I cannot believe Hunter’s birthday party is less than 1 week away. I am such a procrastinator… other than cleaning up the house a bit and yard work, I have not gotten to too much prepping. In the decor department I’ve almost finished the banner. I still have so much more I want to make! Good thing I work well under pressure. Maybe that’s why I haven’t decided on what kind of cupcakes to make yet? I think I just need to not have time left to flip flop between decisions and it’ll come to me. Oh the tough life decisions.
How was your weekend? We have been a tired family here the past couple of days. Jacob was working on getting over being sick (which he got from Hunter), Hunter was tired and had a couple early morning wake ups, and I just felt tired right along with them. Hence the lack of preparation. Oh well, what can you do? I the midst of all that, I did get a little bit of cleaning in.
From around the time I got pregnant I began trying to clean with more natural products. Vinegar is always a good all purpose cleaner, but Jacob absolutely hates the smell and vetoes the idea whenever I use it. I had to come up with something else. So I did.
Homemade Natural All Purpose Cleaner
- 20 oz water
- 1.5 TBSP Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap
- 1 TBSP rubbing alcohol
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to combine then spray and wipe down with a rag.
I use this cleaner for:
Floors (hardwood, tile and linoleum)
Pretty much any hard surface
It smells amazing from the castile soap. I use the peppermint variety.
The all purpose cleaner is great for surface cleaning, but what about deep stains? I have to admit, when it comes to cleaning my tub and shower, I never do it as often as I should. I’m never a preventative cleaner there, I’m a reactive one. Before I started using my next cleaner, I would have to use tons of that powder comet cleaner and scrub like crazy to make it cleaner. Now I have a natural cleaner that doesn’t smell like bleach, works amazingly and actually makes me want to clean my shower more often!
Homemade Natural Tub Scrub
- 2 TBSP Castile soap
- 2 TBSP baking soda
Combine and stir together in a small bowl. It should thicken up like icing. To use, spoon a little onto your scrubber, and apply to the damp area. Scrub for a few seconds, let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then rinse off.
The first time I used this tub scrub I was amazed. It made my shower and tub the cleanest it had been in a loooonnngggg time with less elbow grease. Plus it’s minty fresh smelling. Much better than breathing in chemical fumes while cleaning.
Do you have any natural cleaning tips and tricks? Do you clean your shower/tub often? Are you a procrastinator like me?
Hope your Monday is starting out well!