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Cleaning up the Homestead

January 16, 2019



Welcome to Megan's First Blog!


Hey, everyone! One of my New Year's resolutions was to reduce the number of chemical cleaners that we have in our house. Off and on over the years, I have tried different DIY/homemade cleaners and never really found one that I liked. It was too streaky. Or was somewhat sticky. I do love store bought stuff, but with our animals, young son, and allergies, I wanted to get back to something more natural.


So, I got on the Google and got to searching. The criteria that I had in mind were simple. Easy. Cheap (enough). And, hopefully, made from stuff that I had around the house.


And, for once, I lucked out on the first recipe I found. Super simple. Cheap, when it comes time to replace necessary ingredients. Easy on the nose (not just straight vinegar, which is one of my most hated smells. Ever.)


Here are the ingredients:


~ ½ cup white distilled vinegar

~ 2 tbsp of baking soda

~ 10 drops of lemon essential oil

~ Water to fill to the top of your bottle


Pour the vinegar in to your spray bottle. Add the essential oil. I did use lemon, but the recipe also suggested Tea Tree Oil. Add the baking soda. I did this part over the sink just in case it bubbled up and out. It was close, but it didn't. Then, top off your spray bottle with water. Cap and rotate gently to mix it all together! And that's it! You are done! Get to cleaning!



I ended up buying amber glass bottles on Amazon. One, I figured that amber glass would keep the mixture stronger, longer. And, I also wanted it to look better when it gets left out on the kitchen windowsill.


I was simply amazed at this cleaner. It took stuff off the top of our electric stove that I had given up on ever getting off. It takes crayon off our kitchen table. The smell is not strong at all. Just a hint of vinegar. Mostly, you get the lemon EO.


I am not a housewife. I hate cleaning. But, straight up, I find myself cleaning behind myself after dinner or after the kid has gone to bed. I don't know if it's because I love the way it works. Or because of the pride that I made it myself. But, I thoroughly enjoy using this stuff.


To the more practical side of things, the antibacterial properties of the combination are also appealing. With Huxley in public preschool and me working around animals, it is important to keep our house as clean as possible.


So, I hope you enjoy this powerhouse of a cleaner like I have! Here's to hoping it holds up over flu season!


Check it out for yourself here: https://www.naturallivingideas.com/homemade-cleaning-products/

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