Thank God for…Vinegar?!
I’ve been reading up on frugal (OK, down right cheap) homemaking ideas in my quest to save, save, save. I am totally impressed with the 1001+ uses for Distilled White Vinegar!
So, are you ready for GROSS?! We had calcium built up on our facets (well water). I’ve learned to soak tissue in vinegar and wrap our facets over night. I did add a little cleaning toothbrush scrubbing at the end to remove chunks…I said it was gross.
Here’s the proof!
Just a few other uses for Baking Soda or White Vinegar:
-Baking soda on a damp sponge to clean and deodorized all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
– White Vinegar also breaks down uric acid. Use 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water for babies’ clothes and clothe diapers.
-Septic Care! That was VERY exciting for me to find out, since we live in the country and have a septic system. I’ve spent $7 per month on a septic additive to maintain the PH balance. According to ARM & HAMMER 1 cup per month will maintain the PH balance (not bad for a .44 cent box of the CHEAPEST baking soda)
-2 tsp of Baking Soda added to your sink dish detergent will help cut additional grease and grime.
Here are more household uses for vinegar.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY LIQUID DETERGENT-
Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
I finally made homemade laundry detergent. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. It’s funny how some things seem “hard” in our minds. I spent less than 20 minutes making a batch that yields 10 gallons. Annually I’ve been spending $120 on laundry detergent. What a savings! Also I have enough Borax and Washing Soda left for years to come. The batch I’ll make next year I’ll only need to buy the $1 bar of soap!
If you’d like more cleaning ideas here’s a post on Cleaning Schedules for Homeschool Families!
Creating Lego Lapbooks
The Lapbook looks like it’s in a sheet protector, however, you can still open it like a book!
Creating Get Well Cards & Making Meals For Those In Need
This week the boys made cards and dinner for a friend from church who is hurt. Jadin picked the blackberries and made the cobbler himself. It made me realize my boys need to cook more. For their writing assignment one day the boys also made Get Well cards. They both copied healing confessions from a book by Charles Capps.
Naomi Preschool Update
Naomi has completed A, B, and C in her lap n’ note. She’s also on a kick of drawing caterpillars. Mommies and babies of course, wink. This week she also learned how to play Candy Land. She says everyday “I love playing games with my mommy!”
Cooking for the Family
One morning Naomi helped me make “Hashbrown Casserole.” She had her own casserole dish and she was a “good little mother” following the directions. (Note the PJ’s, if it’s something I don’t have made in advance, I try to whip it up in the early morning)
Free Family Movie Night
We also went to a FREE outdoor showing of the movie UP! (tear jerker) in downtown one evening. We met friends and had a great fellowship time, minus me walking Gaby who was over stimulated for almost 2 hours.
|They played the movie on the stairs behind them.|
Colonial Read Aloud Update & Bible Reading This Week
We’ve continued in our Colonial read alouds, also our annual JesusFreaks collection of martyred stories. For our classic literature, we’ve been reading PeterPan this week. In an effort to get MORE of God’s Word into all of us we’ve been playing the Bible on DVD on the laptop in the kitchen during the day and meals.
I’ve been so thankful for the spirit led conversation it’s sparked every morning over breakfast. We’ve watched several end times movies and discussed God’s plan for us and this world in great detail. However, the boys have never read Revelation. Hearing it has been a great experience for them.
Jadin had his football physical this week. We also got him signed up for his 2nd year of tackle football and Zion is signed up for his 2nd year of flag football. Big practices start Monday! A blessing to us, the field is 5 minutes from our house with a very nice track around the field. I’m able to walk the stroller with friends and make it into a great fellowship time as well as a time to watch and support Jadin.
Momma on the Home Front
On the home front momma here, in my incredible nesting whirlwind, I reorganized our main bathroom/laundry room (Even the piles hidden under quilts…gone!) I finally got Naomi’s room cleaned and organized. She now has one giant tote for her small doll houses, Polly pockets, Barbie’s, Barbie clothes, doll house furniture, etc.
I also ordered our 1st batch of cloth diapers. I was lost in all the websites out there on cloth diapers. I wanted to do it the easiest way w/o diaper pins and plastic pants. I ended up going w/ an AIO (all-in-one) diaper for sizes 7 .lbs-35 .lbs w/ micro-fiber inserts. I got a great deal on 20AIO/20 Inserts ($82 w/ free shipping). I’ve read reviews, message boards, watched moms diaper opinions and demo’s on YouTube, whew…it’s been a crash course but I’m just glad to have made the order. I’m very excited for them to get here so I can start using them on Gabriel! If anyone is interested, here are some of the links of these cheap AIO’s that helped my choice. I may regret it, or like some of these mom’s, I may be VERY thankful for finding a wonderful alternative to the expensive $250 per 12 designer diapers. I’m believing for the latter.
(Here is where I ordered them directly from the seller and save an additional $12 off what she would have to charge as EBAY fees through her store.)
I already made a big load of reusable diaper wipes with directions I found online http://www.ehow.com/how_2073987_make-reusable-cloth-baby-wipes.html
My next adventure is going to be making homemade laundry detergent. 3 cents per load is exciting.
Baby #5 Update
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