Showing posts with label natural cleaning.
Showing posts with label natural cleaning.
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30 August 2012

Have you ever wondered how to light a hard to reach candle when you don't have any long matches? Or how to keep your picture frames from rubbing against the wall for less than a dollar? Do you know how to freeze eggs? Even better, do you know how to shine your pans with a natural, earth-friendly ingredient?

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Head on over to the to read 101 tips on how to reuse, recycle and be frugal in everything you do!

Do you have a special frugal tip of your own? Share it with us in the comments!

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04 June 2012

It happened again. The drains are clogged. The problem we have is that our drains are all connected - kitchen, bathroom sink, bathroom drain... so if any given one gets clogged down go all. To cut a long story short we have to find an eco-friendly way to unclog our drains because let's face it - even though there is a great number of lye-based drain cleaners, these toxic products can damage not only the pipes and our lungs but will also add to the amount of toxic chemicals already floating in the ocean.

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I found a on Green Living Ideas, which turned out to be the most effective solution ever! If you have followed the Kanelstrand blog long enough you wouldn't be surprised to see baking soda and vinegar in the recipe!

Baking soda and vinegar are natural, non-toxic ingredients posing no health dangers while unclogging drains. They are preferable to the sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye, found in most drain cleaners.

When baking soda (base) is combined with vinegar (acid), they form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate. This presents as the bubbles scrubbing the drain’s insides. These natural, non-toxic ingredients get flushed further down ensuring a clog-free drain.

Now, on to the actual drain cleaner.

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water
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  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, making sure that it makes it down the drain.
  2. Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda mixed with boiling water will dissolve the sludge and gunk in the pipe.
  3. After a few minutes pour the second cup of baking soda then add 1 cup of white vinegar and plug the drain immediately. There will be foaming and bubbles and you will hear some sizzling from the drain.
  4. When things get calmer, add the remaining boiling water down the drain.
  5. Repeat this process if necessary.

If the drain remains clogged, on Green Living Ideas.

A monthly treatment helps prevent future clogs. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drains followed by boiling water.

How have you been dealing with clogged drains?

02 April 2012

There is a bottle of vinegar in every kitchen. Apart from using it for cooking, you can employ it in your daily cleaning routines and finally get rid of the expensive and toxic cleaning agents that are being sold on the market.

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The acidity of vinegar makes it the perfect cleaning and cosmetic agent and can even be used for treating hiccups, dandruff and warts. Given its versatility, vinegar can replace a number of household items.

Here is a list of great and unexpected uses of vinegar: 
  1. Unclog drains. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 2 cups of boiling vinegar. Follow that by hot water from your faucet for about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove mold. l - a stopa wigs in ky
  3. Let your windows shine. Mix one cup of water with 4 soup spoons of vinegar and spray on the window. Wipe with a newspaper - you will get immaculately clean windows!
  4. Clean food-stained dishes. Soak them in a mixture of water and vinegar for half an hour. Rinse and wash with hot water and dish soap.
  5. Eliminate odors and stains. long black curly wig women0
  6. Disinfect your dishwasher.curly hair wigs amazon7
  7. Remove a sticky label.curly hair wigs amazon9
  8. Clean brass and copper. Make a light paste of vinegar and table salt, which you can use to clean brass and copper with.
  9. Clean up candle wax. If there is candle wax onto your wood table, use a blow dryer and vinegar to remove it. Heat up the wax with a blow dryer and use a paper towel to dab up as much of the hot wax as you can. Then, with a cloth soaked in equal parts water and vinegar, wipe up the remaining wax.
  10. Remove wrinkles.long black curly wig women2
  11. Clean your eye glasses. Vinegar can easily cut through oil-based stains. Place a drop of vinegar each to the lenses of your glasses. Wipe the stains away with an eyeglass cleaner.
  12. Use it as conditioner. Dilute a soup spoon of vinegar in a glass of water and apply to your washed hair. It will make it soft and shiny.
  13. Fight acne. Vinegar not only clears up a breakout, it can even reduce acne scarring. And it’s great for lightening age spots or other discoloration.
  14. Treat sunburn. Rub a small amount of vinegar on the sunburnt areas. The redness will slightly fade, and so will the itching.
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Do you know a particularly good use for vinegar that I haven't mentioned? Do tell us in the comments!

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03 November 2011

Baking soda is easy to use, versatile, and as far as I am concerned, it is the greenest cleaning agent! It can help sanitize nearly anything that comes to mind. Oh, and did I mention that you can cleanse your body with it as well?

In May I pronounced baking soda my personal because I learned that apart from using it around the home, I could wash my hair with it! Here I am, 5 months after I went shampooless, still happily washing my hair with soda.

Edit: Since I wrote this post in 2011 I have learned the hard way that baking soda is extremely detrimental to hair. You can read a very thorough article with my findings, called and see for yourself. I do not recommend anyone to ever wash their hair with baking soda.

