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DIY Cleaning – Bathroom

My sister-in-law Lisa did it again.  She kindly shares her child-friendly, pet-friendly, wallet-friendly and environmentally friendly cleaning tips with us.  This one’s for the bathroom.

Here are a few of the homemade cleaning concoctions I thought you might find useful:

Tile and grout discoloration: Make a paste with plant-based castile soap and baking soda. Scrub paste into grout and rinse with hot water.  I use an old tooth-brush to scrub.

To kill mold and mildew left behind: dip a sponge in distilled vinegar and apply directly to grout.

Toilet Rust buster: Pour salt directly onto the stain. Next squeeze a lemon onto the bowl brush or heavy-duty paper towel. Scrub over the affected area.

Wall and Ceiling grime fighter:Wipe distilled vinegar onto the affected area. Wait 15 minutes. Repeat, letting stand overnight. The following day use a sponge soaked in hydrogen peroxide to illuminate the stain and to prevent mold from returning.

Thanks, Lisa!  You’re da bomb!

If you have any tips to share, please email them to theinnerpeaceproject@gmail.com


Jackson Pollock’s (Very) Early Years

Remember when Mom told us to stop playing with our food?  Scratch that!


Frigid Chicago winters present us with the opportunity to really be creative when looking for ways to engage the little ones.  I spend four days a week with a sweet eight month old who is endlessly curious and abundantly energetic-she is the perfect guinea pig for my “Make Your Own Fun Winter Challenge”!


First on my list is Edible Organic Finger Paints


I went to the craft store and found a six foot long roll of white foam.  I decided this would be a better canvas than paper because we can wash off and reuse the foam sheets.  Also, since our young artist is still crawling, I knew she would have a blast if we just sat her in the center of the action on the floor.


I popped into Whole Foods and picked up some organic and colorful fruits and veggies.  Think sweet potatoes, spinach, squash, apples, string beans, or carrots.  I roasted the sweet potatoes before blending them into a puree by simply adding water.



Our little one was a little apprehensive after I poured the paint out in front of her.  She looked up at me with a mild suspicion, but once I slapped my hand into the center of the mess she happily joined in the fun.



We had a royal good time talking about the shapes, letters, and numbers we drew in the rich orange paint.  I am excited to experiment with more colors as we start to introduce even more yummy fruits and vegetables!



Send us photographs of your budding artists’ masterpiece:  theinnerpeaceproject@gmail.com