Nature’s Nurture has a recipe for All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner that you can make at home.  
Anyone with wood laminate knows that they can smudge up quickly, so to have a home-remedy for an easy clean-up is like a dream come true!

 

We couldn’t wait to put this formula to the test on our dirty floors!

 

Please click here to visit Nature’s Nurture and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To find an easier way to clean our laminate floor, without the icky chemicals

 

Details:

  • We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerAlthough I wanted to use equal parts of water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol, I measured 1 c hot water, 1 c vinegar and about a 1/4 c of rubbing alcohol because 1 cup seemed entirely too much and I didn’t have enough anyway.
  • I used Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used hot water which seemed to give my floors a really nice clean. My thinking is that hot=disinfecting. Sounds good, right?!  Let’s go with it.
Be sure to gently shake your mixture as the Dawn sunk right to the bottom in a glob.
Spray generously and then mop away, baby!

Although the aroma wasn’t too bad, I will try adding in lavender oil next time.

Pros:

I love this because I didn’t have to go out and buy anything and the results are great

Cons:

Left a slight film on the floor but I realized that I used too much liquid soap.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Conclusion:

I tried this floor cleaner on a whim and really impressed with the results.

My laminate flooring is in the kitchen so it gets high traffic and it always looks dirty. I found that this cleaner was easy to make, easy to use and we have been spot free for at least 3 days and counting. Check back in a week – lol!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I have been searching for a spot cleaning spray for my laminate floors for ages.

Sometimes you just get an area with smudges but aren’t ready to clean the whole floor! I tested this on the area in between the bathroom and my children’s bedrooms. Serious traffic goes down here.

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

There really isn’t anything tricky about this!

I do suggest making sure you have a bottle with a little extra space so you can shake the ingredients together well.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Pros:

Seriously simple and extremely effective.

Cons:

The vinegar smell is pretty strong so you may want to up your drops of essential oils.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerConclusion:

I can’t wait to try this in bucket form and really clean up!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I love our laminate wood floors, love them!  My husband on the other hand has a really tough time with the smudges that you see, since they are a very dark brown shade. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the miracle cleaner that leaves us smudge-free for days!

Details:

I grabbed an All-Purpose Spray Bottle, a Funnel and got to mixing!

  • My dishwashing liquid of choice was Better Life’s Dish It Out.  Love that stuff!
  • I was well on my way to equally mixing 6 oz of each item, until I realized that I was an ounce short of the Rubbing Alcohol.  Thanks a lot Sharpie Tie-Dye!!  I added an extra ounce of water to get me to 18 oz.
  • I am a huge baby when it comes to the smell of vinegar.  I added 20 drops of Eucalyptus Oil, swished it around, gagged, and then added 10 more drops.  Blaghk!
  • I used a Microfiber Cloth, as recommended and tested out a small, high traffic area by hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Easy Peasy.  Just spray and wipe.

I do like to use a damp cloth to get more out of the product that I use.  I just rinse the cloth or microfiber pad and ring out in the sink before getting to work.

After re-reading the post, I nearly had a heart attack when I realized that I wasn’t supposed to use any essential oils if I had pets, which I do!  I quickly checked “Eucalyptus Oil” at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control site and learned that it is terrible for pets!  Ahhhg!!
All was well in the world after I went back over the area with my regular floor cleaner which I love.

Prior to my freak-out, the results were a little iffy to me.  This could be because I used a ton of essential oils and was short on my rubbing alcohol, or the fact that my floors are super dark and show everything.  The finish looked matte as opposed to shiny and new, and I could see streaks.  I don’t love that.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Pros:

Easy and inexpensive to make.

Cons:

 To be honest, rubbing alcohol doesn’t seem very “natural” to me; I feel much better using my current product which I already know that I trust.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Conclusion:

While this cleaner may be a great choice for those with lighter colored floors and less sensitive noses, I don’t think that it is for me.

Making it was totally easy, but the results didn’t trump my current cleaner’s.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: We just had new laminate kitchen floors installed. Finally! They were much awaited. It was time to find a great cleaner that would keep them shiny and not streaky.

