7 Steps to Make a Homeschooling Schedule that Works (Free Cheatsheet!)

How to Create a Homeschooling Schedule

Are you finding yourself homeschooling with the sudden school closures? Wondering where to start and how to make a homeschooling schedule that works for your family?

Making a schedule that works for your children and fits in your day is simpler than you think.

In this article, I am sharing the essentials you need to know before you make a homeschooling plan for your children.

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Things to Consider for Creating a Homeschooling Schedule

Get your kid’s daily routine in order by establishing an innovative homeschool schedule.

Inform everyone in your family about the timing, your expectation, and other details in advance. Doing this will help everyone to condition their mind as per the kids’ new schedule.

Some essential factors may influence the start time of your homeschool such as:

Working Schedules

Families with working parent(s) who work on different shifts may choose to begin the class after one of the parents is out for work. My husband works in the late afternoon shift, so I used to start school once he leaves for work.

Daily Habits

Some families prefer to be more active in the late afternoon or early evening hours. If you are one of them, you may choose to start late.

Moring-focused parents or early risers usually prefer to keep the starting time early in the morning. The choice is yours.

External Activities

Dual enrollment, co-op, or other out-of-the-class activities in your home school may decide the start time. You may want to finish your schoolwork after or before these commitments.

Setup Morning Routines

First of all, you should have a fixed morning routine for your homeschool. Specific daily start time will set everyone into the right habit and help them to be consistent.

Use your mornings prudently. If your kids see you ready every day at the same time, their learning spirit will also increase. You may also want to be free from your morning chores before starting the schoolwork.

Work with Your Family Needs not Against

Always keep in mind that every family and their needs are unique. You should make a plan that suits your family and you. A homeschooling schedule is considered great if it works in your favor, not against you.

If you have a new-born baby, have a sick child/parent/relative, a family farm, or home-bound business, you may choose to keep your homeschooling start time flexible. Flexibility in timing will help you adjust to any unforeseen circumstance.

Have a Fresh Approach

Bring freshness to your daily approach. Doing the same stuff every day can bore your kids and you. Surprise the little ones by throwing something exciting and new into the schedule. Adding flexibility in the mix will keep everyone happy.

Keep away from distractions

If you are planning to carve out some specific time in your daily schedule, you should ring-fence it. Avoid making appointments during that time slot. Refrain from using phones and don’t allow unexpected visitors to barge in. It may take some time to get used to the strict schedule, but don’t worry. Everything falls in place with time.

How to Create a Homeschooling Schedule

Yearly Homeschooling Schedule

The first step in your plan should be to determine your yearly schedule. Follow the homeschooling laws of your state in establishing your annual schedule. Some states mandatorily need you to include a specific number of home instruction hours every year.

Others require a certain number of homeschool days. Remaining states consider homeschooling a personal affair and put no restrictions on kids’ attendance.

A 180-day school term is standard across the states with different semester time slots. The terms can either be 4 of 9-week quarters, 2 of 18-week quarters, and 1 of 36 weeks.

The majority of the publishers make the 36-week model as a benchmark for the homeschool curriculum products. If you are planning to start your home school, this can be a high starting point.

Weekly Homeschooling Schedule

Once you have finalized the structure of your annual homeschool schedule, you can break it down to a monthly and weekly schedule.

Take external factors like work or co-op schedules into account at the time of planning your weekly homeschool schedule.

The best part of homeschooling is its flexible weekly schedule. It need not be from Monday to Friday.

If either or both the parents have an unconventional work week, you can easily adjust your kids’ school days to get more family time.

Some families keep four days every week for their homeschool work. They reserve the 5th day for field trips, co-op, and other important out-of-the-class activities.

Daily Homeschooling Schedule

The majority of the time, while asking about the homeschool schedules, people refer to the minute details of daily schedules.

The homeschool laws of your state may govern some aspects of regular homeschool schedules, as well as the annual schedule.  For example, your state’s law on homeschooling may require a certain number of hours of daily instruction.

New homeschooling parents may be a little apprehensive about the number of homeschool days. They may think that since it takes hardly 2-3 hours to complete day’s work, either they are not doing enough or kids are not learning enough.

But, let me tell you it’s a myth. 2 to 3 hours of dedicated and uninterrupted time is enough than 5-6 hours with interruption or breaks in between.

Most parents of young kids find it super easy to cover all the subjects within an hour or two, especially the 1st and 2nd graders.

As the students get into higher classes, the intricacy of subjects gradually increases. They may take more time to complete the daily homeschool work.

Students finishing their daily work early can use the extra hours to explore electives, nurture their hobbies, build the habit of reading and practice different extra-curricular activities.

Sample Daily Homeschooling Schedule

Many of you may keep your daily homeschool schedule flexible and based on your family’s needs and personality.

Some of you may prefer scheduling specific hours for every subject. Here’s a sample homeschooling schedule:

8:30 – Language

9:15 –Arts and Language

9:45 – Snack/break

10:15 –Social Science

11:00 –Reading

11:45 – Lunch

12:45 –History

1:30 –Your chosen electives (music, painting, art, etc.)

Other families may not be too picky on the subjects but may want their kids’ schedule to be specific time-bound.

How You Can Make a Homeschooling Schedule that Works

You won’t find any picture-perfect homeschooling schedule.

Learning through trial and error will help you set the right one for your family.

Always remember to shape or tweak your homeschooling schedule to fit in your family’s needs. There is no thumb rule, try some combinations and see which one works out.

Do share your feedback and ideas in the comments section below.

Happy Homeschooling!

FREE Coloring Pages for Kids (Pretty Unicorn theme!)

Are you looking to keep your kids engaged at home?

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Coloring is such a great way to keep your kids happy and busy at home.

The endearing and super cute unicorn designs are sure to keep them happy and color for hours together 🙂

If you have a little princess or prince at home, they are simply going to love having their own unicorn coloring book that has 10 pages!

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How Coloring Helps Children

Take a look at how coloring can be helpful:

  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Enhances pre-writing skill
  • Helps them pay attention to one concept and focus
  • Increases spatial awareness
  • Improves understanding of different colors
  • Enhances their creativity
  • Helps them become more confident

When children color with crayons, they become ready to use pencils, pens and markers. It lets them build a life long and healthy habit apart from being happy and engaged in the world of colors!!

Color at Home

Get ready to have a cosy parent-child snuggle when you let your kid color this super sweet unicorn coloring pages for kids that has 10 pages. It’s almost a mini coloring book!

8 Effective Ways to Disinfect Your Home (Bye-bye germs & viruses!)

Do you want to disinfect your home in this virus season? Here are 8 effective ways to sanitize your home and keep your loved ones safe.

What is Disinfection

As per Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Disinfection is a process that chemically eliminates most of the pathogenic microscopic elements on inorganic things.

Disinfectant are agents that cures any infection in our bodies or any devices. The chemical composition of a disinfectant destroys the dormant forms of toxic microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria.

It’s more effective in eliminating inanimate substances than hidden spores.

COVID-19 has been declared as a global emergency. Check its latest information by visiting online resources provided by WHOCDC and your local public health services. It’s recommended to use disinfectant whenever you can to stay away from infection and other diseases.

essential guide to disinfect your home

What’s the Difference between Disinfecting, Sanitizing and Cleaning?

Although often used interchangeably, these terms are not the same. Research by Sciencedirect indicates that cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing are diverse terms.

CDC has mentioned that cleaning removes dirt, impurities and germs from different objects and surfaces.

It works best by mixing right amount of water with liquid detergent or soap to make the surfaces germ-free. This process may not kill germs but reduces their numbers and minimizes the risk of infection to spread.

Disinfecting keeps any object or surface germ free. It uses chemicals to kill germs on different household items and surfaces.

The process is not designed to clean dirty surfaces like a typical floor cleaner. When you apply disinfectant after cleaning the surface, it kills germs and reduces the infection spreading risk.

As suggested by public heath standard and guideline, sanitizing keeps any object or surface in a safe level by lowering the number of germs.

This process works well with the right combination of disinfecting and cleaning and controls the spreading of infection.

Why Disinfecting the Home is Important

Protecting ourselves from deadly coronavirus is the need of the hour. The first step is to clean your hands before of after touching anything or anyone.

Stock hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes and soaps in your home before they fly off the shelves of supermarkets and departmental stores.

Taking extra care and being cautious at the outset will keep you free of germ and infection.

You can also use plant-derived essential oils to keep your home fresh and pure. Here are 20 natural ways to keep your home clean and safe.

Is only saving ourselves from infection enough? How should we safeguard our homes and household items? It’s equally important to wash your hand and keep your home clean and disinfected at the same time to keep virus at bay.

CDC’s Coronavirus website reveals that novel coronavirus can stay suspended for hours to many days on different surfaces.

Preventing it from sneaking into your body requires cleaning of stained and dirty surfaces followed by thorough disinfection.

Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing should work in tandem to get the best result. Try it today to prevent unwanted germs and viruses from entering your home and protect your loved ones.

How to Disinfect Your Home

Regular cleaning of frequently touched and used surfaces with DIY home cleaners are the key to stay safe.

You should thoroughly clean your toilets, kitchen, sinks, desks, switches, tables, doorknobs, door and window handles.

Once cleaning is done, apply EPA-approved disinfectants appropriate for every surface after reading the product label instructions.

Each product label includes detailed instruction of effective and safe use of cleaning products. Before using them you should take precautions, such as ensuring good indoor and outdoor ventilation and wearing gloves

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a suggested list of products that are effective against the Covid-19 or Coronavirus as it’s popularly known.

Remember to check the EPA registration number on the product label to confirm if it has the same active components.

8 Ways to Disinfect Your Home

The USEPA has collated a comprehensive list of products which is not specifically tested on COVID-19 but it has been proved mighty effective in thwarting other deadly viruses.

