DIY Bathroom Cleaning Wipes

We all like clean bathrooms, right!? As a parent with a toddler and a husband who is a mechanic, I feel like my bathroom is CONSTANTLY dirty, but, I don’t have the time to deep clean every other day to fight the grime and dirt!

If you want an incredibly easy way to keep your bathroom clean on a daily basis without forking over a ton of money on pricey, chemical- laden cleaning wipes, this is it. Minimal ingredients, minimal time, and easy? I’ll take it! Plus, they’re so easy, you really can’t mess them up. No Pinterest fails here :)

Try them out and let us know what you think! Thanks to our wonderful guest blogger from House Cleaners London, for giving us this awesome recipe!


DIY Reusable Bathroom Cleaning Wipes
Edna J. Thomson

Buying cleaning wipes all the time will cost you a fortune. You possibly think that purchasing one pack every other day is nothing, but, once you calculate how much you spend for this product every month, you will be surprised for sure! There is another problem with the cleaning wipes offered in the stores, and, that’s the dangerous ingredients they contain. It’s enough to look at the label to see just how harmful they actually are. There is no need to endanger your health and the health of the other members of your family any more. Instead, we can offer you a safer and cheaper alternative.

DIY reusable cleaning wipes are easy to make and also more effective than the regular ones. There is no need to spend a lot of money every month for packs of dangerous cleaning wipes when you can simply prepare your own special product for general house cleaning. You will need a couple of simple and cheap ingredients, as well as a little free time. We can promise you, however, that once you try this amazing homemade product, you will permanently stop using store-bought wipes.

Below you will find a useful recipe for bathroom cleaning wipes that will make the disinfection of this part of your home much easier.

Courtesy of Wikimedia
Courtesy of Wikimedia

Ingredients
The first thing you have to do is to gather all ingredients you will need for the preparation of your homemade bathroom cleaning wipes. You can make a list in advance, so that you don’t have to go to the shop again.

What you’ll need is:

White vinegar

Essential oil of your choosing

Water

Large container or big jar with lid

Pieces of cloth (the best part is that you can use some of your old t-shirts, sheets or other things to make the cloths- just make sure that all pieces have the same size)

Preparing the special blend
The next step is to mix together the ingredients, so that you can make a special cleaning solution. You can mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with several drops of essential oil and water in some kind of vessel. If you are using a jar, you will have to arrange the pieces of cloth in the jar first and then add the special blend until the jar is almost full.

Placing the wipes in the clean container
In case you have a container instead of jar, you will have to soak each piece of cloth in the solution and then place it in the empty container until it becomes full. You can arrange your new bathroom cleaning wipes any way you like. You also have to make sure that the lid of the container closes well.

Cleaning and Maintenance
You can use your homemade wipes for the disinfection of pretty much everything. Whenever you want to remove old stains from toothpaste, shampoo or something else from the mirror or another part of your bathroom, you will have a reliable and effective cleaning product. When you finish with the cleaning, all you have to do is wash the pieces cloth and you can use them again.

Maintaining and cleaning your home, and more precisely your bathroom, can be a challenge sometimes. With the right cleaning supplies, however, this task will be easier than ever. The DIY bathroom cleaning wipes will remove any grime, especially different kinds of stains. If you want to make sure that this part of your property is also free from mold, you can add a couple drops of tea tree oil to the special blend for the wipes. Then, you can clean the area around the toilet, as well as all corners in your bathroom.

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The Crunchy Mamas Natural Beauty, Skin, & Wellness Products + Giveaway!

As a part-time crunchy mama, I am always trying to find alternatives to our every day products, especially when it comes to things we put on our skin!

I love finding companies run by fellow crunchy mamas who feel the same as I do about the products we use. Even better? Natural and chemical free products for a reasonable price. With kids, it’s hard to justify forking over a ton of money for the natural alternatives to our beauty and skin rituals. Believe me, I get it! We have enough expenses with kids as it is :)

I was so excited to find this amazing company, The Crunchy Mamas, run by two mamas based in Oregon. Not only are their products great, so are they! Some of the nicest mamas you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing.

When we connected, I couldn’t wait to try some of their stuff!

