Review: Bio-Enviro All Natural Organic Enzyme Cleaner

January 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Bio-Enviro Concentrate - 1 Gallon (128 oz.) BottleI got this product ages ago from Bio-Enviro and have just now gotten around to writing up a review about it.

But I have been using it faithfully for a couple of months now. ;)

Bio-Enviro is a highly concentrated, organic enzyme cleaner that can be used for multiple purposes around the home and garden. It’s also biodegradable.

It contains purified water, coconut oil and palm kernel oil, glycerin, enzyme blend, peppermint oil, neem oil, wintergreen oil, d-limonene, and citronella oil.

I LOVE the way the stuff smells! I’ve tried plenty of natural cleaning products that smelled terrible, and I figure this is an important thing - after all, you clean several times a day so a nice smell makes things a little more tolerable.

The company claims that because of the essential oils, it is a natural but repellent. I haven’t noticed that effect, but perhaps it has to be applied neat in order to work that way - something I haven’t tried. They also say that it’s effective against mold and fungi, which makes sense considering the addition of the essential oils.

I’ve used Bio-Enviro for all types of cleaning around my house including:

  • Toilet cleaner (I put a tiny squirt right into the bowl then swish)
  • Spot cleaner for laundry (a teensy drop on stains before washing)
  • Laundry detergent (when I was out of my homemade stuff, I just squirted it right in)
  • All purpose kitchen cleaner (about a tablespoon in a spray bottle of water)
  • Floor cleaner (I just spray it on trouble spots before mopping)

Because it’s so concentrated, it’s cost effective when broken down to cost per use. If you buy the gallon size of concentrate, the final mixed product ends up around .50 a gallon.

Visit the Bio-Enviro site to see their entire line of products, which includes Bidets and LED light bulbs. CC VIVID PLUS LED LIGHT BULB

Homemaker’s Done List

January 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Remember my Homemaker’s To Do List from yesterday?

I’m pretty stoked that I actually got most of that stuff done and a whole lot more since. I was feeling a little overwhelmed, but today we’re having gorgeous, sunny 60 degree weather. The doors are open, and I’m doing a little spring cleaning.

Here’s the damage.

  • Start the beef broth in the slow cooker. Kopje Koffie 2
  • Start new batch of kefir.
  • Make new batch of kombucha. - Almost done. Brewed the tea, put it in the glass jar, but don’t have any white sugar. Will grab some from the store.I’ve tried making it with Sucanat before and it got moldy - my sister Lisa aka MsFit, is the Kombucha Queen, and she said the same thing happened to her. So I’m not taking a chance this time of killing my scoby!
  • Do Wahm Wednesday post for Natural Moms Talk Radio blog.
  • Send out “No Fluffmarketing newsletter for work at home Moms.
  • Write guest posts for Schmoozins.
  • Sweep kitchen floor (outsourced to kitchen staff)
  • Wash breakfast dishes (outsourced to kitchen staff)
  • Oversee Math and Social Studies with the boys
  • Call the Larabar people about a refund on that huge box of Peanut Butter Larabars I just bought from Whole Foods that have been recalled.
  • Fold 3 loads of laundry currently hanging on drying racks
  • Wash my bed sheets
  • Pray they dry before bed
  • Or drop them off at the laundromat dryer on the way to gym and pray they are there when I come back to pick them up
  • Write and send 3 thank you cards. Almost done. Wrote one, now just have to go to post office for stamps. But not leaving house just for said stamps, so must wait.
  • Go to gym for Butt & Gut at 5:00
  • Have celebratory brownie in bed Can I hear an Amen?

Since it’s so nice today, it’s been all about cleaning and cooking. Here is my “done” list.

I:

  • Hung out load of laundry outside for a change!
  • Put beef stock made yesterday into glass jars to freeze
  • Shook the kefir a little
  • Started beef stew in slow cooker
  • Washed two loads of laundry, folded two loads of laundry
  • Cleaned behind sofa
  • Straightened bedroom and living room
  • Did read aloud with boys
  • Checked math work
  • Did history and Bible study with boys
  • Prepared oats for overnight baked oatmeal
  • Made new batch of homemade laundry detergent
  • Blogged about my 3 year old
  • Solved Trojan hack on one of my blogs, with the help of the fantastic Scott at MomWebs hosting, which rocks, and to whom I probably owe my firstborn child for all the times he’s saved my sites.
  • Vacuumed kitchen and living room
  • Re-organized homeschool supplies
  • Organized kitchen pantry
  • Unpacked books and wiped clean, placed on bookshelves
  • Scrubbed crayon unsuccessfully from coffee table
  • Cleaned wooden shelves in kitchen
  • Moved a piece of furniture and reorganized desk
  • Did all the usual things like make breakfast and lunch, wash dishes, sidewalk chalk with Sadie, etc.
  • Twittered. And Twittered some more.

Now, before you go thinking I’m this Caroline Ingalls-y everyday, I’m not. The busy homemaker urge strikes occasionally. And one must strike while the iron is hot, no?

:)

And it’s only 4 o’clock yet!

