Green House Cleaning Methods and Products: Products and Recipes for Environmentally Friendly Housework

Green Up Your Cleanup, by Jill Schoff, is a home dweller’s manual for easy green house cleaning. Learn how the toxic cleaning agents most frequently used can contribute to problems in personal health and the environment. Find the best safe products, including recipes for making them at home, for environmentally friendly housework.

Green Cleaning Basics

Green Up Your Cleanup provides clear explanations on the dangers of using typical household chemicals. Those risks include health problems for household residents, as well as a contribution to environmental pollution. Making the change to a safer solution is easy, healthier and less expensive than continuing to purchase the products most homeowners are already using.

Green House Cleaning Inside

A simple homemade recipe can help tackle bathroom cleaning problems like mold and mildew. Kitchen appliances can be cleaned without all the toxic fumes. Laundry problems can be washed away in an environmentally-friendly way. Dusting and cleaning windows doesn’t have to cause sinus problems. Flooring, carpeting, furniture and upholstery all present cleaning challenges that are best resolved with non-toxic solutions. Green Up Your Cleanup details methods of tackling all of these projects in a green way.

Green House Cleaning Outside

Housework is usually associated with inside space, but an awful lot of chemicals get used for the periodic cleaning that becomes necessary from enjoying an outdoor life. Learn to clean the outside of a house as well with tips for:

  • Vinyl, Aluminum and Wood Siding
  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Exterior Metalwork
  • Decks
  • Driveways, Walkways and Patios
  • Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics
  • Backyard Grill
  • How to Clean a Garage, Workshop or Basement Without Chemicals

Green Up Your Cleanup has covered it all with tips for inside and out. Most recommendations for cleaning garage floors, cars and workshop tools involve the use of toxic chemicals. Keep the outside areas of a home as clean as inside with these safe alternatives. Other tips include addressing paint problems, lawn mowers, pesticides and basements.

Summary

Green Up Your Cleanup is a spiral bound, easy reference manual that is great for someone just starting out on the switch to a safer clean home. There are cleaning recommendations for both homemade potions as well as safe store-bought alternatives. The friendly, easy writing style makes comfortable work of a lifestyle change that can seem scary to the beginner. This book is a great way to take the first step toward considering a need for change in housecleaning habits.

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Don’t Shy Away from WHITE

It may be a boring color or a bit intimidating but having it as a blank slate, just a mix and match and it will give your space a wow-factor. Read the article that I found below:

The last time you saw an all-white room did you feel comfortable or did you feel timid and afraid to relax? White is one of those colors that many homeowners shy away from, as they are nervous about making an all-white room feel comfortable and welcoming. White can be the most refreshing color of the spectrum. It can evoke purity, cleanliness, but also confidence and sophistication. Before you decide that your home could never “do white” look at these 10 quick tips to get a wow factor when decorating with all-white color. You may be surprised how easily comfortable white can be in your interiors.

1. Start with a white room as a blank slate:

Instead of getting intimidated by white, look at white as a fresh start to do whatever you want and go wherever your creativity will take you! White rooms are a great way to find out what inspires your room. Do you have a killer view of the ocean, trees, mountains or city? White is a beautiful canvas to use as a backdrop for your gorgeous vistas. Instead of engulfing your whole room in a color, try white and see what speaks to you in your home.

2. Use white in your modern or traditional kitchen:

The beauty of white is its versatile range to go from an ultra creamy white that pairs well with traditional and classical wooden kitchen cabinets with Carrera marble counters to ultra modern white lacquer finish minimal kitchens with waterfall edge countertops. Many homeowners love white in the kitchen because it feels clean and classic. Many kitchen appliance manufacturers now offer appliances in white too!

3. White and your favorite metals are a timeless combination

Have you noticed the latest trends in interiors pair neutral colors such as white, black, grays and browns with classic metal color combinations? White and stainless steel, brass, copper and gold are all trending in home interiors and the look is warm and inviting. Whether you pair white with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen or with brass lighting fixtures in your living room. Metals reflectance is a great pairing with the crispness of white.

4. Don’t shy away from white upholstery

You may be thinking that white upholstery is harder to keep clean or it shows dirt quickly. While this may be true, consider what type of room will match the fabric type for which you use it in. In living and family rooms with busy traffic – consider using faux leather and faux suedes, also khaki and white denim slipcovers are ideal for homes with pets and active kids. Don’t shy away from white because of the color – instead use fabric suitable for your busy home.

