Spring! It’s Time To Clean!

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It makes complete sense that cleaning the environment should start in the environment you live in; your home. Through my journey into a greener way of living I have run across key products that are a staple in this lifestyle. I hope you either are doing this already, or interested in starting. All these products are great, inexpensive and freshen the place you live.

Distilled White Vinegar

Use distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces, prevent or remove hard-water scale from the coffee pot, tub and toilet, as a window cleaner, and to remove labels from products or stickers from walls. A couple of tablespoons of ordinary olive oil in a cup of vinegar works well to dust and polish wood furniture.

 

Baking Soda

Especially in combination with salt, baking soda works well for scouring sinks and tubs, wiping down and deodorizing the refrigerator, removing smells and stains from carpets and upholstery Rub in, leave for an hour, shake or vacuum out.

Lemon Juice

Sprayed or rubbed on, lemon juice removes stains from countertops. Clean toilets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Half a cut lemon left on a shelf will deodorize the fridge. Sprayed or rubbed on, straight lemon juice will remove mold and mildew from many surfaces.

Table Salt

One part table salt mixed with four parts each of borax and baking soda makes a good scouring powder for tubs, sinks and toilets. Adding a little vinegar to a teaspoon of salt makes a good scrub for removing coffee or tea stains from mugs and cups.

Borax

Borax helps clean the tub, remove tough stains in laundry. I add it to baking soda and salt to make a general purpose scouring powder.

Wood Ash

In a paste with a little water; wood ash cleans glass! Sprinkled on and scrubbed into pavement, bricks, and stone, it will help remove oil stains.

 

When you come up against challenging cleaning or deodorizing tasks, try one or more in combination and you’ll probably find something that will do the trick. There really isn’t a wrong way to go.

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Hardwood Isn’t HARD To Clean

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My family and I purchased a new home, and goodbye carpets. We ended up with great hardwood floors. The trick is how to clean them with an eco-friendly mind. Thank you internet. With a little patience and a lot of research we came up with some good solutions.

 

Now, you can easily mix up your own cleaning solutions with water and distilled white vinegar (great for eliminating build-up) or Castcile Soap (great for general floor cleaning), or try one of the ready-made, floor cleaners described below. All of them easily biodegrade and do a great job cleaning without any toxic ingredients, petroleum solvents, or “hidden” ingredients, such as Triclosan.

 

There are some great eco products that also do the trick. I’ve listed some that should help:


#1 Give your wood and water-safe floors some attitude and show ’em who’s boss with this eco-friendly, vegan floor cleaner certified by EcoLogo, an Environment Canada Program. It’s fresh, natural tea tree and lime scent will help zap any bacteria that may be lurking on your floors and its gentle formula won’t leave any streaking. Plus, Attitude makes it’s products “carbon neutral,” meaning no carbon footprint is left behind!

#2 Simply Floored. Get floored with this all-natural, gentle floor cleaner with an uplifting, light citrus-mint scent! It can be used on every type of floor, including of course your beloved hardwood. With no solvents, alcohols, or ethers, it won’t eat slowly away at your floor finish like some other cleaners might. It’s also available in large, industrial sizes!

 

#3 Biokleen.. Harness the biology of natural enzyme cultures, citrus extracts, and plant-based surfactants to clean and deodorize sealed and water-safe floors, such as hardwood, laminate, marble, and ceramic tile. Simply spray this cleaner on floor surfaces to combat dirt, grease, grime, and food particles, then watch with green envy as they’re easily wiped or mopped up!

Well, I hope that helps. All of the above is pretty top notch. Hope this helps!

This Is Crazy! How Often Should I Clean?

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Time to clean! But it’s easy! Sounds like a lot, but in one day your are done. Check it out!

 

Bedding

Don’t you want the space where you sleep to be as clean and serene as your best dreams? Regular cleaning will help cut down on the dust mites, sweat, debris, allergens and even  fungi that can build up from the constant contact with slumbering bodies.

 

Sheets

It makes sense that the items closest to your sleeping self would need cleaning the most often. Make sure to wash sheets once a week in hot water and dry on a hot cycle.

 

Pillows

Even though they’re protected by pillowcases, you’ll still want to clean your pillows a few times a year about every three to six months – to prevent the build-up of things we’d rather not think about while trying to sleep. Throw them one (if king-sized) or two (if regular-sized) at a time into the washer on the gentle cycle with liquid detergent, run the rinse cycle twice, and dry on low with two clean tennis balls.