These products use different mixes of formulations and ingredients, to apply in the same way as directed by the product labels.

Cleaning High Touch Surfaces

It is recommended to wear disposable gloves for cleaning and disinfecting your household items or surfaces.

Your daily virus prevention measure should include thorough cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched and used objects and surfaces.

Regularly clean surfaces with a concoction of water and soap. Make routine cleaning a daily habit to stay safe.

Highly touched surfaces are: Light switches, window handles, study or work desk, doorknobs, phones, cooktops, toilets, sinks, keyboards, faucets and some furniture.

Make sure they are cleaned everyday to minimize the virus threat.

Disinfect surfaces

Use DIY disinfectants or buy yours from a nearby store. Make a diluted home bleach solution if that’s appropriate for the surface.

If you are buying from nearby store then make sure the product is within its expiry date.

Read the user guide and manufacturer’s application carefully to understand how the disinfectant should be applied. Make sure to have proper ventilation in your rooms while applying it.

Remember not to mix ammonia or other cleansers with your household bleach.

If you wish to make DIY bleach solution at home, follow this simple recipe:

Mix 5tbsp or 1/3rd cup of bleach in every gallon of water

OR

4tsps of bleach in each quart of water

Alcohol solutions are also quite effective in disinfecting the surfaces. To get the best outcome your disinfectant should have 70% alcohol.

Clean any household stuff, surface or a specific area in your home with a mixture of detergent or soap with water. Once the cleaning is done to your satisfaction apply a household disinfectant to eliminate the hidden virus and other toxins.

Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Make sure that the surface remains wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.

Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

Following instruction on the product label is essential to ensure safety and optimum use of it. Keep the surface wet for less than an hour to get the germs killed.

Take preventive measures like ensuring good ventilation, air circulation and wearing gloves while using the product. Strictly use the EPA-registered household disinfectants to get the maximum effect.

You can use the following sanitizing products like:

Disinfectant spray

Disinfecting wipes

Mobile Phone Disinfectant

Toy Disinfectant

Laptop screen disinfectant

Disinfectant cleaner

Toothbrush Disinfectant

Soft surfaces

Clean the soft surfaces like rugs, drapes or carpeted floor by mixing water and soap in the right ratio or with a surface cleaner.

Launder items should be cleaned as per the Manufacturer’s instructions or user guideline. Wash them with the warmest possible water, rinse properly and dry them completely before using again.

OR

Alternatively you can choose to disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. These products qualify the criteria set by EPA for using against coronavirus.

Laundry regularly

Doing laundry regularly is vital for our cleanliness. Wear disposable gloves to wash towels, linens, clothes and other items.

Rinse your hands with soap and wash them under running water the moment you open the gloves. If you are outside and cannot use handwash, compulsorily go for a hand sanitizer.

Wash everything as per manufacturer’s guideline. Make the water setting appropriate and the warmest and let the stuff dry completely. Make sure to clean and disinfect the clothes basket according to the guideline.

Clean hands often

Make the habit of cleaning your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

Once you remove the gloves or come into contact with an affected person, immediately wash your hands.

If you don’t have immediate access to water and soap and your hands look apparently clean, use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. If your hands are noticeably dirty then wash them thoroughly with water and soap.

Don’t have a hand sanitizer?

Here’s an easy recipe to make your own sanitizer.

You must clean your hands at the following times:

After sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing

Immediately after using the toilet

Before preparing or eating your food

If you touch your pets and any other animal

Before and after giving routine care to a person needing assistance (especially the kids and the elderly people in your home)

Never touch your mouth, nose and eyes with uncleaned or unwashed hands.

Avoid Travel

DO NOT travel at this trying time of Coronavirus pandemic unless it’s very urgent. If you can’t avoid travel, make necessary precautions to shield yourself.

Ever heard of a hazmat suit? Sounds alien, eh?

Using a hazmat suit is a useful idea to stay safe and keep germs and viruses at bay.

Hazmat is the short form of hazardous material, used as a decontamination suit. It’s a impermeable full-body suit with a personal protective equipment designed to protect you from hazardous substances.

Handle Food Carefully

Wear gloves and use hot water while washing kitchen utensils. Hold any non-disposable food service items with gloves and wash in a dishwasher or under running hot water. Clean hands immediately after having food.

Dispose Trash Properly

Use dedicated can to keep trash. It’s advisable to use disposable garbage bag to store trash instead of throwing directly inside the can. Use natural garbage can tabs to keep the foul smells away.

Wear gloves while collecting garbage bags and disposing trash. Immediately wash hands once you complete the process.

tips to disinfect your home

Can You Make Your Own DIY Homemade Disinfectant for Home?

As suggested by CDC (U.S Center for Disease Control), you can easily disinfect non-porous and hard surface by following the DIY Homemade Disinfectant recipe:

Mix 1/3 cup of sodium hypochlorite (regular chlorine-based bleach) with every gallon of water

You can also mix ½ cup bleach with ½ gallon of water

If you want make the small batches and test them out, mix 4tbsps chlorine bleach with 1 quart of water.

How to use in flat surfaces:
  • Wear gloves before applying the disinfectant
  • Dip a piece of cloth in the solution
  • Thoroughly wipe the surface
  • Let the solution stay on the surface for more than 5 minutes
  • Switch on the fan or AC to air dry it.
How to use in Food contact surfaces:
  • Food contact surfaces are high chair trays and countertops
  • Rinse them with warm water
  • Apply disinfectant on the entire surface
  • Let it settle on the surface for 5-10 minutes
  • Air dry after the process is complete
  • Carefully apply the solution to avoid splashing in your eyes or on your clothes. Sparingly use the disinfectants on surfaces and stainless-steel sinks.

Safety tips for Disinfecting the Home

Find below the crucial safety tips you should follow when applying disinfectants for cleaning your home.

  • You should first know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. Sanitizing requires less time – somewhere around 30 to 60 seconds. It helps in reducing the number of germs on a surface. Disinfecting can take close to 10 minutes and the process is designed to kill the germs and prevent us from being sick.
  • You need to check how long the non-porous and hard surfaces should remain wet for eliminating most of the germs. It is recommended to apply the product multiple times due to the liquid’s fast evaporating nature.
  • No product has the capacity to adequately disinfect and sanitize a dirty surface. Before applying the disinfectant make sure to clean the surface with water and plain soap.
  • Keep the chemical exposure minimal when applying disinfectants. Strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s instruction and precautionary steps given in the product label. If you don’t find any label guidance on the product label, take general precautions. Wear gloves, protect your eyes while using the liquids, wear socks with shoes and cover your arms and legs by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
  • Keep your pets, children and other family members away during the product application. Bring them back once the surface is dry and has no odor.
  • Use proper ventilation once the solution is applied. Keep the windows open for sometime and use fans to throw out the stale odor. You can use a mask or stay away from the applied surface if the odor feels too strong to handle.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap after applying disinfectant, that includes surface wipes as well.
  • Keep the container tightly closed when you are not using it. Open containers can be hazardous as the chance of liquid spilling out is more.
  • Keep the kids and pets away from disinfectant wipes. Never allow them to tinker around with the disinfectant bottle.
  • Remember masks and gloves are disposable. Throw them away after you use disinfectant as they can’t be cleaned.
  • It’s a bad idea to use disinfectant wipes to clean dirty hands or as baby wipes. Strictly use them as they are supposed to.

In these difficult times, be strong and stay safe.

Share your top tips to disinfect your home in the comments section.

18 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution that You Should Know

Is indoor air pollution hiding in your home??

Find out the top 18 sources of indoor air pollution and then eliminate them from your home.

What is Indoor Air Pollution

It’s easy to understand when your home needs sweeping or dusting, but it’s harder to figure out when the indoor air you breathe needs cleaning.

Dirty indoor air can be harmful to you and your family members without any visible signs.

Surprisingly, indoor air can carry more pollutants than its outdoor counterpart.

Never allow your home air to pose any adverse effect on the health of your loved ones.

It can be deadlier if any of your family members are diagnosed with asthma, breathing issues, or chronic lung disease.

In this blog, we want to make you aware of all possible indoor air pollution sources and show you how to get yourself protected from these invisible dangers.

What are the Sources of Indoor Air Pollution?

Asbestos

 “Asbestos,” a commonly used housing material formed by a group of fibrous minerals which are naturally occurring.

Multiple studies have pointed out that asbestos fibers can trigger chronic breathing problems and even respiratory cancer.

Old and worn-out asbestos products release microscopic – the tiniest form of fibers in the indoor air.

These particles are capable of suspending themselves for an extended period and get into your lungs when you inhale the polluted air.

Airborne fibers of asbestos are taste and odorless. Damaged and weakening products like fireproofing, acoustic materials, insulation, and floor tiles are the major sources of airborne asbestos in your home.

People dealing with asbestos daily such as asbestos abatement workers, maintenance and custodial workers, miners, and insulation workers) are at a higher risk of exposure to these deadly particles.

If correct safety measures such as face covers and masks are not used, workers may carry these unwanted guests (asbestos fibers) to their home and increase the health risk of their family members.

Bacteria And Viruses

We are all aware of airborne viruses and bacteria that cause recurring diseases such as influenza and the common cold.

The presence of these toxic organisms in indoor air can worsen the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory diseases.

You may wonder how airborne bacteria or viruses can trigger so many health issues.

They play a pivotal role in inflicting and worsening any disease due to their uncanny ability to use the air as a medium and travel a long distance through it.

When anyone coughs or sneezes, droplets of mucus and tiny water filled with bacteria and viruses spread in the air or settles down on the flat surface, doorknobs, or window latches.

Inhaling or contacting these harmful organisms can trigger conditions such as colds, coughs, flu and cause deadly diseases like tuberculosis and other hard-to-treat infections.

Check out these 20 natural ways to purify your indoor air.

