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Eco-Friendly Homemade Cleaners

Eco Friendly Homemade cleaners

I have some exciting news – I have developed my first product! Hopefully it can help you create more Eco-friendly homemade cleaners in order to avoid chemical cleaners and, among other things, help with your budget.

Let me back up for a minute. So this all started when I was talking to my coworker about the homemade cleaners that I use. She expressed a desire to do the same but found finding recipes confusing and had no idea where to start.

I have been using homemade cleaners for years and have always just had the recipes in my head. Then when Little One arrived my husband started to take on more of the cleaning. However, he did not keep the recipes in his head. This lead me to writing the recipes on the back of the bottles for him. This way he could read the directions and refill the cleaners any time he needed them.

So with these two events my first brain child came about. So without further adieu, my first product is a digital download of labels and recipes that you can place on spray bottles to use in your home. I know it’s a pretty simple idea but it really makes life so much easier.

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The Recipes

Included in this download are the following recipes for your more Eco-friendly home:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Foaming Hand Soap
  • Fabric Freshener
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Laundry Scent Booster
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Cloth Diaper Stain Remover (for those of you cloth diapering)
  • Spider Repellent
How It Works

These are available right now as a digital download. You can head over to my store and purchase them for only $2! Once the purchase is made you will get an email with a PDF attachment. You can print as many of the labels as you like.

For best results, print the labels on sticky paper. You can also print them on regular paper and use clear tape to put them on the bottles. You can find sticky paper at Target or Amazon.

What You’ll Need

Beyond having your preferred paper for printing the labels, you will need something to put them on. I personally love these glass spray bottles that I found on Amazon, but any spray bottle will work. Spray bottles are also available at most box stores and dollar stores. You will also need a foaming hand pump dispenser. I have been reusing some plastic ones that I got years ago. I found these great mason jar style dispensers on Amazon. You will also need a mop bucket and a container for the laundry scent boosters.

Making the Cleaners

After sticking the labels on each of the containers, use the recipes to create your very own Eco-friendly cleaners.

Most of the recipes include adding essential oils. I personally love using peppermint, lemon, and lavender, but you can choose whatever scents you like.

You will need the following ingredients:

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Click this link to head over to my store. You can download the labels and attach them to any bottle of your choice.

I have also been thinking about getting the labels printed and having hard copies available. Is this something that you all would be interested in? Let me know in the comments below.

Floor Pouf

DIY Floor Pouf

I wanted to add a floor pouf to Little One’s nursery. We spend a lot of time snuggling in the chair and realized it would be really nice to have a foot rest. I also wanted something soft for Little One to climb over. He is getting to the age where he is climbing on everything, which is great for his motor development, just not always great for my furniture.

I decided to make this floor pouf out of some Marauder’s Map fabric that I had left over from another Harry Potter project. I also picked up some starry night fabric form JOANN Fabrics. Both of the fabrics are flannel and 100% cotton, and I repurposed a zipper from an old craft project that I am no longer using. You are never going to believe what I used to stuff it…keep reading to find out!

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If you’re in the beginning stages of sewing, check out my beginners guide to sewing terminology.

Cutting the fabric

For this floor pouf I cut the following pieces of fabric. You can find the Marauder’s Map fabric here.

  • 20 1/2 inches * 20 1/2 inches – 2 pieces (top/bottom)
  • 13 inches * 20 1/2 inches – 4 pieces (sides)
  • 9 inches * 13 inches – 1 piece
Floor Pouf
Step One

The first step in creating the floor pouf was installing a zipper along one of the sides. I thought this was a necessary step for what I chose to stuff the pouf with. You can skip this step and just leave a hole to flip it right side out and hand stitch closed, if using regular stuffing.

Sew one of the sides together with the 9 inch piece. Line up right sides together and loosely stitch with a basting stitch. Press with an iron.

Floor Pouf

Placing the zipper centered on the seam, pin one side of the zipper down on the seam allowance. Stitch it into place and repeat with the other side of the zipper. You may have to move the zipper while stitching. To do this place the needle down into the fabric. Then lift the presser foot and slide the zipper tab out of the way. Place small horizontal stitches at the beginning and end of the zipper. For the rest of the seam go back over it with a regular size stitch, back stitching at the beginning and end.

Flip the fabric over and use a seam ripper to open the fabric where the zipper is. The next part is optional – fold a piece of fabric over the zipper, iron down and pin in place. I decided to do this step to help prevent Little One from undoing the zipper. After finishing I realized that I should have added Velcro to help keep this closed. You can do that now.

Floor Pouf
Step Two

Stitch the side piece to the top, placing right sides together and stitching with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end, also stop the run of stitched 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric. Repeat this process on all four sides.

Step Three

Pulling the top piece of fabric out of the way, pin the right sides together. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and back stitch at the beginning and end. Repeat with the remaining sides.

Floor Pouf
Step Four

Stitch on the bottom piece placing right sides together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and back stitching at the beginning and end. Either open the zipper or leave a hole in one of the seams for flipping. Flip right side out press the seams with an iron.

