Green Spring Cleaning
Spring has sprung! While it’s still a little chilly here in Utah, the cleaning bug is in the air. Or maybe it’s just coronavirus…. Either way. There’s lots of cleaning happening over at our house.
Whenever I get the spring cleaning bug, I start to first, declutter. It doesn’t matter how deep you clean, if there is excess junk in your house– it will creep it’s way back into your life. Yes, those Barbie Dolls and Legs will find you.
This is when I get my kids involved. Have them go through their toys, shoes, clothes, try things on, get bins and save items that don’t fit for your next kid, get more hangers and hang the clothes up, wash the musty smelling clothes at the back of your kids drawer. Go donate everything and get the excess out of your house ASAP. Otherwise, your kids will get back into toys and clothes and the pattern starts all over again. Things are going to get worse, before they get better. Trust the process!
Once you feel like things are in order, you’ve purged the excess, let’s get down to getting your house SUPER clean.
First things first, you need to diffuse some Motivate + some good music, block out a chunk of time + don’t stop. It’s harder to jump back in so keep cruising!
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ALL- PURPOSE CLEANER
There is no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe for the environment, but it is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 ¾ cups water
- 30 drops doTERRA essential oils
Recommended essential oil combinations:
- 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
- 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
- 30 drops doTERRA On Guard®
- 15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard
- Add all ingredients to a 16 ounce spray bottle.
- Shake thoroughly. Spritz on surfaces and wipe clean.
Want to make your own natural household glass cleanser at home? This DIY essential oil glass cleanser is affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and doesn’t include harsh chemicals like store-bought cleaners.
- 16-ounce spray bottle
- 1 ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup distilled water
- 8 drops of your citrus oil of choice
- Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake.
- Clean surfaces.
Is your wood furniture starting to look dull and lifeless? Wood furniture is an investment that needs to be cared for and maintained. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every few months, it is important to continually keep the wood clean by dusting or wiping it with a damp microfiber cloth.
Bring the shine back to your favorite tables, chairs, floors, and other wood elements with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with doTERRA essential oils.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 10 drops doTERRA essential oils
- Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil.
- Shake well before each use.
- Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every two to three months or as often as needed.
BATHROOM SOFT SCRUB CLEANER
Cleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small, enclosed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health.
The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home? It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom and cleaning products that make the job a little easier to handle.
- ¾ rounded cup baking soda
- ¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 5–10 drops Lemon oil
- In bowl, combine baking soda and castile soap.
- Add water and stir.
- Add vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
- Store in airtight container.
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tub, tile, and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5–10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.
Note: this scrub is also great to use when cleaning your kitchen sink or refrigerator.
A great, easy way to clean the toilets in your home is to make these toilet bombs. You can make them in a large batch and toss them directly into the toilet water before you are going to clean them. So easy + very inexpensive!
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- ½ cup of Citric Acid
- 20 drops of Peppermint Oil
- 20 drops of Lime Oil
- ½ tsp. White Vinegar
- 1 TB Hydrogen Peroxide
- Add 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, and 20 drops peppermint and 20 drops lime essential oil to a mixing bowl. Mix well, breaking up any clumps with the back of your spoon.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide (3% kind) to a small spray bottle. Slowly spray vinegar/hydrogen peroxide onto dry mixture. You may not need to use all the vinegar/hydrogen peroxide. You’ve added enough when it feels like slightly damp (not wet) sand. It should clump together when you squeeze it into a ball, but it should also break apart easily when you drop it into the bowl. (see step 5 above for more details)
- Scoop fizzy mixture into silicone ice cube tray and press firmly into each opening. One batch should yield about 10-12 toilet cleaning fizzies. Let dry overnight (or up to 2-3 days, depending on the humidity in your home). Make sure completely dry before attempting to remove them from mold.
- Store in an airtight plastic container.
Note: If the bombs don’t break apart easily when you drop the clump into the toilet bowl, then the mixture is too wet, to correct it, add a little more baking soda and citric acid.