9 Most Effective Ways To Kill Weeds Naturally

When you’ve spent hours cutting, trimming, and planting to ensure your yard looks beautiful and relaxing, the sight of weeds cropping up is enough to make you crazy. If you’re having a hard time getting rid of these pesky yard design killers, check out a few of the best ways to take them out for good.

Let us know if you’ve used any of these tactics for clearing out the unwelcome guests from your garden.

1. Use baking soda: Baking soda is a safe option that will keep weeds out of the cracks in your sidewalks and patio surfaces without introducing toxins to the environment. Simply sprinkle a few handfuls onto the sidewalk and sweep it into the cracks, according to Reader’s Digest.

2. Salt ’em: Boil two parts water with one part salt. Pour the mixture directly on weeds. You can also sprinkle salt on weeds in your sidewalk and spray a bit of water on top.

3. Get ’em drunk: Alcohol can be dehydrating (which may explain why you’re really thirsty after downing one too many). This dehydration effect works great for snuffing out weeds. Combine 1 ounce of vodka with 2 cups of water and a little dish soap. Mix it in a spray bottle and douse weeds liberally. Hit the weeds in the middle of the day when the sun is high for the best effect, according to Reader’s Digest.

4. Add a bit of flavor: Crisp your weeds into submission by mixing 1 cup of salt with 1 gallon of vinegar, a bit of dish soap and some citrus oil. Spray the mixture on the weeds, Treehugger recommends.

5. Prevent them from ever showing up: You can make it much harder for weeds to grow by spreading a bit of cornmeal. Cornmeal makes it harder for weed seeds to reproduce. It doesn’t actually kill anything, but it’s a good preventative measure, according to This Garden Is Illegal.

6. Suffocate the suckers: It doesn’t sound humane, but weeds cropping up and ruining your beautiful garden get what’s coming to them. To nix weeds naturally, layer the desired area with at least four sheets of newspaper. The paper keeps sunlight from feeding pesky weeds. Weigh the newspaper down with a layer of mulch.

7. Grow your lawn: Oddly, one of the best ways to keep weeds at bay is to keep your lawn fertilized. Thick, healthy grass takes up tons of space on the ground and blocks weeds from sprouting, according to This Old House. Just be careful: Too much fertilizer (even the natural kind) can kill your grass.

8. Hand-weed: It’s not fun, but it’s effective. The best way to kill weeds and stop them from taking over your yard is to do it by hand. You’ll want to catch the weeds in their infancy. Use a sharp tool and yank the entire weed (root included). Reseed the area with grass as soon as you pull the weed to encourage grass growth and block out weeds.

9. Boiling water: It’s safe. It’s simple. It works. Just pour a pan of boiling water over a weed and watch it wither and die.

Get rid of those weeds for good and return your yard to the relaxing oasis it was meant to be! If you found these tips helpful, share them for your friends on Facebook.

Diet Soda’s Worst Fear Coming True: Massive Study links Aspartame to Major Problems

The diet soda is one of the unhealthiest drink you can consume, and it is widely consumed because people believe it contains no sugar at all, and they think they are making a better choice. But they don’t know that the aspartame, the sweetener that is used in the diet soda is one of the most harmful and dangerous sweeteners, which can easily cause seizures and other issues and complications as well.

According to the latest studies, women who are consuming 2 or more diet sodas, have increased risk of developing a cardiovascular disease and have increased risk to die from this disease.

The University of Iowa, had done the Largest Study:

There were women who consumed soda drinks (about 2) and the ones that didn’t consume them at all, and in the end it was concluded that the group which consumed soda drinks had 30% increased risk of developing a cardiovascular disease, and they had 50% increased risk to die from that disease.

Dr. Ankur Vyas, reported that the study they had done was the largest one on that topic, and their findings were similar to some they had before, especially for the soda drinks about the metabolic syndrome.

