• Living Room & Bedroom

    DIY – Living Room & Bedroom 2019

    How to Make Natural Carpet Cleaner

    If you have kids or pets then you likely have carpet stains. The dilemma is finding an effective carpet cleaner that is safe for children and pets.  There are many effective carpet cleaners on the market but they can contain toxic or harsh chemicals.

    The good news is that you can make your own carpet spot cleaner that is quick, safe and effective.  Simply follow this DIY recipe to make carpet cleaner.

    Remove stubborn carpet stains with this all natural carpet cleaner!

    Natural Carpet Cleaner

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup of Borax
    • 1/4 cup of Salt
    • 1/3 cup of Vinegar

    Directions

    • Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and make a paste
    • Blot the stain (if wet) and pick up any debris
    • Using a cloth, rub the paste into stained area of the carpet
    • Let the paste sit for a few hours until it dries
    • Vacuum up the dried paste
    • Wipe up any remaining remnants with a wet rag
    • If any remnants of the stain remain scrub the stained area with wet rag
    • Let the area dry and vacuum one last time.

    DIY TIP:Test the carpet spot cleaner recipe first in hidden or discrete location to ensure it works well for your carpet type and color.

    **If you are wanting to clean the entire carpet, not just spot clean we recommend using a steam cleaning system with no chemicals.** 


    Natural Carpet Deodorizer

    If you have pets or kids you know they have a tendency to make messes on the carpet…bad smelling messes.  Carpet stains can be removed but sometimes an odor is still left.

    Follow this simple baking soda and tea tree oil recipe to help remove odors on your carpet.  This recipe also works great for removing odors from couches or inside a car.  Baking soda and tea tree oil do a great job of absorbing and neutralizing odors.  It’s a simple and low cost way to remove odors from carpet and upholstered furniture.

    Natural Carpet Deodorizer

    • Combine 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to 1/2 cup of baking soda.  You can adjust the proportions for treating larger or smaller areas.
    • Sprinkle the baking soda mixture over the affected carpet area
    • Let the mixture sit on the carpet for 1-2 hours (or overnight if possible).
    • Vacuum up the mixture to remove it from the carpet.
    This simple process will help remove odors from your carpet!

    Ingredients

    • Baking Soda
    • Tea Tree Oil

    Instructions

    1. Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of baking soda. Adjust proportions if treating a larger area
    2. Sprinkle baking soda mixture on carpet area
    3. Let it sit for 1-2 hours (or overnight if possible) to allow the odors to absorb in the baking soda.
    4. Vacuum up the baking soda mixture.

    Natural Furniture Polish – Homemade Pledge

    Give dust the boot with this all natural furniture polish.   Most commercial furniture polish uses areosol cans and can contain other harmful chemicals.   No need to worry about areosols or other chemicals with this DIY furniture polish, simply spray and wipe the dust away!

    The olive oil in the furniture polish treats the wood and gives it a natural shine.  The white vinegar provides the cleaning power while the lemon juice gives it a fresh clean scent.  These 3 simple but effective ingredients will keep your wood furniture clean and glowing.

    Natural Furniture Polish Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 2 tsp of olive oil
    • 1 tsp of lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
    • 1 cup of warm water

    Instructions

    • Pour ingredients into a spray bottle
    • Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together
    • Spray wood furniture and wipe clean with a cotton or microfiber cloth
    Remove aerosols and harmful chemicals from your cleaning routine by using this all natural wood cleaner.

    Make Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oils

    Commercial air fresheners may smell good but can contain toxic chemicals.  People sensitive to these chemicals may have headaches, migraines or breathing issues.   Replacing traditional air fresheners with essential oils is a great way to keep your house smelling great but without the harmful chemicals.

    Essential oils can be purchased online or at your local craft store.  Essential oils come in a variety of great smelling scents such as lavender, orange, peppermint and lemon grass.  Using a diffuser is a great way spread essential oils throughout your house but its not neccessary.  I like this DIY way of making home air freshener because it in your house, car or clothes.

    Avoid the chemicals and high cost of store bought Air Fresheners. Make your own homemade air freshener by following this simple recipe.

