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.…

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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This homemade vanilla extract recipe not only works well for cooking with but also makes a great gift idea! When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the…

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 money…

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 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…
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 own…

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…

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…

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…