DIY Small Appliance Cleaner

Our small appliances get a lot of use. From making toast to blending almost daily smoothies, it doesn’t take long for smudges, drips and spatters to appear. In an effort to keep them clean, I use a simple DIY cleaner to get the job done. It is ideal for the exterior of just about any small appliance and serves to get them clean with only pennies a bottle invested.

My preferred tool for cleaning small appliances is a barely damp microfiber cloth. Microfiber is a workhouse in the kitchen and cleans gently and effectively. It washes up beautifully and is reusable. New to the world of microfiber? Check out my post here for all the reasons why I love it so much.

On to the recipe, right? It couldn’t be much easier – if this looks familiar, this is the SAME recipe for my granite and marble cleaner.  How’s that for cleaning multi-tasking?

Small Appliance Cleaner:

  • 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap

Combine in a spray bottle and shake to combine. I like to use a funnel to assure that the ingredients go where they are intended.

Dampen your cloth and wring out until barely wet. Spray the cleaner on to the cloth and wipe the appliance. On stainless steel, wipe in the direction of the grain. You can also spray directly on to the surface as long as you take care to avoid any openings or electrical components. This method works better on appliances like a toaster oven when there aren’t any exposed components. Repeat and wipe as needed until clean. Be sure to rinse and wring out your cloth as needed to prevent smears and smudges.

Set aside some time to clean all your small appliances all at once or as needed. This cleaner can easily be stored for a month or two – I mix it up weekly because I use it daily in the kitchen.

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DIY Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

Can natural ingredients really kill germs?  You bet! Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective disinfecting spray cleaner.  It smells fresh and clean and it will get rid of germs in a hurry!

Gather the  ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties – you can substitute rubbing alcohol, but it will have a more medicinal scent)
  • 15 drops essential oil – peppermint + lemon OR lavender + lemon are great in this recipe
  • glass spray bottle 

Please note: Vinegar should not be used on granite or marble because the acid may etch the surface.  Here’s my favorite granite and marble spray recipe.

Once you’ve mixed up your disinfecting spray you can spray away.  I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.  Go to this post for my 15 minute bathroom cleaning strategy.  If you’re using this spray in the kitchen, the same rules apply for cross-contamination – use separate cloths for separate areas.  No rinsing is required with this recipe.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you money and better than that, it’s so much better for you and your family!  Go here to see more posts with my favorite DIY cleaning recipes.

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Summer Diffuser Blends

Summer is here! With that in mind, today I am sharing some of my favorite blends to diffuse in our home in the warmer months. You will find plenty of refreshing and invigorating blends containing citrus, herbs, mint and all sorts of summer goodness to scent your home with. The beauty of diffusing essential oils is that you can easily adapt or alter the combinations to your preferences. Love lavender? Add another drop! Don’t have any spearmint on hand? Substitute peppermint or another oil you have in your collection. The possibilities and combinations are endless.

You will find that all of these combinations are a total of six drops. That’s my preference and a general guidelines of diffuser maufacturers, but you can certainly adapt or alter according to your likes or diffuser needs.

  • 3 drops wintergreen
  • 3 drops wild orange

 

  • 3 drops wild orange
  • 1 drop spearmint
  • 2 drops bergamot

 

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lime
  • 1 drop spearmint

 

  • 2 drops lime
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops tea tree

 

  • 3 drops geranium
  • 3 drops lavender

 

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemongrass
  • 1 drop peppermint

 

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops wild orange

 

  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop geranium

 

  • 3 drops eucalyptus
  • 3 drops spearmint

 

  • 2 lime
  • 2 lemon
  • 1 lavender
  • 1 rosemary

 

  • 4 drops lemon
  • 1 drop spearmint
  • 1 drop basil

I love this diffuser – it blends right in to the decor with its wood-like surface. I use Plant Therapy and doTERRA essential oils.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.  

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Here are a couple more essential oil posts that you might enjoy!  Just click on the image to go to the post.

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DIY Peppermint Daily Shower Spray

If you deal with soap scum in the shower and/or find that weekly or bi-weekly cleaning isn’t enough to keep your shower clean, you might want to add a daily shower spray to your cleaning regimen. You can use a pre-mixed daily shower spray or make your own. I’m sharing my recipe with you today – it smells fresh and clean in the shower, keeps soap scum and mildew away, and is super easy to mix up and use.

Using a daily shower spray will keep soap scum and mildew at bay and make it easier to clean your shower.  Start with a clean shower first and then use the daily shower spray to keep scum and mildew away.

