If you’re interested in an all-natural all-purpose cleaning spray, look no further! One of my favorite all-natural cleaning solutions is made with just orange peels, vinegar and water! With this simple recipe you can save money and protect your family from products with harsh chemicals. The ingredients used are not toxic or harmful to health, and can disinfect your home while also leaving a pleasant aroma behind.
- The peels from 3 oranges
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- A large bottle (preferably glass)
Cut the orange peels into pieces and put them inside the jar, adding a cup of water and a cup of vinegar, seal the jar and let it stand for about 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks passes, open your jar and split it in equal parts and, if you’d like, add a teaspoon of olive oil to one part – making sure to shake it every time you use it to properly incorporate the oil. This mixture with the olive oil is perfect for cleaning your furniture as it will leave it shiny and give it bright and fresh citrus aroma. Put the other part into a spray bottle and use to clean surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. If you’d like it to be an even more effective disinfectant, add a spoonful of rubbing alcohol.
There you go! A super easy and effective all-purpose cleaning spray made from ingredients you likely have around the house already! You’ll save money while also protecting your family from harmful chemicals.
Hate throwing out moldy berries?
Every time I head to the grocery store I seem to end up with at least on package of berries. Whether they’re for a recipe I’m planning to make, some smoothies, or just as a snack, I love keeping my fridge full of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries at all times.
Berries can also be a big pain, though. I find that unless they’re all eaten within a few days they go bad and I’m forced to throw them out. It’s particularly sad when I know I spent nearly $5 on an 8oz carton of raspberries, and they’re all going to waste!
After doing a bit of research, I’ve come up with 3 tips that can help all you berry fans out there save some serious money and make sure that you never have to toss out moldy berries again!
Stock up during sales
It’s rare to find a coupon for berries, but if you do, run to the store and use it! Also, check the weekly ads from your favorite grocery stores to see if anyone is offering up a sale. When the prices have been cut on the berries you like, stock up! Don’t worry, even if you grab 5 packages of blueberries, I promise none of them will go to waste if you follow the other 2 steps…
Soak in a vinegar bath
I’ll admit, when I first came across this “vinegar bath” tip for extending the life of your berries, I was skeptical. But now that I’ve tried it and have seen raspberries last in my fridge without any mold for nearly two weeks… I’m sold.
Simply mix 1 cup white vinegar with 3 cups water in a large bowl. Place the berries inside the mixture and let soak for at least 2 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off the vinegar and pat dry. The pH of the vinegar is what kills off any mold spores and bacteria – greatly extending the life of your berries.
Store extras in freezer
Place the amount of berries you expect to be able to eat in the fridge and then store the rest in an airtight freezer-bag. Berries stay good in the freezer for around a year! I love to add a cup of frozen blueberries to my warm oatmeal for breakfast, or I make smoothies or berry pie!
There ya go! 3 simple tips to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to berry-buying! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 😀
I’ve never been a vinegar gal. Well, that’s not totally true… My favorite chips are the salt & vinegar flavor.
But when it comes to the kind you buy in a bottle – I’ve always been totally clueless. I hardly touched it for cooking, let alone used it to clean! Pinterest came around and helped to change that, though. Suddenly I saw pin after pin that exposed me to all of these uses regular old vinegar could have when it came to cleaning your home!
The one cleaning solution I was most anxious to make was one that involved Dawn soap in order to create a shower glass cleaning spray! My shower has always driven me nuts since we have such hard water where we live, so it always looks insanely dirty. And yes, I have invested in a squeegee, but that didn’t always cut it! I’ve tried half a dozen different shower-specific cleaners, and they usually left me inhaling chemicals without even accomplishing much! Because of that, I decided to give the vinegar shower-cleaning solution a try… and LOVED it.
I wish I had taken before and after photos to show you just how nicely this solution works! Anyways, it’s super easy to make – simply mix 1 part Dawn with 1 part white vinegar and pour into a spray bottle! Spray your shower with the cleaner and let sit it for at least a couple of minutes. Scrub at the heavily soiled areas a bit, and then rinse clean and watch with amazement as the hard water deposits, dirt and soap scum disappear!
Have you tried this DIY cleaner on your shower? Let me know what you thought of it!
Doing crafts with your kids is so important as it helps to fine-tune their motor skills and provides them with a creative outlet! Crafting doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey, there are so many great projects that require only a couple supplies, and they’re usually things you can find around the house!
Here are 3 of the easiest and most fun crafts I’ve found that you can do with your toddler.
This Torn Paper Collage is a great way to get a child that may not normally be interested in crafts to want to participate. What could be more fun than tearing up pieces of paper and gluing them onto paper in fun shapes? Tearing paper does more than you think to help with children’s fine motor skills, too!