Building And Paint Products

When the indoor air gets filled with the aroma of fresh paints, we feel happy and elated without realizing that these paints induce toxic VOCs in the indoor air and put our health in grave danger.

Similarly, new construction materials may release dust and fumes that can trigger various health hazards.

Commonly used building materials such as furniture, plywood, and other artificially processed wood products contain toxic chemicals that release bad odors and gases with age and regular wear and tear.

These products emit different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including deadly formaldehyde into the indoor air.

If you use many of these products at the same time, the indoor air can get highly polluted due to the toxic mix of different chemical fumes.

Chemically induced solvents, artificial paints, polishes, adhesives, floor and surface cleaners, and carpet cleaning materials can release harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and VOCs as they wear out.

Getting air purifying indoor plants into your home can be an easy and effective way to clean your indoor air.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide, scientifically known as CO, is a colorless, tasteless and odorless but a highly toxic gas.

The primary source of this gas is burnt fuel, such as oil, gasoline, kerosene, and other natural gases.

Regular exposure to CO depletes the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen and circulate it to our respiratory system.

Without proper precaution, it may reach or cross danger levels outdoors or indoors and trigger irreversible health issues. The familiar sources are:

  • Various Gas-emitting appliances (ovens, furnaces, ranges, clothes dryers, water, and room heaters, etc.)
  • Wood stoves and Fireplaces
  • Oil and coal furnaces
  • Heaters fueled by kerosene or oil or space heaters
  • Camp stoves and charcoal grills
  • Lawnmowers and other power tools run by gas
  • Fumes emitted by automobile exhausts.

Once Co sneaks into your respiratory system, it slowly attaches to the hemoglobin and gradually attacks the red blood cells.

Haemoglobin is known as the oxygen carrier of your body.

When CO breaks into hemoglobin, it does the first damage by blocking the oxygen level mandatory for your body to survive.

Gradually its adverse effect is widely seen and felt through a vast range of health issues.

Even low levels of CO exposure may trigger Nausea, Headache, Weakness, Dizziness, Disorientation, and Confusion. These conditions may worsen without proper medical attention.

Carpets

Carpets may elevate the aesthetic of your home, but its sticky surface traps all kinds of pollutants such as cockroach allergens, pet dander, dust mites, lead, microscopic particle pollutants, pesticides, mold spores, dust, and dirt.

Toxic gases and VOCs float in the indoor air and finally settle into your carpets by sticking to the tiny particles.

At the time of home renovation, strolling on the carpet, or even vacuuming, these toxic pollutants take refuge into the indoor air but doesn’t get eliminated.

Your small kids are the most vulnerable to the contaminants stuck in the carpet. They spend most of the time playing on the floor and tend to put their hands inside the mouths.

If the majority of your home surface area is carpet-covered, it can be challenging to remove allergens and other indoor air pollutants.

Chemically processed carpets, adhesives, and carpet pads can be potentially harmful to your health.

Some of these glues and chemicals are made with VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which release toxic pollutants and odor in the indoor environment.

Placement of new carpet has also been linked with persistent coughing and wheezing in babies and infants in their first few years of life.

Cleaning Supplies And Household Chemicals

Regular cleaning of the home, workplaces, and schools ensures good health for us and our kids.

The only challenge we face with the readily available cleaners is the high percentage of toxic chemicals.

You can find these chemicals everywhere, starting from polishes to soaps to pet grooming products.

Products that are advertised as “natural” or “green” may contain substances that can trigger health issues.

Many of the household cleaning products may contain allergens that cause throat or eye irritation, skin rashes, persistent headaches, respiratory ailments, and with regular exposure, these may even cause cancer.

Some of these products release toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and other volatile organic compounds in the indoor air.

We recommend you stay away from all these toxic substances, including bleach (commonly found in detergents and cleaners) and ammonia (a principal component of chemical fertilizers).

Room fresheners with artificially infused fragrances can grow indoor pollutants exponentially in your home.

Before using any cleaning product, thoroughly read the product labels, substances ratio, and carefully follow the instructions to ensure minimal exposure.

Continued usage of household cleaners with toxic chemicals and VOCs can be the major trigger for chronic respiratory ailments, persistent headaches, and different allergic reactions.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches, the unsightly and unpleasant pests which eventually become your unwanted guests by thriving on the nook and crannies of your home.

Remember, they are not just an isolated problem to look at and solve.

Their ability to produce harmful allergens and substances, which can trigger an allergic reaction in your body, or worsen the condition of asthma patients, make them highly notorious.

The allergens germinated by cockroaches get stocked up in their feces and different body parts. These microscopic particles can easily float in the indoor air and suspend there for a long time and eventually increases the pollution level.

Cockroach allergens share the same behavioral pattern to dust mites and get attached to heavier and larger particles that settle on the surface.

These allergens like to remain grounded rather than being airborne. Vacuuming your carpets, rugs, or dusty corners of your home can stir these up, push back into your home air.

Eventually, when you or any family member fall into the breathing range of these allergens, you will end up inhaling these hidden monsters into your respiratory system.

The familiar places are bedding, pillows, and many other dust-trapping materials for these allergens to hide and settle.

Dust Mites And Dust

Dust mites are invisible to human eyes but equally deadly as roach allergens.

These insect-like, microscopic pests can spawn some of the most lethal yet common allergens responsible for asthma and allergy triggers in many of us.

Dust mites are little Frankensteins can be anywhere in your house, they can live and germinate in the mattresses, beddings, carpets, rugs, curtains, upholstered, and old furniture in your home.

They get nourished by feeding on our dead skin cells traced in dust and grow at lightning speed.

Dust mites don’t behave like parasites; they won’t sting, bite, or sneak inside your bodies. Instead, they can do much greater damage to your body and immune system.

The allergens generated by them come from their body fragments and fecal pellets.

Dust mites problems are widespread in the US, nearly every 4 out of 5 home here have alarming levels of dust mite allergens.

If you or your family members are diagnosed with asthma or allergy, the conditions may get aggravated with dust mite exposure.

If these allergens remain undetected for long, they can have significant health impacts on kids, older adults, pregnant women, and people prone to allergies and respiratory issues.

Floods And Water Damage

Water leakage and flood water can be problematic for people with chronic respiratory conditions and aggravate the situation in some cases.

If your area gets flooded or waterlogged after heavy rain without a proper drainage system, the standing water can act as the perfect breeding ground for deadly viruses, mold, and bacteria.

These organisms are capable of suspending in the air for long and eventually gets inhaled and expose people to the risk of respiratory diseases.

Even when the floodwater is relatively clean, such as the storage of rainwater, still these microorganisms can thrive there and may trigger allergies to sensitive individuals with low immunity.

Floodwaters carry several toxins and sewage, mainly in the urban and congested areas.

These may include gasoline, diesel or oil, dead animals, stinky garbage, toxic chemicals that get trapped in the flooding.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a highly toxic, flammable, colorless gas with a different odor that can be easily detected at deficient concentrations.

Regular exposure of this VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) can have many detrimental side effects, including cancer.

Formaldehyde is naturally produced chemical, sometimes small amount is generated by our bodies as well.

The high percentage of toxic fume emitted by formaldehyde is deadly for our health.

Formaldehyde has been scientifically linked as the primary cause of developing a rare type of cancer of the nasopharynx, the upper part of our throat placed behind the nose.

Our eyes, nose, and throat get irritated with the exposure or contact of formaldehyde.

These symptoms are visible at even low levels of this toxic VOC, especially in odor or smell-sensitive people.

Apart from long term damage, the short term impacts of formaldehyde can range from nausea, headache, breathing difficulty, or runny nose.

Prolonged exposure may trigger sudden asthma attacks, persistent sneezing and cough, wheezing sound, and other respiratory issues.

Lead

Each one of us is constantly exposed to lead through gasoline and different other household products. It is commonly used in processing daily household stuff and car fuels.

Like many other pollutants, lead is also a naturally produced substance, but unlike its counterparts, this toxic element sticks to air for a long time, causing a lot of health issues.

The worst part is that the safe level of lead exposure could not be determined by science until now.

Lead is commonly found in the indoor air of homes constructed before 1978 generated by old wall paints.

If you are living in one of those ancestral houses, make sure to remove old paints and get your indoor walls freshly painted with organic (chemical-free) paint materials.

You can easily inhale chips, dust, and other tiny airborne particles released from lead-based paints. If you dry scrape, remodel and demolish your home, which may also re-suspend microscopic paint particles.

Puff of dust and contaminated soil moved indoors from the outside environment are also one of the significant contributors to indoor lead-based pollution.

Lead levels are much higher near its potential sources like mines, smelters, old agricultural fields, runways and roadways with heavy traffic.

If you happen to work around the lead and have constant exposure to this toxic substance, try to change your clothing and store your equipment in the office before coming home.

It ensures the safety of your family members’ health.

Nitrogen Dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide, scientifically known as NO2, is a close relative to one of the harmful group of gases called NOx or Nitrogen Oxides.

It’s an equally deadly and a gaseous air pollutant composed of oxygen and nitrogen.

When fossil fuels like oil, coal, diesel, or gas are burnt in high temperatures, the toxic gas that is formed is known as NO2.

The accumulation of NOX and NO2 in the outside air gives rise to particle pollution and generates toxic chemical reactions, making ozone in the process.

Ozone is one of the six deadliest and widely known air pollutants, the limit of which in the outdoor air has been defined by the national air quality standards.

The initiative was taken to ensure checks and control on ozone-triggered air pollution.

NO2 is commonly found in indoor air, emitted when cooking gas or fireplace wood is burnt in your home.

NO2 causes a wide range of adverse effects on our lungs, such as aggravated wheezing and cough, blockage of airways.

This occurs due to an increased level of inflammation, severe asthma attacks, and frequent visits to medical specialists, hospital emergencies, and admissions due to acute health conditions.

Mold And Dampness

Mold is present everywhere in your home.