    Homemade Air Freshener with Essential Oils

    • Fill a 160z spray bottle with warm water
    • Put 10+ drops of your favorite essential oil in the spray bottle (Add more drops to adjust the smell to your liking)
    • Shake the bottle well for 30 seconds and shake again before each additional use
    • Spray in your car or room to provide a great smelling scent without any toxic chemicals!

    Ingredients

    • A 16 oz. clean spray bottle
    • Warm water
    • Essential oil(s)

    Instructions

    1. Fill the spray bottle with water leaving approximately 1 inch from the top.
    2. Use 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oils (adjust amount to your liking)
    3. Shake for 30 seconds. Shake again before each use.
  • Outdoor

    DIY – How to Build the Best Above Ground Pool 2019

    It is true to say that the construction of the above ground pool is very popular at the present. There are many places suitable for building the above ground pool including condominiums, buildings, schools, amusement parks, entertainment areas, etc. The purpose of building an above ground pool is also very diversified such as household use, swimming lessons, swimming training, business, sports activities, etc. No matter what the purpose is, a good pool is needed. Actually, we catch our eye with many ground pool everywhere. However, not all pools meet the standards. Many questions have been raised: “How to build an above ground pool is up to standard”?

    What is above ground pool?

    Before learning how to build the best swimming pool on the ground, we should understand what a swimming pool is. It can hardly be denied that the above ground pool has many different definitions. Basically, we can understand the above ground pool is an artificial water tank, which contains plenty of water for swimming or entertainment. The pool can be made of many different materials but all pools must be standard.

    Its structure is made of steel or polymer installed on the ground with a waterproof PVC film covering the walls and bottom. Thus, the surface of the above ground pool is impenetrable to retain water.

    In fact, before building an above ground pool, you need to consider important factors such as pool size, materials that the pool is created and especially your budget. Then plan to build the best above ground pool on the condition you have.

    The above ground pool has many different definitions. Source: pinterest.com

    How to build the best above ground pool

    An above ground pool that meets the standard is usually defined by many different criteria such as pool area, pool water treatment system, pool structure, and disinfection methods, etc.

    Area of the above ground pool

    when talking about building a swimming pool on the ground, the first factor we need to consider is the area of the pool. The fact of the matter is that the area of a standard swimming pool usually has a common width ranging from 25-50m and the trading length is about 10-50m. Besides, as for depth, it must depend on the owner’s intended use.

    Swimming pools on the ground usually come in three shapes: round, oval and rectangular; you can choose to depend on your demand.

    In fact, an above ground pool used in the home usually has a depth of about 1m to 2m. Besides, swimming pools for swimming, entertainment and entertainment activities require a depth of 3 to 5.5m. You have to keep in mind that swimming pools for small children only need a small depth of about 0.3 to 1.2m to avoid drowning which endangers the lives of children.

    Proper location of the above ground pool

    Another important factor to keep in mind to build the best above ground pool is its location. When you decide to build a pool, you need to think and calculate it carefully, because it is a permanent installation.

    First, the land used to build above ground pool must be located in the approved planning area, there is enough land area to build and have the expected development direction for the future;

    Second, when deciding where to place a swimming pool on the ground, you should rely on factors such as available space, accessibility, and obstacles. The pool and anything else installed permanently in the yard must have sufficient space. On the other hand, you should choose a location where is tall, easy to drain, convenient for people to watch, compete, study, train and escape safely. So that you can easily enter and exit the pool without being hindered. Pay attention to obstacles such as gardens, fences, trees, and warehouses, etc.

    Third, the construction of the above ground pool can cause nearby buildings to tilt, sink or even collapse. That’s why choosing land to build the above pool is much important thing.

    Fourth and in particular, the above ground pool should avoid construction near green trees. Even if the tree is arranged, you should pay attention to avoid falling leaves into the above ground pool and it is better to choose less deciduous trees, trees without toxic plastic.

    Finally, an ideal pool must avoid any underground, septic tanks, settling tanks, dry wells, roots or stumps, or any buried debris. Especially, never build a swimming pool under any overhead power lines. It has to be convenient for power supply, water supply, communication.

    The land used to build above ground pool must be located in the approved planning area. Source: clarkrubber.com.au

    Water treatment system in the pool

    The next factor to note to build the best above ground pool is the element of the water treatment system in the pool. It is true to say that this is one of the most important factors to evaluate a pool. Because when the pool is well treated, it ensures that the water in the pool is clean and in harmony with the environment.

