Posts Tagged ‘Green My Life

Cleaning the Toilet with Baking Soda?

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 Yes, I really did this. 

I am not sure about you, but I get a pink ring of mold growing in my toilet.  It usually starts to appear a day or two after cleaning.  This pink ring is my nemesis.  I did not take a picture – it is gross.


Typically, I tackle it with a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet wand which can be of expensive (not to mention dangerous to those in the family who occasionally drink from the toilet). 

It turns the toilet water blue and inevitably, after flushing, I realize I missed a whole section of the toilet.  At that point, I either have to use another tab or jury rig some sort of scrubbing pad.


In my on-going attempt to Green My Life, I started wondering if I could use Vinegar and Baking Soda.  Yes, in my toilet.  These are the things that go on in my mind.


I did a little poking around on the world-wide-web and people had actually done it before! 


Armed with my cleaning cache   – Vinegar, Baking Soda and a scrub brush from the dollar store – I headed to the bathroom.


I poured approximately 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda and watched in horror as the concoction started to bubble and I thought it was going to explode out of the toilet. 


It didn’t, so I relaxed.  A little.


I put the top down on the toilet and let it sit for a half an hour (or so).


When I went back, I did a little scrubbing and totally marveled at my clean bowl!!! It did a fantastic job cleaning the porcelain throne.


Has anyone else tried this?  I believe I have found my new method of cleaning!

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DIY – Even More Uses for Coconut Oil

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Ok, so here is a little secret – I love coconut oil.  What?  Did you know that already?



I was able to pick up this “Value” size coconut oil from Fairway for $13.99.  Score, since these are a few of the new uses I have for it:

Make Up Remover

Yes, it takes off makeup like no one’s business – even my mascara.

 All I do is rub a little bit between my fingers and it almost instantly begins to melt.   Then I rub it on my eyes and rinse off. 

Everything should be this simple.


Face Wash

I guess this is almost the same as above.  Maybe I should have lumped these two together.  It is the exact same directions as above except (wait for it) across your whole face.


Shaving Crème

Hum… almost the same directions…..  Rub the coconut oil on the area you want to shave and then – shave!  I get a nice, close shave and my legs are so soft when I am done!   I also noticed I have not nicked my legs since using the coconut oil.  Although there is a chance I am just paying more attention to the process.



I have had a terrible patch of skin on my chest for quite a while.  I have used powders, lotions, scratching and could not get rid of the scaly, yucky skin.  Last week I decided to try this miracle oil.  Guess what – it has finally begun to clear.    I am in utter disbelief. 

Mosquito Repellent

I read online that Coconut Oil is an excellent mosquito repellent- which is incredibly exciting to me.  I am the mosquito’s favorite delicacy.  I get bit multiple times just taking the dogs out.  Dizee is on their menu at any time of the day.

So, I lathered myself up, called the dogs and somehow made it out the door.  While I did not get bit by a single mosquito I was licked almost to the point of paralysis by three hungry beagles.  So much for using this around scent hounds.

I hope to test it out again sometime….

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DIY – All Natural Face Scrub Made With Stuff You Have!

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I am in LOVE!  And this is totally the forever kind of love.

These face scrubs are really super simple and it makes my skin incredibly soft! Plus it costs pennies to make! Score!

I have two different concoctions that I use depending on my mood & what I have on hand.  


Olive Oil & Sugar Scrub



Olive Oil is a great moisturizer and sugar is a gentle exfoliator.  I simply add equal amounts of each to a bowl and stir. I apply this to my face in the shower.  I also use it on my elbows, knees and feet. 

I don’t even put on moisturizer after I get out of the shower.   It is that good.



 Coconut Oil & Sugar Scrub

Coconut Oil has approximately 4 million uses.  Seriously – it is like a miracle product.  Same as above, I mix equal parts of coconut oil and sugar and scrub my face.



Fantastic and smells even better than the Olive Oil scrub.  Be wary of random people sniffing your face, though. 


I have used both mixtures multiple times with no issues – no greasy face, no red skin, no dry patches.  My face did not fall off.  However, be smart.  If you have sensitive skin, test a small area before you try this at home. 




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