What could be better than finger painting with lots of different colors? Especially when stickers are used to leave white shapes behind. Get the full project instructions here.
I have to admit that this project has me really wanting to find some bubble wrap so that I can try it myself. There is just something so mesmerizing about the pattern of dots from the bubble wrap! Think of all the fun designs that could be made with this craft!
What are some of your kids’ favorite crafts? Let us know in the comments!
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These days it’s very hard to find coupons on healthy foods. It’s not impossible, they are out there. But, it definitely takes more work to locate them. Especially fruits and vegetables. So, how can we save on produce? I have 3 tips to help you out.
START A GARDEN: Avoid having to pay for produce altogether by growing your own. Sure you can’t grow every fruit and vegetable in your own garden, but you can save a few bucks each week by growing some of your own produce. There are multiple websites to help you get started. Bonus: You will know exactly what is used to grow the produce, because you will do it yourself.
SHOP AT ALDI: If you have an ALDI grocery store in your area, you’re in luck! They have amazing prices each and every week on a wide variety of fresh produce. I have grabbed strawberries by the flat at ALDI and threw them in the freezer. A great way to stock up when you find a great deal is by freezing your fruit finds!
FARMERS MARKET: Finding a local farmers market or even a local farmer that you know will save you on fruits and veggies that are in season. Another great tip is to hang around toward the end of the farmers market. When they are packing up and closing down, they will lower their prices quite a bit to avoid having to take home unsold products. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts on large quantities too. Remember, many items can freeze and will last a long time frozen. It doesn’t hurt to just ask!
You might have heard the statement before that “it takes green to go green”. When you’re trying to make the switch to be more eco-friendly, the last thing you want to do is spend more money doing it. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be expensive to start making choices that are easy on the environment.
Shop Second Hand
Grow your Own Garden
Switch to using cloth napkins, towels and rags instead of paper towels and napkins. Even if you don’t make the switch completely to paper free, every little bit helps!
Use Reusables when Possible
Instead of using ziploc bags when packing your lunch — try using reusable plastic containers or reusable fabric bags. This rule also applies to drinks! When possible use reusable glass or stainless steel cups in place of water bottles or throw away styrofoam cups.
Make your own Cleaning Supplies
By creating your own cleaning supplies you are not only cutting down on harsh chemicals, you are also cutting down on all of the extra bottles.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Set your programmable thermostat to run less when you aren’t home or even during the night hours. You would be surprised at how much this will reduce your energy consumption! Also, open your windows as much as possible to cool your house down. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can also make a difference by lowering the thermostat 2 degrees for heat and up 2 degrees for the air. Your unit will be working less, but you likely won’t notice much difference in the air temperature.
Use Less Water
There are many ways to do this, such as installing a water conserving shower head or toilet. If you cannot afford to replace your toilet, a quick fix is to place a brick in the tank, which raises the water level without adding more water.
Try to consolidate your errands so you’re running to town less, using less fuel. When you’re able, try to walk or ride your bike. You’ll be doing double duty — getting fit and using less fuel!
Forget the Dryer!
Use your clothesline or hang up your clothes to dry inside your home instead of using your dryer.
Summer is here and you’re looking for things to do with your family that won’t break the bank. Taking the time to get away from work, school and everyday obligations, is hard enough, but then thinking of the money it is going to cost to get away makes it even harder.
Camping is a great way to get away from everything as well as allowing you to really enjoy your time together and not be distracted by everyday life, including your wallet. Planning and preparation are key to making it a money-saving success.
Camping on a Budget
Create a Checklist
Lists are your best friend! Create a camping checklist before you start packing to make sure that you don’t forget anything and have to pay exorbitant prices from the campground to get it.
Purchase Pre-Owned or Slightly Used Gear
Check out local garage/yard sales, websites such as Craigslist, or even find local “online garage sale” groups on Facebook.
Use Household Items
There is no need to purchase eating utensils, plates, pots, pans, when you already have those things in your kitchen cabinets.
Create a Camping Tote
Have a tote that is used year to year especially for camping trips. Instead of purchasing temporary items to cover everything you will need, purchase items that will last and can be used year to year.
Prep your Food
Prepare your menu plan just as you normally would, and prepare anything you need to in advance. Instant Oatmeal packets, muffins and granola are great protein packed breakfast ideas that cost very little.
Pick a camping location that has things to do. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to camp in a resort, but camp close to water or a state park so you have built in entertainment that won’t cost additional money.
A couple other tips to remember. Keep your wood pile covered with a tarp to keep it from getting wet or damp from a pop-up storm. Also, try to set up camp in the shade as much as possible to avoid the heat and and having to replenish the ice in your cooler as frequently.