How to be a Stain-Fighting Ninja w/ Stain Removal Recipe

As I mentioned last post, I am working on my own laundry stain remover….sorry, this is not going to be THAT post.  THAT post…still coming.  In the meantime, here is the recipe that I am basing my recipe off of.  You know how when something is so awesome and works so well you kind of don’t even want to mess with it?  Yeah, that’s where I am right now.


  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap (original)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (optional-this is more to really work it into the clothes when you are scrubbing-I like it in mine)


This works SO well-you wouldn’t even believe.  Unless you’ve tried it-then you would definitely believe. Just apply the stain treatment directly to the stain, agitate (aka rub it in) and wait an hour or two before washing.

A few additional tips that will really help you earn your ninja stars:

  • Sometimes a really tough stain will keep a couple of treatments-keep working at it!
  • If the stain doesn’t come out the first time, DON’T run it through the dryer!  This will make the stain set in more, and make your job a lot harder.
  • Something else to try: spray the stain with straight-up vinegar and leave it to sit out in the sun for a couple of hours.  Then wash as normal.  NOTE: Do NOT wash with chlorine bleach after spraying with vinegar as this will create toxic fumes.  Yeah…so don’t do that.  Also, do not spray with hydrogen peroxide and leave out in the sun-unless you want to irreversibly bleach your clothes.

ADDED BONUS: This concoction also works wonders on your tub! Just apply directly to your tub or anywhere you are wanting to clean grout, let sit for 1 minute, scrub (barely)…and not only will all traces of dirt be removed, but your tub will SPARKLE.  I kid you not.

The only part I really struggle with in this recipe is the Dawn.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still WAY better than any chemical stain remover you will buy in the store (less toxic and works better).  But still, I am working on a stain remover using castile soap which has NO questionable ingredients-however, it’s still in the testing stages.

To be continued…



The times, they are a changing…and so am I

In this past year, I have changed the way I do, well…pretty much everything.  I have changed the way my family and I eat, I have changed the way I clean, I have changed HOW I shop (I now go with a list-this is huge for me!), I have even changed the way I fertilize the lawn (no more synthetic fertilizers!).  With all these changes, one of my goals is to set up a daily household chore list to break chores up over the course of the week.  The outcome will hopefully be a much cleaner house!  I cleaned out all my vents today (something I am sorry to admit that I have not done since we moved in last year).  WOW.  I will leave it at that.  If this is not something you do on a somewhat-regular basis I recommend you start because the vents are apparently where dust particles go on vacation. The Las Vegas of dust, if you will.  (And just like the casinos, sometimes patrons have to be forcefully removed.)

So where was I?  Oh yes, my list.  I compiled a list, borrowing from a few other sites and adding in additional chores to customize it to my cleaning needs.


There it is, for your viewing pleasure.  I keep feeling like I am forgetting something?  Oh well, I will keep cleaning and the area I have forgotten will make itself known eventually, right?

Also, my other project is to learn how to do hair!  As the mother of two daughters, this is something I should know how to do!  Admittedly, this is not the area of life where I shine.  In fact, I am somewhat horrible at this.  My repertoire includes the ponytail, a sloppily done French braid, pigtails, and inverted ponytails.  That’s pretty much it.  I am hoping to expand this to 1) Have some cute go-to hairstyles when fixing my daughters’ hair, and 2) be able to do some cute things to my hair so it doesn’t just lie there all flat and motionless (I have really thin hair in case you are doesn’t do much when left to its own devices).

So I have started 30 days of Hair!  My first post will be tomorrow..using various tutorials found on Facebook and Pinterest, for the next month I will try a different hairstyle on myself and my girls every day.  You will get to see the Pinterest/Facebook version (how the hair is supposed to look), and my version (hopefully they are pretty similar, but we shall see)…

Signing off until tomorrow..


PS To add on to the Natural Cleaning theme of the previous post, I have found a natural cleaner that I LOVE (so far)!  It’s called Branch Basics, and it’s all natural.  No synthetics, dyes, fragrances, etc.-it’s completely plant based.  I am going to try to do my laundry with it as we speak.  I’ll let you know how that turns out..

When life hands you lemons…you make natural, non-harsh-chemical cleaners with them… :)

Ok, ok, so I know that it has been awhile…but I have one kinda’-lengthy and super eclectic post (read-I talk about a lot of unrelated topics) to make up for it!  This is what I have been doing for the last two weeks while I have not, ahem, been posting to my blog…

1) I took my son to the emergency room because of respiratory distress, boo!  He was okay, but we are still dealing with issues due to what the doctors now believe is asthma.  My husband had this as a kid, so he was all over the situation (in a good way).  The staff at the hospital were great, too…we were seen right away (which in an Emergency room setting, is saying something).

