Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Green Household Cleaning Tips & Recipes

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Green, non-toxic cleaning recipes and tips © ShannonSorensen
I have been obsessed lately with Green Cleaning Alternatives for Laundry and around the House. Obsessed! My Pinterest board overfloweth.

My recent share about removing yellow laundry stains with hydrogen peroxide has been buzzing. I'm guessing there are many of you out there looking for greener alternatives in your lives as well!

Non-toxic Green Cleaning Ideas for your Home & Laundry

Green Cleaning Products:

The first time I used white vinegar and baking soda to clean the bathroom sink, I was over the moon with excitement! It fizzes! It bubbles! It cleans without harsh chemicals!

And at that moment, not only was I hooked on vinegar and baking soda (you had me at fizz), but I was on a mission to find greener, non-toxic alternatives to cleaning my home! Woohoo!

Here are a few of my favorite must have's:

BAKING SODA (fights odors and gently scrubs)

WHITE VINEGAR (antifungal, kills germs and bacteria) - part vinegar + part water + pure peppermint essential oil = great multi-purpose spray (with minimal vinegar scent)

 3% - powerful disinfectant *especially when sprayed over vinegar - not pre-mixed; whitener and alternative to bleach, so careful where you spray it.
Tip: Once open, hydrogen peroxide begins to deteriorate its effectiveness. Keep stored in original brown container and swap off a spray top from another bottle to spray directly.

PURE ESSENTIAL OILS not only smell great, but have cleaning/anti-fungal properties, depending on the oil.

DAWN DISHWASHING LIQUID not sure how "green" it is, but it de-scums showers, aids in removing yellow sweat shirt stains and re-de-fines what I thought dishwashing liquid could do!

SPRAY BOTTLES I stocked up on empty spray bottles at Home Depot - good quality for under a dollar each!

GLASS CANNING JAR (or other like container) to store/shake Baking Soda. Poke holes in the top of the lid and use it to shake out baking soda for cleaning jobs.

CLEANING RAGS to be used and washed millions of times to eliminate waste!

Green cleaning Recipes and Uses:

My go-to all purpose cleaner for Counters, Stove & Sink - mix 50 white vinegar / 50 water solution + pure peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle and use as daily anti-fungal/disinfectant to wipe down counter, stove top and sink. For a little extra scrub, after spraying the 50/50 mix, shake baking soda in the sink and let it fizz. Then wipe clean. Awesome.

If cooking with raw meat, spray hydrogen peroxide over the top of the 50/50 spray and then wipe. (*see note above for hydrogen peroxide)

I have also put a couple drops of pure lemon essential oil on a warm rag and wiped everything down after spraying with the 50/50 mix. Mmmmm. It smelled so fresh and bright! It's fun to try different essential oils.


Tub: Option 1
Straight vinegar or 50/50 mix (depending on cleaning need). Heat in microwave and pour warmed mixture into spray bottle. Add a few generous squirts blue Dawn liquid soap. Shake. Spray shower and tub down generously. Leave to let soak. After soaking, wipe down and rinse. *Modified from One Good Thing by Jillee

**This mix works like a charm, but smells really strong (especially when using straight vinegar) and can be a bit overwhelming while sprayed. Make sure to run your exhaust fan and leave the door/window open for ventilation. ***Another option that I like is to combine this cleaning mixture in a bucket and use a rag or sponge to wipe it over all tub and shower surfaces and let sit, instead of spraying it on...although I could do without it dripping down my arm...

For a mild scouring powder: shake baking soda around the tub. Spray with a little 50/50 mix and scrub.

For mildew spots: Mix hydrogen peroxide + baking soda into a paste. Apply with an old tooth brush to mildew spots and let sit for 30 minutes or so before rinsing.

Tub: Option 2
Mix a squirt of liquid soap (i.e. castile liquid soap: see also natural cleaning solutions) + pure essential peppermint oil to 1 c. baking soda. Form a paste by adding water to the mixture and use it to scrub your tub and sink. *adapted from Martha Stewart

***This mix worked great, although a little more scrubbing than option 1. The peppermint smelled like I collided with a toothpaste truck. In a good way. Fresh and clean. Other antibacterial essential oils you could choose from are: tea tree, eucalyptus, or rosemary. Here's a link to an Essential Oils Directory I found (just a resource, not a product endorsement).

For mildew spots: Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda into a paste. Apply with an old tooth brush and let sit 30+ minutes before rinsing.

Spray 50 white vinegar/50 water mixed with + your favorite essential oil all over sink and vanity. Shake baking soda on top of spray to use as mild scrubber. I sometimes spray hydrogen peroxide over the top of the vinegar/water mix to act as an extra disinfectant. Wipe everything down.

For a lingering fresh smell: After cleaning, take a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oil and wipe around areas that won't get wet, to leave a fresh scent throughout the bathroom for longer. (so far I have used lavender and lemon)

Spray 50 white vinegar/50 water spray followed by Hydrogen Peroxide sprayed right out of the brown bottle all over the toilet and seat. Wipe down.
Toilet Bowl- Spray 50/50 vinegar/water mix under the rim and in the bowl and shake baking soda all over inside bowl. Let it fizz...use toilet brush to scrub. Spray Hydrogen Peroxide under the rim with the original brown bottle, + in the toilet, and let it sit for 30 min. without flushing.

