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Organic Carpet Cleaner Made By You

In today’ world, going green helps maintain the health and stability of the environment, as well as the health of your home and family.

Most traditional cleaning products, especially those designed for carpet cleaning, contain scary and harmful lab-created chemicals that may clean the spots, but really put overall health and safety at jeopardy.

Keep the health of your family and that of Mother Nature at the top of your priorities by making your very own organic carpet cleaning solutions with simple, yet surprisingly powerful, ingredients.

Our recipe leaves your carpets stain and spot free and without any left over chemical residues or other toxins.

Our recipe for an effective do-it-yourself organic carpet cleaner uses three simple, non-toxic and super amazing ingredients:

1 cup baking soda (for super deep scouring and cleansing action that also


absorbs odors)
18 drops natural or organic essential oils (for an all natural lovely scent that lasts)
1 teaspoon liquid soap made from vegetable or nut oils (for total stain and mess removal)

First combine the baking soda and essential oil of your choice. Then add the liquid soap and stir until a creamy paste forms. Next apply to the stained and soiled carpet, scrub with a clean white towel or soft bristle brush. Remove the cleaner by blotting with a dry, clean towel.

Once clean, kick back, relax and take a deep breathe—enjoying the lovely therapeutic scents and the healthy, safe clean of your carpets.


All Natural Hair Highlights

Lemons | Flat Rate Carpet BlogIf you’re looking to spice up your hairstyle without spending a ton at the salon, then do some at home highlights with all natural ingredients. With just a few ingredients from the kitchen, you’ll have a hot new look in no time.

For beautifully lightened locks lemon juice is the way to go. Mix ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with ¾ cup water. Spray the mixture lightly onto your hair before going out into the sun. Make sure that you don’t get lemon juice on your skin or scalp, as it will cause you to burn and blister, however it’s totally safe for your hair. Leave the lemon juice on your hair for at least two hours, and make sure that you get plenty of sun. When you’re done condition your hair very well to avoid major drying.

If your hair is already dry, and you want lovely light locks without turning your head into a broom, use olive oil to lighten your hair. By combing copious amounts of olive oil into your hair and spending an hour in the sun, you’ll have naturally lightened hair that’s also soft and silky. Results aren’t as instant as with lemon, so use olive oil in your hair at least three times a week until you get the shade that you’re looking for.

Brunettes can lighten up their hair easily with a bit of chamomile tea. Make a big pot of chamomile tea and let it cool down to room temperature. Rinse your hair with the tea until it’s totally soaked in, and then hang out in the sun for at least half an hour. Unlike lemon juice or olive oil, chamomile tea is the least noticeable treatment, and it’s super easy on your hair. Use chamomile tea treatments every other day until you get the highlights you love.

No need to buy expensive products or soak your hair in damaging peroxide. Lighten your hair naturally with these three common kitchen items, and get a gorgeous summer look – naturally!

How to Clean a Cutting Board

Keeping a clean cutting board is one of the most important steps to kitchen safety. Kitchen counters have a smooth surface that’s easy to clean, but cutting boards have lots of tiny places for germs to hide.

To keep a cutting board clean, you need to do more than just rinse it with a little bit of soap. Fortunately, white vinegar is a great disinfectant and is much safer than using chlorine bleach.

Just mix a little bit of white vinegar with water, and generously cover the cutting board in the mixture. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing the board and washing with soap and water.

Raw meat has lots of bacteria that can make your family sick, that’s why it’s a good idea to have a separate cutting board for meat. Unlike cutting boards that are only used for vegetables, meat cutting boards need to be sanitized after every use.

The same mixture of white vinegar and water will work to sanitize a meat cutting board, but make sure you also sanitize the counter area around where you’ve been cutting meat. Any invisible splatter could spread salmonella or e-coli.

A little extra effort to sanitize and clean your cutting boards will keep your family safe and your kitchen clean.


How to Clean Outdoor Furniture

It’s time to start enjoying the beautiful Spring weather, but you might want to think twice before you have a seat outside. Like most people your outdoor furniture has probably been sitting around and collecting dirt and grime. It’s time to get that furniture cleaned up.

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Start by setting up all your outdoor furniture outside on the lawn, then brush off all of the excess leaves, dirt and grime that have settled. Next hose down all the furniture to rinse off easily washed away dirt.

Use warm, soapy water and a tough brush to scrub away all signs of stuck dirt. Instead of soap, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Get a special polisher or protector for metal outdoor furniture, to remove any signs of rust. Wooden outdoor furniture can be easily repainted or sealed for even more protection.

Canvas coverings for outdoor furniture washes easily in the washing machine, but remember to put it back on the furniture while it’s still wet so that it keeps the correct shape.

Now that your outdoor furniture is sparkling clean, you can sit back and enjoy.

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

This year, start off your Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed. Breakfast in bed is a wonderfully relaxing way to begin your morning, but if you’re going to be making this meal with your kids stick to simple recipes that can’t go wrong. The one thing you don’t want to give to the mother of the house is food poisoning!

Great Mother’s Day breakfasts in bed can be as simple as eggs, toast and bacon, french toast, oatmeal or yogurt and granola. The food itself isn’t all that matters. Try putting some flowers and other decorations on the tray along with the breakfast.

To make this breakfast in bed extra special, try waiting until the mother of the house wakes up on her own before bringing her food. Breakfast in bed is very exciting, but so is sleeping in late!

Happy Mother’s Day.

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