Learn why DEET is not what you might think. Ditch toxic bug sprays and DIY or BUY effective, nontoxic solutions!- Scratch Mommy

What’s wrong with conventional bug sprays, anyway?

Nobody wants to be bugged by bugs, but sometimes the sprays we use to keep them at bay can be even worse than the bugs themselves. DEET has long been used in bug sprays, so many assume it’s safe. But is DEET really safe, and what’s wrong with conventional bug sprays, anyway? The era of WWII was a time that …

DIY Dryer Sheets (easier than you might think, with only 2 ingredients!)- Scratch Mommy

DIY Dryer Sheets (only 2 ingredients!)

I despise laundry. As you may already know (from this gingerbread pancake recipe and this slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwich recipe) I love to cook. But I really do not enjoying doing the laundry. I know we need clean clothes and I sure don’t want my kids to be the stinky kids at school, so of course I do wash …

Learn why you should grow calendula in your skin healing herbal garden!- Scratch Mommy

Grow A Skin Healing Flower Garden

Spring is here and many of us are turning our thoughts to gardens full of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and tasty vegetables. In all that planning, designing, and planting don’t forget to include flowers that are not only beautiful, but also healing and useful to the skin. Take time to create and grow a skin healing flower garden so that later …

Learn how and why you should buy food in bulk- Scratch Mommy

Learn How And Why To Buy Food In Bulk

When I moved into my first apartment I was abnormally excited about grocery shopping for myself. It seemed so…adult. But, despite the excitement, there were still parts of grocery shopping that required a little more knowledge – and courage. Like ordering from the meat counter. “Which one? I don’t know. The one that is enough to feed two?!?” And, inevitably, …

7 ways to decrease allergens inside your home- Scratch Mommy

7 Ways To Allergen Proof Your Home

There was once a time when I didn’t even think about allergens in my home. Of course, spring would come and I’d deal with seasonal allergies, but that all had to do with the great outdoors so I didn’t think about inside my home. Then I had baby number two and things started changing. He was my eczema baby. It’s amazing …