Filla spray bottle with water, and about six drops of Lavendar essential oil. I think it smells great. It also disinfects etc. You can also spray it on yourself or you dog, to keep away mosquitos, or to freshen fabrics or the air in your home. I also keep a parmesean shaker jar by my sink filled with baking soda which I droped a couple drops of lemon essential oils. I use it to scour my sink, and shake into pots or dishes that are greasy and let sit for a few minutes. Baking soda breaks up the grease. It smells great. I pour it down my drain with a little vingerar when my drains are smelly or a little slow, clears it up great. I also keep some plain baking soda in a sugar shaker jar, on my bathroom sink, the little flap, keep moisture out, and then I have it on hand, for whiting my teeth, sprinkle on top of your normal toothpaste, or scouring my sink of tub. Also if you get product buildup in your hair, add a table spoon of Baking soda to a small handfull of your shampoo, aply to dry hair and rub in, allow to sit for several minutes, and rinse out, and then follow with a great conditioner.
Pounds lost: 34.4
Fitness Minutes: (2,674) Posts: 50 10/24/11 2:33 P
My grandmother used vinegar in everything...windows, laundry, counters, you name it. To echo what has been mentioned before, I have lots of reusable cloths, and dish towels. I used baking soda and vinegar in my garbage disposal. When every I use lemons or other citrus in the kitchen, I dice them up finely and send them down the garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh.
Yup, vinegar and baking soda clean my house and my hair, most of the time.
Others in my house still use shampoo, so when I need the toilet to "smell clean" (i.e. not just like no dirt) I follow flylady and squeeze a blob into the toilet bowl and brush it around.
I've used a rag doused in teatree oil when in need of air freshener. (burnt something or kitty litter got overwhelmed while at work.)
PS Newspapers are great for washing windows / mirrors. BUT DON'T USE THEM TO CLEAN PORCELAIN or you will end up with a black sink and need to start
Newspaper is also great for garbage bags anywhere where there is mostly dry garbage. (This page shows how to make them super big. I generally make small ones, skipping the first few steps and just starting from folding my square newspaper into a triangle.) wemakecoolthings.blogspot.com/2011/0 4/ newspaper-trash-bag.html
Pounds lost: 73.0
Fitness Minutes: (145,458) Posts: 9,354 10/18/11 4:21 P
I hope to get a steam cleaner myself soon. It is a great way to sanitize without chemicals--thanks for the reminder!
I'm a big fan of reusable cloths. We don't buy paper products of any kind, but we do use cloths made of old Tshirts, socks, sheets, etc for all surface cleaning. Then we just toss them in the washer to use again.
I also use a lot of vinegar and baking soda, but I'm also a big fan of biokleen brand all-purpose cleaner.
although it does consume electricity...I have found that steam cleaning is a non chemical way to clean and sanitise My portable steamer has a squeegee attachment.(plus many other)....never saw my tub enclosure so easy to clean. My crock pot boiled over last week and soup found its way inside under the crock......burnt on good in a non washable heating area. the steam helped loosen and lift with out a water mess. just wiping and steam took every bit off. i try to use it for as much as possible...like under the stove top, inside the microwave, even my counter tops.. all for the price of distilled water(say you can use tap..but didn't want to run risk of mineral build up in the unit. Sorry for carrying on....gabby fingers
Edited by: SSKELTON1 at: 10/16/2011 (01:26)
And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens
It fills the endless yearning of the soul
It lives within a star too far to dream of
It lives within each part and is the whole
It's the fire and the wings that fly us home
Fly us home, fly us home
Words by Joe Henry, music by John Denver from Wings that Fly Us Home
current weight: 286.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,255) Posts: 1,055 10/16/11 12:59 A
Old newspapers. If you get them real wet and spread them over your garden add a little compost over the paper. Add manure and your garden will be weed free in the spring and ready for planting. Since your kitchen scraps and fall leaves and grass make great compost and manure is about as organic as you can get and you probably can get it from anyone with a horse or cow, this is a wonderful recycling plan.
BEWARE! CHOCOLATE WILL MAKE YOUR CLOTHES SHRINK.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
Calories are those little buggers that get in your closet and make your clothes smaller.
Pounds lost: 1.0
Fitness Minutes: (668) Posts: 28 10/15/11 9:50 P
I am a fan of two types of cleaning products. My 'big job' brand of choice is Shacklee, and for most little things around the house I use baking soda and vinegar. I hate to use paper towels, and use microfiber and rags for most wiping up.
One way to re-use old newspapers is to use them with vinegar to clean your windows. My aunt taught me this and it was a real surprise to find how well it works.
I was wondering if there were any great planet friendly ideas floating around out there, and if you would care to share them here?
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