The association was persisted right after the experts of the study have adjusted the data to account for the demographic characteristics and some other risks that can trigger a cardiovascular disease, such as salt intake, body mass index, diabetes, smoking, hypertension, energy intake, physical activity, hormone therapy use, high cholesterol, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, etc.

Actually women who consume 2 diet drinks or more are having higher risks of having diabetes, higher body mass index, higher blood pressure and are more likely to smoke cigarettes as well.

According to Time Magazine:

The awareness for obesity in the U.S. is constantly growing, and the awareness about the sugar-sweetened beverages as well. According to Reuters (industry experts), the beverage industry is slowly shrinking under the scrutiny. The died drinks that were made by these companies, were suffering a loss of sales, because people started to concern about the artificial sweeteners that were used in these drinks. With this study, it was only important to raise awareness of the harmfulness of these artificial awareness, and they can be replaced with new natural sweeteners, and they are a lot more healthier than the aspartame that is used in these diet drinks.

There is also another important fact, if the diet sodas are going down in sales, this also means that people are aware how harmful they are, but not only that they aware but they are also preventing from countless diseases and health risks that can be triggered by these sweeteners.

What The Shape Of Your Face Reveals About Your Personality

This may seem a little odd to you, but the shape of your face can tell a lot about your personality. If you didn’t know that, now you know it. An expert in face reading, Jean Haner has written the book The Wisdom of Your Face, and in it, she says that most people have different face shapes. For instance, some people’s face can be a mixture of round and square or oval, and some even have a shape face that you cannot even clearly identify.

This is not a trick and we are not trying to generate some reaction just to fill the comment section with reviews, but there is a real science behind this post. Haner says in her book that her techniques for face reading originate from a 3,000 years old study on Chinese medicine. the shape of your face reveals your personality, but your general approach to life as well. Your face can be seen as a map of your character and your entire life. This is a list of the six types of face shapes and what they reveal about you

Oval Face Shape
The oval shape is portrayed by a wider forehead than the cheekbones, which, on the other hand, are wider than the jaw. In other words, the face tapers down as you look towards the chin, and the cheekbones are prominent.

The person whose face has this shape always knows what to say in a given situation, and can make other people feel at peace, welcome and comfortable. However, they can sometimes be too concentrated on saying the right things. They really do care what others think of them.

Diamond or Triangle Face Shape
This face shape is also known as the Pear face shape. This face is narrow in the forehead area and wide at the jaw-line. Usually, it is pretty angular and almost bony. It is possibly the rarest face shape.

People who have this face shape usually want to be in charge. The narrower the face is at the top, the more are these people bossy. Also, people with this face shape are thought to be successful.

Round Face Shape
This type of face is almost equally wide and long. Also, it is recognizable by an extensive hairline. The widest parts of the face are the cheeks.

People who have this type of face are communicative, kind and generous. They put others’ needs before theirs, often attracting narcissistic and they often wind up not getting what they want from the relationship. In the end, these people realize that they give too much and that they should not make other people priority.

Doctors Are Warning: If You Use Aluminum Foil, Stop It Right Now And This is The Reason Why

We all use aluminum foil in the kitchen, for cooking, and wrapping, and we often use it to treat some common ailments. Yet, a recent study has found that there are some important things we do not know about this kitchen staple.

First of all, aluminum is a neurotoxic heavy metal that has severe side-effects on the function of the brain and has even been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to medical experts, the exposure to this heavy metal might cause long- lasting adverse effects, including mental decline, and loss of balance, memory, coordination, and bodily control.

This study has found that cooking with aluminum foil affects the bones, as aluminum builds up inside the bones and takes the space of calcium, reducing its levels.

Moreover, researchers have related cooking with aluminum foil with pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory issues as a result of the inhalation of aluminum particles. The same effects are achieved in the case of grilling with aluminum.

Numerous people are still unaware of the fact that when aluminum foil is exposed to high temperatures, it emits parts of the metal into the food, and the heavy metal might leech in it.

