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    Simplify your (green) cleaning

    Use these 2 green cleaning recipes for everything in your home and save time and money. You’ll never go back spending a mint on the chemical + water concoctions. Super Duty Cleanser (suitable for everything except wood; wood and alcohol are NOT friends) 1-2 capfuls drops of liquid castile soap 1/4 C alcohol 1/4 C hydrogen peroxide 5-10 drops of lemon or peppermint essential oil (optional) Pour the alcohol and peroxide into a large spray bottle and fill (almost to the fill line) with water. Add the castile soap last and shake it up (so you won’t get lots of bubbles). It’s ready to use on practically anything! Spot remover…

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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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    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…