    Thus, you need to build a water treatment system with a cyclic filtration method to have strong bactericidal ozone, which provides a high safety for swimmers. Along with that, there must be a system to maintain the temperature to ensure that the users of the pool are always able to adapt to the environment. On the other hand, filter capacity for adult swimming pools must be between 4 hours and 6 hours.

    Using water disinfection methods in the above ground pool

    One important thing to do in the process of building the pool is to install water disinfection equipment for the pool. These devices include analyzers of chlorine from salt, disinfection by ion, ozone, ultraviolet light, chlorine, etc. Good disinfection provides high health for swimming pool users.

    Material for the above ground pool

    There is no denying that the design of the pool must comply with the regulations on materials. Specifically, the floor must be anti-slippery to avoid slippery situations that endanger the users of the pool.

    Regarding construction materials, you can choose concrete, plastic, steel, etc; and must comply with standards. Steel must be coated with protective coatings to prevent corrosion. You have to use tiles with high water resistance, it is best to use dedicated tiles for swimming above ground pool. Especially, Another important factor that you need to keep in mind is that the walls and bottom of the pool must use Polyester material.

    All in all, no matter what kind of above ground pool you build, you need to build the above ground pool following the best criteria. However, to get the best above ground pool is not easy. Hopefully, the above article helps you answer the question: “How to build the best above ground pool?”.

  • Laundry

    DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS LAUNDRY RECIPES

    DIY Natural Laundry Detergent

    Traditional laundry detergent can be filled with toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances. But have no fear, making your own laundry soap is simple, cheap and empowering! Your clothes will come out clean, really clean. Not just soaked in chemicals and fragrances.

    This detergent recipe is simple and cheap. You can buy all the ingredients for about $12. That will give you enough supplies for 3 full batches (look for castile soap in 3-bar packs) and each batch will yield enough for about 48 large loads of laundry!!

    How to Make Natural Laundry Detergent

    • Combine 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of grated Castile soap
    • Mix the ingredients throughly and store in a air tight container (non-metal)
    • Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load of laundry

    DIY Tip: Instead of grating the castile soap by hand, cut it into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second increments, watching closely. When it starts to “swell” and all the corners are rounded and melty looking, remove from microwave and let cool to room temperature. The texture changes and you can now just crumble it up. OR, throw it in your food processor!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup of Washing Soda
    • 1 Cup of Borax
    • 1 Bar of Castile Soap, grated

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container (non-metal)
    2. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load of laundry.
    3. Tips:
    4. Instead of grating the castile soap by hand, cut it into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second increments, watching closely. When it starts to “swell” and all the corners are rounded and melty looking, remove from microwave and let cool to room temperature. The texture changes and you can now just crumble it up. OR, throw it in your food processor!

    How to Remove Underarm Shirt Stains and Odors

    Don’t throw away your favorite shirt because of underarm shirt stains. Use the power of vinegar to extend the life of your shirts and remove odors.

    Removing underarm stains is a one simplest, yet effective DIY cleaning recipes.

    Remove Underarm Shirt Stains and Odors

    • Pour full strength vinegar into a spray bottle
    • Spray the affected area of the shirt to soak it
    • Let the shirt sit for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual

    Ingredients

    • Spray Bottle
    • Vinegar (Full Strength)

    Instructions

    1. Use full strength vinegar in a spray bottle to soak the stained areas.
    2. Let the shirt sit for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual and you should be rid of the underarm stains and any associated odor.

    Homemade Fabric Softener

    Fabric softener is a great way to keep clothes soft and smelling great. People with sensitive skin may have issues with commercial fabric. Fabric softener is also a luxury item that may not into everyone’s budget. If you enjoy the benefits of fabric softener but want to avoid cost or chemicals, try making your own fabric softener.

    A gallon of fabric softener can cost up to $10 but a gallon of homemade fabric softener can be made for only $2.50-$3. That’s a $7 savings per gallon!  Follow this simple recipe to make homemade fabric softener.

