Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy (Plus Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners to Make Right Now!)

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If you struggle to stay organized amidst the chaos of your crafty life, then be sure to check out this collection of six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners to keep your creative spaces clean this summer!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy (Plus 5 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners to Make Right Now!) If you struggle to stay organized, then check out this collection of clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners for your home this summer.

As a crafter and soapmaker, staying organized can be a challenge for me. However, it’s a necessity I can’t live without. I’ll admit that I do allow my desk to become a mess of papers, books and notes from time to time often. However, every time I reorganize and declutter my desk, it falls back into disarray within a few days.

While I can deal with a messy desk, keeping my soapmaking and craft supplies organized is an absolute must. Obviously keeping my supplies organized allows me to find what I need for my projects quickly and efficiently. It also serves as a great reminder of which ingredients or materials I have on hand for my next recipe.

Knowing what materials I have to work with is of upmost importance. I’m sure that you, like myself, have accidentally reordered a supply only to discover you still had it in stock, hiding in the back of your pantry. This was, of course, after you removed that new product you were dying to try from your cart in order to buy said supply to stay within your budget. (I SO hate that.)

The best thing to do in this particular situation is to make a list. And while I generally enjoy making lists, I loathe making inventory lists. It remains one of the most tedious tasks I have to perform, so I almost never ever do it. I’d much rather have limitless storage space and containers for organizing.

Cleaning caddies are perfect for neatly storing and carrying just about anything around your home. Especially if your regular storage spaces are overrun with craft supplies. So when I received this stylish, multi-functional enamel caddy from Grove Collaborative, I’d already thought of a reason to order two more!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy for Other Uses Around the Home This Summer

It’s also why I’m so excited to share this free offer with you: When you place your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative, you’ll get this free caddy to help you organize your space. Even better, this awesome cleaning caddy comes filled with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion. Plus you’ll also receive free shipping!

While you’re more than welcome to go the traditional route and fill your caddy with cleaning supplies like a multi-purpose spray, microfibers, a wand duster, and Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap – why stop there? Following you’ll discover six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy for something other than simply cleaning! (Plus keep reading after these tips for recipes to make your own homemade cleaners!)

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy. Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a mini herb or succulent garden. Add a few inches of gravel or pebbles for drainage, then a layer of potting soil, and your plants. The handle makes it easy to carry your plants to the sink for watering!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy

1. Mini herb or succulent garden.

I love the idea of a kitchen herb garden in an unconventional planter. Add a few inches of gravel or pebbles for drainage, then a layer of potting soil, and your plants. My favorite herbs to grow are basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Another benefit of the caddy: The handle makes it easy to carry your plants to the sink for watering!

Simple gardening hack idea - Turn your cleaning caddy into a garden tool organizer! Fill it with a cute pair of gloves, trowel, pruning shears, hand rake, and kneeling board. Easily carry your garden tools around the yard instead of running back and forth to the shed.

2. Garden tool organizer.

Here’s a gardening hack for all my green thumb friends: Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a garden tool organizer! Fill it with a cute pair of gloves, trowel, pruning shears, hand rake, and kneeling board. Easily carry your garden tools around the yard instead of running back and forth to the shed. When you’re done gardening, Meyer’s hand soap and lotion are perfect for pampering hardworking hands. (You can also learn how to make your own homemade gardener’s soap from scratch!)

3. Hair tool organizer.

Low on storage space under the bathroom sink? Repurpose your cleaning caddy to create a styling station with your hair dryer, brush, flat iron or curling iron, and products all within reach. I recently added Seed nourishing hair and body oil (which is available through Grove) to my kit, and it’s perfect for taming summer flyaways! My roommate, Bambi, is always flat ironing her hair while I’m always trying to put curls in mine. So having a place to stash our styling tools is a must!

4. Dog toy holder.

Your furry best friend will love this trick: Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a dog toy bin that matches your decor. Fill the caddy with tennis balls, stuffed animals, and other toys. Your pup can reach his own toys, and you won’t have to worry about stepping on a squeaky toy in the middle of the stairs! (This was, of course, my dachshund’s favorite idea!)

5. Ice chest for summer entertaining.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for patio season! This caddy is just the right size to hold ice and a few bottles of wine or lemonade. It’s easy to carry outside, and so much cuter than a plastic cooler. I also recommend adding Murphy’s Naturals mosquito repellent candles to your Grove order to keep summer pests away from your party! (You can keep wine in stock all summer long without ever leaving the house with Winc!)

6. Art supply organizer.

With summer finally here I’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors. Part of that time includes hunting for river rocks to paint! Rather than struggling with multiple containers for our paint brushes and paint pens, my roommate and I repurposed this cleaning caddy for our art supplies. Now it’s quick and easy to remove our art supplies from the dining room table for our regular Tuesday date night dinners.

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy. If you struggle to stay organized amidst the chaos of your crafty life, then be sure to check out this collection of six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners to keep your creative spaces clean this summer!

What are some of the ways you would repurpose your cleaning caddy from Grove? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Plus, don’t forget to grab your free set while supplies last. Here’s how: Sign up for Grove Collaborative here.

