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Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Breastfeeding, Children, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Homemade, Natural Parenting, Pregnancy, Save money, Stay At Home Mom | 3 comments

Homemade Cleansers

Homemade Cleansers

I’ve always been envious of people who make their own stuff.  Everything from clothing to cleaning items, I want to do that too!!  Well, now I do.  We’ve started using our own cleansers in the kitchen.  Now, when I wipe my children’s eating areas clean, I don’t feel like they’re eating toxic chemicals & I’m saving mucho dinero in the long run!  Start off with a spray bottle of this:

Equal parts water & white vinegar (you can use distilled water and/or distilled vinegar)

I make this in 2 cup batches.  Talk about easy!  I use it to spray down the highchair, boosters, placemats, counter tops, stove, sink…you name it!  It smells a little like we’re dying Easter eggs in the house all the time but who cares?!  No one has even noticed yet. 🙂

I’m onto bigger & better sprays this time.  Our “Veggie Wash” has run out & I decided I’m not purchasing another when I can make it cheap, cheap at home:

1 cup water

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. baking soda

Shake it up, shake it up, shake it up, shake it.  Spray it on fruit or veggies & let it soak for about 5 minutes, or it still works pretty efficiently if you’re short on time.  I store the spray in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

There you have it.  Inexpensive, simple, safe ways to clean!!  The plan is to replace most, if not all, cleaning products in the house as we run out.  For now we still use Seventh Generation products in the bathrooms.  They’re completely safe, especially for pregnant/nursing Moms & young children.  I figure with the savings I’ve incurred, we’ll be able to afford a maid in no time at all!  I must be dreaming…

3 Comments

  1. The more you use the spray the less you notice the scent. When I first started using it, I was like how am I going to get used to such a strong scent, but over 2 years later, I not only got used to it but I like the smell now. I l also like that I can spray it on anything and there is nothing toxic about it! Just to note you should definitly use distilled water in the spray. You want something that is free of potential impurities.

    I will have to try the veggie spray out. What specifically is it supposed to do?

    Also, I know how to make bar soap so if you are interested in that, it is also super budget friendly, and fun to make too!

  2. I like this! I use vinegar & water to clean also. When I get close to running out of laundry soap I will start making my own. This is the recipe that has come highly recomended to me: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

    Do you make your own laundry soap? Have you heard of this recipe? Or another one that might be better?

    I make homemade bar soap because I love it and it is cheaper. Plus I have friends who love my soap and pay me for it, so that helps cover my costs. And I always has a very inexpensive gift on hand for someone.
    Jenny

  3. Thanks for the tips, ladies! Kelly, I have to say you were right on, I’m definitely used to the smell! We use the veggie spray mostly on non-organic fruits & veggies, it washes the “yuck” off! Yes, someday we have to have a soap-making session with Mama Kelly! Thank you, that would be great.

    Jenny, I would LOVE to make my own laundry soap. I’ve thought about it, but then I found amazon.com and realize how cheap I can get things. So, I’ve been on a money-saving kick through the site but I will definitely check this out & try it the next time we run out!! Thanks for the link.

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