 

Details:

  • We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerI followed the directions provided by Natures Nurture Blog but I cut the recipe in half. My floor space isn’t very big and I wanted to make sure I liked it first.
  • I didn’t have any citrus essential oils so I soaked some lemon peels in the vinegar for about 20 minutes.
  • I also used the fragrance oil I had on hand, “Island Orchard,” which I found at Pier 1 when we made the Baking Soda Air Fresheners.
  • I was nervous about harming my brand new floors so I first tried the cleaner on spare pieces we had left over.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely use a Microfiber Cloth as suggested. They tend to work best.

Pros:

It worked surprising well!

Cons:

Vinegar is a great cleaner, but my only gripe is the smell. Luckily it dissipates quickly.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerConclusion:

Overall I was impressed. I think I might get myself some orange essential oils for my next batch. I wasn’t too crazy about my Island Orchard fragrance oil mixed with the lemon. I might even test this one on my hardwoods.

 

 
We tried it - All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner!


The fabulous
All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner and photo by Nature’s Nurture

 


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Sick of the pastel pile on that is the current Bunny repertoire?

 

Oh Joy! has given the Easter egg-dying tradition a makeover with her {EVERYDAY PARTY} NEON DIP-DYED EGGS…

 

Please click here to visit Oh Joy! and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Make some fun, vibrant neon eggs…with going to the drugstore to get a PAAS kit.

 

 

Details:

I have to admit, I didn’t include my kids in making these. I didn’t have the patience.
I ended up using gel food coloring, instead of regular food coloring. 1 tsp of gel food coloring did the job. Just make sure you whisk it well.

  • ½ cup of hot tap water
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of gel food coloring

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t rush; make sure the eggs are dry and cool.

Definitely wear rubber gloves!

Clear Plastic 9-Ounce Party Cupswould be perfect for this project.

Sheri - Eggs 1

Pros:

Very, very easy to do and inexpensive.

Cons:

Feeling guilty for not including my kids.

In order to get a vibrant half-colored egg, you have to stand there and hold the egg straight up for quite a while.

Sheri - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be doing this again with my kids…when I don’t want my eggs looking picture perfect.

It was easy and inexpensive. Yes, it can be messy, but any kind of dyeing of Easter eggs is!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: Have some fun on an activity I haven’t done since I was a kid!

 

Details:

  • Bought a package of liquid Neon Food Color and the old school egg dying kit
  • Used a cake rack for drying
  • I didn’t have regular vinegar on hand so I used Apple Cider Vinegar

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Have patience…I failed at this!

Wear gloves, my hands looked a mess after! Be careful on anything you touched…the dye may stain (although then you could try out the Homemade Shout Stain Remover)!

Kristy - Eggs 1

Pros:

Fun and easy project! Can’t wait to do this once I have kids.

Loved the vibrant, neon colors and the vinegar is supposed to make it even brighter!

Cons:

If you are looking for perfection you must have patience!  I didn’t have patience to wait for a deep color or to let the eggs dry 15 minutes between dipping.

 Kristy - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

Definitely had fun with this project!  Mike joined me and was getting into the different colors!

Great project for kids…just be careful with the dyes!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To create some adorable Easter eggs with the kids.

 

Details:

First off, my son was beyond excited to try this – he had been asking to open the dye for days! So, once my youngest went down for her nap, we set up shop and got going.

  • fingerstainingI was able to find the PAAS Color Cupsand the neon food coloring easier than I expected and of course found them both at my second home, good ol’ Super Target. Seriously, I live at this place and sometimes more than I am at home. It is one of the few places I can take all three children and keep them contained as I shop.
  • After placing a paper bag on the table and taping it down with masking tape, I prepped the colors as specified. The neon food coloring I found was a four pack of purple, pink, teal and orange. The kids dunked their eggs all the way under for an all over color result while I tried unsuccessfully at making mine more mod with white space and such.
  • I hadn’t expected the neon dyes to stain – but should have read the label on the food coloring a bit further. My son put almost his entire hand into the teal dye and will have Smurf fingers for a few days.
  • When we were pleased with our dying job, we then set the eggs on a cookie rack over a muffin pan to dry.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow her directions and use rubber gloves if you want to avoid any staining of your hands. If I haven’t mentioned before, I am sometimes horrible at following directions to a “T”, and I grazed over this mention somehow! Oops!

Sarah - Eggs 1

Pros:

Beautiful and intense colors when finished – just gorgeous!

These bright colors make me so excited for spring and the Easter holiday.

Cons:

The food coloring will stain your fingers and clothes, so be prepared for that if you are working with wee ones.

