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This week we joined the movement for healthy cleaning with Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning products. This DIY kitchen sponge dish is part of a sponsored post for Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HomeSweetBiome
As a mom, homeowner, and generally neat person, I spend a lot of time cleaning my home. Some days I spend WAY too much time, but that’s the way of things, right? I have always been cautious about the types of products I use to clean my house. I don’t want my family exposed to harsh chemicals, especially in the kitchen. That is where we eat and spend most of our time. I want my kitchen products to be as natural as possible! When I was approached by Aunt Fannie’s to rethink cleaning through food-based Healthy Housekeeping™ products, I was intrigued! A cleaner home is a great way to prevent Norovirus infection and other nasty germs your kids bring home from school. What do my kitchen products have to do with a healthier microbiome?
Healthier Housekeeping with Aunt Fannie’s
Mat Franken founded Aunt Fannie’s in 2013 because he was concerned about the products his young son was exposed to. His child had severe allergies and it was hard for Mat to find cleaners that he felt were safe. He designed Aunt Fannie’s products from ingredients that are totally safe for our bodies and made from garden grown herbs and fruits. These products are designed to be gentle on the microbiome (or microbial environment) of our bodies and the environment. Aunt Fannie’s cleaning and pest solutions are so pure they can be used on or around our food, pets, and children. All products are non-toxic and essential oils are Gras certified and FDA approved.
Aunt Fannie’s and the Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Aunt Fannie’s cleaning products fit right into my desire to create a greener space in my kitchen. I have been taking small steps for years to create a more eco-friendly kitchen. I choose organic food and cook from scratch as much as possible. We compost our kitchen scraps and find creative ways to reuse and upcycle the things we no longer need. Choosing natural cleaners is an easy way to create a greener and healthier kitchen.
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The Aunt Fannie’s products I received included:
- Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch! – Great for people that eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables! Place your jar near common fruit fly areas, like kitchen compost bins and produce storage. It’s totally nontoxic safe for humans and pets.
- Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegars – This ‘whole ingredient’, microbiomic cleaning solution is a great way to clean your home without disrupting the delicate indoor microbiome. It’s great smelling and has super effective cleaning power to use in your home.
- Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar Wipes – Let’s face it, wipes make cleanups easier sometimes! They are made from 100% biodegradable, unbleached material.
- Aunt Fannie’s Glass & Window Vinegar Wash – Avoid the harsh chemicals in many other conventional cleaners. Leaves glass and windows streak-free.
And, for those of you who aren’t hugely fond of the smell of vinegar (like my husband!), these don’t leave your house smelling like vinegar! I love the fresh scents of these natural cleaners!
Where Can You Buy Aunt Fannies?
Aunt Fannie’s cleaning products can be found in many retailers nationwide and online. Look for it at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Amazon, and Thrive Market. You can also purchase it right on their site and get a DISCOUNT for being a reader of my blog!
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DIY Kitchen Sponge Dish
So, as I mentioned earlier, I clean a LOT. My kitchen sink and counters are a frequent target for my cleaning fixation. I don’t like dirty sinks, wet counters, or suspicious spills and crumbs. With teenagers in the house, my task is never ending! In order to keep my sink area neat, I decided to put together a simple DIY kitchen sponge dish. It is seriously simple and I kid you not that I spent $3 for supplies at the thrift store. Frugal AND upcycled. YAY!
So, head to the thrift store. Find two matching pieces that can include something like a plate and mug or a ramekin and a bowl. You want something nonporous that roughly matches your decor, although you can spray paint the pieces to whatever colors you want. I painted the base of mine off-white since it was a bright white that didn’t match with the shallow brown dish that I wanted to use it with. Then, hot glue the two pieces together and you now have an inexpensive and eco-friendly sponge dish!
Aunt Fannie’s cleaning products and this DIY kitchen sponge dish are a great way to start your healthy housekeeping journey!
Check out my other eco friendly kitchen tips for more inspiration!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.