what an awesome thread!
I only made it through 6 pages so far so if these have been repeated somewhere, forgive me.
I LOVE Heather's All Purpose Soap
. I dilute and put into spray bottles and the stuff lasts FOREVER. I use it on my tile floors, cabinets, hamster accessories, desk, really everywhere, and I adore it. It smells great too. I have also used the oxygen cleanser
and window cleaner
and i was pleased with those also.
has been mentioned a bit already and thankfully, it is becoming more readily available to me at local markets, so i've been using the dishwashing liquid.
also readily available at Target and CVS near me is method http://www.methodhome.com/
who makes a full line of home care products, all cruelty free and plant derived ingredients, no chemicals and speaking of environmentally friendly, they have a promotion for a free canvas tote
with $20 purchase here
. i have used their hand soap
, tub and tile cleaner
, fabric softener
, and I can't think what else right now, but i LOVE them.
and speaking of canvas bags
all of the markets here, even some of the smaller health food stores, are now offering very inexpensive canvas grocery
bags, for around $1 typically, and i am LOVING them. i forget them a lot, though, in which case i use paper because i always find a way to reuse paper efficiently. the best ones are from Sweetbay/Hannaford
, IMO anyway as they fold up and snap shut in a cute little rectangle that fits in my shorts pocket. and it's HUGE. i use them for traveling too, they're awesome and multifunctional.
and let's see.... natural spider prevention: essential citrus oils,
orange, grapefruit, etc. but make sure it's an essential not a fragrance. be careful, though, about potential contact with pets/skin as essentials can be an irritant. place a few drops near windowsills/entryways where spiders can enter or place a few drops on a cottonball.
freshen your vacuum: essential lemon oil
on a cottonball placed inside your vaccuum cleaner bag or bagless container makes for an all natural antibacterial /antiviral that also leaves the air smelling fresh and clean.
placed in inconspicuous (and safe) areas of kitchen counters will eliminate roach problems. borax rocks all around.
can be used both in your yard and in your home to kill and prevent fleas
. make sure to get food grade
, not the kind at the pool store, though, in case of ingestion secondary to contact occurs, either you or pets. it is safe to eat, actually has health benefits! for outside, place in an empty coffee can making small holes in the lid for a pseuo-shaker effect, and sprinkle throughout the yard. due to the flea's life cycle, this isn't an instant fix, but it's worth the short wait to avoid using poison. in your home, use a similarly fashioned pseudo-shaker and mix with salt, borax, and baking soda. sprinkle all over carpets, upholstery, etc. after 24 hours, use a broom to embed the mixture in. don't vacuum for a full 7 days. (most people hate that part, sorry!)
okay i'm totally babbling and some of this may have been addressed already, so i'm shutting up! wonderful thread, thanks to all!!!!!!