I tried using the egg dipper at first, but it just wasn’t working well for me so I resorted to my hands…hence more staining.

Sarah - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

These don’t look like my momma’s Easter eggs! This project was such a fun spin on a tried and true tradition for this holiday. You must give this one a try! Plus, having fun colored hard-boiled eggs helps to get your kiddos to eat them up!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: To create beautiful vibrant Easter Eggs with a few household ingredients.

 

Details:

This was very easy to follow!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I happened to run into Easter egg dipping cups for $.99 at Menards. These cups were great for holding the vinegar, water and dyes and can be reused!

The original directions called for t-pins, foam and brown paper bags. I do not use any of these items. I covered my work surface with wax paper and used my cake drying rack. This worked perfectly!

Also, the longer you leave the egg in the dye mixture, the more vibrant your color will be. I left my eggs in the mixture for about 10 minutes max.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 1

Pros:

Very east to follow the directions. The eggs turned out vibrant and colorful.

Cons:

The dye mixture stains! Be sure to wear gloves and cover your work area. The tips of my fingers were purple for days.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I couldn’t be more pleased with how my eggs turned out. I love bright colors. It reminds me that Spring is on its way!

Although, my kids were desperate to get involved and help, I decided that this project was best left to the adults because of the staining factor.

Happy Easter!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Katie

Mission: Create Easter eggs in Spring’s hottest hues: NEON!!

 

 

Details:

  • Gather supplies, most of which I had at home: white vinegar, eggs, Neon Food Coloring, containers to place eggs in for dying, a drying rack, newspaper, and gloves to protect your fingers from becoming neon, too!
  • Boil the eggs, let cool and then get to dipping!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow suggested amount of dye…I used probably half as many drops as suggested and my neon colors were muted…but still pretty!

Martini glasses used to hold each dye color worked really well for this project!

Katie - Eggs 1

Pros:

Who doesn’t love dying eggs for Easter?

Cons:

NONE!

Katie - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

This childhood favorite is still fun! The possibilities are endless…let your creative juices flow!

 

 Neon Eggs Conclusion

 

The lovely NEON DIP-DYED EGGS and their photo by Oh Joy!


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Natural Weed Killer

Full of Great Ideas has shared her Natural Weed Killer concoction with us, assuring that we won’t grow a 3rd eyeball using it!

Always on the hunt for safe products to use around our kids and pets, we were eager to test this recipe out on our toughest lawn offenders!

 

Please click here to visit Full of Great Ideas and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  To put some weeds down with a safe solution.

 

 

Details:

  • So I used a slightly different source post when I made this weed killer but found my variation to also be effective. Instead of using pickling vinegar I ended up using cider vinegar.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I got a little frustrated at the speed of which the solution was dispensing out of my tiny spray bottle and decided to use the dumping method instead. It was very effective!

I also made only a quarter of a batch instead of a whole batch (1qt cider vinegar, 1/8 cup of salt and a couple squirts of Dawn dish soap).

I let the weed killer work its magic overnight before taking the “after” pics (which aren’t great considering my weeds really intermingle with a lot of other crap).

Pros:

Cheap, quick and it worked!

Cons:

STINKY!!!

Conclusion:

I think it might take a couple of douses before you could really get rid of the weeds but it definitely killed what I wanted and oddly didn’t kill the random grass growing in with the weeds in the rock bed. I will be trying this again for sure!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission:  To once and for all win the never-ending battle of weeds that invade my walkway, my gardens, and my yard like ants to a dropped Popsicle. I would have to spend a fortune on toxic weed killer to keep up with the crabgrass infestation that occurs every year. I was thrilled to see this recipe for weed killer using basic and inexpensive ingredients via Full of Great Ideas’ blog.

Details:

  • Only three ingredients: 1 gallon of vinegar, ½ a cup of salt, and a squeeze of dish soap.
  • Just combine and get spraying. Take that!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t just follow the instructions that are on the Pinterest Pin. Go to the site for the recipe. The site suggests using pickling vinegar because it is more acidic. Yeah, I screwed that up and used cider vinegar. I’m thinking my results might have been better had I read the instruction directly from the site. Grr.

Pros:

Inexpensive and easy to do.

Cons:

It didn’t work too well and it stinks to high heaven. I could smell it from my second floor window. I had to shut the window and light a candle.