5. Let a piece of artwork take center stage amongst white

One of the greatest assets of working with the color white is the ability to showcase your own personality and style in your interiors, without having to compete with the color on the walls, furniture and decor. If you love artwork, sculptural pieces, or any elements that command attention, consider displaying it on an all-white wall, over an all-white fireplace mantle or over your all-white bed. All eyes will go right to your one-of-a-kind artwork without you having to try!

6. Choose the best shade of white for your decor

Believe it or not, there are hundreds of shades of white and all of them do not look like versions of beige! Every color in the spectrum has a white version of it. From pinks and yellows to greens and purples, there are underlying faint hints of color in a variety of whites. Choose what furniture and decor your home has the majority of color in. Look to kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertops and tile in your bathroom for color cues on how to choose the best underlying colored white. There are several ‘perfect whites’ for every home.

7.  Layer tone-on-tone whites for a warmer room

If your room is lacking personality or warmth, consider layering whites in similar shades of white, warm whites, gray, warm grays, etc.… Use patterns, textures and varying materials in similar white hues to create a room that has depth and interest. This especially works well in bedrooms. Textiles, an upholstered headboard, window treatments and bedding can all work together in harmony in varying shades of tone-on-tone white varieties.

8. White can make your interiors versatile all year around:

White creates a canvas for you to decorate in different ways all year around. Whether you love to usher in autumn with gorgeous rustic tones of red, yellow, and burnt umber or change to bright colors and pastels in spring, an all-white interior gives you the versatility to change at a whim! Swap out accent rugs, throw pillows, window treatments, bed linen to create a seasonal home that is versatile and welcoming all year around. In summer time an all-white interior is cool and refreshing and may not need seasonal colors at all.

 

9. Bring color into your room to highlight white bathroom features

Nothing says “Wow” like an eye-catching color amongst a sea of white interior walls in a bathroom. A white bathtub, sink basin and flooring can look striking against any color that adds punch and pizazz to the eye. Red mosaic tile, teal and aqua glass tiles, or even a monochromatic metallic steel tile accent wall will make any all-white bathroom look sophisticated and cosmopolitan!

10.  Use white to make all the “blemishes” go away:

White can also work like an eraser in your interiors. Whether your home has some architectural mishaps, exposed mechanical ducts, or overhead unsightly blemishes in the drywall – white can camouflage the eyesores. In older homes, white can help highlight gorgeous crown molding and craftsman details can be highlighted with gorgeous white.  Transform your home by using all-white interiors and see how comfort is closer than you once thought!

 

 

 

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Maximize Small Garden Space

Many of us have a garden that’s smaller than we’d like, but there are plenty of clever design techniques you can use to make the most of your space.

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Remodeling for Those Dealing With a Disability: Handicaps are Less Limiting Due to Talking Thermostats and Fixtures

Independent Living Aids, LLC offers two thermostats for the blind and visual-impaired. The most impressive is the Kelvin Talking Thermostat. After the advent of the Clap On, Clap Off light switch, it was bound to happen.

This temperature controller is programmable and voice-interactive. Once programmed, it will respond to voice commands. Pushing the control buttons causes it to talk to the user. It also incorporates tactile arrows to lower or raise the temperature. Downside? It doesn’t work with heat pumps.

The other product is the Easy To See Thermostat. This one resembles typical round-shaped models except that it features raised numbers and it makes a clicking noise when the dial is turned.

Handicap Bathroom Fixtures

Grab bars and handrails are the first bathroom fixtures that come to mind. These are essential for the personal safety of mobility-impaired individuals getting in and out of the bath and sitting on or raising up from the toilet. These are easy to install during a bathroom remodeling project by installing wood backing between the wall studs

There are sinks on the market that are engineered to be 27” to 30” off the floor to allow individuals in wheelchairs to get as close as possible. Some are up to 40” tall for people who have trouble bending.

Special roll-in showers and walk-in bathtubs are commonly available for people with mobility challenges. A remodeling contractor or licensed plumber can install one in quick order.

Kitchen Design for the Disabled

The kitchen is a prime area for outfitting for the handicapped. Countertops have the same issue as sinks. They should be height-adjusted and allow sufficient overhang for wheelchair users.

Another thing that should be done is to mount fog-free mirrors over work surfaces and the stove to allow viewing without having to push up out of the chair.

Wheelchair Lifts and Ramps

Ramps are usually custom-built on site because the existing situations are so diverse.

