We tried food based cleaning with Aunt Fannie’s cleaning vinegar and Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch! Thanks to Aunt Fannie’s for sponsoring this post #HealthierHousekeeping
Sometimes (okay a lot of the time) I stand in our living room, look around and think oh my goodness, will we ever go back to having a clean and orderly feeling home? Is it my work? Is it the kids? The dog? The perfect storm that is all of those things combined? Yes, yes it is.
Then after a minor freak out, a deep breath or two and a sad attempt to control the chaos by gathering some toys up, I remembered this. I am thankful for handprints, noseprints, crumbs and stompy little feet.
Our house may feel like chaos and will likely never be the same serene space it once was before kids because it is different. We are different. The priorities are completely different.
What are my priorities as a modern day mother? Probably similar to yours. Keeping these little people safe. Showing them that they are loved. Helping them to be good humans. Setting the example of hard work and dedication.
Given an extra hour I will always choose to make something for our family versus spend it cleaning. I’m not sure if that’s a character attribute or flaw. Today’s distraction from cleaning was chocolate chip pumpkin muffins because my kids LOVE muffins. And if we’re being honest, having a basket of them set out to be attacked by little hands after school makes me feel good even though I know mothering isn’t measured in muffins.
When we feel good we feel motivated. And when we feel motivated (or at least when I do) it makes us better able to tackle the tasks we tend to put off. Like cleaning. Cleaning with kids is different. Or at least what we clean with is different.
My childhood was filled with ammonia based cleaners and aerosol disinfectants. Yep. Bugs bothering you? Spray some toxic junk and they’ll die. Yes, but from WHAT? Times have changed. We know better.
And quite frankly with a toddler on my hands I’d prefer to keep things as natural as possible. I caught Blake licking a chair the other day. A CHAIR. Just casually licking it and then smiling at me.
So now when I’m removing chocolate smudges and muffin that has magically become crusted to the little table Blake likes to eat at, I reach for things that make me feel good as a mom. Simple products with simple ingredients that are closer to homemade cleaners. Only, YAY! I didn’t have to make them.
I’ve made and tried my fair share of vinegar based cleaners and so far Aunt Fannie’s cleaning vinegar has the least vinegar -like smell. In fact it’s quite pleasant. I’m a big believer in making things yourself if you can’t trust someone else to do it, can’t afford to pay someone else to do it or you could make the exact same thing so quickly the time spent wouldn’t justify the cost.
With natural cleaning products becoming more mainstream, reasonably priced and easier to obtain from smaller makers like Aunt Fannie’s (A two pack of cleaning vinegar is $10.99 before the 30% off discount they are offering with code hellosplendid) I’m all for outsourcing that work. Especially since it leaves me more time to do what I’m passionate about. You know, like making printables and spending time with Kayla and Blake.
Aunt Fannie’s cleaning vinegar is food-based, non-toxic and food grade which makes it an ideal cleaning solution in the kitchen as well as for cleaning children’s items and surfaces they frequently touch. Or in Blake’s case, surfaces they wind up touching with their tongues.
Aunt Fannie’s was created by a dad whose toddler had food allergies, and realized that it went beyond just what they were eating but also what they were cleaning with. I mean if we’re spraying the surfaces our kids play and eat on with chemicals that need to be locked up, something is wrong, right?
And hidden deep within all of my decor is another Aunt Fannie’s product. Their FlyPunch! Which is super effective at trapping fruit flies and also non-toxic. Honestly, nothing makes me more gaggy than flies around food. It’s gross.
But FlyPunch! attracts and traps fruit flies protecting food from them. Which is great because like many people at this time of year, I’ve been bringing extra produce into our home lately as decor.
Interested in trying out Aunt Fannie’s products? They’re a steal through 10/31 here because you’ll get 30% off using the code hellosplendid and free shipping for any order over $35.