Easy, Non-toxic Way To Scrub Pots & Pans

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Cooking real foods can sometimes result in real messes, especially where your pots and pans are concerned.  Here is a tip to get those stainless steel pans sparkly clean without harsh chemicals and cleaners.

You Need:

Dishcloth

Baking Soda

Castile Soap

Method:

Add a few teaspoons of baking soda directly to you pan along with a few drops of the castile soap.  Spread the mixture in the pan and let it sit for a few minutes.

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If you have lots of stuck on grime, you can leave this in your sink overnight.  Scrub the mixture in a circular motion then rinse with water.

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It’s that simple!  ~Carmen

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Wool Dryer Balls – Worth The Hype?

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A few weeks ago I posted with great excitement about ordering some wool dryer balls from Clean Sypria.  I wanted to post a review about my experience using them so here is my review: GET SOME! Like, NOW!  Seriously, these suckers are nothing short of pure awesomeness. Here’s the deal, I generally buy 7th Generation unscented dryer sheets.  My opinion of the price: GAH! My opinion of the quality: meh.  I still get static, my cottons are still wrinkly and it still takes forever + a day to dry everything.

In preparation for my little gems to arrive in the mail, which they did in a very timely manner I might add, I figured out how long it takes to dry the following loads of laundry using a standard permanent press cycle.  I also noted as well as wrinkles (clearly, I have WAY too much time on my hands with school being done…).  Then, I dried the exact same loads with my wool dryer balls.  Here’s the breakdown!

Using 7th Generation dryer sheets:

Load #1 Dry Time Static Wrinkles
3 pair jeans, 4 tees 60 minutes Minimal Minimal
5 bath towels, 3 hand towels, 10 washcloths 70 minutes Moderate Moderate
4 sweaters 70 (on low heat) Moderate – Heavy Moderate

Using wool dryer balls:

Load #1 Dry Time Static Wrinkles
3 pair jeans, 4 tees 45 minutes Minimal None
5 bath towels, 3 hand towels, 10 washcloths 55 minutes Minimal None
4 sweaters 60 (on low heat) Minimal None

By these results, I’m sold.  On average I saved 10-ish minutes on dry time but the really big difference was in the static and the wrinkles especially in my sweaters.  Needless to say, I won’t be going back to dryer sheets. Have you used dryer balls?  What do you think? ~ Carmen

This post is linked to Party Wave Wednesday, No-Rules Weekend, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways,  Weekend Wonders

Homemade, non-toxic laundry soap. Frugal and safe!

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I have been using my own laundry soap formula for a little over 3 months now and I have absolutely LOVED it. Not only has it cost me pennies on the dollar, it smells heavenly.  I don’t burn scented candles or use any type of chemical air fresheners so the peppermint scent of this wash formula gently wafts through our home like a refreshing summer breeze on a cloudy Seattle day.  Dying for the recipe yet?  It’s ridiculously simple.  All you need are 3 ingredients: Baking Soda, Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – I use peppermint, and warm filtered water. That’s it.  See? I told you it was ridiculously simple and the results are fantastic!.  My towels are fluffy, my whites are white and my sweaters are soft.  The baking soda gets grimy organic chocolate out of my little guy’s clothes every single time.  And the best part: it’s non-toxic.  You could drink it (or use it as mouth wash, but that is an entirely different post).  Here are the simple instructions.  This is for a small quart batch, you can of course make bigger batches if you like and of course, you can use any scent that tickles your fancy.

Our Whole Life Ridiculously Simple Laundry Soap:

3 tbsp. washing soda

3 tbsp. Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap

1 qt. filtered warm water

In a quart jar or container (I use our old Nutiva coconut oil jars), add baking soda and castile soap.  Pour in the warm water and stir.  Voila! You have your very own, ridiculously simple laundry soap.  Now, aren’t you Lil’ Miss Frugal Homemaker! You could add a pretty picture if you want. You could even put it in a cute jar and give it to a friend with a fancy little homemade label.  I would love to hear how you like it, comments are always welcome! Find this post and other bloggers’ posts on Holistic Squid’s Party Wave Wednesday!