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Natural and DIY Home Improvement: 10 All-Natural Environment-Friendly House Paints

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Milk paint, as the name implies, is made from milk and comes in powder form. Simply mix it with water and a pigment and you can start painting. While it works best on porous surfaces, such as bare wood and raw masonry, you can use it to cover metal and glass by stirring Old Fashioned Milk Paint Extra-Bond into a first coat. It smells like milk too.

Yolo Colorhouse

You Only Live Once so indulge yourself with a natural paint that’s eco-friendly right down to the 70% recycled plastic container. Yolo paints are free of hazardous air pollutants, ozone-depleting compounds, and formaldehyde. That makes them very low odor and great for people with sensitive allergies. You can pick from 92 different hues.

Harmony by Sherwin-Williams

Technologically sophisticated natural paint that works in tandem with the air to keep a room smelling fresh all the time. Not only is the paint itself free from odors, but it also acts like a carbon filter, soaking up strong scents from pets, cooking, and smoke. Say goodbye to those cries of “What’s that smell?”

Green Planet Paints

Green Planet paints are natural because they’re made from soy, not acrylic or latex. Take your pick from eggshell, flat, or semi-gloss finish, and up to 120 all-natural colors.

Anna Sova Healthy Paint

Healthy Paint is made from 90% food-grade ingredients. It also meets California’s Prop 65 standards, which means it contains none of the chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. That makes it a particularly excellent choice for any toddler’s room.

Auro USA Paints

Expect to emit a powerful aura in rooms painted with natural Auro USA paints. They’re made from 99% natural raw materials, contain no petrochemicals, and are manufactured using sustainable practices. Multiple varieties cater to both indoor and outdoor surfaces. It’s also biodegradable, in case you ever need to discard leftover amounts.

Safecoat Paint

So safe that doctors recommend them to people with supersensitive allergies. The paints are regularly used in schools, hospitals, and nursing home facilities. Several unique blends are available for wood, wallboard, and metal. None of the varieties include harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, ammonia, or heavy metals, and there are no added fragrances.

Bioshield Clay Paints

Clay is the main ingredient to this natural indoor paint. Its earthy colors and gritty texture lend any room a classic Southwestern feel. Apply it to drywall, plaster, and masonry. You can even ditch the dehumidifier, because clay paints regulate indoor moisture levels and reduce moldy odors.

Make It Yourself

Feeling a bit of DIY? How about making your very own natural paint? Like most DIY projects, it’s cheaper than buying. One popular recipe calls for flour, water, clay, and mica, but you’ll find an abundance of other recipes online. Sample a few and find one that works best for you. Once you do, you’ll have a great paint to rely on.

 

 

DIY Home Improvement: The Guide to Natural Pest Control

Living in the city can have its perks especially if you work in the city. However, the city also comes with its share of pests. Mice, roaches, bed bugs, and other dreaded pests are not just limited to the countryside. While we can pay a pest exterminator hundreds of dollars to douse dangerous poisons in your house, there are actually natural and non-toxic as well as economically priced solutions found in the house.

Rats and Mice Hate Peppermint

You thought peppermint is only an ingredient in herbal teas, breath-freshening gums, and toothpaste? Rats and mice find it unbearable and will quickly scurry for the hills.

What You Need and What to Do:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Fill your spray bottle with 1?4 cup of water and 40 drops of peppermint oil. Shake.
  • Spray liberally along baseboards and rear interior edges of kitchen cabinets, particularly beneath the sink.
  • Locate entry points and fill each with a cotton ball soaked in the oil.
  • For safety, wear thick gloves.

Cockroaches Hate Spice

Cockroaches hate spicy Tabasco sauce. So if you own a restaurant, every table holds the answer to roach problems in the kitchen.

What You Need and What to Do:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Combine five tablespoons of Tabasco and a 1/4 cup of water in your spray bottle. (Tabasco may need further dilution to flow through the nozzle of a small spray bottle.)
  • Judiciously spray along baseboards, beneath radiators, and near doors. Don’t spray willy-nilly; its scent is undesirable for living quarters.
  • For safety, protective eyewear is important.

Bedbugs and Broken Glass

Bedbugs are notorious for being extremely difficulty to eradicate. They’re impervious to most insecticides. Effectively removing them takes a somewhat aggressive approach. Enter diatomaceous earth. When bedbugs crawl across this gritty powder made from the fossilized skeletal remains of ancient marine life, their bodies are sliced open and drained of vital fluids.

What You Need and What to Do:

  • Diatomaceous Earth (get food-grade variety, which is free of stabilizers and chemicals)
  • Spoon
  • Powder Brush
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Respirator Mask (a disposable one is sufficient)
  • Spoon out a thin layer of diatomaceous earth at the base of your bed, along baseboards, in the crevices between floorboards, and at the interior edges of bookshelves and cabinet drawers.
  • Use your powder brush to spread the layer even thinner. This step is crucial. If the layer is too heavy, these crafty fiends will venture around it.
  • Patience. It may take up to a week to kill off the bedbugs.
  • For safety, accidental eye exposure or inhalation may cause irritation, so wear protective eyewear and a respirator mask.

Other Useful Advice

  • To prevent pests from the outside or other apartments entry to your home, patch up entry points with expanding foam sealant.
  • Roaches and mice also thrive in filthy environments so keep your home environment clean.

DIY Home Improvement: How to Seal Limestone

You will be surprised that limestone can actually be a DIY home improvement project for your home. If you are in doubt as to your ability to purchase and handle limestone, you can still seek the help of professionals or study it on the internet. Limestone is defined as a sedimentary rock that is composed largely of the mineral calcite and aragonite. Basically, other than sedimentary rocks, limestone is composed of grains. These however, are skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral and foraminifera that have been left behind.

Limestone is very common in architecture; this is widely used in the UK and the United States as well as many European countries. Across the world, great landmarks such as the Great Pyramid and its associate complexes are made of limestone. Therefore, to trace back history, limestone is already used by most people for building purposes. In today’s time, limestone has been more popularly used in housing and business structures for finishing or accessorial purposes. It has now come to its new phase, with various types and colors depending on your choice.

Though limestone may be just a natural stone, it also needs protection against other elements in order to protect and retain its durability over the years. This type of stone can easily absorb moisture, therefore, this may cause it to discolor and may appear somewhat dirty. To avoid this, a seal is necessary over the stone surface to protect the coating all over the stone. Limestone Rockseal is available at most home improvement stores. It aims to protect natural limestone by converting it from soft material to a hard wearing water repellent finish.

The Rockseal penetrates the deep pores of the limestone and strengthen it so that the treated surface will not dust and still highlights the color of the stone. It also breaks the fungal growth and other elements while allowing the stone to age naturally. This makes it resistant to airborne pollutants, and will not be affected by CO2 or ultra-violet light.

The Process

  • The sealant is supplied in liters and must be stirred thoroughly before application.
  • Stone should be power washed with a low pressure fan spray to clean pores before sealant is applied.
  • Allow stone to touch dry before application of sealant.
  • Stone should not be washed or sealed until the mortar has hardened sufficiently.
  • Ensure site is free from dust during washing and sealing.
  • Sealant should be applied in one heavy coat only, making sure once an area is coated it is not double coated as this may cause run marks.
  • Allow at least 24 hours to dry. Allow two months for product to cure.
  • Wash out hose lines with clean water after use.