Video: How to Use a Food Processor For Leftover Soap Pieces

How to Use a Food Processor for Leftover Soap Pieces

How to Use a Food Processor for Leftover Soap Pieces

Learn how to recycle leftover bits of soap into new, original bars using a food processor

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I'm Anjie Cho, and this is how to use a food processor for leftover soap pieces.

I love using bar soap, especially super nice, natural soap. Bar soap is more eco-friendly because you can use less of it and it lasts longer. And you don't have the disposable containers. But you do end up with those leftover soap pieces. I'll show you how to recycle your leftover soap pieces using a food processor.

First, you need a processor, some leftover soap pieces, a saucepan, some oil and a soap molder of some sort. First, grease your soap mold, mine is a glass bowl. You can also use a fancy soap mold or a paper cup.

Second, place all your leftover soap pieces in a food processor and pulse until you have grated soap pieces. Place these in your pan over low heat with just enough water to cover. Here's where you can get creative and use milk, tea, coffee, water, it's up to you.

Milk can give a creamier, moisturizing soap. Different herbal teas can add the benefits of the herbs. Such as peppermint, which is tingly and invigorating. Coffee and caffeinated teas can help wake you up and make your skin firmer. And then, there's water for the purists.

Once you have a smooth texture, take your mixture and let it cool a bit. After it's cooled to the touch, at this point you can add other things such oatmeal, coffee grounds. etc. And you can add some scrubbing power. Or you could just add some essential oils.

Pour it into your mold and cover it with plastic wrap. You can leave it out or put it in the fridge. When it's set after a few hours, you can take it out and let it cure, meaning dry and harden for at least a week. Maybe longer if you used a lot of liquid.

This is a great way to use leftover soap pieces and make a special bar that's all your own.

by Anjie Cho Video: Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Natural Way to Make a Chair Smell Good

Restore used and lived-in chairs to good smell with natural products like vinegar, baking soda and sunlight

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I'm Anjie Cho and this is natural ways to make a chair smell good.

Because upholstered chairs get used, sat on, spilled on, etc. and because they can't easily be cleaned, sometimes they start to smell, well, not so good. But there are natural ways to make a chair smell better. You don't have to use chemicals, you can go the eco-friendly route.

First of all, don't try to cover it up, I think it makes it worse. The best way to go is to deodorize and remove the bad odors. Some ways to do this for upholstered fabric is to sprinkle baking soda and let it sit overnight. Baking soda deodorizes by absorbing the odors. After it has sat overnight, vacuum the baking soda. This should help tremendously.

If necessary, move onto step two using white vinegar. Make a solution of equal parts water to vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. Make sure to test an area first. For instance, this will not work for silk. If that area's o.k., then spray the entire chair with vinegar spray. I promise you the vinegar smell will absolutely dissipate and leave the chair smelling better.

Finally, step three, if it still needs some deodorizing. Vacuum the chair one more time and leave it out in the sunlight all day. Did you know that sunlight actually can kill bacteria and a lot of the odors come from bacteria? Be mindful if the fabric has a possibility of fading in the sunlight. Again, do a test of you can.

There are natural and eco-friendly ways to make a chair smell good using baking soda, vinegar and natural sunlight. Net time skip the chemicals and try to do it the green, natural way.

by Anjie Cho Video: How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

How to Make a Natural Cleaner With Peroxide

Using peroxide is an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to toxic cleaning products

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I'm Anjie Cho, and this is how to make natural cleaners with peroxide.

Unfortunately, many conventional cleaning products are made up of toxic chemicals. Not only do we breathe in these toxins, they get directly absorbed into our bloodstream through our skin. They also release toxins into the air and water supply. You absolutely don't want these products in your home. They poison you, your family and the planet as a whole.

It's easy to make a non-toxic alternative natural cleaner using hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is safe for our water supply because it breaks down in the water. It's also inexpensive at one or two dollars for a bottle like this. It's great as a cleaner because it's naturally antibacterial, and that's why we use it to clean cuts. Some uses for peroxide as a cleaner are one, mix it with some club soda to clean surfaces like counter tops.

Two, as a substitute for bleach. It's a natural whitener. Three, use it undiluted to sanitize toothbrushes, cutting boards and waste bins. My favorite way to use peroxide is to add a few drops of essential oil, like eucalyptus, which is naturally antibacterial, and use it for an anti-mildew shower tub spray. I just take a spray bottle, take the top off, screw it right onto the brown bottle.

