Unattractive chair before
The fabric is actually a light green zebra print linen. When the panelling is painted white, I think it will really be beautiful. This is the only animal print that will be in the kitchen. I think that people can get carried away with themes. I like accents, not themes. I don't think I will ever be one of those people with a themed kitchen. I think themes are cute for kids, but adults with a Pillsbury Dough boy kitchen, no. It's just my opinion, don't dislike me! I have received many a compliment on the chairs and I think they will be perfect to sit in and drink lemonade once spring and summer roll around.
On to the best cleaner in the whole world. For starters, I try to be green. Just call me Kermit. Green is good. I bring my own bags to the grocery store. I try to eat organic. When I eat meat, I try to make sure that it is free range, antibiotic free. I eat cage free eggs from grain fed hens. (I really want my own egg laying hens.) So, I make all of our cleaning supplies. For starters, they are really safe for kids and pets. They also smell great and don't irritate skin. They are even antibacterial! Did you know that tea tree oil, peppermint essential oil and many others have natural antibacterial properties? They do. I order all of my essential oils from http://www.aromatherapywebsite.com/, I find that they have great customer service and a great product. My liquid castile soap is lavender Dr. Bronner's.
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 t. Borax
1 t. washing soda
2 T. concentrated castile soap
16 ounces hot water
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix it all up in spray bottle and shake before using. This is honestly the best stuff! We use it on our carpets. I would test a small area before you spray, my carpet is light colored, I wouldn't want it to bleach your carpet! We use it in the bathrooms, kitchen counters, spills on the floor, pet areas, ANYWHERE! It smells so good... I use it to pretreat white clothes/undergarments that have stains! It is also very cheap!
Essential oils are great to have. I made an $80 investment in about 12 different oils. Most of them will keep for quite awhile (years) if stored in a cool, dark place like a cabinet. You also use very little at a time. It is important to make sure you are buying pure essential oils and not a fragrance blend. Check health food stores and natural stores online. My home smells fresh and not chemically clean. Try it and let me know what you think!
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