Apr
14th

A Natural Cleaning Recipe Round-Up and A Free Printable To Keep Them Organized!

FREE PRINTABLE Natural Cleaning Recipe Sheets from Vintage Kids Modern World

I’m a huge fan of natural products and it’s true – I don’t want to dump sludge into our rivers and streams and I want to steward God’s amazing creation.

However, my kids are God’s creation and I want our home to be the safest place on earth!

I love making my own cleaning products, but let’s be honest – sometimes they aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be.  Yes, I want my home to be safe, but I also want it to be CLEAN and I don’t want to scrub for endless hours.

After some trial and error and some great recommendations, here are some of my favorite products and recipes.  These are my picks for the best in each category, and hopefully this will give you a master list to work from!

At the bottom of this post, I’m also sharing my FREE printable Natural Cleaning Recipe Sheets.

It’s a cook book of sorts for cleaning recipes!!  It never failed that I was scribbling recipes on post it notes, scrap papers, or just relying on my over-extended mommy-brain to remember the ratios of baking soda to vinegar. I finally gave up and made a cute set of printables, assuming that I can’t be the ONLY person out there who does this!  Pin it, print it and share it  to your heart’s content!

You can easily three hole-punch this set of sheets and stick them in a three-ring binder.  Or, if you’re more visual like me, you can print these off and tape them in the appropriate location.  For example, my laundry sheet is hanging in my laundry room, so that I can make my items in that room. My bathroom cleaning list is taped on the inside of our bathroom closet door, and my kitchen cleaning list is taped to the inside of our kitchen cabinet where I keep the cleaning supplies.  You get the picture.

Keeping them in plain view also means that my oldest daughter can help me prepare most of these and get used to making her own cleaning supplies!

I’ve left these sheets blank so that you can personalize the recipes.  I hope you’ll try out some of these awesome recipes from some of my favorites bloggers, but if you already have a tried and true natural cleaner, then sister, don’t reinvent the wheel.  These are my personal favorites and what you’ll find on my lists if you peek in my cabinets when you come over for dinner.

Now, to get you started:

A General List of Products To Keep on Hand:

Castile Soap (I prefer unscented so that it’s more versatile)

Vinegar

Baking Soda

Washing Soda

Assortment of Essential Oils (particularly Tea Tree Oil, lavender, Grapefruit, Peppermint and Citrus Blends)

Cute Mason Jar Pump for hand soaps or dish soaps (obviously not necessary, but a perk)

Microfiber Towels

Dish wand with sponge

Caddy to store Cleaning Products

old towels or cut up t-shirts for the really nasty stuff

 

Complete List of Natural Cleaning Supplies:

 

In the bathroom:

Non-Toxic Tub Scrub || The Daily Pea

Natural Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner || Growing Up Herbal

 

In the kitchen:

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets || Five Little Homesteaders

Homemade Liquid Dish Soap || Mommypotamus

Natural Homemade Oven Cleaner || Crunchy Betty

 

In the Laundry Room:

Natural Fabric Softener || Growing Up Herbal

DIY Liquid Laundry Soap || Vintage Kids|Modern World

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls || Vintage Kids|Modern World

Stain Remover || Vintage Kids|Modern World

 

In the Living Room

Homemade Glass Cleaner || Whole New Mom

Non-Toxic Citrus Dusting Spray || Scratch Mommy

Green Cleaning For Carpets || Naturally Mindful

 

Everywhere else:

DIY: Turn Castile Bar Soap Into Liquid Castile Soap || Vintage Kids|Modern World

DIY Orange Vinegar || Homegrown and Healthy

Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner || Five Little Homesteaders

Homemade Soft Scrub With Peppermint || Five Little Homesteaders

Anti-bacterial Spray (DIY Zap Household Germs) || Scratch Mommy

Homemade Non-Toxic Mopping Solution || We Got Real

Mold and Mildew Spray || Vintage Kids | Modern World

 

 

And now, click here to download my

FREE Printable Natural Cleaning Recipe Sheets!

enjoy! (and now go clean something!)

 

This post is linked to Homestead Barn HopNatural Living MondayTitus 2 TuesdayFat TuesdayReal Food Wednesday

 

 

 

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Apr
12th

Weekend Reading :: April 12, 2014

Weekend Reading :: Vintage  Kids | Modern World

 

What I’ve been reading lately…

How To Garden With Children ||Naturally Mindful

Family Meal Planning (Free Printable) || Brandt On A Blog

Housecleaning for Artists, Creatives, AHDH-ers and ENFPs (and oooh, I defy Fly Lady) || Elizabeth Esther

How We Do Lunch Time || Vitafamiliae

Carrot Cake Square || Homegrown and Healthy

 

 

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Apr
7th

My Faith Will Be My Sight (a story and giveaway!)

I am so happy to finally be able to debut our newest item in our etsy store, but also to share the story of this piece with you.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek…

My Faith Will Be My Sight - A Story and A Giveaway :: Vintage Kids | Modern World

We are currently raising funds to adopt a little boy

- our little boy.

This has been a tortuously long road, as many of you who have walked this path surely know.  If it were up to me, he would have been in my arms yesterday.

Plugging away, day after day, and going on with life, listening to my children talk about their “new brother” –  all the while knowing that he’s out there somewhere makes every day and every week without him feel like an eternity. At this moment, there is nothing to see in front of me, and the only way I can keep pressing on is to go back to what I know- and to rely on my Faith to be my sight.

That’s when I created this piece - the one you see in the picture above.

I’m in love with its simplicity.

The pendent is a brushed bronze color and inside is a tiny mustard seed.  The idea for this was taken from Matthew 17:20

 

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

As I made this, I thought about adding some pattern or floral print behind that tiny mustard seed to give it a pop of color. Something to sprice it up a bit and make it eye-catching.

But I just couldn’t do it.

Real faith, as small as it may be some days, (or some seasons!) isn’t flowery or colorful.  It’s not flashy – and it’s definitely not trendy.  It’s almost imperceptible at times, and it’s most obvious in the empty, dark, hollow place.

When there is nothing else left and nothing to prop it up….that’s when you see real faith.

It’s simple and unassuming, yet it can move mountains.

And today, I want to give away two of these necklaces – as an encouragement to those of you that need to hold on to Hope and Faith in the darkness!  I hope this tangible reminder brings you peace and draws you closer to the Giver of Faith!

Two readers will be chosen at the end of this giveaway, on 4/14/14 at 12am .

The pendent is a deep antiqued/rubbed copper color and it is approximately 1″ in diameter and it will come to you on a matching 20″ chain.

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From now until next Monday, (4/14/14), you can purchase the “Only Faith” necklace – or any item in our store – for 10% off with the coupon code “onlyfaith”!

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