▪Pre-lauder: erase yellow ring-around-the-collar or other yellow shirt stains with this recipe. It really works!
▪Brighten whites with 1/2 c hydrogen peroxide to laundry wash cycle
▪Add 1/2c-1c vinegar to rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener
▪Add shakes of baking soda to wash cycle to soften and remove funky smells
▪Add a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to rinse cycle for sheets, towels or all your loads!

I am thrilled with these greener, cleaner, non-toxic cleaning options! True, you have to get used to it smelling like you just dyed Easter eggs once-in-a-while from the vinegar smell, but by adding peppermint essential oils, it takes most of the harsh vinegar smell away.

+I have re-defined what it means to have a clean home.
+Clean doesn't mean harsh chemicals or bleachy smells.
+I am amazed at how clean things can be with the purest of ingredients.
+Try it - you'll be hooked!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

DIY Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap

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My sister gave me Twisted Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap from Bath and Body Works for Christmas. Mmmmm! It smells SO good and lifts my spirits every time I use it!

Did you know that Peppermint oil has been shown to increase energy and mental clarity? Um, yes to both please!

So as the bottle began to run low, you can imagine my feelings of woe, never wanting this magic bottle of foaming hand soap to end....so when I stumbled upon this great DIY recipe for foaming hand soap, from Wellness Mama, I knew I'd hit the jackpot!

Bath & Body Works Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap DIY

By combining simple ingredients like distilled water, Peppermint Castille Soap (liquid)  & a dash of oil (I used jojoba oil since it's what I had on hand), the perfect copy cat version of Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint foaming hand soap was born! No more crying, now I have a lifetime of refills! And energy to boot!

Be sure to check out the recipe - it's so easy to make! Other DIY foaming hand soap recipes use vegetable glycerin instead of a colored oil and I think I'll do that next time, since it does leave a little yellow jojoba oil floating on top. But nothing a little shake-shake can't help.

I love using DIY skin care products and household cleaning products when I can, because I know exactly what I put in them and always look for gentle ingredients that won't irritate my sensitive skin. My next batch will be using Lavender Castille Soap to make my own foaming shower soap! It only seems to work in a foaming soap container, so don't throw them out when you're done with the bottle!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Decorating with a cream couch: our little front room make-over

Once upon a time there lived a man and his wife who still lived off of other people's furniture.

One day, they both decided it was time to be grown-ups and finally buy a couch of their own. And so the story goes, as it does with any new comfy couch story, they lived happily ever after...and became a couple of lazy couch potatoes.

The End.

I meant to post this so long ago...we've been official couch potatoes for almost 2 months now!

Decorating with a Cream Leather Couch

I'll admit, at first I was very skeptical of a cream colored couch - and leather, at that! All I could think of was stains. And I kept questioning myself, "Am I even a cream leather couch person??" I went through a mini-crisis of re-discovery.

But since the day it was delivered, we can't be more in love with it. It's like butta baby!! So soft and so comfortable. It not only brightened up our room a million times over, but it brought some grown-up sophistication (and no, I did not tag team that off of Katherine Lowe's wedding theme) to our front room decor. We. Love. It.

Okay, take a look (if you haven't already jumped)

Front room make-over reveal

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redecorating with a cream light colored couch
AFTER decorate with cream couch light colored couch make-over after
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Other Room Accessories

We still have a long way to go, but it's definitely a good start. I'd love to replace our bookshelf, side table, coffee table and lamps, but a girl only has so much Christmas money. I reeeeaaaalllly had to hold myself back.

As you can tell, I love aquas, blues, and sea greens and wanted to pull those colors in around the cream couch.We splurged for the area rug at RugsUsa.com for a smokin' deal (70% off I think), and I found the soft pillows and throw blanket at HomeGoods. (My husband was little shocked that I bought pillows, since I sew for a living, but hey, sometimes you've got to let someone else do the dirty work!) And BTW, we found our delicious couch at Macys (Alessia Leather Sofa).

I love how it turned out. It makes me happy every time I walk in the room!
And after almost 2 months, no stains!
(knock on wood!)
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Clear Skin Tip: from Fairface Washcloths™ for sensitive skin

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I love sharing Clear Skin Tips from Fairface Washcloths™ because let's face it, who doesn't want clear skin??

Clean Pillow Case : Clear Skin

Did you know something as simple as changing your pillow case more often can actually prevent break-outs and help maintain clearer skin?

Think of all the things that are on your pillow case throughout the night. Every night. Lotion residue or other skin care products, breath, saliva, skin oils, hair oils, sloughed off skin, hair dander, pet dander (if you let pets sleep with you. I cringe), dust mites and other allergens. Need I go on?

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If you re-use the same pillow case over and over again, it stands to reason that some, if not all of these irritants will effect your skin in one way or another by irritating your face and clogging your pores.