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

1/2 cup vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol but I find that the vodka works better in this recipe)
1 cup water
10 drops peppermint essential oil
glass spray bottle

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering has occurred.  No rinsing necessary.  Optional: Use a squeegee at the end of your shower to remove excess water and to prevent water spots.

If you’re looking for natural ways to clean your home and a new way to clean your home, you can find similar recipes in both of my books: Simply Clean and The Organically Clean Home.

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How to Clean a Diffuser

I have long been a fan of using essential oil diffusers in our home. If you were to drop by for a visit, chances are you would find a diffuser running somewhere. I keep one in the kitchen and family area to gently scent the air, help remove cooking odors, and set a calming mood. There is also often one in a child’s bedroom to help ward off germs, set the stage for restful sleep or remove odors. With all of the use diffusers get, it is important to keep them clean in order to keep the ultrasonic plate free of residue as well as remove any residual oil or sediment. I am sharing two methods for cleaning your diffuser, including a quick clean and a deep clean method.

As always, consult the manual or the manufacturer of your diffuser when in doubt when it comes to maintenance and cleaning.

I like to clean the diffuser when I change the oils. The quick clean method works perfectly for removing residual oil in between a monthly deep clean.  I love this diffuser – it works great and has a decor-ish look so it blends right in.

Quick Clean:

  1. Be sure to unplug your diffuser.
  2. Pour out any residual water from the rear of the diffuser, taking care to not let any buttons or the cord outlet get wet.
  3. Wipe out the interior of the water tank using a damp microfiber cloth or soft cotton cloth.
  4. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the ultrasonic chip or plate that is on the bottom of the diffuser.
  5. Wipe the exterior of the diffuser down with your damp microfiber or soft cotton cloth.

Every month or so, I give our diffusers a more thorough cleaning. A deeper cleaning will keep your diffuser running more quietly and efficiently as well as remove some of the tougher buildup that can occur. You may have heard of different cleaning options, including using vinegar to tackle the buildup and scale. If you choose to use vinegar, check with the manufacturer of your diffuser first as it voids the warranty for some.

Deep Clean:

  1. Unplug your diffuser and pour out any residual water and oil that may still be in the tank.
  2. Examine the lid or top to your diffuser and remove any pieces or components that you are able to so you can thoroughly clean all the washable parts. Never submerge any pieces that contain electrical components.
  3. Combine warm water and several drops of castile soap or a gentle dish soap in a bowl. Using your cloth, clean and wipe the entire top and pieces. You can use a Q-tip or a soft brush to get at those tricky little nooks and crannies. Rinse, dry and set aside these pieces.
  4. If your diffuser has a buildup issue, use a cloth saturated in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the interior of the tank. Use a Q-tip or small brush to gently clean the ultrasonic chip or plate.
  5. You can also use several drops of lemon essential oil on your cloth to remove stubborn buildup. Lemon essential oil is great for removing sticky bits and residue.
  6. Wipe down the tank with a clean cloth one last time, put it back together and diffuse to your hearts content.

 

I use doTERRA and Plant Therapy essential oils.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.  

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Here are a couple more essential oil posts that you might enjoy!  Just click on the image to go to the post.

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes

When was the last time that you washed your makeup brushes? This super simple task is easy to neglect but it’s a cleaning task that you can do in under five minutes. Add washing your brushes to your beauty routine at least once a month and your brushes will last longer and you’ll eliminate bacteria on your brushes which eventually will end up on your face.

Why wash makeup brushes?

  • old makeup builds up on the bristles
  • bacteria from the oils on your face build up on the brushes
  • if you use use brushes in multiple products like different shades of eye shadow you are cross-contaminating your makeup and shades

What you’ll need:

  • castile soap or mild shampoo or hand soap
  • warm water from the sink for washing
  • hand towel for air drying

Steps to take:

Wet the bristles.

Add a drop of soap to the palm of your hand.

Rub the brush in the palm of your hand, swirling a little bit – you’ll see the makeup in the palm of your hand.

Rinse until the water runs clear – repeat if necessary.

Blot away any extra water on a clean hand towel.

Let dry thoroughly before using – place outside in the sun to speed up the process.

QUICK TIP: Clean your brushes after you apply your makeup for the day because it may take a bit for the brushes to fully dry.

