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:



 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:


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


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:


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.


Done with snow!

Maya Angelou told it like it is! I am so sick of snow and ready for Spring.  I have my seed starting flats out and went through two bags of starting mix already! Being I am in Zone 5b, I have PURPLE peas and tomatoes and peppers growing downstairs under awesome grow lights.  I am READY!




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)

Our Pumpkin Contest Entry

After waiting so long for our seeds, we did nothing special, just threw them in the organic soil that’s fertilized with organic guinea pig “beans” (yes, our cavies eat organic) and added water and love! So far, two weeks later, we had 10/12 sprout in Zone 5, update uploaded soon!
Thanks to:
Road to the Farm:

Life In Farmland:

BlueGrassBound Homestead :

Good luck to all from Noble Homestead!


Picking Flowers for Violet Syrup and a Tick Rant

A sea of violets…  I was so thrilled to realize my whole back yard is edible!  I’ll be playing with a dandelion recipe soon.  This didn’t keep me from being careful.  We have guinea hens on order, and are working on fencing in the back yard.  In the meantime, it’s leggings and boots for me.  I’m SICK of ticks!