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CLEANING HOUSE – Results

A Big Mess

A Big Mess

It has been a month since I challenged myself to only buy produce and bread products (to see my original challenge post click here). I am sooo happy I did this.  My pantry feels so much more manageable and it really forced me to get creative with my meals and use things that I already had in the pantry, freezer, and fridge.

I did end-up buying some things that I was not supposed to, but let me explain… while on this challenge my meat-loving¬†husband decided to try living¬†plant based¬†for a month (with the occasional bit of seafood).¬† He was not ready to jump into eating¬†plant based¬†AND eating all whole foods, so I did buy him some mock meats.¬† I am so proud to say that he has been sticking with it and doing really well!¬†

What is clear to me is that even after completing this challenge I still have a lot of food in my pantry.¬† I also still have a¬†bunch of food in my freezers, but¬†a lot of the food in there¬†is food I always use (I am a big fan of making big batches of meals and freezing them for another night).¬† I also still have a bit of meat and seafood in my fridge that I plan to share with others because I don’t see the point in throwing away food (Although I’s LOVE to throw away the chicken wings…no one’s heart needs that!).¬†

I really think this challenge has changed me.¬† I am going to try much harder to plan out my meals and not impulse buy.¬† I don’t need to have so much on hand.¬† Fresher is better!

So, here are the pantry results…

Pantry BEFORE

Pantry BEFORE

Pantry AFTER

Pantry AFTER

Pantry BEFORE

Pantry BEFORE

Pantry AFTER

Pantry AFTER

And the freezers…
Freezer BEFORE

Freezer BEFORE

Freezer AFTER

Freezer AFTER

Garage Freezer BEFORE

Garage Freezer BEFORE

Garage Freezer AFTER

Garage Freezer AFTER

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10 WAYS TO CLEAN WITH SALT

This article was written by Janelle Sorensen for Healthy Child Health World.

Forget the hundreds of toxic products that are uniquely created for specific cleaning needs. Typically, most cleaning can be addressed with safe kitchen staples.

Today, consider the wonders of salt. Many of you on the DIY cleaning train are used to reaching for baking soda or vinegar, but salt is also a magnificent multi-tasker.

Here are but a few of the superpowers of salt:

1. Hand helper. Mix salt and vinegar and rub over your hands to remove garlic or onion scents from your skin.

2. Shine time. Mix together equal parts salt, flour, and vinegar and apply to brass, copper, or even gold with a cloth. Let sit for an hour, wipe off, and buff.

3. Burn buster. If you burn food in a metal pot or pan, add salt immediately after removing the food to help the burnt bits loosen easier.

4. Chimney sweep. Toss a handful of salt on your fire here and there to help keep your chimney clean.

5. Wicker whitener. Brighten wicker by applying saltwater with a brush and drying in the sun.

6. Oven and stove stain annihilator. Cover spills immediately with salt. Let stand for a few minutes (adding a little water if necessary) and then wipe up. The salt absorbs the liquids and helps loosen them from the surface. Salt is especially effective at absorbing grease and oils.

7. Dish duty. If you run out of dish soap, sprinkle about a tablespoon into a sink full of water and just make sure to rinse the dishes well afterwards. Because salt water dries out your skin, be sure to wear gloves or use moisturizer afterwards.

8. Mildew manager. Mix one part salt and one part lemon juice and apply to mildew in bathrooms and kitchens.

9. Red wine remediation. If red wine is spilled on a rug or carpeting, immediately blot up all moisture and then sprinkle the area with salt. The salt should absorb any remaining wine in about 15 minutes (turning pink as a result). Wipe up the salt and clean the area with a mixture of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water. Moisten and blot. Moisten and blot.

10. Countertop cleaner. Dip a cloth in vinegar and then in salt. Rub over countertops to erase tea and coffee stains.

Have you used salt for cleaning? Share your tips!

To read the article on Healthy Child Healthy World’s website click here

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CLEANING HOUSE

Suffocating Beans
Suffocating Beans

I have a problem…

Some people have a show addiction, some people have a substance addiction, I have a pantry and freezer stockpiling issue.  I think I could run a neighborhood bomb shelter for an entire month and we would all eat like kings and queens!!!  I am putting myself into rehab.  I have now made the commitment to ONLY BUY PRODUCE, BREAD, or DAIRY ALTERNATIVES for the next month.  Yikes!  Putting my goal out there in the cosmos is going to help me stay accountable. 

I took a trip to Mother‚Äôs Market today (where my husband likes to say I am amongst ‚Äúmy people.‚ÄĚ) and I have to be honest, I actually had to put three things back on the shelves.¬† My daughter who has a gluten allergy ran out of her box of flavored gluten free (GF) oatmeal, so I absent mindedly put its replacement in the cart.¬† I had to stop myself and realize, ‚ÄúNope, Gretchen you have plain old GF oatmeal at home.‚Ä̬† I am perfectly capable of flavoring plain old oatmeal for her.¬† My second boo boo came when I saw some vegan hamburger patties I just read about in Kris Carr‚Äôs new book (more on that later this month) and again, they went into the cart.¬† Ugh‚Ķback onto the freezer shelf they went.

So, here goes.  Here are the pictures of my pantry:   

More Clutter
More Clutter
More and More
More and More

And my freezers:

Kitchen Freezer
Kitchen Freezer
Outside Freezer
Outside Freezer

I’ll check back at the beginning of February and show my progress.

What are your addictions???

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