Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, April 22, EARTH DAY!

Moon Alert

We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Something unusual or unexpected might impact your money, your possessions or your wealth today. Therefore, keep your eyes open! Or perhaps you will have a liberating flash of wisdom about what true wealth might be. After all, you can’t eat money.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Sun is in your sign lined up with wild, wacky Uranus. This is why you feel restless, impulsive and tempted to do something rash or unusual. But this same celestial influence might also bring you a flash of wisdom that is liberating. You might feel younger. You might feel wiser.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Something going on behind the scenes might potentially surprise you today. If you are rigid about your routines, a surprise might not be welcome. But if you are open, flexible and willing to learn and go with the flow – this surprise might be exciting!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today you might meet someone who is unusual or different in some way. They might have something to teach you or their life story might be a cautionary tale. You might also encounter someone who has something unusual to tell you – or something to teach you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Don’t overreact if bosses, parents or the police do something that catches you off guard. Stay calm. Give yourself time to process whatever surprises you so that you can react in a way that you will not later regret. (That’s about the best you can do.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Travel plans will change today. They might be cancelled or delayed. Possibly, you might suddenly have to travel when you didn’t expect to do so. This is also an excellent day to learn something valuable from a teacher or professor, or anyone who has wisdom to share.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Stay in touch with details regarding banking, wills, inheritances, taxes and shared property so that you are not in the dark about something important. I say this because something unexpected will likely impact these areas. Stay on the ball!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

A partner or close friend might do something that surprises you today. They could really throw you for a loop. It might be a fun surprise or it might be a bit shocking. They might demand more freedom in the relationship. They might introduce you to someone unusual. It could be anything.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your work routine will be interrupted today by computer crashes, fire drills, power outages, staff shortages or something unexpected. Your best defence is to allow yourself extra time so that you have wriggle room to cope with the unexpected.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Parents need to be extra vigilant with their kids because this is an accident-prone day for your children. Young people will be impetuous, more active, impulsive and unpredictable, which means you have to be truly alert. Meanwhile, social plans might suddenly change dues to a cancellation or an exciting invitation that comes your way!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Stock the fridge because unexpected company might drop by today. On the downside, small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Whatever the case – you will deal with it because you can. Stay flexible so that you can handle the unexpected with smooth style.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Pay attention to everything you say and do because today is a potentially accident-prone day for you. On the upside, you might have brilliant, genius -like ideas. However, your daily routine will change. Expect to encounter new faces, new places and new ideas.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1966) shares your birthday today. You are carefree and creative. Sometimes you appear eccentric because you have a unique approach to things. This year will be more laid back for you. Nevertheless, your relations with others will be important. Focus on how to cooperate with others. Look for ways to be kinds and helpful. Business and personal relationships will benefit you so be open to engaging with others.

–GeorgiaNicols

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Taurus Season Is Encouraging You to Do THIS

Taurus Season Is Encouraging You to Do THIS

What does the Sun in Taurus mean for your zodiac sign?

Emily Trinkaus

Get ready to power your way to pleasure! The Sun moves from the fiery horoscope sign of Aries into laidback and comfort-conscious Taurus from April 20 to May 20. While Aries inspired action and new beginnings, with the sign of the Bull it’s time to slow down, stabilize and build a solid foundation for what you started.

Ruled by Venus, the love goddess, in her earthy and fertile form, Taurus exudes abundance and sensuality. The Taurus season is the height of spring in the Northern Hemisphere — when nature delights the senses and invites you to indulge in the beauty and pleasure of the physical world.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

The Sun in your 2nd House of Resources supports you in strengthening your financial foundation. Take time to clarify what you have, what you need and what you want. With Mercury Retrograde in this arena, you may need to resolve money matters from the past before moving forward. The more you align your work with your values and passions, the easier it will be to create the prosperity you desire.

 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Happy Birthday, Taurus! The Sun in your own sign and your 1st House of Self marks the start of your personal new year, and a time for getting in touch with your desires. Pay attention to what feels fun, exciting and expansive and take the risk of incorporating more of these elements into your life. When you value yourself enough to act on your deepest yearnings, you break through any blocks to abundance.