Step Five

The final step is to stuff the floor pouf. You could use stuffing like this…but I stuffed it with baby clothes! I know it’s a little weird but I have so many outfits that Little One has outgrown, I don’t want to get rid of them yet. This puts them to good use. With the zipper I can easily take them out and replace them with stuffing later on. But for right now it is great storage. It also adds a lot of weight to the pouf, which helps keeps it stable when Little One is climbing all over it.

Floor Pouf

What do you think of this floor pouf? Have you tried making it? Let me know in the comments below! Also, for more Harry Potter decor/nursery ideas see my post here.

How To Make A Dandelion Painting

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Every season I like to change up the look of my living room chimney mantel. After taking down my winter mantel, I decided to get started on the spring decoration. Most of the items that I use I have thrifted or found at garage sales – it really is amazing the gems you can find! Join me as I explore how to make a dandelion painting.

I wanted to go with a design this spring that would work for me in summer time, too. I chose items with a soft color palate of greens, blues, whites and light woods. After playing around with each item, placing them and replacing them, I found that the mantel was missing something.

At first I was thinking that a sign of some sort would be nice. I have always loved the quote “The difference between a weed and a flower is a judgement” and thought it would be a nice addition to the mantel decor. I just so happened to have a spare canvas to do this project, so I got started. First, I needed to decide what my background for the text might be. An obvious choice for an overlooked and underappreciated flower is the dandelion. Next it was time to get painting. You may be wondering where the quote went…well, I liked the dandelion on its own so much I decided to leave it as is. Sometimes less is really more!

Step One

I promise that this is a really easy painting that any skill level should be able to do. The first step i how to make a dandelion painting is to gather supplies and get ready to paint.

I will note that this painting can take time to dry between steps, so this is a multi day project. But still really EASY!

The next step of this painting is to decide what colors you want for the background. It is best to pick varying shades from light to dark. I went with more blues but you could go with any color. Below are the paints I used.

This first technique is very easy. Using the tubes of paint put dots of the paint across the canvas. I worked from dark to light with some varying in between. As I said before you can do any colors you prefer. Next I applied my paint brush back and forth across the canvas until the whole thing was covered in paint. This is a good time to add more paint if an area needs to be lightened or darkened. Know that there might be excess paint on the canvas. You could either try to get some of it off or leave it – it will just take longer dry time. I chose to leave mine because it gave it a really nice textural quality. It’s a little hard to see in the pictures but it kind of looks like the wind is blowing.

Allow this to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
Step Two

The second step is to add the stems of the dandelions. I used the following paints for my stems. When picking the paints, it’s best to use a medium for the middle of the stem and a lighter and darker color for the highlights and shadows.

Draw out the stems on the canvas using the base color. I went for two dandelions but you could do as many or as few as you want.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Next, using the light and dark colors as highlight and shade, I chose to add the highlight to the left side of the flowers and the shade to the right. I also shaded where the stems cross each other. Finally I added some touches of green to brighten the whole stem up, mostly down the middle of it. I also added little leaves on top of the stems with my light colored paint.

Allow for it to dry before moving on the next step. It shouldn’t take too long, it just depends on how thick the paint was applied.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Step Three

The third and final step is to add the puffy part of the dandelion. I used the following colors of paint to achieve this.

Going from dark to light, I used my fine paint brush to make the petals of the dandelion. Using the dark color first, focus closer to the stem and increase the size of the flower with each new color. Using the paint brush, start with a dot on the outer rim of the flower and drag your paint brush towards the stem. This will create each petal. I also used the same technique to create some petals around the flowers in the air to make it look like they are blowing in the wind.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
How to Make a Dandelion Painting

That’s it, I said it was going to be easy! This was the perfect addition to my summer mantel. I just love how it turned out.

Have you tried this how to make a super easy dandelion painting tutorial? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

Check out my series on small bathroom makeover.

Small Bathroom Makeover Part 1

small bathroom makeover
Small Bathroom Makeover Part 1

So this is an ugly bathroom…I am not ashamed to admit it. This is what it was like when we moved in three years ago and the time has come for some TLC. While I do have some grand plans for a full renovation, our budget is not allowing for that right now. So to make this a happy space to enter I am doing a mini makeover! My budget for this makeover is $300 and not a penny over (but hopefully a lot less!). The bathroom currently measures at 7’6″ x 4′, plus a tub/shower combo and a small linen closet.

Major Problem Areas

Not being able to do a major renovation right now, I needed to prioritize some of the major problems, which are the following:

  • The painted wall paper – That’s right, the painted wall paper. Hopefully it comes off easily.
  • Drip marks on the walls and trim
  • Old, yellow, dirty flooring
  • The grout line around the counter top – There is this weird stick edging strip around the counter top. I am not sure what it is or why it exists, I just know it needs to go.
  • Dated handles on the vanity
  • Hard to clean louvered closet door
  • Disorganized closet

Make Over Plan

Now that I have identified what I need to fix with this bathroom, it is time to make a plan! The first task is to get the walls ready for painting. This means removing the wall paper, sanding the walls, and filling any holes with joint compound, as well as removing that sticky stuff around the counter. Once all that is done, it is time for paint! I plan on painting the walls a nice soft sea glass color, as well as painting the floor a light gray. I have seen examples out there of people painting their linoleum flooring so I thought I would give it a try. The trim, door, and closet will also be painted.