When I received the goods, of course I tried them IMMEDIATELY ;)

Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm
Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

Now, I’ve tried pretty much every “natural” deodorant out there and none of them have ever worked for me. I’m serious, you guys. Like, I want to smell as good as the next person and I have nothing against the previously tried deos, but, I’m pretty sure they were made to do the opposite of deodorant. I was way more self-conscious and felt way smellier when using said previous deos. So, I was a little skeptical to try out ANOTHER natural deodorant.

MIND BLOWN. I was completely shocked by how well the Her Pit Deodorant works. You only use a pea sized amount for each underarm and it smells so good! We went to our local rodeo and it was HOT out. Like, sweat as soon as you walk outside, hot. I wore the Her Pit all day and never had to reapply and I smelled good all day. My family appreciated that I smelled good all day after wearing natural deo ;)

What’s even better is the ingredient list- seriously so simple and effective!
“organic unrefined coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, redmond clay, arrowroot powder, baking soda (aluminum free), vitamin e, organic lavender essential oil, organic sweet orange essential oil.”

YES. That’s it!

Next, I tried the lip balms (not at the same time, promise).

Mint Lip Balm & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

I’m always cautious when using mint lip balms because every time I do, my lips are not happy. This was NOT the case with the lip balm from Crunchy Mamas! For once, my lips were happy and tingly- not swollen and ouchy! Plus, the mint smells so refreshing without being overpowering. These mamas have got their mix down just right! This minty delight is a perfect lip balm for summer’s hot days!

The Honey-Lemon lip balm is AMAZING as well! Subtle scent, but, still potent enough to smell delicious. You kind of want to eat it…but, you shouldn’t ;)

Both lip balms go on super smooth and keep your lips hydrated for a long time before reapplying is necessary. These lip balms have become my new favorite and I am crazy picky about lip balms!

The ingredients in these lip balms are just as great as the deo!

  • Honey-Lemon: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, raw honey, organic lemon essential oil
  • Mint: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, organic peppermint essential oil, organic rosemary essential oil, organic spearmint essential oil

Seriously you guys! How amazing do you feel when the stuff you put on your skin, face, and lips is this natural and clean without tons of chemicals you can’t pronounce?


Since these mamas are so awesome, they’re letting us do a giveaway with the above products!

Enter and you could win:

(1) Her Pit Natural Deodorant

(1) Mint Lip Balm

(1) Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

The giveaway is running from Wednesday 7/29/15 through Wednesday 8/5/15 and you can enter below or through our Facebook page by clicking here!

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*Disclaimer: I received the above products to test and review at no cost to me in return for my honest and truthful opinion. All opinions are my own. Products provided for giveaway will be sent to a randomly selected winner by Crunchy on the Weekend at no expense to the winner.*

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Your Pets & the 4th of July

Pets are a HUGE part of our lives. Both my husband and I have had pets growing up and we currently have our amazing rescued pooch, Buddy. He was previously abused then dropped at the local humane society. We instantly fell in love with him and he definitely chose us. He was an unexpected addition, but, he has grown into the most amazing dog. He is not just a pet, he’s a family member.

We spent many days trying our hardest to help him adjust to a loving household. We couldn’t touch his feet, he cowered if we raised our hands for any reason (getting something off a high shelf, getting ready to put a shirt on, etc.), he would hoard food in his bed as if he thought we wouldn’t feed him again. It was heartbreaking. He is now a pretty well-adjusted dog and he has become an outstanding big puppy brother to our daughter.

Since we are coming up on July 4th, we are dealing with fireworks that go into the late night thanks to our neighbors. This is the one thing that literally terrifies our pup and all we can do is snuggle him and make him feel as safe as possible. I’m sure that many of you can relate to this scenario and hate that your animals feel so scared.

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We got the opportunity to try a ThunderShirt for him and we began using it as soon as people started setting off fireworks (about 2 weeks ago….ugh). This product is basically the equivalent of a swaddle blanket for a newborn. It’s snug, secure, and applies gentle pressure to your dog or cat’s abdomen. Yep! That’s right, you can even use it for your kitties! As soon as we put the ThunderShirt on Buddy, within minutes, he calmed down. His shaking subsided and he was able to relax a little bit. I was amazed and so happy that we could finally offer him some true comfort. Plus, the ThunderShirt is SO easy to put on. I love products that aren’t difficult to use.

