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How to Clean Rust in Eco-Friendly Ways

A few of my friend’s bobby pins had fallen out of her hair and were on the bottom of my bathtub. We were in a hurry to get to her Grandma and Grandpa’s anniversary party. This was a weekend event. I never even thought about picking the bobby pins up. Worry about it when I get back is what I thought. Okay, neither of us considered they are metal in a damp tub. So, what do we end up with?

Rust.

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And it really happened just that fast. Three days later there it was. And there are chemicals that can remove rust, but we have been cleaning in a green way in both our homes for so long, it just feels weird to buy some non-friendly chemical.

So, I decided to turn to the only place that might have the answer. You guessed it. The internet! Someone out there must have the solution. Turns out a lot of people have solutions. They’ve done the experiments, and now I’m researching their work.

This does work. I compiled the best solutions for getting rid of rust and they’re all eco-friendly.

I’ll start with a Stainless Steel Sink. You will need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Aluminum Foil

Spray the area with the vinegar, then sprinkle on the baking soda. It will create a foam. Crumble the foil into a ball and use it to scrub the rust away.

For my Bathtub this is what worked me:

  • A Lime
  • Salt

Believe it or not it was just this simple. Sprinkle the salt over the rust stain. Then cut the lime in half. Squeeze lime juice over the salt until it is soaking. Then use the lime to scrub the stain out.

After seeing small amounts of rust in other places in my home I did try other solutions. Another one I found that worked was:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • A Toothbrush

Once again, the most simple stuff. Place about half a cup of baking soda into a bowl. Stir in just enough water until it forms a paste. Use the toothbrush to scrub the paste onto the rust. It takes a little elbow grease, but this is great for small rust problems.

These have all worked for me and I hope they work for you too! If you’re looking for a great cleaning service to take care of your home’s other needs and you happen to be in the Denver area, I suggest getting a deep cleaning in Denver. Happy cleaning!

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How to Use Different “Sodas” for Eco-Friendly Cleaning

I never realized how many types of soda cleaning products there were when it comes to eco-friendly cleaning. I assumed baking soda, and it is the most popular one in my opinion, but there are a couple of others. These user-friendly products are safe for children, pets, and allergen affected people.

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Baking Soda:  

The minerals in this slightly alkalined powder helps to dissolve proteins and neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water. Pour some baking soda down a drain and add an equal amount of distilled white vinegar to create a foaming reaction within the drain and pipes, which cleans and deodorizes the drain.

You can mix this miracle cleanser with water to form a paste to clean silver, surface rust, laundry, and coffee stained cups. You can even brush your teeth, and vacuum cleaner from Only Canister Vacuum to completely remove the dust.

Washing Soda:  

Also known as sodium carbonate decahydrate, or soda ash, this natural mineral is effective for breaking down grease, removing stains, softening water, descaling coffee pots, espresso machines, and boilers. This can be found in the laundry aisle of most stores.

Club Soda:

Use this versatile liquid cleaner primarily for laundry. It is effective in removing stains from organic materials such as blood, coffee, wine, chocolate, and other food components.

The best part about these are you can experiment with them. Sometimes, I just try mixing a couple things together like I’m a scientist (which I am completely not) and have fun seeing what I come up with. The great part of the experimentation is it doesn’t hurt my wallet. All of these products are relatively inexpensive. So, experiment away!

If you aren’t into experimenting, leave the cleaning to the professionals like Eco Clean Madison.! They will leave your home in marvelous condition by the time they are done.

A clean home is a happy home!

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Build Your Own Bundle at Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly
~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

To all of my fellow Ecocentric Mom lovers (or future lovers), there’s a fun new feature on the website that I just know you are going to enjoy – Build Your Own Bundle! Today I’m going to give you the low down on how Build Your Own Bundle works and share with you my first one.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Ecocentric Mom, it is hands down THE best eco-friendly subscription box around. At least that’s how I feel about it. With nothing but all-natural, organic, non-toxic products for mom, baby, and your family/home in general, there’s no better way to try new products. And if you get something in your box that you can’t live without, chances are it can be purchased individually at Ecocentric Mom too.




Let’s get into the new Build Your Own Bundle feature! It never fails, no matter type of subscription box you have, there will always be times you get something in the box that either you can’t use, or just isn’t something you want to use. Ecocentric Mom has eliminated that problem with the Build Your Own Bundle feature.

You choose every item that comes in the box, so when it arrives on your doorstep and you open it up, there are no surprises. On the flip side, I understand surprises are sometimes fun, but what’s not fun is spending money on products you won’t use.

