Economical House-Cleaning with Vinegar

I have been recommending white vinegar for cleaning and other purposes for five years. It is both non-toxic and a natural deodoriser. Here is an inexpensive source of high-quality white vinegar: Sam’s Club, less than four dollars for two gallons. White Distilled Vinegar From the Vinegar Institute, these Uses for White Vinegar Cleaning No-wax floors: To wash…

Economical House-Cleaning with Vinegar

I have been recommending white vinegar for cleaning and other purposes for five years. It is both non-toxic and a natural deodoriser. Here is an inexpensive source of high-quality white vinegar: Sam’s Club, less than four dollars for two gallons. White Distilled Vinegar From the Vinegar Institute, these Uses for White Vinegar Cleaning No-wax floors: To wash…

Using a Dishwasher the Cool Way in Summer

When the weather is hot, use your dishwasher in the late evening, and turn off the heated drying feature. The glasses and dishes will dry naturally overnight. Your place will not heat up as much, and because heat has a bad effect on polymers, rubber and plastics, the items made with those components will last…

How to Iron a Man’s Shirt

Ironing a Man’s Shirt My Swedish grandmother taught me how to iron men’s shirts. Like Scandinavians of all social strata, she adored being at the ironing board. I don’t know how other people do it, but here is our system: Flattening and folding the yoke (found under the collar at the back of shirt) at…

Yams and Sweet Potatoes: Versatile, Health-Promoting Vegetables

Yams and Sweet Potatoes Eating yams or sweet potatoes every day is believed to be one of the reasons  the people of Okinawa, Japan, have the longest average life expectancy in the world. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the yam is “neutral” in nature–somewhere between yin and yang. Its properties can help to tranquilise the…

M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or serrano pepper (roasted, pickled or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt or one half-cup of buttermilk, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add…

2009 Miscellaneous

  USPS News, 2009: New Forever Personalized Stamp Envelope WASHINGTON — A noted author, a philanthropist and a racehorse champion are among the subjects featured on the Postal Service’s 2009 price-change stamps. In addition, a new Forever personalized stamped envelope is being introduced.“The stamps we are issuing cover a variety of subjects and will have…

From the Clothes Line: Elegant Survival of Your Clothing

Clothes dryers are energy-wasters, and will ruin your clothes as well, through fibre-loss and shrinkage. Some electric dryers even tear holes in clothes. Hand-washing and line-drying your shirts and other washable garments will extend their lives. I use Zote soap and a microfibre cloth to rub dirt out of cuffs and collars. Underarms need special…

Health-Enhancing Blueberries

Blueberries contain vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium, are high in fiber and low in calories. The USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) has ranked blueberries at the very top of antioxidant activity within a range of forty-one fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are rich in natural health-enhancers, including vitamin C,  vitamin A,…

Non-Electric Tool: the Lehman’s Foodmill

If the power goes out, or disappears altogether (with the ridiculous restrictions on energy-production in the U.S., you never know what may happen), there is an alternative to the food-processor and blender: the hand-operated foodmill. Lehman’s, a company of which I am fond and have featured here at Elegant Survival several times, has an affordable,…

Better Batter: Gluten-Free Flour

This great product is the brainchild of a mother named Naomi, whose son was experiencing some symptoms resembling autism. The mother and child took a doctor’s advice to ban gluten from his diet, which resulted in a cure. Read about Better Batter Gluten-Free Flour

The Sonya Apple, an Elegant Survival Favorite

The Sonya apple originated in New Zealand, and has been internationally available since 2002.  Its unique flavor is owed to its two parent-apples, the Red Delicious and the Gala.The Sonya apple is pleasantly sweet and crisp, with an intense, fresh apple-juice flavor. Sonya apples are perfect for snacks, and the ones available now are small…

Elegant Survival Household Tips

New Additions, November 29th, 2007: Microwave Safety Always cook with glass dishes when using a microwave oven. Even if your crockery was made after the lead-poisoning alert, it could still be produced by a manufacturer whose products have slipped past the inspections/standards process. Pyrex and Corningware are safe, as are inexpensive glass dishes and cups…