DIY Pet Stains & Odor Removal Cleaning Agents

This is a guest post thanks to Demi over at Clean Start Cleaning Services.

Ah, pets! The kids that we have not given birth to! As much as we love our furry little friends and take care of them, accidents do happen and instead of getting angry or disappointed in your pet, you should just make sure that you are prepared to act fast and deal with the issue. Below you will find help and instructions on how to make yourself DIY pet stains and odor removal cleaning detergents that are efficient and all-natural.

And it does not matter how many pets you have, whether they are cats or dogs, or both, the following recipes for home-made pet stains cleaning products should be efficient for either case.

DIY Pet Stains & Odor Removal

For the new urine smells you need to make sure to remove as much of the urine as possible, use paper towels for the purpose. Then you can put the soaked towels at your pet’s bathroom place so that it is reminded of where their bathroom is.

Then act fast and use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to prevent the stain from setting into your carpet. Mix a ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and add a teaspoon of a liquid dish soap. Then sprinkle the entire stain with baking soda and add the liquid. Start scrubbing gently the mixture with a cloth or a brush, but gently, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then simply vacuum off the baking soda. If the stain is still there you can repeat this action as many times as it is necessary.

The baking soda acts as a deodorizer in this case and the hydrogen peroxide removes the stain.

Another cleaning product that you can DIY to help you in the fight against pet urine smell and stains is to use both vinegar and baking soda. You will need 2 cups of warm water and 2 cups white (distilled) vinegar, a spray bottle (not necessary) and about 4 -5 teaspoons of baking soda.

Again, the first thing to do is remove the excess urine from your carpet using paper towels. Mix the water and the vinegar in the bottle or in a bowl and add the baking soda. When it stops fizzing it is ready to use. Spray the area or apply the solution with a sponge and let it soak for about 5 minutes. When the time has passed gently scrub and blot the area.

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There is another interesting way to eliminate pet odors from your home provided by Canary Wharf CleanStart. Not just the urine smell but the dog or respectively, cat smell that they have. You can use the following recipe on any upholstery in your home – carpet, sofa, pillows, mattress, etc.

In a spray bottle mix two parts water and one part mouthwash – shake the bottle well and spray your couch or carpet with it. Put newspaper on the sprayed area and let it sit for a while. The newspaper will absorb the bad smell and the mouthwash will leave it fresh-scented for a while. The mouthwash smell will wear off and the pet odor will be gone as well. You can use this even on your pet’s bed.

If you do not have carpets to deal with, but have a hard floor you can make a floor cleaner specifically to take care of the smells and stains left by your pet – mix a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap, ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and a ½ cup of white vinegar in a bowl or a spray bottle. Either spray on your floor and wipe with a rag or simply use a mop. This will clean your floors from muddy or any other stains your pet has made and also remove any unpleasant odor.

These DIY cleaning products are easy to make, save you money and work miraculously. Make sure you try them soon.

Fall Activities: My Families Fall Bucket List

We’re just a few days away from the first day of Fall. Do you and your family enjoy fun fall activities? We live in Georgia. So, we beg for fall to come every year. Because, while we love summer, it gets humid here. Humidity is far from comfortable. I think Fall temperatures are right on point. So, during the season my family loves doing fun activities together. 

The season Fall is right around the corner. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m ready to bust out the boots, hoodies, leggings, and scarves all in one day. Plus, Fall means were right around the corner from exciting holidays, too! My family can now officially say Fall means “Back To School,” too. Because, my oldest started Kindergarten this year! What an exciting time, that’s for sure.

Fall Activities: Your Family Fall Bucket List!

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Are there any fall activities you family just has to do in the Fall? Let me know! I love finding new ways to get my family out and about. Especially during the Fall. We love watching the leaves changes, too!

10 Gerber Lil’ Bits Easy DIY Baby Food Recipes

I remember when Haley was little. She was scarfing down solid foods at 6 months old. Dray is a constant reminder that not all babies develop at the same pace. He’s 11 months old now. He still chokes on solid foods. At 11 months old Haley was indulging in waffles. Dray, not so much. I even expressed concern to his pediatrician. She ensured me that everything was fine. That he seems to be turned off by texture. Which, the same goes for his daddy, too. His daddy is texture funny, too. But, teaching him to chew was important. She told me just to keep trying. So, I did. I needed a way to introduce him to different textures. Without posing a choking hazard. That’s when we found our new found love for Gerber Lil’ Bits. Gerber 3rd Foods With Lil’ Bits is great alone, but you can make great baby food recipes with it, too. Lil’ Bits are also a great food for teething babies, too.

