TO BASIC COOKING
Strawberry Buns & Spreads
GREEN MONEY SAVERS
Say Hello to Spring and
Goodbye to the Dryer!
NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
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
Environmental Cleaners For the Home
son and I are about to move to our first home. In less than 2
weeks we will be putting our roots down into a new
community. Many of our friends are in the same position as us.
They are running to the nearest stores and spending hundreds
on cleaners for their new home. Not us, we know all the trade secrets
to keep the home looking and smelling great with inexpensive and
General Cleaners For the Home
Window Cleaner: Fill a clean spray bottle* with club soda. Spray
on those windows and wipe clean with a rag*
Floor Cleaner: Combine 2 cups of vinegar with 6 cups of warm water.
Clean those floors and let dry. Best to clean the floors with a
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Combine 2 cups of baking soda with enough
water to make a smooth thick paste. Apply the paste to the tub
or tile and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with a soft rag
moving in a circular motion. Once the paste is off spray the tub
or tile with a 50/50-vinegar/water rinse. The rinse will remove
any residue and disinfect the area as well.
Wood Cleaner: Combine 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons
of olive oil. Pour a small amount of the mixture on a clean dust
rag and rub the mixture into the wood in a circular motion. You
may also place the mixture in a spray bottle* and spray onto the
wood surface. Wipe the area with a clean rag in a circular motion.
Be sure not to use too much of the wood cleaner or you will be
wiping away the excess for hours. Less is more.
Sprinkle non-scented or scented baking soda* on the carpet and
for 15 minutes or longer depending on your
carpets’ cleanliness. Vacuum the area as usual. If your carpet
is dull, sprinkle table salt on the carpet and let sit for 15 minutes,
and vacuum. Your carpet will have a new sparkle with the salt cleaner.
General Household Cleaner: Clean counters and walls with a mixture
of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Scent the mixture with a couple
of drops of essential oils. Tea tree oil is a great disinfectant.
Deodorizer: Sprinkle non-scented or scented baking soda* on the
bottom of garbage cans to absorb odours and spills. Keeps the container
smelling great until the bag is changed.
Dusting Rag: Wet several rags and let dry until almost dry. The
rags should be slightly damp. Keep the rags in a closed container
for use in the future. These rags are great for picking up dust
particles. You may also use fabric softener sheets for a quick
Air Filters: Place scented or unscented fabric softener sheets
in your air vents. These work wonderfully for capturing air borne
Air Freshener: Keep those windows open to let air circulate through
the home. Place a drop or two of essential oils on your light bulbs.
The heat of the bulb makes the oil release its scent.
Never reuse old plastic commercial containers. Buy new containers
at your hardware center and reuse them.
Scent baking soda by placing 3-5 drops of essential oils in 2
cups of baking soda. Mix well and let air dry before storing for
These cleaners are great to work with because they are environmentally
and people friendly. Always use caution with any cleaners and use