When you have a baby, it seems like whipping out the economy size of Purel is the way to go. I’ve been to many homes where there are literally gallons of the stuff just sitting out there waiting to dry your hands, and yes, even germs, out. But here’s the truth about alcohol-based hand sanitizers: they’re terrible for your health and the environment.
Cleaning drains doesn’t require a lot of effort, though it does require maintenance. It’s important to have regular upkeep to lower the frequency of common drain problems such as clogs, drain fly infestations, sink odors, etc. Many homeowners like using drain-cleaning solutions as part of their maintenance regimen.
Some people use chemical-based solutions which can be dangerous–especially around pets and kids. A number of commercial drain cleaners have high concentration of chemicals and acids; which don’t bode well for your health and plumbing system. There are alternate cleaning solutions that you can totally create on your own and they’re safe to use.
Please keep in mind that these mixtures are for general drain maintenance and aren’t effective in dealing with massive clogs. You should use plumbing tools such as cable augers and plungers for unclogging drains.
3 Natural Drain-Cleaning Solutions
1.Baking Soda And Vinegar
*2 Cups of Baking Soda
*1 Cup of White Vinegar
*4 Cups of Boiling Water
How to apply
- Pour a cup of baking soda directly down the drain hole.
- The next step is to pour 2 cups of boiling water. Baking soda and hot water is a good combination for removing grease and oils that have attached to the drain pipeline. Wait for 5 minutes before proceeding with the next step.
- After the designated waiting period; it’s time to pour the other cup of baking soda into the drain. This time, mix the baking soda with the cup of vinegar. You need to place a stopper into the drain hole and allow the solution to work. There will be a foaming reaction which is perfectly normal. This also means the mixture is taking effect. If you feel like you still need to apply the solution then do so.
2. Citrus fruits or extracts
This solution is for those who have garbage disposals installed on their drains. It’s pretty straightforward so you don’t have to worry about mixing concoctions. For garbage disposal maintenance; you can use the solution discussed earlier.
*Citrus fruit peels (lemon, orange, or grapefruit) or fruit extracts
- Cut your chosen fruit into small peels. Don’t attempt to place large fruit sizes into the garbage disposal since this will only lead to clogging.
- After you have prepared the small fruit slices, throw them to the disposal blades so that it will be grinded. The fruits will release a sweet fragrance that will eliminate the odour and keep the drain smelling fresh.
- If you plan on using extracts; then all you have to do is pour the liquid down the drain.
3. Vinegar, Salt, and Borax Solution
*1/4 Cup of Borax
*1/4 Cup of Salt
*1/2 Cup of Vinegar
Applying the solution:
- Mix all the ingredients in a suitable container that can hold the entirety of the mixture.
- Simply pour the mixed solution into the drain. This can be used for clearing small clogs in the drains just like the baking soda mixture earlier.
Do you DIY your cleaners? What’s your favorite concoction?
Katie Jones is a writer and editor for Dr.Drip Pty Ltd. She is always excited and dedicated in creating informative blogs regarding home improvement, DIY plumbing, house maintenance, etc.
**Photos courtesy of iStock.
Happy Earth Day Friends!!! throws biodegradable confetti in the air Today is the day that we honor the Earth!!!
Now, being a crunchy mommy and all, I’m all for doing things in an eco-friendly AND easy way (don’t forget the mom of 2 part guys). I’m a creature of convenience. I try and live a burden free life. And honestly speaking, my memory after having 2 children just isn’t what it once was–hence that creature of convenience. So when I found a concentrated soap that was not only eco-friendly, vegan, but also could be used from anything from hand soap to glass cleaner, I HAD to try it for the masses!!!
Doing Right By The Earth With Right Out Soap
Started by a small company in Texas, Right Out Soap offers a:
Highly concentrated, unscented cleansing base (derived from coconut oil) for liquid hand soap, streak free cleaner, multi – purpose cleaner. Perfect for those with fragrance sensitivities, our soap is skin safe take it in the shower with you and enjoy the foamy goodness.
It works to powerfully clean counters, floors, woodwork, tile or other household surfaces. Our Cleaner contains no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or other detergents, alcohols, artificial colors, fragrances, or preservatives. Absolutely no chemical or synthetic ingredients are ever used.
Yes people, it is possible for cleaning agents to be made WITHOUT using chemicals or synthetic ingredients! Amazing how Mother Earth thought of everything huh?
Foaming Hand Soap
I love foaming hand soap. It’s such a gentle cleanser and one both my girls looooove. What I love about this foaming hand soap is that I don’t have to worry about it harming them should they have too much fun while washing their hands. It’s non-drying and smells divine!
