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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Glass Cleaner Wipes

Our kitchen table is about 35 years old and was given to me by my mom when I bought my first home.  I broke the glass top she had made for it and promptly purchased a new one to keep the wood pristine.  I really adore this table but I was getting so tired of constantly…

BBW Body Splash/Fine Fragrance Mist

Since moving to green cleaning, I haven’t purchased any commercial cleaning products other than dishwasher detergent.  I did have a few items left to use up, including air freshener (which I have to say really does come in handy).  When the Febreze ran out, I refused to buy more but was at a loss as to…

Simple as Black and White

For the last few years, I had problems finding and sticking to a skin care regime that worked well for me.  I was breaking out quite a lot IMO, they would last way too long and leave those nasty dark acne marks (mainly because I could not leave them alone and picked like crazy).  I know…

Pipe Cleaner Curls – $0.87

Pipe cleaners… you know those little crafty things small children use to make spiders and other stuff at school?  Turns out those are the best loc curlers ever and they cost a measly 87 cents per pack.  Now that I’ve finally gotten the hang of it, I use them anytime I want a long lasting…

The Pompadour!!!

I am so obsessed with Janelle Monae right now.  And I love love love that she literally ROCKS the “Pomp”.  So naturally I just had to try it on my own locs.  I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do this hairstyle since I recently cut my locs and they are easily 2-4 inches…

Finally trimmed down a little

So anyone who knows me knows that I have never been into long hair.  Even as a permie, I would allow my hair to grow only so long before cutting it almost completely off (think 90’s era Halle or Toni B. style). My napptural style really is no different, EXCEPT that it is too easy…

Rethink, Reuse & Redecorate

Some of us are frugal, some of us are trying to do our part for the environment, some of us want to use things in unique ways, and some of us are ALL OF THE ABOVE.  Whichever you are (or aren’t), you can certainly learn a lot by just trying something new in your home…

Mean Green Cleaning

As promised, following are my tried and true Mean Green Clean “recipes”.  I have found a “green” substitute for everything but my dishes – I have not yet figured out or found a good “recipe” for dish washing liquid or dishwasher detergent.  Everything I have tried leaves some sort of residue on my dishes; but…

You only thought I was all natural…

I have  NOT ONE commercial cleaning product left in our home. Oh wait, I lie…. I do have an industrial sized bottle of Palmolive that I refuse to get rid of because I am “frugal” and just cannot bring myself to waste money on purpose.  Yah, and that bag of 20 LemiShine dishwasher tabs.  Anyhoooo,…