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

Right now Ecocentric Mom has phased out their monthly Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and replaced them with a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle (for mom/$29.99) and a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle (for expectant moms/$39.99).

But never fear, the Mom & Baby monthly subscription box is still available. So moms with infants/toddlers up to age 2 years, are still covered.

So, how do the Build Your Own Bundle boxes work? It’s super easy! You go to the desired Build Your Own Bundle box and from drop-down menus choose the products you want. I recently created a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle and got to choose full size products from each of these categories:

  • Luxury Skincare/Beauty
  • Clean Beauty/Makeup
  • Health & Wellness
  • Eco-Lifestyle Accessory

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In each category you have at least five products to choose from and sometimes more. Every month new items are added, so you don’t have to worry about lack of  variety to choose from. This time around, for my clean lifestyle bundle, I chose:

  • Marine Granules Exfoliator by Previse
  • Lip Locked Stain by Mana Kadar Beauty (I have one of these from a previous Ecocentric Mom box and LOVE it! It’s my everyday go-to color, no matter what kind of mood I’m in, so having a backup doesn’t hurt.)
  • Simply Organic Sunblock by Z Skin Cosmetics
  • Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bag by Itzy Ritzy

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When my box arrived, which was just like three days after placing my order, that’s exactly what was in my box. I even had a little added bonus snack bar by MadeGood. It was delicious, by the way.

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Oh, and did I mention the amazing savings you’re getting? The Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle is $29.99, but you’re getting full size products that can retail upwards of $100. That is some awesome savings!

So what do you think? Doesn’t get much easier, right? No wasting money on unwanted products. And no wondering what’s going to come in this month’s box. It’s a win-win!

Get a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle here.

Get a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle here.

Be sure to use promo code BUNDLED to get free shipping!

Have you tried a Build Your Own Bundle?

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Eliminating Unwanted Odors is Safe and Easy with EnviroKlenz

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination
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My boyfriend recently told me I was addicted to doing laundry. Addicted to laundry? Oh, please. Nobody likes doing laundry, right?

Well, the truth is, unlike most people I do actually like doing laundry (minus putting it away), but I’m certainly not addicted to it. I’d definitely rather spend my time doing something else and I only do our laundry when it needs to be done. That’s it.

Lately, I’ve been noticing the laundry pile starts to smell after just a few days. I think a lot of it has to do with wet dish rags and bath towels piling up, and getting that musty, moldy, mildew smell. And it’s even hard to get rid of those smells after a regular cycle through the wash. That is, until I started using EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer.

EnviroKlenz offers a variety of home products that eliminate odors and chemicals in your everyday life – laundry and linens, air space, home surfaces and more. As the name suggests, EnviroKlenz products are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and fragrance free. The products are completely safe for those who have sensitivities to certain smells and rather than adding additional fragrances, the products eliminate the source of the unwanted odor.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

I first tried EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in my regular laundry. Everything from under garments, to pants and tees, kitchen linens and bathroom towels. I don’t think our laundry has ever smelt and felt so fresh. And I say it smelled fresh, but what I mean by that is all odors had been eliminated. No body odors, no perfumes, no musty and moldy smells, nothing but odor free clothes and linens.

The product itself is an odorless, milky white substance that’s sort of thick and foamy. The directions are to add 1/4 cup (small load) or 1/2 cup (large load) after letting the washing machine fill partially with water, and before loading clothes in the machine.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

Unfortunately, I have a digital washing machine and have to load the clothes in order for the machine to properly sense the amount of water needed for the load. So I put the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in the oxi section of the detergent tray and didn’t have a problem.

Then as I was putting my kids’ clothes away in their room, I realized the room itself didn’t smell as clean as it could. My kids are only ages 5 and 1, so where the heck the odor even came from, I have no idea. Maybe it was just from everyday use. I decided to try EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer on their bedroom rugs considering the amount of traffic they get.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

You guys!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference it made and the product didn’t alter or damage the color of the rugs or anything. I walk in and it’s like a whole ‘nother room. Simply washing their rugs with EnviroKlenz made the whole room feel and smell lighter.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination
Why do my kids have so many blankets out?

 

And I didn’t stop there. I took it a step further and washed the blankets they were using. I’m now at the point where I’m going through my home and literally washing everything that can go in the washing machine.

Hmm, I guess I can see why my boyfriend thinks I’m addicted to doing the laundry.

We’ve lived in our apartment for seven months now and have never taken the opportunity to wash the shower curtain or the living room curtains, so that’s been done too. I’m telling you, the whole place feels and smells lighter now. Just imagine how musty these linens were before from all the in and out, the use they’re getting and the everyday smells that come through our home. They’re soaking it all up and I never realized how much they needed to be washed, all the way down to eliminating the odors I got so used to.

