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Natural Cleaning Recipes - From Household Ingredients

These cleaners are easy to make from common household ingredients.
They are safe, smell good, and really work.

Your Natural Cleaning Kit

Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water and is a good scouring powder.
White Vinegar- cuts grease, and is a mild disinfectant.
Lemon Juice – is a mild bleach, and deodorizes.
Borax – bleaches, deodorizes, and is a mild disinfectant.
Pure Soap (Castile Soap) – is a general purpose cleaner that biodegrades completely.
Washing Soda – cuts grease, and bleaches.
Lavender and Tee Tree Essential oils - natural antiseptics against bacteria, viruses, and fungi
Vodka – is a natural disinfectant.
Citric Acid – cuts grease and is a natural cleaning agent.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – is a natural antiseptic.
All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 30ml (2 tbsp-tablespoons) pure soap (such as Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap) with 1 liter warm water. Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice to help cut grease.
Mix 60 ml (1/4 cup) baking soda (or Borax) with 1 liter (4 cups) warm water. Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice to help cut grease.

Glass Cleaner
Mix 60 ml (1/4 cup) vinegar or 15 ml (1 tbsp-tablespoon) lemon juice with 1 liter warm water.

Tub & Tile Cleaner
Mix 500 ml (2 cups) baking soda with 30 ml (2 tbsp-tablespoon) borax. Separately, mix 15 ml (1 tbsp) pure soap with 1 ml (20 drops) of lavender essential oil. Combine liquid and powder in one container and mix together.
It is great on sinks, tiles, tubs, toilets, etc. – it will get your kitchen and bathroom sparkling.

Mold Remover/Deodorizer
Mix 250 ml (1 cup) water with 10 ml (2 tsp-teaspoons) tee tree oil.
It removes mold from surfaces and can be used on walls, ceilings, basements and to deodorize toilets.

Use washing soda and borax. Mix 125 ml (1/2 cup) washing soda or borax with 1 liter hot water.
For laundry, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) washing soda in each load to whiten whites and brighten colors. For additional cleaning power, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) borax.
Sunshine is the best disinfectant in the world! Just put your laundry out on the sun for an hour. Your clothes will smell and look great!

In 1 liter spray bottle, add 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp-teaspoons) citric acid powder, 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) borax, 250 ml (1 cup) vodka, 25 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract, and 750 ml (3 cups) purified water.
It is safe to use on carpets, bed linens, etc.

Air Freshener-Lavender Mist
Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil to a 150 ml glass mister bottle filled with warm distilled water. Shake well before spraying. Enjoy the aromatherapy.
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mellow mellow
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If I were you I would never let me go... LOL that is only something that can be stated in song and not be completely ridiculous. If someone were me then who would I be?
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I am not a poet! Do not read this if you enjoy poetry. It will make you cry... in shame, pain or any mixture of the two.

This journey began, as most journeys do,
in search of something different and new.
The seas are rough, the water cold.
With the occasionally calm day,
we forged ahead.

All that was comforting and familiar is leagues away.
There is no turning back, so onward we sail into the day.
Sometimes the memories of events long since past
come calling on us at night.
Comforting us in our restless slumber.

Tomorrow is another day with no end in sight.
We drift aimless in the mist, yearning for warmth and light.
We must continue,
for something better must surely lie ahead.


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My birthday this year will be the last one I have as a twenty something year old. Then I enter my thirties. If Sex and the City is anything to base life on then I should strive to remain single and live it up. However, I just don't see myself being happy with that outcome. Nor am I foolish enough to believe that the show wasn't glamorizing the situation just a tad.

A buddy of mine and I were discussing default relationships and what deadline should we set before we become each others backup plan. This of course is a total joke and neither of us could actually go through with such a preposterous notion. If you receive a wedding invite from me without having heard that I am crazy in love decline!

Another reason I don't see myself in this situation is that I am in love. In love with life. I have found a strange peace with being alone during the yearly rebirth that occurs in the spring. Perhaps I see it as a metaphor for what is in store. Perhaps the warming weather puts a smile on my face regardless of what is going on in my life. Perhaps I have gotten over my self pity and realize that I have a great life. Or perhaps I know that when I am ready I will have a warm embrace to walk into.
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So life is what it is and moving on like it should. So it would seem that once you are comfortable with the state of it something has to drastically shift. This shift is not only unexpected but big enough to alter your current reality. Your new reality then becomes the playing field, with a new game and new rules you get the joy of picking up as you go.
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So tonight Tyler and I are officially over. It was a strange day full of unanswered texted and avoidance. It all became clear very quickly when I saw him that night at a party.