Conclusion:

I was super disappointed in this one and now I want to try it again using pickling vinegar. I can see that it started to wilt the dreaded crabgrass, but it didn’t kill it. The major drawback for me was the stench, but at least it’s outside, rather than inside. I guess I’ll go back to blistered fingers. I’m admitting defeat.

 

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Mandy

Mission:  Kill those nasty devils hanging out all over my yard!

 

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written except for using pickling vinegar. The regular vinegar worked so well in the Soap Scum Killa recipe that I thought I’d give it a shot. (Plus, a girl gets lazy after work sometimes and just doesn’t want to run another errand.)

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Ok, so follow the recipe and use pickling vinegar. It so didn’t work!! Retry.

Pros:

If this really works – so easy, cheap and quick!

Cons:

I really can’t handle the smell of vinegar. Pew!! After I put it on the weeds, I could practically smell it from down the road.

Conclusion:

Do it right and you’ll hopefully give those weeds a fight!

 

 

 

The lovely Natural Weed Killer ingredients photo taken by Full of Great Ideas


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Soap Scum Killa

Life, Crafts & Whatever says that vinegar + Dawn dish soap = Soap Scum Killa!

The gals of The Crafty Collaborative don’t like soap scum, so we tried it out for ourselves!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Mandy

Mission:  To clean my dirty *ss shower and love it in a lazy girl kinda way.

 

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Buy a funnel! I measured out the vinegar (in a cup with no spout) and had to use way too many cups to try to get it in the spray bottle. Also, make sure you take a towel to do some light “scrubbing”. It isn’t just a spray and rinse cleanser. However, it didn’t take much elbow grease to get it looking fabulous.

Pros:

Seriously love this stuff! Will never go back to store-bought cleanser. I was really amazed at how easy it was to make and use it. Plus, it’s inexpensive. Check out my before (ok, I know what you’re thinking… who is this gross girl that never cleans her shower?!) and after photos. I’ve never seen my shower this sparklingly beautiful!

Cons:

It did make me cough quite a bit when I sprayed it. Not sure why as I didn’t think the vinegar smelled that horribly strong but I do have a stuffy nose from allergies. I would suggest ventilating the room that you’re using it in.

 

Conclusion:

Love it! Feel like my life just changed a little bit…

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission:  Will a mixture of vinegar and blue Dawn remove what I have neglected to clean for years?  Yes, that’s right.  I haven’t cleaned my shower in FOREVER, and I recently learned that my husband wasn’t doing it either.  Gross.

I have but one excuse, and that is that I am damn near blind without my contacts or glasses and I cannot see how disgusting our shower is when I’m in it.

Details:

  • Tub/Shower – fiberglass insert

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used this little Chinese Star shaped sponge… it was awesome.  It’s the Nook & Cranny Scrubber from Scotch Brite.  Of course I love everything 3M – a.) they’re geniuses and b.) I’m a Minnesota gal!

Pros:

Holy crap – It worked!  This concoction tore through the nastiness with little scrubbing!

Cons:

I gagged the entire time.  Laugh it up.  Then afterwards, I could still smell vinegar and I wanted to die.  All I could think about was our realtor killing me since our house was hitting the market that day.  I ended up using some Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Countertop Spray to counteract the smell.  Worked like a charm.

 

Conclusion:

This stuff worked really well – but stunk to high hell!  If you cannot smell or are without a sensitive gag reflex, then this is the perfect soap scum cleaner for you!  I’ll use it again!

 

 

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To bust some serious soap scum a$$!

 

 

Details:

I opted to test this out on my grimy sink and crusty stove top instead because I didn’t have a shower worth cleaning let alone taking a picture of! (bathrooms are both under permanent reno)

I let the solution sit on the sink for 15 minutes and the stove for 20.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

There isn’t really any way to mess this one up but I can see how heat makes the mix more effective and would suggest re-heating for really tough dirt or grease.

Pros:

This smelled clean and made everything shine.

Cons:

It took some time to get it rinsed off. That part was kind of irritating.

Conclusion:

All in all this is a simple and effective cleaner that is as cheap as they come (don’t know the exact price but I would guess .25 for the entire bottle of cleaner and I only used maybe an 1/8 of it on the two surfaces – maybe less). I loved the way it cleaned my ceramic cooktop so much that I plan to ditch my fussy cream and go with this simple spray instead!

 

 

Soap Scum Killa ingredients shot by Life, Crafts & Whatever


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