By the way, the reason why hydrogen peroxide often comes in those opaque brown bottles is that the peroxide can easily break down in sunlight.

So it's best to keep it out of the sun and in the brown bottles. So have some fun and make your own do it yourself natural cleaner with peroxide.

by Anjie Cho Video: Chinese Home Decorations

Chinese Home Decorations

Chinese Home Decorations

Chinese home decorations bring meaning and symbolism to a space. Coins, zodiac animals and lucky bamboo offer wealth, harmony, growth and more. Add oranges for positive energy. 

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I'm Anjie Cho, and today I'm sharing with you the meanings behind using Chinese decorations in your home.

First are the ten Chinese coins of the Ching Dynasty. These are reproductions of coins from the Ching Dynasty representing the ten emperors from that time period. The coins represent abundance of wealth and power. It's beneficial to put these in an area that's easily seen from the entry. It can bring you wealth and money from an upright and legitimate source.

Another Chinese home decoration is the 12 zodiac animals. This is a representation of all 12 animals together on a cord. Each year is represented by a different animal and they are all included here, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each animal represents an archetype. This decoration combines all 12 of the zodiac animals to represent harmony. This decoration is beneficial to put in the center of a home to represent harmony with all the members of the family.

The third Chinese home decoration is lucky bamboo. Bamboo is abundant in Asia and grows very quickly. It represents upright and honest growth as well as flexibility and adaptability. The bamboo plant does not flower or fruit. Its life span is long but simple. It's also hollow which represents an empty heart of humbleness. Coincidentally in Western culture, it's a symbol for the green sustainability movement.

In Feng Shui lucky bamboo is best when it's straight and not curly or twisted which can represent the opposite of upright and positive growth. Lucky bamboo represents a wood element of kindness, flexibility and healing growth.

Plants also add life energy to a space. Lucky bamboo is great because they can thrive in a variety of lighting conditions and in water or in soil and it's very easy to find. If the green starts to fade into yellow, it probably needs a little bit more light. Just so you know the lucky bamboo you will often find is technically not bamboo but symbolically the plant works the same way.

Finally, the last Chinese home decoration I will talk about is a bowl of oranges. In feng shui, oranges and orange peels contribute positive, fresh and brightening energy our inner and outer environments. Oranges are very auspicious and lucky in Chinese culture. You can always find oranges as decorations at any Chinese festivity. The oranges transform the home with vibrant, life-giving positive energy.

An easy way to incorporate oranges as a home decoration is to get a lovely Asian style bowl like this one, a green, black or white bowl complements the color of oranges very well. In Feng Shui a bowl of fresh oranges adds happiness and brightness to any room.

I'm Anjie Cho, Feng Shui designer with Anjie Cho Architect and founder of Holistic Spaces and today I shared with you the meanings and applications for Chinese home decorations.

by Anjie Cho Video: How to Get VOCs Out of Clothing

How to Get VOCs Out of Clothing

How to Get VOCs Out of Clothing

VOCs,  Volatile Organic Compounds, are toxic and harmful to humans. Learn how to remove these VOCs from your clothing

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I'm Anjie Cho and this is how to get VOCs out of clothing.

Did you know that conventional clothing off gases VOCs? VOCs stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Toxins are released into the air by VOCs from synthetic materials found in buildings, in traditional paint, furniture and even clothing. VOCs are found in even what you might consider natural fabric like cotton. Many fabrics are treated with VOCs during the washing, dyeing and printing processes. VOCs can cause health problems such as headaches, dizziness as well as skin and respiratory problems.

Clothing is especially problematic because of the direct skin contacts, and we can easily absorb toxins directly through our skin. So, how do you get the VOCs out of your clothing? First, air the clothing out outdoors, in sunlight if possible.

The most effective way to reduce VOCs is to allow the clothing to off gas in a well-ventilated place in sunlight. This allows the VOCs to dissipate and leave the fabric. If you don't have outdoor space, set a fan up or make sure you have a breezy room. Setup some indoor green plants which will help to absorb the off gas and chemicals.

Second, after you've aired out the clothing, be sure to soak and wash them thoroughly with a non-toxic eco-friendly laundry detergent with an additional cup of baking soda added. I suggest soaking the clothing overnight, then wash and air dry the clothing. Again, make sure you use eco-friendly non-toxic laundry detergent, so you don't add back in more toxins. Repeat these two steps as required, but for most of us one round should be enough.

Although VOCs can be harmful to our health, we can use natural methods to remove the VOCs from our clothing.

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