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2nd-Feb-2008 08:11 am - Drain unclogger request
I know that baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water will clear drains when the sink is dry. But is there any gentle way to unclog a drain when there is standing water in the sink? I've got a laundry tub with water in it that needs something done, and if I can avoid Draino (hubby's standby) I'd really prefer to do it.
7th-Dec-2007 09:17 am - First Post
big spoon
Hi, I just joined the community and wanted to take a minute to say hi.

My fiance' & I recently moved into our first apartment, and very much want to live more naturally. We've started switching over to organic food, and use as little power as we can. (Things are usually unplugged when not being used.) But I know there's lots more we can do/change...so that's why I'm here.
I look forward to hearing everyone's ideas & advice. :D
9th-Sep-2007 11:28 am - Nontoxic tub scrub
Found in the August 2006 body + soul magazine:

Tub scrub

Here's a nontoxic but effective way to clean your tub: Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (suchh as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup baking soda. Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.


I made this with eucalyptus oil and Nature Clean's All Purpose Cleaning Lotion, and it worked magnificently.

This month's body + soul has a section on making your own cleaners that is available on their website. They recommend an all purpose cleaner using baking soda, liquid soap, and half a lemon... using the lemon for the actual scrubbing instead of a sponge. I haven't tried that yet, but it does sound interesting. There are a few other recipes depending on what you'd like to clean as well.
7th-Sep-2007 08:04 am - Unclogging drains
antikythera
For future reference: some kinds of drain clogs can be dislodged by pouring baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar, waiting a few minutes and then dumping a kettleful of boiling water after it.
Yellow Submarine
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070414.wcosmetics0414/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

I checked out the journalist's name before posting this - this isn't a sensationalist story, and the writer's done a lot of other work prior to this that's credible. However, if there's any scientific evidence to contradict the article (that wasn't funded by a cosmetics company), please feel free to correct in comments with citations!


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2nd-Apr-2007 07:00 pm - Ooo, That Smell
sicilianhitlist
I live in an older apartment. As a result, it seems that there's this smell that just won't go away. An older, almost musty smell that I'm not sure what to do with. It's strongest in my cabinets, but no amount of sprinkling baking soda is making it go away. It's much, MUCH better than it was when I first moved in, but I still walk in noticing it after I've been gone a few hours.

So! I was to know, ladies and gentlemen, if you have any ideas of natural air fresheners that I can keep in my cabinets (and maybe just use around the place). I have a cat, so I don't want anything that could make her sick.

Honestly, I've thought about just getting some kind of small decorative (but living) tree for my apartment. I've wondered if maybe bringing a little oxygen producing freshness might help the air quality? What do you all think?

If you have ideas other than air smellies -- maybe if you think just an air filter would help, let me know.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. :)

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13th-Jan-2007 03:59 pm(no subject)
antikythera
I just cleaned a rather scummy countertop and kitchen sink with plain dish detergent, baking soda, and Method all-purpose cleaning spray (which comes from Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and I think Target in the US).

I don't actually hate cleaning when I don't have to wear a hazmat suit to use the cleaning products. ^^ I just thought I'd share.
8th-Jan-2007 11:18 pm - Mice don't like ________.
antikythera
Instead of storing stuff in mothballs to keep mice out, I'm wondering if there's an herbal alternative that won't hurt me but that smells bad to mice. Any thoughts?
25th-Sep-2006 11:40 am - Good article and a quick question.
sicilianhitlist
One of my favorite blogs, www.thatsfit.com, had a good article on home cleaning supplies. I noticed a couple of home cleaning suggestions, but this has a bunch.

http://www.thatsfit.com/2006/07/20/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit/

I thought it was worth sharing.

As for my question: II would like to try growin a couple of herbs when the weather is right (parsley for sure, and probably mint), but I live in an apartment. Has anyone else tried their hands at growing a garden at an apartment? If so, do you have any suggestions?

General tips and suggestions are also welcome.
24th-Jul-2006 10:03 am - ONE Organics
present
Anyone heard of them, bought from them, or work for them?

EDIT: this is the address, sorry:
http://www.blueridgebamboo.com/MiEssence/OrganicsEveryday.html

Thanks in advance

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