Wow, sorry it has been so long since my last post! We have been busy, busy, busy, and I haven’t been feeling too hot. But now I am back with a great post! I have compiled a list of great homemade household cleaner recipes. With a toddler running around, the importance of having a natural/homemade cleaning aid is a concern- there are just too many harmful chemicals in the stuff you buy at the store. Not to mention, you can save a buck or two making your own! If you have another great cleaner to add to the list, let me know!
Window cleaner via I Can Teach My Child
Orange cleaner via Penniless Parenting
Tub and shower cleaner via Food.com
Bathroom cleaner via Crunchy Betty
Toilet bowl cleaner via Frugally Sustainable
Drain cleaner via Tidy Mom
Granite Cleaner via 320 Sycamore
Kitchen cleaner via One Good Thing by Jillee
Oven cleaner via One Good Thing by Jillee
Countertop cleaner via The Stowell’s
Wood cleaner via eHow.com
Floor cleaner via A Delightful Home
Carpet Cleaner via Surviving the Stores
Laundry soap via I Can Teach My Child
Dishwasher detergent via diyNatural
Recently, I snagged a couple little chairs and table on Craigslist for $5. I was looking for a little place for Linnaea to sit down and color, and this was perfect! There was just one thing wrong… The chairs were covered in cartoon characters (Dora and Spongebob, which we don’t watch here), and the table had a picture of a princess and was covered in scratches. Since they were going to go in our living room (the room Linnaea has officially taken over as her playroom), I needed them to look more presentable. So, I decided the easiest way to go about doing that was priming and painting the whole set. This ended up not costing me a penny! How did I do that, you might ask? Well, we had a little primer left over from a previous project. For the paint, I went to Ace Hardware on a weekend when they were offering a free quart! They do this occasionally, so keep an eye out and grab a quart next time you see the deal going on! You never know when you’re going to need some paint!
Here’s some before and after pics, I am quite pleased with how they turned out!
Before.... Even if we wanted to, we just couldn't leave the chairs this way. Linnaaea was terrified of the giant Spongebob eyes staring at her!
During... After a couple coats of primer
After! Her table and chairs set up in her little corner of the world Total cost- $5! In researching online, I found that I saved anywhere from $45 to $100! (Depending on the set of table and chairs you get). Keep an eye out for deals, it pays off!
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have a whole lot of extra room in my house for my sewing hobby. I would LOVE to have a whole room to dedicate to sewing and crafts, but that’s just not possible right now. So, I saw this great table on Pinterest (I’m hooked!!), and talked my dear husband into making it for me. Click on the link and take a look, it walks you through step-by-step exactly how to make your own! And talk about a space saver! The sides of the table fold down for easy storage, and when set up the table offers TONS of workspace. Not to mention, the shelves offer a perfect spot for sewing machine storage.
With the sides folded down. My husband used some spring hinges on the side, so it doesn't quite lay flat, but yours will if you use regular hinges.
And here it is all set up and ready to go! Look at all that great workspace! I'm so excited to get sewing!!