orangeMost of us have all heard of Spring cleaning and feel that urge to renew our surroundings with freshness, whites and brights to welcome us into the outdoors with a sense of urgency to greet the sun after the dark winter days of confinement within our abodes. For me, I also do a Fall sweep of the house when the brisk cool breezes blow through the windows, giving me a spark of energy to exude within the home to prepare me for those months ahead when our family will be cooped up together so that it becomes a haven for the senses, as well as for our hibernating bodies! I like to keep as many chemicals as possible outside of our nest and one of those ways is to make my own cleaning concoctions. Truth is, we don’t have the money to pull out our cruddy carpet and replace them with gorgeous reclaimed wood yet or have the funds to turn our home into Greenville by using solar energy so I do what I can to keep us feeling healthy, our dwelling fresh, our budget low and our environment clean!

There are a lot of D.I.Y. sites out there and recipes to copy so go explore ~ I’m posting some of my own favorites here.

::Disclaimer:: I use these in my home every day and experiment with measurements, essential oils, etc. Obviously, even though these are natural recipes, we are individuals with varying tolerances to scents, ingredients and the like so if you feel like something is too strong or an adverse reaction occurs, change it up or stop using it. Also, I am not liable for any damages that may happen — common sense, test first on an inconspicuous area, as with any store bought product that you would buy with chemicals!

Air Freshener

  • Spray bottle with misting function
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol, vodka or gin (yes, you read that correctly!)
  • Essential oils: I like lavender, lemon, cloves, eucalyptus, orange, rose & jasmine

Fill the spray bottle 3 parts water & 1 part alcohol, plus approximately 10-20 drops of essential oil. Shake it up! Spray and enjoy the scents of your choosing. My kids have had their friends tell them, “Your house always smells good!” Whether that means ‘clean’ (eucalyptus, lemon) or warm (cloves, orange) or ‘pretty’ (lavender, jasmine) it puts a smile on everyone’s hearts. During the Fall/Winter months, I also spray the kids’ rooms with lavender & eucalyptus to help ease them into Slumberville!

All Purpose Counter Cleanser Spray

  • Spray bottle with various spraying functions
  • Water
  • White vinegar (approx. 1 cup)
  • Castile liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Grapefruit seed extract (optional)
  • Essential oils: I like tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, orange

Some essential oils, like tea-tree or eucalyptus, have anti-microbial properties, which means they help inhibit the growth of disease causing microorganisms.

I don’t have measurements on these because honestly, it depends on the size of spray bottle that I’m using plus I think that some germs are actually okay. They keep our body in tip top shape to do what they’re supposed to do, function properly at protecting us instead of bored and complacent!

The usual 3:1 ratio of water & vinegar plus about 10-20 drops of whichever oils you prefer, about 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 1 TBS. of castile liquid soap. I’m basing these approx. measurements on a 16 oz. or more spray bottle.

I absolutely ADORE these and proud to use them because I’m not only saving money but they make my home smell fresh. I mist them in the air when the room feels stagnant or stale, I spray them on the counters, on door handles, light switches and when I just want something pretty to inhale that isn’t going to make me feel scared to BREATHE IN!