Starting from dark corners to A/C ducts to window sills to your drain pipe, you will find mold spores in all indoor spaces.

You have to identify places with excess moisture in your house as molds thrive on humid conditions.

If you want to know where to start your search, find the places with high humidity, excess moisture or dampness, and possible sources of water leakage.

Mold feeds on dampness and spread inside your house at a steady rate. Excess moisture is also conducive to the fast growth of cockroaches, bacteria, viruses, and dust mites, which can harm your health.

We strongly recommend you to get a deep cleaning done of your home at regular intervals to prevent the growth of mildew, mold and other toxic organisms.

Like other indoor air pollutants, mold can cause and worsen asthma symptoms and allergic reactions to people who are susceptible to it.

People having asthma can get sudden asthma attacks with higher mold exposure and develop severe issues in their lower and upper respiratory tracts.

Even if you are not prone to allergy attacks, you may still develop eye irritation, skin rashes, nose blockage, throat congestion, and chronic lung diseases when encountered with airborne mold spores.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is made of microscopic skin flecks regularly shed by dogs, cats, birds, rodents, and other furry and feathery animals.

Flakes from pet dander can remain suspended in the indoor air for a long time, and when inhaled, it can trigger allergic symptoms or aggravate suppressed respiratory ailments.

Proteins commonly traced in feces, urine, and saliva of dogs, cats, and other pets may trigger severe allergic reactions to people with different health issues and low immunity.

Dried saliva becomes airborne after falling off from your pet’s fur at the time, flaking their skin, and eventually inhaled by you and your loved ones.

Dust generated from dried animal feces can get suspended in the indoor air following a similar process.

As per multiple studies, it has been found that dogs are kept as pets in 32% of the US household, and cats come a close second with 27%.

However, these studies stressed the fact that people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Cat owners, you may now want to keep your lovely friend and your home spanking clean and germ-free.

Radon

Radon is widespread across the United States and one of the naturally generated gas with a huge impact on your IAQ (indoor air quality) and health.

It’s invisible and can’t be smelled, but can easily accumulate to dangerous levels inside schools, homes, and offices.

Regular and high exposure to this toxic gas may trigger lung cancer, as well.

Radon exposure is the second most leading cause of lung cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases in the US, followed by smoking.

The only way to trace radon buildup inside your home is to get indoor air tested. Use different types of DIY test kits that are easy to use and won’t pinch your pocket.

Residential Wood Burning

Burning wood is common in the US residences, especially in the winter, and it has been widely associated with several health issues.

These toxic emissions may happen in outdoors and indoors round the clock through many devices.

People with cardiac problems, lung disease, and diabetes may face increased health risks with exposure to the fume.

Older adults, children, and pregnant ladies are the most vulnerable lot.

Wood smoke emissions may cause wheezing, persistent coughs, severe asthma attacks, cardiac arrest, lung cancer, and other acute respiratory issues and premature death of young adults.

The majority of these pollutants worsen outdoor and indoor air quality.

Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand or passive smoke causes over 41,000 deaths in the United States per year and is considered to be a severe health hazard.

It may cause significant health issues or aggravate existing conditions in adults and children, which includes infection in the respiratory tract, asthma, and irreversible lung cancer.

Until now, no risk-free level has been determined for passive smoke, and even occasional exposure can significantly increase the risk of heart and cerebral attacks.

Secondhand smoke comprises plenty of carcinogenic and highly toxic chemicals such as vinyl chloride, benzene, arsenic ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde. All of them can be lethal for your health.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOCs, are released in the air from different processes and products involving toxic chemicals.

Some of these chemicals are known to have lethal health effects, including cancer. Additionally, they get blended with other poisonous gases and form deadlier air pollutants.

VOCs can be traced in outdoor and indoor air. Some of the sources release VOCs in the air at the time, storing or transporting them.

Some of the commonly found VOCs are Formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene. Let’s look at some of the common sources of indoor air pollution:

Indoor Sources of VOCs

·        Paint strippers and paint
·        Varnishes and finishes
·        Sealants and caulks
·        Adhesives
·        Carpet, rugs, other flooring and pressed wood furniture and fixture
·        Chemically processed disinfectants and floor cleaners
·        Furniture
·        Pesticides with harmful chemicals
·        Air fresheners with artificial fragrance
·        Deodorants and cosmetics
·        Gasoline, petrol, kerosene and other fossil fuels
·        Secondhand smoke
·        Dry-cleaned clothes
·        Permanent markers, glues and other color-based products used in arts and crafts
·        Wood burning stoves
·        Photocopiers and office printers

Is Your Indoor Air Unhealthy?

Knowing is the first step in combating these indoor air pollutants.

Have you noticed any of these in your home?

Share your suggestions in the comments section below.

7 Effective Spring Cleaning Checklist for 2020 (Free Printables!)

Feeling overwhelmed with spring cleaning?

Here are 7 beautiful spring cleaning checklist printables that can make your life stress-free today.

Grab one of these stunning and super useful spring cleaning checklists that have helpful instructions too!

Finish your spring cleaning ahead of time to have a healthy and happy home.

Purify your indoor air with timely spring cleaning.

To have plenty of time for the things you love!

Grab them and get started today.

7 effective spring cleaning checklist for 2020

All-Inclusive Spring Cleaning Checklist

Get smart ideas from this one-page checklist of FreebieFindingMom.com.

It includes detailed room-specific chores and what else needs to be dealt with to organize your spring cleaning activities.

You can access and download this beautiful checklist in an editable PDF format.

It also lets you tick off the tasks one you complete them!

Isn’t that such a winner?

Traditional Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you like to do it traditionally, then this list from CleanMama.com should be ideal.

It is clearly divided into regular deep cleaning activities, other conventional spring cleaning chores, and some bonus areas.

If you want your home to look spick and span, this should be your Go-To list.

This traditional spring cleaning checklist will remind you of the commonly forgotten areas and prompt you to deep clean them.

The fun part is that you don’t have to pay even a single penny!

How cool is that!

Easy Spring Cleaning Checklist

Don’t want to commit yourself to detailed cleaning and only touch upon the important ones?

Get the useful spring cleaning checklist from Taste of Home.

It will help you get some extra chores done without being super-detailed.

You just have to clean a few items as per the list. You can easily knock them off in a few hours.

It great for keeping track of pending repairs, purchases, and other information you need to remember while cleaning.

Sparkling Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you are a perfectionist looking for an in-depth spring cleaning checklist, the one from The Happier Homemaker will brighten you up.

This list has everything you need to get a spanking-clean house.

I love it’s cute columnar layout that easily fits into a single page!

 It’s perfect for the homemakers wanting to do extra chores along with regular deep cleaning.

You will get everything from dusting vent covers to cleaning drawers to taking care of essential outside duties.

Simple All Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you want separate checklists for bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room, the printable checklists from Sheknows will fit your bill.

The nicely crafted list will brighten your mood by giving you the exact details of things you may need to update or replace.

The room-by-room checklist is thoughtfully designed with some beautiful artworks and large fonts.

I just adore it!

Love bigger prints and fonts?

Then you will fall in love with this lovely printable!

Download them today and move it girl!

Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you like the checklist to be super-thorough, and explain every point in detail, get the one from ImperfectHomemaking.com.

It covers almost everything starting from regular cleaning to deep cleaning along with seasonal chores, which often slips of our mind.

The list is neatly divided into key sections, such as stairwells, foyer, laundry room, and outside your home.

It’s ideal for anyone who is up for the deep cleaning challenges in the entire house.

You will find a printable version linked with this list that can be accessed in Google Doc.

Super cool, eh!

Spring Cleaning Checklist from Martha Stewart

If you want to clear your basics on spring cleaning, download the free PDF from MarthaStewart.com.

This simple checklist has images and text-based instructions for some of the crucial tasks.

You won’t find any checkboxes to scribble in this document.

Colorful photos make it more desirable for online access than printing.

The information is invaluable, and all tasks are nicely structured for better understanding.

Molly Maid’ Room by Room Simple Checklist

Want to clean your home in a jiffy?

Pick up this free room by room checklist from Molly Maid. It is simple and lets you tick off one room at a time.

It’s perfect if you want to clean at your pace without any of the overwhelm. Let me tell you a little secret.

Use this checklist to hand out chores too! Divide rooms amongst your little ones or your partner. You will get a clean house and a happier you! Download the checklist now.

effective spring cleaning checklists

5 Point Spring Cleaning Printable from Just a Girl & Her Blog

https://justagirlandherblog.com/simple-spring-cleaning-checklist/

If spring cleaning scares you, this is what you want! With Abby’s simple cleaning checklist, you only need to do 5 steps per room. That’s simple and completely doable, isn’t it?

Just print off this pretty printable and get down to work. Who knows? You may even knock off a couple of rooms in a single day! Grab it here.

Real Simple Spring-Cleaning Plan

Want to have a step-by-step printable?

Real Simple’s spring cleaning schedule is great if you want to keep a handle on your cleaning timelines.

When you start using this handy guide, you will not miss your weekly cleaning or monthly tasks. If you are a long term planner, this is right up your alley. Get it here.

Get your perfect spring cleaning checklist and get it all done, girls!

Which one did you like the best? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy Spring Cleaning !!

20 Natural Ways To Purify Your Indoor Air that Work

Is toxic indoor air choking your airways and making your respiratory system vulnerable?

Considering buying an air purifier to combat this invisible “air pollution”?

If you are looking to ‘Purify your indoor air naturally’, you are in the right place.  In this blog, you will get 20 easy tips to make your indoor air toxin-free.

20 natural ways to purify your indoor air

20 Natural Ways to Purify Your Indoor Air

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp

Himalayan pink salt works as a natural air purifier by drawing from the indoor air and neutralizing them.

Most of the salt crystal products squeeze water vapor out of the indoor air and reduce airborne bacteria, pathogens, and allergens in the process.

