The Green Life

When I got married, I literally became Mrs. Green AND started going green!  The Green Life is full of ideas for keeping home naturally beautiful, <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/simplify-your-green-cleaning/">clean, & fresh</a> using non-toxic solutions.  I include ingredients & <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/natural-air-freshener/">recipes for the home</a> & <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/one-room-challenge-week-2-building-garden/">garden</a>, as well as personal care for the body & hair.

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    Locs – The Good, The Bad, and The (not so) Ugly

    We naturalistas are all used to seeing videos and tutorials of our peers rocking FIERCE styles with their locs and ‘fros.  THIS is NOT that…. THIS is me showing that I am not afraid to show the (not so) ugly side of my loc’ed life.  THIS is me declaring that we don’t always have to do elaborate styles to rock our locs.  And that sometimes we have to do things for a specific purpose.  In this case, I needed to wash my hair but was not ready to retwist.  I also needed it to dry pretty quickly since I don’t use any heat and it’s not good to sleep with wet…

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    Top 5 reasons I LOVE pipe cleaner curls

    It’s no secret that I love wearing my locs curled.  I have used every kind of curl method I can think of including perm rods, foam curlers, bone rollers (you know, the inside part of sponge rollers), paper bags rollers, foil rollers, and (bantu) knot curls.  But my all time fave is pipe cleaner curls!  These things are all the rage in locs it seems, and with good reason… they are the best and here are MY top 5 reasons why: They are cheap. The curls last FORever.  I literally have to wash them out! Since the curls last and last and last, I can style them to death until my…

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    The Power of Peroxide

    In my Mean Green Cleaning post, I listed 3% hydrogen peroxide as a strong (but gentle) stain remover for the off chance that the all purpose cleaner did not fully work.  This post is dedicated to the power of peroxide.  (Mouse over the pics for a description.) ***** DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS test peroxide in an inconspicuous area first.  You may also have to “rinse” the area with a little water (use a squirt bottle) after using the peroxide.  And last but not least, DO NOT douse your carpet (with any liquid).  For me, the trick to this working is to use a very light sprinkling or misting of peroxide and repeat…

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    NATURALLY Fresh

    In a previous post, I wrote about how great our home smelled after I accidentally left a dish of baking soda with peppermint EO sitting out over the weekend.  After that, I decided that I want to keep this natural air freshener out ALL the time.  The problem is was how in the world can I make a dish of baking soda look like it belongs?!  No dish could make baking soda attractive.  Wellll… I think I found my solution and here it is… This dish is pretty plain but white can be made to go with anything.  I chose this one because it’s the only dish I don’t actually…

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    Hand Soap Experiment

    I was going through the house filling up the soap dispensers yesterday and ran out of this industrial sized Shea butter soap that I’d bought a few months ago.  It was so super cheap that I had no choice but to buy it and I actually liked it a lot because it cleaned well and felt moisturizing.  But since it has the typical sulfates (no es bueno)  and lye (which all soap has in some form or other) in it, I’m pretty sure it’s not really all that great.  Well that PLUS the fact that Shea butter isn’t even on the ingredients list! So today I decided to make my…

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    A Word of Caution About Vinegar and Castile Soap

    Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap and vinegar can clean an entire house. They are effective, versatile, biodegradable, and non-toxic. But the sole point of this post is to emphasize that these two should not be mixed directly. This is true for the castile soap and any acid – any vinegar or lemon juice. via A Word of Caution About Vinegar and Castile Soap.

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    No more spiders, please!

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, ever since seeing it on One Good Thing By Jillee.  For some reason, we have pesky little spiders finding their way into the house.  I HATE SPIDERS.  When we used to get the house exterminated every 3 months, we were told that although the solution used works on spiders the services are not guaranteed as they are for other pests.  This, we were told, is because only their legs ever touch surfaces so whether they will be killed is hit or miss.  No es bueno. I’d already done the typical due diligence of vacuuming EVERY crack, crevice, window, dark spot and…

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    Peppermint Air Freshener

    I think I may be obsessed with the smell of our home because here I am posting about it again!  This time I am raving about the wonders of baking soda and essential oils.  Last week I went EO shopping and came home with lemon, orange, (both to add to my cleaning arsenal) and peppermint (to try out for all natural pest control). I already had a dish of baking soda on the table that I’d left out after dinner one night; I added a few drops of the peppermint oil to it just to see if I’d like it. The next day we were headed out of town to…

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    What’s that smell?

    In a previous post, I talked about homemade air freshener to eliminate, not cover up, lingering odors.  That method works really well for freshening up on the spot, but of course I am always looking for ways to make my life more efficient. I cook everyday – at least once, but usually 2 or more times.  That means my home smells like food everyday;  NOT cakes and cookies (if it was I wouldn’t need air freshener), but meat and veggies.  The other day, after cleaning the morning dishes, I sprayed the house with the DIY air freshener and set out a small bowl of baking soda.  At the time I was thinking…

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    DIY Dishwasher Detergent without Borax!

    DIY Dishwasher Detergent without Borax! Dishwasher detergent was the last item that I just could not get right. I have tried so many different combinations of the same products and tried different recipes from others as well. For some reason I always ended up with residue on my dishes. BUT, I made a very small batch of this (using lemon Kool-Aid instead of LemiShine) and IT WORKED! I am finally completely DONE with commercial (i.e. toxic) cleaners!  YAY! <Editted>  Well apparently neither my dishwasher nor my dishes did not like something.  After a couple of rounds in the machine, my dishes were not happily clean.  I guess the first time…