The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money: Folk Wisdom for Keeping Your House Clean, Green, and Homey

The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money: Folk Wisdom for Keeping Your House Clean, Green, and Homey

by Richard Freudenberger, Editors of BackHome Magazine, Back Home Magazine Editors
     
 

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Our Forefathers and Mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey-and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies.

The editors at BackHome Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home

Overview

Our Forefathers and Mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey-and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies.

The editors at BackHome Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance-as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity.

Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances-and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases.

The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, gleaner life and keeping your home beautiful.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Freudenberger (Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel) and the other editors of BackHome Magazine have produced a comprehensive guide, filled with information to help readers clear toxins and excess waste from their homes while gaining an appreciation for self-efficiency. The projects, recipes, and general practices have all been tested by the contributors, and each entry lists necessary materials and projected monetary savings. The guide is divided into three parts. 'All Around the House' covers housekeeping practices, including instructions for making household cleaning products, as well as recipes and general advice for saving money on food preparation. This section is accessible to a wide audience, and most people could easily adopt these methods without any prior experience. Part 2, 'Those Special Interests That Make Life Special,' focuses on crafts, pets, and holiday recipes and homemade gifts. Part 3, 'Heading Outside: The Great Outdoors,' covers topics more suitable to experienced woodworkers or gardeners, but the instructions are clear and detailed enough for novices. VERDICT: This is a versatile reference for sustainable housekeeping, gardening, and DIY projects."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592334131
Publisher:
Fair Winds Press
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Edition description:
paperback w/cloth spine
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Using Vinegar in the Garden

Cost savings
Between $3.42 and $22.40 depending on how you use it

Benefits
Without chemicals and with a single product, kill bugs, fight plant disease, clean tools, and more

Vinegar is a miracle product for the household—and the garden. here, Pat Kerr shares how vinegar works as a fungicide, poison, and cleaner. I can’t remember when I didn’t use vinegar for just about everything, but I started to see big results in my garden when I moved a bottle into my shed. Now I need two containers of vinegar, one bottle full strength (5 percent) and a second bottle diluted 50:50 with water.

Here are some ways I use vinegar in my garden:

Clean garden utensils.
Wipe tools clean with vinegar, and if infested with plants, soak them for 20 minutes or longer. Before storing tools, soak them in full-strength vinegar.

Remove lime and hard-water deposits. Wipe pots with vinegar to remove those tough spots; and soak persistent stains in full-strength vinegar.

Clean bird feeders.
For hummingbird and oriole feeders, I add sand and gravel and swish this around with vinegar to remove any mold inside. Rinse the feeders well with clear water after cleaning.

Repel ants. Spray vinegar around doors and windows to keep insects out.

Prevent fungus. Diluted vinegar controls the spread of powdery mildew on plants such as phlox.

Meet the Author

Richard Freudenberger is the publisher of Back Home Magazine and has authored several books on country skills and sustainable living. He lives in Lancaster County, PA.

Richard Freudenberger is the publisher of BackHome Magazine (http://www.backhomemagazine.com) and has authored several books on country skills and sustainable living. He lives in Lancaster County, PA.

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