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Peppermint: A minty fresh repellent

peppermint tea

photo credit: tee 1 by inasaka

I hope this has never happened to you. We recently moved into our new apartment with our 6 month old son, and were horrified to see a mouse scurry across the room. The next morning I noticed droppings on our half-unpacked boxes, the floor, the baby’s toybox, and even on our comforter in our bed!!!! It was reviling.

I was desperately trying to find a clean and safe way to rid our home of these unwanted visitors. Also, the fact that we have a 6 month old baby on the verge of crawling made this situation exponentially challenging. I was told by another mom to try peppermint oil because mice hate the smell of peppermint. Simply soak a cotton ball with peppermint oil and rub it it in the corners of your home or near the threshold, if they are coming from the outside. This was a much more appealing solution than trying the traditional poisonous traps, the sticky traps, or the spring-loaded mice traps that would have posed a grave threat to my curious 6 month old. A side effect was a minty fresh smelling home.

Curious, I did a little bit of research on peppermint oil. I could not find any articles describing its’ mouse-repelling properties, but I did learn that it has a wide application for many different health conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Super absorbers in disposable diapers

sodium polyacrylate crystals: dry

Photo credit: Seligmans Dog

You’re changing your babies diaper and notice that his skin is littered with gelatanious beads. If you use disposable diapers, this scenario is familiar. What are those mysterious gel-like beads? This is sodium polyacrylate, also known as a “super absorber.” Sodium polyacrylate can absorb 400-800 times it weight of water. It is ubiquitous in disposable diapers and allows them to be used for prolonged periods of time. I have been leery of this substance, especially when I find it stuck to my babies skin.

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