Day #1 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

As single moms, we know how important it is to find cleaning products that are safe, effective, and don’t break the bank. But finding cleaning products that check off each of those boxes can be a challenge when shopping. Ingredient lists can be long, overwhelming, and full of dangerous chemicals. Definitely not something we want to bring into our homes! The good news is you can make many safe, effective alternatives to those same cleaning products using items you likely already have in your cupboard. By making your own natural cleaning products, you get to control the ingredients, ensuring that only the safest products are around you and your family, whether you’re spring cleaning or cleaning up a small spill. The best part? These DIY green cleaning products are easy to make and cost a fraction of the price of store-bought green solutions. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 natural cleaning products you can make at home with ease! Check out our first DIY Cleaning Product of our 7 Day Series!

DIY Bleach Alternative

Bleach is highly toxic and dangerous for kids, adults, and pets. But what other product gets those tough stains, softens clothes, and sanitizes as well as bleach? This DIY bleach alternative does just that, without any of the dangerous chemicals! Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. of citric acid (this is an optional ingredient. It naturally whitens clothes and helps to soften water. If you’ve got hard water, try it.)
  • Slightly less than 1 gallon of distilled water
  • 10-30 drops of lemon essential oil or another essential oil of your choice
  1. Pour all ingredients except water into a gallon jug. Swirl until citric acid is dissolved.
  2. Add distilled water to fill the jug.
  3. Use in place of bleach around the home and in the laundry room
NOTE: This product acts just like regular bleach. Before using it as a stain remover, be sure to test it on a small piece of fabric. About the Author: Linda Floyd Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Quick, Fun, Inexpensive DIY Picture Frame Project!

The creative bug bit me this weekend not to mention a bunch of mosquitos! But, I loved working on this DIY Picture Frame Project. I’ve had this picture for at least 15 years. I can’t even remember how it ended up in my hands, but it was time to lay it to rest. However, the frame still had a life so I decided to rehab it with a little paint, some twine, and a few of my favorite black/white photos to give it a new look. I love it! Here’s how it went down.


There’s the pic, so you get where I’m coming from? So here’s what you need:

  • An old frame
  • Twine
  • Spray Paint- I bought this white flat paint from Michaels for about $6.00
  • I was going to use shells for a summer theme but decided to use pictures, but I realized this later!
  • A piece of cardboard to put under the frame.


Remove the picture and make sure you clean off the frame to prep it for the paint. I suggest painting outside and putting the frame on top of an old piece of cardboard.



Now the fun part! Start spray painting! Most likely you will need a couple of coats depending on the size. I didn’t sand it down, but you can add that step before adding paint. It take about 10 minutes to dry, but I let it dry for about 30 minutes and reapplied a second coat and let it dry for another 30 minutes.

Then I added the twine. I simply used push pin tacks in the back and tied the twine around the head of the push pin and hammered it gently in.

I used some small black clothes clips and added old black and white photos I had of my grandparents. I was going to add the shells, but decided not to last minute. You can always switch it up and add emblems on the side.

Check out the Finished Product!


Fall Leaves In A Frame? Perfect!

I could stare at autumn leaves all day. I seriously can’t stop gazing at them, so I thought why not bring them indoors! One day after school Anya and I took a leisurely walk, talking and collecting leaves. Then we arranged the leaves into a rustic picture frame for a brand new autumn decoration for the house! It was simple, fun and didn’t cost a thing! This is a fun activity you can do with your kids that doesn’t take a lot of leg work.  All you have to do is collect some leaves and arrange them in a picture frame. Luckily, there is no shortage of leaves, so you  can have each of your kids create their own picture fram and display them in your house. You can also have everyone add their leaves to a large picture  frame and hang it up. I promise it will be a show stopper!  Bringing the indoors in is easy and pretty!


Fall Leaves in a Frame
Fall Leaves in a Frame