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Natural Household Cleaners

by daisyblue     Safe and Clean Information    |   PDF Version of 7 Safe Cleaners – DIY

Our favorite 7 natural cleaners, using ingredients found in your home!

What you will need:  empty bottle / spray bottle, water, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, Kosher salt, natural soap, and a lemon!


½ cup Baking Soda

10-20 drops Tea Tree Oil (#2507)

Add the above ingredients to your toilet.Next, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the bowl, and scrub away while the mix fizzes.


White vinegar – in a spray bottle

Spray direct on areas of mildew, and let sit 1 hour.Rinse with warm water, and use a sponge to remove any lasting bits of mildew.


¼ cup Baking Soda

¼ cup Natural Soap(DB Laundry Soap)

Mix together, and create a paste.Use paste as a natural scrub.


Cut a lemon in half, and run it over the surfaces.Let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse!

  1. POTS & PANS

Use Kosher salt as an abrasive on your pots and pans to naturally remove left on food & grease.


Mix 20-30 drops of essential oil of choice (we like lavender or a citrus) to a one-gallon jug of white Vinegar.  Add 1/3 cup to each load of laundry.Shake before use.

  1. OVENS

Heat the oven to 125°F. Once the oven is warm, grab your spray bottle of white Vinegar, and spray directly onto the affected areas.Turn off the oven and let it cool.Use a towel to scrub away the mess. If you need more cleaning, sprinkle baking soda or salt on the area, and spray with vinegar.Follow with a good rinse/wipe.

Cleaning should be FUN, not toxic.

Not ready to mix up your own cleaners?  Here are some options for you!

  • Daisy Breeze Laundry Soap – this all purpose, concentrated, laundry soap works for more than just laundry!  Laundry, Bubble Bath, Dish Soap, Doggie Shampoo, Deck Cleaner, Automobile Soap….and more!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive Palm, Castor, and Coconut Oils, Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate.

DB Citrus Laundry Soap, #7202, $20

APRIL ONLY Earth Day Sets (read more below, or in the Monthly Promos Article).

  • DB Clean Natural Cleaning Concentrate – natural cleaner that makes up to 48 gallons of cleaning power!  Works great for kitchen, bathroom, mirrors, windows, dishes, and floors!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive & Coconut Oils, Orange Valencia, Tea Tree, Pink Grapefruit & Eucalyptus Essential Oils, Neem Oil, Rosemary Oil Extract.

DB Clean, #7209  $16

  • Lemon Oil – natural Citrus Limon Peel (lemon essential oil), is cold press extracted from the rind of lemons grown in California, and diluted to a safe to use amount in natural vegetable oil.  Safe to apply direct to the skin, making it a perfect companion to jazz up your cleaning.  Use as a furniture polish, add to your soaps for an added citrus boost, and add a few drops to water and make a refreshing room mist.

Lemon Oil, #2504  $19



Home Fire Escape Plan

I heard on a podcast from a local fire chief that with most home fires the occupants have only two minutes to get out safely. The reason is the smoke. Therefore, working and sufficient smoke alarms are so important to timely warn.

Having a plan of escape is the other important factor. This includes the ability to exit two ways from any room to the outside by door or window. The Red Cross has a helpful guide for people to read, discuss and document their escape routes, and post it in their home.

See American Red Cross Link for Tips

Caraway Seed


It’s a seed with a nutty, anise flavor from the parsley family.

It can be stored up to 6 months in a cool dry place.

Goes well with: bread, cabbage, cheese, pork, potatoes, sauerkraut, sausages, soups, turnips

Caraway Recipes from allrecipes

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken


An easy slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken. This is such a simple recipe for something SO good! Serve hot with steamed rice.”


  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces


  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a small bowl mix the onion, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar, and pour over the chicken. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Homemade Bird Suet

These Suet Recipes are from Birds & Blooms Website.


Tropical Treat:

Attract woodpeckers, as well as chickadees and nuthatches, with this suet recipe made with coconut. The best part is this suet mix won’t melt when it’s warm outside.

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1⁄3 cup coconut
  • 2 ½ cups oats
  • 2 ½ cups cornmeal
  • Raisins, nuts or birdseed, optional

Melt lard and peanut butter. Stir in coconut, oats and cornmeal. Add optional ingredients. Pour the mixture into a pan and chill in refrigerator over-night. Cut into squares and wrap in plastic for easy storage and removal. -Rebecca Beiler, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Out on a Limb:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup raisins

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add the water, and mix. Put peanut butter and lard in a small bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add to the cornmeal mixture along with the raisins. Refrigerate for about two hours. -Naomi Manalo, Middleton, Delaware



Bird Cake:

Make this “bird cake” treat and hang it from trees or bird feeders in mesh bags.

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 eggs

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. -Mary Hochstetler, Milford, Indiana

Virginia Bluebird Society Recipe

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Berries like currants optional.

Mix dry ingredients.  Melt peanut butter and lard together, and mix with dry ingredients.  Press into pan, cool, cut into squares and freeze until needed.

How to make unsweetened chocolate bittersweet

Unsweetened chocolate, as its name indicates, contains absolutely no added sugar, while bittersweet chocolate has anywhere from about 10% to 50% sugar. Because of the difference in sugar content, these two types of chocolate are not interchangeable in recipes.

Can i add sugar to unsweetened chocolate to make it bittersweet?

YES! You adjust a tablespoon of sugar for each ounce of chocolate. In this case. If you’re using unsweetened instead of bittersweet, add 1 tablespoon of sugar per ounce of chocolate and vice versa.

2 Red-Wine Vinaigrette Recipes

Yield  Makes 3/4 cup, or 6 servings

1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Whisking constantly, add the oil in a slow, steady stream and continue whisking until thickened.


Marta Stewart’s Red Wine Vinaigrette Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, garlic, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.


We all know that ProBiotics are good for you but here is an article and some information on PreBiotics and why you should take them too!

Smart Supplements by, Lisa Petty tasteoflife March, 2015
Smart Supplements
by, Lisa Petty
tasteoflife March, 2015




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