Creative Uses for Orange Peels

Creative Uses for Orange Peels

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children love fruit – especially oranges – and we go through a ton of them!  Oranges are sweet, easily transportable and loaded with vitamin C to help fight off colds. While they make great snacks, they leave behind a large amount of waste − their peels. What most people don’t know, however, is that orange peels have a number of beneficial household uses as well! So the next time you go to toss those peels away, consider reusing them instead.  Check out my suggestions on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few ideas! What do YOU do with your leftover orange peels? … [Read more...]

5 Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions

5 Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions

After the record amount of snowfall we have seen this winter, I am ready for spring to finally arrive.  Okay, Atlanta got a whopping total of about 5 inches of snow this winter but hey, that really is a record for this area!  The snow is finally melted and the daffodils are already starting to pop out of the ground.  In preparation for our organic gardening projects this summer, my husband turned the compost into the soil of one of the garden beds this weekend.  In a couple weeks I will start planting a few cool weather crops so I thought I would share a few of my cheap organic gardening solutions with you.  No reason to spend a lot of money or spray a lot of chemicals if you don't need to, right?  Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions 1.  Eggshells:  Eggshells can be used a … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Old Mason Jars

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. A few months ago I decided to try my hand at canning blueberries, and, although it was fun, it turned out to be a lot of work. Surprisingly enough, the canned blueberries have lasted me a while (I’m still going through my summer batch!) but have also left me with a cabinet full of empty jars and lids ready to be put to use. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few creative uses for your old mason jars. If you do not have any mason jars, you can purchase them at a local grocery or thrift store. What do you do with your mason jars besides using them for canning? … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

My hands get abused on a fairly regular basis.  Between cooking, cleaning and gardening it is sometimes embarrassing to have people see my hands.  Don't get me started on the smell that can linger behind after peeling garlic or crumbling blue cheese!  If your hands take just as much of a beating as mine this homemade hand scrub will make a world of difference! I used a coarsely ground Kosher salt for this hand scrub but you could also use Epsom salts if you have those around.  The key is to have a relatively large grain and plain table salt doesn't really cut it.  The courser the salt, the more effective this hand scrub will be in removing dirt and food smells.  The olive oil is moisturizing and the lemon gives it a nice fresh smell.  I wish I could have used fresh rosemary in this … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Coffee

Creative Uses for Coffee

I am compensated for the articles I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog but all opinions expressed here are my own. Nowadays, when you think of staple household products, coffee is most likely a highly noted item on your list. Sure, bread, milk and fruit are important but many adults would not drag themselves out of bed so easily if it wasn't for the aroma of percolating coffee wafting up from their kitchens. What else can you do with coffee besides drink it?  Check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few creative ideas!   … [Read more...]