Craft/DIY Ideas, Recipes

Citrus Cleaning Spray

As you may know, I’m an avid fan of homemade cleaning products. I regularly use (and love!) my laundry detergent, fabric softener, tub and shower cleaner, and multi-purpose cleaning spray.

Well, I’ve come up with another one that I am quite fond of.

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This spray is also multi-purpose, and I have used it on everything from counters to mirrors to whatever else needs a good cleaning. Since it contains vinegar, which is a natural disinfectant, I would much prefer using this over something commercially made and chock full of chemicals.

Yes, the older I get, the more I am a little perturbed by the store-bought options out there. My son Andrew, whom we have dubbed “the Professor,” studies all kinds of science-y stuff. He reads labels and questions what is in our food, what we put on our bodies, etc. Just as an aside, last summer he was reading the label for a bug spray and has since been on a mission to make insect repellent that is safer for people to spray on their bodies. I have to see what we can come up with!

I can assure you that I have no reservations about spraying this in my house.

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You only need two ingredients to make this: white vinegar and citrus peels. That’s it.

I used the peels from several oranges and put them in a quart mason jar. Any other citrus would work beautifully too. Using white vinegar, I filled the rest of the jar and covered it. Then I left it sit for about two weeks, strained off the peels, and poured the liquid into an empty spray bottle. If you leave it to steep for longer, I imagine that it would be even darker in color. Then I busily sprayed away!

Happy (Almost) Spring!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

I love items that multitask, don’t you?

Instead of having a bunch of items that serve one little purpose each, I would prefer just one thing that covers a multitude of uses.

Like this all-purpose cleaner recipe I found.

One item, many uses.

I first made this a couple of months ago and quickly came to love its ability to wipe out many messes.

Just spray and wipe. Or, if you have a tougher mess, spray, let sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe. I can’t tell you how many things this has cleaned up in a snap for me.

Just last week I had to make more, so I thought I’d share the recipe. You can whip it up in a few minutes at home!

What you need:

1 tsp washing soda

2 tsp Borax

2 TB white vinegar

2 1/2 C hot water

1/4 C castile soap

Heat water, then add Borax and washing soda and mix well until dissolved. Then add vinegar and castile soap. Pour into a spray bottle and you’re all set.

To me the secret weapon in this formula is the castile soap.

I purchased some Dr. Bronner’s castile soap from Amazon and highly recommend it. (I heard that Target sells this as well.) The label is a little weird, but don’t be put off by it. It works seriously well and comes in many scents. I prefer the peppermint, but have heard that there is other really good ones.

Have a great week everyone!


Craft/DIY Ideas, Recipes

Homemade Tub & Shower Cleaner

Do you have a least favorite household job? Or maybe several?

My least favorite, hands down, is cleaning the tub and showers in our house.

I have always pretty much hated this part of keeping house. We have two bathrooms, each with a tub/shower, one of which is heavily used by all of us. I have never seemed to find the right cleaning product to whisk away the soap scum that builds up–until now. Yes! Finally!

I wish I had found this little recipe more than a decade ago. Seriously, it’s that good.

Homemade tub and shower cleaner.

You only need 3 items in order to make your own too.

I used equal parts Dawn dish soap (the blue kind), hot vinegar, and an empty spray bottle.

I heated a bit of vinegar up separately, poured it into my spray bottle, then added what looked to be an equal amount of Dawn.

Spray liberally all over your tub and shower walls and let sit. I saw a site that recommended 2 hours, but I gave it a test swipe after 20 minutes and it cleaned it pretty well.

Scrub well and rinse.

Just a little heads up–this does not smell great. In fact, I ran my bathroom fan for awhile to help with the odor. It does go away, so don’t freak out.

I now have a sparkling clean tub and shower. Hooray!

Maybe this won’t be my least favorite job anymore. 🙂