Natural Home: Vinegar Citrus Cleaner

I recently began experimenting with making my own cleaning products.  After having my daughter and watching her little hands touch every surface imaginable, I began to be wary of the long list of chemicals on many labels. Not too mention how pricey some products can be.

After some research and recommendations,  this general purpose vinegar citrus spray has become my go to cleaner.   Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and many essential oils have powerful antibacterial properties.  I use it to wipe down the kitchen counters and Freya’s play table daily.  It also works well to clean grout if you sprinkle a little baking soda, spray, and then scrub.  Here are 2 different recipes and I find that both work equally well.  The only difference being how much time or patience you have.

What you will need:

  • Amber glass spray bottle (I prefer 16 oz. size)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Essential oils (orange, lemon, or grapefruit).  You can use just one or any combination you like.
  • Quart size mason jar (for recipe 2 only)
  • Citrus peels (for recipe 2 only).  I like to use a combination of lemon and orange peels
  • Distilled water

Recipe 1

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar + 1 cup distilled water + 20 drops essential oil. Shake well before using. I used a combination of orange and lemon for my recent batch.

Recipe 2

  • Fill mason jar about 3/4 packed full with citrus peels.  Fill the rest of jar up with distilled vinegar.  Let this sit and steep for 2-3 weeks or longer.
  • Use fine mesh strainer to remove all peels and small particles from vinegar.  Pour vinegar solution into spray bottle until 1/2 full.  Fill rest of bottle with distilled water.  Add about 5 drops of essential oil for extra potency (I like lemon using lemon or orange). Shake before use.

A basic vinegar cleaning solution can be made with a variety of essential oils.  Next up for me is experimenting with possibly a combination of tea tree, lemon, and lavender oils. Happy cleaning!

 

California Getaway

Who knew road tripping  with a toddler would be so good!  A couple weeks ago we took a family vacation to northern California and spent several days exploring the coastline.  We filled our days visiting family, taking in the beautiful scenery, and indulging in delicious baked goods at every stop along the way.  Here are a few snaps from our trip.

 

Guala, CA

 

Point Reyes, Chimney Rock

 

 

 

Keep it Simple: Beauty Routine

I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine.  I like to keep it simple and prefer using natural products. My essentials are sunscreen, eye cream, and a moisturizing face oil.  Lately, I have spruced up my routine a bit and added a couple of new items. Here you will find what is currently in my medicine cabinet.

 

 

I apply One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum once daily in the morning. This is both moisturizing and pumped full of vitamins that even out my skin tone.

One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm is super moisturizing and I apply both day and night. This is the first product I ever tried from One Love Organics and I absolutely love it.

I wash my face once daily in the evening with One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil.  When I want a deeper cleanse I use a hot wash cloth.

Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream has been my go to daily SPF for years.  It’s not too heavy and smells great.

Marble & Milkweed Rose and Chamomile Facial Tonic smells great and feels very refreshing.  I apply a quick spritz and wipe with a cotton ball every morning.

Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Lotion is my go to when I’m on the go.  Whenever I feel any dryness I just dab it on here an there.

I apply Marble & Milkweed Nourishing Oil in the evening.  It smells nice and is very soothing.  I purchased the sample to try it out and will definitely be keeping this in my routine.

 

+ Next up for me is trying some DIY  products.  Homesong blog has a recipe for a his & her deodorant and face serum that I am going to try first.  If anyone has any tips or recipes to share please do!