You will receive the Grove cleaning caddy along with a Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion free when you sign up! (To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days!)

Tip to save: Once you have submitted your Grove order, you will be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaner Recipes

Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaner Recipes

Now that you’re set with some awesome new products from Grove, why not try your hand at making some of your own? I love the ease and flexibility of making my own non-toxic cleaners when I run out last minute or just feel like a fresh new scent. Here are some of my favorite recipes for homemade cleaners. (Or try out one of Grove’s easy cleaning concentrates!)

1. Best Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe

This homemade shower cleaner recipe is a snap to make and is super effective at ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort on your part! Even better, it requires just two ingredients that are likely already in your home! Learn to make it here.

2. DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray

This 2-ingredient DIY odor neutralizing spray tackles tough odors your pets or family leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. Make yours with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil. Or go completely natural with Spark Naturals Refresh Cleansing Blend Essential OilLearn how to make your own odor neutralizing spray here.

3. Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? This 3-ingredient recipe with lemon essential oil not only makes wine stains disappear, but it’s also non-toxic, saves you money and smells amazing! Learn to make it now.

4. Homemade Laundry Detergent

Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it’s also rewarding to know you’ve made your own natural products. Learn how here.

5. Homemade After Shower Spray and Window Cleaner

This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend. Find this non-toxic cleaning recipe here.

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10 Tips for Successful Summer Entertaining

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They say the kitchen is the heart of your home. I find that’s especially true for me. My roommate Bambi loves to cook, so we are always hosting a weekly dinner night with significant others or friends. With summer on the way, we expect to do more summer entertaining than ever.

Top ten tips for successful summer entertaining! If you're as excited about getting into the swing of summer entertaining as we are, check out these great tips for opening your kitchen, and the rest of your home, to guests this summer. Plus the best pet friendly, non-toxic cleaning products for cleaning your home!

We recently moved my patio table into the backyard to use for summer entertaining as the weather heats up. Bambi loves to grill. So we have a grill on our list of things to buy this summer. There’s nothing more magical than BBQ and great friends as the sun goes down. We’re even thinking of making our own string light solar lanterns.

As Bambi is also a gamer, not just an incredible cook, we’re also looking forward to hosting more game nights. While I prefer games that are more in the realm of Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity, Bambi prefers games of strategy. Hosting guests for summer game nights gives us both a chance to enjoy the games we love.

And of course, I’m looking forward to hosting a few ladies only craft nights as well. There’s something about the warm weather and shaking off the final remnants of those winter blues to inspire extra socializing.

Top ten tips for successful summer entertaining! If you're as excited about getting into the swing of summer entertaining as we are, check out these great tips for opening your kitchen, and the rest of your home, to guests this summer. Plus the best pet friendly, non-toxic cleaning products for cleaning your home!

Before summer entertaining gets into full swing however, it’s nice to take a minute and create an inviting space we feel proud to entertain in. Bambi and I are both a bit obsessive about both cleaning and creating the perfect space for hosting guests. It’s one of the many reasons we work so well as roommates – especially post divorce. It’s also why we are both such big fans of Grove Collaborative.

We both love the non-toxic and pet friendly products that Mrs. Meyer’s has to offer. (Bambi and I are both mommies to fur babies!) Not only are they effective at cleaning our home, they also look great by the kitchen sink.

Top ten tips for successful summer entertaining! If you're as excited about getting into the swing of summer entertaining as we are, check out these great tips for opening your kitchen, and the rest of your home, to guests this summer. Plus the best pet friendly, non-toxic cleaning products for cleaning your home!

If you aren’t already a Grove Collaborative member, you can get a free kit of Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion and replaceable head dish brush with your first order of just $20. We received this fantastic cleaning kit when we signed up and loved it! (You’ll want to hurry though as supplies are limited.)

Grove Co. offers more than just eco-conscious, non-toxic cleaning essentials. They also offer other homemaking and personal healthcare products from brands I trust. I buy Lovebug Here’s the Skinny Daily Probiotic at a discount from Grove for my own gut health. (Many of you know I suffer from fibromyalgia so vitamins and supplements are a must.)

Bambi on the other hand is crazy about Grove Collaborative’s Walnut Scouring Pads. In fact she ditched her regular brand of scouring pads for these after she tried them for the first time. She also loves Grove’s Cleaning Concentrate Essentials which are scented with natural essential oils. They’re another great way to get a pet safe, non-toxic clean we can both feel good about.

We also both found the Grove Collaborative Reusable Bag Essentials Set extremely useful. (I got these as a free gift as a part of Grove’s VIP member program.) These bags are super high quality and are great both in and out of the kitchen. We use the large bag for leftover Naan when Bambi makes curry. And the others for easily stashing personal care essentials when traveling and camping.

Place your first $20 order with Grove now to receive your free Mrs. Myer’s cleaning kit. Or, if you’re already a Grove Co. member, you’ll receive a free set of the Grove walnut scrubber sponges that Bambi is so fond of. Then keep reading for some great tips for entertaining guests in your home this summer.