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QUICK TIP: How to Remove Water Spots from Stainless Steel Appliances

If you have stainless steel appliances, especially a refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser, you’ve most likely experiences those water spots and drips that seem impossible to wipe away with normal methods.  This ‘issue’ has come to light recently in our house with the endless water bottle filling and lots of water drinking (not complaining) but it seems like there are water drips down the front of the refrigerator all the time.  Case in point:

 

I use this method for cleaning my stainless steel appliances and I am still using that method but for removing those stubborn hard water spots, this trick is my favorite method – it works every time!  I simply wipe the appliances clean with white vinegar and then I polish the water spots as needed as a second step.

Here’s what you need:

  • olive oil
  • paper towel for application (you can use a microfiber cloth, but the oil will stain it)
  • soft microfiber cloth to buff and polish

Follow these simple steps:

Fold a paper towel into fourths. Apply about a quarter-sized amount to your paper towel – squish it into the paper towel so it isn’t just on top.

Start at the top of the appliance and apply WITH the grain of the stainless steel and from left to right.

Wipe away any excess with your paper towel

Buff with a microfiber cloth

Admire your no-spots or streaks appliance

 

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How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

This is one of those super simple, why haven’t I been making this forever sort of DIY recipes. With just two ingredients it’s easy to mix up and extremely economical. You might recognize it from my first book, The Organically Clean Home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • foaming soap dispenser(s) – reuse one you have or you can find the ones I used here
  • 1-2 tablespoons castile soap (choose a scent that you love – citrus is my favorite!) – I use 2 tablespoons for 8 ounces of water (experiment with how foamy you want your soap to be
  • 8 ounces of water (or whatever size your foamer is) – we go through soap really quickly so I use filtered tap water but if you don’t go through the soap quickly you’ll want to use distilled water
  • funnel
  • measuring spoons

Place the funnel in the container.

Measure 1-2 tablespoons castile soap into the funnel.

Pour water over the soap.

Place the lid on the dispenser and shake to combine.

Wash up!  My kids love this soap and I love how foamy it is – it does a great job cleaning hands. Feel free to add 10-20 drops of essential oil to the liquid if you’d like a make a custom scent or amp up your germ-killing capabilities.

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How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances in Under an Hour

This is a great method for deep cleaning all your appliances quickly, seasonally, spring cleaning (are you doing my spring cleaning challenge?), or just a cleaning whim.  Feel free to split it up and do one appliance at a time, but the magic in the method is that you can thoroughly deep clean ALL your kitchen appliances quickly.

Ready?  Make sure you have about an hour to dedicate to this job – it’s frustrating to be mid-project and have to stop.

GATHER a couple cleaning supplies – castile soap or dish soap, white vinegar, a scrub brush or old toothbrush, all-purpose, non-toxic cleanermicrofiber cloths, and bar mop towels or cleaning rags.
FILL your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water.
OVEN – If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can run that option, but because it’s a smelly job it is best done after a quick clean up of food on the interior and with the windows open.  If you don’t have this option or don’t want to stink up the house, heavily spray a non-toxic degreaser or all-purpose cleaner in the interior of the oven and shut the door, letting the cleaner work on the grease.  Once you’ve treated your oven, you’ll want to clean the stove top – here’s how to clean a glass stove top and a gas stove top.
MICROWAVE – take out the glass plate in your microwave and put it in your sink.  Spray the interior of your microwave with non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner OR put a bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes).   Let the cleaner or steam do its job.  Here’s a post with the full instructions for this method.
DISHWASHER – do this after you have run the dishwasher and its ‘clean’ and empty.  Remove the racks, spray the edges with cleaner and wipe clean.  Check the trap at the bottom for any food or blockages and clean out the filter if your dishwasher has one. Put a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle.  Here’s a post with very specific instructions on how to clean your dishwasher if you’re interested.

REFRIGERATOR – throw away anything old or expired, take the rest of the contents out of the refrigerator and take out all removable drawers and shelves.  Put the drawers and shelves in the soapy sink and let them soak.

  • Mix up 1 teaspoon of dish soap (or my favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange castile soap), 1 teaspoon baking soda, and about 4-6 cups of warm water.
  • Wipe down the shelves with a well rung out microfiber cloth, bar mop or dish cloth.  Repeat until all shelves and drawers have been wiped clean.  Dry if necessary.
FINISH UP – go back and wipe and dry the microwave tray and the refrigerator drawers and shelves.  Wipe the interior of your oven after the self-cleaning cycle has completed OR if you used an all-purpose cleaner, you can use a non-toxic scrubbing cleaner or baking soda to clean and polish.
SPRAY and WIPE the fronts of your appliances – I like to use microfiber window/glass cloths on my stainless steel appliances for a streak-free shine.  Here’s a post with more details on my favorite method.
That’s it!  In an hour of active time (if you run the self-clean option on your oven and run your dishwasher, it will take a little longer, but that’s time that you aren’t doing any cleaning), your appliances will be spring cleaned!

