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Spring Breakup. Best face forward. Green Cleaning. Did you know that you can clean without spending a fortune on store bought cleaners?

Green Cleaning

I bet you didn't know you can clean most everything in your home with just a few simply ingredients from your KITCHEN! This week's topic is Vinegar. White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Baking Soda and Vinegar Scouring Powder Review – Does it Work? 4 out of 5 leaves Powder cleanser and a rough sided sponge is often the weapon of choice against built up grime and stains on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Scouring Powder Review – Does it Work?

The scouring power of the commercial cleansers is great, but the health hazards are concerning. Could a natural homemade scouring powder of baking soda, wetted with white vinegar work just as well? The Good Better for you – commercial powder cleansers contain known carcinogens, and can cause eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation*Better for the Earth – less chemicals in your home is less chemicals washed down the drain and into our waterwaysSaves Money – you can’t beat the low cost of baking soda and white vinegarWorks great – my counter stains disappeared quickly. Homemade vapour rub – or how to keep your spouse from giving you a long suffering look when you cough all night « lightlycrunchy.

I’m a little late to the party – but I never knew that VapoRub works better on coughs when you rub it into the bottoms of your feet.

homemade vapour rub – or how to keep your spouse from giving you a long suffering look when you cough all night « lightlycrunchy

I really could have used that knowledge when the littles were littler. However, now I know. The feet have the most pores on the body so essential oils can easily penetrate the skin and absorb into the bloodstream fairly quickly. Apparently, it is one of the best ways to use essential oils, especially on babies and young children. I couldn’t find any of the store bought kind, plus if I’m changing to all natural products, using one that contains petroleum probably isn’t the best choice.

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TTT: Turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda

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Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner. A pretty picture of a jar of oranges flew around facebook a few months back.

Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

With it were directions to make an orange vinegar cleaner. Of course I had to try. Citrus works great as a degreaser, stain remover and freshener. Vinegar is also a great cleaning agent, breaking down mold, grease, mineral deposits and bacteria. Combine the two and you have a great natural cleaner. This cleaner is eco-friendly not only because it is biodegradable and safe to use, but because it is making use of products that would otherwise be thrown in the trash.

Squeeze the juice out of 6 grapefruits or 8 oranges (or 12 lemons or limes). Laundry Soap. I became interested in making my own laundry soap as a creative/cooking/money-saving plan and found I quite enjoyed the result.

Laundry Soap

I began by doing a little research, recipe reading, and experimentation and came up with something that works really well for me. I keep my soap in quart-size canning jars with plastic lids and I have a long handled tablespoon I use to put the soap in the washer. I add the laundry soap as the washer is filling and rinse the soap into the washer from the spoon. (One quart of this soap will clean 64 loads of laundry!)

As with the soap I purchase (or formerly purchased) at the store I sometimes use bleach or oxyclean for extra whitening. All of the ingredients are available in the laundry aisle at the grocery store. It costs about 1.7 cents per load (Tablespoon) of this laundry soap. Natural Cleaning: Lemon Dusting Cloths. Today I am going to share my super easy, and frugal, Lemon Dusting Cloths recipe.

Natural Cleaning: Lemon Dusting Cloths

I really do hate to use Pledge. I hate the smell of it. I hate the way it cleans. I just all around don't like it. Plus, after reading the back of the can, which has at least three or four warnings plus the list of chemicals in it, I decided to find a more natural option. So here is the recipe... 1 Cup Vinegar 1 Cup Water 1 tsp Olive Oil 1 Lemon Rind 2-3 Microfiber Cloths Jar with a lid Directions: Mix the vinegar, water, and oil, in a bowl. The Oh-So-Important HAIR Update. "No Poo" 30 Day Challenge. Okay so are you scared already?

"No Poo" 30 Day Challenge

What's the eco-friendliest way to clean a toilet? Use white vinegar to disinfect and deodorize your toilet.

What's the eco-friendliest way to clean a toilet?

(Credit: Microsoft Images) You must try my green cleaning recipe, called all-purpose powder. It's very easy to make—it only takes two ingredients. All-purpose powder recipe: No ‘Poo Update: Shampoo Free Living. The other evening, I met a woman who mentioned that she did the no 'poo thing, and we had a fun little bonding moment over it.

No ‘Poo Update: Shampoo Free Living

That got me thinking that it's been a while since I stopped washing my hair with shampoo. What is No Poo? For folks who aren't familiar with the idea of No 'Poo, it's a haircare regimen that involves washing and conditioning your hair without any harsh chemicals. The cheapest, easiest way to do this is with our old friends baking soda and vinegar.

Natural Cleaning Recipes with Essential Oils - Green Living. Related Content Herbs and Herbalists It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs. Nearly everyone has heard about the virtues of common items such as baking soda and vinegar for scouring and absorbing grease. Adding herbal essential oils enhances a formula’s cleaning value and leaves behind a soothing, natural scent. Green cleaning.