Greener Options for Household Cleaning

 

Greener Options for Household Cleaning #Greener #KidFriendly #Cleaning

 

Many of us try to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in our home and want to use greener options when cleaning.

Especially when you have children and pets running around, you don’t want them exposed to possible harmful affects of some chemicals.

While a lot of cleaners now aren’t as harmful as they once were, sometimes it is good to keep alternatives around so you can even use those if you run out.

These greener options are something most of us have around our homes and in our kitchen cupboards.

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Earth Day Kid Crafts

 

Earth Day can be celebrated with the children to help them to learn to protect our earth.

Here is some free areas on the web that you can get pages to help your children to enjoy Earth Day!

 

EarthDay

Click on the links below:

Earth Day Colouring Pages

Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day Games and Puzzles

Earth Day Poems and Songs

Earth Day Printables

Earth Day Worksheets

Earth Day Recipe – Rice Krispie Earth

20 Uses For Fruit & Vegetable Rinds and Peels

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Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and Veggies are an important part of anyone’s diet to ensure we are getting the proper vitamins and nutrients our body needs. We all should  know that purchasing local fruits and vegetables is always the best choices for a variety of reasons. It is a great way to support local farmers, it’s fresh, it was grown in your environment; with your standards and expectations. Your buying from your neighbor & you know what your buying it exactly what it looks like. I have seen various media reports with recalls on packaged produce, spiders and bugs being found in produce from other countries, E coli, etc. These are scary things that can cause serious harm and/or death. I have however never ever seen a Recall or Alert on a Local Farmer! I have never heard of anyone getting sick after shopping at the local Farmer’s Market. They are such an integrated part of who we are; we look forward to the yearly Festivals to celebrate their harvest.  I am fortune that in Strawberry season that we have a U-Pick not far away. My local Farmer’s Market is only a few blocks away. Before you toss your Rinds and Peels into the Compost ~ Get the full use out of your product ~ After all you did pay for it ~ Why not get your moneys worth.

Leftover Rinds and Peels Can:
  1. Shine Your Coffee Pot -For the old diner trick to make glass coffee pots sparkle: Add ice, salt and lemon rinds to an empty coffee pot; swirl around for a minute or two, dump, and rinse well.
  2. Clean Your Tea Kettle -For mineral deposit build up in tea kettles, fill the vessel with water and a handful of lemon peels and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well.
  3. Dye Fabric-Pomegranate peels make for great coloring material. Use a stainless steel pot large enough to cover the fabric, fill with hot water and add peels, let it sit overnight. Simmer the water and peels the next day and then remove peels and add wet fabric. Simmer gently for one hour and allow to cool overnight. Remove the next day, rinse in cool water–from thereon, wash with similar colors.
  4. Make Zest If you’ve juiced lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit but don’t have an immediate need for zest, you can make it anyway and dry or freeze it for future use—zest is a versatile item to have on hand for a bright boost in any number of dishes. If you don’t have a microplane or zester, you can also use the small side of a box grater. Try to scrape just the outer layer, the white layer of pith is bitter. Freeze in an airtight container. To dry, spread the zest on a towel and leave until dried, then store in a clean jar.
  5. Make Citrus Extract Powder- Make zest or twists (lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit) being sure to remove the pith–and allow to dry, about 3 or 4 days for twists, less for zest. Put in a blender (or spice grinder) and pulverize into a powder. Store in a clean jar.
  6. Make Citrus SugarMake citrus extract powder and add it to sugar, or you can use fresh twists, put them in a jar with sugar, let the peel’s oil infuse the sugar and remove.
  7. Make Lemon Pepper Mix lemon extract powder with freshly cracked pepper.
  8. Make Citrus Olive OilPound citrus peel (pith removed) in a mortar and pestle with some oil added. Place in a jar with more oil and let rest for six hours. Strain into a clean jar.
  9. Make Infusions Infuse honey or vinegar with citrus peels by placing twists and letting the flavors seep. Strain the liquid and store in a clean jar.
  10. Make Potato Skins Mix potato peels with enough lemon juice and olive oil to evenly coat. Spread the potato peels in a layer on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees, stirring once, until golden brown (about 10 minutes). Season to taste.
  11. Keep Brown Sugar SoftIf you regularly fall victim to the brick in the pantry known as hardened brown sugar, try adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to keep it moist and pliable.
  12. Make a Banana Sugar Scrub Sprinkle sugar on the flesh side of banana peels and use as a soft, exfoliating loofa. Rub gently all over your body and then rinse in the shower. Refresh your face for a skin tonic, rub orange or grapefruit peels on your face (avoiding your eyes) and then gently rinse with warm water.
  13. Moisturize Rub the fleshy part of an avocado peel on your face for a rich moisturizer.
  14. Relieve Your PeepersPotato peels can reduce puffiness around eyes; press the moist side of the fresh peels to the skin for 15 minutes.
  15. Fruit Puree Pops Puree your favorite fruits and pour into molds. For a more visually appealing effect, select different color fruits, puree them separately, then pour each individually into molds partway in order to stack the different colors. Two or three different fruits work best.
  16. Lemons are very good for hair. Wash your hair with lemons. It is very good for oily and greasy hair. It has excellent nourishing properties like Vitamins B and A. This will take care of the dandruff and get rid of similar scalp problems.
  17. Leftover bananas that changes colour to black are very useful in making your skin glow. Overripe bananas are very high in vitamin A, B and E, all of which benefit the skin. Mash a banana and put it all over your face till it completely dies up and rinse off after 15-20 minutes.
  18. Papayas are good cleansers. It has Enzyme Papain which removes blemishes and rejuvenates an undernourished skin. Mash papayas and mix some honey to make a pack which you can smear all over your hands, neck and face. Wash after 15-20 minutes for a blemish free skin.
  19. Eggs works wonders for skin and hair. Mix egg white with mayo and honey to make a thick paste. This can be applied to your hair as well. Egg has pure protein which will make your hair strong and honey that will bring out the luster that was till now lacking in your tresses
  20. Use leftover fresh potato peels to make delicious homemade crisps. Evenly coat the peels with a splash of lemon juice and olive oil. Then, spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F/205°C for 10 minutes until golden brown. Spice them up with a pinch of salt and chili pepper.