 

Mattress

This big item doesn’t have to be a big job, especially when you only need to do it every six months. Simply vacuum the top, using an upholstery attachment, and remove any stains with a cold, lightly-dampened cloth, using a little upholstery shampoo if you want. Rotate it head-to-toe for even wear, and you’re all set! Also remember that a quality mattress cover or pad can protect it from dust mites and other allergens.

Appliances

We use them every day without thinking too much about them, but the appliances in our lives need and deserve regular cleaning, especially the ones that come into contact with our food or that we trust to clean everything else in our homes!

 

Oven

We love a good self-cleaning oven, but not all of them have that setting. If yours doesn’t, you’ll want to schedule a cleanse every six months. Take out the oven racks and soak in hot water and liquid detergent, and spray the oven – both the inside and the door – with oven cleaner. Put some newspapers under the door to catch any drips, and let everything sit overnight. Meanwhile, run any removable knobs through the dishwasher. The next morning, wipe everything clean with warm water and a rag, and scrub any non-removable knobs with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Voila! Make sure to wait a few days before cooking a big meal, as the smells of chemicals and food can combine rather unpleasantly.

 

Dishwasher

Don’t you want the appliance that cleans your dishes to be spotless? Luckily, it’s an easy once-a-month task. Just put an upright cup of vinegar in the empty top rack and run a full cycle on hot.

 

Washer and Dryer

We trust our washers and dryers to purify our grimiest things, but it turns out some of our linens are actually turning these machines into breeding grounds for things like salmonella and E. coli. Horrifying! What to do? Whenever you clean underwear, kitchen towels, or anything you would put in the “whites” category, clean with hot water and bleach to sanitize both your laundry and your machine.

 

Computer

You might not think of your computer as being particularly germ-infested, but anything touched by human hands as much as keyboard is touched is bound to be a prime spot for bacteria. As needed, disconnect the keyboard and the mouse and wipe down with a clean rag and rubbing alcohol, using a cotton ball to get into the deep crevices.

 

Windows

Let the light in by cleaning your windows twice a year, inside and out. Make your own cleaner by mixing five drops of liquid dish detergent and one teaspoon rubbing alcohol in two gallons of water. Use a sponge to clean the whole window, followed by a lint-free cloth or coffee filter across a 1-inch strip at the top of the window. Squeegee in smooth, slightly-overlapping strokes. Make your strokes horizontal on one side and vertical on the other to quickly find and correct any streaks.

 

Window Screens

It wouldn’t make much sense to clean the windows without cleaning the screens too, now would it? Once a year, scrub them down either in your yard or in your bathtub. If you’re lucky enough to have some good green space, spray the screens with a garden hose, followed by a gentle scrub with a one-part ammonia, three-parts water solution. Rinse and let dry in the sun. If you’re going the tub route, lay down a drop cloth or old blanket and put the screens under the shower head, cleaning with window cleaner and letting them air-dry.

 

Carpet

Of course you’re vacuuming regularly and spot-cleaning as needed, but try to deep-clean your carpets once a year. Opt for the steam-cleaning route after vacuuming off surface dirt, spritzing the cleaning solution directly onto the carpet with a spray bottle and using only clean water in the extractor in the steam-cleaner.

 

Grout

The place where you clean yourself should be pristine. Obviously you’re cleaning your bathroom regularly, so do a deep clean on tile grout about once a year

 

Wood Furniture

Keep your wood furniture glowing with a once-a-year polish. Wipe down your furniture with a damp cloth, followed by a dry one, then apply wax with the natural botanical carnauba in a circular manner. Let it sit for a few minutes, then remove with a dry cloth in the direction of the wood grain until the cloth slides.

 

Get cleaning! It’s not as bad as you think!

DIY? What is That?

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My girlfriend is great, and we are getting ready to move in together. Can you believe it? A girl actual wants to live with me. Yeah, I just high fived my younger, unpopular, self in my head.

 

Now, we had to decide to move into her place, mine, or get a new one. She has nice place, but mine has more room. Mine is also just a small commute for each of us to get to work. Mine has a great rent. So, in the end we decided on her moving in with me.

 

Okay, that problem is solved, but…

 

SHE’S MOVING IN!

 

And now the next set of problems will arrive. She loves things that are environmentally friendly. Which is amazing that she loves me because I’m about as environmentally friendly as a gas station, but I am a good listener.