Since so many of us own pets, there are some simple things we can do to ensure our pets remain safe and comforted, regardless of using a ThunderShirt:

1. Pet ID- Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification in case he/she runs away when scared by noisy fireworks. ID can help your pet be returned to you safely. Side note: shelters experience their busiest day on July 4th because so many animals get scared and run away from home.
2. Avoid Fireworks- Don’t take your pet to events that involve fireworks. Your pet is better off being left home if you are going to partake in firework festivities.
3. Crate Your Dog- If you regularly crate your dog, he/she may find the crate a place of comfort during fireworks. Make sure his favorite toy is available for further distraction. Make sure they have water/food as well.
4. Don’t Leave Pets Outside- Keep pets inside as much as possible during fireworks displays. The insulation of your home will help drown out the noise and make your dog/cat feel more secure. You can even turn the TV or stereo on to help drown out the noise.
5. Don’t Scold a Scared Pet- This will scare and confuse a dog/cat and reinforce fearful or destructive behaviors.

If you’re interested in trying a ThunderShirt ($39.95-$49.95) for your pet, you can purchase them online at the links below:

ThunderShirt.com (dogs)
ThunderShirt.com (cats)

Amazon.com (2 day free shipping with Amazon Prime)

You can also purchase the ThunderShirt at most pet stores (i.e. Petsmart, Petco, etc.)

There is also a 45 Day Guarantee- check out the FAQ’s page for details!

We HIGHLY recommend the ThunderShirt to keep your pets snug and secure during this scary time of year for them!

Keep your pets safe and happy during the 4th of July this year!

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*We received this product free of charge for the purposes of testing and honest review on our own pet. Our opinions are our own and reflect only our opinions. Any links provided in this post are for the consumer only and we do not receive any compensation for clicks or purchases that, you, as a reader/consumer, make.*

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“Renovation on the Cheap” Series- Post #2

Welcome to Post #2 in our “Renovation on the Cheap!” Series!

This week, we’ll be telling you about how we’re staying frugal during these seemingly expensive projects!


If you missed our first posts, you can check them out below!

Household Renovation on the Cheap!

Renovation on the Cheap- Post #1


When you think of home renovations and upgrades, you typically associate it with tons of expenses that will leave your wallet with a big, fat hole in it. It doesn’t have to be that way though!

If you enter into a project with a solid plan, you can save tons of money, still have an amazing outcome that LOOKS like you dropped a few thousands on it, and you won’t have a gaping hole in your wallet!

Sure, it takes a little more hard work to stay on a frugal budget, but, it is SO worth it. Trust me.

So, in our first post, we detailed our project list. Our biggest and most important project is finishing our lower level in our tri-level home. We’re going to be adding:

2nd bathroom
Large 3rd bedroom
Walk-in closet
Office/den space
Small closet
Enclosed laundry room
Storage closet
Plus, the givens such as painting, adding flooring, fixtures, etc.

Just looking at that list, my brain jumps to $$$$$$$. But, since we are putting in a little extra work, it’s really only a couple dollar signs! Whew!


Here’s how we are saving a ton of money:

My dad is doing the majority of the work along with my husband- electrical, plumbing, framing, you name it. My mom, gramma, and I will be doing the painting and other things here and there
Cost: Free 
How you can do it: Ask around your community (your church, etc) and find people who are willing and able to help you out at minimal or no cost. Just make sure they actually KNOW what they’re doing so you don’t end up with a disaster on your hands when Jim So-and-So claims he can wire your addition with no problem, and, instead, starts an electrical fire. Yikes. Have a painting party- enlist a bunch of friends to help you paint. They provide free labor and you provide the pizza and beer! 

Salvaging lumber to do all the framing.
Cost: Free
How you can do it: Check out local dumps for tossed lumber that is still in good shape. Scout out construction dumpsters for perfectly good lumber (just make sure the dumpster isn’t on private property- you don’t want to be paying any fines, or worse, be arrested for trespassing!). Visit local “re-stores” and see if they have any lumber that people donated. Browse your local online resources like Craigslist- you’d be surprised what people give away for free or for a minimal cost!