    Homemade Fabric Softener

    • Add 35-40 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 gallon of white vinegar
    • Shake the container well before each use
    • Use 1/4 of the homemade fabric softener for HE washing machines and 1/2 cup for regular washing machines. 
    This DIY recipe is a great way to create low cost fabric softener that also cleans! Vinegar is a naturally antibacterial as well as many essential oils. The fabric softener leaves little to no scent on your clothes but helps remove bacteria, dirt and stains.

    Ingredients

    • 1 gallon white vinegar
    • 35-40 drops of essential oil (Choose your favorite essential oil such as lavender or lemongrass.)

    Instructions

    1. Shake the container well before each use
    2. Add ¼ cup for HE washing machines, ½ cup for regular washing machines

    DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

    If you are tight on time or just hate ironing clothes, then this natural wrinkle release spray is for you! Save time, money and know that you are using ingredients that gentle on your skin.

    Create a batch of wrinkle release spray and store it for the next time you need to touch up a wrinkled shirt.

    DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

    • Add 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of vinegar and 6-8 drops of essential oils (colorless oil to prevent staining) to a spray bottle.
    • Shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients
    • Spray the wrinkled fabric
    • Remove wrinkles from clothing by pulling and smoothing the fabric with your hands.
    • Hang up the clothes to dry

    DIY Tip: Place the wrinkle release spray in a travel sized bottle to remove wrinkles from clothes while traveling.

    This keep your clothes wrinkle free with this simple DIY recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup distilled or filtered water
    • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
    • 6-8 drops essential oils (colorless oils to prevent staining)
    • Spray bottle

    Instructions

    1. Add ingredients to the spray
    2. Shake the bottle well to combine mixture
    3. Spray the wrinkled fabric
    4. Remove wrinkles from clothing by pulling and smoothing the fabric with your hands.
    5. Hang up the clothes to dry
  • Bathroom

    Bathroom

    Bathroom Mold and Mildew Cleaner

    If you live in a humid climate than you likely struggle with mold and mildew issues in the bathroom.  Fortunately, we’ve found an all natural recipe that helps remove mold and mildew.

    The key to keeping mold and mildew away is to clean frequently and wipe away excess moisture in the shower when possible.  Using a squeegee to wipe away water that pools in your shower or bath is a good way to reduce moisture in between cleanings.

    Additionally, using a spray mixture of tea tree oil and water on a regular basis will help reduce mold and mildew growth.  A recipe for daily maintenance using tea tree oil can be found below.

    We did have trouble removing mold and mildew that accumulates on caulking in the bathroom.  If you know of an all natural solution for cleaning caulking, we’d love to hear from you!

    Mold and Mildew Cleaner

    Ingedients

    • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • A toothbrush, or cheap paint brush you can throw away afterward
    • 1 gallon hot water
    • 2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap
    • Bucket
    • Cloth

    Directions

    • Combine baking soda and vinegar in a bowl. Pour your vinegar very slowly unless you want a volcano!  Use the vinegar and baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste generously over the mold spots and let it dry overnight.
    • Add hot water and liquid castile soap to your bucket and use your cloth to remove the dried paste.
    • Don’t forget your protective gear!

    Mold and Mildew Prevention

    Ingredients

    • 16 oz. spray bottle
    • 2 tsp. tea tree oil
    • Warm Water
    • Cloth

    Directions

    • Pour water and tea tree oil in the spray bottle and shake it to combine the mixture.
    • Spray the tea tree spray liberally in the shower or bathtub. Let it sit for 30 minutes and wipe away any excess moisture with a damp cloth. Tea tree oil has a very strong scent but it will dissipate in a few hours.
    • Don’t forget to wear protective gear.

    Making Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    Traditional toilet cleaners work great but are filled with bleach and other toxic chemicals that go into our 
    water systems.  Making natural toilet bowl cleaner is a simple and effective way to clean your toilet without harsh chemicals.

    There are two separate cleaners for our DIY toilet cleaner – one for the toilet bowl and one for the seat and surrounding area.

    The toilet bowl cleaner is very effective but without all the fumes and toxic chemicals associated with conventional cleaners.

    The toilet seat cleaner combines the antibacterial power of vinegar and tea tree oil to kill germs on and around the toilet.

    Natural Toilet Seat Cleaner

    • Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a small spray bottle
    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil to the bottle
    • Shake the contents of the bottle to mix the ingredients.
    • Spray on the toilet seat, handle and around the bowl.
    • Wipe clean with a cloth or paper towel.

    Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    • Add 1 cup of full strength vinegar.  Let it sit for 5 minutes to help dissolve scum and debris.
    • Gently sprinkle in a cup of baking soda and let it mix with the vinegar for another 5 minutes.
    • Scrub the toilet bowl and flush it when finished cleaning.

    DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    No need to flush harmful chemicals down the toilet and into our water systems. Use this natural cleaner to keep your toilet clean and green!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup of Full Strength Vinegar
    • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
    • 1 Toilet Brush

    Instructions

    1. Pour in 1 cup of full strength vinegar
    2. Let it sit for 5 minutes
    3. Pour in 1 cup of baking soda. Pour slowly so the vinegar and baking soda do not fiz too much.
    4. Let the baking soda and vinegar mixture sit for 5 minutes
    5. Scrub the bowl as usual with your toilet brush

    Make Natural Drano (Toilet Declogger)

    A clogged toilet is no fun! Most clogged toilets can be fixed with a plunger but when that won’t work people often resort to commercial products that are harmful to water supplies. Avoid the toxic chemicals and unclog your toilet with this DIY recipe!

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of baking soda
    • 1 gallon of boiling water (only add if the water level is low)
    • 2 cups of vinegar

    Directions

    • Pour the baking soda in and let it sink to the bottom of the toilet
    • Add a gallon of boiling water in the toilet if the water level is not too high.
    • Slowly pour the vinegar in the toilet
    • Let the natural Drano solution sit in the toilet for 2-3 hours
    • If the water in the toilet has drained, then the solution has removed the clog.  If the water remains, let it sit overnight and plunge  if needed.

    Clogged toilets are the worst! Get your toilet working again with this all natural “Drano” solution.


    Natural Mirror Cleaner – Homemade Windex Recipe

    Natural mirror cleaner is a classic DIY cleaning recipe.  What makes this recipe so great is that it’s simple and effective.  It also allows you to re-purpose old newspapers rather than purchasing paper towels.

    Natural Windex is also big money saver compared to the cost of traditional Windex.  A gallon (128 oz) of vinegar is approximately $3 (or less) which yields 8 32 oz bottles of mirror cleaner.  The cost per bottle is only $0.38!

    The cost of a single 32 oz bottle of Windex which is $3 or more.  If you were to buy 8 bottles of Windex it would be over $24.  Even if you purchased generic Windex at the dollar store it would cost $1 per bottle verses $0.38 for the DIY recipe. Lastly, making your own mirror cleaner allows you to reuse the same spray bottle; cutting down on the number of plastic that will end up in a landfill or need to be recycled.

    DIY Mirror Cleaner

    • 32 oz spray bottle
    • 16 oz of water
    • 16 oz of vinegar
    • Pour into a spray bottle
    • Shake well to combine the vinegar and water solution.
    • Instructions:  Spray the mirror, bunch up the newspaper like you would a paper towel and wipe clean.  It’s that simple!

    Do away with Windex and create your own low cost natural mirror cleaner!

    Ingredients

    • 32 oz. spray bottle
    • 16 oz vinegar
    • 16 oz water
    • Newspaper

    Instructions

    1. Fill a 32 oz. spray bottle with 16 oz vinegar and 16 oz water
    2. Add essential oils to give your spray a pleasant smell (optional)
    3. Shake spray bottle to mix solution
    4. Spray mirrors and wipe down with newspaper for a streak-free shine.
  • Living Room & Bedroom

    DIY Ideas for Cleaning with Vinegar

    Vinegar is the ultimate green cleaning products. You can use it in various ways to keep your house sparkling clean.

    One reason some people may steer clear of using vinegar is because of the not so pleasant aroma. Well, you don’t have to worry because even though it doesn’t smell too good when you’re using it when it dries there no smell at all!

    Using white distilled vinegar as an all-around cleaner is preferable to store bought harsh, toxic chemical blends because it is safe to use.

    DIY Ideas for Cleaning with Vinegar

    Windows & Mirrors – Fill a 16 oz. spray bottle with ½ vinegar and ½ water to clean windows and mirrors then wipe down with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

    Microwave – To clean out a dirty microwave put 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes and wipe out with a damp cloth. This will loosen the food particles for easy cleanup.

