Going Green

Cleaning With Vinegar… Without the Smell!

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2016 | 22 comments
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Over the last 5+ years, I have really embraced the cleaning power of vinegar — plain white vinegar. Not only is it extremely inexpensive, it’s also SO versatile — it can practically clean anything!

Today, I’m back with another vinegar-cleaning tip… and it might just offer those of you who don’t love the smell of vinegar a less-smelly alternative!

10 Ways We Save MORE By Using LESS

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2016 | 69 comments
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I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.

I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…

What I Do When the Sniffles Strike

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2015 | 28 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough runny and stuffy noses over the past 4 years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing a little more about what I do when the sniffles strike… as well as some of my favorite cold and cough remedies for kids.

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

Free Yes To Hand Cream + $10 off ePantry Offer

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2015 | 9 comments

Last month, I shared that one of my current favorite things is the Yes To Intense Repair Hand Cream — the stuff is amazing!

So obviously, I was excited when ePantry.com asked if I wanted to offer my readers a FREE Yes To Hand Cream plus $10 off plus free shipping! Keep reading to learn how to get this special time-sensitive offer!!

My Baking Soda Beauty Routine

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2015 | 9 comments
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This time of year, I always rekindle my friendship with my box of baking soda. Not for baking, or cleaning, or freshening — although those are all excellent uses for baking soda.

I use baking soda to soften my skin, to soothe my hands, to scrub my face, and, in general, to simplify my beauty routine!

Baby Week Giveaway #3: LaundryTree SoapNuts

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 11 comments
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Laundry is a never-ending chore for most families — especially families with lots of little kiddos.

However, with LaundryTree’s SoapNuts, you can make laundry just a bit simpler, and bit easier, and a whole lot nicer on the environment!

An Update On My Homemade Face Wash

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2013 | 59 comments
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It’s been over 2.5 years since I first posted about my homemade face wash — and honestly, I still get questions almost every single week asking if I really use and love this oil cleansing method as much as I claim to.

The answer is YES! And today, I’m sharing more about why Dave and I both love this homemade face wash.

Natural Pest Control

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2013 | 30 comments
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We’re fortunate that we have an acre yard for Nora to explore and play — and a super long asphalt driveway for fun with scooters and sidewalk chalk. However, something we don’t like about being outside are all the bugs.

I’ve been on the lookout for natural ways to control these pests, and I’m sharing a bunch of those remedies, tips, ideas, and resources today!

4 DIY Stainless Steel Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2013 | 13 comments
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Before I had stainless steel appliances, I was ALWAYS told how difficult they were to keep clean — and how expensive the cleaning products were. I was unsure if I’d be able to find a more frugal cleaning alternative… but I had to at least try.

After a little research, I found 4 different DIY stainless steel cleaners you most likely already have in your home!

I Cleaned My Shower Fixtures… with Lemons!

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2013 | 14 comments

As I searched the internet for ideas to quickly and easily clean the hard water spots on our chrome shower fixtures, I stumbled upon a genius idea that will save me hours and hours of cleaning in the future — LEMONS!

Lemons are a frugal way to naturally clean and disinfect so many areas of your home — and today, I’m sharing how I clean my shower fixtures (and a few other things) with lemons.

Weekend Giveaway: AgainBags Reusable Lunch and Snack Bags

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2012 | 453 comments
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If you’d like to cut back on your consumption of plastic sandwich and snack bags, I have the perfect product for you!

I recently came across AgainBags — a company who specializes in hand-made, reusable lunch and snack bags that lead-free, phthalate-free, BPA-free, AND they come in fabulous colors and patterns… oh yeah, and I’m giving some away for free today!

Different Uses for Sample-Size Products

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2012 | 13 comments
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Over the years, I’ve been known to stock-up on sample-size products. I just love the small sizes… and the fact that I get all of them completely free!

Last week I showed you how I created free first aid kits for our vehicles using sample-size products; however, a first aid kit isn’t the only use for sample-size products.

Weekend Giveaway: LaundryTree SoapNuts {10 winners}

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2012 | 440 comments
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I’ve talked about Laundry Tree’s SoapNuts many times on my blog, but that’s because I’ve been using SoapNuts for over a year now… and I REALLY love them!

SoapNuts are a great Laundry detergent substitute for anyone — but especially wonderful for babies, anyone with sensitive skin or allergies. If you’re interested in trying SoapNuts, click through and enter to win one of TEN starter kits!

Weekend Giveaway: LOFTi and DUO Clothes Drying System

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2012 | 283 comments
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Since our laundry room is teeny-tiny — and since we don’t have a clothesline set up outside {yet}, I’ve been looking for a good, space-saving option to hang clothes inside.
I recently stumbled across The New Clothesline Company and was immediately drawn to the sleek and space-saving design of their products… and I just love the bright colors!

If you’re interested in an in-home clothes drying system, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway!

Weekend Giveaway: Prairieland Herbs $20 Credit {5 winners}

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2012 | 195 comments
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As many of you know, I’ve mentioned Prairieland Herbs several times here on Simple Organized Living — because I absolutely LOVE their products! I was introduced to these natural beauty products by a friend, and now I’m hooked — they are all SO luxurious and amazing!

So today, I’m super excited that five lucky Simple Organized Living reader will win a $20 gift certificate from Prairieland Herbs!

101 MORE Uses for Vinegar

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2012 | 67 comments
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I’ve been going crazy with vinegar lately… so I’ve been buying 2 or 3 of the huge 128 oz. containers at a time!

I’ve saved SO much money by using vinegar instead of more expensive store-bought items… and I feel like I’m also improving our home environment by not “polluting” it with so many harsh chemicals!

It took me awhile to put this list together… but here it is: 101 more uses for vinegar!

Which “Green” Products are Worth the Extra Cost?

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2012 | 20 comments
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Now days, it seems like there is a new “green”, “natural”, “organic”, and/or “eco-friendly” alternative for every product on the market — and the main difference I see between these “green” products and the other “regular” products is the price! “Green” products ALWAYS seem to be more expensive!

I honestly don’t have enough information to know when it’s just a marketing ploy or when it’s “for real” — so I’m wondering what your thoughts are about paying more for “green”?

Homemade Shower Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2012 | 210 comments
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A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our showers clean in about 10 minutes a month. I mentioned that although I try to use mostly homemade cleaners in and around our house, I still hadn’t found a great homemade cleaner for the shower.

Well, after that, I got a bunch of emails with different “recipes” for homemade shower cleaner; and although I was skeptical, I decided to try a few of them out. After experimenting these past 2 weeks (yes, our shower is now extremely clean) I’ve picked my favorite… and it’s REALLY simple!!

Weekend Giveaway: $50 Soy Candle Gift Card {2 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2011 | 128 comments
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Because we’re smack in the middle of the crazy holiday season, I thought it would be a perfect time to giveaway some delicious {and totally gorgeous} candles from Pure Integrity — a company that specializes in super high-quality soy candles.

Come enter to win a $50 gift certificate for these stunning candles!