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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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!!

 

 

8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

I have been the lucky recipient of a windfall of cucumbers.  I found this article “refreshing:”

Cucumber water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better.

Click here for all of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.


Source: 8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

We Built a Hoop Coop Chicken Tractor

This month has been a busy one!  Gardening and chickening in addition to fun kids’ activities; I have been behind in video editing/posting.  Who has time?  Hahaha, anyway… here’s our amateur Hoop Coop chicken tractor build :).

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 😀