Finding free materials on Craigslist.
We found a nearly brand new Kohler toilet for free and just had to haul it home ourselves.
Cost: Free (except the minimal gas to and from pickup- don’t waste your time if you’re going to have to drive an hour away to get something. Stay local so it’s cost effective)
How you can do it: Again, scout the Free page on Craigslist. You have to be quick because the good stuff goes fast (sometimes within minutes of someone posting it!), but, you can find some amazing things for nothing at all. Also, post in the Wanted section on Craigslist or your local online “garage sale” sites. Check these sites DAILY and I can guarantee you’ll snag some great things.

Reusing fixtures.
When my parents and gramma built their homes, they ended up swapping out a few fixtures that they didn’t like. Instead of tossing or donating them, they saved them for a situation just like this! Now, we have BRAND NEW fixtures at no cost to us.
Cost: Free
How you can do it: Check out those “re-stores” and thrift stores again to find fixtures at crazy low prices. Look on Craigslist to see what people are giving away. You may need to spend a little time cleaning pieces up, but, it will be worth it when you aren’t spending hundreds of dollars on new fixtures. Don’t bother buying broken items with the intention of fixing them- you’ll never do it because you’ll have tons of other projects. Buy items that are in good condition that just need a little elbow grease to get them clean again.

Getting unused paint from friends/family.
My gramma bought a 5 gallon bucket of paint for her home and only used a couple gallons of it. It’s the same color we already have in our house, so, now we have 3 gallons of free paint to get us started.
Cost: Free for the first 3 gallons + the cost of however many gallons more we need
How you can do it: Ask around your local Home Depot, Lowes, or local paint store for gallons of paint that was either returned, never picked up, or was the wrong mix for someone. Some places will offer HUGE discounts on custom paints because they can’t just stock it back on the floor with everything else. Just make sure you don’t settle on an obnoxious color because it’s the only thing they have. Keep looking and if a family member or friend is doing some painting with a color you like, let them know you’d love to take any extra off their hands when they’re done.

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Buying discounted items from our local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
My mom and gramma found a great, brand new granite vanity counter-top with an under-mounted Kohler sink with hardware for a couple hundred bucks. It was a custom order from Lowe’s and the person ended up just donating instead of using it since they couldn’t return it. They also found a great mirror for under $40!
Cost: Under $300 for everything
How you can do it: Get familiar with your local re-stores and thrift stores. Ask about discounts too. I think some people feel weird asking for discounts because they think it will make them seem cheap. Well guess what!? If it saves you money, it’s worth it and who cares what anyone else thinks! They’re paying full price while you’re getting a percentage off ;) Our local re-store has a discount day where you spin a wheel and whatever it lands on, that’s the percentage you get to take off your entire purchase (my mom ended up getting 20% off!)

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Choosing good quality, yet, inexpensive flooring options
Cost: Dependent on your local options
How you can do it: Flooring is something that is a little harder to find used and in good condition. This will probably be something that you’ll have to purchase new. Your best bet is checking out local flooring stores and finding out what’s on sale or what you can get a discount for. You can still pick out a nice quality option without breaking the bank. In all honesty, if you are preparing to sell your home, choose a flooring that looks great and will attract a buyer, but, don’t feel like it needs to be the highest quality. If they want the highest quality option out there, let them spend the money after they purchase the home. Don’t make it your expense. 

Price match and search for the best prices
Cost: Dependent on the item you’re looking for and your local stores
How you can do it: For basic construction materials, most places are going to be pretty similar, if not exactly the same on prices. If you are military, you can get 10% off at Home Depot and Lowes so make sure you ask for the discount when checking out (you’ll need to show your ID). Keep an eye out for coupons too. For other items like fixtures, etc., check out the prices at all of your local stores. If one store is significantly cheaper, but, you want to purchase the item elsewhere along with some other supplies, see if the store of your choice will price match. Even though it takes a little more time and effort to check prices at multiple stores, it could save you a chunk of money in the long run. Just remember, make sure it’s cost effective- if the monetary difference is only a couple cents or a couple dollars, it probably isn’t worth it. 

