20 December 2009

Eco-Friendly Housecleaning

I made a few eco-friendly housekeeping baskets for friends this Christmas. I put in some of my favorite homemade things:

Some of those no-paper towels that I enjoyed so much in this post.

Homemade furniture polish bars. I use these on all my wood furniture, as well as to oil my children's wood blocks. To make your own, melt 1 part beeswax to 3 parts olive oil (add a couple of drops of essential oil like eucalyptus for scent if you have it on hand). You can melt it either in a metal pot (which will always have beeswax residue, so use an old pot!), or in the microwave in plastic containers. Pour the melted ingredients into a plastic container, let harden, and remove. When you are all done oiling your wood, you have the bonus of smoothing the leftovers onto your hands for a rich cream!

These genius reusable Swiffer Wet Jet pads. The tutorial is here on Look Ma No Pattern's blog:

There is a link to making your own spray to replace the ghastly expensive Swiffer kind in that post too.

A few crocheted dishcloths round out the basket.

One or two more gifts to make, and my Christmas crafting is done.


Anonymous said...

Those baskets look like the perfect gift!

Anonymous said...

So totally cool on the homemade furniture polish! I need to give that a try. The baskets are lovely gifts - so useful. The older I get, the more I truly appreciate things that are useful and handcrafted. I have enough bling and fluff in my life already!

NuggleMe said...

Love those!

Resweater said...

I love it! What a thoughtful gift :) I made homemade cleaning supplies for friends & family last year.

Anna said...

Very nice idea, I'm sure the recipients will love it!!

Nishant said...

I love it! What a thoughtful gift :

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mommabear said...

What a great gift idea...LOVE it!


Casey said...

You're probably going to see a lot of new comments from me on random posts today. I'm both catching up again on your blog, as well as a few others, and feeling crafty so getting ideas. I have to say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG. I love all the tutorials and how you upcycle just about everything and make things simple and easy. I have a notebook with a list of things to make from your blog sitting next to me LOL I promise, as soon as I get to doing those projects I'll email you pictures.