 

Wheelchair lifts, on the other hand, are commercially available for many purposes.

Porch lifts are essentially exterior elevators and are a perfect solution for homes on stilts.

Stair lifts are another example. Basically, this is a chair that rides up and down a staircase on a rail.

Got a swimming pool? No need to give up a little pool soaking. Pool and spa lifts are designed to move someone in and out of the water.

The bottom line is that being handicapped or disabled is easier to cope with than ever before with constantly evolving products arriving on the market all the time.

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Kitchen Backsplash that Suits You

Tips on how to choose the best backsplash for your kitchen. I know it’ll not be easy but it all boils down to what kitchen you really want to have.

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Choosing the Right Watering System for your Garden

Soak, Drip Or Spray:
Which Is Right For You?

Choose the best of our easy, customizable, irrigation systems to help your plants thrive and save water

WATER is vital to plant health, but watering by hand can be a hassle. You have to drag hoses between gardens, move sprinklers around, or take the time to water each plant. Our innovative watering systems take the hassle out of watering. They’re the easiest way to give plants the consistent moisture they need for your biggest harvest and most beautiful blooms. Here’s why:
  • You install them once and leave them in place all season long.
  • Turn on the spigot to water plants; no hoses or sprinklers to move around.
  • They install in minutes — all you need is a pair of scissors to cut the hoses to the lengths you need.
  • Customizable systems save water by watering plants, not paths.
  • If you add a timer, your garden will water itself!

Here’s how to choose the best system for each of your gardens.

Snip-n-Drip Soaker System:
Slow, Deep, Root-Zone Watering

Our flagship Snip-n-Drip Soaker Hose System uses a soaker hose to provide the slow, deep watering that plants love. By applying water at the root zone, it keeps foliage dry, helping to prevent disease problems. And it conserves water, too. Soaker hoses use up to 80 percent less water than overhead watering! By alternating sections of soaker hose and garden hose, you can set up a watering system in minutes that applies water where you need it — and not where you don’t. Place the soaker hose next to plants, and use the garden hose to cross paths and other areas where you don’t need water.

Snip-n-Drip is perfect for watering foundation plantings and multiple garden beds. We have special Snip-n-Drip systems specifically designed for trees and shrubs, vegetable garden rows, raised bed gardens and planters.

Micro Snip-n-Drip Irrigation:
Pinpoint-Precision Watering

Our Micro Snip-n-Drip Irrigation Kit provides precise root-zone watering to six plants. Drip irrigation applies water to individual plants, so there’s no wasted water — it uses up to 90 percent less water than sprinklers! Unlike complicated drip systems, ours sets up in minutes. Plus, it has adjustable nozzles so you can set them to apply just the right amount of water to each plant.

Micro Snip-n-Drip is perfect for watering tomato, pepper and squash plants. Use it or anywhere you want to provide slow, deep watering to individual plants. And it’s ideal for areas with hard water — you can easily remove the nozzles to clean them. This low-pressure system can also be used with a rain barrel.

Snip-n-Spray Garden Landscape Sprinkler System:

Provides Uniform Coverage

To water larger areas, like ground covers and perennial plantings, use our Snip-n-Spray Garden Landscape Sprinkler System. Simply place the sprinklers where you need them, and then use scissors to cut the hose to fit between them. The sprinklers adjust to spray in a 5 to 360-degree pattern, so you can set them to water your plants — not the sidewalk or driveway. Each sprinkler has a flow-control valve so you can fine-tune the output for uniform water coverage. The system includes three sprinklers and waters up to 400 square feet.

Micro Snip-n-Spray Sprinkler System:
Waters a 4′ x 8′ Bed

Finally, there’s our Micro Sprinkler Kit. This low-profile, low-volume system applies a fine spray that gently waters a 4′ x 8′ bed. Use it in the garden or in a raised bed. It’s perfect for watering seedlings, new plantings and ground covers. There are flow control valves on each sprinkler so you can fine-tune the coverage area. The kit includes four 90-degree micro sprinklers and two 180-degree micro sprinklers.

 

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Top 4 Kitchen Cabinets Trends to Watch for in 2017

Normally, cabinets take up a significant area of your kitchen. If these cabinets are too old and outdated, they can be an instant eyesore and can influence the décor of the entire kitchen. In some instances, they may be the convenient storage your family requires in your kitchen. Just look around in your kitchen. Do you see some old and ugly cabinets? If yes, then these kitchen cabinet trends in 2017 can help you to upgrade your kitchen.