All of the tips you are about to read have been collected through the years and have been tested vigorously. What is more, they are environmentally friendly, which will save you any doubts associated with using harmful chemicals. Some of the applications of baking soda might come as a surprise to you but rest assured - they really work!


1. Clean your oven – use baking soda to sprinkle generously the oven floor and then spray it with water. Wipe out after several hours and rinse with vinegar.
2. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 4 cups of warm water to wash your microwave oven - boil the mixture in a microwave safe cup for a few minutes. Once the inside walls of the microwave get damp, clean them with a cloth. The soda will also remove any odors.
3. Take the dried crud off your dishes by letting it sit covered with baking soda, after you have rinsed them in warm soapy water.
4. Treat your cups to a warm baking soda bath to remove coffee or tea stains.
5. To boost your dishwashers efficiency and to decrease the smells, add a dash of baking soda.
6. You can clean and remove odors from your cutting board with the help of a sponge and a paste of baking soda and water.
7. When washing your fruits and vegetables, replace the store-bought spray with a few tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of cool water. Soak the fruits or vegetables for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse or wipe them with a sponge and a small amount of baking soda.
8. Soak dried beans in a baking soda solution to make them more digestible. 
9. Clean your refrigerator with the help of a thick paste of soda and water. Not only will you remove food stains but odor as well.
10. Place an open box of soda in your fridge or freezer to let it absorb the odors. Replace every 3 months.
11. To unclog your drain try pouring 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Wait 10 – 15 minutes before flushing the drain with hot water. You can repeat this process a few times if it is necessary.
12. If you sprinkle a bit of soda on the bottom of your trash container you will get rid of the unpleasant smells.


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13. To absorb the odor from your shoes, pour 3- 5 tablespoons of baking soda into scrap tissue paper or a paper coffee filter, tie it up and put it in for a few hours.
14. Put your old books in a sealed container with baking soda for several hours to remove their musty smell. It is a tried method of used-book sellers. The baking soda will leave the books less malodorous.
15. Replace a tub of spackle and fill a small hole in plaster or drywall with a stiff paste of baking soda and white toothpaste. Once it hardens, nobody will be able to tell the difference.
16. Baking soda is the perfect way to polish silver, stainless steel and chrome without any toxins. Put some soda on a damp cloth and polish away!
17. You can remove oil, grease and wine stains from carpets and different types of fabrics with the help of a little sprinkled soda, left to work for a few hours and brushed off. If necessary, you can rub again with a paste of soda and water.
18. Another way to clean carpets and rugs and remove odor is to sprinkle a bit of baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes before you vacuum.  
19. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls by making a paste of soda and water. Apply with a soft cloth.


20. To get odorless, sparkling white clothes, add half a cup of baking soda to the liquid detergent you put in your washing machine.
21. Baking soda can also replace the fabric softener. Add half a cup to the rinse cycle and you will be surprised by the softness – much better for sensitive skin!
22. Put some soda on an old toothbrush to rub canvas handbags clean.


23. Give your furry pet a dry bath by sprinkling baking soda on its fur and rubbing it well. Brush off after a few minutes.
24. With a dash of baking soda in your cat's litter box you will get rid of any extra odors.


25. You can use baking soda as an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells, which can be discolored from hyper-pigmentation and scarring.
26. Brush your teeth with baking soda to whiten them. Since it is abrasive and might hurt your gums, do not overdo your brushing.
27. Wash your hair with a handful of baking soda diluted in half a cup of water. Rinse with vinegar instead of conditioner.
Edit: Do not ever wash your hair with baking soda unless you want to destroy it. Read more here: .
28. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in hot water to clean your hairbrushes.
29. Baking soda is the perfect helper against heartburn, gas or other stomach issues because it can neutralize acid. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. You will quickly feel relieved.
30. To dry out a pimple or to spot-treat acne, prepare a thick paste of soda and water and apply.
31. Ease sunburnt skin by mixing 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of yogurt and applying the mixture to the affected zones. Your skin will quickly cool off and you will not fell pain. If your entire body is red, take a warm bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda.


32. Dip a wet sponge in baking soda to clean the dirt on your plastic outdoor chairs and tables.
33. Melt the ice on your sidewalk in an eco-friendly manner, by sprinkling generously with baking soda and adding just a bit of sand. bob ross wore a wig
34. If you want to get rid of the weeds growing in the cracks of of your sidewalk, sprinkle the cracks with baking soda and sweep the soda into the cracks with a broom.
35. To clean the hazy headlights of your car, or to quickly get rid of splattered insects, scrub gently with a thick paste of baking soda and water.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it is both eco-friendly and pocket-friendly! You can do all these things for a very small cost and still be green! Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not. 

What are your favorite uses of baking soda?

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