Monday, June 8, 2009

Did You Know.....

Pamm's House has reduced the use of chemicals over the past year? It's been just about a year since I made a big effort to eliminate chemicals from our home and daycare. Although it's almost impossible to eliminate every chemical, they are now used very sparingly in our home.

Laundry: I make a mixture of Borax, baking soda, washing soda, and Oxy Clean. It takes only two-tablespoons per load, so this mixture lasts around three or four months. I use white distilled vinegar as my fabric softener. It's amazing, but it works very well. In addition to softening the laundry, vinegar kills germs as well as bleach! So, the laundry is sterilized as well as softened. I wash all our laundry, the toddler's blankets and even the cloth toys--anything that can go in the washing machine, does.

Dishwasher: I mix Borax, baking soda, and Seventh Generation (a green dishwasher soap). Again, only two-tablespoons per load is all that's needed. Instead of Jet Dry, I fill the rinse agent compartment with white vinegar. The plastic toys (without electronic parts) go into the dishwasher.

Counters, high chairs, and table: I fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray it on the surfaces, then wipe with a wet dish cloth. It sterilizes these surfaces as well as cuts grease and cleans very well!

Floors: I use white vinegar on my vinyl kitchen and bathroom floors. I love the idea ofsatirizing as well as cleaning at the same time. I also fill my carpet cleaner with white vinegar, too. Sterilizing, cleaning and softening the carpet is done all in one step!

General cleaning: I keep vinegar in several spray bottles all over the house. I use it for spot cleaning and sterilizing everything. I can mist the toys for a quick sterilization. To keep germs guessing, I buy peroxide in the spray bottle and alternate between the two sprays. Baking soda is something I keep handy and use as I would cleanser.

I'm sure you picked up on my theme: White Vinegar. Here's 1001 Uses for Vinegar.

In my experiments last year, I even used baking soda for my shampoo and apple cider vinegar for my conditioner. Can you believe the vinegar works as well as Pantene? It's amazing!

I just thought I'd pass on this information as it can be helpful as it can save you a lot of money! Also, I have noticed a lot less allergy problems with dh as well as the children.

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