toothpaste instead of washing up liquid will be a big help. This will eliminate smells from your tupperware, thermos flasks, babies’ bottles, or containers with food that is rotten or gone off.
If you have furry pets, there is a good chance that a lint roller plays a vital role in your daily life, for de-fuzzing your clothes. For other people, the lint roller is a useful tool from time to time for fluff or pilling on clothes, but the rest of the time it stays hidden in the laundry room.
However, this adhesive roll can serve many different functions, and can help you out with housework and arts and crafts. We have assembled the 12 best and most unique ways of using a lint roller, other than for removing hairs and dust.
1) Easily remove insects that gather around a ceiling light or a lampshade.
2) Gather glitter that has gone everywhere after doing arts and crafts, without being tormented by its sticking power.
3) Gently remove dust from a lampshade, blinds or curtains.
4) Clean the bottom of a bag by giving a rub of a lint roller (to gather dirt and crumbs).
5) Remove dirt from awkward spaces like drawers or the nooks and crannies in your car.
6) Give a quick clean to armchairs and cushions to remove dust, crumbs and any other dirt.
7) Remove tiny shards of glass without cutting yourself.
When someone has bad breath, we often think that it is due to poor hygiene. However, sometimes such problems can be caused by illness, diet or as a result of bacteria multiplying in less accessible parts of the mouth. Mouthwash is a big help in combating these problems and to help create better breath.
There is a gentle technique, inspired by ancient ayurvedic remedies, that consists of making a mouthwash with vegetable oil. We are going to give you 4 good reasons to try using coconut oil as a mouthwash, and explain how to use it to fight tartar, bad breath and other dental problems (gingivitis, etc.)
1) Less pain when chewing
Thanks to its components, coconut oil can prevent infections, inflammation and occasional aches and pains in the mouth.
2) It can prevent toothaches and gum infections
Its fatty acids and antibacterial properties fight against the presence of micro-organisms. It is also known for fighting off the main bacteria (Streptococcus mutants) responsible for tooth decay as well as many other dental problems. Its anti-inflammatory properties mean it is effective for prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Thanks to the oil, the bacteria don’t have an environment in which to multiply and this reduces build-up. This also helps with cavities and bleeding gums.
3) It reduces bad breath
In the harder-to-reach areas of the mouth, bacteria can release gasses and residues that cause bad breath. To counter the problem, the solutions are simple: good dental hygiene, mouthwash and flossing. Rather than irritating your mouth with products containing alcohol, try out a coconut oil mouthwash that can reduce bacteria and thus improve bad breath.
4) It whitens the teeth
It helps with eliminating stains that form on the teeth, especially those caused by tartar and food residue. You will have progressively whiter teeth thanks to this oil, that makes your teeth cleaner and easily removes whitish deposits on the tongue.
How to use it?
1) Take a spoon of coconut oil and use it as a mouthwash for 3 to 5 minutes. It is recommended to do this first thing in the morning, but you can do it whenever suits you throughout the day.
2) Spit the oil into a bowl or into the bin afterwards, and not into the sink, because it solidifies when it cools and could block your pipes.
3) Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water if you have an unpleasant oily sensation afterwards.
Some people even mix it with bicarbonate of soda and use it as a toothpaste from time to time, which is also a possibility! Be aware that it is edible so there is no need to worry about getting sick if you swallow it by accident! As a final advantage, it tastes nice!
Are you suddenly motivated to clean everything that lies in your wake? Then you absolutely need to follow this guide, to learn how to effectively clean every item in your home! These tips were compiled by list25 and will show you what you have been doing wrong all these years, and how to more effectively clean your home from top to bottom!
To properly clean a burnt pot, you simply need cover the surface in a fine layer of water with white vinegar. Put the pot on the heat and add 2 dessertspoons of bicarbonate of soda once you have taken it off the heat. You can now easily scrub the burn away.
24. A rug or carpet
Pour a little vinegar onto the stain and sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda. Leave it to work until the mixture starts to bubble and is absorbed. Next, you simply need to scrub it with a cloth.
To prevent dust from gathering again quickly on your furniture, just use an anti-static cloth to avoid attracting dust with static electricity.
You can clean a painting with none other than a plain bagel! Rub the bagel gently over the painting to clean it perfectly.
21. A mirror
Newspaper works better than kitchen paper, which can sometimes leave marks.
Ceiling fans can be easily cleaned by placing a pillowcase over each blade and rubbing it along the blade. The dust will be trapped inside the pillow case, rather than all over the floor.
19. The bath
Bath taps can be cleaned with a mixture of salt and lemon or white vinegar.