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It’s complete with quick cleaning checklists and guides and it will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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How to Use Castile Soap

This post is part of a new series – Homekeeping Basics.  In the series I’ll talk about ingredients, products, and some simple, basic homekeeping 101 sorts of things. I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s start with a product I think every one should have in their home – castile soap.  Castile soap is an all natural, vegetable-based product made primarily of coconut and olive oils. Instead of using synthetic chemicals as ingredients, they use naturally found and sourced ingredients.  A lot of soaps (dish and otherwise) contain petroleum and other toxic, caustic ingredients. By switching to castile soap for cleaning you’re using an effective and safe alternative.

My favorite is brand is Dr. Bronner’s – I love the citrus version.  It smells fresh, clean, and citrusy.  Dr. Bronner’s also comes in unscented, almond, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and a few other scents.  If you have never heard of Dr. Bronner’s you can purchase online through Amazon or I purchase at my local Wal-Mart, Target (in the natural beauty section), or Whole Foods.

What’s so great about castile soap? It’s affordable, extremely concentrated, natural, and gentle and it cleans beautifully! It’s a great multi-purpose cleaner. It’s so safe that you can use it to clean fruit and vegetables and to brush your teeth. One word of caution – castile soap and vinegar don’t mix.  The acid in the vinegar mixes with the castile to make a sludge.  I do use one or two recipes with a teeny tiny bit of castile soap and vinegar and haven’t had a sludgy reaction, but just be careful as you’re mixing up cleaning concoctions.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use castile soap:

How to Clean Window Blinds

How to Clean Window Tracks

How to Clean Hardwood Floors Without Vinegar

How to Clean a Glass Cooktop

3 Ways to Clean Baseboards

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray

Nightly Sink Scrub

Soft Cleaning Scrub

Washing Windows – 2 Ways to DIY

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

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How to Clean Window Blinds

If you have blinds you know that they do a great job of keeping the sun out of a room and adding privacy but they are also great at trapping dust and debris.  Dust and dirt left on blinds shows, but worse than that, it can add allergens to your home that you don’t need.  A little attention during seasonal cleaning is a great way to keep your blinds clean year ‘round.  Today I’m sharing my three favorite methods for effective blind cleaning. Try one or all of them – each one works perfectly to clean your blinds with ease.

Use a blind duster

These little blind duster tools are great for quickly cleaning window blinds.  The microfiber can be removed and laundered in between uses and it works great to trap dust from both sides of the blinds simultaneously.  Bonus: you can clean two blind slats at once.

Microfiber + water

If you prefer a more ‘hands-on’ technique, use a microfiber cloth and barely dampen it.  If your blinds are extra dusty or dirty, add a drop of rubbing alcohol and a drop of castile or dish soap to help cut through the dust and grime.

Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a vacuum cleaner (this one is my favorite) with a soft brush attachment and an extending hose, try using it to vacuum your blinds.  This is my favorite technique because it’s quick and it does a great job of capturing any dust in a hurry.


This month is all about spring cleaning and decluttering.  If you haven’t grabbed the free checklist, go to this post to grab it and get started.

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

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Go to this post for my favorite methods and recipes for washing windows.

And this post for how to clean window tracks.

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How to Clean Window Tracks

Cleaning windows is an integral component of spring cleaning but cleaning window tracks is definitely one of those yucky jobs that no one likes doing.  As far as I’m concerned, cleaning the tracks is just as important as cleaning the windows themselves.  Depending on where you live you’ll find different types of dirt in your window tracks – dust, dirt, pollen, mold, insects, spiderwebs, etc. Any or all of these particles can be found in your window tracks – no one wants to open a window only to let dirt in to the house.  If you suffer from allergies you’ll definitely find some relief once you’ve cleaned the pollen and dust from the window tracks. The good news is if you clean your window tracks in the spring and fall you’ll be cutting down on how long this task takes.

Want to tackle this not-so-fun spring cleaning task?

