I was never a huge clean freak before I had kids. But I kept a neat and tidy house. I liked to have things look homey. And I liked my house to smell nice. Scratch that, I was obsessed with my house smelling nice. When I brought home my new baby though, I kicked into the highest gear. I was hyper conscious of the clutter and dirt everywhere. I even begged my husband for a maid when I knew that was way outside of our budget. And something else was suddenly an issue. I didn't want to use my old stand by cleaners. Suddenly the words "toxic", "poison" and "keep out of reach of children" glared at me from the bottles of all-purpose cleaner.
So I gave my cleaners away and started using the basics. Baking soda, dish soap and vinegar/club soda all-purpose solution became my staples. It felt great to remove those chemicals from the house. I was happy knowing that I could spray down a surface and clean it without first taking baby away from the area to be cleaned. I could wipe up messes on the floor and I didn't worry that babe was crawling through right behind me. I mean, a baby will lick a floor (That wasn't just my baby right?). Anyway, I was hooked on natural cleaning.
But the one thing that I didn't love about cleaning with natural cleaner is that it never made my house smell good. I mean sure, it smelled better than a dirty house, but you know what I mean. There was no delicious or clean smelling scent left behind. And everything at the store came in an aerosol can with all those words I don't like. Toxic, Keep out of reach of children etc. So I started experimenting with candles but I never really found one that worked great. Then I tried some warming oils and I liked them well enough. But then last summer I read a few different blogs about making natural air fresheners and I was hooked on trying them out. Here is one of the best blogs I have found on the subject. And the rest, as they say, is history. I started jarring natural air fresheners about 8 months ago and I am in love.
Do you or have you ever wanted to make your own cleaners? Do you have a favorite natural cleaning trick?
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