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How do we Make Permaculture Work Inside the Home?

 
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I have made permaculture a part of my personal life, most of my life. It just wasn't called permaculture back then.

As you go about your daily routine does permaculture affect your home?

From what I have learned about permaculture, it is about creating a system that works.

Is it easy to make your household routines work for a more functional home?

Some of the ways I use permaculture in my home is to use safe products to clean my house.

I don't spend a lot of money on buying green products.  I clean my whole house with two products:  Baking soda and vinegar. Lemon juice is an alternative for the vinegar that I use.



In the kitchen, I clean my counters, stovetop, and even windows with vinegar.  I clean my oven with baking soda.  I use it just like those cleansers or scouring powders are used like Bar Keepers Friend that you sprinkle on.  Once a month, I flush my drains with hot water, then use 1/2 Cup of baking soda followed by 1/2 vinegar, then flush with more hot water.  This helps to keep from having clogged or stopped up drains.



Clean a Kitchen




Clean an Oven


In the bathroom, I clean the sink by sprinkling on baking soda and give it a little scrub. I even follow up with some vinegar.  I use vinegar to clean the mirror. For the toilet, I might use either one.



Clean a Bathroom

How do you use permaculture to clean your home?

Here are some other threads that you might enjoy related to a home:

Washing Dishes By Hand

https://permies.com/wiki/108334/pep-nest/PEP-Badge-Nest

Make a Rag Bin

Nest Badge


 
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Great post, is that your kitchen?  It is beautiful! I love the open cabinets and large stove top.

To feel a lil fancy, I place lemon rinds in my vinegar.

Still looking for a good permie solution for laundering work pants.  
The method I tried with borax and washing soda does not get the dirt or mud out all the way.
 
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Thanks, Michelle

Its pretty isn't it.  No, its not mine, it is from the link on "Clean a Kitchen"
 
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For lazy man's maintenance I splash some vinegar into the toilet bowl to help with the hard water build up. Ideally, remove some water first so the main hard water ring will be exposed to vinegar and not just water.

For a more thorough clean, do the same then follow up with a some elbow grease and a pumice stone!
 
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