    Dishwasher – To help remove the film left over from your dishwasher soap you can fill your rinse dispenser with vinegar and your dishes will come out squeaky clean.

    Refrigerator & Counter Tops – Keeping a spray bottle on hand filled with ½ vinegar and ½ water makes it easy to grab to clean the counter tops. Use it to clean out the refrigerator on a regular basis too. You won’t have to worry about using this solution around your food because it is non-toxic and all natural.

    Coffee Pot – To keep your coffee pot free from nasty buildup, use a full pot of straight vinegar and run through a normal brew cycle. Then run two regular pots of water through the brew cycle. Do this once a month and your coffee pot will thank you.

    Underarm Stains – To get rid of these unsightly stains many people just throw the shirt away but you don’t have to. Use full strength vinegar in a spray bottle to soak the stained areas. Leave in for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual and you should be rid of the underarm stains and any associated odor.

    Fabric Softener – You can use vinegar in place of your normal fabric softener in the rinse cycle for the same (or better) effect for a lot less.

    Toilet – pour in 1 cup of full strength vinegar, leave it for 10 minutes and clean as usual. Your bowl will be clean and fresh.

    Tub/Shower – Use vinegar, the half and half mixture in a spray bottle, to keep your shower clean. Just grab it when you’re done showering and spray down the shower, tub and shower curtain, let it dry and voila! Even when cleaning around babies’ bath toys, you won’t have to worry if any get on them because it’s safe to use.

    These are just some of the uses for vinegar to make your home green clean!

  • Living Room & Bedroom

    Remove Carpet Stains and Odors Naturally

    Many commercial carpet cleaners and fresheners use toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols, pesticides, lye, 
    and phthalates (among others) in their ingredients. Using these products is not only dangerous for the environment and your health, but it can also make your carpet more resistant to cleanings. For example, soaps actually help carpets to collect and hold in the dirt.

    Instead of using harsh commercial shampoos, consider making your own greener carpet cleaner.

    These are few great ways to remove stains, clean and deodorize your carpet for some of the common problems we all face at one time or another:

    Bright Liquid Spills

    Red wine, fruit juice, and other liquid are some of the toughest to get out of carpet. The key is to clean up while the spot is still wet. First, blot up (do not rub – rubbing will only push it further into the carpet) as much liquid as you can with a clean cloth or paper towel, then generously pour table salt all over the area and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up and your would-be stain will be gone.

    If your stain has already dried – you can use same the process but wet your affected area with club soda to re-wet the stain. Stains are easier to remove when wet. Then proceed with the directions above. Repeat process, if necessary.

    Odors

    Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet area and leave overnight. This allows the baking soda to absorb the smells. Then just vacuum it up.

    Pet Stains & Odors

    Pet stains and odors (urine or feces) can be a little harder to get rid of and may take a couple cleanings to cure. First blot up (do not rub – this will only push it further into the carpet) the affected area with a clean cloth or paper towels then soak the area with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Once this is almost dry sprinkle baking soda over it and allow to fully dry. Be sure the vinegar is almost dry because if you add the baking soda when it’s too wet it will turn into a goopy paste that will be difficult to vacuum up.  

    Steam Cleaners

    A steam cleaner is nice tool because it helps remove dirt and particles from your carpet with heat. Although using the harsh chemical products recommended for steam cleaners often discourages people from using them. Not to worry, here’s a safe alternative: Use plain old vinegar and water in a 1 to 10 ratio and your carpet will come out clean and deodorized.

    Spray Fresheners

    An easy way to freshen your carpet and whole home is to make a simple essential oil spray. Use a spray bottle and add 4 drops essential oils per 1 cup water. Spray around your home on furniture, curtains and carpet for a refreshing clean smell.

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen Cleaner

    Natural Kitchen Cleaner

    The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms of the house however, it can also contain the most germs and bacteria. Many commercial cleaners do a good job but can be harmful to your health if it gets on food or dishes. It’s important to use a kitchen cleaner that is effective at killing germs and bacteria but is also non-toxic.

    This all natural kitchen cleaner recipe is safe to use in the kitchen but still has the cleaning power your family needs.

