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
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.
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!
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.
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.