Dr. Essam Zubaidy, a chemical engineering researcher at the American University of Sharjah, has evaluated the effects of aluminum on cooking and found that a meal cooked in aluminum foil can include up to 400mg of aluminum.

This means that “The higher the temperature, the more the leaching. Foil is not suitable for cooking and is not suitable for using with vegetables like tomatoes, citrus juice or spices.”

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for aluminum, according to the World Health Organization, is limited to 60mg daily.

What Will Happen If You Spray Your Bed With Alcohol?

Alcohol is commonly used as a disinfectant or for removing adhesive substances.

But did you know that it can be used for other purposes as well , including being an ingredient in many cosmetic products?

1. Deodorant Replacement
There’s no need to panic if you have forgotten your deodorant when going somewhere. If you just rub some alcohol on your armpits, you will eliminate the bacteria that causes the bad odor. If you wonder where to find alcohol, it’s there in your first aid kit. However, use it temporarily, as long exposure to alcohol can cause skin irritation.

2. Remove Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can be hard to eliminate. They can sneak home with you after vacation, or after staying in someone’s home that’s not very hygienic. You can kill them with the help of rubbing alcohol. Use a spray bottle to spray some over your pillow and mattress, and do this several times to completely get rid of these nasty pets.

3. Destroy Lice
Rubbing alcohol can help in cases of lice. Pour rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, and add several drops of lavender oil. Focus on your scalp and hair when spraying the solution, and comb your hair to remove the dead lice.

4. Remove Nail Polish
Common nail polish removers contain various harsh chemicals that can damage the nails. The best replacement for chemical acetone is rubbing alcohol. Although you might need more time to remove your nail polish, you will prevent them being damaged.

5. Clean Your Skin
A lot of commercially-bought ointments and creams for acne contain benzoyl peroxide. But rubbing alcohol possesses strong anti-inflammatory and soothing effects which soothe the affected skin, prevent further acne appearance, and disinfect the existing pimples. Just apply some of it directly on the affected skin area.

6. Cool Pack
If you store alcohol in fridge, it won’t freeze. This means you can use it to make a cooling pad. Prepare a solution of water and alcohol in 2:1 ratio, and keep it in a sealable plastic bag in the fridge. Remove as much air from the bag as you can, before placing it in the fridge. The solution should stay in the fridge around an hour before using it as an ice pack, or to cool for instance, your meal on a hike.

7. Clean Your Ears
Majority still use cotton swabs to clean their ears, although using those means pushing the earwax deeper into the ear canal. Combine some rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, and soak a cotton swab in the solution. Drop it into your ears to allow the earwax remove on its own.

8. Remove Ingrown Hairs
Shaving your bikini area and armpits might leave your skin with red dots. Applying some rubbing alcohol will alleviate any irritation and leave your skin smooth.

9. Cold Sores
Although around 85 percent of world population carry the herpes virus, only small percentage of them have experienced a break out. In case you are one of them, apply 70 percent isopropyl alcohol on the affected area and your herpes sores will disappear quickly.

10. DIY Hand Sanitizer
Rubbing alcohol is an excellent homemade hand sanitizer. Prepare a solution using ½ tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol, several drops of tea tree oil, and 4 ounces of Aloe Vera gel.

See the whole process in the following video:

You Should Never, Ever Kill A Spider In Your Home. Here’s Why

I know it may be hard to convince you, but: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.

When people see spiders in their homes, their first reaction is often to squish the tiny arachnids. A lot of people are afraid of spiders, but immediately killing them may not be the best way to go about things since these creatures are far more important than most people know.

Harmless House Spiders
Part of the reason why so many people are afraid of spiders is because they assume that every “big” spider they encounter is something dangerous such as a brown recluse or a black widow, but according to Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, most spiders you find in your home are either cobweb spiders or cellar spiders.

Natural Pest Control
You might think these spiders are creepy, but they actually eat many other household pests such as mosquitos, flies, cockroaches, and even other spiders. Killing spiders could actually put your home and family at risk for any diseases that these other pests might carry.

