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Spring Cleaning – Natural Recipes

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Among the many jobs I took to support myself as a fledging actor/yoga teacher was “natural house cleaner”. Needless to say the job was short-lived, but the skills I learned were priceless. Avoiding super processed home cleaning products is easy, definitely cheaper, as long as you are willing to put elbow grease into your weekly regime.

NATURAL HOUSE CLEANER– good for kitchen & bathroomRosemary

Mix in a spray bottle: one part white vinegar + one part distilled water + 5-15 drops eucalyptus, citrus, lemongrass, rosemary or tea tree oil.

I prefer lemon + eucalyptus for the kitchen, and tea tree + sweet orange for bathroom. Lavender & Tea Tree have potent antibacterial qualities. The white vinegar (5% acetic acid) will denatures the cell walls of bacteria and viruses (as well as most types of salmonella, but not all).

BATHROOM CLEANING:

Sprinkle baking soda in sink, tub/shower and in toilet. Spray with pre-mixed cleaner & let stand for 5-10 minutes. Scrub vigorously and rinse.

Baking soda has naturally antibacterial properties and kills many germs/bacteria.

DRAIN CLEANER:

Pour baking soda + apple cider vinegar down the offending pipe, let sizzle for 10-15 minutes and repeat if necessary. Much less toxic then other options.

WINDOW/MIRROR CLEANER:

Spray or sprinkle seltzer water + newspaper + elbow grease for a streak free, clean reflective surface.

These are just a few that are tried and true for me. Here is another resource if you want to go deeper into the realm of natural household cleaners.

The new green is no green

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I have been an environmental activist since I was nine years old.  I remember writing articles for the elementary school newspaper and letters to my senators and congresspeople about my passion for saving the world– inquiring about their future plans. Looking back I am surprised that I knew who my senators were.  I desperately wanted change everyone around me to save water, save the air, save the dolphins. As I grew older I grew disillusioned with these tactics, then I heard a story.  The gist was a man tried to change the world in every way he could think of and eventually on his death bed he realized he should have started with himself and his actions were really the only thing he could control.  As I look at how the “fad” of green as the new black is taking over the media and the Lorax is approving SUVs and diapers– there is no better time to closely look how I can more harmoniously live with the world around me. Here are some steps I have found helpful:

  • the new green is no green: pick one day a week to not spend any money
  • support local: at leasr once a week, consciously choose to spend money at local establishment 
  • compost!
  • be creative: reuse, reduce, recycle or give away
  • plant seeds: grow your own food! up until the 1950’s Americans grew 25% of everything they ate in their own backyards

What does being green mean to you?