Spring Cleaning Checklist for a Healthy Child, Healthy World!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Is anyone in the mood for spring cleaning? I recently took a look at my cleaning supplies and tried to weed out anything harmful. I feel like now that I have kids, it's my social responsibility to keep my home chemical free for the most part! I've compiled a list of very basic things to keep my house in tip top shape using more kid friendly ingredients.

In addition to my homemade cleaning supplies, I found some new all purpose cleaner from Walgreens with no harmful chemicals. I thought I'd give it a try since Reid isn't a fan of my homemade all purpose cleaner.
There is actually an entire line of products by Ology which I'm excited to try!

Anyway...back to the checklist! I like to keep my cleaning products all in one spot. I found this basket at the dollar store.

I also like to just keep a few items and not be overwhelmed with tons of different cleaners for specific jobs. I love ones that will clean multiple surfaces!

This is what is in my basket:

1. Microfiber cloth - works much better than a regular cloth in picking up dirt. Use for windows, counters, wooden surfaces, electronics...anything!
2. Microfiber dusting mitt - I love this little thing because my girls think it's fun to use. I can quickly dust without using any dusting spray. Just wipe down any surface that needs dusting!
3. Rubber gloves - I find I do a much more thorough job as long as I'm wearing gloves. I found these cute ones at Marshalls.
4. Baking Soda - This stuff cleans anything. I sprinkle it on sinks or counters for an abrasive cleaner.
5. All Purpose cleaner - Either make your own or buy a bottle that is chemical free!
6. Vinegar and Water - Use for windows, wood floors, bathrooms...really anything! Add some essential oil if you can't stand the vinegar smell.
7. Old toothbrush - this is a must for getting in those hard to reach spots!

Want more ideas for DIY cleaners? Check out all of my recipes!
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
All Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner
All Natural Fabric Softener
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Homemade Foaming Soap
Grout Cleaner

$20 DIY Spring Doorstep Makeover

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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My doorstep was in dire need of a spring spruce up but I wasn't willing to spend much money. I decided to make use of what I had around the house and come up with some fun and colorful spring outdoor decor! Stay tuned for a chance to win a $50 Dollar General gift card at the end of the post!!

I headed to Dollar General to grab a copy of All You magazine. I found some super cute money saving tips for spring!

I love the challenge of changing something up while spending the least amount of money possible. I got to work finding stuff around the house.  This was my blank canvas.

I grabbed a garage sale planter that needed a little TLC...

As well as this old red chair that was also a garage sale find from a very long time ago

I used some chalk paint that I already had on hand and gave the chair and planter a new look. Combine that with some flowers and this little portion of the makeover was about $5!

Next, I grabbed this plain doormat for $6 at the hardware store.

I stuck on some painter tape in a zig zag/chevron pattern

And after using some leftover white spray paint, I had a new and cute mat!

My favorite part of the makeover is definitely the giant chalkboard. I've had this huge empty frame sitting in the garage for years. It was in someone else's trash and I knew it had potential.

We got a scrap of drywall from Lowe's for $5 and spray painted it with chalkboard paint, gave the frame a new coat of white spray paint and we were done!

It will be fun to change out the message from season to season.

And finally, I hung my spring wreath (that used to be a fall wreath) on the door.

Not too shabby for less than 20 bucks!

Be sure to head to Dollar General where ALL YOU is available nationwide to get more money saving tips. And here is a $1 Off Coupon just for you!

And you have a chance to win a $50 Dollar General gift card! Yay!! Enter below: