Sometimes I feel like I’m obsessed with finding new, better and safer ways to do things. I’m keenly aware of the dangers of the chemicals in cleaning supplies, fertilizers, pesticides and food. (Hmmmm… Which one of those things seems out of place?) In my Non-GMO and organic mom craziness, I’ve found a few things that have made my life easier, are safer and have saved us some money in the process.
Here’s a few of my DIY Mom (and Dad) Tips:
Stainless Steel Refrigerator Cleaner
My kids love to put their mark on everything- especially my refrigerator and mirrors. After seeing all the chemicals that come in the fridge cleaner, I decided to find my own method to clean it- without chemicals. Olive oil and Vinegar! Seriously! First, clean off the hundreds of pieces of papers with one tiny flower or fairy on it, then take a paper towel and coat it with olive oil. Wipe the fridge down, scrub the fingerprints and food off until it is oily and smudge-free. Then, take a new paper towel and coat it with vinegar. Use the paper towel and vinegar to wipe the olive oil off the fridge. VOILA! You’ll have a shiny, clean and finger print free fridge (finger print free for at least 2 minutes until they realize you just cleaned it.)
Credit Card Food Scraper
This one has come in handy so many times. I take an old gift card or credit card and keep it in my sink. (I’d post a picture but there’s way too many dirty dishes in there to take a nice picture!) I use it to scrape off the eggs baked on my skillet, the cheese baked on to the baking pan, and anything else I can’t get off. Works like a charm. And everyone who comes to your house will wonder why you keep a credit card in your sink.
Coconut Oil For Everything
I eat, clean, cook, tan, bathe, you name it with coconut oil. I use it for everything. I use it to grease a cake pan, in my homemade deodorant, as a tanning lotion (it can have a SPF of 4-10! And is loaded with anti-oxidant properties.) I use it as body lotion when my skin is dry, and every once in a while, I use it as a hair conditioner. It works fabulously!
I refuse to use conventional bug spray on my kids- it’s basically pesticide for humans, and it’s not safe. I avoid all the chemical crap in bug spray by either using one like California Baby Bug Spray, or making my own. Just add rubbing alcohol or witch hazel (50% full), distilled water (50% full), and lots of essential oils like citronella, eucalyptus, lemon grass or rosemary. If you want it to stick a bit longer, add a little bit of organic glycerin (a teaspoon or less- get this from Whole Foods or a natural health food store) It works great and smells good and most importantly- it’s safe!
My kids love it when a drain gets clogged in our house. We turn it into a science experiment with baking soda and vinegar. If you have a clogged drain, depending on the severity of the clog, pour in a half box to full box of baking soda, and then grab your vinegar. Pour the vinegar in and watch the volcano! The vinegar reacts with the baking soda by making bubbles which will work their way down through the drain. Then run very hot water down the drain for about 2-3 minutes. You might need to repeat once or twice, but you’ll be avoiding using dangerous chemicals like Draino!
Apple Cider Vinegar
I love apple cider vinegar. Get the good kind that has the “Mother” in it, which is a form of healthy bacteria which makes the vinegar better and more effective. I rinse my hair with it once a week and it leaves it super clean and shiny. I also use it to treat bug bites- a little bit on a cotton ball and on to the bug bite makes the itching stop almost instantly.
My 1 year old is teething, and it’s BRUTAL (for her and us!) I try to avoid giving her Motrin or Tylenol if I can find something else that works better for her. Frozen blueberries and raspberries are a God-send. I also freeze mini bagels and baby washcloths- she loves chewing on those. Sometimes I combine the meds with these things though and they seem to help!
I have more tips, but I can’t remember them all! I’ll let you know when I remember more! What DIY tips do you have? I’d love to hear them! Head over to my Facebook page and tell us or leave a comment below!