All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness Cleaning. We all have to do it and if you think about it, this is a constant activity in our lives. Whether we are personally the ones cleaning our homes or someone else is, the fact is, you have to use cleaners. Unfortunately, the cleaners most people have in their home are extremely toxic and dangerous to our health. If you think about how often cleaners are used in our home, you can get a good picture of … [Read more...]

Natural Oven Cleaner… Easy as 1, 2 & 3!!

It's a new year, which means new goals right?  Well, a HUGE goal I've had for a while now was to clean my oven. Boy or boy was it yucky and I have been using it almost a year without cleaning it, yes- I did just confess that.  You see, we bought our first house, a Log-home and moved in (in January of last year), got mostly unpacked, had a homebirth, started a new school year and got on with life. Time passed and I kept telling myself I'll do it later. Later came and went but while my … [Read more...]

A Healthy Approach to Hair Care {with a Natural Conditioner and Detangler Recipe}

Written by Kim, Contributing Writer I turned 45 this month and I’m a bit perplexed that it has taken me this long to discover the most effective (and natural and healthful!) way to take care of my hair. I literally feel like I have the healthiest hair of my life right now. Why bother with a healthy approach to hair care? There are many concerning chemicals in common hair care products (sitting on your scalp, being absorbed into your head and bloodstream, oh my. . .) Traditional shampoos … [Read more...]

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

Written by KT, Contributing Writer So in my family's quest live healthier, safer, and detoxified lifestyle... one remaining toxic filled product was hanging around my house... carpet deodorizer.  It's a guilty pleasure, love the fresh smell... but I got to wondering about what kind of fragrances were making that "linen fresh" scent.  There are lots of places to get information - but I like the summary here. With that said - I was off to create a (VERY simple), homemade carpet deodorizer. … [Read more...]

25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  I hope you'll join me over at Keeper of the Home where we're talking about an essential oil that you've probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners: tea tree oil.  Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that's both practical and convenient that you'll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils.  photo credit What is Tea Tree Oil?Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca … [Read more...]

Homemade Lemon Citrus Produce Wash {Natural, Fast & Easy}

Please join me over at Keeper of the Home for a homemade fruit & veggie spray. sneak peak: It's berry picking season and that means strawberry shortcakes, blueberry banana smoothies and berry jams & crisps but if you are like me, you make sure your fruits (and your veggies) get washed before you ever eat or make anything with them. Did you know that simply rinsing them under water does not get all of the contaminants like pesticides, bacteria or even other toxic chemicals off of … [Read more...]

Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent. Whew, just the word and it makes me crinkle my nose. Not only because it makes me think about the money people spend on it (including us a few of years ago) but also the smell. photo credit I used to love the smell; getting the clothes out of the dryer and smelling that clean and fresh smell or when I passed by a vent outside and I'd smell that "clean clothes" aroma coming out, I loved it. Now, now it is a different story! The smell gives me a headache … [Read more...]

9 Toxins to Remove from your Life

Please join me over at Keeper of the Home where you will find ways to make your life healthier! You'll learn about 9 toxins to remove from you life and alternative choices to make! sneak peak: photo credit With my husband being a doctor, I have learned and am constantly learning new information about things in our everyday life that are dangerous to our health and are making our bodies toxic. Although you might not know it, there are environmental, household, food and life factors that play … [Read more...]

Baking Soda Vinegar Scrub

I have heard the phrase "kids are always watching" numerous times in my life but I never really understood it until I had kids myself. Kids are like little sponges that soak everything up, whether it's good behavior or habits or bad, they learn from us. In that same sense that kids are always watching, us as adults are still watching and learning from our parents even though we might not even know we are. And yes, some are good things and some are bad! My Mom (Mamaw) with … [Read more...]


If you're like me, you don't really like to clean.However, we all know that cleaning is a fact of life and it has to get done. If I had to choose my favorite chore, I would choose cleaning the kitchen. Then next would be sweeping & vacuuming. My least favorite chores are the cleaning the bathrooms, mopping and I think the worst is laundry!! I would rather clean the kitchen for 3 hours than fold laundry for 3 hours, haha!Besides the fact that cleaning is just something that has to get done there … [Read more...]