Gather your supplies:

  • castile or dish soap
  • warm water in container
  • sponge
  • bath towel for the floor
  • microfiber cloth
  • soft cloths for drying window sills and tracks
  • scrub brush or old (but clean) toothbrush
  • vacuum if necessary

Get started:

Place a bath towel on the floor to catch and drips and dirt.

Carefully remove the window screens. If these are dirty, take the time to spray them with your hose outside or wipe them clean with your sponge.

Vacuum up any loose dirt or debris with the hose attachment of your vacuum cleanerif your window tracks are really dirty. Make sure you clean the attachment when you are done with the job.

Put about 1 teaspoon (or a good squirt) of dish soap to warm water in a container.  

Add warm water to the soap to make a soapy solution for cleaning your window tracks.

Dip your sponge in the warm, soapy water and scrub over the tracks.

If the sponge isn’t working, use a scrub brush to help loosen up the dirt and debris.

Rinse and repeat scrubbing until all the dirt is removed.  Change the water if it gets dirty. Yuck, right?

Don’t forget to wipe the sills and latches clean.

Dry thoroughly and admire your clean windows.


This month is all about spring cleaning and decluttering.  If you haven’t grabbed the free checklist, go to this post to grab it and get started.

I’ll be sharing blog and social media posts (follow below!) to help you clean and declutter at the same time. I’ve picked a couple areas of the home that NEED to be spring cleaned and with that cleaning I’ll help you with some very specific decluttering too.  Print out the checklist, follow along, and work at your own pace.

What’s your motivation?  Find it and start simply spring cleaning!

Grab the checklist and start working your way through some spring cleaning and decluttering.  Before you know it, your home will be spring cleaned, decluttered, and better than it was before you started!

Did you grab Simply Clean?  Of course I talk about spring cleaning and there’s a beautiful spring cleaning checklist included too! Amazon shopper?  Grab it here.

If you haven’t put your supplies together, go to this post to get started and then come on back for your checklist.

Don’t miss the SIMPLY SPRING CLEANING Challenge:

Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

Go to this post for my favorite methods and recipes for washing windows.

 

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Scent your Home Naturally : Diffuser Blends

Artificial fragrances are harmful and can be toxic – diffusing essential oils are a great way to safely scent your home.  There are oodles of ideas out there for ways to diffuse essential oils that have healing properties, but not a lot of ideas for just good smelling combinations.  So if you like a homey, fresh-smelling home and are looking for a safe and natural way to do that, you’ll love these combinations.  And if you’ve purchased essential oils and haven’t been using them or are only using them for cleaning, break out your diffuser or put a couple drops in a few cups of water and simmer gently on the stove.

If you’ve ever made a DIY cleaner, chances are you’ve added an essential oil or two to the mix.  I primarily use essential oils for cleaning and diffusing but there are oodles of other uses for them as well – but today we’re just talking about SCENT.  If you’re looking to branch out past lemon essential oil and customize the scent for your diffuser or cleaners, I have some favorite scent combinations for you.  Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you come up with.

White Fir + Lime – I love this woodsy and fresh combination.  It’s a great wintery and clean scent.

Grapefruit + Bergamot – I’ve been diffusing this the last couple weeks – I love the fresh and warm citrusy scent.

Cinnamon + Cardamon + Ginger – If you’re a candle addict, this spicy scent will be your new favorite!

Lemon + Clove – my absolute favorite scent combination and signature scent – it’s homey, warm and inviting.

Eucalyptus + Lavender – if you like the smell of a spa, this is probably the combination they’re diffusing.

Lemon + Lime + Orange – citrusy and fresh, the lime is the perfect component to this citrus combo.

Cedarwood + Sage – relaxing, woodsy and herbaceous, this combination is a favorite.

Isn’t this diffuser great?  It works great and has a decor-ish look so it blends right in.  What’s your favorite diffuser combination or blend?

 

I use doTERRA essential oils but also recommend NOW and Plant Therapy.

Always use caution around pets and children when using essential oils.  

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Here are a couple more essential oil posts that you might enjoy!  Just click on the image to go to the post.

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2 Ingredients : 3 Household Uses

Baking soda is one of the most versatile ingredients for DIY cleaners.  It can be used in laundry soap, to deodorize, scrub, absorb odors, etc.  Baking soda is also used in the kitchen as an ingredient for baking, so you know it’s non-toxic to use in your home.

I love a simple and quick cleaning tip, so this one is pretty great and I know I’ve shared these recipes on the blog over the years and in my first book, The Organically Clean Home, but I haven’t shared it quite this way.  Ready?  Go grab a box of baking soda and a mason jar!

