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Cleaning Solution Recipes

Date: 
Fri, 11/01/2013

If you missed our DIY Green Cleaning Solutions workshop, here are some easy recipes to make at home.

Glass Cleaner

2 cups water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/2 tsp. Dr. Bronner's soap (optional)

Combine in a spray bottle.

Floor Cleaner

1 gal. water

1/8 cup distilled white vinegar

1/8 cup liquid soap

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pail.

Toilet Bowl Magic

Have a Green Halloween

Date: 
Sat, 10/12/2013

Decorate a reusable canvas bag, pillowcase or bucket for trick-or-treating instead of a plastic bag. Check out these creative ideas on Pinterest or use these design templates from HGTV.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Date: 
Sat, 10/12/2013

Join us on Saturday, October 12 at 10am for a workshop on how to create simple and green cleaning solutions. Supplies will be provided and you will leave the library with a home-made cleaning solution. 

Register online or call Reader Services at 847-272-2958.

Northbrook Farmers Market

Date: 
Wed, 06/19/2013

Shop for locally grown produce and other locally made goods at the Northbrook Farmers Market every Wednesday from 7am to 1pm until October 9. The market is located at the corner of Cherry and Meadow.

Help us build a community recipe collection by submitting your recipe and a photo to socialmedia@northbrook.info. We will post the recipes on our From Your Farmers Market board on Pinterest.

Food Patriots Documentary

Date: 
Fri, 05/17/2013

Join us on Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm for the first Northbrook screening of Food Patriots. Local filmmaker Jeff Spitz will be present to discuss his documentary about how food-borne illness caused his family to rethink their eating habits.

Watch the trailer below:

Green Challenge Roundup

Date: 
Tue, 04/30/2013

We've compiled these lists of easy things you can do to help the environment:

Saving Energy

Go Green at the Grocer

Reduce Paper Waste

Reduce Plastic Waste

Composting

Green Challenge #6

Date: 
Mon, 04/29/2013

Adjust Your Refrigerator and Water Heater

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for about 18% of your utility bill. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water and reduce energy expenditure.

Green Challenge #5

Date: 
Wed, 04/24/2013

Try composting as a way to use your kitchen and yard waste to benefit your garden. Not sure how to get started? Check out these composting resources at the library.

Green Challenge #4

Date: 
Wed, 04/17/2013

Reduce Plastic Waste

Plastic Bags:
The library has started recycling newspaper bags. You can do the same by bringing yours to the Bag2Bag recycling bin at Sunset or another participating store. They also accept dry cleaning bags and other plastic bags and some shrink wraps. See the Bag2Bag site for more information on what they recycle.

Green Challenge #3

Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013

Reduce Paper Waste

Pay your bills online and switch to paperless statements.

Register at www.catalogchoice.org and www.dmachoice.org to stop getting catalogs and junk mail you don’t want.

Think before printing. Set your printer default to double-sided and use Print Preview to print only the pages you need. Save files on your computer instead of printing them for your records.