Cleaning Nontoxically – Vinegar For Tile Floors

We moved into a new place in July of last year that was anything but new.  The floors were so grimy that we gave them a quick once-over and continued moving in.  The one in our bathroom was RIDICULOUS.  Being that it wasn’t the one used often, we let it go and covered it with a rug.  *I* knew what was under there… and it bugged me.  Well, yesterday was THE DAY!  I decided to tackle it, and also to see which would work better, nontoxic white vinegar or the toxic Multi-surface Cleaner on which I had previously relied.

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I cleaned one tile with the vinegar, diluted by half water.  A mop and then a scrubbing sponge didn’t cut it, so I broke out the BIG GUNS, my RIGHT HAND MAN:

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 THIS is the GUY for me!! 

I got one square scrubbed with the vinegar.  It DID take some effort! This is what it looked like:

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THIS was exciting!  I grabbed the Scrubbing bubbles and did another:

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The one on the left was cleaned with the vinegar, the one on the right, with the toxic cleaner! The left was much easier to clean.  I have NO IDEA what the stuck-on film was all over our floor, but I would guess it was a buildup of hairspray from an extended time!

The kids thought it looked like fun:

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I wouldn’t have let them clean with the TOXIC Scrubbing bubbles. They and I had a great time cleaning, and it looked fantastic when we finished!

THINK about what you are cleaning with.  It goes down the drain, and into our Earth.

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Spring Fever and the Potting Shed

Take a peek inside the potting shed!! I will be planting LOTS of seeds this year.  I had gotten a HUGE seed lot a few years back:

 

So it’s going to be very handy this year, when times are lean and I couldn’t afford to buy anything!

I started some seeds downstairs in my growroom, and some are in the kitchen:

Come on, Spring!

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And the rest are in the downstairs grow room, which seriously needs attention, but the DOOR is cute 🙂

 

Pine Cone Bird Feeders – Ecological, Fun, Responsible, Sustainable

Spring is coming and the birds are going to need to reenergize.  Here’s how you can help!

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Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea? I learned about it on YouTube, through Off Grid with Doug & Stacy . I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea

The Emotional Roller Coaster of My New Chicken Ownership

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I have wanted to have chickens forever.  So we moved to a place where we could:

 

After moving in and getting the garden going, we got the chicks, two guinea keets and four barred rocks.

 

Then we got two more guinea keets and four Easter Eggers (they lay colored eggs!):

 

We built a “Hoop Coop”

 

And learned all about our fowl:

 

THEN I got the cookies scared out of me:

And in the same day, learned how much I love my chickens!

 

So this is where I am with it now:

 

What ways do you keep your chickens safe when they are running around? I have also learned from a fellow homesteader that hawks are deterred by crows, so at Halloween I will be stocking up on life-size decoys!!

 

 

Repurposing with Purpose: Frankenclothes!

This is what I do with Olivia’s brother’s hand-me-downs and cheap sheets I buy at “Sal’s Fifth Ave,” or the thrift store, as we know it. We show off a couple of the many mad-scientist wearables 😀