DIY Edition: Eco-Friendly Home Deodorizer

DIY Edition: Eco-Friendly Home Deodorizer

Eco-Friendly Home Deodorizer What a beautiful time of the year! The colors of the leaves are becoming beautiful and vibrant. This also means that the cold is getting closer and our windows are also staying closed longer. With the lack of ventilation and fresh air circulating in your home, it may get less sanitary, and the smell may not be that great either. You can try all of the products that claim to “deodorize” your home, but do they really? Do they have any additional benefits, such as a disinfecting your home? The answer is most likely no! Not only do most air deodorizers only mask the smell for only a few days at best, they also have a high amount of hazardous chemicals. Which I wonder why would anyone expose themselves to, or even worse, expose their friends and family too? Why not make a homemade, eco-friendly deodorizer for your home instead? One that not only freshens up your home, but also helps to disinfect it! Good thing you are reading our DIY Edition: Eco-Friendly Home Deodorizer blog entry. This will tell you all you need to know to get your home smelling fresh and clean.

The ingredients you will need are:

5 teaspoons of white vinegar

2 cups of distilled water

10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Our favorites are lemon verbena or peppermint!)

a spray bottle

Mix all of these ingredients together and you have your very own eco-friendly deodorizer for your home! With the added bonus of vinegar’s disinfecting properties that help with the cleaning process where most deodorizers don’t. And the best part of all? You are not breathing in chemicals that can cause you and your family harm. Making an eco-friendly deodorizer for your home ensures that you know all of the ingredients that are in the deodorizer. Meanwhile, some brands have up to 87 ingredients, and many are not even labeled on the bottle! So get started on disinfecting/deodorizing your home with your eco-friendly spray, and do so with a clean conscience!

Other tips for keeping your home refreshed and smelling clean are:

  1. Leaving an open container of baking soda in your kitchen/refrigerator to absorb the not so pleasant smells of kitchen accidents.
  2. Mixing 5 drops of your favorite essential oil to baking soda and sprinkling on your carpet. Let it sit 30 minutes then vacuum bad odors away!
  3. Every once in a while, add a few drops of essential oils to your favorite natural laundry detergent to get your linens extra fresh!
  4. Freshen up your toilet by putting a generous amount of baking soda, adding vinegar and hot water. Let it sit a few minutes, give it a good scrub, then flush it clean. You can also add a couple of drops of your now handy essential oil.
  5. Want a quick fix? Boil some fruit, such as apples, lemons or oranges with a few cinnamon sticks. Add plenty of water so that you can let it boil down a while to permeate the pleasant smell throughout your home. Definitely a good way to prepare for the holidays!

Did you enjoy reading this DIY Edition: Eco-Friendly Home Deodorizer blog entry? Then check out our other blog entries for more green cleaning tips, and keep visiting our site for eco-friendly ways to clean. And remember, always Stay Green!

 

Eco-friendly Tips: The Perfect Non-Toxic BBQ

 

 

Eco-friendly Tips: The Perfect Non-Toxic BBQ

Labor day is here and you are probably prepping to have your friends and family over for a nice BBQ. Hopefully you had your home deep cleaned just in time for everyone to come over. Even so, you may still need to clean out the grill that didn’t quite get cleaned the last time you decided to grill. Well have the perfect non-toxic solution for you! Cut an onion half and place both halves over the hot grill. You can do this again once you finish grilling so that it’s clean and ready to go for your next BBQ. Another eco-friendly solution is our go to: vinegar. Once the surfaces cools, just mix vinegar with some baking soda and use the mixture to scrub away your grill. I personally like to do both, for that extra clean.

Now that your home is cleaned, your grill is cleaned, and your backyard is cleaned, there is that one thing that can ruin your weekend. Bugs. Those pesky little creatures that naturally make you hit yourself, in trying to avoid being bitten by them. It can make your evening go sour really fast.

What causes bugs to be active in your home? What many people don’t know is that many of the plants around our home are what attract these creepy crawlers.

But what do you do? You don’t want to use a bug spray that contains toxic chemicals, and may cause you more harm than good in the long run but nothing else seems to repel them. Well fear not. There is an eco-friendly approach and its called vinegar. Yes, vinegar. That incredible liquid that seems to be included in every home-made cleaning solution. Well, we’re using it again and this time it’s not to clean but to kill and repel all the bugs that seem to be attracted to your plants.

What You’ll Need:

Spray bottle
1 teaspoon dish soap
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 cups room-temperature water

Just combine all of your ingredients in the empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Then use your mixture to spray the areas you’ve noticed bug activity in and voila! Bugs hate the taste of soap and vinegar so this easy solution should keep them away from your BBQ/picnic. Be sure to avoid using it on plants with a waxy coating or ones with hairy leaves, you don’t want to burn them.

Hope these tips will help you celebrate. Be sure to stay tuned for our next post. And remember, always Stay Green!

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day to all your fury friends! They have been our closest and dearest friends since the beginning of civilization. The loyalty dogs give to their human is beyond belief, wanting nothing but love and affection in return. We would do anything for the happiness and wellness of our four-legged companions, even when their little “surprises” around the home leave a not-so pleasant view. Yes, we’re talking about urine stains. For those of us who have carpets, urine stains are a very unsightly view, not to mention the smell they leave behind can be very unpleasant.

So, how do we show our love and appreciation to our doggies. By using eco friendly products to clean up their urine stains, instead of harsh chemicals.

-2 cups white distilled vinegar

-2 cups of lukewarm water

-4 generous tablespoons of baking soda

-Spray bottle

-2 absorbant cloths

 

Fold up a thick rag over the stain. Really try to get it all out. This step is very important, because you want as much urine to come out of the carpet as possible. Placing something heavy over the rag really helps the rag absorb more of the urine. If you really want to take out most of the stain, place a hot iron over it for a few seconds (Make sure you rag doesn’t burn!) When you are done with this step mix the distilled vinegar with the lukewarm water. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda, slow down if the fizzing is getting excessive. Thoroughly spray the affected area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then gently rub with any cloth and and apply the absorbent cloths. And Voila! A clean, stink-free carpet.  For other solutions on how to clean carpet stains, look at our post from for additional tips.

 

Wishing you  a Happy National Dog Day! Enjoy your wonderful furry friend and spoil them rotten!

Pure Cleaning Agencys’ Dogs

Happy National Dog Day

Sonny “Delight” Yorba

Happy National Dog Day

King Midas

 

And remember, always Stay Green!