Thursday, January 22, 2015

Easy DIY All-Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

One of the most frequent ways I use essential oils in my household is in this spray. With two little kids underfoot, I am always wiping up some sort of mess! The recipe is so simple I almost feel silly writing it down. But since a few of you have asked for it, here you go:

Find an old spray bottle. (I use a laundry stain remover bottle with a big nozzle.) Walmart has large empty bottles for $0.99 if you don't have any spare ones lying around.

Fill your bottle with
  • 1/3 white vinegar
  • 1/3 vodka (a great sterilizer and disinfectant) 
  • 1/3 distilled water
  • Top off with 10-12 drops of whatever essential oil you're in the mood for. I like to clean with citrus oils like Lemon, Wild Orange, or Citrus Bliss. (Citrus oils tend to be good degreasers.) Sometimes I use OnGuard for extra germ-fighting power.
Give a little shake, and ka-bam, you're done! This spray works great for floors, showers, toilets, counters...pretty much anything. DoTerra's citrus blends smell so amazing; don't be surprised if you're suddenly in the mood to scrub down your entire house!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year to you and yours! We celebrated the first day of 2015 by cleaning the house from top to bottom (nothing like a fresh start!) and then rewarded ourselves by sledding at a nearby hill. I think Mike and I enjoyed it more than the kids did (sledding still makes them a little nervous), but I'm sure it won't be too many years before their jumps and crazy stunts will make me wince and close my eyes!

Here's hoping the new year brings you peace, prosperity, and an ever-growing circle of friends and family to share in it all.