Homemaker’s To Do List

January 21, 2009 | 1 Comment

  • Start the beef broth in the slow cooker. Kopje Koffie 2
  • Start new batch of kefir.
  • Make new batch of kombucha.
  • Do Wahm Wednesday post for Natural Moms Talk Radio blog.
  • Send out “No Fluff” marketing newsletter for work at home Moms.
  • Write guest posts for Schmoozins.
  • Sweep kitchen floor (outsourced to kitchen staff)
  • Wash breakfast dishes (outsourced to kitchen staff)
  • Oversee Math and Social Studies with the boys
  • Call the Larabar people about a refund on that huge box of Peanut Butter Larabars I just bought from Whole Foods that have been recalled.
  • Fold 3 loads of laundry currently hanging on drying racks
  • Wash my bed sheets
  • Pray they dry before bed
  • Or drop them off at the laundromat dryer on the way to gym and pray they are there when I come back to pick them up
  • Write and send 3 thank you cards.
  • Go to gym for Butt & Gut at 5:00
  • Have celebratory brownie in bed

What’s on your to do list for today?

Creative Commons License photo credit: tienvijftien

p.s. And I just realized I’m out of coffee. My oldest son offered me an emergency back rub. LOL!

Frugal Friday: Free Natural Cleaners Report

January 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Cara aka The Household Helper is giving away a free report on her blog today.

It’s all about how to use baking soda, vinegar and salt for cleaning:

“Uses For Vinegar, Baking Soda and Salt: Tried & Tested Uses For Health and Home”

Plus she’s giving away two natural cleaners starter kits! Go here to grab your report and enter to win: Natural Cleaners Giveaway

Save Money, Get Organized

December 16, 2008 | Leave a Comment

It seems that everyone who makes goals for the next year includes these two things in their plans.

Save Money and Get Organized

Am I right?

Well, I have two things that will help you. Actually it’s Cara, aka The Household Helper (this girl seems to live and breathe awesome household tips) who has the good stuff but I’m sharing it with you because I’m so nice like that. :-)

First, she is hosting a teleseminar all about getting yourself and your household organized for 2009. She’s charging a buck, but you get all kinds of cool stuff for your buck. Major bang!

Secondly, you can download this free report with 89 Money Saving Tips right here.

Salad Saturday!

August 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Each Saturday I’ll post a free salad recipe from my new salad cookbook. It hafree salad recipess over 365 recipes, so you can either buy it now or just hang around here for the next 6 years. LOL!

CHICKEN AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

30 ounces Black beans; drain — rinse
3 cups Chicken; cooked — cubed
6 Green onions — sliced
1 Sweet red pepper — chop
1 Sweet yellow pepper — chop
2 Tomatoes — coarse chop
1/4 cup Coriander; chop – fresh

—–DRESSING—–
1 Jalapeno pepper — minced
1 teaspoon Grated lime rind
1/4 cup Lime juice
10 milliliters Garlic — minced
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 cup Vegetable oil

Use canned black beans (15oz (425mL) per can). In large bowl, gently stir together black beans, chicken, onions, red and yellow peppers and tomatoes.

Dressing: in small bowl, whisk together jalapeno pepper, lime rind and juice, garlic, salt and pepper; gradually whisk in oil. Pour over salad; add coriander and toss gently.

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

August 27, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Texas Burnt Chili
Creative Commons License photo credit: Pacdog

Slow cookers can be mom’s best friend.

Throw everything in during the morning time (when everyone is busy and happy and not cranky and underfoot), and have a hot, delicious meal ready for you by dinnertime.

Here are a few healthy slow cooker recipes that feature whole foods. Enjoy!

I Heart Ready Made Magazine

August 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I heart Ready Made magazine

Have you read this magazine?

It’s a Do It Yourselfer/Crafter/Recycler/Reuser’s dream.

It’s Martha Stewart, but urban, hip and cool. And without the full time staff.

I’m actually not a handy or crafty person at all. But this magazine really inspires me.

Do you love Ready Made too?

Salad Saturday!

August 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Each Saturday I’ll post a free salad recipe from my new salad cookbook. It hafree salad recipess over 365 recipes, so you can either buy it now or just hang around here for the next 6 years. LOL!

Cherry Tomato Salad

1 pint cherry tomatoes
6 bacon slices
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh basil — chopped
6 leaves romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons chives — chopped

Wash and stem tomatoes. Dry completely. Cook bacon until very crisp; drain thoroughly on paper towels.

Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and basil. Pour over tomatoes, crumble bacon over all, and stir to coat tomatoes with dressing. Serve on lettuce leaves, sprinkled with chives.

Serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Salad Saturday!

August 16, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Each Saturday I’ll post a free salad recipe from my new salad cookbook. It hafree salad recipess over 365 recipes, so you can either buy it now or just hang around here for the next 6 years. LOL!

Caesar for Two

1 each Clove garlic — minced
1 each Head romaine lettuce
1 each Tin Anchovies (Millionares)
Croutons
4 each Bacon chopped
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons White vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
Dash Tabasco
Lemon
2 each Egg yolks
Cappers
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Crush garlic in oil with fork in bowl. Add 1/2 can anchovies, capers & chop mince with oil.
Separate egg yolks in small bowl and add to mixing bowl Add Worcestershire sauce, lemon, Tabasco, vinegar and bacon bits mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes. Toss salad and add croutons and cheese.

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