 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

The Sun eases into your 12th House of Dreams and Imagination, calling you to slow down your social life and turn your attention inward. Nurture your body and spirit through rest and retreat as your personal cycle comes to an end and you prepare for the start of a new birthday year. Pay attention to your dreams, feelings and intuition for practical guidance on how to strengthen and stabilize your inner world.

 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

In your 11th House of Groups and Friends, the Taurus Sun invites you to build a stronger social network by reaching out to people who share your values and ideals. This is an auspicious time for networking and attracting allies who support you in realizing your dreams. With Mercury Retrograde in this realm, friends from the past can help you remember what matters most and give you insights into your future.

 

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

The Sun in your 10th House of Career helps you create a secure foundation for professional success. Make the most of this time by taking concrete steps toward achieving long-term goals, and be willing to take on greater power and responsibility in your work life. Reconsider what you love and value about your work to help you define your goals for the future.

 

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

The Sun shines on your 9th House of Expansion, inspiring you to step outside your everyday life and view your world from a higher perspective. Broadening your physical, mental and spiritual horizons — through travel, study or meditation — gives you valuable new insights into how to create greater security and abundance. Take the risk of acting on your intuitive knowledge rather than relying on logic.

 

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

In your 8th House of Intimacy, the sensual Taurus Sun entices you to deepen your bond with a significant other. Build a solid foundation for intimate relationships by openly communicating your feelings, needs and values. Mercury Retrograde in this house asks you to release something from the past — a belief or emotional attachment that no longer serves you — in order to create the closeness you crave.

 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

The Sun lights up your 7th House of Partnership — a time for fortifying your relationships by intentionally devoting time and energy to the people you love. Make a point of telling friends and partners what you appreciate about them to increase the flow of love. Partners from the past may reappear, helping you clarify what’s most important to you in the present.

 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

The pragmatic Taurus Sun in your 6th House of Daily Routines invites you to simplify your schedule, get organized and become more efficient. Use this earthy influence to implement new and improved self-care habits and strengthen your overall sense of health and well-being. When you feel good in your body, it’s easier to achieve your professional and financial goals.

 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

The Sun energizes your 5th House of Fun and Romance, signaling that the most practical thing you can do is take time to play. Having fun helps you open to new perspectives and possibilities, renewing inspiration for achieving long-term goals. Romance is also highlighted — show your sweetie how much you care by planning a special date or buying flowers.

 

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

In your 4th House of Foundations, the Taurus Sun offers opportunities for strengthening your base of support. Take time to go inward and clarify what you need to feel more secure, safe and comfortable. On a physical level, this could mean making changes in your home. On a deeper level, you can now become aware of and shift old emotional patterns that keep you from feeling supported.

 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Lighting up your 3rd House of Communication, the Sun stimulates you to speak your mind. Through communicating your thoughts, feelings and needs, you energize your relationships and increase opportunities for receiving support. This is also an auspicious time for fortifying your mental realm with new information and perspectives — study up on practical subjects like money management.

 

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Born on April 21, Happy Birthday Taurus!

Happy Birthday, dear Marion (24.04. m1a6c)

Happy Birthday Taurus!

 

IF YOU ARE BORN ON APRIL 21, you were given specifically a vision and understanding of how the world turns. You are wise beyond your years because of this. You are normally a good judge of character. This 21st April birthday personality has the temperament of being kind and giving. Born a Taurus, you love family and family reunions. There is something about kinship that gives you a feeling of security and belonging.

Being born on this birthday tells us that you are a homebody. There is a lot of beauty to come home to. You are loving yet you long for attention although your independence is a top priority. Most of the time, Taurus, you are being serious.

Let your guard down and have some fun. On the other hand, when you do have fun, you tend to have a lot of it. Find a balance so you can get your rest. Those born on this zodiac birthday need to have the proper amount to function at full capacity.

If today is your birthday you are a popular Taurean. You complement any room with your delightful and enchanting qualities. One of your favorite pastimes is chopping it up with your friends or family. You are the friendly one in the group so you will likely talk to anybody.

The April 21 birthday horoscope analysis shows that you can be overprotective of those around you. Sometimes, you are not sure what to do with certain feelings and you have a tendency to become self-indulgent when this happens. This could be one of your negative traits.

