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Homemade Cleaning Products

I admit when it comes to my kitchen and bathroom, I am a Germaphobe.  Its true, my friends make fun of me, but they sure as hell have never got sick off of my kitchen counter!  That said I was very skeptical at homemade cleaners, would they really work all that well and more importantly, will they kill the germs?  The Answer is yes and no.  Studies from several big universities have found that while commercial cleaners kill 99% of bacterial, homemade ones kill 90%!  That’s not a heck of allot of difference.

Now I don’t think I will stop using my Clorox wipes when it comes to raw chicken and the like, but for most other cleaning tasks, I have decided to make the switch and save allot of money in the process.  Not to mention that these.  Sandra Snow Sums up most of the information nicely:

forget the products because there are a number of kitchen staples probably already in your pantry that will do a number on even your toughest cleaning challenges. And the best part is that they’re natural and non-toxic. Baking soda is an excellent scouring agent, while tea tree oil (you’ll find that among the supplements in your natural foods store) naturally inhibits bacteria, mold and fungus growth.

For an all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. This can be kept on hand for all-purpose cleaning around the home: use on countertops, glass surfaces, and tile. Combine two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice for a natural furniture polish. An old t-shirt makes a perfect “recycled materials” housecleaning rag for dusting and polishing. Mix a small amount of baking soda with liquid castile soap to get your countertops, sinks and tubs shiny. For a ‘fresh smell’ try adding a few drops of an essential oil like rosemary, orange or lavender. And a half-cup of distilled vinegar in your washing machine’s rinse cycle will work like a natural fabric softener.

Awesome Stair Design

I love these cabinets that double as stairs.  Stairs are some of the largest square footage hogs and while you need them, they are actually used so little.  This is why so many of Tiny Houses use ladders as they are more proportional in terms of size to use.  For a larger Tiny House, this would be a great idea!

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Eco Pods

I have always been intrigued by creative solutions to housing, in our life the average person spend a third of all the money they make on housing, my question is, how can we change that third to a much smaller fraction?  I found this a little bit ago and what I really like about it is thatecopod

  • It is able to be transported via standard tractor trailer (18 wheeler) methods
  • It uses recycled materials almost exclusively
  • They are relatively inexpensive
  • It can be locked up and short of someone spending an hour with a plasma cutting torch, they aren’t going to get in

All of these things are really important to me because I don’t want to spend my entire life in debt, I want to be able to move my home if I find a great job elsewhere with minimal cost, and when I go on month long vacations I can without worry about my home.

Eco pods are 120 square feet of living area not counting the built in deck.  The floor is recycled car tires and actually looks really nice, plus gives some so you aren’t always standing on a hard surface, plus it cleans well.  Check out the video below and their website here

A Slight Departure From Our Regular Content…

I try to keep most of the content a least loosely related to Tiny Houses and Tiny Living, but I found this to be very note worthy and thought I would share. cignalogo001So today I came across these two videos about a Former CINGA Insurance Executive coming out and talking about some of the industry secrets and his comments on the movie Sicko by Michael Moore.

If you haven’t seen the movie, Michael Moore has posted the video to watch for free here

Please share your comments and thoughts on the matter in the comments section!

Eco Friendly Paints

In our homes today there are some seriously bad new chemicals.  I have a friend of the family  that worked for a insurance company and his whole job was air quality.  After talking to him some he said something that kind of scared me.  top-paintsHe said even with the top of the life filtration systems in our homes today, the air quality is around 6 times more toxic than any of the worst air quality cities.  That’s kinda scary!

Now there are some things that you simply cannot reduce their toxicity because the value of having those chemicals is so great.  For example if you have a solar array, you will need to have several batteries to capture that power.  The batteries have all sorts of nasty chemicals but the value of have your computer running, a fridge and lights out weighs it.  Paint is the number one suspect when it comes to ruining the indoor air quality.  Thus, replacing it can make a huge impact on the problem.

That said, there are allot of things that we can do address this problem.  One of which is using Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) which is the bad stuff.  Then there are other paints that are non-toxic which are basically you vegan version of paint, there are only natural ingredients in them.  So here is a round up of the best Low VOC and Non-Toxic paints  here