Sunday Morning Coffee // 3.02.2014

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

Happy March! Can your believe we're already in the third month of 2014? Where has time gone...

Mother Nature was teasing us last week. Just as I thought this winter may be coming to an end, she decides to drop the temperatures once again. How cruel.

This week I:
  • Answered more amazing questions.
  • Announced that all proceeds from March and April ad sales will go to WWF.

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip 07. DIY Green Cleaning Products

Do you know what you're putting on your countertops, appliances and floors? 

When Steve and I moved into our new condo at the start of this hockey season, we chose to switch to all natural household cleaners. Our decision was two-fold, it saves us money and we can control the ingredients, creating a healthier environment at home and outside. 

We started with, and continue to use, the basic of all cleaners, equal parts vinegar and water. Both ingredients can be found in every house, it costs only pennies to throw together in a squirt bottle and is extremely effective. Not to mention, it doesn't leave the house smelling like chemicals.

Here are some other common items that also serve the purpose of cleaning your home,
vinegar // wipes out tarnish, soap scum and mineral deposits
lemons // acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains
essential oils // kill bacteria and mold
cooking oils // diminish scratches and imperfections
borax // kills mold, fungus and softens water; effective when added to detergent
baking soda // absorbs odors
toothpaste // anti-bacterial, stain fighter
table salt // absorb grease, extra abrasion and scrub for stains on glassware

So do your part, go through your cupboards, toss the chemical cleaners and choose a healthier, more natural solution.

What are your reasons for using all natural cleaners? Have any favourite recipes to share?

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

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1 comment :

  1. I've always wanted to make our own, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I would love to share how we use our water barrel in our back yard (once spring actually comes). Actually I think that was our best wedding gift, the mixer was a very close second :)


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