Given how many requests I receive for eco-friendly stain removal advice, I thought I would share with you my top three stain-removing formulas. They replace solvents, bleach and store-bought stain removers.
1. Washing Soda
Great for stains that you’d normally think need something as strong as a solvent to remove. A chemical relative of baking soda, washing soda (sodium carbonate) is also known as soda ash. Find it in the laundry section of the supermarket.
Many people give me a guilty look when they tell me they have wall-to-wall carpet in their homes. I always feel badly that they are embarassed, especially because there is so much misinformation about how toxic carpets are and why — and because I know that carpeting can be a lot cheaper than other types of flooring. I myself would have enjoyed wall-to-wall carpet in a few rooms when my daughter was younger, as I think that soft surface would have been cozy for her.
“I totally connected to the ocean, spending as many hours a day as I could in it, even to the point of not going out with the others at night,” Margaret De Wys told me, referring to the few weeks she spent in Puerto Rico in December. “I connected to the Great Mother there.”
Natural scents offer wonderful possibilities for creating atmosphere, and what better time to use them than for a romantic dinner or evening? People of all cultures have relied on essential oils and aromatic plants and spices not only to perfume themselves and their homes, but also for aromatherapy. Some scents are particularly evocative of romance.’
When I think of plastic #5 — polypropylene, commonly used for yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws and medicine bottles — I think of my mother going into a fit of recycling rage, ranting about the fact that we couldn’t recycle plastic #5 in our area. But the real story here parallels the BPA scare with water bottles and baby bottles …
One of my iterations is as an energy healer, so I have a unique perspective on seeing the effect of the economy on our chakras.
In a time of too much stuff, how do we declutter our hearts and minds, not to mention our homes? Yet, unless we declutter we are at risk of missing many meaningful moments, occupied as we are with so much that doesn’t really matter.
The best rule of Feng Shui, in my opinion, is to keep only what you love.
Baking soda. What a cleaning mainstay in my home. I believe one reason I always associate it with clean is because it is an odor killer: It leaves everything smelling fresh.
As part of my new year overhaul I spent about five hours cleaning my kitchen. I washed the curtains, cleaned out the fridge and scrubbed the white double sink. Because I was in the mood to be very thorough — not something I give myself over to very often when cleaning — I was on a mission to remove the yellowing on the bottom of the sinks.
Lighting dried white sage, blowing out the flames and then fanning the embers to smoke as much as possible to pervade a room is an age-old way to change the energy and vibration of a place. Called smudging, smudging is traditionally used to purify an area of negativity and to induce a feeling of serenity. Other dried herbs used can be sweetgrass, cedar, all sages, and any herb in general, such as lavender. What better time to smudge than early in a new year?