"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which all loveliness arises." -Pedro Calderon de la Barca.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Green Homemaking Ideas

Not much exciting happened this weekend to write about, so I decided to give you some of my green house-keeping hints and participate in 11th Heaven's Homemaker Monday.   (I love her blog! She always has the best recipes!)


Some things I do:

  • Make my own cleaning products!  Cheaper, easier, greener, (and did I mention cheaper?)  So far I make my own laundry detergent, glass/general purpose cleaner, tub scrub.   I haven't perfected an automatic dishwashing soap yet.  I use either Seventh Generation or try and find the lowest phosphorus content brand at the grocery store.   Does anyone have a good recipe?  Also, I can't figure out what to use on the hardwoods that is all-natural and not store-bought.  Now I use Method's Good for Wood, supposed to be natural but the smell bothers my hubby to no end.  (It is pretty strong smelling.)   I am saving SO much money on laundry detergent alone.  One bottle of my old standby, All Free, costs the same as the ten or so I get from this recipe!  I use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach in the whites.  (Safer and cheaper!) The other recipes are cheap too, just buy big bags and bottles of rubbing alcohol, borax, baking soda at discount stores and you'll be set!   Pure rubbing alcohol works wonders on stainless steel!
  • Compost!  (I've composted for a long time, but starting to get more serious.  My honey bought a cool rotating composter last summer and we've been composting more- all table scraps, leftovers (with no meat,) bread that is moldy, egg shells, peelings, leaf cuttings, yard waste...  I am hoping I get something good out of the composter this spring! (It's getting very full!)
  •  Recycle!  We are lucky.  Our town has curbside recycling for almost everything.  (paper, plastics up to #7, aluminum, tin, cardboard, even yard waste!)  Makes life easier.   Also recycle all those things you don't use anymore or the kids have grown out of by donating them to your favorite local charity!  
  •  Eliminate the unnecessaries!  We don't buy paper towels (although before I party I have been known to get a roll or two, and just found a new brand that is 100% recycled.)  We use rags instead.  Don't buy paper napkins either (cloth are prettier anyway!)  Do you really need all those new dust gadgets they keep coming out with?  A good microfiber cloth is nice though, I must admit. 
If you have any good tips, please comment and leave them for us! 
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