Getting Those Pesky Sweat Stains out of Bed

We have a nice bed. Not surprisingly, it’s an IKEA bed. After trying out numerous mattresses in the store, we finally found one that we love. Make likes his mattress more firm while I love a great, soft mattress. Somehow, the one we have works for both of us and it didn’t cost a fortune.

Keeping it clean, however, has been challenging.

Now, I don’t mean changing the sheets and laundering them; that’s the easy part. I’m talking about the actual mattress itself:

Yeah, kinda gross, huh?

Now, it looks like pee and no, no one peed the bed. But someone did sweat all the way through it. So, am I going to get another awesome IKEA mattress? Or am I gonna try to fix this one?

Fix it. Much cheaper.

The one thing I love about Google is the vast resource it can be when it comes to DIY homemade cleaning recipes. We’re not super frugal but we also don’t want to waste money to hire someone to clean something we could probably clean on our own.

After searching quite a few blogs, scouring Pinterest forever, and watched more than my fair share of YouTube videos, I came across this easy-peasy recipe to getting out pee and sweat stains from pretty much anything:

Hydrogen Peroxide

Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn is a favorite of mine)

Baking Soda

Seriously, that’s all you need

You can be a good judge of character of how much you think you might need of each, but I used 1 cup of peroxide, 1 tsp of Dawn, and 2 tbsp of baking soda. I had a lot of sweat to clean, y’all.

I put it all in a spray bottle and shake it like a salt shaker (because shaking it like a Polaroid picture makes no sense, Andre 3 Stacks).

I sprayed the potion on the bed and let it air dry. It took roughly 30 minutes or so.

Let’s take a look at the before:

Yeah, still gross.

Up close:

Now, let’s take a look at the after:

Much better! And another angle:

Filed Under Things I Should’ve Done Sooner.


Why Vinegar and Dish Soap Are Your New Baes

I’m trying in vain to go green.

I say it like that because I’m very much stuck in my old ways. Cleaning with a harsh cleanser works. There’s nothing like the smell of bleach in a bathroom because you know it’s been disinfected beyond measure.

But as much as I love my bleach, I also don’t like having to use harsh chemicals if I don’t have to.

Underneath my sink is a ton of money I’ve spent on various cleansers to do various jobs. There’s the old-faithful Pine-Sol that I pretty much use everywhere and just about everything. Then there’s special cleansers for my kitchen and special ones for my bathroom.

It occurred to me on another faithful trip to Target that while I love trying out something that will guarantee my bathroom will have that nice, clean smell, I also want something that just works, regardless of the smell.

Enter vinegar and dish soap.

I’ve written about the wonders of vinegar and dish soap to cleanse your makeup brushes but now let’s talk about how it can effectively clean your bathroom.

I don’t mind putting myself on blast to prove a point for the blog. This is how my bathroom looked before:

Yeah, kinda filthy, huh?

And it gets worse…

Yeah, pretty bad, huh?

I kept reading online about how vinegar and Dawn were just amazeballs to use to clean the home so I decided why not give it a try on the dirtiest place in my home?

I mixed one cup of warm (read: microwaved) vinegar with one cup of dawn soap and put it in a spray bottle. I sprayed that bad boy like it was about to go out of style and scrubbed everywhere until I was mimicking an 80’s DJ like I was mixing and scratching.

And then this happened:

And this…

I was rather surprised by how clean it was.

So again, here’s the recipe (mind you, my shower is not that big so my portions are small):

1 cup of vinegar, heated.

I cup of Dawn dish soap

A spray bottle.

After the vinegar is heated, add it along with the dish soap to a spray bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously and start working that bathroom like a part-time job. Use sponges, rags, squeegees as necessary.

Bear’s Curly Hair Routine

It’s been a while since I’ve done a curly hair post so here it is!

I’ve been trying different products lately to get a desired curly hair look for Bear. He’s never had his hair cut (though he has had trims), and I regularly wash and detangle his hair.

But sometimes, it takes more than water and a brush to get through it:

I decided to do something new and try different products while I was at it.

So you’re probably wondering what I used and how I used it, right? Let’s go!

First, you need to thoroughly cleanse the hair.

Curly hair gets a lot of buildup and it tangles very easily. Have you ever wondered why you see so many curly people with flat-ironed hair? That’s the deal. It takes a lot of effort to maintain a curly hairstyle and let’s keep it one hundred, not too many people want to go through the process of detangling on a regular basis.

So, let’s keep it clean. While a cowash works heavenly, you also need to get to to root of the hair to thoroughly cleanse it. I recommend Aunt Jackie’s Coconut Wash shampoo. One, it smells terrific, but most importantly, it gives a nice, deep clean without sulfates and all other crap that your hair doesn’t need.

