Green Cleaning Stainless Steel Naturally

Recently I was talking with Michelle the owner of Kitsap Clean, easily the best house cleaning company on Bainbridge Island, about how to clean the stainless steel on my refrigerator. I appreciate that her company only uses natural products to clean with, and was surprised when she suggested I use coconut oil to clean my fridge. Oil? On a fridge? To clean it?

Yes, she said and demonstrated how it works. You don’t just spread a layer of coconut oil on the refrigerator and leave it. Instead, you need to clean the refrigerator door first using whatever product you normally use. Then, spread a light coating of coconut (or olive, if your prefer) oil over the door and rub in it. And then, rub or “buff” it off with a dry cloth.

The results? No more finger prints on my refrigerator! Amazing!

All this talk with Michelle made me realize that I need to read more books on natural cleaning. I’d love to compile some recipes into my next book as well. There are so many great natural cleaning recipes out there. I think I’m going to do some research on this issue. If you, my readers, have any recipes to share please let me know!

A refrigerator that smells like coconuts! Heaven!

Until then, I’ll be enjoying my CLEAN refrigerator, that smells a little like coconuts. Green cleaning can be effective – and it sure smells great too. Thanks again Michelle for the great tips. I look forward to seeing what I can learn in the future in the field of green cleaning recipes.

And if you looking for a great house cleaner in the Kitsap county area, you might want to check out her company as well at KitsapClean.com. They do amazing work! I’ve left a review of them on Yelp and Facebook, and if you want to learn more, you can read my reviews.

Happy New Year Readers!

I look forward to providing you all with some updates in the near future about upcoming publications.


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Homemade Healing Lip Salve Recipe

lip balm recipeNow that the cold weather is on us, I’ve been looking for a lip balm recipe that does not just soothe my lips, but also helps heal them.

I just found a really nice recipe over at WellnessMama that is moisturizing, antibacterial, and antifungal. And it isn’t too strongly scented or colored, so it is great for kids and men as well.

This is a great recipe for those who want to avoid commercial lip balms that rely on chemicals and petroleum products to make their lip balms. Here is the full recipe:

Healing Lip Balm Recipe

Enjoy!


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Homemade Lavender Hand Cream

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This lovely lavender hand cream recipe is wonderful for gardeners and others who need to smooth rough, chapped hands.

It is also an exceptionally easy recipe relying on simple, natural ingredients like beeswax, sweet almond and coconut oils, and lavender essential oil.

You can find the full recipe and instructions on The Happy Housewife blog:

How To Make Homemade Lavender Hand Cream


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Natural Bug Repellant and Sunscreen Recipe

naturalsunscreenSummer is just around the corner, and this year why don’t you try switching from using commercial bug repellants to natural alternatives?

Recently I came across a great recipe at trueearthmama.com for a natural insect repellent that also has sunscreen properties (she says SPF of 24-30). It also uses beeswax, so it has some water repellant qualities as well.

The recipes is pretty straightforward and easy to follow, once you have the ingredients on hand. You can find the complete recipe and instructions here:

Natural Bug Repellant and Sunscreen Recipe


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Make Your Own Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

sugarlipsRight now I’m finishing up research and writing on my soon to be released book on making homemade natural body scrubs and bath salts (publication date is expected to be April 1st!), and I recently came across this lovely recipe for making your own homemade sugar lip scrub from the “On a Wing and a Prayer” website.

Cracked, dry lips are no fun, and if you are suffering from this, try using a gentle, tasty scrub to exfoliate and moisturize your lips. This recipe is exceeding simple to make, and makes a great gift as well. Read the full recipe here:

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub


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How To Take Lavender Cuttings

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Lavender is one of my favorite herbs to have at hand, and fortunately it grows easily in my area. I use lavender for a variety of projects around my home. I love taking fresh lavender baths. I simply throw fresh lavender buds right into the bath wth me, but if you want to avoid having to clean up afterwards (I wait until the next morning!), you can use a teabag to hold the flowers instead.

When I have a headache, or am just feeling stressed, I also stuff my eye pillow with some fresh lavender to help me relax.

You can even cook with lavender. I frequently make my own lavender sugar by putting a cup of sugar in the blender along with a couple of tablespoons of dried lavender buds. When you blend these together, you will end up with sugar that has a light purple tint to it and smells wonderful. It’s great to use in lemonade, cookies or even hot tea.

If you love lavender as well, you should definitely learn how to take cuttings from your favorite variety. Soon you will have more lavender than you know what to do with, and fortunately a lavender plant makes a wonderful gift to give as well.

To learn how to easily take lavender cuttings, I recommend you take a look at this article at GardenersWorld.com. You can read the full post, complete with photos, here:

How To Take Lavender Cuttings


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New Book: Aromatherapy Essentials

Aromatherapy EssentialsI recently completed a new book: “Aromatherapy Essentials.”

This book covers all the basics you need to get started using aromatherapy, and it includes several recipes for aromatherapy blends as well some household cleaner recipes.

It is fairly short, only 27 pages, but full of information and best of all it is free for all my newsletter subscribers.

To get this book, just sign up to my newsletter using the link below. After you confirm the email, you will receive the book immediately by e-mail!

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Create Your Own Natural First Aid Kit

naturalfirstaid

Most of us have a first aid kit to reach for in emergencies, but for those who like to use natural products whenever possible, creating your own natural first aid and illness kit should be a priority.

Recently I found a great article over at Wellness Mama on how to create your own homemade natural aid chest, complete with recommendations for suppliers and a discussion of why certain items are included.

The kit includes a wide range of natural first aid supplies, including activated charcoal (to help treat food poisoning), arnica (for bruising and muscle pain), chamomile, Aloe Vera, epsom saltsĀ  and a wide range of other essential oils and other herbs to treat a wide range of illnesses and accidents.

You can read the full article here:

Natural First Aid & Illness Kit

 


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Natural Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Solution Recipes

naturalcleaningMaking your own homemade cleaning solutions and sprays is easy, and is a great way to reduce the use of potentially unsafe chemical cleaners in your home.

The EPA has recently found that indoor air pollution is a serious problem in many homes, primarily because of the use of household cleaning solutions, and they have recommended consumers consider switching to green cleaning alternatives (see more here).

I recently found a great article at the YummyLife.com that has recipes for four great smelling vinegar cleaning solutions. Vinegar by itself isn’t very pleasant to smell (although it is a very effective natural cleaner). But with ingredients like oranges, lemons and rosemary, these recipes make it a joy to use vinegar when cleaning.

See all four recipes here:

Natural Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Solution Recipes


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How To Make Your Own Toothpaste

Toothpaste-Cinnamon-NutmegMaking your own natural toothpaste makes both environmental and economic sense. When walking down the toothpaste aisle in your local grocery store, you will likely see tons of brands that rely on artifical sweeteners and questionable chemicals.

Even the “natural” brands may have some components to them that aren’t the best choice for your home. However, at Nourishing Joy they have published a wonderful recipes on how to make your own toothpaste that is both effective at cleaning your teeth and completely non-toxic.

Check out the full article here:

How To Make Your Own Cinnamon & Nutmeg Toothpaste


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