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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2007 01:18:25 PM »

Cleaning product "recipes" would interest me too, I tend to use a lot of boiling water and bicarbonate of soda  Grin

Vinegar! That's the best stuff - vinegar and bicarbonate will get baked on stuff off your dishes (sprinkle the bicarbonate on the crusty stuff first, then gently pour the vinegar on and watch it fizz), and white vinegar added to your rinse cycle will get rid of sweaty smells of your blokes work clothes! Also works great for cleaning windows. I always have loads of vinegar in.  Wink Gargle with the stuff if you have a sore throat - it's anti-bacterial. If you use apple vinegar and honey, you can sip it and it really works well.  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2007 01:50:43 PM »

My Gran used to force raspberry vinegar down us as kids when we had sore throats <<shudders>>
Yeh, I use vinegar and lemon juice too  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2007 05:28:42 AM »

Man I have a few links on eco friendly cleaning but I'm not on my log in right now. Anyways this is the laundry detergent recipe I make, the recipe is for 2 gallons but I modify it and make 1 instead

1 cup soap flakes (I grate up Ivory soap)
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup 20 mule team borax

Mix soap flakes in a pan with 3 pints of water over medium heat until it all dissolves (around 3-5 minutes). Stir in washing soda and borax. Mix until everything thickens, another 3 minutes or so. Remove from heat. Put 1 quart of hot water in a 2 gallon bucket then add the soap mix you just made. Mix well. Fill the rest of the bucket with cold water. Stir (or shake) until well blended.

As the mixture cools it will separate. Before each use mix well. Use 1/2 cup for each load or more for extra dirty loads.

I've been using this for almost a year now and don't have any complaints. It doesn't have any real scent though, so if you like that sort of thing you may not like this recipe.

For the rest of the house I use baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. I've never seen my bathroom so sparkly like the first time I used baking soda.

Here's a good link on things around the house to clean with http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2007 12:59:31 AM »

This is a wonderful idea.  I'm joining late, but I really like the eco friendly cleaning idea.  I will compose a book of little tips and such myself. 

Also another thing to think about is eco friendly gardening.  As for recycling materials for crafts, please share all ideas.  I love seeing what people come up with.  I'll share my ideas too.
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2007 02:00:03 PM »

I'm all about it.  I just joined today and found this site.  I'm making one of the swiffer covers as soon as I get a round to it. 

Use vinegar in your dishwasher instead of jet dry.  Works like a charm and doesn't smell!
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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2007 07:53:04 PM »

Also another thing to think about is eco friendly gardening.

I recommend a book called Weedless Gardening by Reich, which teaches methods for gardening with minimal disruption to the natural layers of soil.  Also a catalog called 'Gardens Alive' where you can order green lacewings and praying mantis to protect your veggies.

My own odd tip?  Bulk buy chili powder and sprinkle a heavy border around your plants to descourage wild snackers.  Also works well under cars to keep unwanted tenants from making an apartment of your engine block....

My current eco-project is using old newpapers as a weed barrier! (See book listed above.) So far it is working wonderfully well. 4 layers of paper with compost on top --weed roots from below starve due to darkness, but the seedlings I plant on the paper can put down roots just fine! No weed killers needed!  Smiley

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« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2007 08:13:45 PM »

I'm definately gonna jump right into this. I love doing eco-friendly everythings. I'm currently hunting down canvas to make my own grocery totes, I'm going to stencil various slogans on them.
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2007 12:15:24 AM »

Also another thing to think about is eco friendly gardening.

I recommend a book called Weedless Gardening by Reich, which teaches methods for gardening with minimal disruption to the natural layers of soil.  Also a catalog called 'Gardens Alive' where you can order green lacewings and praying mantis to protect your veggies.

My own odd tip?  Bulk buy chili powder and sprinkle a heavy boarder around your plants to descourage wild snackers.  Also works well under cars to keep unwanted tenants from making an apartment of your engine block....

My current eco-project is using old newpapers as a weed barrier! (See book listed above.) So far it is working wonderfully well. 4 layers of paper with compost on top --weed roots from below starve due to darkness, but the seedlings I plant on the paper can put down roots just fine! No weed killers needed!  Smiley



THANKS!  This is my first year with my garden and I've already made so many mistakes, I'm so glad to hear about good sources of information!
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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2007 06:58:19 AM »

another book that recomends useing newspaper as a starting block to gardening is called Lasagna Gardening you start out with your layers of newspaper, then on top put all your compost, mulch, rocks (for filtration), leaves, grass clipping, really anything organic, let the mound incubat for a couple days then just push a side the layers to plant your plants. your garden will vitrually have no weeds and no back breaking work because theres no digging.   Grin Cool
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« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2007 09:27:58 AM »

Oh, Id love to join this CAL in June. This is a wonderful idea for a CAL. If anyone needs a pattern for a bag or grocery tote, I have several free patterns at my website. The link to my patterns page is http://www.myrecycledbags.com/my-pattern-links/
where there are patterns for crocheted and knitted bags using plastic bags and other recycled materials.

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