Day #7 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

DIY Cleaning Wipes

Clorox cleaning wipes offer an easy way to quickly clean up spills and messes, but they feature a number of toxic chemicals on the label. As single-use wipes, they’re also bad for the environment. This reusable option is a great alternative! Ingredients and Cleaning Supplies
  • 1 wide-mouth quart-size mason jar
  • 15-20 10” x 10” rags cut from old T-shirts or other scrap fabric
  • ¾ cup filtered or distilled water
  • ¾ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
Directions
  1. Mix the essential oils, water, and vinegar together in your mason jar.
  2. Add your pre-cut cloths and press them firmly into the liquid.
  3. Secure the lid and tip your jar upside-down or shake to make sure that all wipes are completely damp.
  4. Store your wipes in a cool, dark cupboard or closet in order to preserve the essential oils.
NOTE: For the ultimate clean, be sure to wash the wipes after each use! Get Started with Green Cleaning Today! As you’ve seen from the recipes above, making natural cleaning products at home is easy! No more toxins, irritants, or other dangerous chemicals for you and your family. By making your own cleaning products at home, you control the ingredients and ensure only the safest products are around you and your loved ones without sacrificing effectiveness. But that’s not the only reason to make your own natural cleaning products. Many store-bought cleaning products have negative effects on the environment. With the DIY alternatives above, you minimize your environmental impact! Did I mention that homemade cleaning products are also often much cheaper to make than buying green cleaning products in-store? It’s true! And, as moms, we know every penny counts! Have you tried any of the recipes above and love them? Feel free to share them with your friends and family! About the Author: Linda Floyd  Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #6 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

Floor Cleaner

Who doesn’t love walking into a home that smells of Pine Sol? There’s just something about that fresh scent that screams “clean!”. But Pine Sol has a number of harsh chemicals. This floor cleaner, however, does not. In addition to being an excellent floor cleaner, it also doubles as a safe polish for wood furniture. Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. of unscented liquid castile soap
  • 4 cups of warm water
  • 10 to 15 drops of pine essential oil
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (optional)
Directions:
  1. Combine all of your ingredients in a jar or bottle.
  2. Shake thoroughly. Leave the whole sprig of rosemary in the solution – it will keep adding fragrance to the blend as time passes.
  3. Use as you would any other floor cleaner, or apply like a polish to your wood furniture.

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #5 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

DIY Bathroom Cleaner

Ah, the bathroom. It’s a space that gets a lot of use and tends to get dirty and germy pretty quickly. This DIY bathroom cleaner helps clean and sanitize at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products. As a an added bonus, it smells great! Ingredients: ●       2 cups of distilled water ●       1 Tbsp. of baking soda ●       3 Tbsps. of liquid castile soap ●       30 drops tea tree essential oil ●       30 drops orange essential oil Directions: 1.     Pour the water, baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils into a plastic spray bottle. 2.     Cover and thoroughly shake the ingredients together until dissolved. 3.     Spray where needed – the toilet bowl, tub, sink, floor, and even the shower walls. NOTE: Tea tree oil can be toxic to pets, so use with caution if you have furry friends around. Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000221 EndHTML:000279503 StartFragment:000279166 EndFragment:000279430 StartSelection:000279166 EndSelection:000279430 SourceURL:http://asinglechristianmomsadvice.com/?p=6407&preview=true Day #1 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series! | A Single Christian Mom’s Advice On Making Life Easier

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #4 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

We all need a good all-purpose cleaner to help us tackle tough messes in our home. This recipe is great for cleaning a number of surfaces, including countertops and bathroom surfaces. Trust me, you’ll want to add this alternative to your cleaning routine! Important to note that, while borax is a natural product, it can cause irritation if overused, so treat this DIY solution as you would a store-bought product (use with care). Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1 tsp. of borax
  • ½ tsp. of washing soda
  • 1 tsp. of liquid Castile soap
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oils
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Cover, and shake well.
  2. Spray where you need it, and wipe clean with a dry rag.

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #3 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

DIY Glass Cleaner

This DIY glass cleaner is an inexpensive, effective, and easy to make alternative to store-bought products. Say goodbye to toothpaste drops on your bathroom mirror and streaky windows– this natural, DIY alternative will leave your glass sparkling. Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol (optional – this ups the effectiveness of the formula, but if you hate the idea, skip it)
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of warm water
Directions:
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a plastic spray bottle until evenly dissolved.
  2. Shake before using, and spray as you would regular glass cleaner.
NOTE: Shake well before using.