 

I had to learn what DIY stood for. You think I would know that , but I just had never heard the term. If for some reason you are this boat: DIY means Do-It-Yourself.

 

Yeah, I felt unsmart about that one. She likes mixing together natural ingredients for her cleaning projects. Things like baking soda and lemons. I never thought about this stuff, but hey I want a girlfriend.It’d be nice to keep her. I mean, yeah, I have to save the world, but all worth it in the end, right?

 

Now, I didn’t just want to clean the kitchen counter. I wanted something that would impress her. I had no idea where to start, then I opened my closet to grab my coat one night and there it was. My carpet cleaning machine. My Dad gave it to me when I moved out. It was his and I just figured he wanted an excuse to buy a new one.

 

I tried it once. I bought the chemicals, read the instructions and it worked. Then I put it in my closet and I never used it.

 

Then the lightbulb went off. I guarantee she has never natural cleaned a carpet with a machine. I didn’t even know if it was possible. So, I researched it. And it is possible. Just do what I’ve listed below and watch the magic happen. And it is kinda fun to mix all that stuff together. Have fun!

 

DIY Machine Carpet Cleaner

 

  • 1 Gallon Hot Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ½  Cap Fabric Softener (I used Downey) Stir Slowly Then Add

 

 

Combine the ingredients and start your cleaning. This is the natural way to make your carpet cleaner. And I really believe it made it cleaner than my store bought cleaner I had used in the past. And best of all she was impressed. Of course, now I have to do more of this stuff. So, I will be looking up how to clean with lemons next. We’ll see what happens…

Eco-Friendly Computer Cleaning

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I’ve really learned to love to clean things in an eco-friendly way. I use lemons for pretty much any surface. I can tell tales of how many things distilled white vinegar can clean. Though when it comes to my laptop computer, something I use everyday, I don’t clean it in a eco-friendly manor. Why?

I haven’t got a clue. I guess just because we are always told this is how to clean them, than that is the way to go. I mean I can’t imagine trying to clean my computer with a lemon, but I guarantee there is a solution out there. These are my thoughts as I researched this. I found some good ideas, some good products, and some good suggestions. Also, things I thought that were okay that simple were not.

Alcohol Swabs.

You know the kind the doctor wipes on your arm before giving you a needle? I’ve seen plenty of colleagues use them to clean their keyboards. I even seen some use them to clean their screens. I learned THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Some sites swear by it, but after doing some digging. The alcohol can eventually break down the letters on your keyboard. They may fade or completely disappear. As far as the screen goes, the alcohol can break down the coating on the screen. Also, this means stay away from Windex like products, and nail polish remover. You get the idea.

 

Instead, I found some natural spray cleaners for screens. I’m not endorsing any of these products; I’m just going to talk about a couple of alternate options for eco-friendly cleaning.

One spray I found was on Amazon. It’s called EcoMoist.

It’s a natural organic screen cleaner. It comes with it’s own micro-fiber cloth. It’s runs just under ten dollars. I ordered it to give it a try. For being eco-friendly, I thought it did just as good of a job as any of the major products out there that don’t boast about being natural.

The next spray I found was sold at Staples. This one is called TechTonic 2.

It is non toxic, alcohol, and ammonia free. Complete with a antibacterial fiber cloth. It runs for just under fifteen dollars. I bought a bottle and tried it on my work computer. Once again, I can’t say it works any different than the major brands. It did exactly what it was supposed to do.

There are quite a few more eco-friendly screen sprays on the market, but at this point I already found what I was looking for. I had run my small experiment, and was happy with the results.

As far as a comparison between the two I tried. It’s kind of a wash. I liked them both for the same reasons. They both did their job, and were both eco-friendly. If I was forced to give an answer, I’d say EcoMoist, but that’s like comparing an apple to an apple.

Next up is the keyboard. I solved the screen problem, but the keyboard is just as important. Now, for those of you who have a touchscreen keyboard, then the above already solved that problem. I admit, it’s on purpose, I haven’t switched to touchscreen.just because I’m so used to using a keyboard. Though, this is coming from a person who has no problem using a touchscreen phone. Anyway, the keyboard can be wiped down with the screen cleaner, but in my opinion that’s like washing your hair with soap, when shampoo exists. The screen gets attention, why not it’s friend the keyboard?

My first thought was the duster. Obviously, the aerosol air duster we’ve used all these years to clear our keyboards of daily debris isn’t eco-friendly, just based on the aerosol alone. That’s not mentioning the countless other chemicals and gases in those products.

