Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Make Your Own Non-Toxic DIY Cleaning Kit

Okay, well... I've got one new way to save money. Not only that, you can be a little healthier and help out the world a little bit. Be DIY and save a few bucks. Here we go.

Baking soda, washing soda, white distilled vinegar, a good liquid soap or detergent, some clean spray bottles, and a couple glass jars.

Recipe #1, Soft Scrubber-

This is easy stuff, okay? Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting (not too hard). Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the dirty surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub and sinks because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit, which always reminds me of the stuff they put in your mouth at the dentist's when they're cleaning. Ick.
Do note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar to keep the concoction moist. Otherwise, just make as much as you need at a time (I'm always cleaning, so keeping a bunch extra works for me).

Recipe #2, Window Cleaner-
Gather up 1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 cups water, and dump it all into a spray bottle. Shake it up like no one's business, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is key; it removes the wax and shit from commercial cheap-o brands that you used in the past (yes, Windex qualifies as cheap-o).

Recipe #3, Oven Cleaner-
Sprinkle water over the bottom of the oven, enough that is covered, but not so much that you've got a half inch flood going on. Cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally albino white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let that shit set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will loosen up. When you have cleaned up the grossest shit, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining gunk from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water, so try that shit again.

Recipe #4, All-Purpose Spray Cleaner-
Combine 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, a dab of liquid soap, and 2 cups hot tap water and shake in a spray bottle until the washing soda has dissolved. Spray and wipe; simple enough.

Recipe #5, Furniture Polish-
Mix 1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax), 1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice in a glass jar. Dip a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely (this shit lasts like, forever; it's great).

Recipe #6, Vinegar Deodorizer-
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. Spray the vinegar on your cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse, let it burn those bacteria overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates quickly (like, within a few hours). If you don't want to let it sit around, just spray and wipe off.

Recipe #7, Tea Tree Mold Murderer-
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I used it all along baseboard and moldy ceiling tiles from a leaking roof, as well as on an old shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes long way. Especially when you're frugal as myself. Before you try this though, do note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate (eventually) in a few days. Mix a cup of water for every teaspoon of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Do not rinse the places you spray for a while.

Recipe #8, Vinegar Spray-
Straight vinegar supposedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you don't feel sick from the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.
One more solution solved, and there's some more money you save to put in the bank!

And that's it; this kit is cheap (or at least cheaper than brands at the store) and is better for you and the environment. Just one more way to save a few bucks.