They say you only spend 1.1 years of your total life cleaning. I beg to differ.
With a husband, three kids, and two dogs running around I feel like ALL I get done is clean. My husband claims to clean all the time as well, so you would think it would actually BE clean around here.
With two little boys, and a less-than-ambitious teenager, there is always a puddle (some comprised of bodily functions, some not) or mess to wipe up. I use Young Living’s Thieves cleaner for almost everything, but there has been more than one occasion where I ran out before my next order came in, and I didn’t want to run to the store and buy a chemical-laden replacement.
So I have concocted a couple of homemade cleaners using essential oils that not only work awesome, they smell amazing, too!
If you are familiar with essential oils, you know that citrus oils break down the petrochemicals in plastic so they need to be in a glass or stainless bottle. Well, all I had was a plastic bottle and I needed to whip up some cleaner! I improvised with this recipe, and now I am addicted to the fresh, minty smell.
1 C Vinegar
1 C Vodka
1/2 C Distilled Water
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
This is one of my favorite cleaners for the bathroom, maybe because it just smells so fresh and clean. If I need a little extra scrubby powder I will apply baking soda and then spray the cleaner over it. That method works great in the shower and tub.
Citrus oils are one of the most popular choices for making cleaners, so of course I had to try them out as well. I went a got a stainless spray bottle and made this recipe:
1 C Vinegar
1 C Vodka
1/2 C Distilled water
10 drops Citrus Fresh Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Essential Oil
This one smells VERY citrusy, so I love it for the kitchen. The best part about both of these cleaners is that you can even use them on glass and mirrors! I would always recommend testing a small spot on new surfaces, but so far I have used them successfully on everything in my kitchen and bathroom.
If DIY isn’t your thing, the Young Living Thieves cleaner is a serious workhorse and has replaced almost every other cleaner in my house. Either way you can eliminate the need to purchase store-bought cleaners that are full of un-pronouncable chemicals and use a safe, healthy, and yummy smelling alternative.
Not into essential oils yet? Check out this post to get started.