DIY: 4 Ingredient Kitchen Cleaner

Making my own cleaning products always appealed to me, but I got the final push the day I saw my toddler son actually lick the countertop on our kitchen island. All I could think about was what he might get in his system as my husband had recently purchased a Clorox cleaner, and I had used it! I tend to buy cleaner products such as 7th generation and method,  but having vinegar and oils on hand already it seemed like the easier and more cost effective option. I buy big bottles of vinegar for under  $2.50 at Aldi, which is far less expensive than natural cleaning sprays, and with far less ingredients. 

Vinegar works as a natural disinfectant and is usable on almost all surfaces in your home. I use it in my kitchen on the cabinets and countertops, on my bathroom sink and even on my hardwood floors. It is only advised against on soft stones, such as marble and granite. 

I use a combination of essential oils both for the aromatherapy and for further disinfection. Currently I'm loving lemon -rosemary combination but you can mix and match to your liking.  I've used many different essential oils and you'll notice a variety of labels in my photos. But my favorite brand in terms of quality and cost is Rocky Mountain Oils. They have great prices and good sales on their website,  the oils are of high quality, and they don't require any strange subscription services.... Now let's get going! 

 

 Supplies: 

16 oz glass spray bottle (This are the ones I have: https://amzn.to/2tCcMdQ )

Equal parts Water and Distilled White Vinegar  

5 drops essential oil of your choosing: I like lemon,  orange or grapefruit

5 drops essential oil of your choosing: I use tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint or rosemary 

 

Directions:

1. Fill water bottle with equal parts water and Distilled vinegar. It usually works out to be 3/4 C of each in these glass water bottles

2. Add 5 drops of each oil of your choosing, or as many as you need to obtain optimal aroma

3. Mix together and you're ready to use! I have these labels I use on my glass bottles which isn't necessary, but I like to add the label so my husband and other guests in my home feel comfortable using it. And it adds a little flair!  

 

 let me know if you try it or have any other cleaning product suggestions-- I'm always on the hunt to make my life simplified!

let me know if you try it or have any other cleaning product suggestions-- I'm always on the hunt to make my life simplified!

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Easy DIY PooPourri!

Because I have a decent collection of essential oils,  sometimes I realize I can make certain cleaning products at home instead of buying them. I use similar oils in my vinegar based kitchen cleaner, so if you have to purchase oils it might be helpful to buy ones you think you'll use twice!

 I'm not a fan of synthetically scented things, perfumes, candles and sprays like febreeze often give me headaches. So when I tried  Poo Pourri  I was not only impressed with it's natural ingredients but also it's efficacy in our sole bathroom. When I realized I already owned the esential oils in the original citrus scent Poo Pourri, I simply purchased small glass spray bottles and can refill on demand at a fraction of the cost!   Supplies :    4 oz glass spray bottles      Lemon essential oil    Bergamot essential oil    Lemongrass essential oil   1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol  Distilled water

I'm not a fan of synthetically scented things, perfumes, candles and sprays like febreeze often give me headaches. So when I tried Poo Pourri I was not only impressed with it's natural ingredients but also it's efficacy in our sole bathroom. When I realized I already owned the esential oils in the original citrus scent Poo Pourri, I simply purchased small glass spray bottles and can refill on demand at a fraction of the cost!

Supplies:

 4 oz glass spray bottles 

 Lemon essential oil

Bergamot essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil

1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol

Distilled water

Waterproof labels

Directions:  

1. Add 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to a small spray bottle. 

2. Add 5-10 drops of lemon, lemongrass and bergamot essential oils (or substitute for other scent of your choice!) 

3. Fill the bottle to the top with water (preferably distilled but I often just use filtered). 

4. Mix,  label and spray away! 

As always, let me know if you discover better scents or tips! I've heard adding a drop of castille soap such as Dr. Bronner's helps to cover the toilet bowl better but I have yet to try. Hopefully you find something simple that works for you! 

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

An easy and entertaining read, The Leavers paints the picture of cultural and family ties as well as the oppressive nature towards illegal immigrants in the workplace. As I read about Deming's mother saving tens of thousands of dollars by working as a teenager in China to pay for her entry to America, only to arrive to a crowded apartment where she slept on the floor and worked long (underpaid) hours to pay off her (overpriced) debts to get to New York. It was all eye opening for me, and given in the context of a coming of age storyline.

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Saving Charlotte

Pia's journey through her child's illness seems even more raw and real to me as a mother, for I can only imagine the pain she feels while protecting she offers her children within the four walls of their home.  From the moment she receives the diagnosis of her newborn daughter's illness, Pia is a pillar of strength and a protector of her daughter. She bravely takes her daughter home (much to the surprise and dismay of the hospital and staff) and cares for her in the way she feels her daughter needs. I loved that. I loved the way she knew, instinctively, that she wanted to care for her daughter at home instead of watching her lay in a hospital bed. She spent so much time in that year protecting, feeding and caring for her sweet sick baby that she refers to her house as a cocoon--an illustration that I felt so fitting and inspirational. 

As their journey continues and improves, I found myself invested in this child's wellbeing, as well as impressed and inspired by the strength Pia offers as a mother and caretaker. Through her trusting her own instincts and caring for her daughter, I learned that it sometimes women truly do know their children better than anyone else, and it sometimes can save their lives. Saving Charlotte is worth the read, and this tale of motherhood is a true inspiration. 

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2018 Book List

I always like to have a good book going, especially to read before I go to bed at night. Below is a list of books I have read throughout the year, along with reviews of each linked in the title of the book. Have any book recommendations for me? I'm always on the hunt for a good read, so please let me know in the comments or contact me via e-mail. Enjoy!

Non-Fiction

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance

Lion by Saroo Brierley

Saving Charlotte by Pia de  Jong

 

 

 

Fiction

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Today Will be Different by Maria Sempe

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

 
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