We began Dray on the same baby food we trusted using with Haley. So, we stocked up on Gerber baby food. I was excited to start him on the Gerber 1st Foods. Also, there was no hesitation starting him on Gerber 2nd Foods either. Then we began him on the Gerber 3rd Foods. The Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits to be exact. Once we began that journey, I was excited. Because, he tolerates the Lil’ Bits well. Even that’s an understatement. Dray loves Gerber Lil’ Bits.

The other great thing about the Gerber Lil’ Bits is that they come in in 20 different flavors. That means they’re perfect for breakfast, lunch, a snack, and even dinner. With all the different flavors, it’s easy to introduce Dray to different textures. The variety also lets me create different recipes. Which helps mix things up for Dray a little bit, too. There are so many great DIY baby food recipes online. I haven’t tried them all, yet. But, I feel like I’m close. I even created my own simple baby food recipe. It adds a little bit of fun to the Gerber Lil’ Bits Island Fruit Blend.

Gerber Lil’ Bits have so many great features. So, in reality, a fancy recipe isn’t necessary. While recipes are fun, the Lil’ Bits are great all by themselves.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Best Features

  • Has perfect, bite-sized pieces of fruits or vegetables. Plus, each bite is soft.
  • These pieces are perfect in helping your baby learn how to chew.
  • Every ingredient in the Lil’ Bits must meet Gerber’s high quality standards.
  • There is no added starch, artificial colors or flavors.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Flavors

  • Apple Banana
  • Apple Blue Berry
  • Banana Apple Mango
  • Banana Apple Strawberry
  • Butternut Squash & Potato
  • Island Fruit Blend
  • Mixed Carrots, Corn, and Butternut Squash
  • Orchard Fruit Medley
  • Pear Apple Berry
  • Sweet Potato Apple Carrot and Cinnamon
  • Autumn Vegetable & Turkey Dinner
  • Carrot Peas & Corn
  • Chicken Itty-Bitty Noodle Dinner
  • Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner
  • Herbed Vegetable, Pasta & Chicken Dinner
  • Mac & Cheese Dinner
  • Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Dinner
  • Broccoli Carrot & Cheddar Cheese Dinner
  • Farmers Market Vegetable & Turkey Dinner

Dray’s favorite Gerber Lil’ Bits flavors are Island Fruit Blend & Apple Blueberry. He’s a huge fan of fruit. Always has been. Must be why I craved fruit so often when I was pregnant with him. So, of course I added my own touch to the Island Fruit Blend. Simple ingredients, but adds a touch of fun to the already fun baby food. 

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I wanted to add fun to the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits. So, I started searching for DIY baby food recipes online. Specifically those that used the Lil’ Bits. There are so many great baby food recipes out there that are easy and creative. I even created my own little fun touch to Dray’s favorite Gerber Lil’ Bits flavor. The Island Fruit Blend. We named our blend the “Island Fruit + Brown Sugar Applesauce Blend.” It’s not too adventurous. Since Dray is turned off by different textures, we went simple.

DIY Island Fruit + Brown Sugar Applesauce Blend

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Ingredients

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gerber 3rd foods lil' bitsMix 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar with 1/3 cup applesauce in a bowl. Slowly add the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Island Fruit Blend into the bowl. Mix all ingredients together until you reach your desired texture.

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10 Easy DIY Baby Food Recipes with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits

Apple-Blueberry Yogurt Cubes/Pops

Head over to Bailey’s blog, Everyday With Bay, for a yummy cubes/pops baby food recipe. Perfect for a hot summer day!

Baby Led Weaning Quinoa Cakes

That Mama Gretchen shares a great recipe for quinoa cakes. The best part is you can use any Gerbers Lil’ Bit flavor to make this easy baby food recipe.

Toddler Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowl

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Photo Credit: Our Little Everything

Dray loves fruity flavors. If your baby is the same, this baby food recipe will be a huge hit. Go visit the Our Little Everything blog and find the recipe there.

Frozen Yogurt Bites

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Photo Credit: Adventures of a Cavemom

These Frozen Yogurt Bites is a great food choice for teething babies. Jess over at Adventures of a Cavemom has the recipe here.

Pumpkin Pops

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Photo Credit: Busy Little Izzy

This Pumpkin Pops recipe that Busy Little Izzy shares with us comes just in time. Fall is finally upon us. That means pumpkin everything. That’s no exception for Busy Little Izzy’s Pumpkin Pops.