In love, Taurus, you can be affectionate, romantic and secure. On the other hand, you can be cold. It is hard to find that special someone who values, and pleasures match your own. When you do find a match, this Taurus birthday person can be a possessive and jealous person but you have no problem admitting when you are wrong.

Communication is the key to understanding. You are willing and able to express yourself effectively and calmly. You desire to have a partner who is as physically charged and loyal as you are. Relationships with this Taurus will more than likely turn into a lasting one if you are compatible with the Bull.

The 21 April birthday meanings show that you have always been a responsible person, Taurus. You take life seriously and as a result, your work ethics are beyond most people’s aspirations. You do not always have to lead to be in control.

In fact, when it comes to handling your own money, you can be impulsive and to free-hearted but perhaps a bit meticulous with someone else’s account.

The April 21 birthday astrology also suggests that do not take health care with the same seriousness as your other goals. You have a solid frame but despite this, you still could become ill. There are seasonal illnesses that are associated with this birthday and zodiac sign. Take care to wrap your mouth, throat, and ears during the winter months.

You enjoy cooking for your friends so you have to watch your intake to stay in that body you otherwise work hard to keep. Food is your weakness!

The April 21 birthday personality have a vision that makes them more mature than those around. Your wisdom is what makes you popular amongst your peers and acquaintances. You are someone who can be overprotective of your friends. You want your lover to match you but complement your weaknesses.

If you were born today, you may need to add layers in the wintertime to prevent air born illness that you are likely to catch. You do better with other people’s money than with your own. If you were born on this April 21, you are Taurus the Bull.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On April 21

Robbie Amell, Jencarlos Canela, Christian Coma, Tony Danza, Queen Elizabeth II, John Muir, Anthony Quinn, Tony Romo

This Day That Year – April 21 In History

1654 – Trade agreement between England and Sweden is signed.
1865 – The train carrying Abraham Lincoln’s body leaves Washington.
1892 – Longshoremen strike demanding a raise in wages for black workers.
1956 – The hit song “Heartbreak Hotel” becomes #1. Elvis Presley’s first major record.

April 21  Vrishabha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
April 21  Chinese Zodiac SNAKE

April 21 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planets are Mars and Venus.
Mars: This is the planet of instinct, anger, drive, and energy.
Venus: This is the planet of love, romance, finance, and money.

April 21 Birthday Symbols

The Bull Is The Symbol For The Taurus Sun Sign
The Ram Is The Symbol For The Aries Sun Sign

April 21 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birth Day Tarot Card is The World. This card symbolizes achievements, success, enrichment, and honesty. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Pentacles and Knight of Pentacles

April 21 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Cancer: This will be a mutually satisfying love match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign ScorpioThis will be a difficult and heated relationship.

April 21 Lucky Numbers

Number 3 – This number stands for encouragement, imagination, dreams, and pleasures.
Number 7 – This number stands for eccentricity, spirituality, mental analysis, and contemplation.

Lucky Colors For April 21 Birthday

Pink: This color signifies unconditional love, success, insight, and empathy.
Lavender: This is a color of wisdom, intuition, perception and mental clarity.

Lucky Days For April 21 Birthday

Friday – This day is ruled by Venus which encourages good relations, cooperation, persuasion, and attachment.
Thursday – This day is ruled by Jupiter and represents good fortune, encouragement, sincerity, and knowledge.

April 21 Birthstone Emerald

Emerald gemstone is known to have an encouraging effect of growth and renewal.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On The 21st Of April:

A luxurious massage for the man and a herb garden for the woman.

 