Don’t Kill – Relocate

We understand if you don’t want too many spiders in your home. Cobweb spiders leave their webs everywhere, and a lot of people are still creeped out by the very sight of anything with eight legs. If you must get rid of a spider you find in your home, you can always try to catch it and bring it outside. The easiest way to do this is to get the spider to crawl onto a piece of paper and cover it with a glass. You can then take the spider outside and let it go.

We know that a lot of people are creeped out by spiders or think they’re dangerous, but they do serve an important purpose in your home. These creatures catch things you don’t want in your home all without posing any threat to you. Take them outside if you really don’t want them in your home, but don’t kill them. They’re too helpful and harmless to deserve that.

Let us know what you think about this and pass this important information on to your friends and loved ones so that they don’t kill spiders either!

The German Shepard Is Asleep On The Back Seat But Then Her Favourite Song Comes On

Dogs like music, too, but the type of music makes all the difference!

In the study, shelter dogs were found to be more relaxed and quiet when they were listening to classical music. The dogs didn’t seem particularly interested in pop music or radio shows but exhibited more barking when heavy metal was playing.

In fact, music is most commonly used as a tool to help dogs who suffer from separation anxiety issues when you leave them with a sitter. It also helps with anxiety caused by outside noises and other forces, such as thunder, construction and fireworks.

“Studies show that classical music has a calming effect on most dogs and heavy metal elicits stress-related behaviors,” says Brad Waggoner, a certified professional dog trainer at Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina.

The video below might be the best and funniest dog video I have watched in a while
We’re all rockstars in the shower. While we sing our favorite songs with terrible voice (if you are me) we usually solve the mysteries of life in our head. Shower singing is a lot more than just a terrible performance under water!

While shower is mostly a solo performance, car is the most common place for duets, but not everybody have such a wonderful singing partner as Annie!

Annie made a hilarious duet with her incredible dog Lola on a road trip together when “We Are the Champions” came on the radio.

At first, you can see that Lola is not interested in singing along with her keeper, but when the song reached it’s peak, Lola couldn’t keep her voice and went all in!

This video went viral for all the right reasons!

Thanks to Lola and Annie for this incredible video!

Warning Signs You’re About To Have A Stroke Soon

Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue.

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

IDENTIFYING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR.

Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist said that if everyone who gets this message shared it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?

Please share this link on your Facebook wall. It could save a life.

Mom Always Keeps Hydrogen Peroxide In The House. Here Are 20 Benefits You Didn’t Know Of

We often see hydrogen peroxide as one of those essentials in any first aid kit, and we know that when we put it on our injury it bubbles up, stings a bit, and then we are ready to stick the bandage on. Hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, is very chemically similar to water, or H2O, except for it has an extra Oxygen atom.

This extra Oxygen atom is easily expunged to react with its environment, often at the expense of living microorganisms in its vicinity. In other words, hydrogen peroxide is able to disinfect and sanitize at the microbial level.

Here are 20 ways you can take advantage of this small, but mighty, power! (Henceforth I will abbreviate hydrogen peroxide to “HP” and the below uses the %3 concentration of HP that is often found in common stores rather than a %5 concentration)

1. Destruction of viruses- 3 drops of HP in each ear, and let drain, will eliminate earwax and any viruses that like to fester such as “swimmers ear”.

2. Elimination of pesticides- Soak vegetables in ¼ cup of HP and 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. After rinse well, and store in the fridge (ensure that your vegetables are healthy and whole to prevent from solution sinking into the product)

3. Kills off airborne germs- Mixing 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water and pouring into a humidifier will kick airborne germs in the bud, cleansing your air!

4. Clean toothbrush-Leaving a moist toothbrush overnight isn’t the best for oral hygiene. Soak in HP and you’re all set!

5. Helps with foot fungus-Mix together a 1:1 ratio of HP and water in an amber bottle and keep away from sunlight, apply to fungus directly.

