Saturday, December 12, 2009

Coupon Codes from Parents magazine for holiday shopping..

Parents magazine has posted coupon codes to help us all with our holiday shopping. Be sure and check them out.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

This is a must for families that love to craft!!!

Today is National Make Your Bed Day…

…so we are celebrating with custom pillowcases and made beds (well some of us are — remember I also have teen boys)!


To make our custom pillowcase we used Crayola Fabric Markers (I found them at Michael’s Arts & Crafts and used a coupon) and a plain white pillowcase.


These markers are great! Bella literally spent hours working on her pillowcase. She is really into hearts as you can see! She asked me to draw a heart shape. The pillowcase was thin enough that I slipped a paper with a heart drawn on it in the middle and she could see it well enough to trace. It would be fun to use coloring book pictures as templates also. A child could easily decorate anyway they like, but if they seem intimidated have them make a drawing first on paper and then they can trace it.

** Make sure you place a piece of cardboard inside the pillowcase to keep the markers from bleeding through to the other side. Read package directions for setting the fabric.**


Really the possibilities are endless for this craft—- slumber party or birthday crafts, gifts, etc.. They could even be further embellished with bits of fabric, trims and embroidery.

Bella loves her new pillowcase!


If you would like to try out these awesome fabric markers please leave a comment on this post before Tuesday at midnight CST. Crayola is giving FIVE lucky readers a set of fabric markers!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Awesome Blog

I recently stummbled upon a awesome little blog. It is called Skip To My Lou
This blog has some of the best crafting ideas for kids old and young.
THings like a duct tape bull whip, Furoshiki ( the Japanese art of gift wrapping), Grilled Pizza...

There are ideas for crafting, recycling, food... you name it! There is even a place where you can submit a question on how to make something. I highly suggest you check it out soon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Fun Giveaway

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Product review- Havens Sweet Scents

Havens Sweet Scents is exactly that.. a Haven! I was lucky enough to test her citrus explosion soap and her lavender lotion. The sample size of soap that I received lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I used it every day for a week and there was still a small sliver left, which I'm using to help make my bath smell Normally I shy away from regular bars of soap. They usually leave my skin dry, rough and itchy. Not this soap.. It felt like silk while I was scrubbing with it, had great lather and the smell was divine! Afterwards, my skin was silky soft and not dry or itchy. What amazed me was while drying off after using it for the first time was the amount of dead skin that came off of my body!!! I have never had this happen before. It was amazing and the scent lingered for hours as well.
Now, the lotion is just as heavenly. It is not greasy, absorbs completely and nourishes the skin. The scent is light but noticeable and lingers as well. My hubby works as a grounds keeper and his nose gets burned daily. He was complaining about it and I put some of this lotion on it and he had instant relief.
I would highly recommend these products to all that are looking for great bath and body luxuries. Havens is like a heaven on earth!
Jeanette Reed

