Healthy and Natural Cleaning On a Budget

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Healthy Natural Cleaning "Saves" Money

By: Carol Giambri

Whether you are on a budget or not there are "simple healthy living" ways and natural supplies to save you money, your lungs and the environment.

Have you ever thought about this:

Some family or friends are allergic or have multiple sensitivity issues around your "cleaning" products. 

People are staying away from your "toxic" home with the smells and are highly allergic to the chemicals.  They can tolerate you but not your home! 

Some extremely chemical sensitive people are forced to relocate to "communities" which doesn't cater to bad products or building materials that are toxic to them.  Imagine that? It's true. I had a friend who had to move from Colorado to Arizona in a "restricted" community just because of this. 

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Dr. Bronner's Castile Soups (liquid)

The world of cleaning supplies (products)…

As you walk down the grocery store isles you can see how many different detergents, oven cleaners, dish soaps, window washing sprays, toilet cleaners, wall plugs, liquids and powdered cleaning products line the shelves and rows.  Hardly ever are my eyes limited in choices.  Packaging is attractive to grab you and your wallet.  You have these products in your home.  Right now my cleaning supplies area is very small.  I mainly use Dr.  Bronner's Magic Soaps (liquid) for most cleaning.  My #1 choice is the Hemp Peppermint Castile Soap (liquid) that has a funky blue label with tiny print on it.  In future writings I plan to share more of their products that are healthy and money savings.  They are organic and Fair Trade too. I love that.  Is there someone you know that has many allergies? Perhaps it's cleaning products that are their culprit.

Your clean room…

Have you counted the number of bottles, jars or containers that you use or just have sitting around in your house or garage.  Do you realize how much money that cost you and the chemicals you are bringing into your home. 

When is enough enough…

I have not used the traditional "doctor" but yes I am using the "Dr." I write about for cleaning.  It has saved me a lot of money. When my husband does his own laundry, as he loves doing it, he thinks a drop of liquid is not enough, so the savings goes down.  When I fill the washing machine with water and put a drop or two of the liquid in it goes a far way.  It is very concentrated, cleans great and saves on the budget.  Now you may need a few more drops than I use.  Monitor your own "dirty" laundry.  Oh, my dog even has her own "dirty" laundry — the towel she sits in on in the front passenger seat. I do her laundry.

She's looking at you…

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Our Dog's Rough Life: Comfort and Mint Baths

It pays to read…

Some products may have multiple uses just like Dr. Bronner's. I have replaced many reading the label.  Even my precious dog's shampoo has been replaced with my cleaning product.  She takes a Dr. Bronner Hemp Peppermint bath and smells heavenly when dried off.  Gentle to my skin and to hers too.

Cleaning fruits and vegetables…

I will be testing an organic, vegan, cleaning produce cleaner soon and hope to report back on my results.  See there is no limit to what we can buy.  Keeping it frugal works and can be very effective too.  I have shared previously some cleaning solutions for produce and natural way. 

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Another option to cleaning…

Tried vinegar mixed with water for cleaning the refrigerator, sink, glass and windows?  Or, add just  vinegar to final laundry rinse.  Here's my mother's window washing tip I grew up with: in a gallon of warm water add a half cup of white distilled vinegar, put into spray bottle, squirt glass and wipe down with "black" print newspaper.   Frugal tip: make only what you need and make a fresh batch each time.  See the shine? Hear the squeak? 

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Vinegar and Water Shines Glass Door

"Shopping a "new" way…

Save time and money shopping for cleaning supplies the "new" way.  It's easy and here's how.  Add to your grocery cart white distilled vinegar, Borax and baking soda.  Leave behind the other products you used to buy.  I like the Keep It Simple Smarty (KISS) method–step by step changes can start with one product: Dr. Bronner's. 

Kids clean and are great helpers…

Kids may not do it as well as you but as part of your team it will be fun, save you time and money.  Everyone wins together.  Reward your "clean team."

She's smiling at you…

Here's a happy cleaning helper wanna be I met while thrift store shopping recently. 

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Isn't she cute?

Reflecting and Acting…

Is vinegar and water a new idea for cleaning? Newspapers? Borax or Dr. Bronner? Guess what you can do with the extra money saved?  How about taking yourself or the kids out for healthy meal?  Don't forget your helpers for cleaning too.  Ready to "clean" house?   My shadow will be standing beside you for your organic choices.  Ready, aim, fire! Or, ready, fire, aim! Go! Go! Yes you can change!

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut,  photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.  A pet book may be forthcoming as many have gone to heaven and no regrets on any who were adopted.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Bennett November 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Wonderful Carol!  I just love the tips that you share every week!  Makes life a bit easier!  Thanks again!  Have a wonderful day! 

Hughie Bagnell November 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thank you for sharing Carol these 'simply healthy living' ideas! I'll be watching for your shadow :) …Hughie

Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Oh Hughie. Thanks so much for commenting. More “simple healthy living” to save money just around the corner. Got one in the works right now. Just cranking up the cleaning mode a little before I jump onto the next area and then run back and forth. I’m sure my “shadow” is trying to be a copy — but the original still stands here! Really nothing is new, but just bringing it forward to reach my friends and family–each doing their share to make this a sweeter world helping each other as best as we can.

Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Jennifer for sharing. I am always glad to share tips that save time, money and are healthy too. More to come and hope it saves you boat loads of money and also space around the house. We tend to become our own store with all the products we can buy. I’m weaning myself off of that and sharing my ways now. More to come but you’ll see me jumping around as so much to share with “simple healthy living” concept. Ebook on container gardening with recipes in the works now. Kid friendly thoughts always when writing.

Solvita November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Great tips Carol, love the photos too! Now it is time to try that natural cleaning! :)

Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh, thanks Solvita. It is super simple. Wait till you see the rest of these talks coming forth. Getting blog titles like crazy. Hugs x0xx

denny hagel November 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

This is great information…anything to get rid of the chemicals we are surrounded with daily! Thanks!

pat November 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for the info.  had not heard of Dr Bonnors before.  I sometimes use the vinegr and water for windows and do find it works well.

Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Pat, the beauty of using Dr. Bronners is that it has tons of uses. I love vinegar too but for washing my husband’s stinky clothing from fumes this does the trick with only a few “drops.” I really mean few drops as I use it very slightly. As soon as I inhale the Dr. B. Peppermint Magic Soap-a liquid-I call it enough. Now measure your own nose. Wish my sink dishes with it too. “Little goes a far way.”

Carol Giambri November 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Denny we have too many chemicals around us and “less is better” on my budget, the environment and preserving my health. Natural and a few drops is all I need. For glass I have not tried, for washing veggies not interested, and for my dishwasher I hardly use I am thinking continue with powder.

Edwina Parker November 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

I love all the info you shared here.  I also use the vinegar and water for windows and other things.  Thanks!

Sherie November 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

As part of a family that has sensitivity issues, I appreciate your article on natural cleaning supplies.  Budget friendly AND good for you!  Doesn't get better than that!  Thank you!

Lorii Abela November 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

Love your tips Carol… Every week I learn something new about natural and budget-friendly products or supplies that I could in our household. Thank you for sharing this!

Lorrie November 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Great blog for a time of year when the house is full of friends and family and it seems like I am always cleaning. I also use alcohol with witch hazel for cleaning counter tops because it works and I like the fragrance.

Nancy Olson, The Celiac Warrior November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

If only more people new about chemicals it is on or in everything we eat, touch and smell.  I do my best to avoid all. Thanks

Scott November 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for so many great tips, Carol…keep them coming! :-)

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Scott, I am always glad to share as I continue to learn decades later and still finding new ways to implement the natural way. Thanks for stopping by.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Nancy, so true more need to know about this chemical talk but most think chemicals is what cleans. I do my best even in sharing simple healthy living that saves money and I believe health too–yes environment as well.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Lorie, thanks for teaching me something “witch hazel.” I actually just bought my first bottle other day from Whole Foods and using it with other remedies for my dogs 2 year stinky ear due to my bad “yes” to drugs with a holistic vets scare tactics. It worked for him but almost brought my dog to death immediately. Short time only used, but still the ear was the problem resulting in drugs. This week with the witch hazel and other stuff with it added in her stink is gone from the ear that was the culprit. However, sadly she lost most of her hearing and was told it could happen. It did recently sadly. Believing still she can get it back. She’s super happy still but wasn’t when she had that Lupus bout. Now had 2nd bout and recovered that one too. Eats holistic with lots of supplements like a horse. Glad I have one of her to care for.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

HI Lori, Thanks for that very wonderful compliment. I am always to share and help others health, environment and keeping their budget in their hands and not robbed from their wallet. Simple Healthy Living rocks. Thanks for agreeing too. I appreciate you very much.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I totally agree with you — natural rocks for cleaning. Keeping your budget healthy is also a great thing. Glad to share as we journey together learning! Welcome and I appreciate you sharing today.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Edwina, awesome about the vinegar. I do too use it for windows with water as well. Cleaning floors, my rinse laundry too. A little goes a far way. Your comments are appreciated. Thank you.

Annemarie Cross November 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

You always share such wonderful tips Carol! Thank you! It's so amazing that there are things I have in my cupboard that have many more purposes than I realised. Thanks for sharing!

Carol Giambri November 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thank you Annemarie for comment. I aim to be practical and help people with tips and tricks I learned over the years. This way it can shave from their learning curve the many years of time and money I invested in my own learning. For me it became a life course but started on immediately when hubby had his seizure over 35 years back. He was healed in 6 weeks, only 10 days drugs, but still a hard way to rush through learning. Still learning today.

Susan Preston November 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thank you, Carol for sharing these wonderful tips. I love how you are so passionate about helping others. Every time I come here, I always learn something new. I appreciate you :)

Carol Giambri November 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Susan, I appreciate you always coming by and the bonus of learning something new. I appreciate you too and appreciate how you help “relationships” grow bigger and better. This is why I call you the Relationship Queen or Queen of Relationships. Glad the tips have value. I always aim higher to see if at least one can impact the reader. Isn’t it beautiful there are not copy cats and we are each an original! Yeah…one of me only! That’s a boat load for me too — handling self!

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