6. Remove organic stains- Anything like sweat, blood, wine, or food stains can be dissolved with HP and a little laundry detergent.

7. Protection from swimmers ear-I bring this up in the form of a routine of cleansing your ear as a preventative measure, rather than a one-time fix as I had before.

8. Treat calluses and corns- Mix equal parts HP and water and soak your feet to soften them.

9. Eliminate boils-Pour one cup of 35% HP into a bath and soak in the tub.

10. Skin cleanser-the anti-bacterial properties of HP can cleanse your face as well!

11. Mouth rinse-Not only will it kill mouth bacteria that cause bad breath, but whiten!

12. Wound cleaning and disinfection-Small cuts and lacerations of course will be able to heal faster unhindered by debris and bacteria!

13. Relieve toothache-gargle with a mixture of coconut oil and HP a remedy that has been said to relieve tooth pain swiftly!

14. Sinus cleanser-Safe enough to enter your nasal passages and clean out your sinuses!

15. Body detoxification- 1 cup of 35% HP in a bath for a 30 minute soak, and then shower as per usual!

16. Household cleaner-As a sanitizing agent HP is remarkably well-suited for the job! Use as a general, multi-surface cleaner!

17. Contact lenses cleaner- In a diluted solution of HP, leave your contact lenses to soak in it overnight!

18. Refresh reusable shopping bags- Especially if you carry packages of meat that are not always tightly packed and give under duress, do some sanitizing with HP!

19. Glass cleaner- Allow HP to sit on a mirror and bubble before wiping away!

20. Lunchbox disinfector- Lunches that leak can provide a shock under the microscope, use HP to cleanse it!

Top Ten Drugs That Cause Kidney Damage: Please Share For Information

Medications are often called drugs, and this is completely understandable considering the fact that they can cause many different side-effects on and inside the body. Medications especially do harm to the kidneys, one of the most important and vital body organs.

A long list of medications belongs to this group, but here are the top ten of then which cause the greatest damage. This group of medications includes analgesics, antibiotics, and more. Take a closer look.

The top ten prescription drugs that damage the kidneys the most are:

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1. Antibiotics, including methicillin, ciprofloxacin, vancomycin, sulfonamides.

2. Analgesics, such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID): ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, and others which people can get only by prescription.

3. COX-2 inhibitors, as celecoxib is (more popular under its brand name Celebrex). Two drugs from this group of medications have been withdrawn from the market due to the fact that they have been proved to be cardiovascular-toxic. These two include valdecoxib (known under the brand name Bextra), and rofecoxib (known under the brand name Vioxx). These drugs are also members of the group of NSAIDs, but represent a special class of it. They were invented and created in order to be safer for the stomach, but still cause kidney damage as the other NSAIDs do.

4. Heartburn medications of the proton pump inhibitor class. Some of these medications are lansoprasole (known under the brand name Protonix), omeprazole (known as Prilosec), rabeprazol (known under the brand names Aciphex amd Rabcid), esomeprazole (known as Esotrex, Nexium), and pantoprazole (known as Protonix).

5. Antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir (known under the brand name Zovirax) used for treating herpes infections, and indinavir and tenofivir, used for treating HIV.

6. Medication for treating hypertension, such as captopril (also known under its brand name Capoten).

7. Rheumatoid arthritis medications, such as infliximab (more popular under its brand name Remicade); chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, used for treating malaria and systemic lupus erythematosus, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.

8. Lithium, a drug used for treating bipolar disorder.

9. Anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin (known under its brand name Dilantin) and trimethadione (known as Tridione), drugs used for treating seizures and other conditions.

10. Chemotherapy drugs, such as pamidronate, interferons, carboplatin, cisplatin, tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mitomyciin C, quinine, bevacizumab; as well as some anti-thyroid drugs, such as propylthiouracil, used for treating overactive thyroid.