 

The first eco-friendly keyboard duster I came across is called O2 Hurricane Canless Air System.

This thing looks pretty cool, however, I can’t give a review from using this product. The Hurricane costs between eighty to one hundred and fifty dollars. Thus, I would have loved to buy it and try it out, but just price wise I couldn’t. Now, with that said, if I owned an office building and this thing did what it says it does, then I’d have one on every floor. The way is works is like a reverse vacuum. It doesn’t have to be used just on keyboards. You can blow the dust off things in your home, or even inflate balloons with it. No chemicals. It’s all just the natural air you breathe. It runs on electricity, but I couldn’t tell if you charge it, or have to use it while plugged in, and I couldn’t find that information on the site. Good news is, there is an eco-friendly keyboard duster out there.

Next, I came across the e-cloth.

A general purpose cloth. Also eco-friendly. The company makes many e-cloths for different cleaning needs. I found the electronics version of the product on Amazon. I was able to purchase it for around seven dollars. It claims it will clean the debris off your electronics and give it a shine. It did what it said. My keyboard did look better. Cool thing is is that to clean the cloth all you need to do is toss it in the washing machine. Nice thing is it cleans the dust off the screen as well. I still think the sprays worked better on screens, but you can be the judge.

There were a ton of products I came across as I researched. There really is a demand out there for eco-friendly products like these. These were just a few examples. Look around and see what is your best fit.

The best part about all of this, for me, is I see other people have an environmentally friendly conscience like myself, and are creating new and inventive ways to keep the world we live in as clean as possible with more and more harsh things coming onto the market everyday!

Pepper Must Be Jealous…Salt Cleans Everything

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My friend and I were having lunch, sitting at the bar in a neighborhood restaurant, watching ESPN. The bartender had brought us our pints of beer and had put two cocktail napkins down in front of us. He sprinkled some salt onto each napkin and placed our beers on them. I asked “Why did he sprinkle salt on the napkins?” The bartender replied “It’s an old bartender’s trick. Condensation makes the glass stick to the cocktail napkin. The salt makes it so the glasses don’t stick.” I never knew that. I never thought about it. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever seen a bartender do that, but I most likely never payed attention. I told the bartender that was interesting. I’m pretty sure I’ve only used salt for two things; food and snow. The bartender talked about his wife was a salt fanatic. My friend said his wife was also a salt fanatic. Their wives use salt to clean all kinds of stuff in their homes. ESPN is recapping the big plays of the weekend games and we’re having a conversation about SALT. However, it turns out, salt is actually pretty amazing. And being the I have to understand everything kind of guy I am, I looked into it. Salt is cheap, and so am I. If this stuff cleans half as much as the say it does, I’m going to save all kinds of money. I looked into it, and this is what I found out:

 

 

Salt works as an effective yet gentle scouring agent. Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as distilled white vinegar, to boost cleaning and deodorizing action. For a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.

 

Clean sink drains:

Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.

 

Remove water rings:

Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.

 

Clean greasy pans:

Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.

 

Clean stained cups:

Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.

 

Clean refrigerators:

A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. This is a great way to keep chemical cleaners away from your food.

 

Clean brass or copper:

Mix equal parts of salt, flour, and distilled white vinegar to make a paste. Rub the paste on the metal. After letting it sit for an hour, clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.

 

Clean rust:

Mix salt and lemon juice with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth.

 

Clean a glass coffee pot:

Every diner waitress’ favorite tip: add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously, and rinse. The salt scours the bottom, and the ice helps to agitate it more for a better scrub.

 

Attack wine spills:

If wine is spilled on a cotton or linen tablecloth, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with a pile of salt, which will help pull the remaining wine away from the fiber. Soak the tablecloth in cold water for thirty minutes before laundering. This will also work on clothing.

 

Wine spills on the carpet:

First, while the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes. Now vacuum up the whole mess.

 

Tackle mildew or rust stains:

Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then allow the solution to naturally bleach the stain. Wipe clean with a moistened cloth.

 

Ease fireplace cleanup:

When you’re ready to turn in for the night but the fire is still glowing in the hearth, douse the flames with salt. The fire will burn out more quickly, so you’ll wind up with less soot than if you let it smolder. Cleanup is easier, too, because the salt helps the ashes and residue gather into easy sweepings.