–SunSigns.org

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, April 21

Moon Alert

After 12:30 PM EDT today (9:30 AM PDT), we have the “all clear” to shop and do business. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You will enjoy travel for pleasure today. Because your appreciation of beauty is heightened, you will also enjoy museums, galleries and seeing the art of other cultures. You might develop a crush on someone who is “different.” Good day to buy wardrobe items.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today you will benefit from the wealth and resources of others. Someone might give you a gift or offer to lend you money or to help you in some way. Perhaps your partner will get a bonus or a financial advantage that indirectly benefits you, as well?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a lovely day to schmooze with others, especially close friends and partners. You will also enjoy dealing with members of the general public. Choose today to mend broken fences with someone because everyone is friendly and forgiving.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Those of you at work today will find it easy to relate to customers, clients and coworkers. In fact, someone might praise you, and a few of you might even get a raise. (Yes!) Enjoy warm interactions with others. Ask someone to help you if you need it because people are cooperative today.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a playful, fun-loving day! Romance can blossom. You will enjoy the arts, movies, gallery showings, sports events and fun activities with children. Your bottom line today is that you want to kick back and relax in friendly company.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is the perfect day to cocoon at home so that you can relax and take it easy among familiar surroundings. You might like to putter and redecorate your digs or do something to make things look more attractive. Perhaps you will tackle your garden or your balcony?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Conversations with others will be warm and meaningful today because you want to have a genuine connection with someone. You want to move beyond a superficial level of politeness, and instead engage in a conversation that gets down to some personal facts.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is a favourable day financially speaking. If you’re working, you might see ways to boost your income or you might get a good tip. If shopping, you will want to buy beautiful things for yourself and others. It’s a pleasant day!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today the Moon is in your sign dancing nicely with Venus. This can promote your interest in the arts and all things beautiful. It will also pave the way for friendly relations with everyone, especially with younger people or those who work in the arts. It’s a great day to party, enjoy sports and socialize with others.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Solitude in beautiful surroundings will please you today because you need to take a little time off for good behaviour. Find a quiet place where you can contemplate your navel. You might also plan your busy social month ahead! (Especially a vacation get-away.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Relations with friends will be warm and mutually supportive today. Likewise, you will enjoy the company of people in group situations like clubs, organizations, the church or large conferences. For some, a platonic friendship will turn romantic.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You are a bit high viz. today but no worries, because you look fabulous in the eyes of others. People see you as cooperative, friendly and attractive, which is a ice boon to your reputation. Listen to the advice of someone older or more experienced because it might help you financially.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Queen Elizabeth II (1926) shares your birthday today. You push yourself hard; but you inspire others as well. You like the creature comforts of life. Now is the time to clarify future goals because you are entering a year of exciting changes and new beginnings! Start to define what you want for yourself in the next several years. Be pro-active! This year you will feel physically energetic.

 

–GeorgiaNicols

Your Horoscopes for the Week of April 21

Your Horoscopes for the Week of April 21

Claire Petulengro, Celebrity Astrologer 

From The Astrology Room

 

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Mercury helps you to clear up a financial issue you were about to give up on. There is a tired feel to your chart, which tells me that you have yet again, taken on more than you need to. What are you trying to prove Aries? You should know by now, that a sign such as you needs to balance personal and professional. Ring me now and let’s do it!

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Someone you used to think a lot of, said some things recently which have really changed your perspective of them. Try to focus on what you know needs to be done. Leave them to catch up, when they become aware of the boundaries you set. Family are asking questions you’d rather have more time to answer. Ring now for a better perspective.

 

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

You start to discover new things you are good at and in the process your appetite for knowledge is increased. You no longer want to make excuses, but you want to live life to the full. This means you’re over a certain someone, doesn’t it? Showing more patience with family can help to work a miracle. Ring now for the confidence you’re lacking.

 

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Children seem to be the bearers of much good news this week. In fact, someone you have lost more than a few nights worrying about, should now make you smile when you think about them. Play fair in business on Friday, or Mars will bite you. Taking time out to look at new options for a family issue regarding someone’s long term well-being. Ring now for help.

 

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Family are not making it easy for you to live your own life lately and you’re ready to fight back (aren’t you my friend?). Try to make your action plan a fair one. More people are watching from the side-lines than you think. Showing you’re a team player on Wednesday can turn a no into a yes. Ring right now for a better perspective of love.

 

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

It’s time for you to start appreciating those you love a little more Virgo. A rather rude mood which last weekend’s events saw you give in to, must be addressed sooner rather than later. Extra work you do of your own accord can turn a problematic week into your most constructive all year. Ring to hear why it’s worth sticking to all evening plans.

 

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Don’t be put off of going to places you’ve been to, just because of who you went there with before. This is your week to reclaim your life my friend. Show you can be the bigger person and move up to a better way of life. Places you visit, help you make major decisions about your future. Ring right now to live in the moment more.