Saturday, June 6, 2009

More uses for Vinegar..including your laundry and pets

Neutralize Pet Odors
Jasmin Malik Chua, Jersey City, USA

By Jasmin Malik ChuaJersey City, NJ, USA Sun Mar 23 17:21:00 EDT 2008

READ MORE ABOUT:Dogs Green Cleaning Green Pets Organic Baking Soda Vinegar Water
If horked-up hairballs and puppy piddle have you in a funk, Annie Berthold-Bond of recommends using a one-two punch of baking powder and vinegar to whisk away the offending stench.
Clean up the mess, and then sprinkle the area with baking soda, Bond says. Leave the baking soda to set overnight, and then sweep or vacuum it up the next day. For double the cleaning power, mix 2 cups of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Using this vinegar wash, wipe down the area, then rinse.
See also: ::Multitask with Baking Soda
Difficulty level: Easy
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shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so then run hot water down the drain.
Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.
Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with white distilled vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water.
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.
Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.
Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse.
To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.
To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.
For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit awhile before rinsing clean.
Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.
Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)
Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.
For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight.
Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.
To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.
Make a metal cleanser by adding enough white distilled vinegar to 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar to make a paste. Rub it on and let it dry on the surface. Wash it off and dry with a soft cloth.
Polish brass and copper with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ketchup and 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar. Rub it on with a clean cloth until dry and shiny.
Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.
Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.
Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with full-strength white distilled vinegar and wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill some containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.
Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.
To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar on the cooking surface.
To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide off.
Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.
Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/2 to 1/3 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. If mineral deposits don’t wipe off, scrubbing with an old toothbrush should complete the job.
Shine colored porcelain sinks by scouring them with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Rinse away soapy film on countertops with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water.
Clean grout by letting full-strength white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush.
Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.
Mix up an inexpensive tile cleaner by adding 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water.
Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping it with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda.
Soak a sponge or loofah overnight in a strong white distilled vinegar and water solution to remove dirt and slime. Rinse several times with cold water and let air dry (in the sun if possible).
Clean shower door tracks by filling them with white distilled vinegar and letting it sit for a few hours. Pour hot water into the tracks and wash and scrub away the scum with a toothbrush.
To clean a scummy showerhead, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it around the showerhead. Let this set for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and then turn on the water.
Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white distilled vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.
To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
Freshen air in the bathroom by spraying into the air a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup water.
Get a shining finish on a no-wax vinyl or linoleum floor by cleaning it with a solution of one cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.
Apply full-strength white distilled vinegar directly to tough linoleum stains. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it up. If that doesn’t work, apply white distilled vinegar again and then sprinkle some baking soda over the white distilled vinegar. Scrub the area with a brush or sponge. Rinse clean with water.
For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
Some carpet stains can be removed with a paste of 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda. Rub into the carpet stain and let dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet first).
Bring out the color in carpet by brushing it with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet beforehand).
To reduce soap bubbles in a steam cleaner add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Use the same amount in the rinse water to remove detergent residue and make carpets stay fresh longer.
Wash indoor/outdoor carpet with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar in 1 bucket of warm water. Scrub using a brush or a broom and then hose off.
Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.
Create your own window cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.
Remove the wax residue left by commercial window cleaners with a solution of 2 cups water, 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent.
To remove paint from windows try using undiluted, hot white distilled vinegar. Give the solution time to soften the paint before removing with a razor edge tool.
To remove paint splatters from windows apply full-strength white distilled vinegar with a clean paintbrush.
Get rid of mildew, dust, and stale odors by wiping down walls with undiluted white distilled vinegar on a cloth or a sponge mop.
Clean woodwork and walls with a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup ammonia and 1 gallon warm water. Wipe on with a sponge or damp—not wet—towel.
Clean wood paneling with a solution of 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Wipe on with a soft cloth.
Remove wallpaper easily by using a paint roller to wet the surface very thoroughly with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and hot water. Or spray on until saturated.
Get decals off walls or doors by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar soak into them for several minutes before trying to peel them off. Repeat if necessary.
Remove white water rings from wood with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and vegetable oil. Rub with the grain.
Remove fireplace soot and grime with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Use a brush to scrub and a towel to blot up the wetness and dirt.
Clean fireplace glass doors with a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray or wipe on, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.
To kill germs, spray full-strength white distilled vinegar on doorknobs and then wipe them dry.
Remove the smell of a dead mouse or other rodent (after removing all animal remnants) by wiping down the area with either white distilled vinegar or bleach. Then place a fabric softener sheet in the area to remove any lingering odors.
Never use white distilled vinegar on marble. The acid can damage the surface.
Before painting old concrete, clean with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Let it air dry.
Clean hardened paint brushes by simmering them in a pot with white distilled vinegar. Soak them first for an hour before bringing the white distilled vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.
Remove mud and stains from plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum sports equipment by applying a paste of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts baking soda. Wipe off with soapy water and rinse with clear water.
Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing the grill vigorously with it.
To remove film in glass baby bottles, fill with equal parts hot water and white distilled vinegar. Let sit for at least an hour. Scrub with a bottle brush.
To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.
Clean vinyl baby books or board books by wiping with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
Clean scissors that have become sticky (after cutting tape, for instance) with a cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.
Shine pennies by soaking them for a couple of hours or overnight in a glass or bowl of undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Vinegar is a clean, cheap substitute for many expensive dirty things. It can clean dandruff off of your scalp, extend the longevity of your nail polish and works as a replacement for fabric softener. Vinegar can do so many wonderful things that I’m going to write more than one post about the wonders of vinegar. Here are some green ways to use vinegar around the lawn and in the garden.
If you don't have a lemon handy, vinegar will kill those pesky weeds trying to grow between sidewalk cracks.
Spraying vinegar in ant-infested areas will keep them away.
Clean a birdbath with it. This will keep the neighborhood birds from getting sick from their waste in the water.
Cure a cement pond.(From Vinegar Tips)Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly.
You can clean all of your outdoor fixtures with vinegar. And don't forget to clean your tools with vinegar as well.
Kill mold in your gardening containers with vinegar. You can also kill mold on seedlings with vinegar.
Cure Lawn Brown SpotsPut a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog's drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog's urine.
Clean Your Pet's EarsIf your pet has been scratching his ears due to insects, you can relieve him by spraying its ears down with vinegar. Vinegar also removes skunk odor.
Deter unwanted animals.Vinegar deters cats from prowling around your yard, but it also keeps raccoons, rabbits and other varmints away.
Have a great lawn or garden use for vinegar of your own? Want to read what other Planet Green readers are doing with vinegar? Check out the new vinegar forum.
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Replace your Fabric Softener with Vinegar
Vinegar works as well as conventional fabric softener without the health risks or the waste or the animal fat.