You should keep a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp in your room, at your work desk to breathe toxin-free air. It adds a beautiful countryside effect to your home interiors.

The Himalayan salt lamp can naturally glow without disrupting your sleep quality. The lamps remain effective even when turned off because of their built-in salt crystal.

Beeswax Candles

All candles have a soothing fragrance, right?

Wrong!

Only candles made from beeswax are natural and help purify your indoor air too!

If the aroma of scented candles mesmerizes you, select one with zero paraffin and contains no petroleum and VOCs.

Paraffin wax candles releases toxic chemicals like toluene, benzene, and soot into the indoor air. It is best to stay away from them.

Instead of these artificially fragranced candles, light beeswax candles daily and keep air pollution at bay.

Beeswax candles work as great ionizers to neutralize airborne contaminants and toxic elements.

Apart from improving indoor air quality, they burn slowly, so they need fewer replacements. High-quality and pure beeswax candles are scent or smoke-free.

Houseplants

Houseplants are the smartest solution to indoor air pollution challenges.

Even NASA recommends them!

Liberally use houseplants to purify your indoor air.

People having respiratory conditions are most benefitted by keeping indoor plants. You have to take care of different lighting and water requirements of the houseplant varieties.

NASA’s findings suggest that houseplants can purify and revitalize the air within our home and office by eliminating potent VOCs like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.

You should ideally keep a houseplant at 100 SqFt of your home to receive the maximum air-purifying effect.

The most effective toxin-removal houseplants are Broad-Leaf Palm and Lady Palm, which thrives in bright and filtered light. Peace Lily comes a close second, which prefers moderate lighting conditions.

The Golden Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm, or the Butterfly Palm, grow well in filtered, indirect light and can be kept anywhere your house. You should ideally place them in the recently painted or carpeted rooms.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, popularly known as activated carbon, is a powerful indoor air purifying tool.

It’s loaded with high absorptive properties and has no odor.

Activated charcoal helps remove toxins from indoor air by absorbing it and helps you breathe fresh air.

Proper Ventilation

Having proper ventilation in your house is crucial in keeping the air pollution at bay.

Instead of keeping your windows open for hours, we recommend you to install trickle vents to recycle and purify the stale indoor air.

Install exhaust fans in the kitchen and restrooms to remove bad smells and push airborne contaminants out of your home.

Most of us like a hot shower in winter, make sure you vent the excess moisture out as it can trigger mildew and mold growth.

You should make sure the kitchen is adequately ventilated with chimney or exhaust fan in place. Your cooking stove emits enough Nitrogen Dioxide to elevate indoor air pollution level multifold.

Essential Oils

Looking for natural air fresheners?

Essentials oils can help.

You can diffuse essential oils or topically use it as suggested by doctors to eliminate fungi, bacteria, mold, and viruses. The ones popular with strong air-purifying properties are cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, grapefruit, clove, thyme, lemon, and tea-tree.

Recent studies from Webster State University have revealed that Thieves oil, a perfect antiseptic blend of raw essential oils like cinnamon, pine needle, eucalyptus, thyme, grapefruit, and lemon, has over 99.96% kill rate of airborne viruses and bacteria.

You can add a few drops of it to detergents and soaps to make it chemical-free and natural.

Want to your rooms to be germ-free? Put a few drops of Thieves oil to a large bowl with lukewarm water and let it sit for hours to treat indoor air naturally.

Keep Shoes Outside

Develop the practice of taking your shoes off while entering your home. The dirt carried by your shoe sole can have fungi, pesticides, pollen, feces, and harmful bacteria.

As per a recent USA Today research , when you walk inside the house with your shoes on, you supposedly carry a host of deadly diseases.

Taking them off when you come inside will not only keep your floors clean and germ-free but indoor air toxin-free as well.

Keep Your Pets Well-Groomed

Pet dander – the microscopic skin flecks can leave its mark everywhere in a house with pets.

It can be the precursor of different chronic diseases like asthma and other acute respiratory syndromes.

Frequent exposure to it can worsen your already existing asthma.

Regular cleaning of your pets and brushing off their dead skin cells outdoors can make your home dander-free. You should also clean your furnishings or floors at regular intervals with a HEPA-based vacuum cleaner.

Keep the AC On

If your home is centrally air-conditioned, a whole-house air filtration process is already functioning to control the pollutants.

A powerful AC sucks air with extra moisture out of the indoor environment, cools, and pumps it back in.

You need to change its filter regularly to ensure it keeps on trapping and filtering airborne particles effectively.

The more you replace it, its lifespan increases.

Before buying an AC, thoroughly research on the brand, compare with other brands with similar features, and read filter-change guidelines.

Go for Organic or Natural DIY Cleaners

Did you know that a majority of the store-bought floor and tile cleaners carry VOCs and other toxic chemicals?

Regular exposure to such toxicity can irritate your lung, windpipe, throat, eye, and nose.

It’s safer to make your own DIY home cleaners using natural ingredients like baking soda, citrus juice, essential oils, and vinegar. If you want to buy them – check the SAFE Label ones here.

Get a HEPA Air Purifier

These can effectively trap toxic airborne particles, purify the air, and release in the home environment.

If your child has a chronic cough, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you should definitely install one. Check EPA’s guide to find out the right one for your home. Here are 7 tips to buy an air purifier.

Want an air purifier for smoke? Check out how you can choose the right one for cigarette smoke, wildfire or secondhand smoke here.

Bust Mold

Check for mold in the damp areas of your home.

This deadly fungus releases a specific microorganism, known as mold spore, that can cause chronic allergies.

Mold thrives in wet and dark places with excess moisture like your laundry room, bathroom, or basement.

Instead of bleaching them away, take these 5 steps to eliminate mold with zero chemicals.

20 natural ways to clean indoor air

Air Your New Furniture

Air out your brand-new furniture.

Newly purchased furniture contain VOCs or volatile organic compound which can stay airborne for a long time.

Chemicals such as benzene and toluene are commonly found in paints, glues, fabrics, building and construction materials, and many more.

Be aware of this fact while buying an armchair or sofa, safeguard yourself from possible VOC exposure. It will taper off after getting released heavily for a few days.

Use your garage to store newly bought furniture at-least a week till its VOC effect dies down. When you bring the furniture inside, keep the windows open for a few months for better air circulation.

Use Cooking Oils with Higher Smoke Points

Cooking oils with higher smoke points are preferred to avoid the concentration of airborne contaminants.

Cooking oils generating fume in lower temperatures can fill your kitchen with smoke and lasting smell of burnt oil.

The smell floats through your house and triggers persistent cough, headaches, and other respiratory syndromes.

So which ones should you choose?

Extra virgin olive oil generates lower smoke compared to peanut, safflower, avocado, corn, sunflower, and canola oil.

If you like the olive oil taste, you can use the refined or lighter version of it. It has a smoke point of 486 degrees Fahrenheit higher than 410 degrees for extra virgin olive oil.

Get Bamboo Charcoal

Charcoal is gaining popularity for its increased use of purifying water and making beauty products for skin nourishment.

Charcoal has also been used for cleaning indoor air by removing toxins. Air purifying bags are linen made and filled with bamboo charcoal with high density.

Charcoals can absorb excess moisture from indoor air and prevent mildews or mold from spreading in your home.

Its porous structure helps it to trap viruses, bacteria, and other airborne particles and make your indoor air clean.

Energize your bamboo charcoal by putting the bag under direct sunlight once in every month. You can find different varieties of air purifying bags in Amazon.

Ditch your Carpet

Do you want to give a touch of grandeur in your interior by placing a wall-to-wall carpet?

Reconsider your decision as it may release VOCs and toxins in the indoor air without your knowledge.

Chemicals used to manufacture carpets may emit volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde in its off-gassing process.

VOCs are released in high percentage at the time of fitting the carpet on the floor. It will keep on releasing low levels of VOCs for many years.

Apart from that, carpets trap dirt, dander, and dust mites as well.

If carpets stimulate your aesthetic sense, go for plastic-lined carpets instead of linen ones as they make it harder of pollutants or strains to penetrate.

Prefer Low-VOC Paints

Paints keep emitting toxic gases for months after its application. It may appear to be completely dry and smell-free, yet the toxicity doesn’t fully go away.

These are volatile organic compounds or VOCs containing harmful chemicals like acetaldehyde or formaldehyde.

Go for “low-VOC” paints, waxes, varnishes, and other less-toxic chemicals.

Keep windows open to shunt out the smell and use exhaust fans to get rid of toxic gases.

Never leave the paint containers open as its strong smell may irritate your respiratory system.

Fix Leaks ASAP

Fix leaky pipes or water outlets to stop mold from spreading.

Rainy session with humidity can add excess moisture in the indoor air, which may trigger mildew and mold.

Dampness without mold is also harmful to your health as it increases the risk of coughing, wheezing, and aggravate asthma symptoms.

Get your building foundation, basement, backyard, bathroom, kitchen, and basement thoroughly inspected to catch leaky points and excess moisture.

If you find water logging or dripping in any of these areas, fix it immediately.

Kick Dust Mites Away

The accumulation of dust mites triggers dust allergies.

These tiny pests survive and thrive in excess moisture. They live in pillows, mattresses, bedding, stuffed toys, carpets, and upholstery and feed on our skin.

Try the below steps to fight and thwart dust mites:

  • Use a dehumidifier to control humidity levels and keep it less than 50%
  • Steam clean and vacuum your furniture.
  • Replace linen carpets or padded rugs with plastic-lined ones or colorful straw mats.
  • Use dust-mite-proof bed covers and wash them in hot water regularly.

Slay Second-hand Smoke

Smoke from tobacco products such as Cigar, Cigarette and others are one of the biggest contributors in making air impure in a home. Second-hand smoke is the amount of smoke inhaled by non-smokers.

