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Spring Cleaning

April 20, 2018, 12:00 am


Non-Toxic Home

According to estimates by the Clean Water Fund in Washington D.C., the average American uses about 40pounds of toxic household cleaning products—like chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, phosphates, phthalates, petroleum products, and sulfuric acid—each year. These are chemicals that make their way into our waterways and may also linger in our home environment in our air, on our counters and in our clothes.

Make the Switch to Green Cleaning Products

Many companies like Seventh Generation, Ecover, Earth Friendly and Dr. Bronners list all their ingredients and are committed to providing high quality non-toxic products. Check out Oryana’s great selection of natural cleaning products for your home, including a new line of functional, beautiful, and eco-friendly cleaning products by Full Circle

Or Make Your Own Green Cleaners!

It’s simple, safe and inexpensive! By investing in just a few basic ingredients you can clean your entire home from top to bottom.

  • Baking soda is an effective cleanser for sinks, tubs, toilets or ovens.
  • Olive oil and lemon juice work well together as a furniture polish.
  • Vinegar and water or vegetable-based liquid soaps can clean your floors, windows, showers, toys or other surfaces.

Air Fresheners

You can make your own air freshener by placing a few drops of essential oil such as peppermint, lavender or lemon in an open box of baking soda and use as a deodorizer. Or fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar and add 20-30 drops of essential oil. Shake and spray.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

To make a mildly abrasive cleanser, mix together:

1-2/3 cup baking soda with ½-cup liquid soap and ½-cup water. Add  2 tablespoons vinegar at the end and stir until lumps are gone. Pour into a squeeze bottle or flip top container. If mixture is too thick, add more water. Use on bathroom surfaces such as sink, tub, tile, etc.

Floor Cleaner

Fill a 16-oz. squirt bottle with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15-20 drops of your favorite pure essential oil and shake to mix. Squirt directly onto floor and wipe clean with a rag or mop. For especially dirty, greasy floors, you may want to use a liquid detergent on it first. Use for linoleum, tile, polyurethane and finished wood floors.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Mix ½ cup liquid soap and 2 cups baking soda until smooth, then dilute with ¼ cup water. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and ½ teaspoon tea tree oil. Mix and pour into a 22-oz. squirt bottle. Shake well before using.

Kitchen Cleanser

Fill a shaker ½ full with baking soda. Add 15-20 drops of pure essential oil then top it with more baking soda. Using a damp sponge, just shake and clean. Some essential oils contain antimicrobial and antifungal properties along with their natural fragrance.

Soft Scrub Scouring Powder

Mix together ¼-cup baking soda with just enough liquid soap to make a paste. With a damp sponge dip into the paste, scrub surface area and rinse clean.

Furniture Polish

In a 16 oz. spray bottle add 2 teaspoons of light olive oil, 20 drops of pure essential oil of lemon and ¼-cup white distilled vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake well. Spray on a rag or directly on furniture and wipe dry immediately. Test a little on an out of sight area on your piece of furniture first before using.

Remember. . .

When making your own cleaning products, do not mix them with any commercial products! Don’t reuse commercial containers and mix up only what you need to do the job. Label your Green Cleaners properly and even though they are non–toxic, they should be stored out of the reach of children.

How to Make Dairy-Free Creamy Dishes

April 7, 2018, 12:00 am

If you can't eat dairy, there are a number of ways you can still enjoy "creamy" food. Read on...

Rhubarb and Asparagus – Harbingers of the Season

April 6, 2018, 12:00 am

Happy days are here! It’s time for us to dust off the ‘local’ signs in produce because the asparagus and rhubarb has arrived!

Strawberries are Here!

April 5, 2018, 12:00 am

It’s time to celebrate! The strawberries are here, courtesy of Ware Farm in Bear Lake! Strawberries are such a colorful, vibrant, juicy arrival in the store and it’s hard not to gorge on them. Strawberries with shortcake is a traditional way to enjoy the red beauties but I am partial to moist, flavorful pound cake. And, of course, real, lightly-sweetened whipped cream! Joy of joys!

Roasted Vegetables

April 3, 2018, 12:00 am

It's easy to roast vegetables.

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