DIY non-toxic cleaner

This is so simple it’s ridiculous. I love Murphy’s floor cleaner but after using this I will not purchase another bottle. Not because I don’t love their product, this is far cheaper and I really think the end result is just as good, if not better. Not to mention the ingredients are in almost every home – I’m sure of it.

I’ve tried the vinegar solution… boo (thumbs down). It didn’t work so well as a cleaner and not to mention my house smelt like I had been canning all day. I don’t mind that if I have something to show for it.

I mixed half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide with 1 bottle (empty hydrogen peroxide bottle) of water with around 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Our’s is eucalyptus.

My mom used to sell Norwex and their products are phenomenal! During nap time I got on my hands and knees with my cleaner concoction and my favorite Norwex rag and scrubbed the heck out of my floors. Maybe it was my amazing Cinderella skills… maybe the Norwex rag… but I’d like to believe it was the mixture.

Hydrogen peroxide is practical to use. It’s non-toxic, affordable, and anti-fungal – no brainer.

Just try it and let me know how it works for ya!

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My well deserved hiatus

I haven’t made a post in almost a month and I apologize. Things have just been absolutely crazy. While a lot of the craziness is irrelevant,  our garden has been struggling which has fueled some of the craziness.

We ended up dumping manure on our garden and tilling it up. The beans weren’t growing in unison and what beans were coming up were being eaten by bugs. We didn’t have that issue last year. The only difference is that we ran our chicken tractor in between the garden rows with the chickens weed eating and performing full-time pest control duty.

So we started over.

We have also been lacking rainfall. Which doesn’t help matters.

Since we started over, we have nice bean plants coming up, along with corn and spaghetti squash.  We also planted in our potato patch: sweet potatoes, squash, watermelon, pumpkin, onions, and potatoes. We have been full swing!

My brother told me that he planted a few veggies in some old car tires he had. After hearing that and having a very nice neighbor give us some zucchini plants, I used one of Daniel’s old motorcycle tires along with four of his old tires off of his 67 Mustang to make raised beds. They are thriving!

Our chickens are getting big and in fact, I heard a rooster (try to) crow the other day! Poor fella will get the hang of it one day. We have four in our coop in run and 14 in an old dog lot that we move every other day to give them fresh grass.

While I’ve been on a hiatus from blogging we celebrated our 2 year anniversary and headed off to South Carolina and Georgia. We visited some of the coolest beaches I’ve ever seen! Take a looksee!

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  • Stay tuned, tomorrow I will share my recipe for a super easy non-toxic cleaner that I used on my hardwood floors today! So be on the lookout!

Leave it to cleavers

Normally words come easily over a cup of coffee and around 7 am but today they’re flowing easier than ever. I’ve been growing the prettiest Butterhead and Redina lettuce. I mean they’re beautiful. Well you’ve seen them in previous posts they were just little. They’ve been nurtured and growing great. I go out to the garden yesterday to cut some lettuce for a salad and my lettuce had been ate down to the ground.

Freakin rabbits man. Let’s just say I believe my next post will be about how to utilize a rabbit from meat to pelt. I know I mentioned how destructive they can be in my raspberry post but just a reminder they will tear your garden up. I finally calmed down after I called my husband asking him if we had any rabbit gums because I wanted to catch the little booger. After he said no I decided we are going rabbit hunting… tonight.

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So cleavers… most people’s weed but a homesteaders go to remedy. Growing up my family made tea out of this herb to treat poison oak. We would even use the pulp to put directly on the poison oak. After drinking this tea years ago I haven’t gotten it since. Coincidence? Maybe.. maybe not. Either way I’m a believer.

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I remember my brother and I would examine our socks after our wooded expeditions and we’d have little green fuzz balls stuck to them. This was probably a dead giveaway to my mom that we had been somewhere we shouldn’t have. A thicket of woods and a couple of kids with vast imaginations meant hours of entertainment. For us of course and I’m sure the neighbors.

As you feel the plant it feels sticky, has a square stalk, and is decorated with tiny green seed pods that will cling to almost anything. I’ve found a plant that looks similar but if it doesn’t have a square stalk or sticky it’s not cleavers.

We would pick as much as we could hold in one hand then wash and dry it outside on the porch. After they were dry (it may take a few days) we would make tea out of it. You could speed that process up by putting it on a baking sheet in the oven on low until they’re dry. Be careful not to burn them!

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You can boil it in a pot of water (like you would tea) or put it in the coffee pot (as you would coffee.. filter and all) and fix it that way. If boiled you will need to strain it through a paper towel and strainer. Once boiled/brewed then dilute it with water and have it unsweetened or add honey or sugar and even lemon. It tastes a lot like regular tea just a little more earthy.

After doing some research on cleavers before starting this post I realized that cleavers ability goes further than just treatment for poison oak. From a facial toner to skin rashes cleavers is a versatile herb. Keeping this Spring creeping herb in the medicine cabinet is a no brainer.

You won’t find them in your living room. So get outside and start exploring!

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