January 8, 2019

Staying Clean and Green in 2019

Allie shares her top 3 under $10, all-natural home cleaning products.

There are two words that describe me well: cheap and clean.

I get my frugality from my Grammy, who I love and miss so much. (Read my article of naming my daughter after my Grammy here!)

She loved a bargain, and anything over $5 was considered “expensive.”

True story: She once found a frame with a picture of her son (my dad) in it at a local GoodWill store, and still wouldn’t buy it, because she thought $3 for a picture frame was too much.

Then we have my Grandma, my mom’s mom, who, equally dear to my heart, passed away when I was only 15. She was very German, very clean, and I like to think I inherited my organizational skills from her.

Both grandmothers' homes were immaculate. Every surface was dusted, floors were spic and span, and every knick knack had a place without looking cluttered.

Even though I don’t have as much time to clean my home as I did before I had Molly, when I do clean, I’m very methodical and particular about the products I use.

Anything with fumes and harsh chemicals has been kicked to the curb since I saw that positive sign on the pregnancy test, so with the help of Google and grandma’s secrets to keeping a clean house, I have 3 tried and true, all-natural, under $10 cleaning products I swear by:

1. Distilled White Vinegar - $8

My mom introduced me to white vinegar for cleaning glass, and I’m NEVER going back!

Just add a little to a clean towel (trust me, a little, quarter-sized amount goes a long way) and watch the vinegar cut through every streak your Windex left behind!

I’m serious, the vinegar cleans glass BETTER than any ammonia-based spray I’ve ever tried. And vinegar can be used on just about every other surface in your house. I bought a bottle of the Heinz vinegar two years ago and haven’t ran out yet!

Give it a try, you won’t be sorry!

2. Pumice Stone - $5.50

When we bought our house a couple years ago, one of the first things I noticed was a big stain on the porcelain in our guest bathroom sink. I tried EVERYTHING to get it off, even CLR (which if you’ve ever tried it, literally makes your nose run and eyes water).

I resigned myself to the fact that the sink would forever look stained, and we would eventually need to replace the countertops, and then a friend asked me if I tried a pumice stone.

I decided to look into pumice a bit more, and it’s basically a very light, porous, volcanic stone that scrubs really well without being coarse enough to harm your home’s surfaces.

A pack of two scouring stones retail for about $5.50, and one stone gets quite a few uses. I scrubbed that stain on the sink and like magic, it was gone instantly! No harsh chemicals necessary.

So if you see any spots in your house that look like mineral buildup, try the pumice stone! It’ll spare your nostrils from chemical fumes, and it works like a charm!

3. Lemon Juice

Lemon is nature’s bleach, with a much more pleasant scent.

I use lemon juice for soooo many things: I drink it with my morning water, I use it as an astringent on my skin, and now, I use it to clean just about every surface of my home - even the toilets!

Yes, I said toilets.

I linked lemon juice, so you can add 1/3-1/2 to a spray bottle with water and use on your kitchen or bathroom surfaces, but if you’re looking to clean the mold and rust stains out of your toilets, all you have to do is buy a couple lemons, cut them in half, add salt to the exposed lemon, and scrub!

Like the pumice stone, lemon and salt are MAGIC. This combo makes all our toilets sparkling, without a single drop of bleach and nasty toilet brushes!

Lemons, lemon juice, basically anything lemon is your ticket to a naturally clean home.

And, just for fun, I’ve decided to add one more cleaning product that’s recently come into my life that is not under $10, but is worth the splurge (and I don’t say that often!).

4. Myrtlewood Unpaper Towel - $32

The Unpaper Towel; Photography Credit Big Racecar Creative Group

Lisa introduced the Unpaper Towel from Myrtlewood into my life, and I’m very impressed with the eco-friendly concept behind this product, because as moms, we are wiping things CONSTANTLY. High chair trays, counter tops, boogies and butts, you name it, we’ve probably wiped it several times already by 7am.  

All those Lysol wipes and paper towels create a lot of waste, and part of my 2019 resolution was to be more mindful about what I’ve been using and how it makes an impact on our planet (I’m not a hippie by any means, I really just hate seeing all the $ for paper towels and wipes literally get thrown in the trash on the regular).

The Unpaper Towel was created by Sarah, a mama of one from Tennessee who decided to explore organic and allergen-free household products after her husband and baby started experiencing health problems.

Sarah, founder and owner of Myrtlewood; Photography Credit Big Racecar Creative Group

What resulted was the creation of the Unpaper Towel, a durable and reusable paper towel with all natural, organic fibers: https://www.mymyrtlewood.com/about/.

When Lisa told me about this mom and her amazing product, I was so impressed with the quality of the Unpaper Towel and the handmade wooden Gene Box it comes with for towel storage!

Beautiful and functional Gene Box; Photography Credit Big RaceCar Creative Group

You can purchase your Unpaper Towels in 12 or 24-packs online here.

Spring cleaning time is right around the corner, and what better way to start off 2019 than with a clean home you can rest assured is chemical-free!

What are your favorite all-natural cleaning methods? Share below in the comments section!

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