Cleaning Up Your Life in 5 Steps!

 

Create a clean & pure life in 5 Easy Steps!

Have you become more grossly aware of how toxic common household cleaners are, but feel like there really aren’t any better options? If you are someone who wants to take some control over this situation there are some easy steps to help you get to a cleaner home, with no harmful toxins.  To me, being clean means getting rid of the man made, toxic chemicals in your house and body. There are many variations and degrees of cleanliness- from using vinegar as a cleaner to eating only organic produce. The one thing that we can all agree on is that developing clean habits is much easier when you don’t feel judged! We don’t mind what other people are doing…. to each their own, but we love educating people.  If you are ready to take the steps to living more purely, let’s do it together! Seriously, nobody is perfect!

The 5 Steps to a Pure Home

Step 1

Let go of any feelings of judgement or guilt. Who has time for it? We have cleaning to do! The first step is the hardest to take! It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday, today is a fresh start!

Step 2

Take charge of your decisions! Lay out a plan and get your spouse or housemates on board!

Step 3

Make a new choice! Start with either pure cleaning or your diet. I suggest cleaning, it’s the easiest. What do you need? Start with these two staples!

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#1: Vinegar– it’s a great all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar has a pH of 2.4 so it really cleans well. Buy a spray bottle, or reuse an old one and fill it half with water and half with vinegar. You’ve just made an all-purpose cleaner! Add about 30 drops of lemon, tea tree or lavender essential oil for a more desirable smell! You can clean anything with it- stove tops, counters, sinks, toilets, walls, doorknobs, etc.

#2 Castile Soap is a real soap made of 100% olive oil.This means it can be diluted with water a great deal and last you a long time. This saves money! We use castile soap for our dish soap and purpose cleaner!

Most people like the smell of a clean and disinfected home, but that common idea and the “smell of clean” you associate with it usually comes chocked full of toxic chemicals!

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Unintended Farms Dish It Up! Liquid Dish Soap

Step 4

Take baby steps! Don’t try to change everything because it will be too overwhelming. Plus if you try to change it all at once, the odds are that your household will freak out. Take on one major change and then when that feels comfortable, take the next step. Do what what feels natural when it feels right. We started with our laundry detergent first!

Step 5

CommitStop buying junk! Slowly start getting rid of products that you just aren’t comfortable with. Particularly the ones with giant warning labels! Stop using it and buying it! Discard it and feel better doing so! Use the Environmental Working Group‘s website to check out products in your home that you aren’t comfortable with and start from there. Do this gradually and over time you will have really changed into a clean and eco-friendly person that you are proud to be! Voting with your dollars by making wise and informed decisions will help make our entire world a cleaner place!

What have you changed in your life so far? What do you still want to change?

BLEACH – SCARY STUFF

DO NOT USE BLEACH OR CLEANERS WITH BLEACH!

Did you know that bleach has chlorine in it and has been linked to cancer? Eek!

According to the National Poison Control Center website, 43,518 calls concerning bleach were reported in 2016. Using all purpose cleaners that contain bleach, or sodium hypochlorite are almost always dispensed in a spray bottle. Sodium hypochlorite poses many health risks including asthma and respiratory concerns, skin allergies and irritation, cancer, and environmental risks.

There is a specific risk when bleach is put into a machine such as a dishwasher or washing machine where the bleach is heated and then released as a gas when the machine is opened in the home!

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USE AN ALL NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Unintended Farms spent a few years developing a safe, yet effective bleach free All Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner. Utilizing the power of Tea Tree essential oil and castile soap, it is perfect for cleaning surfaces in your home: kitchen tables and counters, floors, bathroom sinks and counters, granite, tile, handles, knobs and beyond…

This handmade all natural, non-toxic cleaner is anti-bacterial and works hard on grease, dirt, and grime. Use on any non-porous surface and wipe with a soft cloth. This also works great on stainless steel, granite counters, and our microfiber couch!

 

Unintended Farms shall not be held responsible for any damages to property or for any adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm) caused by improper use of a product.