  1. White kitchen cabinets

    kitchen cabinets

Don’t you think the sparkling and sleek appearance is hot for your kitchen? Having white kitchen cabinets is a great way of achieving this look. You can opt for any size depending on the size of your kitchen and your storage needs. White cabinets will reflect the light around the room and make very attractive.  Besides, having white kitchen cabinets is a great way of making your kitchen seems bigger especially if it’s usually small.

  1. Metallic kitchen cabinets

    metallic kitchen cabinets

We are all aware that the mid-century look has secretly creeping back. Don’t be surprised that this trend is making its way into our kitchens with the metallic cabinets. These cabinets come in varieties including steel and other metals. One thing I like about these cabinets is that they are easy to maintain and clean. You will not reface the cabinets and can be installed easily. If you want a stress-free kitchen upgrade, you may need to consider the metallic cabinets.

  1. Gray Kitchen Cabinets

    gray kitchen cabinets

Gray is 2017’s hot neutral. Almost every shade rhymes with this trend. Experts recommend a lighter shade of gray to make the space brighter just the way white cabinets do. Opt for a darker gray if you wish to create a warm and dramatic environment in your kitchen. Note that gray cabinets work well with almost every color.

  1. Glass cabinet doors

    glass kitchen doors

Most homes have open shelving. Though they look great, you may wonder how you will keep your expensive utensils and other valuables that you place in these cabinets safe, clean and free from damage. A clear glass window seems to be the perfect solution to that issue. If you want a sleek and modern appearance in your kitchen, opt for the frosted glass. It will create openness in your kitchen without exposing your plates and glasses to dust and other dirt.

Let 2017 be the year that you will upgrade your kitchen to something better.

 

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Use the Right Kinds of Bathroom Accessories For Sale To De-Clutter

bathroom accessories

Bathrooms should be the cleanest room around the house. It must have that homey and tidy appeal. The most dreadful one to clean is the bathroom. It is a dirty job but someone has to clean it. You must gather your own cleaning supplies before getting your hands dirty. Allocate time for general cleaning around your home. You must try to be more organized in keeping all your cleaning tools in a bin to avoid the delays in your cleaning schedule.

Cleaning up the bathrooms can employ a variety of products in the market. Thus, it is a wise move to organize your bathroom cleaning tools and supplies which include bathroom surface cleaner, mildew remover, soap scum remover, window washing fluid, dust rages, scrub brush, floor cleaner and sponges.

bath mat sets

There are a lot of bathroom accessories in the market including the bath mat sets. There are a lot of home accidents taking place in the bathrooms. Slipping and falling off from a relaxing bath tub frolic are just some of the most common accidents at homes. Bath mat sets are one of the most important bathroom accessories for sale that every household must secure. This is to avoid accidents that could lead to fatal injury. Bath mat sets are not so expensive compared to the high costs to pay for being hospitalized for an accident that is long preventable.

The safety of your family can be ensured by adding a simple accent into your bathroom. Aside from being trendy, chic and fashionable, these bath mats are very decorative objects which can add a style in your bathroom. The bathroom is one of the most important areas of your home. It is where we can attend to our personal necessities. Thus, it is important that we keep it tidy, clean and safe all the time and bath mat sets come handy.

To organize your bathroom, you must have the right kind of storage. Enough space for storing your belongings in the bathroom is a serious matter to consider. It is best that you make use of organizers that will keep everything in its respective places. You can find very durable organizing tools in the market that can withstand constant exposure to mist and moisture.

bathroom lighting

Another key factor for a safer bathroom is the strategic use of lighting. You have to make your bathroom look bright and well-lit. Try installing sconces that will provide direct light on your bathroom mirror. The reflective surface makes the light bounce all over the place which creates the illusion of a bigger bathroom. You can organize your home very well if you have enough lighting. Just imagine how convenient it would be if you know exactly where to get the items that you need.

 

 

 

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Easy Garden Projects for Children that’ll be Easy for You Too!

For us grownups yard work is too often just a chore. But for children, your home landscape is a potential place of discovery. And with these projects you needn’t be afraid of unattractive results that require a, “well, the kids helped” explanation. Children love to watch things grow, however what they like most of all is to watch things grow quickly. Here are two spectacularly speedy producers that can fill your children with the pride of horticultural accomplishment, fill your yard with attractive greenery and maybe even your table with some tasty and nutritious bounty. Both these are edible annuals that don’t require too much tending and that can be grown as decorative plants. They’re ideal when you want a quick project for your children and you don’t have space or time to commit to a full vegetable garden.

