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Natural Carpet deodorizer May 21, 2010

I was looking through a green forum and a question of carpet deodorizer came up! Since we use a recipe at home I shared and I thought I’d share here too!  I added a couple other ideas just incase you don’t like what we choose to do!

There a ton of recipes online. I use this recipe and it works well. Someone in the green forum suggested using an old parmesan cheese container. We just bought a baking soda container that allows for sprinkling and reuse it. My mom actually gave an essential oil cleaning basket to us for christmas this year, (it was my idea for my brothers, needless to say I didn’t need most of it, but it was fun to help her put together.) this powder recipe was one of our things we made.

It works great! especially for me with my two dogs, one being a puppy!

Note: If you are looking for high-quality, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils, I highly recommend Natures Sunshine Products, I am simply in love with their products, they are a trusted company in our family and used in several parts of our daily life! 

Carpet Deodorizer

Ingredients:

10 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Lemon
20 drops Lavender (sometimes I switch this one out for another one of my favorites)
1 16 ounce box of baking soda
Directions: Add the baking soda to a large bowl and then add the essential oils. Be sure to mix the oils into the baking soda well. Since lemon essential oil is normally yellow, it is essential that it is mixed well into the baking soda so that no undiluted lemon oil stains your carpet. This blend may be adapted to use your favorite essential oils, but strive to add essential oils that offer antibacterial and disinfectant properties to give the deodorizer an added benefit (the oils in this blend work to accomplish that). After you have blended the oils into the baking soda, the deodorizer can be stored in a glass jar or airtight container.  Sprinkle the deodorizer onto your carpet.  Allow the deodorizer to sit on your carpet for 10-20 minutes and then vacuum normally.
Another idea:

I also saw this site while doing a quick search. It has ideas of adding aromatics! such great ideas.

Yet one more way to do it:


Supplies:
•1 cup baking soda
•1/2 cup cornstarch
•favorite herbal scent or essential oils

I haven’t searched to find out what the cornstarch does, but you can get this in the bins at Winco to make it cheaper.

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Pesticides linked to ADHD… May 18, 2010

Filed under: Buy Local,Just Getting Started,Local Supplier,shopping,Think Global — greenonthego @ 5:41 am

A friend sent me this article. All the more reason to buy local, buy organic.

Study: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

 

A Win for Walmart May 3, 2010

Filed under: budget,Just Getting Started,shopping,Uncategorized — greenonthego @ 5:20 pm

I know, I know…Walmart?

Yep. I can honestly say I am impressed by Walmart and their move toward supplying more organic and “green” products. Say what you will about their employee policies and business ethics, but they sure made my organic gardening easy and affordable.

On a random trip to my local Walmart, I was shocked to find biodegradable seed starters with organic soil, organic potting mix and plant food and organic seeds. Hooray! I was preparing to order from catalogs and hunt down supplies throughout the Portland area.

I felt so much better knowing that was I was growing was organic, and being sown in organic soil. No harmful pesticides or chemicals will get into my food this growing season.