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Living Green: Ditching Plastic Storage Containers For Glass

Most of us know by now that eating or drinking out of plastic containers isn’t the greatest idea either for your health or the environment. Or maybe you are you tired of cracked plastic containers, lids that don’t match, and dirty looking containers? It can be a convenient habit that’s hard to kick though, especially when they’re so easy to find… Read on for 7 reasons to ditch plastic storage containers for glass!

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Using The Lorax To Teach Children

Did you know you can use Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to teach children to live a greener life? Below there are 10 lessons that you can teach your kids using The Lorax!

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How My Journey Started- The Steam Mop

Let me start by saying that I haven’t always made the “greenest” of choices, and that I am still not an environmental nut. I still make very selfish choices for very selfish reasons, and my journey to a green, chemical free lifestyle was started by a complete accident. It all started with a steam mop.

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A Green Challenge: Cleaning The Kitchen With Lemons

Keeping with the challenge from the past two weeks, I have a NEW green challenge for you! This one involves cleaning the kitchen with lemons! Here you will find every way I can think of to clean the kitchen with lemons!

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Cleaning The Kitchen With Lemons

Some of the things you will see here call for lemon oil, and you can find that easily on Amazon!

Without further ado, here are all the ways that I can think of to clean your kitchen with lemons!

  1. Windows– Wedges of lemons can be rubbed over windows to clean and shine them effectively. Squeeze the wedge of lemon as you rub to release some of the lemon juice and wipe with a dampened cloth immediately. Then buff with a clean, dry cloth to produce a shine.
  2. Glass and China– Remove limescale build up from china and drinking glasses by making a solution of water and lemon juice. Use the two ingredients in equal quantities and let this solution sit in the cup or glass for several hours. Then wash as normal in hot water and detergent of your choice. This also helps remove stains in cups from tea and coffee.
  3. Odor on wooden surfaces– kitchen worktops and cutting boards can harbor harmful germs and soak up odors. Rub half a lemon liberally over the wooden surface, allow the juice to dry fully, and then rinse off with cold water. This will disinfect the surface and remove any unpleasant smells.
  4. Dishwasher cleaner– Cut a lemon in half and impale it onto one of the upright prongs inside of your dishwasher. The acid in the lemon will degrease the appliance and the fresh lemon smell will last for several cycles.
  5. Microwave cleaner– Place one or two lemon slices in a microwave safe cup of water and run the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Then, use a dry cloth to wipe away excess steam.
  6. Stove top spills– Mix baking soda, lemon juice and warm water. Spread the paste over the stove top. The baking soda is a mild abrasive and the lemon juice has great degreasing properties. Rinse well to make sure that the surface does not remain powdery and then buff dry with a clean cloth.
  7. Oven cleaner– Make sure that the oven is completely cool and apply a paste made of two tablespoons of baking soda, one cup of water, and the juice from one whole lemon. Then, clean as usual.
  8. Kitchen cabinet cleaner– To make your cabinets look like new, make a solution of two ounces lemon juice and one cup of hot water. Stir the solution and wipe onto your cabinets with a clean cloth.
  9. Sink cleaner– Use neat lemon juice and a sponge to coat soap scum and stains in the sink. Allow to sit for a few hours, and then rinse with cold water. This will disinfect and break down any limescale build up.
  10. Remove Cheese or Sticky Foods from a Grater– Rub a half a lemon over both sides of your grater when you’ve finished preparing food to get rid of any residue left on it. Rinse when finished to watch any leftover bits float away.
  11. Don’t forget the trash can! Put lemon peels in the bottom of your trash can to get rid of unpleasant smells.

Did you try cleaning the kitchen with lemons?

If you tried cleaning the kitchen with lemons, please comment below and let me know what you think! I would also love to know if you think I left anything out. Give me new ideas to try! 🙂

XO, Alicia

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Spotlight On Handmade: The Dizzy Windmill

Okay, so you all know how much I LOVE handmade (and especially repurposed) items! I just found the cutest little shop that has just that! Shelly, over at The Dizzy Windmill has a variety of items that are cool (and kinda quirky, just the way I love them) for you to take a gander at!

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If you’ve ever talked to me in person, paid attention to my blog posts, or my Facebook posts, you know that I am all about supporting small businesses instead of big corporations. Shelly’s business is one of those that I can really get behind. First of all, while I can crochet, I cannot knit, and she has some of the most AMAZING hand knit items (like this beanie that I really want and this really cool and awesome Raven scarf!). Secondly, she has jewelry made with paper beads that she makes herself! Take a look at this purple paper bead bracelet if you will, and see just how great it is!

Why The Dizzy Windmill?

What do I love about The Dizzy Windmill so much? Mainly because the owner repurposes items in her jewelry in order to make it eco-friendly. My favorite example of this is this necklace here.

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If you haven’t done so already, you need to go check out Shelly’s store and look around! Come back and leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite item in her store is… I hear that she has a big sale (and maybe even a GIVEAWAY!!!) going on at the end of this month (the 26-28th), so stay tuned for more info on that.

You can follow Shelly on Twitter (@dizzywindmill) or on Facebook to keep updated on her sale and all of her new creations!

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