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Me-go-eco part 1: natural soy candles

5 Oct

Two weekends ago ‘Staging Husband’ and I took Mr. Kona for a stroll down Main Street Manayunk where we discovered they were having an eco arts fair, how exciting!  I absolutely love all natural products.  Just being surrounded by them made me feel healthier!

I saw a lot of great locally made products and even learned a few things.  I was so inspired by what I saw that I’ve decided to do a series called me-go-eco where I’ll explore all natural products, try my hand at making art with salvaged material and maybe even go vegan for a bit.

Among the many eco products I saw were hand made all natural candles.  Although some of this series will be an experiment I’ve been using all natural soy candles for some time now.  In fact I refuse to buy anything but.  Why you ask?  My main concern is the chemicals released from the paraffin candles.  Some of these chemicals are bad for the environment and could be harmful to you as well.

The way I see it candles are a way to make your home feel fresh and clean.  When I use soy or beeswax based candles I don’t worry that they are releasing chemicals into my home.  Not only are they better for the environment (many going so far as to use recycled materials) they burn longer and produce less soot!

Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

Yankee Beanswax: Over the Moon (great summer scent)

Yankee Beanswax: Spice Spice Baby (great for fall)

Rittenhouse Candle and Soap: Lavender and Sweet Basil (great for spring)

Wilson’s Soap Co: Basil (great year round)

Give one of them a try and let me know what you think!  Next up ‘Me-go-eco part 2: natural handmade soaps’.

Thanks for reading 🙂


The Staging Chick

Green cleaning: shower spray

21 Jun

I’ve slowly but surely been fading out all chemical products from our home.  I was never much of a cleaning product user to begin with.  I was immediately turned off by bleach sprays  when I began having serious headaches after using them.  Don’t get me wrong, I keep our house very clean, I just have to put a little more thought into it.  Most of my cleaning is done with natural products found in the kitchen, vinegar and baking soda to name a few.  Since we’ve moved into our new home we’ve been having trouble keeping the grout and caulk in our tub free of mold.  ‘SSH’ keeps regrouting and recaulking to no avail.  We squeegee and now I’ve added this shower spray to our daily regimen.  It seems to be workings, smells great and is all natural!  I’m pretty sure our tile, grout and whatever they used behind it needs to be replaced so I don’t know that our problem will be solved anytime soon.  This just seems to keep it at bay.  Here’s the recipe:

Solvent free shower spray:

2 cups water

1 cup vinegar

2 lemons (no seeds)

*Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and keep in shower.  Spray daily to keep mold and soap scum away.

Hope this helps!  What are your natural cleaning recipes?  I’d love to have some new dirt weapons in my cleaning arsenal!  Email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com


The Staging Chick

Green clean with everything AND the kitchen sink

16 Feb

If you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered what is in all of those cleaning products we so mindlessly wash down our drains and bring into our homes then this article is for you.  In recent months I have decided to be more conscious and try to make educated decisions with regard to the chemicals I will bring into my home.  The idea started just fine, how hard can it be to switch out my current products with natural, green, environmentally friendly ones?  Turns out not so easy.

My first issue with green products was finding it hard to believe that they would be able to keep my tub sparkling white like my old friend bleach.  Following a trip to the grocery store where I strolled down the cleaning aisle to find that not only are there plenty of green alternative products but that they are more expensive.  Doh!  That’s when I really started to educate myself.  Here we go…

The products we see in your average grocery store cleaning aisle are often manufactured by the same companies that bring us all those chemicals we want to stay away from.  For some reason I have a problem with that.  It’s not just about what happens when we get it home, I am concerned with what happens from start to finish.  If the company that is manufacturing bleach comes out with an “environmentally friendly” product as well, I have to wonder.  Not to mention the price tag for these so called “green” products.  YIKES.

What’s a girl to do?  Google it! of course.  After searching the internet for advice on green cleaning, safe products, natural home; you name it, I searched it.  I came up with some very interesting information, which I probably could have learned from my grandparents.  Most natural earth friendly cleaning products are located in our kitchen cabinets.  But, as we all know I’m a skeptic.  You’re telling me baking soda and vinegar is really going to get those yellow stains out of my white sink…hmmm.

Since I had the products I needed on hand (baking soda and white vinegar) I decided to do a little experiment.  Now to start I have to admit after pouring coffee, wine, dishes, you name it; my sink which used to be white is yellow pushing brown.  Eww.  I did the dishes as usual then sprinkled baking soda all over the basin of my sink.  I then poured the vinegar right on top and it started to bubble and fizz!  I was starting to like this.  I used just enough to create a paste-like substance before using a sponge to scrub around the sink.  I didn’t rinse right away though, I let it sit for about a half an hour.  When I finally did return to rinse my sink, no lie, it was whiter than I’ve ever seen it before!

You can find many recipes online for concoctions that will clean windows, scrub bathtubs and remove stains that are all natural.  I’ve turned a new leaf, I am a cleaning chef!  I feel good knowing that I am keeping my family safe from chemicals.  I am able to use the same spray bottles over and over so I’m not creating a lot of waste for the landfills.  But the most exciting part for me is the savings.  A lot of the ingredients for these natural cleaning products are found at the dollar store!  Going green has never felt so good.

If you have questions about green cleaning or need some “cleaning recipes” email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com