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Fun with Chores

Fun with Chores
News from Memphis Flyer:

I’ve become a complete Do-It-Yourself nerd. Counters are cleaned with vinegar and water. Glass surfaces get the same solution plus a little dish soap.

This weekend, while half the family made six months’ worth of laundry detergent from soap, soda, borax, and a little lavender from the garden, the other half was out in the yard clipping lemongrass and killing crabgrass with a spray-on mixture of molasses, water, and soap topped off with a sprinkle of baking soda.

So, obviously, I’ve got to know what new and nifty make-at-home solutions to everyday problems Deanna Caswell (aka the Goat Lady) and her partner in DIY-crime, Daisy Siskins, have cooked up to share when they visit the Collerville Burch Library on Tuesday, July 3rd. Caswell and Siskins are the co-authors of Little House in the Suburbs, a blog that teaches readers how to do everything from making soap out of bacon grease to treating your pimple problems with oil. They also have a book of the same name.

Caswell and Siskins are hosting a “cleaning solutions” class and will teach participants how to convert common household products into powerful tools in the never-ending battle against grossness and stink. Each student will take home a sample of ready-to-use laundry detergent for the home.

It feels really good to know every ingredient that goes into your cleaning products…………… continues on Memphis Flyer

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