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Green with… cleanliness?

The kitchen sink is now in fine working order and (as promised) I am posting pictures of the cleaned out underworld of the chemical cabinet.

New and Improved: under the sink

See? Not so bad now. I’ve also added the cleaning kit (which was once kept in the linen closet since there didn’t appear to be space under the sink). My cleaning kit:

  • two toothbrushes
  • one scrubby pad
  • cloth rags
  • a shaker-bottle of baking soda (which I refill from the bulk supply of baking soda)
  • Simple Green, a non-toxic cleaner
  • Basic-H and Basic-H sprayer (water with Basic-H mixed in)
  • homemade furniture polish (½ tsp olive or jojoba oil, ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice)
  • pot scrubber

Green Cleaning Kit

I fill our sprayer bottles with my own cleaning concoctions. Some of the sprayers came from friends and some were salvaged from church kitchens (you wouldn’t believe what people will try and throw out).

Borax, baking soda, vinegar, and natural detergent

I also took a picture of the cabinet above our washing machine to show you what I use for laundry. My favorite laundry detergent is all-natural with blue eucalyptus & lavender. Generally, I wash our clothing with about half the amount of detergent suggested and add a handful of borax or baking soda. The Downy ball that we have comes from my husband’s bachelor days and is filled with white vinegar instead of commercial fabric softener. Vinegar works just as well as the commercial fabric softeners and is a fraction of the cost. The clothes never smell like vinegar either.

Never has there been a better use for a Downy Ball!  Vinegar!

  • Denise - So what made you decide to switch blogs? I’ve been thinking about switching to Blogger but haven’t had the time to mess with the HTML to get it how I’d like it.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - If I could have things HALF as organized I’d be happy. But I’m just not a neatly-organized kinda person. I prefer chaos. 😀 LOL

    On the subject of what people will try to throw away – there’s a new guy working with my dad and dad has already brought home a nice TUPPERWARE bowl (lid and all) and a little glass cereal bowl (can’t recall the brand of that one now but it’s a nice one) the new co-worker put in the trash in the lunch room… because they were dirty! They’re completely fine, just needed washed, and the guy said they were “no good anymore” and was going to toss them as if they were paper plates or something! I’m hoping he does it more, maybe I can fulfill a good bit of my Tupperware wish list thanks to him wanting to throw stuff away just because it needs washed. LOLReplyCancel

  • Razor Family Farms - Excellent example of amazing waste in this world, Leah! I can’t get over it! If you ask me… it is just plain laziness that is overflowing our landfills.

    Throwing away perfectly good Tupperware should be a sin. 🙂

    Glad you are able to add to your collection!



  • Gina - Lacy, sometimes I really envy your life!! It seems so balanced and relaxed. Good for you with all your cleaning out, all your cooking- your breads look wonderful!! I need to learn how to bake gluten-free breads that would be as wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Shelli - The bread recipe sounds wonderful. I hope to try it, but I’m a hopeless recipe collector.

    I had no idea that vinegar would also soften fabric.

    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MommaTaderDoodles - I have been shocked at how great my clothes feel and smell now that I’ve stopped using fabric softeners and switched to 1/2 the detergent and vinegar….

    My girls really enjoy helping to put the clothes on and off the clothesline too!ReplyCancel

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