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Another look at household cleaners

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I stumbled on this article this morning.  I remembered reading it but with time totally forgot which were the “worst household cleaners”.   I prefer green stuff, but I will sometimes use chemical cleaners when I need a little extra boost.  So, what a surprise it was for me to see the brand “Simple Green” on top of that list! Another proof that I should really really start making my own cleaners! Another surprise to me was the Comet Powder.  I always thought that it was the same as famous brand “Bon Ami” since they are both cleansing powders and sit side-by-side on the grocery shelf. I used Comet because my mom used it when I was a child. I still have some under my kitchen sink that I use from time to time to give my kitchen sink a thorough cleaning. Oops. I guess I’ll have to get rid of it. Lucky for me I’ve always been wary of other types of cleaning, especially the “Febreze” kinds that pushes a bunch of chemicals in our breathing air.  But reading this article really made me think I should make my own cleaners. So, in order to give me a little push, here are a few links on how to make our own cleaners. Now I really have no excuses to use chemical cleaners! http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-cheap-and-green-free-printable-2.html http://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-living/5-easy-diy-cleaning-products-you-can-make-yourself/ http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-grate-no-cook-liquid-laundry.html http://www.survivingthestores.com/homemade-cleaners-floors-counters-tubs-non-toxic.html http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/make-your-own-housecleaning-products http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/cheap-and-natural-cleaning-alternatives http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/make-your-own-antibacterial-soft-scrub-cleanser.html   […]

Free Hoody Crochet Pattern

April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A few months ago I found this great hoody pattern on Ravelry for my son. If you’ve been looking for a free pattern that will fit your child and that is easy enough, this one’s probably the best you can find. I crocheted this sweater in less than 3 weeks, taking advantage of nap times and evenings in front of the TV. I used a great quality yarn, Cascade Superwash 220 Sport Merinos wool.  While I had to work with a different gauge than what the pattern dictated, it still ended looking great. The hood was probably the trickiest past for me to do, and I really have no idea why. I also added a few rows and stitches for the sleeves, as they looked quite small even if my son is on the skinny side. I did not follow the instructions for the front pouch, which maybe I should have, as mine is square instead of decreasing at the top. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably add a little more red, have either 2 stripes or a larger one, and include a little flash of red in the sleeves.   Overall, it’s a great pattern and I might use it again someday. Link to the free pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/faster-than-lightning-hoody    

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