Clean Kitchen=Happy Mom

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Millions of guests, it seems, have passed through my home. Not only have I cooked thousands of meals for my family, but literally countless people have eaten a meal or celebrated a tea in our home over the years. Consequently, the kitchen is a focal point of our whole home. Meals are the way to bring pleasure to all of my peeps and a way to open hearts! Consequently, making it efficient, orderly, and beautiful has been a constant challenge for me over the years, as I spend hours in this room each day.

One of the pleasures of my year was getting my old kitchen a make-over. Over 20 years old, my kitchen floors and cabinets and sink had become even more dirty, stained, coated with cooking residue and I had become accustomed to it, because I was in it every day. Only when I replaced almost everything, did I realize how inefficient, and outdated everything had become. (Kind of like sin–you get used to what you live with and you don’t even know how bad or unspiritual your life has become!)

As mothers, we have to get creative sometimes in order to maintain an all natural, non toxic home environment for our children…on a budget. A while back, I found myself in a sticky situation (no pun intended).
I had spent the week entertaining guests. Numerous people, in and out of the house constantly. My tables were sticky, counters were icky, and the kitchen was an overall wreck. I had a major problem: I was completely out of my usual cleaning wipes and products and really didn’t have the time to make another trip to the store.

The majority of household cleaning products are expensive, harsh on our skin, and hazardous for the health of not only ourselves, but our children and pets.

Did you know that you could be saving loads of money each month simply by making your own household cleaner? Best of all, you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now! Here’s what you need:

A spray bottle
Water
Lemon juice
All natural dish soap
White vinegar

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Fill up your spray bottle about half way with water. Add a couple squeezes of lemon juice (this helps cut grease and also makes everything smell fresh). Add about half a cup of white vinegar, then just a TINY teaspoon of all natural dish soap (it goes a long way). Shake it all up. You can use this as an all-purpose cleaner in your kitchen, bathroom, tables, counters, and window sills.

Not only is this mixture simple and non toxic, but it is also very budget friendly. Now you can enjoy a clean, fresh home without breaking the bank or filling your house with toxins & chemicals.

Clean Kitchen=Happy Mom
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Comments

  1. Caitlin says

    As soon as I saw the title to this post my thought well, “well isn’t that the truth!” What a lovely gift it must be to have a nice updated kitchen! I have been switching to making most of my own cleaning supplies and I really am happy with the results. Nothing gets my strange sink surfaces cleaner than my homemade stuff! Here’s another recipe for those interested:
    Stuff a mason jar full with citrus peels (I used oranges and lemons, you can mix them or just use one or the other)
    Fill to the brim with white vinegar making sure to cover the peels completely or they will mold. Let this mixture sit for 2-3 weeks. Shake it every once and a while when you remember. :)
    Pour into a spray bottle and fill remaining space with water.
    You can add essential oils if you want (I have used lemon, lavender, tea tree, whatever you like!)
    Give it a good shake and enjoy. It’s a lovely orange color, it works like a dream and smells heavenly!

  2. s says

    Loved this post, thank you! Have you (or any readers) any tips on inviting people over on a limited budget? Or any books that could help or websites even? I find it hard living on a budget, being a pastor’s wife and having people over for meals all the time without spending too much. Thank you, Sally!

      • s says

        Thank you, Sally! Looking forward to reading about it then! Many blessings to you and yours.

    • says

      Great question! I’m not a pastor’s wife, but we do so enjoy having people over for supper and fellowship. It’s hard to always make good, simple, wholesome meals without breaking the budget!

    • says

      Not sure if this helps, but have experience as a pastor’s wife and inviting over the masses :) We have had ice cream sundae nights, coffee and cookie nights, grilled hot dogs and asked everyone to bring their favorite side dish. Even those who were a little shy about cooking would volunteer to bring tea or bottled water. It was a great time of fellowship and the ice cream/coffee and cookie nights were really inexpensive. Hope this helps!

      • says

        Great ideas for budget friendly entertaining!

        We have also hosted coffee or tea, with just providing beverages and maybe one plate of cookies. I find most people like to bring something…

        On the flip side, when we have had a bounty, we have found hosting full meals to be a way to share our abundance in a way that wasn’t… ostentatious? for lack of a better term… with our friends who were students or struggling. Even then, I liked to keep things simple so the focus was on fellowship and being together, and not on “hostessing.” I have been intimidated by other people’s perfect homes and events and don’t want to do that.

    • says

      Here’s great tip that revolutionized my entertaining. Serve one of your most economical meals, but more! I make stir fry once a week, and if I have company I add more rice and veggies and viola! -a big enough meal for everyone. My company doesn’t know it’s a regular on my menu. To them it’s completely new and different! They appreciate a homemade meal, and my kids don’t fuss because I’m serving something different or unusual.

  3. says

    Going to have to try that! Here is my tip for cleaning inside the microwave-a job I hate-but not anymore! Put half a lemon inside, nuke for 1 minute, let sit for a few minutes with the door closed, then wipe. No Scrubbing! With 9 people in our house, our microwave gets pretty disgusting, this is a super easy way to clean it!

  4. Michelle Clinton says

    Dear Sally,

    I’m feeling pretty discouraged. My oldest son who is about to turn 12 is going through rough times. He is my “Nathan”. People are always telling me what a good kid he is. At home it is not that way. He is a good kid, just a whirl wind. I keep hearing the verse: “Do not be weary in doing good, at the proper time you will reap a harvest.” I make so many mistakes. I am weary. Any prayers, would not be wasted on us. Thank you for being a source of encouragement.

    Love,
    Michelle

  5. says

    Hooray for your kitchen make over! One peek of moving is that we get to “try out” new kitchen and living spaces every two to three years. I find it to be fun… but I also now know what my dream kitchen would be like!

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