You are affected by it, even if you don’t smoke.

The moment you come in contact with a smoker, you are affected.

Just have a dedicated place for smoking in your home. It could be the porch or the sit out area. Basically any area that’s well-ventilated.

Key Takeaways

“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu.

You should follow the same principle in cleaning your home air.

Start slow, take baby steps to make your home clean and fresh.

SO, which one tip did you try? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY Goat Milk Soap Recipes to Revitalize Your Skin

Quick and Easy Do it Yourself Goat Milk Soap Recipes

Milk and honey always worked wonder in different types of recipes, starting from food to soap. When it comes to goat milk and honey soap, it has always remained one of my hot favorites.

Its divine smell and fantastic healing properties make it stand apart from other soaps. Loads of natural moisturizer, healing benefits and antibacterial properties make it even more healthy.

Once you make this, you wouldn’t want to touch a store brought soap or face wash again!

The soap brightens your skin tone, treats and heals acne and comes with anti-aging ingredients. The best part is these soaps come with a sweet fragrance and rejuvenate your skin naturally.

Spend less than 10 minutes to whip up an entire batch of these natural soaps. The preparation time can be a bit more but the “the actual soap making” part takes not more than 10 minutes.

Honey & Goat Milk Soap:

 

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base
  • Silicone Honeycomb Mold
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • 4-Cup or a similar quantity of Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
  • Red & Yellow Soap Colorant (Optional, If you want to make it colorful)

This recipe makes about 9 honeycomb soaps or four large 4-ounce soaps with 1 lb of soap base.

Step 1 – Take goat milk soap base and cut small cubes out of it. Now, put them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Step 2 – Keep stirring it and then microwave again for 20-30 seconds. Continue till all the soap melts. You may do this 30 second microwaving three times before the entire 1lb batch is completely melted.

Step 3 – Add 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of yellow soap colorant to the melted soap. You can add a dash of red color if you prefer a more golden hue.

Step 4 – Mix it all well and pour it into the silicone honeycomb mold. Let it cool down for about 2-3 hours or even more. Higher room temperature or higher humidity levels can increase the time take  to set the soap.

Step 5 – Once you see that the soaps is firm, gently remove them from the silicon mold.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap recipe:

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goats Milk Pour Soap Base & Glycerine Melt – 2 lb block (sufficient for 12 bars)
  • Silicone Mold
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Liquid Soap Colors – (combine blue and red color to make soft lavender color)
  • Empty Eye Dropper Bottles having lids – used to mix soap colors
  • Dried Lavender Flowers (optional)
  • Microwave Proof Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Spatula
  • Decorative tape, ribbon, burlap, and raffia (for decoration)

Using the above supplies will give you about 12 bars. Since many of the items in the soap making process are reusable, you will save quite some dollars once you start making them regularly.

Step 1 – The soap base will be large but soft and can be easily sliced with a simple kitchen knife. Slice it into small cubes and place them into the microwave safe measuring cup.

Step 2 – Melt the soap cubes in the microwave in 30-sec increments. Stir well in the gaps to make sure the soap gets completely melted. It may take 1 minute and 30 seconds for individual batches of soap cubes to melt 100%. I did the entire process with my pyrex measuring cup. It could only melt half of the soap at once, and I ended up 2 batches of soap cubes out of 2 lbs of the base.

Step 3 – Mix the red and blue colors to make purple color and add it into the pyrex cup.

Step 4 – Add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Add dried lavender leaves for a better flavour.

Step 5 – Pout the soap mix into the silicone molds and let it stay for about 1-2 hours.

Step 6 – Gently take out the soap from the molds once firm.

Now I used pretty ribbons, burlap and raffia to wrap it up. It looked so pretty and completely giftable!!

Try Out Handmade Goat Milk Soap Today

Whenever you make one, I would love to hear about your experience and see some amazing photos. You can customize your ingredients and give it a your personal touch. So why wait, get on to make your first DIY goat milk soap bar and share with the world.

Say bye bye to skin irritations and acne! Discover goat milk soap to make your skin baby soft, healthy and oh-so-soft to the touch today!

17 Tips to Live Healthy You Can Start Now

Step by Step Guide to Live Healthy

Do you want your best health and be able to maintain it?

I am going to show you simple detox tips that are quick and easy to do.

Let’s get started on the journey to live healthy.

I discovered that ancient medicine systems knew the importance of regular cleansing practices.

Today, we have incidences of high toxicity in body due to environmental pollutants.

With the changing world, we need to adopt simple and effective lifestyle practices.

Once I understood this simple but life-changing principle, I went to put it to work. And guess what?

I found that small diet and lifestyle changes can make a phenomenal difference.

Keeping it simple works.

Here, I am sharing with you the choices you can make for better health.

Pick one from any of the 17 tips to get started today.

Detoxification is a natural process that your body performs every single day. To keep the detox system working at an optimal level, you need to make it a habit.

Detoxification should be a part of your lifestyle and not a one-time activity.

 

Hydrate Well

The easiest thing to do, but we rarely pay attention to it.

Water is one element that is essential to flushing out toxins from the body. So, make sure you have at least 8-10 glasses of pure, filtered water each day.

Coconut water, sparkling water, and infused waters count as well.

But only if they don’t contain added sugars or additives.

Go Organic

Organic is a food product grown without any fertilizers or pesticides. Though it’s expensive, the benefits more than makeup for it.

When you have a choice, pick organically grown produce.

Make sure the product has an organic tag or label.

Your body will thank you for making this healthy choice!

Soak it Up

We are all guilty of this.

How many times did you eat strawberries from their packaging, without washing them?

Well, yes the produce comes in a box.

But good packaging doesn’t mean its contents are clean.

Spend five minutes soaking your fruits and veggies in an apple cider vinegar bath.

It is an easy and quick way to cleanse your veggies and fruits of all surface contaminants.

Fill your sink with water and add 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in it. Now soak your veggies and fruits for about ten minutes and rinse them off.

Do it once and see the dirty residue filled water that’s left over.

It will help you to make it a regular practice. Do remember to scrub and rinse the produce when you are rinsing it.

Eat Fresh

Eat fresh food to live healthy. This is a quick way of getting rid of chemicals in your food.

Quit the plastic packaging and pick up produce when it’s fresh. Plastic is guilty of having a whole lot of chemicals and BPAs (bisphenol A).

It is synthetic chemicals used in different kinds of food packaging. BPA can be harmful to your health.

You can avoid BPA in water too. Prefer glass bottles or BPA free plastic bottles for storing or carrying it around.

Pick Local Fish

If you like to have fish, pick the local and coastal variety.

Skip the canned tuna or deep sea fish that has added preservatives and salt.

Tuna is also high in mercury that is harmful to your body. If you want to have it, keep a limit of once a fortnight.

Go Traditional

Did you know that nonstick cookware has a chemical coating that covers the food?

Each time you use it, a small non-stick coating wears off and attaches itself to your food.

The same is true for aluminum.

I recently discovered this and switched to using good quality stainless steel cookware. I also prefer cast iron skillet for all the pasta and stir-fried dishes.

Skip Fast foods

Okay, you probably know this one quite well. Anything that comes out of a box or packet should be eaten sparingly.

Conventional restaurant foods such as KFC or McDonald’s should not be on your meal plan for the week.

They have trans-fats, high salt and sugar content that your body doesn’t need at all.

If you want to live healthy, pick healthier options like salads, smoothies, whole wheat breads.

Eco-friendly cleaners

We all use cleaning products in our homes, without knowing their ingredients.

Many cleaning products have dirty chemicals that you can do without. If you have pets or little children at home, rethink on their use.

Those dirty chemicals can be allergic to your loved ones or may even cause infections.

Buy natural cleaning products in bulk.

You can even make them yourself on the weekends or whenever you have a bit of time.

Make them ahead of time and store them in BPA free plastic spray bottles.

Ditch Chemicals

Did you know that your face wash or shampoo can have up to 12 chemicals each?

Personal care products use many petrochemicals that can be harmful to you. They are also used every day.

Make a habit of reading labels when you pick products. Prefer the ones with the lowest number of chemicals.

Pick natural products that don’t have parabens, sulfates, fragrances, and phthalates. Spare your body the agony of the chemical overload.

Increase Movement

Being active is different from exercising. Try to do both every day.

Walking to the supermarket or taking the stairs at work are examples of being active.

Exercising is when you keep aside time to walk, run, jog or workout in the gym.

Pursuing any other intense activity or sports also counts as exercise.

Make sure the exercise lasts at least 30 minutes a day.

It is a great factor in flushing out toxins from the body. Another positive result is your enhanced metabolic rate that keeps your body healthy.

Heal Your Gut

Want to live healthy?

Then eat your way to a healthy gut.

Pick up at least one digestion-friendly food.

Choose from fruit-flavored yogurt, kefir, miso soup, tempeh, kim chi or kombucha tea.

You can also pick fiber infused foods.

Oats, apples, whole grain breakfast cereals, broccoli, sweetcorn, beans, pulses, nuts, and seeds.

Brush it Off

Toxins also accumulate in our tongue.

Each time you eat, a whole lot of food sticks to your tongue.

When you wash your mouth, these food specks and remains won’t go away.

Try softly brushing or scraping your tongue to scrub these food remains away.

Boost Breathing

Everyone breathes, but how many of us know the right way to breathe?

Lungs are one of the most important tools in eliminating toxins from the body.

When you learn to breathe well, the process of flushing out toxins happens every day.

Detoxifying Foods

Include onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables in your diet.

So, you can have collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

These food items have good sulfur content that helps the body to perform detoxification naturally.

Say bye to White Foods

White foods include white bread and sugar.

Croissants, buns, cake, waffles and everything made from white flour is empty calories. It doesn’t help you be healthy and just adds to the weight.

Try to make healthier choices by picking whole wheat or whole grains.

