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Household Permaculture

Merry H.
Merrymaker
Portland, ME
Post #: 35
The following tips come from The Practical Guide to Healthier Living (http://healthyliving....­)

I'm sure others have more than a few more to share with us all!


Cooking:
 Grow or buy local, organic the 12 produce most susceptible to pesticides: apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, pears, strawberries, raspberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and spinach.
 Naturally sweetened dark chocolate with at least 40% cocoa content is higher in antioxidants
 Freeze homemade popsicles made of pureed fruit and a bit of licorice herb tea for sweetening
 Use the water from steaming or boiling vegetables again for boiling your pasta or making soup to add nutrients and save water
 Pour the cooled water from steaming or boiling vegetables on your gardens or compost pile

Cleaning:
 Leave a cup of toxin-free borax in the toilet bowl overnight for scrub-free cleaning
 Save water with every flush by putting ½ gallon container of water into your toilet tank
 Mix a naturally anti-microbial air cleaner by adding a few drops of essential oils like mint, rosemary, thyme, or lemon into a spray bottle of water to spray rugs and carpets
 Replace paper towels with rags made from old tee-shirts, towels, and sheets
 Clean windows with ½ c vinegar to 1 ½ c water. Since prior chemical cleaning can leave streaks add ½ t. dish detergent to first application
 Rediscover white vinegar as a fabric softener (1 c per rinse cycle), sticker remover, weed killer (undiluted), and fridge cleaner (50/50 with water)
 Periodically sand down your wooden cutting board to remove grooves where bacteria can fester
A former member
Post #: 214
Interestingly, it has been found that wooden cutting boards are safer to use than plastic.

Some years back "they" were advising people to throw out their wooden boards and buy plastic ones instead. Since we know that a wooden board would remain damp for a while after use, one must wonder if the wood has some sort of antimicrobial properties?

Anyway, I wouldn't worry to much about my wooden cutting boards other than washing them well after cutting chicken on them...
alder
user 6954726
Sullivan, ME
Post #: 67
just wanted to add that white vinegar is often a petroleum by-product (or produced from corn, and we know the many problems w/ that too). i would suggest using raw apple cider vinegar instead, or in the very least checking the source on any white vinegar you do use.

http://www.greenlivin...­
francesco s.
user 3227838
Portland, ME
Post #: 35
"Did you know that according to the EPA, household waste increases more than 25 percent between Halloween and New Year’s Day? That’s a footprint more like a Loch Ness monster than a dainty Halloween bat." The author talks about bringing your own utensils (BYOU) to parties.

This quote comes from a site called Care2 make a difference. http://www.care2.com/...­
francesco s.
user 3227838
Portland, ME
Post #: 36
Here is a pledge we can send to our local, political candidates to keep corporate, sponsored poisons out of our market. http://www.cleanandhe...­

In wisdom, kindness, and humor,
Francesco
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