Sunday, March 30, 2008

As Promised.

Here is a collage of photos from recent days of Sweet Elijah...sleeping, eating, playing...all the good stuff. We are having a quiet weekend, it's a bit drizzly today so we are staying in. This next week is going to be big week. I will have news to share, so check back.
























































Here are the long promised green cleaner recipes...

Kitchen Cleanser

Baking Soda
Essential Oil (optional; available at health food stores)
Prep...Fill a plastic flip-top or stainless steel shaker (the kind used for powdered sugar) halfway with baking soda. Add 15 to 20 drops of essential oil (try lemon or lavender). Stir. Add more baking soda until it reaches the top of the shaker. Secure the lid and shake to mix.
Use...Sprinkle on counters or in sinks, then wipe with a damp cloth or cellulose sponge. Rinse well. Don't use too much or you will need to keep rinsing and wiping.
I use this to keep my stainless steel kitchen sink fresh and sparkling.

Floor Cleaner

Distilled white vinegar
Filtered water
Essential oil (optional)

Prep...Fill a clean 16-ounce squirt bottle with equal amounts vinegar and water. Add 15 to 20 drops essential oil (try peppermint). Mix.
Use...Squirt on floor and wipe with a clean rag or mop. This cleaner can be used on finished wood, ceramic tile and vinyl.
I have used this on wood floors and ceramic tile with very nice results.

All-Purpose Cleaner

2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon borax (available at grocery stores in the laundry aisle)
16 ounces hot, filtered water
1/4 cup liquid soap (try Dr. Bronner's castile soap, available at health food stores)

Prep...Mix vinegar and borax in a clean 16 ounce spray bottle. Fill with water and shake until borax has dissolved. Add the the liquid soap. Shake to mix again.
Use...Spray and wipe.
I use this for almost everything from counter tops to inside the toilet bowl and love it.

Let me know if you try these and if you like them. You will have to use a little elbow grease at times because they don't have all of those nasty chemicals to do it for you. I find them to leave things sparkling and fresh, plus, non-toxic for you, your family, and the ground water they will end up in.
Enjoy!
I will be back later in the week with lovely news...so check back.

3 comments:

Lisa said...

I can't wait to try these cleaners - thank you!!! And your son is amazingly adorable, he just seems to get cuter and cuter....

Big news, huh?!?! I will be checking in often to hear it...

Amanda said...

big news...hmmm....now you have me feeling the need to check back VERY often! and how cute is little man...actually, so big by now! i can't believe that it was over a year ago that i was just "meeting" you in blog-land!

Amanda said...

i keep checking back...though it is only wednesday...the wait for your "big news" is killing me!