Four hours later we were discharged.  They sent us home with a cute frog nebulizer, with directions to use as needed.

CREEPY SIDE NOTE: When I left the emergency room at 3:30 am, the car parked beside me had the driver’s door open.  No one was around.  It was super eerie.  I ended up calling it in to security after Mateo and I were safely in the car with the doors locked.  That parking a lot is scary enough to begin with, with no cameras or security.

OK, so back to my son and his nebulizer.  I was grateful that they sent us home with the thing, because this wheeziness and shortness of breath has been an issue with him since birth.  However, I also read how over time albuterol can be harmful, so I began to research alternatives to the nebulizer.  (*Remember, I am a nerd.  I research things.  A. Lot.)  I found some super helpful articles, which suggested keeping a journal to find the triggers, using essential oils, different herbs….and cutting out chemicals as people with asthma are typically more chemically sensitive.  (Which is already important to us, and why we switched over to a no-processed foods diet.)

So after we began to eat healthier, it kinda’ made me want to get healthier in other areas, as well (funny how that works)…and this asthma episode with my son was the final push I needed to get rid of ALL of the harsh chemical cleaners in our house.  I had already gotten rid of most of them, but there were a few that still lingered on..yeah, solved that problem now.

2) I have been researching natural cleaning recipes and getting rid of harsh-chemical cleaners in a half-crazed spring cleaning frenzy.  So far I have found really good recipes for all-purpose cleaner (or use this one, there are a lot of diy all-purpose cleaners out there!), dusting, glass cleaner, floor cleaner and even diy-sanitizing wipes.  Oh, and you have to check out the BEST DIY sanitizer!  (If you want the recipe, just follow the link.  One side note…the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar CANNOT be mixed in the same bottle.  They each must have their own separate bottle.  When they are mixed together in the same bottle they create a toxic gas.  I just put a spray nozzle from a cleaning bottle right on the hydrogen peroxide bottle and it fit perfectly!)  Also, I have been dabbling with cleaning with essential oils, as I have been intrigued by the many great things I have heard about them!

green cleaning

3) I have been researching essential oils and their many uses/benefits.  Right now I am most interested in their cleaning powers and in conjunction with treating my son’s asthma.  (Side note: I am aware that my son still may need nebulizer treatments, I am just trying to do some preventive care so we can lessen the need for the treatments-if not altogether eliminate it.)  When my husband was younger and suffered from asthma attacks, he was given donkey’s milk as a home-remedy.  As I don’t have any of that readily available, I figured essential oils may be the next best thing available. 😛

essential oils

One of my good long-time friends, Danielle, was telling me about all the ways she used essential oils, and it intrigued me to find out more.  She has even ingested them as a DIY allergy shot…I had previously not known you could do that!  She said it worked, but it tasted nasty and only lasted about four hours…

4) I have been transplanting plants.   I ran out of containers and so some of them are in milk cartons, some of them are in plastic cups, some are in planters…one is even in a coconut oil jar.  It’s like they live in their own little hobo-plant-village (pictures to come).  I don’t know if the broccoli are going to make it.  They have grown spindly, and I put waaaay to many seeds in a cell.  I wish I could blame it all on my kids, but that was me trying to go too fast.

5) We celebrated my son’s first birthday!   We had a small family get-together, which was sooooo nice.  I remember when my oldest daughter turned one, we had a huge party and invited everyone we knew.  That doesn’t even sound appealing anymore.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and family.  But there is something to be said for the small, intimate get-together with LIMITED CLEAN UP!  I made him a whole-wheat carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting that was a hit (and pretty darn healthy to boot).


6)  I have been dreaming of outdoor adventures.  Since moving back from Peru, my husband and I’s travels have been limited, much to my chagrin.  Prior to living in Peru, I was based out of Colorado for almost six years where I was a snowboard instructor and outdoor trip leader.  Oh, and I occasionally attended college.  (Hey, I DID finally complete all my coursework to get my degree…in Recreation/Outdoor Leadership. Seriously.)  Suffice it to say I like to get outdoors and I like to travel.

So I have been tentatively researching national and state parks that are relatively close where we could possibly have a camping adventure with the kids…

7) I found an awesome gently used-clothes website where you can get designer labels for super marked down prices!  I stumbled over Schoola, and placed my first order yesterday.  If you want to check it out, just click here.

8) I actually watched the Dr. Oz show for the first time.  I wanted to see him “defend himself against his critics“, in his own words.  Plus, I was stoked to hear he is in favor of GMO-labeling.

These are just SOME of the reasons I have been so lax about my blogging.  Don’t even get me started on that time-black hole Pinterest…