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1 lemon
olive oil


1. cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into a container – straining pulp and seeds

2. add 1 table spoon of Oil and 1 table spoon of water – tighten lid and shake well

3. pour a small amount and start wiping down the furniture.

Warning – this does not keep well. you need to make it fresh each time you use it.


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How to clean your tub in an eco friendly manner.
Simple and easy instructions

Things you will need:
1 grapefruit cut in half
1/4th cup of coarse salt


1. Cut grapefruit in half

2. Sprinkle halves liberally with salt

3. Sprinkle remaining salt on bathtub.

4. Scrub tub with salted grapefruit half, remembering to resalt the half with the salt around the tub. It works better if you give it a squeeze now and then over the fixtures.

5. Rinse clean

you may use this method to clean your sinks, toilets and tile. It will remove both dirt and grime.
you may use any citrus fruit – heck you can even juice the fruit if you wish, and then use the rind.
All in all it is a wonderful way to clean and leaves the room smelling great without chemicals and additives.

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I keep reading about food shortages and riots over food – from reliable sources such as news papers and magazines to opinion based reports from blogs and commentaries.

It’s no longer something for only the Tin-hatter groups to talk about. Now it seems to be on everyone’s lips. Extreme weather, bio-fuels, devaluation of the dollar, the high price of oil all seem to work against the reasonable cost of food.

The proper response has nothing to do with whining or crying, or buckling down and paying for it. The proper response is to start working to provide for you and your family members. Plant a victory garden, raise some chickens, recycle plastics and aluminum cans, cut costs, cut energy bills, buy local, buy dry goods, can your own surplus and more.

seriously people – we need to get prepared! Now let’s say you do all this work and start a garden and raise some chickens.. and it’s all for nothing. The food shortage doesn’t hit us as hard as it might. What have you lost? A little time? Fresh eggs and produce to supplement your food?

But blaming and complaining will get you little and accomplish even less – It is not the fault of the lousy democrats or the greedy republicans, It is not the fault of conservative or liberal, It is not the fault of our president or the middle east.

It is simply the way of things.

If anything it is our practices of trying to control nature instead of living along side her. SHE is not something to be fought or controlled. Nature was here before us.. and will be here long after us – learn to coexist.

Okay, my rant is done…
I’ll get off my soap box now.

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Frugal Beauty Tips:

rub olive oil or veg oil on cuticles before bed to soften

hair rinse – 1 part apple cider vinegar and 4 parts water
good for dandruff and makes your hair super shiny…the smell will fade quickly

make a paste out of a little water and baking soda
use weekly for a great facial and body scrub

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All purpose Cleaners:

Oven Cleaners: Scrub with a paste of baking soda, salt, and water. Then leave 1/4 c. Lemon juice in the oven overnight and wipe away any remaining grease the next morning. Ventilate the kitchen and avoid breathing in fumes.

Oven spill remover: Sprinkle salt on the spill immediately. Let the oven cool a few minutes, then scrape the spill away and wash the area clean with water.

Window and glass cleaner: Measure 3 tbl of lime juice, 1 tbl white vinegar and 3/4 cup of water into a clean spray bottle, which you can then spray on windows. Wipe clean and dry with a cotton cloth or paper towel.

Scouring powder: use a solution of vinegar, salt and water, or use baking soda and water. apply with a sponge and wipe clean.

Toilet bowl cleaner: pour 1/2 c. white vinegar and 3 tbl of baking soda into the toilet bowl, let stand for 30 minutes, scrub and flush

Ceramic tile Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar into a gallon of warm water and apply with a sponge.

Disinfectants: use 1/2 cup borax dissolved in hot water and apply with a sponge. Use Sodium carbonate (washing soda) in clothes washer in place of commercial detergents.


Furniture polish: mix 2 parts vegetable or olive oil with one part lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the furniture with a soft cloth and wipe dry

Brass polish: polish with Worcestershire sauce (never done this one)

Copper polish: soak in vinegar and salt solution and wipe clean

Silver polish: soak in a quart of warm water containing 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, and a piece of aluminum foil. use a soft bristle toothbrush to remove stains.

Spot removers

Set stain removal: dab with white vinegar

non-set stain: sponge up or scrape off as much as possible immediately. rub with club soda followed by cold water.

Butter gravy, chocolate or urine stains: dab with a cloth dampened with a solution of 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 quart cold water.

Grease stains: rub with a damp cloth dipped in borax, or apply a paste of cornstarch and water. Let it dry and brush the mixture off.

Ink stains: wet the fabric with cold water and apply a cream of tartar and lemon juice mix. let it sit for an hour and then wash as normal

Red wine stains
: clean immediately with club soda, or dab out excess moisture with an absorbent cloth and sprinkle salt on the stain. let stand 7 hours and then brush or vacuum away.

Drain and garbage disposal cleaning

drain cleaner: pour boiling water down your drain weekly.

to unclog drains: pour in 1/2 c. baking soda followed by 1/2 c. vinegar. cover and wait for several minutes. then flush with boiling water.

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