Homemade & Natural

The Story: Why Go All Natural?

Back in 2011 when I started my weight loss journey and began eating healthy and exercising, I decided to take our family’s health to a whole new level including our beauty & hygiene products as well as cleaning products used in our home. My journey to healthier living began long before this, but this was a big stepping stone for me.
I found homemade products to not only be surprisingly effective in producing results but also cost effective on my budget and easy to make. :-)
Please note that there are times you will not find everything in my house HOMEMADE and NATURAL.
I’m a homeschooling mother of five and admit that I don’t always have time to keep up with everything. Don’t let this post be a discouragement to you if you don’t make your own cleaning products, etc. You need to do what’s best for your family. :-) Our families are different and the way they operate and function best will be different too. My posts are always meant to encourage, inspire new ideas, and uplift, not create an atmosphere for comparison and discouragement. :-)

Below you can find links to the posts for all my homemade, organic and healthy recipes, tips, etc.

**Some of these posts are older posts so if you see watermarking from “Artistic31Mama” that’s still me! :-)

The main reason I want to start going more “Green” in our household is to maintain and improve our health. I want to instill healthy habits in my children so that they can pass along that knowledge and those habits to their families some day.  I believe that God created this earth with His most beloved creation in mind….us. So I know that everything we need to keep our bodies healthy is within His creation and we need to seek His guidance and wisdom for how to use what He has given us.
I’m not against ALL man-made medications when they are necessary. I have seen God work His miracles through the use of modern medicines too and understand that they have their place. Personally, I don’t see a need for chemical based household cleaners, beauty products, cold medicines, etc. Everything in moderation, right?

I hope you find these posts helpful and useful for you and your family and God is able to guide you to a healthier way of living. :-)

Green Home Articles & Useful Information:
Surviving the Stomach Flu Naturally

Herbs & Safety while Breastfeeding

Herbs & Safety During Pregnancy
Room Fresheners & Deodorizers
Natural Disinfectants
Healthy Eating on a Budget

Cloth Diaper Sewing Tutorial 1
Cloth Diaper Sewing Tutorial 2
Cloth Diapering 101
Sewing a Cloth Diaper Insert: Tutorial



Click Below to View the Homemade Recipes:
Cold Remedy: Honey, Lemon & Ginger Syrup
Squirrel Repellent: How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Flower Beds (Naturally)
Lemon Juice & Vinegar Spray
Citrus Room Spray
Disinfectant Cleaner/Spray
Glass Cleaner
Citrus Cleaner
Liquid Dish Soap
Dishwasher Detergent
Veggie Wash
Laundry Detergent
Diaper Rash Cream
Deodorant (It works soo GREAT)
Hand/Body Lotion (Great for Eczema)
Toothpaste
Oil Cleansing Method (Face Wash) – This works GREAT on my sensitive skin!

Things I Hope To Make & Experiment With Someday…

Tile & Grout Cleaner
Hair Gel
Citrus Floor Cleaner
Stain Remover
Carpet Cleaner
Shampoo
Bubble Bath
Conditioner
Hair Spray
Disinfectant Wipes

Vinegar:
Vinegar can be used in just about every room in your house. It’s a multi-purpose cleaner. It should be diluted 1 part vinegar to 1 part water to avoid eating away at grout in tile and should not be used on marble. Other than that a vinegar solution can be used on pretty much any other hard non-porous surface. Vinegar disinfects and deodorizes as well. Vinegar can even be used in your laundry as a fabric softener. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the liquid fabric softener dispenser in your washer. Your clothes might retain a hint of vinegar smell but it will disappear once they are completely dry.

Lemon Juice:
Lemon Juice is great at dissolving soap scum and mixes with baking soda to form cleaning pastes. It adds a great scent to any natural cleaning product. Do you have a smell stuck in your microwave that won’t go away….put some Lemon Juice in a microwavable glass dish and microwave for 2-3 minutes. The lemon juice will eliminate the odors. Lemon juice is also great at shining brass and copper.

Baking Soda:
Baking Soda can be used as an abrasive scrub on surfaces or as a deodorizer. Place a box of open baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors or sprinkle some in your garbage can.

Borax:
Borax can disinfect, soften water, neutralize urine odors in mattresses,  kill roaches, be used as a scouring cleaner.

Castile Soap:
http://www.liverenewed.com/2011/04/the-many-uses-of-castile-soap.html 

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