Looking for Sustainability ideas

I thought I find a way to keep costs down while still trying to stay eco-friendly. Trying to keep striving for sustainability. This a record of that journey.

Sometimes blunt and straight forward then sometimes sarcastic

This frugal crunchy hipster single momma is doing what she can to save Mother Earth while not breaking the bank!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Green Cleaning outline

Acetone stuff we use to remove finger nail polish.

Formaldehyde used on dead people.

Parabens it some times has the prefixes methyl-, ethyl-, butyl-, or propyl. They are know to mess with hormones causing miscarriages, trouble getting pregnant, babies development or other hormonal problems.

Turpentine  strong smelling stuff that removes paint.

Paradichlorobenzene a strong pesticide

Phosphoricacid that is used in fertilizers.

Fragrance 1 product can have up too 800 fragrance
additives. -most people get contact dermatitis nasal allergies.
synthetic fragrance - numb your sense of smell.
suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors linked reproductive disorders

Triclosan – anti-bacterial chemical antibacterial and antibiotic resistance,
kills good, super bug

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate ( SLES)

#1 reported to the Food and Drug Administration for association with
scalp irritation, stinging eyes, and tangled, split, and fuzzy hair
Skin irritation and rashes

Debate with effects on human exposure -
cancer, hormone displacer, damaging to the immune system,

The Basics
Baking Soda- deodorizes, mild abrasive
Vinegar- deodorizes, removes soap film,
Kills mold and mildew
Lemon juice- bleaches and lightens
Borax- kills germs
Salt- antibacterial and cuts grease
soap- veggie based or castile based

Eco-friendly dish-soap
Baking soda
Salt greasy mess- pans
Scrub pans and dried on mess add baking soda
(careful too much- white film)

Window cleaner
2 tsp of lemon
16 oz water
add a teaspoon of soap and you have a kitchen cleaner...
Halved Potato dipped in salt- remove rust stains from pans.
Oven cleaner- baking soda paste – leave over night


Cleaning the Toilet
Vinegar or Borax
Add to water and scrub with toilet brush
salt on rust stains - squeeze a lime or lemon over them, let sit for several
hours and wipe off.
Baking Soda paste for the tub
Tea tree oil: for mold and mildew add to vinegar/water solutions
White vinegar : removes soap scum + kill mold and mildew.
Household Cleaner 1 6 oz.
2 tbsp vinegar
3 tsp borax
Fill bottle almost to top with hot water add the borax and vinegar.
1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar
Pour into spray bottle. Good for lightly soiled counters and surfaces
lavender, clove, and tea tree oil (an excellent natural fungicide) — that are
very antiseptic,

Spot cleaner
Hydrogen Peroxide
Apply to spot let dry repeat if needed. Great for blood stains on clothes.
Club Soda with a little soap let sit for a while then rinse threw.

Drain Cleaner :
baking soda followed by vinegar or lemon juice
Boiling water
Clogged stand water
washing soda – follow with baking soda cleaner
Good for Fighting hair clogs
A snake!

Air Fresheners

cause- Asthma allergies

Instead use:
Fresh flowers or plants
Lavender sachets
diffusers -pure essential oil
Baking soda
Air breeze
1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice), and 2 cups hot
water in a spray bottle - spray air to remove odors

Lemon juice: whitening of clothes +sun
brighten white: ½ cup borax or washing soda
½ cup of vinegar to your rinse water. Removes soap residue

Odors and Stains
Spray full-strength distilled white vinegar on underarms and collars
oily spot mix Borax and warm water and let it sit—20 minutes for a light,
fresh stain, and two hours for a heavy, set stain—

treat poison ivy
vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water - flower vase
insect repellent straight up!
A shot to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo - shinny hair
Mold - let sit for 15 minutes
tooth ache

The companies On top:

Seventh Generation
ECOS (earth friendly products)
Dr. Bronners  


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