Couple weeks ago, Tumblr introduced me to a natural, cheap, almost odorless, hypoallergenic, and sustainable cleaning agent called soapnuts (or soapberries)! The dried husk/shell of this fruit contains resin that is high in saponins, a naturally occurring chemical compound that reduces the surface tension of water so that it can penetrate and dislodge the solid/other liquid more effectively. Extraction of the active ingredient only requires that soap nuts be agitated in warm water; a lot of lathery foam will form. I’ve tested soap nuts as a

  • laundry detergent
  • body and hair cleanser
  • fruit/veggie and dishwashing cleanser
  • insecticide for my indoor plants

So far so good, although not fond of using it as a body cleanser; it’s too awkward to apply IMO. There are plenty of other uses, but I think this would be a particularly excellent ecofriendly way to bring along a camping trip to clean your wares.

To my gardeners: Trust me, I checked every pod. No leftover seeds, otherwise I would definitely plant a soap nut tree!

Clean the Grill with Lemon Salt Scrub 

It’s time for a new season of tasty outdoor cooking! This citrus cleaner will help you get the grill in top shape for your first cookout of the year, and for all those to come throughout the summer. The lemon juice and salt work together to cut grease and scrub away grime.

1 tablespoon fine ground sea salt
Juice of 2 Paramount Citrus lemons


1. Stir together the lemon juice and salt in a small dish.

2. Use a rag to apply the cleaner to the grill grate. Rub the cleaner over the grate with the rag or a grill brush. Scrub well and rinse with warm water.

How to: Unclog a Drain w/o Harsh Chemicals

If you’re a natural chica like me or just happen to have a lot of hair, you may have experienced a clogged drain or two after shampooing in your shower…

Yup.  It sucks.

Well, I had this issue earlier in the week and since I (1) don’t like to spend money and (2) don’t like harsh chemicals I decided to find an alternative method. All you need is  baking soda to do the trick alone; here’s how I did it:

1. I mixed a whole box of Arm & Hammer baking soda with hot water to make a thick paste.

2. I poured the paste mixture into my drain and let it sit for 30 minutes.   into my drain.

3. After 30 minutes I ran HOT water to clear the drain of the paste.

Voila! The water ran clearly with no water build-up.




If you are looking for a great natural cleaner, this is an easy recipe, and works wonders, honestly it does.

Vinegar, orange peels. Place orange peels in a glass jar, cover with distilled vinegar. Let sit a week or two. Remove peels. 

Eats through built up grime/fats/mold like there is no tomorrow.

There was some mineral build up in the bottom of the toilet bowl that bleach didn’t get and this stuff did.

Feeling really motivated right now to make natural house cleaners. I hate the smell of vinegar but it’s better than inhaling bleach. Every couple of weeks I get really motivated to do this but never follow through, other than scrubbing the grout in my shower with baking soda. This time I am going to do it! I am!

Also, I am so close to calling housing about the neighbor’s dogs. Ever since we moved in they have had noisy dogs, and they trade them in every couple of months for new noisy dogs. They never do anything about it either. I don’t understand how you can sit in your house and somehow ignore your dog crying over the thunderstorm for half an hour straight. To me, that is neglect. I really can’t imagine letting Koji cry/bark for that long or longer. It makes me really annoyed and sad. 

Dirty Secret Update!

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a new habit I had started.

I decided to give up using shampoo.

So now it’s about fifteen weeks since I started this habit.

I thought it would be good to do an update.

Taking selfies of your own hair is pretty tricky.

But here’s the highlights! ( comedy) I thought I should just comment about all the things I’ve noticed so far.

1. According to the local…

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Problem: There are ugly black spots on my shower curtain. I have a bathroom that has poor…

Problem: There are ugly black spots on my shower curtain.

I have a bathroom that has poor ventilation and sometimes, even with the exhaust fan running during showers and regular cleanings, these black ickies appear.

I’ve tried the lazy way…just throwing the curtain in the washer, adding vinegar and hoping for the best…oddly enough, that didn’t remove the spots.

Today, I’m gonna step my game up. 

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Natural Cleaning Products

Store-bought household cleaning products are full of nasty chemicals that can cause allergies, irritate the skin and are poisonous if accidentally swallowed by small children.

They’re also bad for the environment as some chemicals can get into the water supply and are toxic to wildlife, and buying a new bottle of furniture polish or kitchen surface cleaner every time you run out just adds to the mountain of non-biodegradable plastic in landfill.

The household cleaners page on ethical and environmental site The Good Guide illustrates just how damaging some commercial products are.

I’ve made it my mission to get back to basics and as my current store of bought household cleaning products run out, I’m replacing them with homemade, non-toxic alternatives. Making your own products also costs loads less then buying commercial products so what’s not to like?

Re-Run: Wet and Stinky!

Re-Run: Wet and Stinky!

One day each weekend, I’ll be posting a Re-Run, which is a past post I think you guys will enjoy or a memory which means a lot to us. It also gives me a way to post and share while enjoying that day with my family, making new memories to share! Have a happy weekend!

You can smell it when you enter the room. It smells rotten, and spoiled….almost like 3 day old milk left in a sippy. It’s sour and…

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