Many of the newer and more expensive dishwashers are very effective and don’t leave any traces. But for those of us without brand new models or with less expensive models, the results aren’t always fantastic. However, if you have a dishwasher, it becomes impossible to do without it, and this is why you need to know the best methods for filling it up. A machine that is correctly filled will work better! Also remember to check the manual to ensure you are using the right dishwasher products (as certain products don’t work well in certain machines and can block them).
These techniques have been discovered after several frustrating experiences, finding mediocre results on certain types on dishes, or on certain stains. Easy to do, these tips will make a notable difference to your dishes. We advise you to start straight away, if you haven’t already done so!
1) Clean your machine from time to time
You can’t clean things with dirty tools! To clean the machine, remove the basket in the bottom and the filter (which you should also clean). See that everything is in order in the filter and in the parts (to make sure there is nothing blocking them or no food stuck in there) and clean them with white vinegar if necessary. Put everything back in place and put white vinegar into the machine (into the bottom of the machine and/or the place you normally put your products) and set it running. The white vinegar will remove odours and traces of hard water.
2) Don’t overload the dishwasher
You may think you are doing the right thing to avoid wasting water, or to get the most out of a wash, but in reality, too many dishes stacked too close together will prevent your machine from cleaning them properly, especially between dishes that are too tightly packed.
3) Leave a space of 2 to 3 centimeters between each item
On the same note as the previous point… instead of sticking the plates together, you need to leave a little space between them to allow the hot water and the active ingredients in your dishwasher tablets to reach the grease and residue on your dishes.
4) The glasses go between the prongs, and not on top of them
The prongs promote optimal organisation of the dishwasher trays and accommodate normal glasses as well as larger containers. This system allows you to arrange everything perfectly.
5) In the centre, the plates should face each other
Many dishwashers have a spray in the middle which sprays the water outwards. Therefore if your plates are facing this spray, the water can get at their surfaces better to remove dirt.
6) Mix your cutlery and place the handle facing up
Putting spoons in one compartment, forks in another and knives in another may seem logical, as everything fits well and it facilitates stowing them away afterwards, but the cutlery often comes out still dirty, because it tends to assemble too close together, especially with the water pressure in the machine. Mix it all together to prevent the items from sticking together, and to allow the water to better get between all the cutlery.
7) Separate your large dishes/bowls/pots (that are dishwasher compatible) from your usual dishes
Do separate washes for these items because your dishes are less dirty than these and will be cleaned better. By cleaning large dishes and pots separately, you will have a better chance that they will also be cleaned properly, because the water can circulate better around them in the machine. Additionally, you can clean things more effectively by doing fewer washes than if you mixed everything together, and ended up having to re-do it because the pots were not fully cleaned. What’s more, you can remove the cutlery holder to create more space and fit in a large pot or bowl.
Summer is long over, and don’t we know it! The bad weather is setting in, and the days are getting shorter. However, you may notice that you still have a few of summer’s remnants hanging around..
You may find a half empty bottle of sunscreen in your bathroom cupboards, and this is a product that doesn’t keep indefinitely. Therefore, we propose a few techniques for using up the end of your summer sunscreen, and for making everyday life easier at the same time. And sometimes it’s nice to just get the smell of summer, to remind us of our holidays by the sea….
1) Get rid of stains from permanent marker (or paint) on the skin
Take the sunscreen and rub it into your hands until the stains start to lift. When this is done, you can wipe your hands or rinse them with hot water to remove the residue of the sunscreen.
2) Remove glue traces left from a sticker or label
Apply sunscreen to the area and leave it to work for a little while. Scrub it with a towel to easily remove all traces.
3) Clean oxidised jewelry or metal
Pour some sunscreen onto a cloth (ideally a cloth like you would use to clean your glasses) and gently rub it into the metal. This should give it a boost of shine. If the object in question has detailed decorations or fragile material such as leather or gemstones attached, this technique is best avoided!
4) Look after your scissor blades
If the blades of your scissors have become sticky or if they are no longer shiny, put a little sunscreen on the blades and open and close the scissors several times, without cutting anything. Wipe the blades off with a tissue to remove the cream. The scissors will look as good as new!
Cleaning your skirting boards is nobody’s favourite task, especially because there are so many of them, and it quickly gets tiring. What’s more, dust gathers very quickly on them, and even when they are cleaned, it soon reappears. So when we spend hours on ours hands and knees with our back bent awkwardly and painfully, we want the job to be efficient and long lasting!
Here is an incredible technique to make sure you’re getting value out of your efforts.
What you need:
What to do:
1) Use dryer sheets as a dusters, and wipe them along the skirting boards.