 

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Ideas you have at this time can form the basis for a really successful future. You begin to see that you have changed and that you want and deserve more from your future. A break in your circle tries to break a friendship. Fresh hope and inspiration for a close ne comes via texts or calls you make on impulse. Ring now to hear what’s ahead.

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

You are hungry for success this week and you don’t seem to mind who you step over to get it. Try to be patient with new faces in business and financial dealings, as they’re still finding their feet. The need to buy something you shouldn’t is linked to who has been making you feel inferior of late. Ring now to turn any negative into a positive.

 

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Someone isn’t playing fair towards you, but rather than scream and shout, try to show you can be the bigger person and walk away with your pride still in-tact. Grateful friends surprise you with their reaction to recent support you showed. Travel plans you make now prove what a better place your life is now in. Ring right now to reveal all.

 

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

I know you don’t feel as strong as you’d like to, but if you made some small tweaks and changes to the way you lived your life, then you’d feel an abundance of focus and determination. You know what needs to be done. Do it. Be brave and say what’s in your heart. This could be your last chance to do so. Ring now for a push in the right direction.

 

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Don’t be upset if you are asked to change the things you have already done, and don’t be offended. All those around you want to do is see you succeed. Fellow Pisces link to a better atmosphere in the home. You start to feel happier in your environment and no longer does anxiety dictate the plans you make. Ring right now to make the most of life

 

 

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The Daily Cosmic Calendar for April 21

COSMIC CALENDAR

Reinforce your sense of inner peace while the void lunar zone in Scorpio holds sway until the moon enters goal-oriented Sagittarius (9:00 a.m.). Another main reason to completely relax and look within for higher guidance is that the sun forms an electrifying parallel with Uranus (5:29 a.m.). After the lunar orb is safely transiting through the ninth sign of the zodiac, explore your talents in the arts, holistic healing techniques, and literary pursuits as the moon forms a trio of trines to Venus (11:20 a.m.), Chiron (3:20 p.m.) and Mercury (8:20 p.m. ) which are all located in Aries. Be prepared for a potent Earth Day tomorrow when the sun makes its annual union with revolutionary Uranus in Taurus.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for April 20: MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANERS

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANERS

By Christine Halvorson and Kenneth M. Sheldon

Make your own cleaning products. Homemade cleaners are simple and a great way to save money.

WARNING: Never mix cleaning products containing bleach and ammonia, as dangerous fumes will result.

OVEN CLEANER

2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
2 teaspoons borax
¼ cup ammonia
1–½ cups warm water

Mix the ingredients together, apply to oven spills, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub with an abrasive nylon-backed sponge and rinse well.

EASY SCRUB

¾ cup baking soda
¼ cup borax
dishwashing liquid

Combine the baking soda and borax. Mix in enough dishwashing liquid to make a smooth paste. If you prefer a pleasant smell, add ¼ teaspoon lemon juice to the paste.

JEWELRY CLEANER

¼ cup ammonia
¼ cup dishwashing liquid
¾ cup water

Mix all the ingredients well, then soak your jewelry in the solution for a few minutes. Clean around the stones and designs with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Buff dry. (Caution: Don’t use this with gold-plated jewelry; with soft stones such as pearls, opals, or jade; or with costume jewelry, because it could ruin the plastics or loosen the glue.)

HEAVY-DUTY DISINFECTANT CLEANER

¼ cup powdered laundry detergent
1 tablespoon borax
¾ cup hot water
¼ cup pine oil, or pine-based cleaner

Slowly stir the detergent and borax into the water to dissolve. Add the pine oil (available at hardware stores and supermarkets) and mix well. For bathroom cleaning, use the mixture full strength. In the kitchen, dilute it with water.

WOOD FLOOR POLISH

½ cup vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil

Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

RUG CLEANER

¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid
1 cup lukewarm water

Combine the ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution over a large area, or use the solution to spot-clean nongreasy stains. (Don’t use laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent in place of dishwashing liquid, as they may contain additives that can affect the rug’s color.)

TOILET CLEANER

1 cup borax
¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice

Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours, and scrub.

MILDEW REMOVER

1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
1 quart chlorine bleach
2 quarts water

Combine all the ingredients in a pail. Wearing rubber gloves, wash off the mildew.

