TO BASIC COOKING
Strawberry Buns & Spreads
GREEN MONEY SAVERS
Say Hello to Spring and
Goodbye to the Dryer!
FAMILY - NATIONAL
TV OUT WEEK!
FOR THE HOME They are
cost effective and safe the planet!
I have many roles but my favourites
are being a mom to my incredible two year old son, an
aunt to my wonderful nephews and a wife to an awesome
husband who encourages me everyday. I love being at home
with my son and to be able to watch and participate in
many of his life journeys. I enjoy taking long walks
in forested areas and grabbing a free minutes to write
in my journal. I am a woman that dives into many new
adventures. I love to sing and dance but many walk out
the door with my singing performances.
As well, I love to participate
in activities that energize the mind, body and spirit.
My desire to write simple living articles was the lack
of information on natural homemade products. I did a
great deal of searching and experimenting before I felt
confident to write about alternatives to commercial products
in the home. This search has been great and continues
to feed my mind with wonderful ideas to decrease commercial
products in the home and increase products made from
nature and the heart.
Green Money Savers
Goodbye to Your Dryer
week, my family has about 4 loads of laundry to do. When nicer
weather is on the way, I bring the washed laundry
to the outside clothesline to let
the warmth of the suns ray
dry our clothes. The sun is invaluable to saving us much money
if we harvest it. Drying your clothes on the line is natural
and simple. It takes a little more time to put the clothes
on the dryer line then tossing it into the dryer. But that
extra time saves you money, and you are making a difference
to preserving the environment. Solar energy is free and will
be available until the end of time.
Great tips to keep your dryer turned
- Set up a permanent or collapsible
clothesline in your backyard or on your balcony. You can purchase
an inexpensive camping clothesline that will do the trick.
They are lightweight, compact and are easily set up. There
are many clothesline products on the market.
- Purchase durable clothespins that
will last for many years. I prefer the old fashion clothespins
because there is no wire that may rust and harm your clothes.
- Use ¼ cup to ½ cup of vinegar in
the rinse cycle for your fabric softener. Your clothes will
not smell like vinegar and there is no static electricity.
- For items that wrinkle, tumble-dry
the articles in the dryer for 5-10 minutes to erase the wrinkles.
Let the damp articles dry naturally on the line. There will
be fewer items to iron.
- Time is important, you do not want
to do the laundry every weekend. Wash the clothes just before
you retire at night. In the morning place the wet garments
on the line to dry when you are at work. In the evening bring
the laundry in and fold and put away. You are saving on the
energy costs for the dryer and in most places the water costs
for the washing machine. It is usually cheaper to use water
at off times.
- The smell of sunshine on clothes
is wonderful. You bring spring to the clothes.
- Dry your clothes year round on
an indoor drying rack.
I have a few more great tips to save
you money in the laundry room.
If you use fabric sheets cut them
in half. Use a half a sheet for each load, very effective.
SavingA box of fabric sheets for half price.
Use vinegar as your fabric softener.
Savingpennies a load.
Use less detergent than required.
More is not always better.
Laundry Detergent: Grate a bar of
ivory soap. Place in a pot and cover the soap shavings. Heat
at a medium-low heat until the soap has liquefied. Stir the
liquid soap into a large bucket of hot water. Mix well. Stir
in 1 cup of washing soda (found in the laundry section) and
mix well. Let the mixture cool before using. Use 1-2 cups per
load, it depends on your water type and how dirty the clothes
are. For added stain boosting power, mix in 1/4-1/2 cup of
borax (found in the laundry section).
Clean most of your clothes in cold
water. Experiment with cold water.
Turn down the water heater.
Invest in a non-electric washing
machine. (Wonderwash : http://www.laundry-alternative.com ) Saves you money on water, energy
Say goodbye to bleach and clean
those whites with the sun. You will have whiter clothes by
drying them with the sun energy. Another solution, soak your
whites in a diluted vinegar bath. (2 parts water: 1 part
Take the iron cover off the ironing board. Place foil, shiny
side up onto the foam board. Replace the ironing board cover.
This should reduce your ironing time in half.
and reduce waste in the laundry room. April 19th is
National Hanging Out Day (email@example.com). A day to hang out your wash and to say yes to
conserving energy and protecting the environment from future