Showing posts with label The Organic Housekeeper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Organic Housekeeper. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Organic Bedbug Removal

organic bedbug removal
Bedbugs Aren't Picky About Where They Stay
We have been seeing it on the news for weeks; bedbugs are making a comeback across the country.  The FDA is warning people not to use strong outdoor chemicals in their home to treat bedbugs. I've searched all over the web and the reality is, the information about how to remove bedbugs is very ambiguous.  Some websites say throw your furniture out, some say you can spray it.  Some say call an exterminator while others say an exterminator is pricey and may not help.  All this information can leave homeowners and apartment dwellers alike very confused.  So, in an effort to ease reader frustrations I have compiled a list of dos and don'ts complete with several helpful links.

#1 Don't panic:  Although bedbugs are a pest as well as a nuisance, but they are not poisonous and are not likely to carry serious disease.  Neither do they spread quickly.

#2 Do address the problem quickly:  the most important thing to do is identify where the bedbugs are nesting.  LEARN WHERE BEDBUGS CAN LIVE.  Chances are someone brought them into furniture, or perhaps you took a vacation and they jumped into bed with you.  Examine your furniture thoroughly until you find where they are nesting and then DO REMOVE the furniture that they have called home.

#3 Do clean and vacuum your home from top to bottom.  Pay special attention to carpet corners; use the edging attachment on your vacuum to clean these corners and sideboards and then empty your vacuum promptly in your outdoor garbage receptacle.

#4 Do examine any hotel rooms you may stay in BEFORE you bring your luggage in.  If would bite to pay for a hotel room and take bedbugs home with you.

#5 Don't try to treat bedbugs with outdoor chemicals...this could become more harmful than the bedbugs themselves.

#6 Do know what bedbugs look like.  To the right is a picture of some bedbugs although the bites may look different depending on reaction.  Bedbug bites do usually appear in threes (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Helpful video on Bedbugs

Monday, August 1, 2011

Considering frugal welcomes The Organic Housekeeper

You will soon start seeing several posts labeled "The Organic Housekeeper," these are homemaking tips and tricks that I previously posted on a blog by the same title.  In an effort to focus my time and writing abilities I am bringing those posts over to Considering frugal and will also be offering new postings under the same label as The Organic Housekeeper is Cathleene Filmore's alter ego.  giggle.

Please join me in welcoming The Organic Housekeeper to Considering frugal.

Setting an Atmosphere with Scents

Setting an Atmosphere with Scent
Setting an Atmosphere with Scents
Setting an atmosphere for your home does not stop with decorating and furniture placement. You want your home to be a restful and healing place, a retreat. Setting a mood for your home must include all of the five senses and scent is a very important one.  There are many different ways to add scents as well as several scents to consider.

The first place you or a guest will encounter scent, and the most organic would be at the entrance to your home.  Purposely placed planters filled with lavender or sweet pea make  a very relaxing entrance to your home.  It is no secret that lavender promotes restfulness and calm.  Another spice that is nice to come home to is Cinnamon. Cinnamon can be a bit over powering inside the home however a basket of Cinnamon scented pine cones outside the front door is very welcoming.

Coffee, fresh apple and vanilla scents are nice in the kitchen because they will absorb unpleasant odors and add a soft energy to your home while woody scents like sandalwood and cedar are great for refreshing bathrooms and closets.

Some scents to avoid would be citrus and floral; many people  are allergic to these scents even in natural forms and they just tend to cover up odors rather than absorb them.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Organic Cleaning Products in Your Pantry

Organic Cleaning Products
Find it in Your Pantry First
Good housecleaning products do not have to be the most expensive to be organic. They need to be the right products for the job and they need to do the job for you. Always make sure the following list of products are in your cabinets. Once you have these goods and products at your disposal the task of cleaning should be a breeze.

The Cleaning Products:

White Vinegar works great for sinks, counters and floors. I like to mix a bit of Seventh Generation lavender dish soap with this for a really great smell. White vinegar also makes a great fabric softener in the laundry. 

Baking Soda is good for scrubbing bubbles action when mixed with vinegar. This will work in the shower and bath or you can use a natural all purpose cleaner.

All purpose cleaner is a little stronger but it is really necessary for toilets, and some baths and showers. I like Green Works all purpose cleaner.

Lemon Oil is really what is best for the care of wood furniture and it also shines up old aluminum trims without harsh chemicals.

A stack of small old hand towels is a must; always recycle old bath towels and underwear this way. T-shirts are great for streak free glass.

Green scrubbing pads made from recycled materials or organic fibers are sometimes necessary for tough spots. Make sure you spray harsh bathroom stains with all purpose cleaner first, let it sit for 15 minutes and then come back with the scrubby; you shouldn’t have to use too much elbow grease.

More tips to help you keep a green/organic house...

The Organic Housekeeper's favorite products

There are several products on the market that make organic housekeeping an ease. Below is a list of just a few of my favorite organic housekeeping products.
There are several new countertop composters on the market that are both affordable and odor free. Making biodegradable waste into compost for houseplants and fertilizer for outdoor flowers and container gardens is a great way to recycle when you live in an apartment. At the top of each blog post you can note my Amazon store link and there you will find a very good deal on my favorite countertop composter.

Houseplants are a great way to improve the air quality in your living space. Did you know that one houseplant can purify up to 10 feet of living space. The Aloe Vera plant is my favorite pick for air purifying; not only does it remove quite a few carcinogens but it serves as a natural healing balm as well. You can also use Aloe Vera as a natural body product.
There are several new herb gardening kits available on the market that take up less space while providing you with wonderful kitchen herbs as well as purifying the air in your living space. Most come with pots, soil and herbs starts and easy instructions for growing a garden in your apartment kitchen. There is at least one herb gardening kit in my Amazon store as well.

Finally, I absolutely love Seventh Generation household cleaning products. Every time I purchase a new Seventh Generation product it becomes my favorite. The smell of each product is fragrant and the cleaning power amazing. When I first started purchasing Seventh Generation I found it to be a little pricey however Target has started carrying the entire line of products and it is priced to sell. Sometimes it is even more affordable then the store brands and you can find coupons on their website.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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