Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Green Cleaning Part 1~ Kitchens and Bathrooms

Oh man... This past month went nothing like I had planned.  And therefore I am looooong overdue for a blog.  So overdue, in fact, that before I got around to blogging part 2 and 3 of the Winter Wellness series, March showed up... You know, the month Spring happens in?  That being said, I've decided to bag the last series in exchange for a series on~ You guessed it~ SPRING CLEANING!
(If you are absolutely heart broken about missing out on the last 2 parts of the Winter Wellness Series, please leave a comment!  I certainly don't want to let anyone down!)
Whether spring cleaning leaves you with feelings of great fear and over active sweat glands, or causes you to be giddy with glee, there is certainly something to be said about the feeling you have when it's all done!

My favorite thing about cleaning the house with natural cleaners is the smell!  I love that I can choose whatever scent I want to use when making my cleaners and that breathing them in won't kill off my brain cells or cause some sort of asthma attack...  No chemicals, just clean house!

Scrubbin' Stuff~ Sinks and Tubs
This is one of my all time favorites...  This is a scrub for sinks and tubs and the like and it smell so good!

To start you will need to have these things on hand: 

baking soda, vegetable soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint), vinegar, water and essential oil of your choice.  (I used essential oil of sweet orange.)

1 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of vegetable soap

1 Tablespoon each of vinegar and water
20 drops of favorite essential oil

Stir it up!

I wish this was smell-o-vision right now.  You are totally missing out!  This smells soooooo goooood!

Put it in a container with a lid and make sure, make sure, make sure that you ALWAYS label your stuff!
 Scoop a bit into sink or tub and scrub in a circular motion with your favorite scrub brush.  Rinse with water.  Step back and enjoy the sparkle and shine while you breathe in a bit of aromatherapy!  

All Purpose~
For a great all purpose spray, combine the following ingredients into a clean spray bottle:
1 Tablespoon of Borax
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup hot water
a dash of dish soap
Can add  about 15 drops of essential oil... I recommend lavender, tea tree oil, and/or perhaps a citrus like lemon or sweet orange

Glass Cleaner~
1 Cup of Vinegar
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of vegetable soap
25-35 drops of peppermint essential oil
Spray this on, squeegie it off, and enjoy the view!

Go Paper Towel-less!~
Now, I've been cutting up old t-shirts into scraps and using them in place of paper towels for a while.  Guess what?  I don't even miss paper towels one bit!  I thought I might when I decided to give them up, but I don't.  However, I came across a better version of the "t-shirt paper towel" on Pinterest!  Check it out here.
Here's another great pin here and here.

(Also, if you would like to follow me on Pinterest, you can go here.)

And of course loud, fun music to keep the energy and momentum... Happy cleaning!


  1. This is awesome, I can't wait to try your scrubbin' stuff cleaner at home! Thanks for linking to my t-shirt wipe-ups, too. :-))

    1. Thank you! I can't wait to make more wipe-ups during spring break!

  2. Thank you for this post! I have been wanting to switch to homemade cleaners for some time now, but wasn't sure how to make any!

    1. That's great! Stay tuned~ More to come! =)