All Purpose Cleaner
These are some of my favorite cleaners because as a mom, I literally have so many places that need cleaning that buying room specific cleaner is almost pointless. From counter tops to toys, I can use this spray on everything.
Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
Streaky windows are terrible. I hate that. Especially on mirrors. There’s nothing worse than trying to put on some eyeliner in a streaky mirror! I love how this cleans, freshens and does it all without leaving a residue.
After I made all three of these, I had only used maybe a quarter of the concentrate. This is my favorite thing because of being a creature of convenience courtesy of that memory issue. I love that this lasts so long!
But that’s not all…
Because I love you guys and want you cleaning in an Earth-friendly way, I’m going to do a giveaway!!!! Be sure to enter and share–with those for whom you care!
Having your home professionally cleaned is a luxury that everyone needs to treat themselves to at the very least annually. As a mompreneur, the things that I’ve come to love most are massages, time spent alone free to let my mind wonder, and a clean space. When you have children, it seems like you’re destined to have a messy home for at least 5 years straight until your youngest no longer walks around tossing things on the floor as if that’s where they belong. But I personally don’t like to have my life flash before my eyes every time my feet hit the ground shoe-less with the threat of hitting some figurine or Lego.
But in order for you to really be able to have your house cleaned to the best of the professionals ability, there are a couple things you should do first. And yes, I am suggesting pre-cleaning before the cleaning professionals come!
- Make sure your sink and dishwasher are empty. I learned this the hard way the first time I had someone come in and clean. It sucked because they cost $60/hour and they spent like 45 min with the dishes. That day I could only afford the downstairs cleaned since I wasn’t dishing my life savings out on some dishes.
- Put your “things” away. I know, if you’re doing this then what are they coming for? Well here’s the thing, only you know where your lotions/perfumes/glasses/etc. go. They don’t. And if you opt not to do this, then you’ll open up the cabinet that houses the baking wares and find sippy cup tops or you’ll never be able to find all your fabric scissors. It’ll end up taking you more time to find your things than it would have for you to just put them away.
- Get a good playlist for when they come. Music while they work? Bananas right? But let’s face it, when it comes to housecleaning we all do better once we have some body rocking jams on. My personal favorite is the 90s Rump Shaker Chore List on Google Music but, well, I’m older ha! Some people might think it’s weird to put the music on for someone coming to do work in your home but I say why not? Mix it up and let them get into their groove.
WellKept Cleaned My Home
I was lucky enough to have WellKept come and clean my home from top to bottom recently. After battling with my asthma issues courtesy of allergies, the hubs getting strep throat, abc nursing a little cold, and then my poor mini battling through Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, mama needed some help in getting my home back in order. And boy did they do it!
I’d set an appointment for the late afternoon once abc was up from her nap but they called saying they had availability earlier that worked with my schedule as well. Thirty minutes later, three young professionals arrived at my door ready to tackle the craziness that had become my life. I was so apologetic but they reassured me there was nothing to apologize for and that’s why they were here. I really liked how they worked–divide and conquer. Someone handled the kitchen, another did the bathrooms, and the third (who was running things) did the common areas. They were so professional and pleasant that I didn’t have anything to worry about when I ran out to grab abc from day care.
Four hours later (don’t judge me), they were finished and I thought Cinderella had swooped in with her fairy godmother to whip my home into shape. It smelled so fresh and clean. Mini was running around (not touching anything) exclaiming “Mommy our whole house is cleaned!!!” I loved that when I took a deep breath, I didn’t feel like my lungs were filled with chemicals. The vacuum lines in the carpet smiled at me and my reflection in the clean mirror was extra shiny.
Satisfied is an understatement. From booking the appointment to the wrap up, the experience was one that was user friendly, professional, and convenient. I love that they offer both house packages as well as a la carte options. The pricing is awesome and I really love how they do it by room and not time. For just over $105, you can get a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house cleaned. How amazing is that?
Now if you follow me on social media (you really should if you aren’t!) then you’ve seen me say that I’ll be doing a giveaway for a home package. On April 19th, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party where the package is one of the prizes that we’ll be giving away as we chat about tips and tricks for green living! All you need to do is RSVP here and join us at 9pm on Twitter! Just as an FYI, WellKept is only in Atlanta so you must live here in order to win.
When was the last time you had your home cleaned? What pre-cleaning tips would you offer?
Disclaimer: I received a form of compensation for a post about WellKept. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.
