Recipes, Illness part 456, a new Steam Vac, and YOUR OPINIONS NEEDED for natural cleaners.
- I have a recipe simmering in my Crockpot that was sent to me by a reader!! I altered it a bit, mostly because I didn’t have all of the ingredients as I thought I did. If it works out as well as I think the recipe will, I’ll post it here.
- Two of my kids are still sick. I found out from our pediatrician (after I took Ethan in, last Thursday) that there’s a virus running around where kids will run a high fever with usually no other symptoms for 5-6 days. Yesterday was day #6 for Ethan, and it was the first day that his fever did not peak over 101°. But… he came down with… um… flu-like symptoms yesterday!! How awful is that? Be healed of one illness and get struck with another immediately. So, today, he has virtually no fever, but he still doesn’t feel great. AND, Grant, my child who gets sick once every two years or so, woke up on Sunday morning with a high fever. So, today is day #3 for him. 😦 We missed their baseball game last night, and will not be going to practice today.
- I got a never-used Hoover Steam Vac off of Craigslist for about 1/3 of the cost of buying it in the store! Just in time, because our home is 3.5 years old, and we have never had the carpets cleaned (though most areas of the house get vacuumed twice a week), because Fiala is just starting to scooch off of the blankets I lay out for her on the ground. 🙂 Sweet baby.
- Speaking of Fiala, her eczema issue is SOLVED!!!!! Bless God!!! I’m slow to put 2 and 2 together, but I realized that her skin problems started a few months ago concurrent with when I started to use Melaleuca’s new formula laundry products. I wasn’t certain, so I tried a plain water “wash” on her clean clothes with 1 cup white vinegar added, then did an additional rinse with more vinegar. For her dirty clothes, I washed them in “old formula” Melaluca detergent, using powdered borax as a stain-remover/brightener, then the vinegar rinse. Within two days, her skin was improved. Now, almost a week later, her skin is 90% better.
- I have been a happy and loyal Melaleuca customer for six years, but am likely going to cancel my membership within the next month. Melaleuca customer service has really been outstanding as I’ve been going through this skin issue with Fiala, but, honestly, I’m SO upset about their products ripping up my baby’s skin that I’m ready to toss Melaleuca out the window NOW. But, my husband basically wants me to do a cost/benefit analysis to make sure it’s a good idea to permanently stop using their products. It has been great to have reasonably priced, effective, environmentally sound cleaners, and the convenience of ordering online and having the stuff shipped here every month. However, Melaleuca requires a certain level of purchases every month, and if I no longer purchase the laundry products, I won’t meet the minimum. I already started scouting out new products when I went shopping on Sunday night. Funny — when we started using Melaleuca, practially NO ONE knew what I meant by phosphate-free laundry detergent, let alone dishwasher detergent. Now, there are MANY options, readily available, both at Trader Joe’s, and at Sprouts, a local natural-foods grocery & healthgoods store. Soooo…. if you use natural cleaning products of any kind, what do you like?? What have you tried and not liked? If you have a blog post on it, just leave a link. Otherwise, please inundate me with comments!! I’m looking for laundry detergent, laundry stain remover, dishwasher detergent, hand dish soap, bathroom cleaner, mulitpurpose cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet cleaner… the works! Plus, your favorite bath soap bars, too, while you’re at it.