    What makes the kitchen cleaner effective is the vinegar’s ability to remove bacteria, germs and mold. Additionally, the tea tree oil gives it an added boost with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

    Natural Kitchen Cleaner

    • 8oz of vinegar
    • 8oz of water
    • Pour into 16 oz spray bottle
    • Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
    • Shake the bottle to mix up the ingredients.

    DIY Tip: Add orange or lemongrass essential oils to your kitchen cleaner for a fresh citrus scent!

    This great all purpose kitchen cleaner will disinfect and remove bacteria from your kitchen.

    Ingredients

    • Spray Bottle
    • 8 oz White Vinegar
    • 8 oz Water
    • 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil

    Instructions

    1. Combine White Vinegar and Water in the spray bottle.
    2. Add 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil
    3. Shake thoroughly to mix ingredients

    Natural Microwave Cleaner

    If your microwave is like mine it has a tendency to get covered in food particles before you know it.   Cleaning a microwave can be difficult because food particles harden and stick to the inside.

    The key to easily removing the food particles is to soften them before wiping down the microwave.  Follow this DIY cleaning recipe which works to soften the food particles while prepare an all natural cleaning mixture for wiping away the mess.

    Natural Microwave Cleaner

    • Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water into microwave safe bowl
    • Microwave the mixture on high for 5 minutes.  The vinegar mixture will produce steam which will work to soften the food particles in the microwave.
    • Remove the bowl from the microwave and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Be careful the bowl and remaining mixture can be very hot!
    • Use a sponge or cloth and dip it in the vinegar mixture.
    • Wipe away the remaining food particles.

    Check out this before and after to see how great this works!  Click on the pictures to a see a close up view.

    Use this all natural cleaner to remove the food particles in your microwave.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup of Vinegar
    • 1 Cup of Water
    • 1 Microwave Safe Bowl

    Instructions

    1. Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
    2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes
    3. Let stand for 15 minutes
    4. Wipe out microwave with a damp cloth.

    Clean Coffee Stains from Mugs

    If you love coffee or tea then you probably have a mug or two that is stained.  Putting the mug in the dishwasher or scrubbing it by hand will decrease the stain, but may not remove it.

    Don’t worry though! There is hope to get your favorite mug sparkling clean!

    How to Clean Coffee Stains From Mugs

    • Place one tablespoon of baking soda inside the mug
    • Pour two tablespoons of white vinegar inside the mug
    • Use a brush or rag to mix the solution around the entire mug
    • Leave solution in the mug to sit for 10 minutes
    • Scrub the inside of the mug again while rinsing it out with warm water

    DIY TIP: For really stubborn stains or stains in porous mugs, let the vinegar and baking soda mixture soak overnight.

    Check out this before and after photo to see the results!

    Remove ugly coffee and tea stains from you mugs with this all natural recipe!

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda (per cup)
    • 2 tablespoons White Vinegar

    Instructions

    1. Place 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda into cup.
    2. Add 2 tablespoons White Vinegar.
    3. Let the mix fiz and use a kitchen cloth or scrub brush to cover inside of the mug with mix.
    4. Let the cleaning solution soak in the mug for 10 minutes.
    5. Rub inside of cup with a scrubbing brush or kitchen cloth.
    6. Rinse with warm water.

    Remove Kitchen Sink Stains Naturally

    A day full of making meals and cleaning dishes can leave food residue stuck on your sink. I know my sink can get can get pretty gross even after just a day or two. I wanted to remove the sink grime without using bleach or other harsh cleaners.

    The good news is that sink stains can be removed easily with a scrubbing brush, vinegar and baking soda.

    Remove Kitchen Sink Stains Naturally

    • Sprinkle a 1/2 cup of baking soda in the sink
    • Use the scrub brush to mix the baking soda around the sink to make a paste
    • Let the baking soda paste sit for 5 minutes
    • Pour vinegar over the baking soda paste
    • Scrub the sink again and rinse it with hot water
    Get rid of stubborn sink stains with this natural recipe without the harsh smells!

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup of Baking Soda
    • ½ cup of Vinegar
    • Scrubbing Brush

    Instructions

    1. Sprinkle in your baking soda into a wet sink
    2. Scrub the baking soda around so that it makes a paste, concentrating on the stained area
    3. Let the baking soda sit for 5 minutes
    4. Pour the vinegar on the stained area
    5. Scrub once more and rinse!