There is a certain irony to me finding things out about my ex at a friends party. Adam I'm sure you'll be able to make the connection.

At this party there was no hello. Instead there was awkward eye contact and a big secret he wouldn't discuss in my presence. He had a date later that night. I would be lying if I said I felt nothing. However, upon further analysis of my feeling it was not jealousy but anger that he couldn't tell me such things.

I met up with him as he was leaving to the date and asked him why he was behaving so strangly. To this he replied, "I am happy. You ruined my past and I won't chance you ruining my future." At that moment I knew why I had been holding back tears from the moment I arrived at the party. Tyler and I are no longer friends. He found the one thing he could take away from me that would really hurt. I would like to think he didn't do in the meanest way he could think to do it but regardless he has reduced me to tears one last time.
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Plenty of fish or plenty of laughs? I have yet to decide which it is. On one hand there seems to be some pretty genuine people online, really trying to find that special someone. On the other hand there are those who use this as an extension of the bar scene. Either version of this medium is fine but what if you just want to be an outsider looking in. Is that allowed? I have received a handful of hopeful messages but most come off as WTF. Is it just how this medium works or are those messages really just that cheesy/lame/aweless.

I have met this really great photographer but the thought of jumping to the next step of coffee/lunch/whatever is just not present. Not that I think it should be after one evening of chatting but he, like the others, seem to be on a deadline. If it is going to happen then it will but definitely not at break neck speed.

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Recently I was sat down by the young roomies and told there were three things I had to do after a relationship:

1. Ditch the Ex

2. Have a Hot Rebound

3. Move on

The question in my mind is are you two or three? Cat thinks you can only be two because of your current situation. I can only hope this is not the case.

I feel lonely at home. It is strange to live with so many people and connect to none. I miss home. I miss my friends. Perhaps a breakup thousands of kilometers away from everything that I hold dear was not a great idea. I'm glad I did it but it is extremely hard to handle it alone. You are the only one in this province I want comfort from and the only one that I don't expect I'll receive it from. I expect that by the time we actually see one another I'll be bitter from all of the house hold politics going on.

Tyler at the moment is also upset with me because of some silly fight, but now that we aren't dating there really is no need to make up afterward. It's odd seeing him but I can't say I feel any desire to be with him as anything but a friend. However, as I grow older I understand why 'adults' think that thought is foolish. If the relationship was something special for one or both parties the transition is awkward and most don't survive it.
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Today was like any other day in my life since Halloween. The constant struggle against self tying to ask and answer questions that have not yet made themselves conscience. I cannot tell you why I find it so hard establish a connection with my other self. Perhaps it was just never there.

I am aware that for years I have taken visual cues on how to react to certain 'emotional' situations from those around me. It is as if my brain gets confused and I cannot process the feelings and then express them the way I see others do with such ease.

I have cried at a wedding and not because I saw others cry. But because when the bride turned around and only then did my mind make the connect that the bride was someone truly special to me and not just any other girl dress in white at the alter. Since that day no other wedding has moved me even a fraction as much. Is it that the brain has made the connection once, saw how successful that venture was and has told itself there is no reason to cry you'll just ruin your makeup.

I have never been to a funeral but I can only imagine what a chaotic sequence of events that would be. I would probably weep because others around me are weeping but would it come from the same place their tears are coming from or would it be due to the need to react 'normal'?

Here is where it gets interesting. It is not that I don't know how to feel. I do it everyday all the time. I can safely say I have felt every emotion for 'real' at least once. However, what is different from those situations to any other. Are they more traumatic, powerful, involving people truly close to me? I don't know.

My current dilemma in life is no different. The core of the problem is that I don't know what the question is so I cannot even devise good answers for it. While I seek the question and then the subsequent answers I am hurting the someone who has never done me any wrong. How is this fair? How can I be a moral person and still pursue the need for answers?

Logically I know what I am doing will finish poorly. Emotionally I am grasping at straws. This will end bad but I don't need to take down the whole ship in the process.
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Recently I have been messaging an old boyfriend on facebook. It started off pretty simple. German vs Spain in the Euro cup. Of course I was going for Spain and being German he natural cheered for Germany. What seemed to be a friendly little rivalry turned into a series of messages back in forth catch up on the last ten years of our lives. And then I mentioned the boyfriend. So far no response. Am I that naive? I actually believed we were attempting to jump start a friendship out of nothing. Was he actually trying to jump start a relationship out of nothing? Since the end of the conversations I haven't been able to stop thinking of him and wondering what the hell was/is he thinking. I'm obsessed and need to tell someone.
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thoughtful thoughtful
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