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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes


I ran out of my homemade cleaner the other day and found this recipe.  Since I had almost all the ingredients, I thought I would try this out.  I liked that I could use my essential oils, and that it is disinfecting!  And, Have I ever mentioned…I love the smell of essential oils!?! Added bonus: it’s inexpensive to make!!!


  • old baby wipes container or sealable plastic container
  • white vinegar
  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil
  • castile soap
  • old t-shirts cut up I used 5
  • water


  • Put cloth into wipes container or plastic container with lid.  Just about anything with a lid will work.


  • 2 cups of water
  • a big squirt of castile soap (mine was castile soap and lavender oil)
  • 1/2 c. of vinegar
  • 6-8 drops tea tree oil and
  • You can also add 6-8 drops of lavender oil if you wish (my castile soap was infused with lavender so I only added 3 drops)
  • Pour liquid mixture over cloth

Voila!  When you are done wiping down counters, or toilets, or whatever, simply throw these in the wash with your clothes, and make a new batch!  I keep my wipes on the kitchen counter so they are handy to grab!

Decluttering…One Bag At A Time!


Needless to say, when you have 7 people living in a 3 bedroom home…there will be clutter.  You can call us the Clutter Family.  I like to call myself frugal, and with that disease also comes the clutter bug.  If you have found yourself saying the following…you might have a clutter bug too!

  • Oh, I could use that for…(insert ANYTHING!)
  • I might need that one day.
  • You could make (anything) with that.
  • Oh, they are FREE, I’ll take 20!
  • I was planning on using this.
  • This would make a great gift.
  • Only 50 cents…get out of my way.
  • We could put it in the storage unit.
  • I just need to get more organized!

The truth is you can’t organize yourself out of clutter.  There is NO Way!  I have tried it!  I have just come to a point in my life that I am tired of cleaning stuff and finding room for things!  These things are material and don’t matter to me!  My children and my sanity do matter, however and I am CLEANING HOUSE!

A busy homeschooling mom of 5 little ones barley has time to take a shower, so how am I doing this you ask?  ONE TRASH BAG AT A TIME!  Each day my goal is to at least get rid of one trash bag full of needless things!  I have at most gotten rid of 12 bags, but even on the busiest day I can manage one.  Since beginning this venture I have rid our home of around 40 bags of “clutter”.  Some made it to our yard sale stash, but most went to the burning barrel.  My motto has been burn now, think later!  So far absolutely nothing has been missed………..and the real shocker…………I can keep the house clean!!!!   Getting all the laundry put away, that is another issue! 

I encourage you to the BAG A DAY challenge!  Buy a box of 80 trashbags, and don’t stop until you have used them ALL!

“I work for a King. He has put me in charge of his home. When He comes to see how I have managed His possessions and His children, I do not want to be found wanting. I want to do my best. Everything I have is on loan from Him. I have room and board and a job to do, but it is all for Him. Therefore I want to dress my best and do my best in all my work. I also want to be creative, for this is a sincere attempt to glorify Him and His beautiful creation. How I manage my home is a form of worship to Him.” –Lydia Sherman


The Clean-up Game


Kids never like to clean up…unless it is fun that is!  They have had a big time here lately since we have made a game out of it! Big families make big messes, but many hands make light work!

Here is what you need to make your Game Piece:

  • One larger tin can and smaller tin cans for however manky kids you have
  • Spray paint  & ribbon to match your home decor
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Permanent marker
  • (optional) mini clothes pins

First, clean and dry jars them spray paint them.  I added some texture with 2 colors of paint.

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After they dry, bring them in and glue them together.

Tie a coordinating ribbon around it.


Finish it off by adding the kids names to the little jars.  (you can simply write their names on the jars, I just thought the clothespins looked cute)

Next, think of all the chores you need done on a daily basis and write them on the Popsicle sticks and put them in the middle can.

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Each kid draws a stick, and puts it in their jar…then they go complete the task.  As they finish the chore they draw another stick and repeat the process.  After all sticks are drawn Momma can look to see if each job was completed proficiently and praise each child as they are checking together.  The person who completed the most tasks gets a reward. We have them put their name in our CAUGHT BIENG GOOD jar for their reward!



Kitchen Clean Up Hints

To clean a blender…fill it part way with water, add a drop of detergent; cover and turn it on for a few seconds, rinse and drain dry.

Scorched pan…fill the pan halfway with water and 1/4 cup of baking soda, boil untill burned portions loosen and float to the top.

Using a double boiler…add a few marbles or a canning jar lid to the bottom pot of water, when the water gets low it will rattle, so you can add more water before scorching your pan.

To remove lime deposits from tea kettles, fill with equal parts vinegar and water, bring to a boil and let it stand overnight.

To clean that stuck on food in a casserole dish, fill it with boiling water and add 2 tbsp of salt or baking soda.

Before washing fine china or crystal…put a towel in the bottom of the sink first.

To Clear a sink basin or drain…pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain…let the mixture foam, then add hot water.

When a drain is clogged with grease…pour a cup of salt, a cup of baking soda and follow with a kettle of boiling water down the drain.

When baking fruit pies, does your juice runneth over?  Shake salt on the spills.  They will burn to a crisp and can easily be scraped off.

Grease spatters and dried food on the stove can easily be cleaned  by sprinkling dry baking soda on the spots and rubbing them with a damp cloth.  Rinse with clear water, then dry.

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Cloth Baby Wipes

There are lots of uses for cloth baby wipes if you have children.  Even if you don’t use cloth diapers you can put these on the table to clean those messy hands and faces before the kids get up.  Cloth wipes are very economical and save our family at least $5 a week.  I bought 36 terrycloth wash rags for $7.50 and can use them over and over and launder them with our cloth diapers.  (One small load of laundry a day)  Our other wipes were close to $10 and we had to buy a box every 2 weeks.  You do the math!


  • 2 cups of heated water
  • 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo or wash of your choice (I use Johnson’s bedtime, it smells like lavender)
  • 1 tablespoon of baby oil (I use Johnson’s with aloe vera & vitamin e)
  • a container with a good lid
  • wash rags


  1. Fold rags and put them in your container.
  2. Mix baby wash and oil with warmed water.
  3. Pour mixture over rags.
  4. Check to see if all your rags are wet, if they are not you can add more water.

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