Green clean ~ More than a new trend

Folks have been “green” long before the most recent trend, or even before the last time it was a trend.  Picture the hippies or those that lived “naturally”.

There was a time before household cleaners were mass-produced when cleaning was with household products like homemade soap and vinegar.  Synthetic soaps weren’t created until WWI when animal fats and other soap ingredients were in short supply.

So why does it matter now?  There are a lot of great products in the market to make cleaning easier and totally disinfect the whole house.  That’s great however you can also get the same results with a few basic items, they cost much less and are a little more earth friendly.

  • Window Cleaner ~ I learned from a professional window cleaner what his secret was to beautiful shiny, streak free windows, dish soap and a squeegee. (both he and I prefer Dawn but any dish soap will work) It doesn’t take much, just a teaspoon or so of dish soap to a couple gallons of water.  Now that the outside is taken care of lets move in.
  •  Indoor window cleaner ~ I’ve tried many, many, many different cleaners and combinations.  The best I found is good old-fashioned white vinegar water and news paper.  What?? Newspaper?  Yes, bunch up a sheet in a ball, spray the window with vinegar water and wipe with newspaper.  The easiest way to clean and stay streak free.  This works on mirrors too.
  • Vinegar and baking soda will clean just about anything in a kitchen and bathroom.  This combination will also work for removing stains in carpets, sprinkle baking soda over the stain, pour vinegar and watch it foam.  Let the combination soak then rinse with water absorb up the liquids.
  • Gross drains ~ pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar.  It will foam and clean the drain as it goes down.  The same can be used to clean garbage disposal, I would add a lemon too for a nice smell.
  • Use vinegar in carpet cleaners instead of soap.  Sounds crazy but it’s well know that dirt sticks to the soap residue in carpets.  When you add white vinegar to the water in the carpet cleaner (from 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water up to 50/50 mix) it not only helps loosen the dirt, cleans the fibers and disinfects, it also doesn’t leave a residue.
  • Daily shower spray ~ you guessed it, vinegar and water.
  • Add about a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to help kill orders, freshen the laundry, whiter whites and brighter brites.

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Enjoy fresh flowers longer

Fresh Flowers

I LOVE fresh flowers.  There is just something about having a bouquet of flowers that brightens a room.  The hard part is how to keep them.  Flowers seem to wilt and lose their petals within a couple of days which just brings a room down.

So how do you keep them fresh longer?

  • always cut the stems when you put them in the vase and each time you change the water – just like our bodies , when the stem is cut a “scab” is formed and they will stop pulling water
  • flowers, like all plants, need water – in addition try these to help feed the flower
    • add 1/4 cup of soda to the water (if you want the clear color in the vase use 7UP or Sprite)
    • add 2 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar plus 2 Tbls of sugar to the water
  • make sure to replace the water and whatever you add every couple of days.

Enjoy!

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