Category Archives: Living Green

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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A Green Challenge: Cleaning The Kitchen With Vinegar

Last week’s green challenge went over so well that I thought I would give you another challenge and some helpful hints about cleaning the kitchen with vinegar! That’s right, good old cleaning vinegar! I bet (or at least I think I do) I have some used for it that you have never thought of! So, hold on to your seats, because here we go!

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Cleaning The Kitchen With Vinegar

Cleaning Vinegar can be bought on Amazon, or at your local grocery store.

Now, on to the list…

  1. Cleaning China and Glass– Add a splash of white vinegar to your rinse water or dishwasher. Cloudy glasses will show their sparkle again if you soak them for 10-15 minutes in a solution of equal parts hot water and white vinegar and scrub with a soft bottle brush.
  2. Grease stains– Tackle grease marks around the home with a cloth dampened in equal parts white wine vinegar and and water. It will get rid of the stain and any smells associated with it.
  3. Cutting boards– Clean wooden and plastic cutting boards where food prep takes place with undiluted white vinegar before and after each use to get rid of harmful bugs such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. If wooden surfaces need deodorizing afterward, remember to use some baking soda.
  4. Can openers– A lot of nasty gunk can build up on your can opener. Clean and disinfect it by immersing it in undiluted white vinegar and scrubbing the mechanism with a small brush.
  5. Food containers– To get rid of stains and smells, wash food containers in equal parts white vinegar and water, and then rinse clean. Store with the lids off.
  6.  Berry stains– To remove stains from your hands and food prep areas, wash surfaces, bowls, and hands with white vinegar and rinse well with water afterwards.
  7. Disinfect cloths– Soak dishrags, sponges, and brushes in neat white vinegar and hot water for a few minutes, then rinse and let air dry.
  8. Clean the fridge– Equal parts of white vinegar and water make an effective and safe cleaner for inside and outside the fridge.
  9. Clean dishwashers– Remove soap build up from the dishwasher by pouring 4 oz of white vinegar into the bottom of the unit and running a full cycle with no dishes or detergent.
  10. Steam clean and deodorize the microwave– Place a small microwave safe bowl inside with equal parts vinegar and water and microwave on high for five minutes. Once cool, use the solution to wipe away splatters from the inside surfaces.

Did you try cleaning the kitchen with vinegar?

If you tried cleaning the kitchen with vinegar or intend to try it, leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Also, let me know if you think I left anything out.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

XO, Alicia

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