FLOOR WAX REMOVER

1 cup laundry detergent
¾ cup ammonia
1 gallon warm water

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to a small area of the floor. Let the solution sit long enough for it to loosen the old wax, at least 5 to 10 minutes. Mop up the old wax (or scrape it up, if there’s a lot of it, using a squeegee and a dustpan). Rinse thoroughly with 1 cup vinegar in 1 gallon water and let dry before applying a new finish.

FURNITURE POLISH

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon boiled linseed oil
1 tablespoon turpentine

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended. Dampen a cloth with cold water and wring it out until it’s as dry as you can get it. Saturate the cloth with the mixture and apply sparingly to a small area at a time. Let dry for about 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth. Note that this mixture gets gummy as it sits, so make just enough for one day’s work.

GLASS CLEANER

2 tablespoons ammonia
½ cup alcohol
¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid
a few drops blue food coloring
water

Combine the ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and food coloring, then add enough water to make 1 quart. If you prefer a nonammoniated cleaner, substitute 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice for the ammonia.

CARPET FRESHENER

1 cup crushed dried herbs (such as rosemary, southernwood, or lavender)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda

Combine all the ingredients in a large jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well to blend. Sprinkle some of the mixture on your carpet, let it sit for an hour or so, and then vacuum it up. It will give the room a pleasant smell and neutralize carpet odors.

SCRUBBING HAND GENERAL-PURPOSE CLEANER

1 teaspoon borax
½ teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons vinegar
¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid
2 cups hot water

Combine all the ingredients. If you don’t have washing soda (generally found in the laundry section of supermarkets), use 1 teaspoon baking soda instead. For a more pleasant smell, use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Be sure to label the bottle accordingly.

SOURCE:

The 1999 Old Farmer’s Almanac Home Library Series

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for April 20: SPRING-CLEANING NATURALLY: 6 INGREDIENTS

 

SPRING-CLEANING NATURALLY: 6 INGREDIENTS

When it comes to spring-cleaning or any kind of housecleaning, I use an array of six admirably versatile natural cleaning products: vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, borax, wood ash.

I started using these products many years ago, mostly because so many commercial cleaning products gave me headaches and irritated my eyes and nasal passages. The headaches stopped, the natural products worked well, and they’ve saved a lot of money over the years.

Also, let me admit that I count myself among the “good-enough” group of rural dwellers. I live with a wood stove (smoke, ash, wood chips, sawdust), solar greenhouse (dirt, dust), and garden (time!) which makes maintaining high cleaning standards challenging.

Astonishing versatility

I continue to love the fact that this half-dozen of natural products singly or in combination will clean my toilet, tub, teeth, upholstery, carpets and windows, super-clean our grubbiest laundry, deodorize our pets and our car’s interior while they also soothe sunburns and insect stings, relieve an itch, gargle away many sore throats, and wash and condition my hair.

And please note: four of the six are pantry staples and safe enough to eat.

Below, I remind you of just a few of the ways I use these products for tough cleaning and deodorizing tasks.

Vinegar
I use white vinegar in a spray bottle to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces, prevent or remove hard-water scale from the coffee pot, tub and toilet, as a window cleaner, and to remove labels from products or stickers from walls. It will unplug most drains by pouring half a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of white or cider vinegar. (Don’t use a commercial drain product first, as you could create toxic fumes.)

I’ve learned those tough, longstanding, tough limescale stains in sinks and toilets that no amount of scouring will clean will eventually give way after repeated, long soakings with white vinegar.

Oh, and a couple of tablespoons of ordinary olive oil in a cup of vinegar works well to dust and polish wood furniture.

Baking Soda 
Especially in combination with salt, baking soda works well for scouring sinks and tubs, brushing your teeth, wiping down and deodorizing the refrigerator, removing smells and stains from carpets and upholstery (rub in, leave for an hour, shake or vacuum out).

Lemon Juice 

Half a cup in a gallon of water helps brighten white clothes without bleach (especially if you hang the clothes in the sunshine.) Sprayed or rubbed on straight, lemon juice removes stains from countertops and rust stains from clothing. Clean toilets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice; squirt lemon juice for fresh smell.