By Josh PetersonLos Angeles, CA, USA Thu Mar 26 10:00:00 EDT 2009

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READ MORE ABOUT:Clothing Eco-Friendly Laundry Vinegar
Watching commercials on TV can be like opening a door to a realm of madness. Commercials like to take advantage of special effects and outlandish premises. Half of the time, I can't figure out what these people are trying to sell me and the other half of the time, I sometimes question if I have lost my sanity. Some of the truly horrifying and Lovecraftian commercials are for fabric softener. Giggling teddy bears are the stuff of nightmares.
The good news is that you don't even need to buy fabric softener, and, therefore, you will never have to think about soulless, fabric-softener-hawking, homunculi again. Fabric softener sheets are pretty wasteful. You put in one sheet per load and throw away one sheet per load. And for you vegans out there, fabric softener sheets are often made with tallow. You could be drying your clothes with animal fat. And liquid fabric softeners aren't much better:
From the Good Human:
Some of the most harmful ingredients in dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener alike include benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen), among others.
You can avoid these health risks, the animal fat and the waste simply by using vinegar to soften your clothing. Add 3/4 cups of vinegar to your final rinse cycle and your clothes will come out soft. And now for the best part, vinegar is ludicrously inexpensive when compared to fabric softener. Saving money and saving the planet together again.
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Times is tough. They are so tough, in fact, I can't even use the right verb conjugations to describe how tough these times is. We're in a recession. People are looking for creative ways to save money. Folks are making cutbacks all over the place. They are eating out less, buying less and repairing instead of replacing.
Well, I think I've found a decent money-saving tip for the ladies and the goths in the audience. You can make your nail polish last longer with vinegar. Simply soak your fingernails for one minute in ½ cup of warm water and two teaspoons of vinegar, either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar will do the trick. Wait for you nails to dry. Paint them as usual. This will remove oils often found on the nails. The paint will stick to the surface of the nails and not to the oils.
By reducing the amount of nail polish that you use, you will reduce the amount of trash that you produce. Reducing the amount of trash produced is good for the environment. It's also good for your pocketbook.
Don't forget to use all-natural nail polish. Non-organic nail polishes often contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Stay away from those toxic nail polishes.
Thanks to the internet, you can find organic nail polish for your fingertips with your fingertips.
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Get Rid of Fleas the Green Way
Because you're not doing your pet, yourself or the planet any favors with dirty air.

By Sara NovakColumbia, SC, USA Sat Mar 28 15:30:00 EDT 2009

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READ MORE ABOUT:Dogs Green Pets Outdoors Pesticides Vinegar
It's a constant battle against the army of fleas attacking my two puppies, Madison and Bella. I hate the idea of giving them a heavy chemical pesticide like Frontline, but I don’t want to watch them suffer. Don't wage chemical warfare on your pets if you can avoid it. The environment, indoors in particular, is already highly polluted from the emissions of all the chemicals used in paints, carpeting, and other household furnishings. In fact, the air inside is twice as polluted as the air outside. So avoid adding anymore chemicals to the mix. What are some eco-friendly, natural ways to kill the fleas?
Try these chemical-free methods to get rid of the pesky fleas:
Use vinegar and salt.
Keep your pet clean.
Make sure you vacuum daily.
More on Greening Your Pets:How to Go Green: PetsGreen Pets: By The NumbersReduce Your Pets' Chemical Exposure

Vinegar is Amazing! 16 Green Uses for Vinegar around the House

Keep your home free of dirty cleansers. Use vinegar instead.