Since we haven’t started our renovation yet, I can’t give you the exact dollar amount that we’re spending, because I have no idea what it will be! We’re aiming to stay under $5,000 which is a pretty conservative budget, but, I think we can do it! As we continue through the series and acquire more of our materials, I’ll be updating the cost.

One last tip…

Financing your renovation. If you take any tips away from this series, take this one- don’t sign up for the credit cards at the home improvement stores.

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Why you ask? The interest rates are ASTRONOMICAL and you will end up paying 3x+ the amount you wanted to for your renovation. If you must use a credit card, choose one with the lowest interest rate. If you must to take out a loan, find one with the lowest interest rate. Ideally, avoiding credit cards and loans is the best route, but, sometimes you need to go that route- just be as smart as you can about it. If you have a family member or friend who is willing to front you the money, take them up on it and set up a payment plan if needed. If you have a super flexible time frame to complete your project, slowly acquire your materials by putting aside extra cash each month so you can avoid credit, loans, or other debt. Instead of using that $4.00 a day for a latte, put it in a jar or a separate account and use it for materials. My husband and I were not fond of taking the money from my parents to do the downstairs, but, we both felt better about it since we know we will be able to pay them back in a couple months when our home sells.

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“Renovation on the Cheap” Series- Post #1

If you missed the story about our renovation, check out our first post below for the details!

 Household Renovation on the Cheap!


To kick off our first series post, we’re going to fill you in on the projects we are working on and planning on doing before listing our house on the market.

Our biggest tip so far is find a realtor you can TRUST and make sure you feel that they have YOUR best interest at heart. We love our realtor and she is not only an established and accomplished realtor, but, one of the most knowledgeable people I have met in regards to the real estate market in general! If you are in Northern Colorado and need a wonderful realtor, look up Jenny Kindsfather with Coldwell Banker and you will not be disappointed!

Now, the reason I started with the realtor point is for this reason:

Before you go all crazy with upgrades and remodeling your home to sell it, have your realtor come by and assess your property. Knowledgeable realtors know the market and will know what comparable homes are selling for along with what features they have. You, of course, want to make your home stand out among the rest, but, you don’t want to go overboard with upgrades and overprice your home. This will most likely turn into a situation of having to reduce your sale price and lose out on lots of money that you put into your home. You do not want to upgrade your home to the point of it being “too nice” for the area and not selling or becoming “stale” on the market.

Before we started on our bigger wishlist projects, we contacted our realtor and she pulled comps before even coming by our home. When she came over later in the week, she had already familiarized herself with other homes nearby that were for sale or had sold recently. She gave us solid input about our project list and what upgrades she felt were necessary and which ones she thought were unnecessary.

So, first rule of thumb- FIND A GREAT REALTOR WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING (even better if you get some solid recommendations from people you trust).


Now, onto our projects and timeline…

  1. Complete the lower level of our tri-level home which will include adding:
    • 2nd bathroom
    • Large 3rd bedroom or family room
      • Walk-in closet
    • Office/den space
      • Small closet
    • Enclosed laundry room
    • Storage closet
    • Plus, the givens such as painting and adding flooring
  2. Landscaping in front yard and backyard
    • Cut down a dying tree in the backyard
  3. Reinforce side fence
  4. Painting and adding shutters to the front of the house
  5. Possibly repainting the house and front door- we aren’t decided on this since our realtor didn’t feel it was necessary, but, we feel the house needs it!
  6. Touching up paint/filling holes on walls
  7. Replacing a piece of trim in the bathroom
  8. Swap out any fixtures that we are planning on taking with us to our next home

Ready for our timeline!?

You may think we are insane (maybe we are!), but, we are planning to start the renovation downstairs at the end of this month and have it completed by the first week of August (give or take a couple days).

Yep. Reading that definitely makes us look insane when we have a ridiculous list of things to do while balancing work and a rambunctious toddler who chooses not to nap lately. Oh. my. goodness.

So there you have it. A quick look into the projects we will be completing before listing our home and jumping into the madness of home showings while trying to keep a routine with your dog and toddler.


Next week, we’ll fill you in on how we are keeping the cost of these projects low, while some are even FREE. If you’re thinking of jumping in the same boat as us, you’ll want to check it out!

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