DIY Green Glass & Surface Cleaner (non toxic, easy!)

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Hi guys! How was everyone’s weekend? Last week my Dad surprised me and Sofia by walking in through the front door with Kiril. My jaw dropped! We had a great couple of days hanging with him- we even tasted out the new vegan burger that tastes like a regular meat burger… “Beyond Meat Burger.” It has beet juice to resemble the “juiciness” of a meaty burger– It was a little too realistic for me but I did enjoy it! Highly recommend!!

I love, love, love EASY DIY stuff that adds value to the everyday life. Who doesn’t? I am not one to try something that has tons of steps or requires a bunch of materials, etc. I have been wanting to start making my own cleaning products despite using mostly “green” products simply because it’s healthy and affordable for my family. Also, when I run out of glass and granite cleaner, I like to have a back up option other than run to the store.

So after some research online, I combined a few ideas together and came up with this lemon glass cleaner. Let me know what you guys think…as always working with any form of “chemicals” it’s important to be extra cautious. Never mix bleach and ammonia together, or even put them next to each other because the fumes are dangerous (I’m sure you already knew that though!)

DIY Green Glass and Surface Cleaner:

What you need:

  • White Vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Lemon Juice (3 Tbsp.)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (1/2 cup)
  • Filtered water/Brita Water! (2 cups)
  • Non-toxic Dish Soap (2 Tbsp)

Mix all together in a glass mixing bowl or jar, pour into container. Spray and use just like you would a normal glass cleaner.

***TIP: For cleaning windows, you can use just 1/2 cup of filtered water and 1/2 cup of vinegar with NEWSPAPER instead of your traditional cloth. It makes the windows SHINE BRIGHT LIKE DIAMONDS.

 

Here’s to a healthy and happy you– have a great week, guys! ~Jess

 

Non-Toxic Fragrant Fall Smells for your Home (DIY, Easy, Affordable!)

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Who doesn’t love a house that smells good? The unfortunate thing is that we are marketed to by companies that put nasty stuff in their products…toxins that fill your rooms and your family’s lungs…yuck. There is an EASY and affordable way to make your house smell good NON-TOXICALLY! I tried this recipe today and my house smells like I am baking a warm apple pie, without actually having to bake it (or eat it hahahaha). I am pretty sure Kiril will walk in being pretty excited and then disappointed, but hey, at least the house smells good.

What you need:

  • Orange Peels
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider (store bought)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Water and a small/medium pot

Directions:

  1. Boil water in pot with 1 cup of apple cider
  2. Once boiling, add apple, orange peel, cinnamon stick
  3. Reduce to a simmer
  4. Set timer for 30 minutes and add more water
  5. You can continue this throughout the day, just keep an eye on it!!

Enjoy your home smelling yummy and fresh!

Here’s to a healthy and happy you, xo!

Peppermint Oil = Bye Bugs!

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Nobody enjoys bugs in their home. I remember growing up in Florida and when it rained the creepy crawlies would come running in. I love essential oils (I DO NOT EAT OR DRINK THEM! Also, I do not represent DoTerra or Young Living – although my friend sells Young Living so I have this oil pictured.) I actually get most of my Essential Oils from a Small Business in Baltimore called PureSpiritPotions, you can find them on Etsy!

Anyways, a few years ago I learned that bugs do not like peppermint! Natural repellants are awesome. The key is to once a month or more if necessary, place drops of peppermint oil on window sills and in the door jams. This keeps the bugs away! I like to place it right in the crevices where they like to enter the house. If you have a green thumb, growing fresh mint or peppermint also works out well!

This is one of my favorite life hacks because it is so easy and it really works. Also, because most bug repellants are made with poisons which you certainly don’t want near your pets or babies.

Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xo

Life Hack #1 – Homemade Compost!

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Who doesn’t need a good life hack every now and then? Last week, Sofia and I made Gluten Free PB Banana Cupcakes  and we had banana peels and egg shells leftover. I decided that rather than throwing them away or put them in the food disposal, they could be repurposed! A few of our plants need some extra love so I decided we could make a super easy compost in the blender and voila…happy plants!

What you will need:

  • Egg Shells
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Banana Peels
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together adding water as necessary.
  2. Place spoonfuls on top of the soil.
  3. Water normally.
  4. Wait a few days, and the plants should be doing a little better!

I love finding ways to repurpose things and lessen our garbage output. This is a really great way to reduce and reuse 😉

Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xo