All-Natural DIY Drano: Safe and Effective Toilet Declogger

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano recipe really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick two different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no pun intended.) Let…

How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

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When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It's a battle of…

Healthy Living Small Step #10: Switch to an All-Natural Laundry Detergent

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As we've journeyed through our 10 Small Steps Towards Healthy Living Series (start here if you are just joining), there have likely been steps that you chosen to skip over. Some require a bit more…

Healthy Living Small Step #6: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Making your own household cleaner really is super easy. You can not only save money but also avoid any extra chemicals…

DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

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This DIY, natural cleaning spray is a great way I've been using my essential oils for cleaning. Just like the carpet/room freshener  I previously shared about, I love the simplicity of what is in the…

DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I'm kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place…
6 Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Your Home

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Chemicals In Your Home (+ Win $79 Worth of Young Living Products-EXPIRED)

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Sponsored post by Essential Oil Living. The following information in this post has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. Six years ago, when my son was…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. "Let's make soap!" one of them suggested. What?! Jessica…

All Natural Orange Vinegar and Orange Peel Household Cleaner

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A long time ago, before we even started Thriving Home, Rachel recruited me to make some DIY All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray. This was the first time that I saw how cheap and easy it was to make your…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

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If you've ever been stung by a wasp, you won't forget it. They put a healthy fear in you that results in a lifelong avoidance. Well, children don't have the luxury of life experience and in this case,…

10 Easy DIY All-Natural Household Products

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My son was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 20 months of age. It was terrifying, especially when we had no family history at all. So, I did what I'm guessing many terrified mothers who feel out of control…

Recipe for Christmas Tree Water

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I was reminded this week how much I love a REAL Christmas tree. Imperfect? Yep. Messy? Yep. A hassle? You bet. Worth it? Yes. The scent of a cedar tree in your house is unlike any other. The smell…
DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

DIY Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

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With six little grimmy hands running around my house, our stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher get embarrassingly nasty. Fingerprints are everywhere! Want to see? And these pictures…

Easy DIY Fruit Fly Traps

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My kitchen is overrun with fruit flies this time of year. They buzz around our bananas, land in my wine, and I even got one stuck down in my ear one time! They drive me nuts! Here are two, DIY methods…
DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer…
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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Making homemade laundry detergent is easier than you might think. You'll save so much money and know that you're using a safe option for your family.
non-toxic foaming hand soap recipe

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

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Seriously...why did I wait so long to do this?  For years I've either been buying way over-priced safe hand soap or cheap unsafe soap.  Those days are over. This past weekend, I used three simple ingredients…

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

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In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we've  become official wannabe hippie pioneer women.  Well, at least I like to think I am.  Polly, have you been converted yet? Below is…