ALL NATURAL HOUSEHOLD CLEANING WORKSHOP SERIES

Bring a friend! Unwind from the holiday stress!

Join us to create your own non-toxic, all natural laundry detergent to take home, enjoy a glass of wine with us and learn :

– Where to locate non-toxic ingredients in Douglas County
– How to customize a recipe to your specific needs
– How much to add per load
– How to naturally remove stains
– How to increase the longevity of your clothing

JOIN US AND TAKE HOME YOUR OWN 64 LOAD LAUNDRY DETERGENT & RECIPE CARD!

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What is Borax and is it safe?

The question of what Borax is and also whether it’s safe comes up a lot online and at the market. It is a main ingredient in our Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce as well as our Dishwasher Detergent and Dish It Up Soap. We absolutely love it! However, like everyone else we wanted to dig into the nitty-gritty and find out what the fuss is all about?

Borax is sodium tetraborate or sodium borate. Many people confuse this with boric acid, hydrogen borate. Borax is actually a salt of boric acid and does not have the same chemical characteristics.  If you have ever googled articles about the dangers of Borax and have read articles in opposition to Borax  typically they are referring to boric acid please take them with a grain of salt, literally. They are comparing apples and oranges.

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral. The product safety data on Borax combines borax and boric acid cautions, and it is unclear which substance the various warnings pertain to. The most extreme warnings about borax mention skin contact, eye contact or eaten in high doses. There are everyday items in our kitchen such as vinegar, essential oils and even organic pepper can have these same effects. That does not make these things unsafe but just that they must be used correctly and in moderation. Borax is alkaline and when it is not diluted it can cause irritation.

Here’s the full material data safety sheet if you want some light reading.

That data sheet does give borax a safety rating of “1” which is the same as baking soda and salt. (I wouldn’t recommend putting those in your eye or rubbing large amounts on the skin constantly or ingesting large amounts daily either)

The Environmental Working Group lists Borax as a safety rating of 5-6, though again, the studies used contained both borax and boric acid and the warnings referred to ingestion, eye contact or prolonged undiluted use.

So Is Borax Safe?

We did not find any evidence  that was compelling enough for us to avoid using Borax in our cleaners. We do not recommend that you eat it or rub it on your skin without first diluting it.All of our products use a safe, diluted amount and are not recommended for uses other than cleaning.

Consider the warning labels on major box store brands and then weigh the risks for yourself! Borax is an effective natural cleaner and a safer alternative either way you cut it. Yes it can be used as a pesticide, but it’s a natural one.We mix it with a bit of sugar and leave it out for the ants when we see them!

Our favorite brand is Mule Team Borax and it is considered pure and natural.

Please let us know! Do you use Borax? Do you consider it safe?

SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTORS – WATERCOLOR BUFFALO TEE FUNDRAISER

As many of you know, in addition to Unintended Farms, I also run a small graphic design studio out of the farm during the week! This week it has been exceptionally hard to watch the Facebook feeds from the pipeline protest. People being held in cages like animals, given numbers reminding us of concentration camps, shot with rubber bullets,  and the protectors were sprayed with pepper spray repeatedly. This is not an issue we can ignore. These are not protesters they are peaceful water protectors! While many are headed to North Dakota to help, many of us cannot leave our homes given our current situations. That does not mean that the longing to help isn’t there! We want you to take a stand from where you are by helping us send support! I have created this design to represent the Great Spirit that took the form of a buffalo heard showing up last week!
The Dakota access pipeline is slated to run through the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers and poses a serious threat to the water supply of the Native American tribes along with 18 million residents that live along it’s path. In Lakota Mni Wiconi means Water is Life. Last week our water protectors were hit hard with harder hits sure to come. Help us support and sponsor the Water Protectors and sponsor a few friends headed that way to stand on the front lines!
 
When you buy this shirt you are supporting those who are protecting our future and our water. All proceeds will be distributed between existing Standing Rock camp/supply gofundme sites as well as 2 $100 sponsorships for those leaving in late November/December for North Dakota immediately after the campaign ends.
 
