Since I started this blog I must say that I feel much more educated in certain parts of my life. For instance I think that I write much gudder, ahaha I am teasing I know I do not write gud at all :) (oh my super awesome and not at all lame sense of humor never fails). Anyway I do feel that I am a bit more wise when it comes to trying to keep certain chemicals out of our house and in turn out of other areas that do not need chemicals. So here are my latest ways to clean house without chemicals.
1. Vinegar (white). I know we have already discussed this wonderful product here before but some recent events have brought it back into the spotlight. I cannot cook, I try, but I generally fail. My family has come to believe that all foods are not cooked unless they are completely blackened, as I have a tendency to burn stuff. Anyway I burned a pot the other night, will not get into what I was doing or what burned (all too embarrassing) but it did. I thought the pot was ruined. I soaked in in soapy water, I scrubbed, and I then gave up and figured I would have to get a new pot. Until I read online about soaking in in vinegar. So I thought what the heck I will give it a try. And omg the pot has never been so shiney. All the burnt charcoal I had thought would never come off, did. All I did was soak and rinse that bad boy. So all I have to say is thank you vinegar.
2. Still on this white vinegar kick. So not sure if anyone else has been reading about how bad fabric softener is because of the many toxic chemicals. I hate that it is bad because I do love soft and nice smelling clothes, but hate poison. So as I have done before I went back to vinegar. It is a great fabric softener. And the smell does not stay on the clothes, so I do lose that nice smell, but everything is super soft and I love that. Plus vinegar is so cheap, much cheaper than fabric softener (and it is good on fish and chips, again I kid that is a different vinegar, talking about white vinegar here not delicious malt).
3. Now besides burning everything beyond recognition that I try to cook I also have a problem killing all the green plants I try to grow in the garden. Not all the time but a good portion of the time my plants die. What I can grow is weeds (haha not weed silly, weeds like dandelions etc.). Anyway I had seen online about boiling water being used as a way to kill weeds, and guess what they were not wrong (someone was doing their homework), because it really works. Just pour some boiling water on the weeds, hopefully they are not in or around any plants or grass you want to keep, and bam they are gone. It took less time to get rid of the weeds than chemicals did, it is much safer, and once again it is way cheaper. So look out weeds I have the kettle boiling a lot more. There are a few other chemical free methods of getting rid of weeds on the site daily green (http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/boiling-water-weed-killer#fbIndex2).
Anyway that should do it for me today. Well I do have one more thing, I was recently given the opportunity to write a guest post on the awesome site Planet Save (http://planetsave.com/2012/07/31/leftover-love/, yes more shameless self promotion so kill me). Of course I wrote about Leftover Love. But there was a comment left about the post that I found very interesting. It was about how the person did not think humanity was worth saving, because the planet would survive without homo sapien sapiens running around messing it up. While the latter part may be true, while we are here I don't want to suffer. I do not want others to suffer, and I do not want the planet to suffer. It may all be for selfish reasons that I want to try and save the planet and the people, animals, and all the other good stuff too, but they are still valid reasons. I do think it is worthwhile and so I say to everyone, please try and make it a green day, if not for you, then do it for me and the rest of the world that does not want to breathe in smog or drink (if they are lucky enough to have access to water) polluted water. Doesn't take much.
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How do you use the vinegar for the fabric softener? Do you mean you add it to the washing machine? (I did not know there was a difference with malt and white vinegar. I thought white vinegar was used on chips too!)
I did get your email. Have been going through email today trying to find it. That must have been weeks ago when I saw it. I would love to put it up as a guest post on my blog. I just need to find the email. I think it's just a few more pages back. Will most likey put it up next week, if that's ok? Don't let me forget. Feel free to remind me if I don't get back with you by the beginning of next week!
Love this post. I need to use vinegar more. Baking soda works well too, but not the two together, unless you want a small explosion.
Yes I just add the vinegar directly at the start of the wash. We soak our cloth diapers in it so those I do not add any extra. But it works great.Delete