|By Margaret Briggs & Vivian Head|
Now, the environment isn't really one of my passions. I mean, I care about the environment...but I care more about Phil's and my future babies not swallowing poisonous chemicals or being around poisonous chemicals, and I like the idea of Phil and me not being around toxic chemicals too. (It's okay if you think I'm a hippie, I come by that quite honestly (thank you Dad!)). I just love natural remedies and solutions because they don't harm anyone.
If I could, I would probably re-name this book from something other than Eco-friendly to Human-friendly! That's all this book is...great ideas, using non-toxic ingredients, to clean your house beautifully and efficiently! Plus garden tips...laundry tips...and the list goes on. Seriously, it's fabulous! I already cleaned my hot water kettle this morning after reading the first HALF of this book yesterday.
Another great thing about this book is it only has about FOUR, yes, 4, chapters! In these chapters it highlights 5 simple ingredients that can be used to clean practically EVERYTHING! (Can you tell I'm a fan?) Vinegar. Lemon juice. Baking Soda. Tea-tree oil. Borax. Salt. Done and done!
Every time I make a new solution or try it out, I will post it on here for you to read and try yourself. I'll keep back to update them. This book is definitely the thing I needed to have in order to get me on track for making my own cleaning products because it always sounded like too much to me before. I hope you enjoy all these tips as much as I am! Leave comments with feedback if you try any non-toxic homemade cleaners, or if there are any other fun books similar to this that you would like to recommend.
Ps- If you're interested in homemade deodorant (using baking soda) that really does work, check out that post here...and the update on how it keeps working, here.
Cleaning tips I've tried and continue to use:1. Cleaning your kettle: Put 2/3 cups of white distilled vinegar (you can get a gallon at a supermarket for like $5; it'll last a good while!) in with the water and boil like normal. My kettle was really bad with hard water deposits caked on, so I boiled it a few times, rinsed it out, and put in another round of vinegar and water. It looks like brand new now!
2. Cleaning work surfaces: Wipe all kitchen surfaces with full-strength white distilled vinegar to clean them and reduce bacteria (pg34). Just did this and it works very nicely! I also just read about lemons being a natural bleach...so I'm planning on getting some lemons and getting some stains out on our white counter tops!