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Monday, August 31, 2009

Save Money With Fabric Softener

Want to know how to save even more money with fabric softener? Try this.

Get a small container with a lid that will hold at least two cups of liquid.
Now take a measuring cup and pour ½ cup of this
Soft Fabric Concentrate into your container.
Next take the same measuring cup and add 1 cup of water to your container.
Now take a washrag that you will dedicate to your laundry as your “laundry sheet”.
Dip the rag in the mixture and squeeze out the extra. It doesn’t have to be squeezed dry – it can drip a little. You just don’t want it running out of the cloth – that would be wasting it.
Now toss it in your dryer with your clothes.

You now have a very inexpensive dryer sheet.
It saves you money and the environment because this
Soft Fabric Concentrate is non toxic and contains no phosphates.
It will not stain your clothes unlike other fabric softeners. And it’s gentle enough even for those who have sensitive skin. Great for baby’s clothes or people with allergies.

You can use a larger container. Just measure one part of fabric softener to two parts of water.

Hope you found this tip helpful. Don’t forget to share this with others.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Save A Burnt Pot

This Dishwasher Detergent is very good for cleaning a burnt pot.

Put a small amount into a pot of water, boil and the pot gets clean without much scrubbing.

This saves money and time! Two things moms seem to be always in short supply of!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cost Compare Laundry Products

Think going “green” is too expensive or the products won’t work as well? Think again.

Here are some laundry products broken down in cost:

Laundry (powder)

Tide 70 oz – price $7.97

usage per load-provided cup – does 40 medium loads

cost per load – 19.9¢

Seventh Generation Laundry 112 oz – price $14.99

usage per load-provided cup – does 42 medium loads

cost per load – 35.7¢

Fresh Laundry Powder 14 lb – price $40.25

usage per load–1/8 cup – does 224 medium loads

cost per load – 18.0¢

Laundry Brighteners and Stain Removers

Spray ’n Wash Stain Remover - size 30 0z – price $2.38

usage-straight – gallons-15/64 gallon

cost per gallon $10.15

Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover – size 30 oz – price $2.44

usage-straight –gallons-15/64 gallon

cost per gallon $10.41

Seventh Generation Natural Stain Remover - size 32 oz – price $5.99

usage-straight – gallons-¼ gallon

cost per gallon $23.96

Nature Bright – size 32 oz – price $9.30

usage-2 Tbsp in 16 oz water – gallons-4 gallons

cost per gallon $2.33

Fabric Softener

Seventh Generation Fabric Softener – size 40 oz - $6.49

amount per load-1oz – does 40 medium loads

cost per load 16.2¢

Soft Fabric – size 32 oz - $8.80

amount per load-½ oz – does 64 medium loads

cost per load 13.8¢

These products are not only economical, but WISE!

Cost comparisons do not take into consideration the fact that these products:

Are nontoxic and do not pollute

Use much less packaging materials

Leave no harmful residues

Are safe around children and sensitive adults

Are biodegradable

Out perform many leading national brands

Conventional product prices obtained from Wal-Mart, Athens, GA. Green product prices obtained from Wal-Mart or Earth Fare Natural Supermarket*, Athens, GA. Prices may vary depending on region.

All comparisons are based on manufacturer usage directions and/or actual measurements to determine uses per container. All prices are those in effect April 1, 2009.

I make mistakes all the time, so not respoonsible for errors.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Soak The Impossible

Think you have a stain on your clothes that is impossible to come out?

Try this solution:

Take the hottest water your garment can handle and in a small tub mix in the following:
¼ cup of this laundry detergent
Fresh Laundry Concentrate
¼ cup of this all fabric brightener Nature Bright
Scrub stain and let soak

The amount of soaking needed to remove the stain may take an hour or hours or it may take days. If it is set in, it may take days of soaking. Every day swish the solution around, scrub the stain and change the water and detergent mixture after three days.