2) Do the same thing again when the static effect has disappeared. It is in fact the anti-static effect of this technique that repels dirt and prevents dust from lodging on the skirting boards again too quickly.
Are you finding it impossible to find dryer sheets in the supermarket? In that case, use a little fabric softener on a clean cloth to clean your skirting boards.
There are stories in which things go badly, but which have a happy ending. This could be the case for anyone who has ever found their dream item of clothing in the shops, but made the mistake of putting it in the tumble dryer. Wham! It has shrunk by a few sizes and seems to be beyond repair. (Although granted, this does tend to happen more often after a number of washes…)
This nightmare happened to blogger Jill Nystul, who went looking for a solution, and found a way to save the day! Here is her easy solution, which has already proved itself effective! Her technique has gained so many followers that it has done several tours of the web. To try out at the next available opportunity!
What you need:
Two large towels
1) Fill your sink with lukewarm water and add around a capful of baby shampoo.
2) Soak your garment for a few moments, stirring it around to relax the material. This step allows the shrunken fibres to relax. After having allowed the material to soak a little, take it out of the water and gently squeeze it out.
It is important not to rinse the garment.
3) Place the garment on the towel, laid out on a flat surface.
4) Roll the garment in the towel to absorb some of the water, but to leave it damp.
5) Next lay the garment out flat on a dry towel and tug on it to stretch it out during the drying period until it is back to its original size.
There are ingredients that gradually start to take their place in the limelight in the field of cosmetics. This seems to be the case with charcoal, which we are hearing more and more about, especially on the internet. This product seems not only to relieve digestive problems (such as flatulence), but is increasingly becoming a beauty favourite, starting with beauty masks. And it’s no wonder, as this ingredient is great for your skin. This has inspired these 7 beauty techniques using charcoal, which are very easy to do at home. You can buy activated vegetable charcoal in powder or capsules, which can be bought for next to nothing in health shops, certain large supermarkets and of course, on the internet.
Before getting into the nitty gritty, remember that charcoal is a dark coloured product and you will notice a black or greyish colour while you are using it. This is important to remember if you want to avoid mess and stains (even if they are very easy to remove).
1) Whiten your teeth with this black treatment!
We already had the pleasure of sharing this surprising tip with you in a previous article. Here is a little reminder for a whitening treatment without any risks, because it is edible and non-abrasive. Combat plaque and stains by applying a little charcoal powder to a moist toothbrush, and brushing your teeth with it normally two or three times a week.
Mix it with water for a mouthwash that will neutralise bad breath and cleanse your mouth.
Make a mixture of powdered charcoal and aloe vera and apply it to the affected area, to say goodbye to pain and itching. You can even apply the mixture to spots. Leave it to dry and rinse it off with hot water.
Bonus tip: If there is significant redness, you can also add a drop of lavender essential oil to the mix.
3) A cleansing face mask
As we said earlier, charcoal is an ingredient becoming more and more common in face masks, and it is a great way to rid the skin of impurities. Apply a mixture of carbon powder and aloe vera to the face and allow it to dry, before rinsing. With the aloe vera, the skin will not dry out.
In keeping with our recent article on the health benefits of various herbs, today we have an article especially dedicated to basil. As well as smelling incredibly good and working fantastically in dishes (coupling especially well with tomato), basil is good for our health in many ways.
It is a herb that we know makes an excellent natural sedative and which reduces anxiety. What’s more, it has antibacterial properties which can help us recover from many ailments. Here are some of the best.
1) To combat stomach cramps, colic and to reduce flatulence
To ease these symptoms, drink an infusion made from 5 g of fresh basil leaves, which you boil in a cupful of water. To fight against more persistent cramps or colic, infuse 5 leaves of basil and a few drops of lemon.
2) Put an end to mouth infections, little cuts in the mouth and bad breath
Mix 100 g of dried basil leaves in 1 litre of water and gargle with this mixture.
3) Fight stress and soothe your nervous system
Make a mixture comprised of a spoon of thyme and a spoon of basil, and add it all to 500 mls of boiling water. Leave it to cool for fifteen minutes, allowing it to infuse. Strain it before drinking and add honey for a sweeter, more pleasant taste.
4) Effectively treat sore throats and coughs
We advise that you gargle with an infusion made from 15 g of basil leaves and flowers in a litre of water.
If you have a cough, we advise that you mix 20 g of basil in 1 litre of water and leave it to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink this mixture 3 times a day with meals.
5) A relaxing bath after a long, grueling day
Infuse around 50 basil leaves in 1 litre of water. Add this to your bath water to increase its relaxation properties. After the bath, you will feel calmer.