7 Must Haves for Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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

7 Must Haves for Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies.

1. Vinegar

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 affect 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.

3. Lemons

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 the dollar 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 what a difference they can make in your home.

7 Ways to Use Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is perfect for so many household tasks. It’s also a budget friendly oil, which makes it even easier to use and love. (I love this Lemon Oil from Well.ca!) If you have been curious about what lemon 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 issues. Take a look!

If you have been curious about what lemon oil can do for you, take a look at these 7 ways to use lemon oil and make your life just a little bit easier!

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 ice 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 in the palm of your hand 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. Boost your immune system.

Lemon oil can boost your immune system when inhaled, added to your beverages, or even diffused. During cold and flu season, give lemon oil a try to help your body stay strong and healthy.

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 hand.

A few drops of lemon oil added to your 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 simple lemon oil can be to use? As you can see, 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. 🙂

How do you like to use Lemon Oil?

7 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

7 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

7 Ways to Use Citrus Peels - Citrus peels can be quite practical so don’t toss them, give one of these uses a try instead!
Do you find yourself tossing out citrus peels often? If you enjoy an orange for breakfast or lemons in your beverages, you might find yourself with citrus peels on hand. The good news is, citrus peels don’t have to end up in the garbage, and can in fact have practical uses long after the fruit is gone. Take a look below at 7 ways to use citrus peels that you can try. You will be amazed at how practical citrus peels can be!

1. Give homemade cleaners a boost.

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and add the citrus peels in. Let sit so the oils in the peels have time to distribute. After a few days, you will have a powerful and fresh smelling homemade cleaner that can’t be beat!

2. Add to marinades.

Save citrus peels and add them into your marinades to give meats and fish a citrus kick. The oils in the peels will add flavor to your food easily and inexpensively.

3. Use them to attract garden friends.

Toss citrus peels into the garden to attract bees and butterflies which can aid your plants and offer some beauty as well. Just place the peels in a shallow dish and set near ground cover or low laying plants. In no time the butterflies and bees will come. You may even get a few hummingbirds!

4. Add them to compost.

Add your citrus peels to your compost piles or bins to help enrich your soil and make your plants grow. They will add some acidity to the soil as well as other nutrients that your plants will love.  If you save the entire half of an orange peel, you can even use it as a seed starter.

5. Candy them.

Candied citrus peels are an old fashioned treat that are just as good today as they were years ago. To make candied citrus peels remove as much of the white rind as possible leaving just the peel. Boil the peels in a sauce pan for about 20 minutes, remove, then roll in sugar.

6. Make citrus zest.

Citrus zest can be used in marinades, salad dressings, and dessert recipes. Make your own citrus zest by rubbing the peel on a grater, and then store the shavings in a cool place until needed. Some people even freeze their zest until they can use it.

7. Make faucets shine.

Take the citrus peel and rub it (the white side) against the metal of your faucets. The oil will cut through grease and grime and bring the metal to a shine.

As you can see, citrus peels can be quite practical. So don’t toss them, give one of these uses a try instead!

Do you know of any other way to use citrus peels?  Share in the comments!

How to Clean your Gadgets

How to clean your gadgets

I was actually excited to write this post because my laptop?  It was filthy.  As in, it sounds much quieter now that I cleaned the fan area.  I’m also a much happier person now that my fingers aren’t flying over dust particles and my eyes see the actual screen rather that the finger marks from Sienna. 🙂

It’s actually not that difficult to get your electronics clean and germ-free. Once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes a task that takes only a minute or two to finish.

Here’s what you need to clean your gadgets:

Here’s how to clean your gadgets:

computer dust can

LAPTOPS:

To clean your laptop, you’ll want to take it outside with a can of compressed air.  Give the keyboard, the ports, the air vents and anywhere else dust is hiding, a few good blasts of air.

computer pipecleaner

computer usb

Next, you’ll want to take a pipe cleaner or a Q-tip and run it along each and every crack and through your ports to pick up any lingering dust.  I have better luck using a pipe cleaner with the way my keyboard is set up.

computer smears

Finally, take an electronic cleaning wipe and wipe down each surface.  The keyboard, the trackpad and even the screen can be cleaned with an electronic cleaning wipe.  (I’ve even used Windex on occasion.)

Now you should have a pretty clean laptop!  Desktop computers can be cleaned the same way.

TABLETS AND CELL PHONES

We don’t own a tablet, but if your cell phone is anything like ours, you probably have plenty of smears and fingerprints!  These devices are easy to clean.  Take your can of compressed air, blast the ports then use and electronic cleaning wipe to clean the screens.  If you have a case to go with your devices, make sure you clean those too!  (I put our phone case in a sink of soapy water and let it dry before I put it back on.)

There you go!  Not too hard right?  How often do you clean your gadgets?

How to Clean Your Microwave in 5 Minutes or Less

Cleaning the microwave can be pretty gross at times, especially if it’s been a while since the last cleaning.  Who likes to scrub all that baked on food anyways?  Well, simply using a cut up lemon, some water, and only a little bit of elbow grease, you can have a sparkling clean microwave once again in no time flat!

Cleaning the microwave can be a messy task. But here is how you can easily clean the microwave in 5 minutes or less!

Here’s how to clean your microwave in 5 minutes or less:

  1. Pour a cup or two of water into a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.
  3. Microwave the water and lemons for about 3 minutes, or until you see the water boil.
  4. Once the water has boiled, do not open the microwave door, let it stand for about a minute so the steam can coat the inside.
  5. Open the microwave door and carefully remove the bowl with the water and lemons.
  6. If your microwave has a turntable, lift it out and wipe it clean.
  7. Next wipe the inside of the microwave starting with the ceiling and the sides. Finish with the bottom, making sure to sweep out any crumbs.
  8. Finally, don’t forget to clean the door!

If you come across spots that won’t easily wipe away, simply dip the corner of your cloth in the bowl of lemon-water and scrub away until the spot disappears.