Sunday, April 22, 2012

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Believe it or not, even after all the research I did trying to find a perfect recipe for a homemade all-purpose cleaner, I STILL didn't find an appropriate equivalent or a recipe suiting ALL of my needs. So I gathered my books and tips and blogs and internet tabs and went to work on my own. Trial and error aside, here is what I've come up with.

I like this book for other reasons, BUT her all-purpose recipe uses BORAX. 
Here's a great read if you weren't already aware of its danger.

Photo via Amazon

So instead I substituted the borax for lemon and salt. Here were my results:

2 cups of hot water
2 TBL of Dr. Bonner's Castile Soap
the juice of 1/2 of a small lemon
1 tsp salt
2 TBL of vinegar
Reuse a previous cleaner spray bottle

It may help to use a funnel to get every ingredient safely in the spray bottle. 
Stir. Shake lightly around in circles. Voila.

Let me know how it works out for you. Substitutions? Suggestions?

Powell's Books is offering a promotion 
THIS WEEKEND April 20-22nd ONLY! 
In honor of Earth Day/Weekend, bring in a stack of old books 
and they'll give you a $5 gift card!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Green Tips Without Breaking The Bank: 
2nd Edition!
Photo via Fishs Eddy

  Save your glass bottles and jars. 
 FYI: Many local coffee shops are offering the choice of glass bottles  
or jars instead of paper. Just ask. 
Craig & I save ALL glass in our home, either to recycle, canning or preserves, 
or great storage for leftovers. They can also be used to store
your: Spices, Flour, Sugar, Tea & Coffee. We use mason jars for everything from 
drinking glasses to soup containers, vases for flowers,
or pop a lid on and take a 
glass of water for the car ride or on a hike!

Check out Fishs Eddy for a variety of their own designs 
as well as: Weck, or Ball glass storage  :)
Glass storage is not only better for our environment but cheaper than 
the monthly purchase of plastic bags/wrap for strorage and leftovers.  
Added Bonus: SUPER CUTE accessories to add to your kitchen!

Make your own Cleaning Products: minus the icky toxins. 
Let's face it, we all know how much money we end up spending on high quality
cleaners with the abrasive, smelly, and unsafe unnecessary toxins. I have been
on the hunt for easier and safer products, but even then I am paying an
extra 5-10-15 bucks for the fancy words: organic, all natural, & family and pet safe.
 I didn't want to run to the grocery store every other week for yet - ANOTHER bottle.
So here are some recipes I have come across thus far, and as I start
personally trying them out I'll let you know my verdict in regards to pros and cons.

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A friend of mine gave this book as a gift just as I was leaving for Switzerland 
to be a nanny after I finished college - AND BOY did it come in handy! 
Let's just say my copy has become a handbook for healthy living in this house,  
everything from homemade cleaners to how to get out a stain, air out your bedding
and everything you'll ever need to Macgyver your home!

Check out Jam Hands  easy lemon and vinegar recipe.
OR use eartheasy's tips. Or Design Sponge has a great tutorial here.
**Also, when cleaning windows and mirrors 
utilize that stack of Newspaper in your recycle bin instead of paper towels - more 
environmentally conscious, plus Newspaper leaves no residue and is streak free!

Any other homemade cleaning ideas you can share? :)

Recycle scrap paper, bills, receipts etc. to make 
your own paper. Or, shred it and use it as a box 
filler for  packages you send by mail.

What's in your toilet Paper?  
Check out this new toilet paper without rolls!
Or just look for a high quantity of recycled content.

Photo via istockphoto

Keep plants in your home for better air circulation. Start simple & work your way up!
Ivy is a great plant for the gal without a green thumb! 
Also, air plants have a short life span and need very little care. 
& Succulents are always a stunning option too!

Photo rights of RobbinTheHood Vintage

 Photo via toHOLD

Photo via SucculantOasis

Please feel free to share your GREEN ideas with us! Leave comments below or contact us via email:  :) We look forward to your thoughts! xo.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekend Obsessions

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 Photos via PSFK

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Photo Via  Family Chic

1) Spring Cleaning Tips - Laundry Habits  2) Reuse Vintage Suitcases for Shelving!  
3) Mindful reuse of Wine Bottles 4)  Salvaged Wood becomes Furniture.   5) Milk Carton Planters wrapped in scrap fabric.