Category Archives: Cleaning

Making real soap at home

By Cat, May 2008, moved to it’s own page July 2018 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons) Real soap, such as what you can make at home, has many advantages over commercial “soaps” that are not soap at all, but rather … Continue reading

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Chantal enamel on steel cookware: use and care

By Cat, April 25, 2017 (Photo, right, by Chantal Corporation; item and link no longer available) I will be doing a 90-day protocol to heal from autoimmune thyroid, and one of the recommendations is to use enamel on steel or … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: how to avoid potentially deadly hantavirus infection

By Catherine Haug, April 13, 2017 (posting originally published on The EssentiaList, the community/sustainability blog for which I am the editor) Updated Oct 2018 to provide information on using bleach to disinfect the area being cleaned. Daily Inter Lake had … Continue reading

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Kitchen Hint: keeping cleaning sponges fresh with real soap

By Catherine Haug, Sept 30, 2015 (Photo, right, from Amazon (4)) Do you use sponges in your kitchen and bathroom for cleanup jobs? Synthetic sponges tend to get rather smelly after only a few uses, even if you rinse them … Continue reading

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Homemade Cleaning Supplies, etc.

By Cat, May 2008 (Photo, right, by S. Tomkins at her presentation for Essential Stuff Project) NOTE: The section on Household Pest Control has been moved to Household Cleaning and Pest Control Menu. In the not too distant past, homemakers routinely made their own … Continue reading

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