Keep cakes for occasions where you can have them without guilt!

Clean Up

Cleaning up is essential to live healthy.

Empty your bowel once a day.

It is vital to give your body an exit route for all the toxins. Make sure that you do your daily ablutions at the same time each day.

Any bowel irregularities should be taken seriously. Report it to your doctor if you feel anything is amiss.

Meditate

Relaxing your mind is also detoxification. Relieving your mind from all the stress is vital. To detoxify completely, both the body and mind should be completely at ease.

Mind is one of the most neglected parts of our body. Practicing meditation can be a great boost to help relieve stress.

I have listed 17 steps here that you can take to help your body to detoxify. Pick the ones you find easy to do. Or maybe the one that catches your fancy!

You will notice that your body pays attention and will start getting back on track. Doing these simple yet powerful acts will bring about positive changes soon.

When you find yourself sluggish and full of toxins, don’t despair.

You can adopt these quick but effective lifestyle changes to get yourself back on track.

Drinking more water, having more veggies and junking salt and sugar can go a long way in keeping you healthy.

Get ahead on the path to flush out toxins from the body. Let yourself evolve to a better and healthier self. Getting started is key.

Avoid processed foods and try to exercise daily to stay active.

Say “YES” to a healthier and toxin-free you!!

13 Ways to Identify if You Have Toxins In Body

How to Identify Toxins in Body

Are you experiencing low energy levels, irritability, and headaches for no reason?

Do you wonder why you are unable to sleep even after a hectic day of work?

I was in the exact same situation some months back.

Depressed, sad and not knowing what was happening.

I ended up bingeing on tons of processed food to isolate myself from it.

‘Toxins in body’ – was the diagnosis from the doc.

He ended up prescribing a whole bunch of drugs for me to get back in shape.

The final diagnosis – lifestyle stress, environmental contaminants, and unhealthy eating habits.

One day I finally pulled myself together.  

I had to do something to get my health back on track.

I chose all the simple and natural ways to get back on my feet. The first thing on my agenda was a simple and powerful technique of detoxification. Flushing out all toxins was essential to cleaning the body from inside out.

I make a resolve to focus on my health above everything else. Study, work, fun time everything can happen only when you are in the pink of your health.

I don’t want you to be in the same situation. I want to help you to get better by sharing my knowledge and journey. You can do this! Reclaim your life and quit making food your drug in the quest to get better.

Let me share simple step by step detoxification processes that will lead the way. In this journey, you only need yourself and your will to get things done. No drugs or expensive therapies are required. You can do this, my friend!

How are Toxins in Body Generated

Let me start with sharing what are toxins in the body and where they come from.

Toxins are a combination of environmental contaminants and synthetic chemicals. We come into contact with them by using many products such as:

  • Personal care products
  • Household cleaning products
  • Makeup, perfumes
  • Contaminants in the air
  • Allergens in the air

Our kidneys and liver clean up the toxins in the body by way of urine, feces, and sweat.

Well, you may even wonder why do we need to detox, when our body is doing it for us?

Actually, today’s time and age is very different from before. Today, we are exposed to high levels of industrial pollution and harmful chemicals. All this did not exist hundreds of years ago. The levels of air pollution in cities and towns is at alarming levels.

They enter the body and become a burden on it. It prevents the organs from doing their job. Toxins damage the liver and kidneys, impacting their ability to clean out toxins.

In this situation, some toxins don’t get flushed out but start accumulating in the body. They create free radicals in the body that can cause huge damage to cells.

If the natural body detoxification system fails to work, higher toxin accumulation happens. The toxin overload then manifests itself with different kinds of illnesses.

Any illness weakens the body and its natural defense mechanism even further. It is best that you learn how to stay healthy that such toxic overload does not happen.

Before we delve deeper into how to detox, let’s understand the different kinds of toxins. Knowing this is vital so we use lesser chemicals in our daily lives.

What are the Different Kinds of Toxins?

Many chemicals contribute to overloading the body with toxins. I am sharing some of the prominent culprits:

  • Exposure to harmful metals such as petrochemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, lead, and mercury
  • Environmental contaminants such as molds, allergens, toxins, food allergens
  • Poor or irregular eating habits, excess of processed foods
  • Emotional and mental toxins – isolation, anger, hostility, jealousy, stress
  • Medication and drugs can turn toxic
  • Hormonal and metabolic toxins present in the body such as fungus, bacteria or yeast

Whew, that a lot, isn’t it?

You may think that with such a huge toxic load, everyone should be sick. Not really.

Each person is unique. Each person has a different gene structure, immunity, environment exposure, and body composition. So, while it may be easy for some people to get rid of toxins from the body, others may not do it well.

Now, let’s see what happens to us if the toxic overload situation is not tackled.

Warning Signs of Toxins in Your Body

Did you know that the food allergies rose by more than 50% in the 15 year period from 1997 to 2011?

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) reported that allergies are increasing rapidly. In 2012, more than 11% of the world’s children got with respiratory infections.

Increasing exposure to synthetic chemicals and other environmental contaminants is reducing people’s immunity. Their natural defense mechanism is not operating at optimal levels. All this is giving rise to chronic diseases and extreme sensitivities.

The first step is to understand the warning signals the body starts giving. It lets us know that all is not well. Check out if you are experiencing any symptom as outlined below.

Muscle pain

Do you have muscle pain in your legs or arms that you can’t explain? Do you wonder why is it happening even though you may not have strained or exerted yourself?

It may be a sign of consistent exposure to polluted air and chemical laden foods. It may be possible that you are susceptible to catching allergens and cold quite easily. In such a situation, your immune system weakens.

Stress can reduce the defense mechanism of the body. It can result in reduced blood flow and cause a lack of oxygen. Once this happens, muscle spasms and physical pain can occur.

Bad Breath

Do you feel that there is a persistent bad breath in your mouth that fails to go away? You may have tried regular tooth brushing or flossing to make it better, but failed. Try using mouthwashes or some mints.

If you still have the same results, it could be a sign of something else wrong with the body. It could even result from toxic overload in your stomach or liver. Until you deal with the root cause, you may not find respite from bad breath.

Constipation

Too much of pizza with Netflix can be bad! Well, consuming oily, sugary foods increases toxin accumulation in large intestines. But did you know that too much of processed foods can also clog your colon? If that happens, the colon does not function and allows toxins to accumulate in the body.

You may feel bloated and constipated. Some people also feel nauseated with occasional headaches.

Unexplained weight gain

Do you feel a lack of change even after a controlled diet and regular exercise program?

It is possible that you are facing a toxic overload. Many toxins accumulate in the body and prevent weight loss. They also cause hormonal imbalances in the testes, thyroid, ovaries, and pancreas.

Did you know that the thyroid gland secretes fat-burning hormones? So, toxins can interfere with your body’s ability to lose weight naturally.

Skin Problems

British Medical Bulletin reported that environmental toxins can cause contact dermatitis. The skin also deals with its share of toxins.

The skin consists of pores which allows your body to flush out toxins and excess water as sweat.

When the liver gets overloaded, you may notice rashes and pimples on your skin too. They are caused by overuse of chemical-laden make-up products and other cosmetics.

Headaches

Can a simple headache signify that you have a toxic overload? Yes, it can.

In 2009, Clinical Science researchers reported that environmental chemicals can cause headaches.

The nervous system gets affected when toxins enter the body from air and food sources. Toxins can be heavy metals, preservatives or aspartame.

Insomnia

Presence of toxins in the liver can impact the secretion of histamine in the brain. Histamine regulates the sleep cycle. Any disruptions in histamine can lead to insomnia.

Many times contaminants present in the atmosphere get into the blood. They interfere with the brain’s working and lead to insomnia.

Fatigue

Feeling tired after resting can be a sign of toxins in the body. When toxins are present in the digestive tract, the normal digestion process fails.

The body is not able to receive enough nutrients from the food. The organs work harder to function and stress hormones are released. These factors make you feel lazy, fatigued and low on energy.

Mood Swings

Research studies by Annals of Epidemiology have shown that aspartame leads to depression. It is most commonly found in drinks as an artificial sweetener.

Do you know that crisps or pop that you had for lunch can affect your moods?

Xenoestrogen is a toxin found in food additives. It tries to mimic the estrogen. In doing so, it spoils the body’s hormonal balance causing mood swings.

Sweating and High body temperature

Sweating acts as an outlet for toxin removal from the body. When it happens, it indicates an overactive liver.

When toxins enter the body, the digestive system goes for a toss. The liver becomes hyperactive, causing you to sweat even more.

Body odor

A foul body odor or gas and stools indicates the toxic load on the liver. It is a signal that toxins and waste products are not exiting the body as they should.

Discoloration of tongue

The color of the tongue is a direct sign of the digestive health of the body. If your tongue turns yellow, it indicates a high toxic load on the liver and gallbladder. It may also suggest jaundice.

Sensitivity to scents

Are you sensitive to scents? You may feel nausea or a headache every time you smell a scent. You may even have stomach cramps if you are very sensitive to fragrances.

Now that we know so much about toxins and where they come from, it’s time to take action.

Small diet and exercise changes can go a long way in keeping you healthy. 

Here are 17 ways to live healthy that can help.

 

 

 

 

10 Incredible Goat Milk Soap Benefits You Did not Know

Introducing Goat Milk Soap – The All-Natural Skin Wonder

Are you experiencing dry and itchy skin after a refreshing shower

Your daily soap could be the culprit.

The daily soap or body wash you use is made with a bunch of chemicals. Using it even in minute quantities every day can irritate your skin.

Research by the FDA states that the majority of the soaps in the market are full of chemicals. Over a period of time, regular usage of these soaps leads to an allergic reaction on your skin.

Due to these increasing skin conditions, the majority of people have turned their back to chemical laden soaps.

Many of my friends have started making their own soap. And once they start doing that, store brought soap is never an option for them.