I have let some items soak for more than a week before. These were stains that got by me unnoticed and were set in by the dryer. I just let it soak for as long as it needed and over time the stain lifted!

Try it, I have never had a stain that didn’t come out using this method.

These detergents are biodegradable, contain no phosphates and are great for those who have allergies and sensitive skin. I wash my baby’s clothes in them! And they are so concentrated, they actually save you money!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Let Your Kids Go Fish!

Do you feed your kids fish? Here are some questions to ask yourself about fish.

Do you think it’s not that important to eat fish?
It’s very important, because fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids play a significant role in brain development, IQ levels, immune system and helps kids with behavioral problems like ADHD according to some studies. The two most important omega-3’s are DHA and EPA.
Do you love seafood, but your kids don’t?
Have you tried them recently? Kids tastes change and there are many different ways to fix different fish and shrimp that may appeal to their tastes and yours. Check the Internet for recipes. Shrimp Pizza seems to be a favorite. (just make sure to watch for signs of allergies) And have them help you make it. Kids are more apt to eat something they helped make.

Do you think it’s too much trouble to fix?
How hard are fish sticks to throw in the oven? Now, I would offer more than the breaded and fried version of fish. Have you looked for frozen fish on sale? They don’t take long to bake and no thawing is required. It takes me longer to make the mac and cheese I often serve (along with a veggie of course) than it takes to bake the fish.

Do you think fish isn’t safe to eat because of pollutants?
Well, yes some fish are not safe to eat at all, some are ok to eat once a month or so and some are safe to eat a couple of times a week. Here’s the list of ok fish to eat a couple of times a week. These are low in mercury, PCB’s and are not overfished:
  • Anchovies
  • Catfish (farmed)
  • Clams
  • Cod (Pacific)
  • Crab (U.S.)
  • Crawfish (U.S.)
  • Flounder (Pacific)
  • Mackerel (Atlantic, U.S.)
  • Oysters (cooked)
  • Pollack (Alaskan)
  • Rainbow Trout (U.S. farmed)
  • Salmon (wild Alaskan)
  • Shrimp (U.S.)
  • Tilapia (U.S.)

Here are some OK to eat once a month or so:

  • Halibut (Pacific)
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Sablefish
  • Tuna

Never let your kids eat these. (Not that many of them would eat these kinds!):
  • King mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Tilefish
  • Eel

Keep in mind, some farmed fish can be more polluted than wild caught fish depending on the ways they are managed. All fish have some contaminants in them, that’s how our world is nowadays unfortunately. All the more reason to change our ways. Beef and chicken are also tainted with pollutants, even the organic meat may have a small amount. So it’s almost impossible not to eat anything without some contamination. We just need to be smart about our choices.

Supplementing with fish oil capsules is also one way to add to your diet the essential fatty acids. If you wish to supplement your diet and your kids diets, make sure the vitamin manufacturer use a purification process that removes the contaminants, but doesn't compromise the essential nutrients. Here are some I recommend and take myself:

For adults:

OmegaGuard & Vita-Lea

For kids: Mighty Smart & Incredivites

For Infants & Toddlers: ShakleeBaby

So don’t overlook fish in your diet. Having smart, healthy kids is worth it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Best Water Perfect Pitcher

Delicious Water, Healthy Water, BestWater

At a fraction of the cost of bottled water, the BestWater PerfectPitcher filter uses a unique filtration system that combines granulated activated carbon (derived from coconut shells) and advanced ion exchange beads to trap and hold contaminants.*

It reduces aesthetic chlorine and other sources of unpleasant tastes, odors and also reduces particulates such as sediment, rust, and scale which can come from plumbing fixtures. Conveniently fits in your refrigerator door and can be taken on the road.

*Substances reduced by BestWater may not necessarily be in your tap water. BestWater systems are not intended to purify non-drinkable sources of water, water of unknown quality, or water that is microbiologically unsafe.

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