To purchase, click on the picture.

Second, you need a great conditioner.

Next, I used my old faithful, Bumble and Bumble’s BB Curl. I love this conditioner so hard because I can use it one of three ways: as a cowash, a leave-in, or a rinse-out. For Bear’s look, I used it to help detangle and rinsed it out.

To purchase, click on the picture.

Curling Creams are your best friend.

Next, I had to set Bear’s hair with a curling cream. Shea Moisture still works wonders for us and I will forever be loyal to them. I highly recommend their Kids’ Cococunt & Hibiscus Curling Cream. Not only does it smell great, but it’s super light. And it gives Bear’s hair a lot of bounce!

To purchase, click on the picture.

I’m showing all of this because the products I’ve recommended, anyone can use them for their curly hair. (Type 3 and Type 4 is considered curly with Type 4 be tight curls.)

In the Curious Case of Second Day Hair…

For a second day revitalization, I highly recommend Mixed Chicks Morning After Hair Redefining Foam. With a lot of water and your favorite detangling brush, squeeze a few pumps into your hand and put it your (or your child’s!) curls to refreshen. I recommend a lot of water because if you use the foam by itself or little water, you’ll get a guaranteed Afro.

To purchase, click the picture.

So, as you can see, I don’t use a lot of product and from start to finish, it doesn’t take Bear’s hair very long to get to the finished product. Now, this isn’t something I do on a daily basis, but something I do for sure, once a week. This style will last a few days before I have to rewash (using a cowash) and just use the curling cream to set.

It’s a lot easier than it looks!

So what’s the end result?

Pretty dope, huh?

How Meditation is Conquering Bear’s Anxiety

I usually do gardening or healthy food posts on Wednesday, but I’m making an exception today to talk about something important.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed Bear was developing a little anxiety. Before I go any further, I need to explain what this child is like. He’s rambunctious. He’s intelligent. He’s active. He’s quiet when it’s appropriate. He’s playful. He’s sympathetic. He’s courageous.

And he was developing anxiety.

As I go over activity books in addition to what he learned in preschool, I began to notice some reluctance to learn new things. He’s not dyslexic (to my knowledge) nor do I know of any other learning disabilities. Yet, certain concepts he didn’t want to attempt to understand.

And then he uttered the oft-said phrase used by almost every child: “I can’t.”

I was confused. We were on my bed, trying to go over Spanish numbers; something he has often recited for no reason. Suddenly, he couldn’t get them.

He began to cry. He was so disappointed in himself and despite me telling him it was okay that sometimes he forgot, he wasn’t listening. Then, I suggested Quiet Time.

Quiet Time in our household is another phrase for meditation. I have the Stop, Breathe, & Think app installed on my phone and I’ve raved about how much I love this app before. I opened the app and went straight to the One Minute to Focus meditation (I only do one minute for now because Bear is five and well, I’m not sure if he can meditate for longer than a minute right now).

We sat in bed and just focused on our breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Quieting thoughts. Releasing stress. Focusing on the present.

After a minute, I turned off the app and Bear was back – my happy, vibrant, and confident Bear. I asked if he wanted to try again and he was enthusiastic about it.

He got all of the numbers down – and some of the colors!


Let me be clear – what I’m suggesting is not a substitution for seeing a medical professional or being on medication. You do what’s best for you and your child. I think quieting Bear’s brain for a short while, gave him the extra confidence boost he needed.

And we both were happy we did!

What are some anxiety-busters you employ?

DIY Makeup Brush Cleanser And It Doesn’t Suck!

Because real talk, you already have the products at home.

For years, I’ve spent money on this makeup brush cleaner and that one. But before I go any further, this is a friendly reminder that you need to be cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges on a regular basis. Like every week.

It’ll make your makeup brushes last longer and plus, you won’t get breakouts on your face.

So, anyway…

I’ve been researching for a different makeup brush cleaner for a while but as I’m becoming a bit more health-conscientious I really don’t want too many chemicals on my brushes if I’m going to be regularly using them on my face. I searched online for homemade cleaners and found one that works for me.

And it only uses three ingredients:

Seriously: water, vinegar, and dish soap!

And all of these ingredients, chances are, you have at your disposal. No need to go to Ulta or Sephora do it.

The recipe is:

1 cup of warm water

1 Tbsp of dish soap

1 Tbsp of vinegar

Mix it all up and clean your brushes!

Some recipes recommend to soak the brushes but I didn’t and they came out very clean.

Let’s take a look:


And then…after!

End result:

Side view.
Up close.

Have you tried a home recipe to clean your brushes? How did it turn out?