Well, after my experiment, I am also leaning in their favor and can’t wait to try out new recipes and variations!

I was facing this constant irritation on my skin and decided to do something about it.

A close friend suggested using goat milk soap.

The organic store brought one or made by hand. I made up my mind and got all the supplies over the weekend.

Once I made the soap and used it for about two weeks, I just had to write a post on it.

The results were simple but remarkable.

The itching on the skin has completely disappeared and my skin feels as soft as a newborn baby’s skin!!

And guess what, I am also sharing the two goat milk soap recipes that I used.

Go ahead and discover all new ways of using this luxurious natural recipe and see your skin transform!

10 reasons to try goat milk soap recipes

Why Goat Milk Soap is Beneficial for Your Skin

When organic and all natural ingredients come to mind, milk cannot be far behind. Goat milk soap is a popular name in the milk category.

Widely available and grown with organically fed goats, it has become a popular choice due to its inbuilt skin protecting elements.

For centuries goat milk has been known for its unique taste and amazing benefits.

It has lactic acids, a group member of alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin by removing its dead layers of skin cells from the surface.

Discover fresh and radiant new skin by using goat milk soap. This fascinating quality makes it stand apart from other natural soaps.

Goat milk soap also comes with Vitamin A and B2, which are extremely nourishing for the body.

Vitamin A naturally repairs skin by reducing the wrinkles and unwanted appearance of fine lines.

Moreover, it has magical healing properties which control acne and helps cure other skin conditions like psoriasis. Goat milk is also rich in minerals like selenium that protects the outer skin layer from sunburn and prevents skin damage.

Have sensitive or dry skin? Goat milk soap can be the perfect cure. It is highly effective if you have eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin diseases. Its regular usage can help reduce these conditions.

It comes with high-fat content, which hydrates your skin by maintaining the pH balance of the fatty acid in your body.

The original skin texture gets retained by goat milk soap as it naturally absorbs the beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fatty acid.

It also keeps the pH balance of the body at the normal level.

Top 10 Goat Milk Soap Benefits

Skin irritation due to cosmetic products? Say bye bye to skin allergies by using goat milk soap.

It is literally a boon for your skin as it is loaded with natural ingredients. Let’s check out its proven benefits.

The principal ingredient of this natural soap is goat milk. It comes packed with loads of healing properties aided by natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and many more.

If you start to count the real benefits of goat milk soap, it will race mile ahead of other synthetic and natural detergents available in the market.

Apart from nourishing your skin, improving its texture, it also soothes inflamed skin.

Let’s check out the top 10 reasons for choosing goat milk soap for your daily beauty regime:

Deep Clean Gently

Handmade goat milk soap does not have harmful chemicals. It is purely handcrafted with goat milk and few other natural substances.

The lactic acid component of goat milk helps in cleansing our skin from inside out and removes all hidden impurities.

Alpha hydroxyl acids ( AHAs ) present in goat milk are great at breaking down dead skin cells.

These cells are removed from the skins’ layer and make the itching go away.

Healthy & Nutrient Rich Properties

Goat milk is a mine of healthy vitamins like A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E. It’s loaded with minerals such as iron, selenium, copper, and zinc.

It packs in a punch of amino acids, antioxidants, citric acid, fatty acid, and different enzymes.

With so many healthy and nourishing vitamins and minerals, the skin gets a health boost. Goat milk is capable of penetrating your skin and reach underneath your skin surface.

While doing so, it adds the required amount of nutrients in our skin tissue. Daily use of goat milk soap can make your skin glow from inside out!

Baby Soft and Moisturized Skin

Just try rubbing a goat milk soap over your body while taking a bath. You will simply love its smooth and moisturizing effect.

It acts as a natural moisturizer and the skin absorbs its smoothening properties instantly.

An extra moisture layer is added to the skin almost instantly. Experience smooth, soft and supple skin!

The creamy nature of the soap acts as a soothing balm to the skin cracks and cell gaps. It helps to heal the skin naturally and quickly.

Banish Premature Ageing

Our skin requires regular nourishment from curative antioxidants. Goat milk helps your body combat with oxidative damage caused by free radicals by keeping the constant supply of Vitamin A, C, and E.

It also removes the layer of dead cells from the upper skin surface and helps build the new revitalized layer underneath. Regular use of goat milk soap delays the premature aging of your skin by reducing the occurrence of wrinkles, skin lines, and sunburns.

Prevents and Treats Acne

Skin acne is caused by harmful bacteria which are typically spread due to excessive exposure to smog, pollution, and various toxic chemicals.

Experts recommend goat milk soap as a perfect formula in treating and healing acne and other skin diseases.

Its anti-bacterial properties prevent the survival and growth of harmful bacteria and eliminate the ones deep inside your skin.

Soothes Inflammation & Irritation

Synthetic soaps available in the market have harmful chemicals which can work as skin irritants.

Goat milk, on the other hand, has beneficial anti-inflammatory ingredients such as its fat molecules. It also comes with zero chemical additives.

If you have sensitive skin, you will like its soft and gentle formula.

Replace it with your daily face wash or body wash for best results. Watch your skin glow and become radiant from inside.

Reduces Skin Infections

Goat milk soap softens your skin by reducing the itchiness.

Its excellent healing properties and anti-microbial effects help in curing chronic skin infections like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dermatitis.

Maintain skin’s pH Balance

The pH balance of a goat milk soap is similar to the pH level of our body. Goat milk contains caprylic acid, a specific type of fatty acid.

This element makes the goat milk compatible with our skin and helps to extract nutrients from it. Once applied on the skin, this fatty acid shields the skin from harmful bacteria.

Heals & Repairs Skin Damage

Goat milk is loaded with extremely beneficial alpha hydroxyl acid. It triggers the growth of new skin cells in our body.

AHAs makes our skin healthier and younger by repairing the damaged skin tissues from inside.

Reduces Chances of Skin Cancer

Goat milk soap is enriched with a lot of healthy minerals like selenium. Several research studies have proclaimed selenium as an element that can guard our skin against damaging UV rays.

Selenium also reduces the chance of deadly skin cancer and other severe skin ailments.

Do you need more reasons to try it out? Let me make it easier by sharing a couple of goat milk soap recipes with you that are my favs!

Making do-it-yourself soap is a fantastic idea and once you try it out, I am sure you will be completely hooked!!

Quick and Easy Do it Yourself Goat Milk Soap Recipes

Milk and honey always worked wonder in different types of recipes, starting from food to soap.

When it comes to goat milk and honey soap, it has always remained one of my hot favorites.

Its divine smell and fantastic healing properties make it stand apart from other soaps.

Loads of natural moisturizer, healing benefits, and antibacterial properties make it even more healthy.

The soap brightens your skin tone, treats and heals acne and comes with anti-aging ingredients.

The best part is these soaps come with a sweet fragrance and rejuvenate your skin naturally.

Spend less than 10 minutes to whip up an entire batch of these natural soaps. The preparation time can be a bit more but “the actual soap making” part takes not more than 10 minutes.

goat milk soap recipes

Honey & Goat Milk Soap:

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base
  • Silicone Honeycomb Mold
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • 4-Cup or a similar quantity of Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
  • Red & Yellow Soap Colorant (Optional, If you want to make it colorful)

This recipe makes about 9 honeycomb soaps or four large 4-ounce soaps with 1 lb of soap base.

Step 1 – Take goat milk soap base and cut small cubes out of it. Now, put them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Step 2 – Keep stirring it and then microwave again for 20-30 seconds. Continue till all the soap melts. You may do this 30 seconds microwaving three times before the entire 1lb batch is completely melted.

Step 3 – Add 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of yellow soap colorant to the melted soap. You can add a dash of red color if you prefer a more golden hue.

Step 4 – Mix it all well and pour it into the silicone honeycomb mold. Let it cool down for about 2-3 hours or even more. Higher room temperature or higher humidity levels can increase the time take to set the soap.

Step 5 – Once you see that the soaps are firm, gently remove them from the silicon mold.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap

Soap Supplies You Need:

  • Goats Milk Pour Soap Base & Glycerine Melt – 2 lb block (sufficient for 12 bars)
  • Silicone Mold
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Liquid Soap Colors – (combine blue and red color to make soft lavender color)
  • Empty Eye Dropper Bottles having lids – used to mix soap colors
  • Dried Lavender Flowers (optional)
  • Microwave Proof Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Spatula
  • Decorative tape, ribbon, burlap, and raffia (for decoration)

Using the above supplies will give you about 12 bars. Since many of the items in the soap making process are reusable, you will save quite some dollars once you start making them regularly.

Step 1 – The soap base will be large but soft and can be easily sliced with a simple kitchen knife. Slice it into small cubes and place them into the microwave safe measuring cup.

Step 2 – Melt the soap cubes in the microwave in 30-sec increments. Stir well in the gaps to make sure the soap gets completely melted. It may take 1 minute and 30 seconds for individual batches of soap cubes to melt 100%. I did the entire process with my pyrex measuring cup. It could only melt half of the soap at once, and I ended up 2 batches of soap cubes out of 2 lbs of the base.

Step 3 – Mix the red and blue colors to make purple colors and add into the pyrex cup.

Step 4 – Add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Add dried lavender leaves for a better flavor.

Step 5 – Pout the soap mix into the silicone molds and let it stay for about 1-2 hours.

Step 6 – Gently take out the soap from the molds once firm.

Now I used pretty ribbons, burlap, and raffia to wrap it up. It looked so pretty and completely giftable!!

Try Out Handmade Goat Milk Soap Today

Whenever you make one, I would love to hear about your experience and see some amazing photos. You can customize your ingredients and give it your personal touch. So why wait, get on to make your first DIY goat milk soap bar and share with the world.

Say bye to skin irritations and acne! Discover goat milk soap to make your skin healthy and oh-so-soft to the touch today!