Pumpkins and other squash:

pumpkin gardening

A single pumpkin seed from a large pumpkin variety (the sort you’d use for a jack-o-lantern rather than a culinary variety) will quickly yield huge foliage on a thick, branching vine that can trail a distance of up to twenty five feet. For best results you should sow seeds in late spring in well drained garden soil , but if you’ve already missed spring, go ahead and plant in the summer. Your plants may not bear fruit before frost, but you can still enjoy the fantastic plant. Plant two of these to better ensure that flowers will be pollinated and fruit will set.

Your pumpkin (or squash) plant will cover a large amount of ground which is useful if you’ve got a bit of unattractive bare dirt. Or if you have a large bed of ivy, it’s fun to plant the pumpkin near the edge and allow the vine to trail right over the top of the ivy. The effect is strikingly dramatic.

As your pumpkin plant blooms, pick a few of the blossoms for stuffed squash blossom recipes. If you’re sure you want to eat your pumpkins, go ahead and choose a sugar pumpkin variety. The foliage will be a little smaller, but still beautiful Other squash are also amazingly easy to grow. Each variety will have its own growth habit and space requirements.

Beans, all varieties including peas:

peas gardening

Any sort of bean makes a good cover for an existing fence, trellis or pergola and won’t look out of place even in the most elegant yard. Some, such as Scarlet Runner, are best known for their flowers. (Please note, Sweet Peas are not edible, despite their mouth watering name). Choose a variety you suspect your children or grandchildren might like to eat. Sow according to package direction after all danger of frost has passed. If your growing season is long, stagger planting times so that you’ll have blooms and beans all season long.

Filling in the spaces:

carrots gardening

If you’ve got a little extra room and your children have a little extra energy and enthusiasm, lettuces and carrots are sure kid pleasers for their fast germination time and satisfyingly short period to wait until harvest.

With either pumpkins, squash, beans, lettuce or carrots, you’ll enjoy lush foliage all summer long, your kids just might eat more vegetable and maybe you’ll even have a few caterpillars and butterflies.

 

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What You Can Do With Outdoor Furniture Upholstery Fabric

Home improvement projects are always the most interesting yet financially demanding endeavour to undertake. There are home owners who take this opportunity to express their creativity when planning out a design concept. However, this can definitely incur a lot of expenses. Many home owners today are dreaming of upgrading their house interiors. They want to include new ornamental items and decorations without breaking their bank accounts. One of the best areas of the house to redecorate is the outdoor space. I always dream of spending lazy afternoons with my family on a comfortable and cosy patio. Think about going home to a very relaxing patio, deck or garden. How amazing could it be if you can sip a cup of coffee on your beautiful front porch?

If you are on the hunt for some creative ways to upscale your home interior, you will surely love some of our suggestions. These ideas are really practical and can make your homes look prettier, cosy and comfortable. Fabric is very versatile and handy. When you use it for your interior and outdoor design plans, you can create endless design pieces to reckon. You can come up with gorgeous pillow cases, draperies as well as curtains. One of the most practical ways of improving your home exteriors is through the use of upholstery fabric. This can give you endless possibilities of creating decorative pieces for your design plan.

There are home owners who would want to upscale their outdoor furniture. One way of doing this is by adding cushions. They can be done by simply Upholstery fabrics are really durable. This type of cloth is made to last over a long period of time. It is also the best option for your outdoor furniture because it can withstand repetitive wear-and-tear movements. You can use this fabric in various type of furniture. Whether you are using weaker or bamboo for your design project, your upholstery fabric can definitely blend in appropriately. If you are using outdoor furniture upholstery fabric, you do not need to worry about not finding enough options. You can visit your local craft store and inquire about their selection of fabric. Most of these upholstery fabrics come in different colors and patterns.

Another way of making your outdoor furniture really pretty is by creating table covers and runners. You can accentuate your design ensemble with a gorgeous piece of cloth for your side or center tables. This is really effective if you want to create a coherent design plan including all the details. Choose an upholstery fabric that is similar to your cushions. It will effectively pull the look of your patio or deck together.

Lastly, one way of upgrading your outdoor interior is through the use of dividers or lattice. You can create one from scratch by using furniture upholstery fabric and wooden frames. If you are the type who wants to have some privacy outdoors, this is the best thing to have.

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