 

Remove watermarks from wood:

Watermarks left from glasses or bottles on a wood table really stand out. Make them disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.

 

Freshen your garbage disposal:

Is an unpleasant odor wafting from your garbage disposal? Freshen it up with salt. Just dump in 1/2 cup salt, run the cold water, and start the disposal. The salt will dislodge stuck waste and neutralize odors.

 

The list doesn’t stop there, but I’m going to stop there. That list alone will save a bunch of money. The cost to clean is cut to about 10 bucks a year. You can’t beat that. All these things are easy to do, and every bit of information I looked up always had the words “natural” and “eco friendly”. So, this is actually good for the environment as well. I’ve noticed differences in the cleanliness of my house. I’m sure you will too. Pepper must be jealous…

 

100% Biodegradable Soap

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Many ask why I make my own soap instead of just going to the store and simply picking some up! It’s simple…. It’s better for the environment. Most people do not know that some of our favorite shower gels contain ingredients that take 200 to 300 years to biodegrade, and we are not yet sure what effect the chemicals have on the environment exactly. The good new is if you make your own soap with all natural ingredients it’s 100% biodegradable.

Not only is it safer for the environment, but for your health as well! You get to choose what natural scents go into your product so you don’t have to worry about harmful fragrances in the store bought ones. Bye, bye harm chemicals, and hello to a milder and moisturizing alternative for your skin! With being able to buy the supplies you need to make your own soap in bulk you’ll save some money as well (which we all love)!

 

Let’s get started!

I’m going to show you how to make one of my personal favorites… COFFEE SCENTED SOAP!

 

What you’ll need:

  1. 8 ounces of soybean oil
  2. 4 ounces of coconut oil
  3. 4 ounces of olive oil
  4. 5 ounces of coffee (in place of water)
  5. 2 ounces of lye

 

Additional Supplies:

  1. Safety goggles
  2. Safety gloves
  3. Small scale
  4. 2 large measuring cups
  5. Wooden spoon
  6. Pan
  7. Thermometer
  8. Knife
  9. Wax paper
  10. Plastic container for a mold

 

Lye fumes can be hazardous! Work in a well-vented area!


Instructions:

 

  1. Make a cup of coffee and place it in the fridge (you want it cool before using)
  2. Pour 5 ounces of coffee into measuring cup
  3. Put on safety goggles and gloves
  4. Next, we have to set the scale. Place a measuring cup on the scale and set scale to zero. (This will ensure that you are just measuring the amount of liquid)
  5. Pour lye into the measuring cup until the scale read the correct amount. Do not breathe the fumes.
  6. Carefully pour the lye into the coffee. DO NOT POUR COFFEE INTO THE LYE.
  7. The lye-coffee mix with get hot. Set asides and let it cool, making sure it stays between 100- 110 degrees F.
  8. Stir soybean, coconut, and olive oil into a pan. Heat the oil mixture until it reaches the same temperature as the lye-coffee mix (100-110 degrees F).
  9. When they reach the same temperature stop heating the pan.
  10. Pour the lye mix into the oil mix very carefully.
  11. Stir the solution vigorously (making sure not to spill)
  12. Keep stirring until the mixture has the temperature of honey. If you are using a spoon this could take about an hour, if you are using a hand mixer this could happen within minutes. Make sure not to splatter.
  13. Pour solution into a plastic container and put a lid on it. Wrap it in a blanket or towel to keep it warm. Leave like this for 48 hours.
  14. Unwrap the blanket or towel and check the soap. If it is still soft let it sit for another day, but if hard peel away for the container and dump onto wax paper.
  15. Run a knife under hot water and dry it off.
  16. Cut soap into bars
  17. Leave the soap bars out for 3-4 weeks to cure. You can use them after a few days, but you get a better product if you are able to let them sit!

You are officially on our way to have a home full of 100% of biodegradable soaps! You can create whatever scents you want! I hope you enjoy my coffee scented one as much as I do! I these the best aroma in your bathroom!

I Can Make My Own Laundry Detergent You Can Too!

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This had never even occurred to me. I do use eco-friendly products and clean naturally. I even hire an eco-friendly cleaning service during the times I can’t get to it myself.

 

I never considered a DIY laundry detergent. It was brought up by my wife’s friend. It was just a quick conversation while waiting for the kids, but I kept it in the back of my mind and did some research. Well, the research worked! I now feel like an inventor. You will too!