Just Think What 5 Pounds What 5 Pounds of Potatoes Can Do!

  • Kids Project – Kids love watching the “eye” grow and learning how it happens, watching it’s progress. Great educational no cost activity !
  • Inside Potato – Once the peeling is removed many people enjoy potatoes with their meals in a variety of styles
  • Peels for Potatoes- Can be used for Crisps & Skins which make great appetizers, side dishes or snacks !
  • Peels for Eye Puffiness- Why pay for “special” creams and solutions when you already have your solution at home!
  • Compost– Whatever is left over can be tossed into the compost !

Regrowing Food From Scraps ~ So Simple!

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 Regrowing Food

 Help shave valuable dollars off your grocery bill and make the most of what you’ve already purchased by regrowing common produce items. In addition, try your hand at growing with seeds and other materials. It’s a great way to teach kids about how to grow food.

Celery: Cut the bottom 2.5 cm (1 inch) off a stalk of celery and place it in a bowl with the cut side facing up. Put a little bit of water in the bottom of the bowl, and place it in a sunny place. After a few days, roots and leaves will start to form. At this point you can either plant outside in the garden or transfer to a larger pot.

Tip: Save the leafy parts of the celery too! Add them to soup for a little extra flavour!

Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes: Use about a quarter of a potato (a piece with two root eyes is ideal). Either keep it inside to watch and ensure it sprouts, or place directly into the garden, eye side up. If you keep it inside, let it dry out for a day to reduce the chance of mould. Place toothpicks into both sides of the potato piece, then place it on top of a glass of water. The toothpicks will hold some of the potato above water, but the eyes should be submerged. The roots will grow into the water and the leaves will grow toward the top. When there are enough roots, transplant into the garden.

More ideas for Regrowing Food

Ginger: Use a piece of ginger with a knob, or one with an arm sticking out of the main body of the root. Soak the root overnight, then bury it in a pot of rich soil with good drainage. Be sure to keep the soil moist. Ginger does best in the shade or as a houseplant. It cannot tolerate cold weather or drought. If given the right conditions, ginger is very easy to grow.

Green Onions: Cut off the bulb and roots (the white end) and place it roots down in a glass of water overnight. Replant outside or in a large pot the next day, and it will start growing quickly.

Even more ideas for regrowing food

Leeks: Cut off the bulb, just like you would with green onions, and place it in a shallow glass of water. Change the water and wash the roots once a week. Harvest fresh leeks when they’re big enough to eat.

Romaine Lettuce: Cut off the bottom inch of a head of romaine lettuce. Place it roots down into a shallow glass of water, and new leaves will grow from the top.

Yet Even more ideas for regrowing food

Garlic: Plant a single clove of garlic root side down (flat end) into a few inches of potting soil. Once shoots start sprouting, cut them back so the bulb will be able to grow, and eventually you will have a fresh garlic bulb. Use a clove off the new bulb to start growing another for later.

Tip: If you choose not to regrow food scraps, save them in a container in the freezer until you have enough to flavour your favourite soup recipe.

Some Simple DIY Project Ideas We Love!

body pillow

Sew 4 or 5 pillows together to make your own body pillow – perfect for sleepovers!

 

 

 

bike racks

 

Wooden pallets make excellent summer bike racks for the home or cabin!

 

 

curling iron holder

 

 

Traveling ? Protect your curling iron with this super cute homemade holder!

 

 

 

 

 

shoe storage

 

Too many shoes?  Us too!

Some PVC piping and a hot glue gun and VOILA!  Instant shoe storage!

 

 

 

 

 

Have some other great ideas for DIY projects or frugal living tips?

 

Greener Ways To Kill Mold In Your Home #Ecofriendly

 

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3 Easy ways to get rid of mold in your home

The products are usually items that you may already have in your home that will kill the mold or mildew

Each have pros and cons but they kill the mold naturally and there are no need for harsh chemicals

Tea Tree Spray

 

2 teaspoons tea tree oil

2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes about 2 cups, lasts indefinitely.

