It’s Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Do something great for the earth today.  Plant a tree, walk instead of drive or try to change just one thing in your home that will be positive for the planet and yourself.  One small thing we have started doing in our house is to use Re-Usable Dryer sheets instead of your regular throw-away sheets.  It reduces waste and it is one more way to keep harsh chemicals off of you and your family’s clothes and bodies. 

Let me know what you are doing for the earth today.

Green Cleaning – Disinfectant

As you probably know the products we use to clean our homes can agitate allergies and asthma.  Here are a few recipies I found from Annie B. Bond.com that you can use to create a safe disinfectant for your home:

#1: Straight white distilled vinegar. By far the easiest and the cheapest solution, put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray straight onto the area of concern. Don’t rinse. The smell will dissipate in a few days. Why the the white distilled? Organic apple cider vinegar will be fine, too, but it could stain.

#2: Straight white distilled vinegar with a few drops of lavender essential oil. I recommend this formula for those who don’t like the smell of vinegar. The drops of lavender mellow the smell considerably, and they also provide some antibacterial qualities of their own.

#3: The most ambitious formula but also the most fun, make the famous Vinegar of the Four Thieves, made famous during the Black Plauge when a family of perfumers used it to rob the dead, knowing that the antiseptic herbs would protect them from the germs. To make it place a small handful each of lavender, rosemary, sage, rue and mint in a large jar, and cover completely with organic apple cider vinegar. Cover tightly and set for six weeks. Strain into a spray bottle.