There seem to be a lot of people who are not able to hang out their laundry for various reasons. I use foldable laundry racks (take up minimal space) inside my house and also a retractable clothesline in the garage. If you're like me and don't have a laundry room, just find a corner where you can stick them out of the way for a few hours. It may limit how many loads you can do at a time (depending on how heavy the clothes are), but you'd be surprised how quickly the clothes dry while you're doing other things. Not running everything through the dryer saves on electricity, as well as wear and tear on clothes. Plus, if my clothes shrink, I'll know it's because I haven't been exercising enough - I can't blame it on the dryer! ;)
Now that I'm pregnant, I'm looking for safer cleaning products and techniques, both for during my pregnancy and when our little one is in the home. Would all of these products be safe, as far as fumes and handling?
I like many of the ideas in this article, but I will say that I've never been crazy about wiping windows and mirrors with old newspapers. To me, it just makes a big mess! Also, you need to be careful with houseplants. They can be great air cleaners unless the potting soil gets moldy. And check municipality laws and homeowners association rules. I know ours do not allow clotheslines for air drying laundry. There's a great book called "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" by Linda Cobb for those of you who are interested in homemade, ecofriendly, less expensive household cleaners.
I have always used lemon juice or vinegar as descalers in my kettle. we have very hard water so it builds up quickly. Filling the kettle with a strong solution of lemon juice or vinegar and water overnight once a week keeps it down and is better than chemical descalers. Vinegar and water adds a sparkle to windows and glasswear. Essential oils can be used for laundry, personal bathing, washing floors and surfaces to name but a few things. they all have varying antiseptic properties and smell much better than many disinfectants and cleaners. They have other uses too, as I will put in more detail on my spark page soon. We also have a wand that produces ultra -violet c light which sterilises and kills many germs and bacteria , as is used in hospitals. It uses very little electricity, so is greener even than my steam cleaner, which also means chemical free cleaning .
Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I have been making homemade cleaners for years now. They are good for saving both time and money. I also enjoy the advantages of an outdoor clothes line during the spring and summer. The clothes always smell so nice. I would hang clothes indoors if I could, but we do not have the room here. On occasion I have had to hang clothes outdoors in the winter when the dryer wasn't working. It took a lot longer, but was doable when needed. I just hung a clothes line across our covered deck and allowed the wind to dry them. It protected the clothes from getting wetter with the rain. Thanks for the ideas for using cloths and rags instead of paper towels. I need to start using less of the paper towels and more newspapers and cotton cloths. May go make some more cloths this week.
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