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To clean cloth baby diapers, use all natural laundry soap & white vinegar. Using vinegar can prolong the life of the diaper and is better for babies sensitive bottoms. Natural soap & vinegar are better for the environment too!
Mix a few drops of natural soap, 2 cups water, and 30 drops of lavender essential oil. You can spray this on all surfaces, like cutting boards, counters, toilets, walls, (not on glass it will streak), it disinfects well and is also safe to use around bagies.
Pour 2 Tbsp. Baking soda & 2 Tbsp. Salt onto a saucer and mix together.
I buy a big stack of paper coffee filters at the $1 store and use them for microwave cooking. They work great as dish covers and also as coasters for microwaving small foods like rolls or muffins when you don't want to get a plate dirty. Way cheaper than using paper towels!
I keep a bowl of safety pins in the area where I take my socks off. I pin the two socks together and drop them in a net bag on the cloths hamper. One bag is for dark and one is for light. After the laundry is done, I fold them over with the pin and put them in the drawer. All matching is done.
When I don't have a housefull of dishes I wash them by hand ( burns calories) and while I am doing that I do squats, calf lifts and leg lifts, when I put them into the dishwasher to dry I do lunges. Getting in extra strength and calorie burning that way.