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Have you ever found yourself concerned that your child may touch one of the cleaning products you are using or wondering if you washed your hands after you last touched the Clorox wipes? My daughter likes to help me clean. This is great! My job as her mother is to help you learn how to maintain a home, to take care of her things, and prepare her for adulthood. I did not feel like I could do this because I was worried about her touching cleaning products. I did not even like my children to be around when I did something like clean the oven. Let me tell you, I did not want to be around for cleaning the oven. The whole place needs to be ventilated, I have to put a serious mask on, and glove up! When I was pregnant, I would not even allow myself to clean the oven.
I thought that there had to be a better way. To Pinterest and the internet, I went. It seemed like many other people were making their own cleaning supplies. Seems cost effective and better for my family. But I like BLEACH. Oh, how I love bleach and my cleaning supplies. The smell of these products make me feel like my house is clean. See the love/hate relationship here. Would these homemade projects even stand up to my families messes?
I purchased spray bottles, vinegar, and baking soda. I had previously purchased essential oils on Amazon (another amazing place). The kids were sleeping. Here was my chance. I mixed up my cleaning supplies and began to work. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to see how well these homemade sprays worked on every surface of our home. There was a whole new version and smell of clean. I liked it!
When my daughter woke up, she gladly wanted to help me clean. I was not worried allowing her to help me (under supervision of course) help me clean up. I did not worry about the harsh chemicals. And my house sparkled. Literally, the oven sparkles now.
Very impressed. I feel better about these products, my kids can help clean, and we all can breath easy in the new scent of clean around the Stong Household. I hope this inspires you to do the same!
Recipe and Considerations:
You will need to consider the bottle size you are placing this in and how long you plan to keep the sprays. I used small bottles from the Dollar Tree that I would use within a day or two of making. Research shows that essential oils break down in plastic bottles. So, if you plan to make a large batch, consider buying a more durable, dark colored glass spray bottle.
The other consideration is to use tap water or distilled water. In my research, some individuals reported molding with tap water after a few days. I used tap water because I planned to use my batch within 1-2 days.
Now, for the recipe. Use approximately one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with equal parts vinegar and water. If you use too much baking soda, you will get a dusty appearance on your surfaces. You want the sparkle and shine! Then add your essential oils. Add as much as you would like for the desired scent. The more you add the more of the scent you will notice as you clean.
My favorites to use are Tea Tree Oil. It naturally removes mold, is a disinfectant, and works well as an all purpose cleaner. These are several other essential oils that will also provide a nice, fresh clean scent, such as lemon or orange.
Click the link above for an essential oils set sold by Amazon. It is an excellent set, reasonably priced and hold several options and combinations for great cleaning scents.