Small Change Saturday: Green your Clean

Hello Fabulous People! How is everyone?

It’s time for our 3rd installment of Small Change Saturday. Have you been flossing? Have you spent time outdoors? How are you feeling? I would love to know how things are going.

Ready for your next challenge?

This week I want you to Green Your Clean. I am going to share with you some simple recipes and products that will give your home that clean feeling without loading it up with a bunch of yucky toxic chemicals. Plus, it’s safer for you, your kids, your pets, and the Earth.

Now remember, I’m on the same journey you are. I have recently purged my home of my regular go-to cleaners and replaced them with easy to make, easy to use, natural homemade cleaners. I have tested them, and they work. Plus, I want to make your cleaning routine easier, simpler. It’s hard to make a new change stick if there are barriers in the way. I want to give you the tools to succeed. So here goes…

Ingredients:

white vinegar

baking soda

hydrogen peroxide

That’s it- just 3 ingredients to clean your whole house.

I recommend picking your ingredients up in bulk… they’re cheaper that way, and you will find yourself using them for everything!

 

Recipes:

All purpose cleaner- (and I mean all purpose- floors, windows, counters, etc.)

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1 part vinegar + 1 part water

For really strong cleaning- you can use vinegar undiluted. Don’t worry, the smell will¬†dissipate relatively quickly. ūüôā

 

 

 

 

All purpose scrubber-

Baking soda + water to form a paste

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Got something super yucky? Say really gross soap scum in your bathtub? First use scrubber, then spray with all purpose, then scrub again.

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant

hydrogen peroxide- use anywhere you would use bleach

*only keep hydrogen peroxide in a container that is opaque. Light can break down the peroxide making it uneffective*

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equimedic.com

If you have an item that you need to make sure is completely disinfected (ie cutting board with chicken juice); wash with soap and water, dry, spray vinegar solution and hydrogen peroxide (keep in separate spray bottles), scrub, let dry. The mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide has been shown to be better than chlorinated bleach.

 

Deodorizer- 

baking soda…uh that’s it

Sprinkle in trash cans, on carpets before vacuuming, in your gym shoes, and anywhere else that gets gross. Wait 15-30 min, depending on stench, and shake or vacuum up. Tada! No smell.

 

If you want to get super fancy… or feel the need for extra credit (silly over achiever you!), you can add essential oils to your vinegar mixture or baking soda. Here are some ideas.

Tea Tree Oil

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Lemon

Lavender

Rosemary

Peppermint

Eucalyptus

or a mixture of the above

I’m currently working on creating my own “signature” blend for cleaning and body products. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

So what should you use with your new cleaning products?

There are only a few items that you need to really clean your whole home.

1. A good handheld scrubber

2. A small scrubber (or an old toothbrush works well too)

3. Microfiber cloths and/or old t-shirts cut up into rags

          You can gather the items above, along with your two spray bottles, and         your box of baking soda in a handy carryall like this one.

4. Extendable duster for ceiling fans and cobwebs

5. A floor “mop”– use something like a swiffer that you can attach the microfiber cloths to. You can even use the “wetjet” and just add your vinegar solution to it.

Extra Credit- a steam cleaner. These things are fabulous for floors, curtains, anything. They sanitize with no chemicals. yay!

Love! (and cleanliness!)

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Home Sick

Well… the season has finally caught up with me. I’m sick.

 

I wanted to use this opportunity to share with you some of my favorite ways to beat the “I’m Home Sick” blues.

 

An Epsom Salt Bath: I love epsom salt baths… heck just baths in general.

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Make it super relaxing by making your own fancy bath salts and save them for days when you’re sick, stressed, or feeling just plain blah.

Fill your container (a mason jar or equivalent) with Epsom salts. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil (may I recommend lavender, chamomile, or peppermint?). If you’re feeling super¬†adventurist add some dried herbs or flowers. Let container sit for about a week to infuse salts with all that fabulous goodness.

Then, the next time you’re home sick, light some candles, let the bathroom get super steamy, and throw a good amount of your homemade bath salts into the tub. All those aches will melt away and you’ll feel like a new person after a good soak.

 

Homemade heating pad:¬†This one I’m going to have to thank my mom for.

Years ago, my mom made a whole collection of these homemade heating pads and now I have no idea what I would do without it. They’re super easy to make. Cut fabric to your desired size (mine is a rectangle sized 12″x6″). Put inside out, and sew three sides. Fill with FEED CORN. You can find feed corn at all sorts of places online, at farm supply stores, I even found some at Walmart one time. Sew the final side and you’re done. If you so desire, you can also create a pillow case for you’re heating pad (that way you can wash the case when necessary).

To use the heating pad, you can place it in you’re microwave (start with 2 min) or in the freezer for several hours. The feed corn hold the heat or cold for quite a long time. It’s fabulous for menstrual cramps, cold feet during the winter, tension headaches, and yes, when you’re sick. In fact, I’m using mine write now. Love it!

 

Tea with Honey and Lemon:

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Tea is amazing for all sorts of ailments, but I’m always reminded of how much I love tea when I’m sick. There is just something about holding this steaming cup of goodness, the heat running down my throat ridding my body of all yuckiness. “That’s right body! You better be scared- tea’s coming!!” …can you tell I love my tea? :-p

Adding honey and lemon gives my tea a special kung-pow that really helps to knock out a cold or flu. Honey is antibacterial among other things, and lemon will give you a dose of vitamin C. “See I told you body, you can run but you can’t hide!!”.

 

Daytime TV: So… I have to admit something.

The View

The View

I like daytime tv. You know, all those morning shows, the¬†infomercials, the shopping network, reality tv… oh boy. I really shouldn’t have admitted that. But I have to say, when I’m sick, there is nothing better than lounging on the couch, cudding with Rocky- the super dog!, and watching The View, Ellen, and HSN. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do right now.

 

What do you do when you’re sick?

 

Love! (and health!)