So, anyone else want to join me in this laundry “addiction?” Get your EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer right from the EnviroKlenz website today!

How will you use EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer?

Pet accidents and odors? Potty training accidents? Musty clothes or linens in the closet? Pulling out clean sheets from the closet and finding they smell musty is the worst! Cigarette smoke? Perfumes? Sweaty sports smells? Everyday odors?

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Getting Holiday Clean is Easy with Grab Green + Giveaway #GiftIdea

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

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If you’re hosting a gathering this holiday season, it’s not just the decorations, food and table settings you have to worry about. You also have to think ahead to the cleanup. And nobody likes the cleanup – NOBODY! But with the help of Grab Green, you can save your elbow grease for another day.

Grab Green carries some of my kitchen and laundry favorites, from dishwashing pods to hand soap, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent pods and so much more. As much as I want to keep them all to myself, their products make daily and seasonal cleaning a breeze, so I just have to share. And on top of their effectiveness, Grab Green only offers products with natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Both our products and formulas are non-toxic: No phthalates, solvents, ammonia, phosphates, fillers, optical brighteners, masking agents or dyes. EVER!

Today I want to focus on holiday cleanup because all those family gatherings are here and there’s no turning back. Just think of all the dirty plates, silverware, pots, pans and even linens and laundry. Yeap, laundry too. If you have family staying over at your house, you’re going to have double the laundry. Ugh!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

The easiest part of holiday cleanup is throwing all the dishes in the dishwasher, but sometimes standard dishwasher tabs just don’t get the whole job done. I’ve had many occasions when emptying my dishwasher, where I come across some dishes that weren’t clean. There was either some type of residue or even leftover food stuck to the dishes.

That’s not the case with Grab Green’s dishwashing pods. They always leave a film-free finish and streak-free shine. Oh, and the pods come in different scents, too (or fragrance free). The red pear with magnolia is my favorite! I’ve been using this scent regularly and when I open the dishwasher after running a load, the smell is amazing. Even my dish cabinet has a hint of a fruity/floral scent.

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

And those stubborn pots and pans that have the baked on and caked on mess? Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods take care of those! This is actually the first time I’ve used these, but after just one use I instantly knew we’d be best friends.

Simply place one pod in the messy dish (or pot, or pan), add hot water and swish it around to release the pod’s cleaning power. Then just let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean. It really is that easy!

The Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods come in a tangerine with lemongrass scent and as soon as the water hits that pod, it’s like an explosion of tangerine. When I used one earlier this week, my kitchen smelled amazing for hours afterward.

If you want to try these, I have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of the post. Just keep scrolling! Trust me, these are a total game changer when it comes to cleanup so you’ll definitely want to try them, especially with all the baking I know you have going on!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen

As for taking care of the linens from the holiday gathering – napkins, placemats, tablecloths, dish towels, dish rags, oven mits, etc. (bet you didn’t realize there were so many linens to wash, huh?) – and all that laundry you now have to do for your in-home guests, you’ll want to use Grab Green’s new Stoneworks Laundry Detergent.

I’ve tried other Grab Green laundry detergents in the past so I couldn’t wait to try the new Stoneworks line, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I tried the Olive Leaf scent because it’s noted as fresh and fruity, which is right up my alley. Who knew anything associated with olives could smell so good?

And hands down, this is one of the most effective laundry detergent pods I’ve ever used. We have kids, so ketchup is king of condiments around here and that means ketchup stains on everything. After a week of my kids clothing sitting with ketchup stains, Stoneworks Laundry Detergent took out every single one, even without any pre-treatment. That alone says a lot, in my opinion. I’ve actually tossed shirts in the trash because I couldn’t get the ketchup stains out.

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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So, what more do I need to say? Grab Green makes holiday cleanup a complete breeze! These products would be great gifts for the host or hostess of your holiday gathering, so order today. I won’t blame you if you sneak a few extra products in there for yourself, either, whether you’re the one hosting or not!

Dishwashing Detergent Pods:  24 ct. ($8.00) / 60 ct. ($16.50) / 132 ct. ($39.00)

Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods: 15 ct. ($5.00)

Stoneworks Laundry Detergent: 50 ct. ($12.99)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, where 1 lucky Making Time reader will win a 15 count package of  Tangerine with Lemongrass scented Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Grab Green for providing these cleaning products and inspiring me to keep cleanup effortless. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.