Squeaky Clean


I am always looking for ways to save money.  When I came across this recipe for a bathroom cleaner, I was immediately interested.  Even though I was using environmentally friendly products, they were leaving too strong a scent.  I have two children with asthma and have been using vinegar to clean my house since.

I had an epiphany while watching Oprah years back, when a guest said, “Clean doesn’t have a smell.”.  I started to become more aware that day. This is a great cleaner.  I bet you could get away with 3 ounces of dawn to 9 ounces of vinegar.  Only use full concentration for stubborn stains.  Play around with the concentration.  It works though.  I’ve tried it.

Click here for the original recipe.  24 people gave a 5 out of 5 star rating.


Chore Charts

I made this chore chart with the help and motivation of a good friend. (Thank you). I wanted my kids play a bigger role in keeping the house clean. My children love see the progress they’re making by moving their chore from “To Do” to “Done”.

I purchased the SPONTAN Magnetic board, white for $12.99 from Ikea.  You could use a ruler and a marker to make columns, but I used vinyl.  The chore bubbles are made from card stock, glass vase fillers, magnets, mod podge and a glue gun.  You could also use clothes pins with a magnet on it to attach a list.  If you have small children that can not read, pictures could be used to describe the desired chore.  Whatever works for you right?

I have seen many chore charts out there lately.  I really like this one from a Pinterest user upload.  My kids are always asking to have some allowance.  I would make sure it’s clear that there is no limit to how many they can do, but they have to do a predefined amount at minimum.

These chore charts are adorable.  They are from the Etsy shop called Abbie’s House.  Click here to check them out if you’re not feeling crafty.

Confessions of a Homeschooler also has a free printable to make this chore chart.  Click here to visit the site.


I hope this helps motivate you to share the burden of cleaning with the people who are actually making the mess.



How To Make Your Berries Last


I buy almost everything in bulk, as you can see from my colossal size vinegar.  My family loves to eat berries, but often we end up throwing some of them out because they have started to mold.  I have read in several places that to preserve the life of your produce you shouldn’t wash it until you are ready to eat it.  The water from washing promotes mold.  This is where my issue about wasting food comes into play.  Sometimes we don’t eat it because we are in a hurry and don’t have time to wash it.  When that happens I’ll end up moving along to the pantry, which contains foods that are not nearly as healthy or satisfying.

My cousin from California has been washing her berries in vinegar to help preserve them.  Apparently the vinegar kills the mold spores and any bacteria on the fruit and slows down the molding process.  I tried it out and it works.  Now I always have fresh berries for my family to snack on.

Here is what you need to do:

Add one part Vinegar to 10 parts water

Bathe berries in mixture

Rinse thoroughly

Place on paper towels to dry

Store in an airtight container

I always put a folded paper towel at the bottom on the container to absorb any additional moisture.  When the towel gets damp I just remove it.  And to answer the question you’re asking yourself; no, you do NOT taste the vinegar.