Half a cut lemon left on a shelf will deodorize the fridge. Sprayed or rubbed on with a cloth, straight lemon juice (or straight vinegar) will remove mold and mildew from many surfaces.

Salt
One part table salt mixed with four parts each of borax and baking soda makes a good scouring powder for tubs, sinks and toilets. Adding a little vinegar to a teaspoon of salt makes a good scrub for removing coffee or tea stains from mugs and cups. (And don’t forget the health benefits of salt.)

Borax

Borax helps clean the tub, remove tough stains in laundry. I add it to baking soda and salt to make a general purpose scouring powder.

Wood ash 
In a paste with a little water, cleans glass! Sprinkled on and scrubbed into pavement, bricks, and stone, it will help remove oil stains.

Actually, when you come up against challenging cleaning or deodorizing tasks, try one or more in combination and you’ll probably find something that will do the trick. That’s what I do, and it almost always works.

 

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“Living Naturally” is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that’s good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, ideas to make your home a healthy and safe haven, and the latest news on health. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it’s relearning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better, healthier lives.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for April 20th: WHITE VINEGAR: POWERFUL BUT USE WITH CAUTION

 

WHITE VINEGAR: POWERFUL BUT USE WITH CAUTION

USE VINEGAR CORRECTLY TO AVOID HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS

It’s hard to think of a natural substance that serves such a wide array of everyday purposes as vinegar. While it might seem as if you can use vinegar on everything, it’s also acidic, which means that it can cause damage to your health and home if you use it improperly. Here are things that you should NOT use vinegar for.

THE MANY USES OF VINEGAR

We’re huge fans of vinegar. It’s natural and non-toxic. It’s cheap to buy. It’s versatile.

People use vinegar (Note: not always safely or effectively) to clean windows (sinks, appliances, glassware, coffee-makers, dental retainers, etc.), remove stains, kill weeds, condition their hair, remove smelly-dog odors from fabrics, “age” wood, remove sticky labels, disinfect cutting boards and other surfaces, ease the pain of insect stings and sunburns, prevent fabric dyes from running, fluff up and stiffen egg whites, make cottage cheese from milk, soften fabrics, dry up pimples, lose weight, disinfect wounds, sanitizing fresh fruits and vegetables, and to prevent or treat diverse ills.

Not to mention its use in pickling, and its appeal as a flavoring ingredient in salad dressings, marinades, and cooked dishes, and as an ingredient in refreshing summer drinks or winter tonics (e.g., shrubs, switchel, fire cider).

Whew!

WHAT IS VINEGAR?

Vinegar, whose name derives from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine, is produced naturally through a two-stage process that starts when yeasts digest the sugars in fruits, grains (and sometimes vegetables) into wines, beers, or grain alcohols. Acetic acid bacteria, ubiquitous in the environment, further ferment the alcohol to vinegar.

Commercially available vinegars have been mixed with water or other liquids to contain between four and eight percent acetic acid—the Food and Drug Administration has a four-percent-minimum standard. The label must indicate the percentage of acetic acid.

So-called “horticultural” or “industrial” vinegars” typically contain between 20 percent and 30 percent acetic acid.

Most supermarkets and specialty food stores offer a wide array of vinegars, often named from the material first fermented into alcohol, but sometimes containing herbs, spices, fruits or other flavoring agents.

But all vinegars, by definition, contain some percentage of acetic acid, which is responsible for at least some of its effects. And some of these effects can cause damage to you, your pets, or the materials you’re working with. So heed the caveats.

WHEN TO USE VINEGAR—WHEN NOT TO USE VINEGAR

Is Vinegar Safe to Eat and Drink?

Yes and no. First, we are only talking about white vinegar with 5% acetic acid, nothing more.

  • If it doesn’t irritate your digestive system, enjoy your 5% vinegars in pickles, tasty dressings and marinades, drizzled over cooked vegetables, and well-diluted in beverages.
  • But don’t start swigging undiluted vinegar! It’s still acetic acid. Especially undiluted, vinegar may harm mouth and digestive-system tissues, A tablespoon is enough for salad dressing or to flavor a quart of drinking water.
  • Children have suffered serious burns from drinking vinegar, and from vinegar compresses used to lower fevers or soothe sunburns.
  • Speaking of child safety: If you have children or child visitors, lock up household vinegars (including those stored under the sink with cleaning compounds).

