Homemade cleaners


Father's Day Gifts you can make
I still am having a hard time believing the end of the year is here!  Time truly flies!  When you look back on your year, what do you see?  What new experiences did you have?  What wonderful accomplishments did you achieve?  What sorrows did you experience?  There are so many things to look back on!  Today I want to share with you my top 10 blog posts of 2015.  There were a few that really stood out; that you really […]

Top 10 Posts in 2015


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I love feeling like I can make my own homemade cleaner!  It makes me feel like I’m doing something right.   During the Christmas season we had a lot of oranges given to us as gifts, and we also happened to buy a bunch of them, since that seems to be the time that oranges are so dang cheap!   If you eat a lot of oranges, you can save the peels and make a nice, easy, homemade cleaner for […]

Easy All Purpose Homemade Cleaner



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I am terrified of spiders, and I know I’m not the only one, so I want to share with you a homemade spider repellent.  I also wanted to share a not-so-scary picture of a spider. =) A few weeks ago, I brought my son’s mattress into my bedroom for a “sleepover”.  As we were curled up in bed reading stories, a SPIDER came crawling onto the bed!!  It was as terrible as you might imagine…screaming, jumping, pounding the spider, LOSING […]

Make Your Own Homemade Spider Repellent


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If you’re a mom like me, you’ve likely dealt with your fair share of wetting accidents on the bed, and so a homemade mattress cleaner may be a good thing for you!  If you have a pet, you’ve likely dealt with the same darn thing (though hopefully not on the bed!!!).  I prefer to do things homemade when possible, since it’s usually a more frugal option, and it’s a great way to be aware of what exactly is going into […]

Homemade Mattress Cleaner – Get Stains Out



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  I’ve always preferred liquid to bar soap, but honestly, I’ve always used bar soap because it’s cheaper.  Now that I have kids I’ve  found that they wash their hands much better with the liquid…it’s easier to squirt a little out and wash it off, there isn’t a slippery bar to grasp, and frankly, they’re more likely to get enough soap on their hands when it’s liquid. My son, in particular, does much better with liquid soap.  It’s what they […]

Make Your Own: Homeade Liquid Hand Soap


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About a year and a half ago, I decided it was time to start making homemade laundry detergent.  I found a recipe I liked and doubled it.  It turned out well, and I’ve been making it ever since.   Go here for the original recipe. Here’s how we did it! First, what you need:     1 cup borax powder (available at any grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle) 1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (I found this […]

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent – Eco Friendly Living



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In my quest to live a more eco-friendly, green lifestyle, I’ve taken to replacing all of my commercial cleaners with homemade, safe, chemical-free cleaners.   Not only is this good for my home in that we aren’t breathing in potentially toxic fumes anymore, it is also good for the environment in that we are “consuming” much less packaging.  It is also very kind to our wallets!!  I mean really, it’s a win-win.  Don’t believe in the whole “green movement” happening?  […]

Living Eco-Friendly: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent


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I found a really cool article in my newspaper a little over a week ago.  It was all about spring cleaning…the green way.   (photo) The thing is, I’ve always been into chemical-free cleaners, even before the whole “green” movement began.  I grew up in a home where my mom used Melaleuca, which is a company that makes chemical-free stuff.  Everything from cleaners to makeup to personal care products.  Soooo, it’s always been something I enjoyed.   Unfortunately, the aforementioned […]

Wellness Wednesday – Green Spring Cleaning