 

Check this out:

Powder Detergent:

This will make 175-200 loads depending on your machine

 

Tools

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (my dishwashing gloves work fine)

 

Ingredients

Essential Oil  This is optional and is used for a fresh scent

 

 

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1.Cut the bar soap into large chunks with a knife.

2.Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make.

3.In a large plastic tub or bucket, mix the Borax, washing soda, and baking soda together.

4.Stir in the grated/powdered bar soap

5.Stir in 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

6.Store in a covered, airtight container.

7.If your powder has trouble completely dissolving, try mixing it in a little hot water before adding to the laundry.

8.Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. (Adjust for your machine.

 

Liquid Detergent:

This will make about 75 loads

 

Tools

 

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (dishwashing)

 

Ingredients

  • Hot water
  • Clean 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1 cup grated bar soap (1-2 bars) (Choose a non-toxic, real bar soap.
  • Essential oil (Optional for scent)

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1. Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make. Place grated bar soap in a pot. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.

 

2. Pour melted soap mixture into a clean 5-gallon bucket.

3 .Put on your gloves and dust mask or bandana.

4. Add washing soda, baking soda, and borax to the soap mixture and stir. Add enough hot water to almost fill the bucket. Mix very well until all ingredients are dissolved. (I use a long ruler for this.)

5. If using essential oil, AFTER the mix has cooled down completely, mix in 10-20 drops.

6. Let sit overnight to gel. The gel will be loose and very gloppy—like egg-drop soup.

7. Use a funnel to pour the gel into clean, recycled detergent containers or leave in the bucket. Cover with an airtight lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.

8. Stir or shake well before using. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per load. (Adjust for your machine).

 

 

For extra softness, don’t forget to add a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle to soften your clothes, and you’ll never go back to conventional, toxic detergents or fabric softeners again!


That takes car of both sides of the DIY laundry detergent. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I know my wallet does. Take care.

7 Phenomenal Cleaning Tips To Turn That Dirty Kitchen Around

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Let’s face it, our lives are jam packed with a million things to finish and not enough hours to do it all! Our jobs, our kids, errands, grocery shopping, lunches, dinners, and cleaning the house! It never ends! In my house the kitchen by far gets the most traffic, and seems to get dirty as soon as it gets clean. I decided to sit down and think of 7 simple and quick ways to solve some of the most frequent problems I come across!. And this is what I came up with!

 

  1. Getting rid of those pesky fruit flies:

We’ve all been here! Those nasty little bugs appear and are nearly impossible to make disappear! The answer as been so simple all along! LEMONS! That’s right, simply cut lemon in half and place them in the oven. Leave the oven door propped open overnight The next morning shut the oven door and turn the broiler on for about 5 minutes. Turn it off and let it cool. When cool throw the lemons away and clean the bottom of the oven! Bye, bye flies!

 

   2) Remove hard water deposits:

The answer is vinegar! Use only VINEGAR! Use it to dissolve the calcium deposits making them easier to remove! No more looking at those annoying stains around your sink. It’s that easy!

 

 3) Get the gunk off your cabinets… NO CHEMICALS!

For this chore I use a DIY solution. BAKING SODA is the trick! Use one part vegtable oil and two parts baking soda, this will create the perfect solution to get rid of the build up! Simply use a sponge or toothbrush to gently clean the outside of the cabinets.

 

4) Keep the bright, white sink:

I love my white sink, but boy does it show everything! No matter how much we clean and scrub those stains still cling!  What’s the answer… again BAKING SODA! This time we are going to use baking soda combined with a lemon wedge. Sprinkle the baking soda all over the sink and use the lemon wedge as the sponge! Viola!

 

5) Take care of that hardworking KitchenAid:

I don’t know about you, but we use our KitchenAid all the time! It’s great, but there are lots of nooks and crannies that are often forgotten! Take a toothpick or skewer and cleanout the cracks and the attachment latch. Afterwards, wipe down the entire machine with a cloth.

 

6) Discolored and dirty grout:

This is a problem throughout not only the bathroom, but the kitchen as well. We especially have a problem with our backsplash. This two step solution is truly a life saver! First, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply to the grout and let it sit. Then, spray with vinegar. This will cause it to fizz. Lastly, scrub with a toothbrush and enjoy!

 

7) Make your kitchen smell clean:

Sometimes no matter how much we clean our house it never “smells” clean! This is where we again turn to VINEGAR! Simmer some right on your stove. This will help clear the air, and return it to a neutral, clean scent!