Is Vinegar Safe for Home Remedies?

  • Before using vinegar as a do-it-yourself remedy, read this fact sheet from the National Poison Control Center.
  • No matter how many testimonials you read or hear about the miracles of vinegar, don’t use it to self-medicate without consulting your doctor. Vinegar may interfere with prescription or over-the-counter medications or supplements you take. Treating yourself for a serious medical problem before consulting your doctor may delay appropriate medical treatment.
  • For the same reasons, unless suggested by your doctor, stay away from acetic acid/cider vinegar tablets, widely promoted for weight loss.
  • Swabbing a small wound, pimple, or insect sting with household vinegar may help sanitize the area and relieve the pain, swelling or itching. Don’t use vinegar as a compressDon’t saturate any large area of skin with vinegar, and don’t cover a vinegar-treated area with a bandage.
  • Don’t use undiluted vinegar or use vinegar preparations to freshen your breath or whiten your teeth. Its acid may erode tooth enamel and injure sensitive tissues.
  • Forget the commercial hair conditioner and rinse with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar but dilute the vinegar in a quart or so of warm water. (The vinegar will remove the residues of hair-care products and close the hair cuticles, protecting them from splitting and giving your hair a sleek, well-conditioned look.)

Is Vinegar Safe as a Garden Herbicide?

Here’s the basic information for using strong vinegar to kill weeds. If you do choose to use it, store and handle it with extreme care.

  • Because most people think of vinegar as a common and benign pantry staple, someone might mistake the industrial-strength vinegar for the household product. So store the vinegar under lock and key away from kitchen staples, and post a warning sign on the bottle if the label doesn’t already contain one.
  • The much stronger acid content of weed-killing vinegars can cause severe burns and permanent eye damage. Wear chemical-resistant gloves, eye protection, long sleeves and pants before you load the sprayer and head to the garden.
  • Don’t spray when it’s windy; spray drift may kill desirable plants nearby. Point the sprayer nozzle away from you. Experts say vinegar works best for small, annual broadleaf weeds and recommend using vinegar sprays on small areas only.

Where is Vinegar Safe to Use and NOT Use for Cleaning?

Important caveat: If you do choose to use vinegar as a cleaning agent, never mix it with bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide because any of these mixtures will create toxic gases.

  • Vinegar can play an important role in the household laundry. Choose white vinegar(grain based) for all laundry and stain-removal purposes; apple-cider vinegar and other flavored vinegars may stain your clothes, rugs, curtains, etc.
  • A cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle will dissolve the soap and detergent residues in clothes and in the machine, as well as brighten, deodorize, help soften, and remove many stains from clothes. It’s also safe for septic systems. Note: The user manuals of some new appliances (dishwashers and washing machines) may tell users to avoid vinegar, because it can pit the appliances’ synthetic rubber seals.
  • A mixture of half vinegar and half water in spray bottle is unparalleled for cleaning glass, appliances, ceramic bathroom fixtures, and running occasionally through your coffee pot to eliminate residues. But do NOT scrub stone, marble, or granite surfaces with vinegar solutions; it may be tempting but the acid wears down and etches the stone.
  • Don’t use vinegar on hardwood floors or wooden furniture, as it may damage the finish.
  • Experts also recommend against using vinegar to wipe down computer or smartphone screens, as it may damage their protective coatings.

Vinegar in Food Safety

  • Studies have shown that household vinegar is a pretty good antimicrobial wash for washing fruits and vegetables.
  • For sanitizing cutting boards and other food preparation surfaces, “heat ½ cup white distilled vinegar (5%) in a saucepan to 150⁰F or 66⁰C. Be sure and handle heated liquids carefully as they will be warm but not hot. Using a funnel pour the warm solution into a spray bottle. Immediately spray the cutting board, counter tops or other kitchen surfaces. Let solution remain on the surface for 1 minute and then wipe with a clean paper towel.”

 

ABOUT THIS BLOG

“Living Naturally” is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that’s good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, ideas to make your home a healthy and safe haven, and the latest news on health. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it’s relearning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better, healthier lives.

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