Friday, September 24, 2010

Tips and Tricks: DIY Cleaning Products

A great post from Design*Sponge has inspired me. Have to file this one away for future reference!

Spic & Span Floor Cleaner
The Goods
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 6–7 drops essential oil of choice (I like to customize my floor cleaner scents to compliment the seasons, using lavender in spring, something citrusy in summer, cinnamon in autumn and pine scents in winter).
The Deal
1. Fill a bucket or your kitchen sink with hot water.
2. Add vinegar, baking soda and essential oils while filling.
3. Stir with a mop to disperse the baking soda in the water fully.
4. Mop floors per usual.

Make It Shine Furniture Polish
The Goods
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
The Deal
1. Combine olive oil and essential oil in a dark glass bottle.
2. Dab a cloth with the mixture and polish wood furniture per usual.
3. Use within one month, making more as needed.

Odor Out Fabric Freshener
The Goods
  • Baking soda
The Deal
1. Simply sprinkle liberally all over area rugs or carpets and onto upholstered furniture.
2. Leave to sit for at least one hour and then vacuum away.

Green Room Mist
The Goods
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. vodka
  • 20 drops essential oil of choice (may be a single oil or a combination of several; for autumn celebrations, I like a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger and orange, while a blend of balsam pine, juniper and rosemary go well with winter festivities)
The Deal
1. Combine all ingredients together in a refillable spray bottle.
2. Shake for each use and spray as needed.

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