Apple Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Metro Detroit Mommy shares a great Apple Blueberry Yogurt Parfait baby food recipe. Plus, it includes one of Dray’s favorite flavors, Apple Blueberry.

Mommy & Me Yogurt Parfaits

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Photo credit: Bellissimi Bambini

You’ll love Bellissimi Bambini’s recipe for delicious Mommy & Me Yogurt Parfaits using Gerber Lil’ Bits! Plus, being able to add the optional cool mom cool whip is a huge hit!

Mommy & Me Fruit Smoothies

Kerry over at xo kerry has the right idea to adding Gerber Lil’ Bits to a recipe. You can see her awesome Mommy & Me Fruit Smoothies over at her blog.

Autumn Vegetables, Turkey, & Potatoes Dinner

Over at Thinking Outside The Sandbox you’ll find a great dinner recipe using Gerber Lil’ Bits Autumn Vegetables & Turkey.

Banana, Apple, + Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicle’s

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Photo Credit: The Sometimes Glam Wife

Brandi over at The Sometimes Glam Wife shares great tips on transitioning baby to solid foods. Plus, she shares a recipe for amazing Banana, Apple, + Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicle’s.

Ensuring Dray gets proper nutrition is important to me. That’s why I have trusted Gerber foods with him and Haley. Plus, I love that I can make fun recipes with Gerber Lil’ Bits, too. I’d love to hear some of your favorite baby food recipes, too. I’d love to see how your #GerberBabies enjoy Gerber baby food.

To learn more about Gerber Crawler Nutrition, make sure to check out their website here.

Cleaning Hacks: 5 For Tackling Pet Messes

I love cleaning hacks! Managing a household with dogs and kids is tough. So I love coming across cleaning hacks. Especially cleaning hacks that are DIY. I have to share some of these with ya’ll! They have been a lifesaver for not only myself. These cleaning hacks are a lifesaver for my whole household.
We love our pets. Many pet owners say that the comfort of their pets come above the comfort of the people who visit their home. Because, well, the pets were there first.  But, what about the in-laws who always complain about the dog hair hanging out on the couch? What about the best friend who can smell your dog five miles away?  We try our best to keep these individuals happy. After all they are a part of our lives.
Not all of us have fancy tools at our disposal when it comes to all the latest cleaning technology.  Salute to the individuals who do!   Have you invested in a $1,000 vacuum that removes ever micro-spec of hair? If not, we have a few cleaning hacks. Cleaning hacks that will help you get your home “guest ready.” While you tackle everyday life with pets.
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Cleaning Hacks: 5 For Tackling Pet Messes!

1.) Pet Hair Removal – We love our pets. But falling in love with their hair is another story.  Thankfully removing pet hair doesn’t take a team of scientist to complete.  You can apply a light misting of a static removal product over your furniture and carpets. Then allow it to sit for a few minutes.  Now you can vacuum the hair away!
2.) A simple solution to getting rid of pet vomit – It happens to the best of us. Fido vomits his leftovers onto your brand new rug.  The vomit will be easier to remove once it has dried.  Allow the vomit to dry and then vacuum it up.
3.) Remove Urine Safely – Chances are you have encountered urine on your carpet from your pet.  Sprinkle baking soda over the urine spot. Let it sit for quite a while. Then you can vacuum it up.
4.) Squeegee the hair up! – Do you still have pesky pet hair in your carpet? You can take a squeegee across the carpet. Bye bye pet hair!
5.) Mask Pet Smells – You should clean all food and water bowls in hot soapy water. Plus clean all pet bedding and/or pet toys in the washing machine.  There is also a DIY cleaning hack where you can make a spray.  The spray helps control odors.
DIY Cleaning Hack Pet Deodorizer Spray
You’ll Need:
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

  • Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • Wait for the foaming action to stop.
  • After the foaming action has stopped, add 2 cups water.
  • Shake well.
  • Lightly mist pet areas with the spray.

Do you have any cleaning hacks that help tackle pet messes? Let me know. I can always use a few more tips.

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DIY Baby Sensory Bin For $5!

I didn’t partake in the Pinterest trend until around 2013. Needless to say, I didn’t use it with my daughter. She was born in 2011. I wish I would have. But, now I have my second chance. So, I usually do my Pinterest browsing in the morning. While browsing one morning, I came across baby activity ideas. This was great. Especially with a newborn in the house. There are so many DIY sensory bin ideas out there. So, I decided to combine the sensory bin concept with my own twist. Introducing my DIY Baby Sensory Bin I put together for $5!