I hope these simple techniques that I use around my home help you manage your kitchen with your busy schedule! These have truly been a live changer for me! I finally feel like there is at least one thing I have control of in my crazy life!

 

 

 

 

Treat My Teeth The Way I Treat My House

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I figure I clean my house eco-friendly, why not my mouth?

Over the holidays, I was sitting with plenty of family member and we were discussing everything. My uncle asked if I still do the “eco-friendly thing”. I guess he thought it was a phase. Something the cool kids do. I said “yep, still doing it, saves me a ton of money”. So, the discussion at the table turned to natural ways to clean.  I feel I’ve had this discussion with them a dozen times before, but wine being poured during conversation mixed with these people aren’t getting any younger, or most of them just don’t know what to chat with me about. I’ll just go with they are just getting old (haha).

I explained baking soda mixed with distilled white vinegar makes the toilet clean itself with a chemical reaction, to where I was saying baking soda this, and baking soda that. That a hundred years ago people were brushing their teeth with baking soda and crust from bread.

That’s when it hit me. I never actually looked into eco-friendly ways to brush my teeth, but I guarantee others have, so time for a little research.

I started with the toothbrush. I read that 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are bought every year. That is a lot of non-biodegradable product being thrown away. The plastic brush can be recycled, but I’m guessing most just toss in the bathroom trash can.

The most popular substitution I found is a Bamboo Toothbrush.

An ecological bamboo toothbrush will last just as long as a conventional plastic toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 months, or when the bristles have frayed. Not to mention the bamboo toothbrush looks pretty cool. I found a bunch of different ones over at Amazon. So, I just looked for one that was right for me. The bristols aren’t biodegradable, but they are recyclable. The brush itself is said to return to soil with 6 months. There it is, an eco-friendly toothbrush. Off to a good start I’d say.

Which brought me to Toothpaste. Now, the easy solution is the old school solution: 

The Easy Toothpaste

-½ a cup of Baking Soda

-¼ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

-¼ cup of warm water

Stir these ingredients together to form a paste and brush your teeth as normal.

I ran into a problem with this one. I just didn’t want a bunch of hydrogen peroxide in my mouth. I read you don’t have to use it, you can just use baking soda and water.

Which brought to looking for another Do-It-Yourself solution. I found a pretty cool natural toothpaste recipe.

Natural Toothpaste Recipe

 

  1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil. I did it on the stove, but a microwave would work too.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.
  3. Pour the mixture into small glass jar.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles. You can also use a small spoon to put the mixture onto the toothbrush.

This is actually a winner in my book. It’s easy to make, works well, and tastes great.

This brought me to one I wasn’t sure if I was going to find a solution to: Natural Teeth Whitener.

Now, back in the old glory days of Hollywood, the movie stars would swish hydrogen peroxide in their mouths like it was mouthwash. And yes it works. With smoking being almost a necessity back in the 1940’s and 50’s, the actors and actresses had to keep the teeth pearly white removing tobacco stains, especially when black and white film turned to color and their teeth were now a few feet wide.

Turns out there is really cool and simple solution: CHARCOAL.

“Um, What?” That was my first reaction. So, taking one of the darkest, dirtiest, messiest things on the planet and use it to whiten my teeth?

Yep.

There a quite a few products for this solution. Including a charcoal bristle bamboo toothbrush. It’s as if my research was coming full circle. That is a good sign.

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the GI system, so chemicals and toxins adhere to it, which then pass through the body and are expelled by the digestive system.

That’s a bit too scientific for me, but it’s the reason why it works.

Whitening Your Teeth With Charcoal

  • Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal. Lean over the container of charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in your mouth (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well.

It’s recommended to do this twice a week

Which has me at my final part of my morning brushing routine. Mouthwash.

I actually didn’t research this one. This my own solution. When I was a kid and had a toothache my mom would put some salt in a small glass of warm water and have me swish it around in my mouth and then rinse. It temporarily would solve the problem until a dentist appointment was made. So I incorporated this into my solution.

Natural Mouthwash

  • 3 Tablespoons of Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass and stir.
  2. Swish the concoction in your mouth as you would normal mouthwash and spit.

 

That sums it up. You can clean your mouth eco-friendly. It may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. The solution isn’t terribly expensive. The funny thing is you can clean your home with most these ingredients. Well, I’d skip the charcoal on that one. Bad joke, I know. Have a great day!

 

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