The Pillow Case Flip for Clearer Skin

If you don't have 7 pillow cases on hand for a fresh one every night of the week, this simple trick helps minimize the number of pillow cases used while maintaining cleaner skin.

Clear Skin Pillow Case Schedule

Night 1: Use a fresh, clean pillow case
Night 2: Flip pillow over to use the clean pillow case side
Night 3: Use a fresh, clean pillow case
Night 4: Flip pillow over to use the clean pillow case side
Night 5: Use a fresh, clean pillow case
Night 6: Flip pillow over to use the clean pillow case side
*Launder and re-start the schedule

This is the pillow case schedule I now live by! I tried it a few years ago and quickly noticed how much fewer break-outs I had and how much better my skin looked and never went back.

A few last quick tips

  • I'll share a tutorial with you on how to make your own quick pillow cases out of an existing sheet if you need to make your own instead of invest in a few. 
  • For sensitive skin, like mine, it's not only important to use soft fabric pillow cases, it also helps to wash them in hypoallergenic detergent and dry them without any fabric softeners or use hypoallergenic fabric softeners to prevent skin irritation.
  • Don't forget to change and launder your sheets regularly too, to prevent those same bedroom allergens and irritants from affecting your clear skin!

Wishing you many days ahead of happy, clear skin!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remove yellow shirt stains + ring around the collar with hydrogren peroxide

natural bleach alternative get ride of yellow collar stains mens shirtsI often get obsessed with things, and then leave them in the dust for the next big thing. I'm fickle that way.

Not long ago it was all about inkblot design, then it was painting thrifted furnituredyeing clothes with commercial dye and then making natural dye from black beans.

Then it was stenciling, making DIY lavender water (although I'm still in that phase), home decor, and now I'm all about "DIY Green Cleaning" my house and laundry.

You should see my Practical/Useful Pinterest Board! It quickly turned into a mass of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, essential oils and hydrogen peroxide cleaning recipes. And it's official. The next obsession has begun.

Don't even get me started with DIY green house cleaning tips, or I'll have you here til midnight, so lets save that for another post. Today, I'll share a whitening non-bleach alternative laundry tip that saved us $200 in men's dress shirts! The miracle cure for removing yellow shirt stains and ring around the collar from my husband's dress shirts. They are like NEW!

Remove yellow stains + ring around the collar

Okay, lets give you the before and after again. Just for the shock effect.
using hydrogen peroxide in your laundry to whiten yellow shirts It's totally real. Not just photoshopped. It will change your life. It will save you money. Let me tell you how its done.

I stumbled upon this miracle cure for removing yellow shirt stains on One Good Thing, by Jillee. If I could hug her, I would. She has a great blog with lots of fantastic tips.

Non-Bleach Alternative for removing yellow shirt stains

What you'll need:
Small bowl to mix
Scrub brush (mild enough for clothing)
Surface to scrub (sink or tub)

1 part Dawn dish washing liquid (*I used 1 Tbsp)
2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide (*2 Tbsp)
1/2 part Baking Soda (*1/2 Tbsp)

Mix together Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda
Gently spoon/pour mixture onto yellow areas
Scrub mixture into shirt with scrub brush
Leave untouched for about 2 hours (that worked for me)
Launder as usual

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My husband was shocked and amazed when he came home to see his "new" white dress shirts!
I didn't spare him any details on how I had miraculously saved the day. ha!

Be sure to check back to see how this method works on colored shirts!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Win a set of Fairface Washcloths™! The softest washcloths for sensitive skin

When I created Fairface Washcloths™, the softest washcloths for Rosacea and sensitive skin, I had no idea how many people I would be able to help. I thought I was alone in my world of high-maintenance sensitive skin, but I was wrong.

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Since developing Fairface Washcloths™, I have heard from many people across the globe who suffer from sensitive skin conditions, like Rosacea, Eczema, Dermatitis, and painful Acne. But what I didn't know, was that Fairface Washcloths have also been able to bring calming relief to even more than the traditional definition of what sensitive skin is, which includes people going through dermatology or chemo treatments, pregnancy skin changes, painful facial neuralgia, mens sensitive face shaving, burned skin, healing skin, and more.

{New} Fairface Washcloths™ ~ Delicate

There are a lot of people out there with sensitive skin who need pampering, and with that in mind, this year I've decided to expand my Fairface Washcloths™ line to offer an even softer option. Fairface Washcloths™ ~ Delicate

softest washcloths for sensitive skin, rosacea skin care, eczema, acne, pregnancyFairface Washcloths™ ~ Delicate comes with not just 1, but 2 sides of luxuriously soft flannel for an even softer, more soothing option for cleansing sensitive skin.
*No irritating textures, just smooth soft flannel for optimal comfort and gentle cleansing
*Comes in convenient sets of 2
*Size: XL (~ 9"x9") for optimal coverage
*Pre-washed in hypoallergenic, perfume & dye free detergent.

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Of course, the Original Fairface Washcloths™ with a super soft flannel side + an absorbent terry cloth side are still available, and as soft as ever.

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Which one is right for you? You decide.

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