For me, cleaning is something that I have a love/hate relationship with. How about you? When I was a kid, my house was always spick and span (except for my room of course), and I imagined that my house would be too when I was all grown up.
Fast forward and I’m all grown up with a crazy dog, messy kids, and a wonderful husband who never cleans up after himself! So let’s just say that my house isn’t always neat and tidy unless I’m expecting company. I’m totally ok with that, because after all, we live here! I do actually enjoy cleaning (when I find time) and I LOVE having a clean house! It feels so good to wake up and everything is clean, doesn’t it? But my favorite part of having a clean house is how amazing it smells when I walk in. Please listen to me: your house does not have to smell like bleach and plug-ins to be clean! You can make it smell even better with natural cleaners that are good for you, and they are easy to make!
There are several simple cleaning recipes that you can make yourself and they are natural, effective, and cost pennies each use. Oh! And very importantly, you will actually like cleaning because your house will smell SO good! Fox 2 Detroit recently asked me to share some natural cleaning recipes with their viewers, you can check the video out below! Lee Thomas even said that he loves when I come in to the station, because it smells so good!
All Purpose Cleaner: You can use this all around the house from counters to wood to bathrooms! I also use it on my hard floors if we have a spill or accident. With any cleaner, it’s a good idea to test an inconspicuous area first.
- Spray bottle
- 1 tsp castile soap. Dr. Bronner’s is a good brand that you can find at Target, Whole Foods, or even the grocery store.
- 12oz water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar (optional, but it has great cleaning abilities. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly!)
- 10-20 drops essential oils. For this cleaner, I love lemon because it cuts through grease like crazy! I also love Thieves essential oil because it smells amazing and it’s cleaning power is fantastic!)
Room + Linen Mist: Use as an air freshener, spray on your clothes, or even use as a body mist!
Here’s the base recipe:
-1/2 C water
-10 - 15 drops of essential oils of your choice.
A couple ideas of how to customize it to your needs:
Relaxing Pillow + Sheet Mist: Use lavender essential oil as your oil of choice
Deodorizing Room + Air Mist. This is especially useful if you have a dog that smells like, well, a dog! Add 15 drops of Purification essential oil to the 12 ounces of water. I’m telling you, this stuff cuts through odors like nobody’s business. You can also mist it or diffuse it after frying food in the kitchen to reduce the “greasy restaurant” smell. (Side note: my husband uses Purification oil as a natural deodorizer for his carpet cleaning company, The Greener Cleaner, because it's so effective. It WORKS!)
Carpet Deodorizer: This is a great little trick to have up your sleeve if you’re expecting company the next day! You’ll need:
-1c baking soda in a jar or clean parmesan cheese container (the holes make it easier to sprinkle on carpets)
-10-20 drops essential oil (optional, but it makes the whole house smell great! I like to use lavender or Stress Away if my mother in law is coming over (kidding! Or am I?) or Purification if I think the house could use some extra freshening)
-Sprinkle on carpets, let sit overnight. Baking soda literally absorbs odors!
-Vacuum carpets the next day
To keep the house smelling good even on non-cleaning days, I use my diffuser. I keep one in the main room so the house smells good right when we walk in, and one in my office since I spend a lot of time in there. Then at night, I put one in the kid’s room and in our room with lavender. It’s so relaxing!
If you’re not into making your own cleaners, it’s ok! Thieves Cleaner is a great natural pre-made option that can be used on floors, counters, appliances and bathrooms. It smells amazing, too!
PS: If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, check out my previous post about why I love them and how my family uses them every day here.
Do you have any natural cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them!