Signs It Might Be Time To Detoxify
If you feel down and tired all the time, something that obviously results in a reduced mood and productivity levels that drop below the line that allows you to make it work. If you have been having health issues for a while now, then you may need to consider your body could be suffering a toxin overload. Do you feel you are challenged to stay awake even on the best of days, or losing weight when you are trying to real hard? Well if that is the case then you will need to make your home free of toxins as well as flushing your body of their presence as well.
4 Tips to Detoxify Your Body
This can be one amazing time to take care of both yourself and your home to reduce toxins everywhere, dealing with carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning as well as diet and exercise:
Detoxification has been around for many years, if not even centuries. No matter what the difference is in techniques or location around the world, chances are you have seen this type of thing in action as time has moved on. This will give you a chance to purify yourself of any toxins, but you need to start somewhere. Dieting will really help, especially when you work on it with a corresponding exercise done on a regular basis. Eliminating diet toxins will be a long-term effort, so you will need to turn it into something of a habit at all times.
With food detox you can help remove the toxins from your organs and environment. Although there are natural reactions that occur with dieting, you can still make some more positive lifestyle changes if you handle the process with care. Fasting is one way you can have a short term flush of your system with fairly innocent habits, but you will need to take care of this and do it less often as it will be taxing at first.
You need to focus on cleaning the toxins out of your diet as best as possible, this will mean handling the removal of refined sugar, as much of saturated fat as you can and so much more. These will affect your metabolism in a negative way, so you will need to take care of removing them as best as you can if you want solid results. You should also stay away from any stressful situations, working on meditation and other ways you can calm yourself, cleaning the body in the process.
Eating plenty of fiber for your diet, one that comes from organic vegetables, fruits and other sources of food that would let you work on it is one way of doing this. You can and should also do your best to stay hydrated, as this also contributes to toxin retaining. Staying properly hydrated means you will have a chance to flush the toxins from your body. You also need to get enough sleep, as this will be just as important as cleaning up your diet.
Keeping your environment and body clean are both key ways of making a detox last.
How do you detoxify your body?
When we moved into our current home, I didn’t notice that the master bathroom didn’t have a fan in the shower area. I didn’t think anything of it after we moved in because it’s so big that I thought that it wouldn’t affect things.
I was wrong. So wrong.
We moved when I was pregnant with abc so cleaning the bathroom wasn’t really my thing–until I was nesting. It was then that I saw just how much mildew and mold was in our shower. It was crazy because the hubs had just cleaned the bathroom the week before and looking at the build-up, you would have thought that we NEVER scrubbed in there.
I did some research and trial and error and nearly passed out from fumes using some cleaner that was heavy on bleach or ammonia–I can’t remember since all of that is a fog now! That wasn’t working. Near death experiences for a clean bathroom just isn’t my cup of tea.
After I became infatuated with green living, I did some more research into mold and mildew and found out some really useful and environmentally friendly information about keeping my bathroom clean and healthy. The best part was that I had the items needed to make my new cleaning solution in my house.
1. Dry things out.
How do you dry out an entire bathroom right? A dehumidifier. Living in Georgia where the humidity is insane, our home is naturally filled with air that is heavier in moisture. This coupled with the water from the shower leads to a party waiting to happen from mold/mildew. We use the Gurin Electric Compact Dehumidifier. Not only is this thing cute and small so it’s not sticking out like a sore thumb, but this baby works wonders! I turn it on as I’m getting into the shower, close the doors to my closet and room, and by the time I get out of the shower, the air is already more dry. The best part is that after a week of using it, the mold and mildew has NOT shown back up in my shower.
I’m under the assumption that vinegar, breast milk and essential oils can pretty much clean and cure anything. Vinegar is a natural mold and mildew killer. Because I don’t mind the smell, I began making my own all-purpose cleaner with vinegar. Recipe, right? I grabbed an old spray bottle (I recycled a spray bottle from another cleaner) and filled it with the following:
- 1.5c white vinegar
- 1.5c warm water
- 1tblsp dish detergent
- 20 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 20 drops lavender Oil
- 5 drops Lemon Oil
After you add these to the bottle, shake and it’s ready to use! Tea Tree Oil is also a natural mold and mildew killer so it’s like double trouble.
Yes, you read correctly. The very same drink that we have nightcaps with can also be a lean, mean, mold and mildew killing machine. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, replace vodka in with the above recipe and boom, all-purpose house cleaner and mold/mildew killer.
Between the new cleaner and the dehumidifier, our bathroom is cleaner, longer and we no longer have to worry about harmful fumes.