Have you ever stopped to look at how many cleaners you have in your home? And have you ever wondered what harmful chemicals they might contain?
The environment is something that we all want to protect for our children and future generations and with so many things to change in order to do so which can become overwhelming so here are some great tips that Darcy received from The Green House that are simple to do and your kids will have fun making them too!
With just some simple kitchen cupboard ingredients you will no longer need to buy kitchen, sink, bathroom, floor, window, oven and hob cleaners! They are not only eco safe but safe for your little ones to help you about the house! To start your little ones off here is how they can clean all of your kitchen surfaces.
If you have some stubborn stains just make the solution a little stronger by adding more baking soda and lemon or vinegar.
NOTE: For delicate surfaces it is advisable to not use vinegar or lemon juice just use a clean cloth, water and a tiny bit of bread soda.
Want to clean your floor tiles too!
If you would like to clean your floors just add a little more water to the mix in a mop bucket and a touch of Eco washing up liquid and your floors will be sparkling!
NOTE: Don't let Vinegar or lemon juice have direct contact with varnished wood as it can eat through the it, just use baking soda with warm water
So there you go, simple, hygienically clean, chemical free solutions that are not only safe for your little ones to use but are safe for the for the environment too! As you can see my two were only too delighted to get stuck into cleaning and are delighted that whenever we need a cleaner for the house that they can make it themselves safely!
The only time we seem to receive post is on our birthday and we are so excited to open our cards to see who they are from and read what they have to say. Wouldn't it be nice to have this feeling of excitement of opening some post throughout the year! Or better still, to have someone excited to receive post from you!
I have always enjoyed writing letters to my family and friends, I think it is a great way to tell them what I’ve been doing. I know they love to read them too because they write back to me and tell me all of their news!
Have you ever written letters to any of your family? Or maybe to friends who may not live near you?
If not, and you would like to start, just follow the steps below!
What to write in a letter!
When is comes to writing letters you can write them in a traditional style as you see below or you can use your own style of how you would like to write to your family and friends!
You can tell your family or friends maybe some things you have done since they last saw you and if you aren’t ready to write letters, you can draw some pictures! Drawings are great fun to receive!
After you have written your letter and shared all of your news it is time to take care of the envelope! Don't worry, if you are not able to write just yet, you can ask for some help or draw a nice picture.
If someone lives near you, you don't have to do step 3, by adding a stamp to post it, you can always hand deliver it too which is just as fun to do!
I hope that you enjoy writing letters as much as I do and I would love to hear how you are getting on!
This is a great fun experiment for your little ones (and you!) to enjoy and chances are you will have the ingredients on hand in your kitchen cupboard!
What you will need
Step by step guide
1. Fill your tray / container with the baking soda
2. In your ice-cube tray / containers add some vinegar and some food colouring
3. With the syringe or similar, suck up some of one of the vinegar / coloring mix
4. Squirt the mix from your syringe or similar onto the baking soda mix and watch the reaction!
As you can see from the video above our children had great fun doing this experiment with Darcy and I think it is one that they will be happy to do again and again!
Here's the Science bit!
As the vinegar mixes with the baking soda the bubbles and foam that form are filled with carbon dioxide gas known as CO2. This happens as there is an acid/base reaction, The vinegar being the acid and the baking soda being the base.
At the beginning, when they react they make carbonic acid which is unstable but very quickly it breaks down to make CO2 and water.