I’ll then remove and replace the closet door with a new one. I will also replace the handles on the vanity and add shelving above the toilet. Lastly, I will be organizing the closet and getting rid of anything I don’t need.

Existing fixes

We’ve lived in this house for a little over three years. Upon moving in, we made a couple changes in this bathroom and then concentrated on other rooms in the house. The first thing we did was replace the shower head. Among the two bathrooms, one of the heads had a very low flow and the other one had so much pressure that it hurt to be under it. The next thing to go was the toilet. We replaced it with a more eco friendly low flow toilet. The old one ran all the time and used a lot of water. After the toilet we replaced the faucet. It was constantly dripping and so low that it was hard to wash our hands under it. For these reasons, we decided to get a higher faucet.

Thanks for joining us for small bathroom makeover part 1. To see the start of our renovation, check out Part 2. We will be removing wallpaper and painting…say goodbye to this boring ugly bathroom!

Heat Pack for Nursing Moms

Sometimes nursing can really suck! With sore nipples, clogged ducts and engorgement, it’s a wonder that breastfeeding moms can keep it going. But we do, because we love our little ones, and at the end of the day, we know that it is what is best for them

After successfully nursing my little one for over 10 months now, I have learned a couple tricks and have come up with this DIY heat pack that can really be a life saver. I first came up with this design after dealing with a clogged duct at work. You can read my tips about that here.

These heat packs are great for several reasons. First, they are round and slim so they can fit inside a bra top. Second, they have the quadrants that contour to rounded shape. Third, they hold heat pretty well. Finally, this DIY version is eco friendly. I used 100% cotton to avoid micro plastics in the cloth and utilized rice as the filling.

Heat Pack Tutorial

Creating these heat packs should take about 10 minutes, start to finish. See the Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology for further explanations of the terms and techniques.

Supplies

  • 100% cotton fabric (flannel is preferred as it will retain the heat better)
  • Thread
  • White rice
  • Needle
  • Funnel (or similar device)
  • Something to use to cut a circle (bowl, small plate, etc.) For example, I use my breast pads because I am already comfortable with the size)

Process

Step 1

Start by choosing fabric and cutting four identical circles. In my opinion, the best fabric to use for this project is a 100% cotton flannel. The flannel is very soft and will retain the heat better than other materials. This is a perfect project to use up some scrap fabric. For example, the fabric I used was left over from a quilt that I made little one.

Step 2

Next, place right sides together leaving a one inch opening and pin around the edges of the circle. Stitch around the edge of the circle, back stitching at the opening at each end, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Before flipping inside out, clip V shapes into the seam allowance every one inch or so. This will allow some give and make flipping the circles much easier. When cutting the V be careful not to cut the seam.

Step 3

Next, flip the circle inside out and press it flat with an iron. The following step can be a bit tricky… on the right side of the fabric stitch a straight line starting from the middle of the opening left, ensuring to leave space to turn the raw edge in. Stitch a vertical line, back stitching at the end and beginning point.

This line should create two separate sections of the heat pack with each side being able to be accessed by the opening left in the top. Then using a funnel, fill in each section a little less than half way with white rice.

Using pins, push the rice down to the bottom and pin a straight line horizontal to the first line you stitched. Stitch a line across the heat pack – this will form the four quadrants. Back stitch at the beginning and end of the line.

Finally, fill the remaining heat pack with rice on each side. Then pin the opening closed and hand stitch.

Congratulations, you are done! Now repeat with as many heat packs as you’d like.

Using Heat Packs

These heat packs are great and really don’t take much time to assemble. If you are able to use fabric scraps and rice from your pantry, they can be very inexpensive and fall in line with zero waste goals.

To use the heat pack, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. However, don’t microwave for over 30 seconds, otherwise you can run the risk of burning the rice. Then check the level of heat before placing in your top. Reheat as needed.

An extra bonus of these heat packs is they can be used as cold packs, as well! To do this, just place them in a freezer until you are ready to use them.

Have you tired making these or similar heat packs? I would love to see the results! Please comment or post pics below.

Harry Potter Wall Decal

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good! It’s quite a fitting saying for over Little One’s diaper changing station, where he is often up to no good!

We found this wall decal at Target. They have a large online inventory of Harry Potter items and with this item, they have many styles to choose from. We thought that this one was perfect for Little One’s nursery.

The decal was very easy to install and has not pealed or bubbled at all. Little One loves looking up at it, but hopefully not getting any bright ideas!

I have been very impressed with all the items Target has made available for Potterheads. Have you found any great finds? Let me know in the comments below.