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25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes
There was a time (many years ago now) when I defined effective cleaning by how the air smelled. It's not really clean unless I can smell the chemicals! Thankfully, that is no longer the standard by which I measure the cleaning prowess of the solutions I'm using. In fact, I now do everything in my power to avoid those toxic chemicals I believe are harmful to my health and the health of the environment. Why? Because you can make your own cleaners with items from your pantry that work just as well and smell better!

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Homemade Spring Cleaning Products I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of western North Carolina, we’ve been a land under siege. Everywhere you look, on every surface you set something and just about anywhere outdoors you might think about sitting, you’ll find a fine, powdery film. Yes, the season of pollen is upon us. While it’s a wonderful thing, full of benefits for winged creatures and flora of every persuasion, it can and often does plague the homes (and sinuses!) of humans everywhere. Historically, once spring rolled around and homes both large and small began opening windows and emptying fireplaces and wood stoves of ashes for the last time, a thorough scrubbing of the entire dwelling commenced.

Salt: Secrets Of Soap Additives Pt 5 Did you know that you can add salt to soap? Salt gives soap bars four very distinct characteristics: a foamy lather with very small bubbles, a very hard bar, soap that doesn’t dry out your skin, and a gentle exfoliant. When I first tried a bar of salt soap I was surprised – it was honestly unlike any soap I had ever used before. Green Cleaning We've switched to green cleaning in our home, and it is sooooo very easy. And all of our cleaners work just as well (if not better!) than their conventional counterparts...but without all those nasty chemicals that you don't want to be breathing in, rinsing down the drain, or worrying about your children getting into. Making your own green cleaners is very easy, very cheap, much safer than conventional cleaners, and you don't have to worry about running out and then finding time to make it to the store for more. You just toss the ingredients together to make more!

- StumbleUpon Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Some smaller seeds require light to germinate and should not be sown too deep; otherwise they may never germinate or break through the surface of the soil. Tau Topics - Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide as Disinfectants You can make your kitchen a cleaner, safer place and fight bacteria, without exposing yourself and your family to toxic chemicals that also damage the environment. You can use a simple safe disinfecting spray that is more effective than any of the commercial cleaners in killing bacteria. As a bonus, it is inexpensive! Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, worked out the recipe for just such a sanitizing combo.

All Natural Homemade Cleaners Clean Up Your Act: All Natural Homemade Cleaners And now we’ll continue the cleaning chit-chat with this handy little homemade cleaner breakdown. When we talked about getting even greener and experimenting with homemade cleaners in year three of YHL, an expert in that very area offered up a few of her favorite formulas. And we jumped at the chance to learn how all natural and totally eco-friendly cleaning materials are easy and effective- and sometimes way cheaper than paying for the more toxic stuff that can hurt pets, kids, people in general and the planet at large. 2X4: Four Effortless Bathroom-Stink Solutions Date: October 02 2013 | Author: Jessica | Category: Clean Bathrooms won’t smell fresh on their own! But relying on a big aerosol freshener will never get to the root of the problem. Try one of these proactive bathroom odor solutions: Stronger Hand Soap.

Sandpaper Printed T-shirt Kids Craft Jul14 by Cindy Hopper This is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy and make one cute shirt! The best part about this fun little craft is that the supplies were bought at the Dollar Store, even the T-shirt! Persephone Magazine | Blog | The Lazy Lady's Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste.

DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners I've been on a quest to rid our home of toxic chemicals for both health and environmental reasons. Did you know? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be 10 times to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Green Cleaners - Shopping Guide Shopping for green cleaning supplies is as much about what's not included in a product as what's in it. Wishy-washy words like "natural," "non-toxic," and—of course—"green" make it hard to determine what a product is really made of, not to mention how well it works. Here's a brief guide to what to avoid and what to look for when you're comparing green and not-so-green cleaners. Chemicals to Avoid According to the National Geographic Green Guide, cleaning products can contain potentially harmful chemicals. NG advocates avoiding petroleum-derived chemicals (which can irritate the respiratory system) such as ammonia and monoethanolamine.

Orange Peels & Vinegar = DIY All-Purpose Cleaner DIY All-Purpose Household Cleaner or What To Do With All Those Holiday Season Orange Peels by Rebecca Rockefeller {31 days to an organized home} Day One: Organizing with Purpose I organize my home because I believe that when we clear out the things that don't matter, we make room for the things that do. Because our hearts and minds can only take so much chaos. And life has enough chaos of its own. Because we need a daily refuge from the clutter and the noise and the blaring messages that wait on our doorstep. Because an uncluttered space creates an environment where we can learn and explore.

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