At this moment, my house is not in tip top shape. In fact it feels quite chaotic to me. In some sense, I’ve come to terms with the state of my home because of the season I’m in with young kids at home. However, there are days when I find my home quite overwhelming and something needs to be done before my sanity is jeopardized. 🙂 A clean and tidy space makes for a happy mom.
So today I give you four quick things that I do when my home is overwhelming me:
Make the beds
Fluff the pillows, throw the covers back. Doesn’t have to be perfect, but having the beds made make me breathe easier. Even when there are piles of laundry on the floor!
Clear off the outside of the fridge
Art work, shopping lists and magnets galore. I love displaying my daughter’s art work from school and the fridge is just so convenient for having my grocery list. But once in a while, a good wipe down is necessary and I don’t bother to put anything back up for a while afterwards.
Sweep the floors
One word. Crumbs. Everywhere! Nothing irritates me quite as much as stepping on some crumbs and having them stick to my bare feet. Ewww! Because of this, I try to sweep the floor every day and vacuum at least once a week. I’m amazed at how much better I feel after the floors have been swept.
Clear the kitchen counters
We have a tiny kitchen with little counter space and just as little storage space for kitchen things. Needless to say, things get put on the counter, taking away precious food preparation space. While it’s a never ending battle, I try to clear off as much “extras” as I can on a regular basis.
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What sort of things do you like to do when your home is overwhelming you?
Do you want to clean your home more naturally and for less money? Then making your own cleaning supplies may be the answer for you! When you make your own cleaning supplies, you know exactly what is going into the product, while saving money at the very same time. If you want to start experimenting with making your own cleaning supplies, but don’t know where to begin, take a peek below at these 7 must haves for making your own cleaning supplies. You will find that with these supplies on hand, making your own products can be quite easy.
7 Must Haves for Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Vinegar is the perfect product for cleaning glass and hard surfaces such as countertops and sinks. You can use vinegar in a spray bottle undiluted for cleaning glass, or mix in a little baking soda to create a fizzy concoction perfect for scrubbing tile, grout lines, and sinks. White vinegar and even cider vinegar both work well, although white vinegar is often preferred due to the cost.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda adds a scrubbing effect to your cleaner, so it’s perfect for using when scrubbing sinks, tiles, floors, or other areas that are especially built up with dirt and grime. You can make a baking soda paste out of baking soda and water, and use it especially on bathroom surfaces. (I like this recipe.) You can also sprinkle baking soda into the garbage disposal or onto carpet (be sure to vacuum after a few minutes) if it is especially stinky, since it will help absorb odors.
Lemons are perfect for cleaning your home! They smell great and they can help cut through grease and grime like a champ. Cut a lemon in half and use the half directly on surfaces to scrub down sinks and faucets to a shine. You can also add lemon juice to your baking soda/water paste to give it a boost and make the space smell great. I also really like this Super Citrus cleaner. If you don’t have fresh lemons, lemon oil works great too.
4. Fels Naptha Soap
Fels Naptha is a bar soap from days gone by that is a staple in many homemade cleaners today. (Dr. Bronner’s bar soap is a good replacement in Canada.) You can shave or grate the bar into a fine powder and use it in your stain fighting mixtures and laundry detergent recipes. It works wonders at removing stains from fabric and can bring many clothing items and linens back to life.
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an essential oil that pairs well with many homemade cleaning product recipes. It offers a wonderful scent that will leave your home smelling great, and can also be used for its aromatherapy purposes. Lavender also has antiseptic properties, so it can help kill germs in commonly used areas such as bathrooms.
6. Peppermint Oil
If pests are a problem in your home, add peppermint oil to your homemade cleaning products. A few drops can help keep moths, spiders, and mice away. When you finish your basic cleaning routine, you can even dab some of the peppermint oil onto a cotton ball or two and leave them in or around areas where pests tend to be a problem.
7. Assorted containers.
Head to your favorite store for spray bottles, glass jars with lids, and plenty of peel and stick labels. All of these will come in handy when making your own cleaning supplies. You also want to be sure you always label supplies so you know what they are and what ingredients are in them. Your dollar store should have everything you need!
See how easy and fun it can be to make your own cleaning products? Give this list of must haves your consideration and see how much fun it is to make your own cleaning supplies!
Lemon Essential oil is perfect for so many household tasks. It’s also a budget friendly oil, which makes it even easier to use and love. If you have been curious about what lemon essential oil can do for you, take a look below at 7 ways to use lemon oil and make your life just a little bit easier! You might find that lemon oil is the perfect solution to many common household tasks. Take a look!
7 Smart Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil
1. Polish wood furniture.
Bring a natural shine to your wood furniture when you polish it with a little lemon oil. Just dab some on a soft cloth and massage it into the wood. It will condition the wood and bring out a rich shine that anyone can appreciate.
2. Give your water some flavor.
Add a drop or two of lemon oil to your water for a nice boost of flavor. You can add more or less depending on your tastes. The oil will take the place of a fresh lemon if you don’t have one on hand and even add nutrients. (Make sure you purchase a lemon oil that can be ingested.)
3. Rev up your energy.
A few dabs of lemon oil on your wrists and inhaled can give you an instant boost of energy. The scent of lemon can help rev up your senses and make you feel more alert and revitalized in no time.
4. Remove stubborn stickers.
Lemon oil is great at getting awful sticker residue off! Simply place a drop or two of lemon essential oil on the corner of a clean towel. Hold this corner of the towel over the sticky spot for a few seconds to let the oil start working. Rub the lemon essential oil into the sticky residue. As the sticky residue begins to loosen and come off, wipe it with a clean area of the towel. Ta da!
5. Clean your dishwasher.
Add a few drops of lemon oil to your dishwasher before starting a cycle. When you run it, it will help clean and deodorize the dishwasher and keeps it (and your dishes) looking their best.
6. Keep your disposal fresh.
Add a few drops of lemon oil to your garbage disposal before running it. This will help fight grease, banish odor, and keep your sink smelling fresh and clean.
7. Give cleaning products a boost.
A few drops of lemon oil added to your homemade cleaning products can help give them a boost. They will smell great, work harder, and cut through grease like crazy. Check out this post to see how homemade cleaning products can save you money.
See how wonderful lemon essential oil can be to use? It helps with so many things! So grab a bottle of lemon oil and give these ideas a try. It just may become a staple in your house. 🙂
I’d love to hear what your favorite essential oil scent is in the comments below!
Mandy wrote in and gave me a recipe for homemade stain remover that she’d love to share with everyone! She says it works wonderfully but remains economical and environmentally friendly! Love That! Here’s the recipe:
- 1/4 cup of laundry detergent (I use Down East Laundry Detergent)
- 1/4 cup glycerin (bought at the pharmacy)
- 1 1/2 cups of water
Mix it up and put the mixture in spray bottles. Spray it on a stain, then wash as usual.
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