By Josh PetersonLos Angeles, CA, USA Tue Apr 07 09:30:00 EDT 2009

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READ MORE ABOUT:Detox Your Home Green Cleaning Green Home Household Toxins Vinegar
What can I say that hasn't already been said about vinegar? Nothing. It's great. It's green, and it can clean the heck out of your house. Check out these tips.
Vinegar makes a wonderful cleanser. Plain distilled vinegar added to a cloth can clean the following things.
Cutting Boards
Bathtub Ring
Shower Doors
Stainless Steel
Soap Dish
Soap Residue Anywhere
Once a month, add vinegar to your dishwasher to clean the inner workings of the appliance.
Clean food jars with vinegar to make them into cups.
Polish kitchen supplies with vinegar.
Make a scouring scrub.
Use vinegar as an ingredient in multiple green cleaners.
Neutralize pet odor.
Clean your kitchen appliances with vinegar.
Remove clogs from showerheads.From How Stuff Works:Showerheads can get clogged with mineral deposits from your water. Remove the deposits by mixing ½ cup vinegar and 1 quart water in a large bowl or bucket. Remove the showerhead and soak it in vinegar solution for 15 minutes. For plastic showerheads, soak for 1 hour in a mixture of 1 pint vinegar and 1 pint hot water.Equal parts vinegar and water will clean most carpets. Vinegar can also be implemented to remove exotic stains.
Unclog Drains by mixing equal parts baking soda and vinegar.
Vinegar and baking soda can also unstink your garbage disposal if you pour it in there.
Remove price tags.
Clean linoleum with baking soda and vinegar. Pour vinegar on stain. Let it soak for ten minutes. Add baking soda. Scrub. This also works to remove urine stains and smells from a mattress.
Remove paint from windows.
Apply vinegar to concrete. The paint will take better.
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Everything you need to make this all-natural, mildly abrasive scouring scrub is most likely already in your kitchen.
Made with baking soda, vinegar and 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil blend (to offset the vinegar smell), this 'recipe' comes from green living expert Laura Klein of
This miracle mix is a powerhouse cleaning agent for sinks, bath tubs, toilets and anything else on which you would typically use an abrasive 'conventional' cleaner. According to the EPA, indoor pollution levels are typically higher then those outside your home, and traditional, chemical-filled cleaning products are contributors to this indoor pollution problem.
Plus, making your own cleaning products is not only better for your indoor environment (and outdoor, since nothing toxic is going down the drain), it’s less expensive.
According to Laura, vinegar is an all-natural anti-bacterial that kills 99% of all bacteria, 82% of mold and 80% of germs and viruses. So put it to work!
Here's what you need to make enough to last you a couple of months:
Large-mouthed glass jar with screw top lid that holds at least 2 cups
2 cups of baking soda
½ cup of white distilled vinegar
10-12 drops of essential oil (found at your favorite local natural food store or at
This post was inspired by Planet Green's show, G-Word.
What's not to love about mixing your own cleaning products from tried-and-tested formulas? Not only will a non-toxic cleaning kit save you oodles of cash over the years, but it's also unlikely to leave you gasping for an emergency-room doctor. Cleaning green is also gentler on the environment, to boot. To transform your home into a safe, nontoxic haven, says Annie B. Bond, author of Clean & Green (1990, Ceres Press), you can complement your kit with an edited selection of commercial eco-friendly cleaning products you trust.
We've excerpted some of Bond's favorite clean and green basics. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a spot of aromatic grime fighting. Bonus: Lavender and tea-tree oils are also natural antiseptics.
All-Purpose Cleaner
1/2 tsp washing sodaA dab of liquid soap2 cups hot tap waterCombine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.
Tip: If you're out of washing soda, use 2 1/2 tsp of borax, instead.
Window Cleaner
1/4-1/2 tsp liquid detergent3 tbs vinegar2 cups waterspray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.
Creamy Soft Scrubber
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.
Tip: Add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise, just make as much as you need at a time.
Oven Cleaner
1 cup or more baking sodawaterA squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface it totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top, then let the mixture set overnight.
You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn't work for you it is probably because you didn't use enough baking soda and/or water.
Mold Killer
2 teaspoons tea tree oil2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.
Furniture Polish
1/2 tsp oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.
Difficulty level: Easy