• WELLNESS

    Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray – Great for Toilets!

    I started looking for natural beauty and cleaner recipes a few years ago, I found a few good ingredients and recipes that I liked and that’s where I stopped.

    I always meant to find more recipes for other cleaners I wanted to replace but I never got around to it.

    Until this weekend.

    I was going to clean our bathrooms only to find that we were out of toilet bowl cleaner.

    The last toilet bowl cleaner I bought had been “natural” (I didn’t look at the ingredients so I can’t attest to how natural it really was) and it barely worked. Honestly, I don’t think it worked, it was my scrubbing that made it work.

     

    DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner Spray - Simple to Make and Works Well!

     

    So, since I didn’t want to run to the store I started looking up some recipes online. And I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for any kind of recipe (beauty, cleaning, food. etc) I tend to look at five to seven recipes, find the ingredients they have in common and then go with that.

    That’s what I did this weekend and not only did I have all the ingredients already on hand, I came out with a really great multi-purpose spray that actually works for toilets (way better than the “natural” stuff I bought).

    I started out by using the cleaner for the inside of the toilets (I used the “stream” on my spray bottle and then let it sit for about two minutes) and it worked so amazingly well I’ve been going around and using this cleaner everywhere: the bathroom sink, counter, tub, shower and in my kitchen too!

     

    DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner Spray - Simple to Make and Works Well!

     

    THE INGREDIENTS

     

    The recipe is super simple and includes these ingredients:

     

    VINEGAR – something I always have on hand because it is good for so many cleaning recipes (plus I use it for my conditioner and I just realized I’ve never shared that recipe here . . . I’ll have to change that soon!).

    WATER

    ESSENTIAL OILS – I used tea tree because it is a good disinfectant and then I also used a combination of citrus-y oils to give it a good smell.

    CASTILE SOAP – this is like the Holy Grail of cleaning supplies I think (or, it’s at least tied with baking soda and vinegar for first place). The one I have is citrus scented because I really like the smell of citrus when I am cleaning something.

     

    If you are looking for more natural cleaning and beauty recipes you can find them here!

     

    Simple Natural All Purpose Cleaning Spray

    • 1/4 cup vinegar
    • 1 cup water
    • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
    • 10 drops citrus scented essential oil (optional)
    • 1/4 cup castile soap
    1. Using a funnel add the ingredients into the spray bottle in the order listed.

    2. Close spray bottle and shake gently.

    3. To use, spray on surface and let sit for a minute or two before cleaning.

    If you are looking for more natural cleaning and beauty recipes you can find them here!

  • SIMPLE LIVING,  WELLNESS

    Things I No Longer Buy – Resulting in Cheaper, Greener Living

     

    Two sidenotes before we begin:
    One: This post is going to sound like it was sponsored by Norwex, it’s not. I just seriously love their stuff. I’ve actually thought about selling their products because I’m constantly raving about them but for right now I’ll just continue sounding like a spokesperson for the company.
    Two: I wrote a post with this title two years ago but a number of things have changed so instead of just updating the old post I decided to write a completely new one.

    Over the last five years or so I’ve really been making an effort to live a life of less, I don’t think I initially thought of the environmental benefits but they really go hand in hand.

    This is a list of things I no longer buy, some we simply do without and others I’ve bought items that will last longer and be more environmentally friendly in their place instead.

    As like most of life, this is a work in progress. Ultimately I’d like to be a good steward of what God has given us, I’d like to buy less so we can bless others, have less so we can spend more time together as a family (instead of always cleaning up our clutter) and I’d like to choose experiences over stuff.

  • WELLNESS

    Thieves Oil Foaming Hand Soap

    Lately I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of essential oil recipes, some having been working (like this soap recipe and an awesome tub scrub -recipe coming soon!) and others not so much (like diy shampoo, can we say greasy much?).

    I’m excited to share this thieves oil foaming soap recipe because it’s one I’ve been loving lately.

    Thieves oil is said to kill germs so that’s why it’s the oil of choice for soap.

    Thieves Oil Foaming Hand Soap

    Items Needed:

    • empty foam soap dispenser (I just used one from Bath & Body Works that I had finished up)
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 tbsp Castile soap
    • 1/4 tsp carrier oil (I used almond oil because it’s moisturizing and it’s what I had on hand)
    • 7 drops thieves essential oil (I use the Eden’s Garden brand)

    Add the ingredients to the dispenser in the order listed, close the lid and give it a little shake and then it’s ready to use!

    I love it and it makes my hands feel smooth and smells so clean!

    I’m currently working on a post of my current favorite oils and some uses for them, hopefully that will be up next week. 🙂

    Do you have any DIY cleaning recipes that you love?

    You can view all my posts on essential oils here.

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