Today, I used the floor solution (with lavendar essential oil) for the first time ever and it works beautiful!
6/11/2008 1:01:13 PM
My great grandmother who lived through the post War Between the States in Tennessee used to make vinegar using brown paper bags.Does anyone know how to do it? I love using vinegar for mopping but not a lot of money.
Awesome article! When I was younger, my father had a clothesline strung between two maples in the yard that we used in the warm seasons; during the winter, we used a hanging rack put in front of the furnace. Now that I'm in college and living in an apartment, I can't really have a clothesline, but I still use a hanging rack for a lot of my clothes! I also use lots of natural cleaner recipes that I learned from my grandmother and mother which is cheaper and better for you. Three cheers for sustainable, green cleaning!
People used to laugh at me the way I would tout the wonders of vinegar and baking soda; I'm glad that the word is getting out that things one keeps around the house can be used to clean up without harming the environment. Vinegar is also great to use in the wash, as it softens clothes (fabric softeners often have really nasty chemicals in them) and keeps dye from running off and potentially staining everything in the load.
What goes around comes around they say. I hung all of our clothes on the line when I was growing up in the 50's and we planned so we never drove to town and wasted gas. My mother had a basement panty with everything, so we didn't run out for one or two items.
Great article and it is truly wonderful to see all these great suggestions in print :) I have been making my own housecleaning products for years, using a variety of essential oils. My favourites are orange, tea tree, and rosemary. The scents are so uplifting that it is a joy to clean, and I know that what I rinse down the drain isn't going to come back and haunt me! ;)
4/15/2008 10:03:53 PM
Great ideas! Some of the alternatives for cleaning products also help avoid asthma/allergic reactions. However, our allergist has suggested that we use the clothes dryer instead of the line b/c of the pollens and outdoor allergens that can blow all over the fabrics.
Finally, Finally, Finally, someone mentions BOTH "Don't use the clothes dryer" AND "Start a ragbag".....
My dryer hasn't been used in almost 3 yrs. Yes, I have to plan ahead, but what's wrong with that?? Its just becomes part of your routine to do laundry everytime you have a load rather than waiting until all your clothes are dirty.
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