My son Dray isn’t as active as most babies his age. He’s 8.5 months old. But, he has no desire to crawl. He’ll sit up for a good while. But, crawling is out of the question. He also doesn’t pull up yet either. He just doesn’t seem interested quite yet. He’s not much of an “explorer.” But, I still wanted a way to heighten his senses. I wanted to give him the chance to explore. Babies need sensory stimulation. They need to experience feel.

I’m pretty thankful for the numerous Pinterest boards out there. Especially the ones dedicated to this thing called “parenthood.” One morning I was doing my usual Pinterest browsing routine. I came across a board dedicated to baby activities. There were several baby sensory projects. Some of them were sensory bottles. Some of them were outside play. The choices were endless. The baby sensory bins caught my eye. I knew this was something I wanted to try.

So, today, my daughter and I took a spur of the moment trip. We went to the Dollar General across the street and picked up a few supplies. I really wanted to create this sensory bin for Dray. Plus I knew Haley would be interested in helping. She’s such an intelligent 4 year old. She’s also an awesome big sister. She’s so good with Dray. She just wants to make him happy.

We bought our supplies. Then we headed home to begin our project. I unwrapped all our supplies. Haley helped me spread them throughout the bin. I poked tiny holes in the side of the plastic bin. In no particular order. These were to pull the pipe cleaners through. I made the holes with a standard steak cutting knife. Which obviously Haley didn’t help with. I made them small enough that the pipe cleaner didn’t fall out. But, I made them large enough so the pipe cleaner can easily navigate in and out of the hole. The purpose of this is so that Dray can pull the pipe cleaner in and out. Giving him the feeling of the friction between his fingers.

My total expenses for supplies was $5.00 + tax. The total project time was about 10 minutes. He loves this little sensory bin. I plan on using my Cricut machine and personalizing it more. I see many more sensory bins in his future.

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Keep in mind: my sensory bin isn’t as elaborate as others. Some of the things I used, you may want to substitute. Honestly, you may have these things already available to you. While I like to idea of adding colorful elbow macaroni and cheerios, Dray isn’t quite there with the chewing thing, But, he is there with the whole putting things in your mouth thing. So, while colorful elbow macaroni is awesome, it’s so small, he’d choke. So, I had to do some substituting. Regardless of my substitution, he loves this sensory bin!

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Here’s our sensory bin. Sorry for how blurry it is. Gotta love a smartphone! 😉

Supplies

46ct Assorted Chenille Stems (aka pipe cleaners): $1.00

80ct Assorted Multicolor Craft Large Pom-Poms: $1.00

1 Clear 13.75×8.125×4.25-in Storage Bin: $1.00

1 Plastic Toy Tug Boat: $1.00

1 Plastic Orange Toy Snake: $1.00

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I already had the yellow rubber ball on hand. They also have these at the dollar store. They are $1.00/ea as well. This DIY baby sensory bin isn’t just affordable. It’s simple. Plus, babies love it. My 4.5 year old daughter even involved herself in the play! She loves the idea of this DIY baby sensory bin.

DIY Baby Sensory Bin

Steps

Using a utility knife, or you can even use a drill, make about 7 small random holes on different sides of the plastic bin. Make the holes small enough that the chenille stem (pipe cleaner) won’t just fall out. But, large enough that the chenille stem is easily moved in and out of the hole.

Take 7 pipe cleaners and wrap the pipe cleaner around one of your fingers several times.

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After the piper cleaner is swirled around your finger, pull it slowly off your finger at the end. This will give it the “bouncy” effect.

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Insert the end tip of each chenille stem into separate holes. Allowing some of the stem to hang out the end that is towards the inside of the box.

Insert the larger toys into the box. For example, I put the Tug Boat and Snake in first.

Spread the large Pom-Poms throughout the bin.

Using the pipe cleaners, take 10 of them and shape them like a circle, Bending the ends together. They will look like a bracelet. Place these throughout the bin.

Using the remaining chenille stems, swirl a few. Add them throughout the bin. You can swirl the remaining stems. You can also place them as they are throughout the bin. Whatever you prefer.

Let your baby enjoy the different textures of everything added in the bin!

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As you can tell, our little dude is love his new sensory box! Can’t you tell?!

But, that’s not all. Even big sister got in on the action!

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This simple, yet fun sensory bin was used for hours today. Now, like I said, I do plan on personalizing it more with the help of my Cricut machine. But, for now, they’re loving it. Plus, it’s awesome to see them play together. Let me know what your favorite DIY project is for your kids. I’d love to try it out with my two little rugrats!