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How to Clean Toilet Stains Without Chemicals

Cleaning toilets has got to be my least favorite household chore.  As a result I don’t always clean them as well or as often as I probably should.  During one stretch last year our toilets got particularly funky and even I admitted that something needed to be done.  So I rolled up my sleeves and gave them all the elbow grease and natural cleaning action I could muster.  But to my dismay, the rings at the top and along...

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is so absurdly easy to make, it amazes me that store bought packets dominate the market.  The homemade variety is fast, easy and gives you complete control of the ingredients.  So say goodbye to unnecessary preservatives and excess sugar and say hello to pure chocolate delight!  Below is my personal favorite recipe, it makes a rich and creamy, semi-sweet brew.  But this recipe can be effortlessly...

How to Treat a Yeast Infection with Boric Acid

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this post, you’ve had some lengthy struggles with yeast infections, otherwise inserting boric acid into your nether regions probably wouldn’t be high on your to-do list.  If so, I feel your pain and want to share my experience with boric acid, the only solution that worked for me (full instructions included below). For most of my life I had blessedly few yeast...

Top Posts of 2013

At the close of each year I like to do a Young Mother Hubbard year in review.  This includes ranking my posts by the number of hits they receive and I’m often surprised by which ones top the list.  This year’s most popular posts include: How to Get the Meat Out of a Coconut – Tips and tricks for cracking the elusive coconut: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/3466/how-to-get-the-meat-out-of-a-coconut/ How to Treat...

DIY Flea Bath

The fleas this year have been terrible!  All the sudden the Frontline we’ve used for years seems to be doing absolutely nothing…  Our vet suspects that fleas are developing resistance to some of the common flea treatments, other people blame the wet and mild weather.  Whatever the reason, our poor dog was getting eaten alive.  When this happened mid Frontline cycle I didn’t know what to do.  She’d had a...

Creamy Tomato Soup

This creamy tomato soup is flavorful and satisfying without being heavy or overly rich.  The trick is to use milk instead of cream and to thicken it with a simple roux.  This produces a wonderful creamy texture without actually using cream.  It also increases the soup’s yield without sacrificing quality or flavor.  Roux (pronounced roo) sounds fancy but it’s actually really easy and a valuable tool for thickening all...

How to Make Pizza Dough

Most pizza dough recipes are pretty standard – flour, water, salt, yeast, oil and perhaps a bit of sugar.  The trick to consistently great dough is to use a kitchen scale.  For years I balked at the thought of a kitchen scale – it seemed unnecessary, gimmicky and frankly annoying.  When I finally gave it a try, it made a huge improvement in both the quality of my breads and my enjoyment of the process.  I kicked...

How to Treat Diaper Rash with Bentonite Clay

This is the best diaper rash treatment I have found.  It absorbs moisture better than powder.  It soothes the skin better than the balms I’ve purchased and concocted.  And it works faster than my old standby of coconut oil and fresh air.  It’s pretty awesome.  I stumbled upon it last summer when Nate got a raging case of diaper rash that seemed to defy anything I put on it.  At the time I was working with...

Coconut Creamed Spinach

I’ve been looking for a good creamed spinach recipe for a long time and (until now) never found one I liked.  They were always too heavy or bland or just plain annoying to make.   Then one day I replaced the milk/cream with coconut milk and was thrilled with the result…  Coconut milk and spinach are two of my favorite things, why didn’t I think to combine them sooner?!  Coconut milk is easy to work with (no more...

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