 

Here’s the premise – make one basic recipe and use it 3 ways.

Mix up one recipe with one scent and use it as your universal cleaner OR mix up a couple jars with different scents for different purposes.  It’s totally up to you and customizable – yay!

GATHER YOUR SIMPLE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 20-30 drops essential oil – my favorite is lemon and clove but you can use any combination that you’d like!
  • container with a lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!

Then:

  • put baking soda in your container (I use a piece of parchment paper like a cone to make this mess-free)
  • add essential oils to the top of the baking soda

  • stir and combine with a kitchen knife

  • store in a cool place with a lid on the jar (or with the lid off if you need an odor absorber)

Once you have your baking soda and essential oil mixture, you’re ready to use it in your home.  Here are my 3 favorite uses:

Nightly Sink Scrub

My favorite DIY recipe is also my favorite nightly ritual – the Nightly Sink Scrub.  It’s a recipe I came up with a few years ago and it pretty much started my DIY cleaners obsession which also turned into my first book, The Organically Clean Home.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple to whip up and it does such a great job at giving the sink a little scrub, you’ll love it!  Did you know that the sink is pretty much the dirtiest spot in your whole home?  Another reason to give it a nightly scrub!

SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO MIX UP AND USE…

  1. wet your sink
  2. sprinkle liberally in your sink
  3. add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  4. scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  5. rinse thoroughly + dry

Mattress Freshener

If you’re spring cleaning or trying to absorb and eliminate the scent of something yucky on your mattress, you’ll need about 1/4 cup of baking soda to cover the surface of a queen or king mattress.  Go ahead and sprinkle from your jar or mix this up separately.  I recommend using a fine sieve/sifter to evenly and lightly dispense the baking powder.  Lavender essential oil makes a wonderful scent for mattress freshening.  If you need something a little more powerful you might want to combine melaleuca and lemon to purify the scent a bit more.  

  1. LIGHTLY sprinkle over the mattress
  2. Let it sit for 30+ minutes
  3. Vacuum it up using an attachment on your vacuum cleaner ( I use an upholstery attachment but you can also use the hose attachment – clean it first and after you’ve used it!)

Need more info?  Go to this post for all my tips on cleaning and caring for your mattresses.

Carpet Freshener

If you have pets or struggle with your carpet smelling fresh or neutral, you’ll love the carpet freshener.  This is not meant to be used every time you vacuum, but anytime you need a little freshening up.  I recommend using a fine sieve/sifter to evenly and lightly dispense the baking powder on your carpet.  Use your favorite essential oil scent to give your home a signature scent – I use lemon and clove.

  1. LIGHTLY sprinkle on carpet
  2. Let sit for 15 minutes to absorb odors
  3. Vacuum up – I vacuum in both directions to make sure that I got ALL the baking powder up from the carpet and into the vacuum cleaner canister or bag

There you have it, two ingredients and three cleaning solutions – which one will you try first?

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DIY Cleaners to the Rescue

One walk down the aisles at your local grocery or big box store and you will see a huge variety of cleaners promising different things. A quick peek at the ingredient list and you will likely see numerous unpronounceable chemicals, artificial additives and scents or even toxicity warnings.

If you haven’t dipped your toes in to the world of DIY cleaners, today may just be the day. You will find cleaners with minimal ingredients that you can actually pronouce and may just already have in your home. Only essential oils are used to scent and you can easily customize with your favorite oils or combinations. The bonus? They are literally pennies to make an entire bottle.

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Try one (or all!) of these DIY cleaners and let me know what you think. Happy cleaning!

Nightly Sink Scrub

I love to sprinkle this Nightly Sink Scrub in the sink and give a quick scrub at the end of the day to polish and clean.

Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray

This Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray beats any of the commercial cleaners I have tried. Bonus: it is incredibly inexpensive!

Soft Cleaning Paste

This Soft Cleaning Paste is ideal for bathrooms, tubs, tile and faucets and anywhere soap scum, water spots and grime reside.

All-Purpose Spray

Everyone needs an All-Purpose Spray for general cleaning and this one is it for me. I love that it is kid-safe so that little ones can help alongside me.

Glass and Mirror Spray

If you are new to the word of DIY cleaners, my Glass and Mirror Spray may just convert you for life. It works amazingly well and leaves behind no streaks or smears. It is perfect for windows too.

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage

I use this simple storage solution to keep all my ingredients for cleaners close at hand, uniform, and ready to use.

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