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Non-toxic Home Cleaning & Care: Natural, Green, Eco-Friendly Solutions

Non-toxic Home Cleaning & Care: Natural, Green, Eco-Friendly Solutions
Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children. All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Another alternative are microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. Air Freshener: Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Chopping block cleaner: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. Coffee and tea stains: Stains in cups can be removed by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. Dishwasher Soap: Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda, but increase the washing soda if your water is hard.

Rocket Stoves Soap Making Instructions Soap Making Recipes and Tutorials Teach Soap How To Harvest & Store Herbs Most herbs for culinary use are ready to harvest just before flowers appear on the plant. If you harvest them after the flowers appear there will be a reduction in flavor. Do not cut the herbs too close to the ground, if you leave some lower foliage you may be able to get several cuttings during the growing season. The best time of day to harvest herbs is in the early morning, just as the sun dries the dew from the leaves. The most common method of drying herbs is also the most picturesque. A variation of this would be to put each bunch in a perforated paper bag, then hang it up to dry. Another variation of air drying is to take the herb plants apart and spread those parts on screens to dry. The fastest drying method is oven-drying. Store your dried herbs in an air-tight container, such as a glass jar. The flavoring strength of a dried herb declines with time and exposure to air and light. Submitted by KP, WA [Home] [Search]

Liquid Soap Recipe, make your own all liquid hand soap The Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe An all natural, very mild liquid soap for everyday use in your kitchen or bath. Ingredients: (Makes 2 - 8 oz bottles) All ingredients were measured. 2 cups of grated (cured) castile soap 1 tablespoon of palm oil 1 teaspoon vodka 1/2 tablespoon glycerin (optional) 1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil (or any EO) 1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil (or any EO) 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil (or any EO) 2 1/2-3 cups of spring or distilled water 2 pump or foaming bottles Over low heat and in a double-boiler pan, add grated soap, palm oil, glycerin and water. Using a funnel, slowly pour liquid soap into chosen bottle. buy essential oils | buy bottles| buy palm oil make castile soap (we do not sell this product ready-made) Cured grated castile soap.

Classic Wild Food Collection Ebook: Foraging About the Urban Homestead project | Urban Homestead ® - Path to Freedom In the mid-1980s, our family set out to do the seemingly impossible: To create a new revolution in sustainable urban living. Finding ourselves owning a run-down circa 1917 craftsman-style house in the metropolis of Pasadena (the 7th largest city in Los Angeles County) and just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles with the intersection of 134 and 210 freeways 30 yards from our home, we shelved our dreams of idyllic country living and "five acres and independence" and decided to do what we could, with what we had -- RIGHT NOW. No one thought it was possible. We forged ahead, calling our project the Urban Homestead® model and with no small means of blood, sweat and tears, we worked to transform this ordinary 66' x 132' urban lot [LINK: Comparison Diagram of Property ] into a self-sufficient city homestead with an organic garden that now supplies us with food year-round. Having found food security in our own backyard, we were emboldened to take further steps. But we're not going to lie.