Take a stand. Protect our water from where you are. It’s time to save our mother!
With no clean water, there are no veggies, no herbs, no health and no future. When will we learn that we cannot drink oil? There is no amount of money worth this kind of destruction. It’s 2016 and with new green technologies it seems that we can find a better way.
Please buy one a shirt if you can and share the design with your friends!
 
A’ho!
 
~Erin & Rich

Unintended Farms Stands with Standing Rock #NoDAPL

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Mr. Denis McDonough
The White House
Chief of Staff to the President
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
dmcos@who.eop.gov

Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310
joellen.darcy@us.army.mil

Dear President Obama,
Dear Mr. McDonough and Assistant Secretary Darcy,

We submit this letter to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. We stand in solidarity and support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other communities in their fight against this dangerous and destructive pipeline. Oil pipelines break, spill and leak—it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of where and when. In fact, a route close to Bismarck was deemed not viable due to its proximity to Bismarck, and the fact that the route crossed through or in close proximity to several wellhead source water protection areas, including areas that contribute water to municipal water supply wells. Yet despite these real consequences, the Army Corps of Engineers (“Army Corps”) never took a hard look at the impacts of an oil spill on the Tribe, as the law requires. No explanation has been provided as to why the health of, and protection of water resources on which, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members depend are any less significant or vital as those of the City of Bismarck.

Instead, now the pipeline is set to run through land that is sacred to the Tribe. Federal
law requires that sacred places be protected in consultation with the Tribe, but the Corps has not complied with that requirement, either. We ask that the Administration take a step back and slow down its consideration of the Dakota Access Pipeline—the Corps must carefully consider all of the impacts to the Tribe before issuing any approvals. The Dakota Access pipeline does not have the easement from the Corps of Engineers to cross Lake Oahe. As the trustee to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all tribes, do not grant the final easement until further review of the project is guaranteed.146678-1 Your Administration has a treaty and trust responsibility to protect all Indian nations’ water resources and must take action now to ensure the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s rights are recognized and resources are safeguarded for future generations.

Sincerely,
Rich and Erin Keller, Owners, Unintended Farms

 

(Submitted October 31, 2016)

Please join us in solidarity with the water protectors in North Dakota. We stand with Standing Rock! #NoDAPL #WaterisLife #SaveourFuture #DrMrPresident

Start Healing with Raw Local Honey

Honey has been a staple in the human diet since ancient times. It has an unusual chemical composition which prevents it from spoiling. Archaeologists have unearthed pots that are thousands of years old that are still good. Honey is low in moisture and high in acid, making bacteria and microorganisms unable to grow. Bees add glucose oxidase, an enzyme, to it that creates hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Honey is great for:

Soothing a sore throat or cough –

Do you have a nagging cough? Kids can’t sleep? Give them 2 TBSP of honey and you’ll be good to go! Honey provides natural relief from sore throats by coating the throat and reducing inflammation! This is a much safer go-to than drug store cough syrups!

If you want to give it an extra kick, pour your jar of honey into a saucepan with a few sage leaves, and some ground up ginger. Add in fresh squeezed lemon juice. Simmer for 30 minutes on med-low. Let it cool and put back into the jar! Keep this syrup in the refrigerator for up a year. Add to a hot cup of water, spoon it out for the kids, or enjoy in tea! The taste is wonderful! You can play with adding other spices if you enjoy more of a kick! Cloves, garlic, or turmeric also add a power punch to this syrup!

Treat Wounds –

Honey has been found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. For the treatment of burns and wounds, WebMD notes: Honey is applied directly or in a dressing which is usually changed every 24 to 48 hours. When used directly, 15 mL to 30 mL of honey has been applied every 12 to 48 hours, and covered with sterile gauze and bandages or a polyurethane dressing.

Why use synthetic rub on creams when you can just go to the kitchen?

Natural Sweetener –

Processed sugars are a thorn in our country’s side. Surprisingly honey can be added to most recipes in place of sugar. The conversion is really simple:

For every 1 cup of granulated sugar, replace it with 1/3 cup of raw honey!

Honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Seasonal Allergy Relief –

We strongly believe that by taking 2 TBSP of honey a day you can naturally ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Honey contains traces of flower pollen, and exposure to small amounts of allergens works as a good treatment to combat daily symptoms.

Again, a sweet bite of honey is a lot less complicated than a synthetic alternative. However, if you need an over the counter aid after trying the honey then do so! We advocate in trying the natural option first, every time!

Kills bacteria –

In clinical studies, medical grade honey has been shown to kill food-borne illness pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

While we aim to learn more about the beekeeping process over the next few years. We distribute honey at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market each weekend for our friends at Humble Bee Honey! Their local raw honey is fabulously rich and you can’t beat the flavor!

Make life a little bit sweeter and reach out to your local Farmer’s Markets and Bee-Keepers  today to add more local honey into your diet! You wont regret it!

Flea & Tick Spray

 

Our All Natural Flea & Tick Spray

We are the proud fur parents of 2 Australian Shepard/Chocolate Lab mixes named Molly and Buster. They love to be outside, but need to be inside with us, warm at night. The fleas and ticks love their white fur!

As much as we don’t want them to suffer from bugs, we also don’t like using the toxic drops full of harsh chemicals. The main ingredients in our Flea & Tick Spray are Apple Cider Vinegar and a trifecta of tea tree, lavender, and lemon essential oils.

This mixture is safe and gentle enough to use on most animals, however we discourage using on our feline friends. Cats just have a hard time processing essential oils!

You can spray directly on them, rub it into their fur or brush it on.  Generously spray down any rugs, carpet, blankets, or beds they may have come into contact with!

Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of beneficial uses for you pets. It is great for their skin and hair, anti-fungal, and can help ward off unwanted health issues. The baking soda and salt help dehydrate any eggs that might be living on them, while the essential oils work their magic by repelling ticks and killing the fleas while calming your pet down.

This product can be helpful in fighting “hot spots”. Molly literally has a brown spot on her lower back that she just wont leave alone some days. Once applied, the lavender oil helps calm her down and go back to her normal self.

Flea & Tick spray is also recommended for human use! Did you know that ticks carry Lyme Disease? They transmit the very harmful and long term disease. Protect yourself and loved ones by spraying yourself down before leaving the house to go outside to work or play! Specifically in long grass or brush filled areas.

 

On Molly, our dog, we use it on what we refer to as her “hot spot”. She digs and bites at it, even without a bug problem. The lavender oil helps calm her down and not want to dig!

As always we have fresh batches weekly at the market and offer orders by mail!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce FAQ

Grammy's Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce

Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How much do I use per load?  – Just 1 tablespoon will wash a regular size, reasonably dirty load of laundry. However, for added softness we recommend 2 or if you just like it and want to use half the jar, be our guest! This product is gentle enough that you don’t have to worry about it eating holes in your washables.

2. Does it work in a high efficiency washer & dryer? – Yes! However, you must put it in     the rear of the detergent drawer, dilute it in a 1/2 cup of water, or simply scoop into  clothing chamber. Really we just throw some in and it works! 

3. Can you make it in a bigger size than a quart? Nothing is impossible, but at this time     my method involves using regular mouthed mason jars… so no, but perhaps if by               special order. We never turn down reasonable offers. We could probably fill a large             pickle jar with one batch. 

4. Can you make a batch without essential oils? Absolutely! Just ask!

5. Does it build up my septic tank? No! Unlike big box store brands of detergents, our         laundry sauce helps break it down! Just one more added benefit!

6. Is it really just 4 ingredients? Yep! Cross our hearts! 

7. Does it cure poison oak? Ok, it’s not snake oil or anything, but rub a little on your             rash! It’ll help dry it out!

8. Does it suds up? Kind of! You’ll see a few bubbles because of the washing soda! Not like box store brands, but you don’t that anyways!

9. Where can I get this wonderful Laundry Sauce? Currently we are offering the Laundry Sauce at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 10-2 and the Riverside Market at Glaser Estate Winery from 1-7 on Thursdays which are both located in Roseburg, Oregon.