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #2 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

DIY Carpet Cleaner and Stain Remover

Short on time but tired of seeing those mystery stains on your carpet? This cleaning solution can be made with just three ingredients and is perfect for cleaning spills and stains from your carpet. The best part? All it takes is five minutes to get your carpet looking like it did the first time you saw it. Ingredients and Supplies:
  • An Iron
  • A clean, light-colored cleaning rag
  • A small bucket or cup
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3-5 drops of dishwashing liquid
Directions:
  1. Mix your vinegar, water, and dishwashing liquid in the bucket or cup.
  2. Soak your rag in the liquid, and wring out.
  3. Place the damp rag on your mystery stain and iron it for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Lift the cloth to see if your stain is gone. If there’s still more residue in your carpet, iron again, using a clean portion of the cloth.
NOTE: This process transfers the stain to the rag — use one you don’t mind staining! You should NOT use this method if you have red wine, berry juice, or permanent marker stains. Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000221 EndHTML:000279503 StartFragment:000279166 EndFragment:000279430 StartSelection:000279166 EndSelection:000279430 SourceURL:http://asinglechristianmomsadvice.com/?p=6407&preview=true Day #1 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series! | A Single Christian Mom’s Advice On Making Life Easier

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Day #1 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

As single moms, we know how important it is to find cleaning products that are safe, effective, and don’t break the bank. But finding cleaning products that check off each of those boxes can be a challenge when shopping. Ingredient lists can be long, overwhelming, and full of dangerous chemicals. Definitely not something we want to bring into our homes! The good news is you can make many safe, effective alternatives to those same cleaning products using items you likely already have in your cupboard. By making your own natural cleaning products, you get to control the ingredients, ensuring that only the safest products are around you and your family, whether you’re spring cleaning or cleaning up a small spill. The best part? These DIY green cleaning products are easy to make and cost a fraction of the price of store-bought green solutions. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 natural cleaning products you can make at home with ease! Check out our first DIY Cleaning Product of our 7 Day Series!

DIY Bleach Alternative

Bleach is highly toxic and dangerous for kids, adults, and pets. But what other product gets those tough stains, softens clothes, and sanitizes as well as bleach? This DIY bleach alternative does just that, without any of the dangerous chemicals! Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. of citric acid (this is an optional ingredient. It naturally whitens clothes and helps to soften water. If you’ve got hard water, try it.)
  • Slightly less than 1 gallon of distilled water
  • 10-30 drops of lemon essential oil or another essential oil of your choice
Directions:
  1. Pour all ingredients except water into a gallon jug. Swirl until citric acid is dissolved.
  2. Add distilled water to fill the jug.
  3. Use in place of bleach around the home and in the laundry room
NOTE: This product acts just like regular bleach. Before using it as a stain remover, be sure to test it on a small piece of fabric. About the Author: Linda Floyd Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Tips for Living Clutter-Free with Kids- A Guest Post!

In case the cleaning of the house has always been a tedious task for you, just wait until you have to disinfect everything with your kids around. It seems impossible to keep everything in order when your little ones are constantly running around leaving all kinds of things here and there. You keep finding stuff in every room of your house and even after a deep cleaning the place still seems messy.

There is no need to panic because we can provide you with a solution to this problem. All you need is a good organisation and a little time, and you will have a clutter-free home. Leave the kids to play all they want and focus your attention on the cleaning and organizing of all of your possessions.

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The cares for the children certainly take a lot of time. You often feel exhausted and when you have a couple of hours for yourself you just want to sit back and relax. Unfortunately, there is no time for that because you also have to take care of your house and its good looks. You will probably feel tempted to just collect everything, throw it out and get it over with but there is something else you could try as well. During the cleaning, you will notice that you have all kinds of useless things which only take valuable space. This means that it is time to declutter your home and organise everything. Here is how you can achieve that:

  • Find a special place for every object – You’ve probably heard this a million times before but it is truly a very important rule. Can you admit that you know where every object in your home is at the moment? This could be very hard, especially when your kids keep moving things around all the time. That is why you have to organise everything once and for all and take the time to explain to your kids the importance of that order. You can designate a special place for the toys, the photos, special collections and similar other things which are known as most problematic ones. Your kids have to learn that every time they take something, they have to put it back later in the same place.
  • Don’t keep things you don’t need – It is hard to part with some things which have a sentimental value for us. In order to be more organised, though, you have to learn to keep only the things that you truly need or cherish. When it comes to the kids, there are a lot of things which need your attention. From broken toys to school papers and pictures, it is best to find the time to sort through that stuff regularly. This will save you a lot of time and you can easily keep things in order.
  • Make your kids help you – It is very important to teach your kids to be responsible, especially when it comes to their own messes. Except the cleaning and organisation of their rooms, you can also ask them to participate in the disinfection of the rest of the house. This way they will realise that it is really important to keep the house clean and organised constantly.

After every major cleaning you will probably end up with piles of old clothes, shoes, old toys and various other items. This is the perfect time to get rid of all of those things that you don’t need any more and free some space in your home. You can donate some of your possessions which are preserved in good condition. You will feel better because you can help other people and declutter your home at the same time.

The article is kindly contributed by Edna Thomson who runs a company which provides building services in Vauxhall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Cleaning Routine for the Living Room


Living Room Cleaning Routine

  • Polish Coffee table, bookshelf, 2 end tables, table for television-Twice a week
  • Straighten pillows on couch and throw- Every other week
  • Clean under the couch- Every week
  • Clean pictures on wall and in frames-  Every other week
  • Vacuum underneath inside couch along with underneath and behind it- Every week
  • Remove any clutter- Every day
  • Straighten up baskets- Every week
  • Clean windows, window sills, and inside window sills-Every other week
  • Wipe books down-Every other week
  • Clean floors – Every other week
  • Clean drawers– Once a month
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