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The Minimalist’s Housecleaning Recipes

For me, mix-at-home cleaners are all about using the least number of products and ingredients, whether it’s synthetic, natural, or somewhere in between. I do not use natural soap, lemon juice, cream of tartar, club soda, or many food stuffs that you might come across in ‘natural’ or ‘green’ cleaning recipes. Oftentimes, you can usually […]

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How Your Water Affects Your Homemade Cleaning Recipes – What Works, What Doesn’t, And Where to Find Useful Information

As you’re thinking about mixing your own cleaners, I bet you’re finding that the internet is overloaded with homemade recipes. Trying to make sense of all the recipe variations is just as, if not more confusing than reading and deciphering commercial product labels. The confusion is enough to shy anyone away from making their own […]

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Soil and Stain Removal Basics

Many people don’t realize that detergents (surfactants), either full strength or diluted as in the homemade all-purpose cleaner, are all that’s needed to remove many common household stains like food, dirt, and grass. Whether you are dealing with clothing, carpet, upholstery, or any surface throughout your house for that matter, it is better to start […]

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Homemade Household Cleaners – The Basics and My Top 3 List

First and foremost, I make my own household cleaners to save money and reduce the amount of products we use. Most of them are redundant anyways, just the same basic ingredients in different proportions, packaged and marketed differently. My must-have list is surprisingly short: vinegar baking soda chlorine-free laundry detergent – surfactants Unlike many homemade […]

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Microbes: Conclusion and My Personal Opinions – Part IV

Posts in this series on microbes: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV And now, I’m going to explain why I brought up the subject of microbes. A large portion of my posts are dedicated to homemade, do-it-yourself crafts and necessities. I do it mostly to save money without sacrificing quality, the trade-off being […]

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Microbes: Resistance Happens! Part II.

We hear a lot about the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. The medical community has done well in informing both medical health professionals AND patients. We know that the misuse and overuse of antibiotics lead to drug resistance and newer drugs must be developed to keep up. But what about non-medical, everyday cleaning products? Like […]

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Sun-dried Laundry: Another Reason to Love the Sun

Oh I just love the smell of fresh sun-dried laundry! After years of using a rope concoction in my backyard, I finally broke down and bought a rotary clothesline. I’ve used it for about six months now and I’m happy to report that I’m very pleased with it. After researching all the brands from the […]

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Easy Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent with Soap Nuts

Traditionally, homemade laundry detergent involves at least two steps: (1) grating soap and (2a) either running it through a food processor to make it fine enough to use in powder form or (2b) melt it with water on the stove top to be used in liquid form. An easier alternative that’s also 100% natural is […]

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