**Note: Tea tree oil has a strong smell. So you may want to allow the area to air out after spraying it. Tea tree oil isn’t cheap but it is well worth using.

 

 

Grapefruit Seed Extract

20 drops grapefruit seed extract

2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes about 2 cups, lasts indefinitely.

**Note: It is odorless unlike Tea tree oil.

vinegar

 

Vinegar Spray

Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can add essential oils for a more mellow scent.

Crockpot Oatmeal ~ Bakes Overnight!

crockpotoatmealSo delicious ~ and bakes through the night so it’s ready for you and your family when you wake up!

Place 2 sliced apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of salt in the bottom of the crockpot.

Pour in 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of water.

Do NOT stir. Cook overnight for 8-9 hours on low.

*Customize it to your taste by adding chopped nuts, raisins or extra cinnamon & nutmeg.

 

 

 

 

20 Basic Household Tips ~ Save Money & Live Toxin Free!

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Here are easy uses for common household items to make your life TOXIC-free AND SAVE YOU MONEY!grocery

 

 

1) Toothpaste: Buff a CD/DVD

Apply toothpaste to a cotton ball and wipe the disc. Wash with water afterwards and you’ve got a brand new disc!

2) Cornstarch: Untangle Knots

Sprinkling cornstarch into tough knots, such as shoe laces helps loosen them.

3) Walnut: Buff Dings out of Wood Furniture

Get rid of unsightly scratches and dings on wood furniture by rubbing a walnut on the areas. The blemishes will vanish quickly and your furniture and pocket book will be saved.

4) Club Soda: Make Your Breads Fluffier

When baking, where recipes call for water, add club soda instead to make pancakes, waffles and any other breads fluffier.

5) Salt: Keep Windows Frost Free

Pour a cup of salt into a liter of water. Sponge the liquid onto the inside of window to prevent frost from forming during the winter months.

6) Rubbing Alcohol: Remove Permanent Marker

Dab the surface that has the permanent marker on it with a cloth or cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol to make it disappear quickly.

7) Chap stick: Stops Bleeding When Nicked Shaving

Cut yourself shaving? Just swipe some chap stick over the cut to stop that constant bleeding. No more tissue squares!

8) Apple Juice: Removes Dandruff

Don’t ask how it works, but it does! Instead of buying a special shampoo, just wash your hair in apple juice to rid your scalp of pesky dandruff.

9) Aspirin: Get Rid of Armpit Stains on T-Shirts

Grind up an aspirin tablet or two, then make a paste out of it using water, lemon or vinegar. Spread the paste on the stained area and let sit for an hour before washing.

10) Olive Oil: Make Pets’ Coat Shinier

Add a bit of olive oil to your pet’s food to give them a healthier, shinier coat of fur.

 

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11) Newspapers: Clean Windows and Mirrors

Instead of using a spray and a streaky cloth, use only newspaper to clean off your mirrors and windows for a streak-free finish.

12) Baking Soda: Remove Bugs from Windshield

Mix baking soda with warm water to make a paste. Spread the paste over your windshield for fifteen minutes. Then wipe or spray off with a hose.

13) Bleach: Extend Life of Flowers in Vase

Add a few drops of bleach to vase water to prevent the build-up of the slime caused by bacteria. It works just like chlorine in a swimming pool.

14) Kitchen Dish Soap: Flea-Killing Dog Shampoo

Kitchen dish soap (not dish detergent) can double as dog shampoo for its flea killing abilities.

15) Coke: Remove Blood Stains from Clothing

Soak the stain in coke until the stain is dissolved, then wash the clothing as usual. Wash before the coke dries, though.

16) Honey: Remove Blemish Overnight

Have a blemish you need to get rid of by tomorrow? Put a dab of honey on the blemish and cover it up (it’s best to use a Band-Aid) and the honey’s natural antibacterial properties will clean out the bacteria by the morning.

17) Wax Paper: Clean Can Opener Gears

Run a few small strips of wax paper through the can opener to clean out of the bits and pieces that have built up in the gears throughout the year. The wax will also rub off on the gears to protect for future use as well.

18) WD-40: Remove Crayons from Walls

Use the lubricant and a cloth to remove stubborn crayon marks from the walls just by spraying the wall and wiping with a cloth.

19) Chalk: Keep Ants and Slugs Out of the House

Ants and Slugs Won’t Touch Chalk. So, simply draw a line in front of your doorway where you are having problems with these pesky critters and they won’t cross it, meaning they won’t be able to get into your house.

20) Vinegar: Kills Weeds and Helps Flowers Grow

Vinegar is a magic wonder when it comes to gardening. It not only kills weeds but they help flowers grow as well. Douse vinegar all around your garden to prevent weeds from popping up and to help your flowers to grow healthy and strong.

 

I hope you can put some or all of these to good use to save money and make your home a safer environment. There are tons more DIY uses for common household items like these.