Top ten tips for successful summer entertaining! If you're as excited about getting into the swing of summer entertaining as we are, check out these great tips for opening your kitchen, and the rest of your home, to guests this summer. Plus the best pet friendly, non-toxic cleaning products for cleaning your home!

If you’re as excited about getting into the swing of summer entertaining as we are, check out these great products and tips for opening your kitchen — and the rest of your home — to guests this summer.

Great Products & Tips for Successful Summer Entertaining

1. Hand wash summer accessories that have been in the cabinet all winter. Grove’s replaceable head dish brush has curved bristles and a sturdy bamboo handle that’s perfect for washing pitchers, platters, and prep boards.

2. Wipe down the counters to create a clean and tidy space for food prep and serving impromptu midnight snacks. All you need is some warm soapy water and a microfiber. I love the ones from Grove because they have a hanging corner for easy drying and storage.

3. Your sink gets a workout during the summer, from washing grilling utensils to cutting flowers. Make sure it’s up to the task by giving it a good scrub with a paste of baking soda and Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap.

4. Set up a beautiful sink side experience that makes everyone happy. Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and lotions come in a variety of cheerful scents like honeysuckle, lavender, and lemon verbena that guests of all ages will love.

5. Everyone’s always hungry after a day at the pool. Now is a great time to stock up on supplies like Bees Wrap and Grove reusable snack bags for storing cut-up fruit, cheese, and pretzels!

6. Cool drinks are a must for successful summer entertaining. Make sure your blender is ready for fresh fruit smoothies or frozen cocktails. Simply add a drop or two of dish soap and two cups of water and blend on high for 30 seconds. Then pour out the suds, rinse, and dry with a microfiber cloth.

7. Punch up your home decor with a pop of happy color, from new throw pillows to a fresh kitchen towel. I’m feeling inspired by lush greens like Grove’s garden tea towel.

8. Create an inviting entryway with plenty of space for guests to stash sandals, hats and pool gear. I like to stash my Full Circle dust pan and brush from Grove near the front door for quick cleanup of dirt and grass clippings.

9. The powder room is a small space, which means a little bit of effort goes a long way. Freshen it up for summer by laundering and fluffing up the rug, putting out a fresh hand towel, and switching out the hand soap and lotion for a summery scent.

10. Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. The VIP program is a great way to keep your home streamlined all summer, with perks like free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Now, it’s time to light a rose candle and enjoy the quiet while it lasts!

For more great summer entertaining ideas, be sure to check out these must have wine and cheese night party essentials. Or grab a few ladies craft night ideas. You can discover even more entertaining ideas on my Party Ideas Pinterest board.

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Spring Entertaining: How to Prep Your Kitchen for Guests

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Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You’re going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task.

Transform Your Kitchen for Spring Entertaining

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Lately, I’ve been drooling over all the bright, clean kitchens on Instagram.

Even though a full kitchen makeover isn’t in my budget, I’ve found some affordable ways to rediscover pride in my home, so I wanted to share them with you. (My roommate LOVES all of these ideas! Being a little OCD herself – like that’s a bad thing? – she’s always excited when my order from Grove Co. arrives.)

It’s amazing how something as simple as a good spring cleaning or a bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter can help you fall in love with the home you have — whether it’s a tiny apartment or your dream home.

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

First, you must grab this free set of Mrs. Meyer’s spring hand soap + dish soap + multi-surface spray + spring kitchen towel! You can can get them all here with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative. Choose from three limited-edition Mrs. Meyer’s spring scents: mint, lilac, or peony. (I LOVE the mint!) If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive free Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Then follow my tips to create a dreamy kitchen — just in time for spring entertaining! 

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Green Cleaning Tips & Tricks for Spring Entertaining

Step 1: Instead of treating spring cleaning as a chore, set the tone for an enjoyable day by opening the doors to let the spring air in and brewing a fresh pot of coffee.

Step 2: Start with a clean slate. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray makes quick work of cleaning appliances, the inside of the fridge, countertops, and backsplashes. Plus, it leaves your kitchen smelling like a spring garden!

Step 3: To get your pots and pans ready for new spring recipes, make a paste with Bon Ami and water and apply it all over. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe away those scorch marks with a sponge. I prefer Grove’s walnut scrubber sponges because they don’t scratch your cookware!

Step 4: The sink is probably the most used area in your kitchen, but gets the least love when it’s time to clean. Grab the Bon Ami again and sprinkle it on your sink and faucet, rub with a wet cloth, and then wipe clean. To freshen up your garbage disposal, squirt Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap into the disposal and run the disposal with hot water. The mint scent is especially good for neutralizing odors!

Step 5: Just like a statement necklace can make an old outfit feel new, sink-side accessories can totally transform your kitchen. I love Mrs. Meyer’s hand and dish soaps because they add a pop of cheerful color to my kitchen and smell amazing! 

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Step 6: Treat your kitchen to a fresh new towel in a spring color. I consider these Grove chef’s towels an essential, since they work for everything from wiping hands, to drying spills and dishes, to grabbing hot pans. The cornflower blue color is brand new, and you’ll be among the first to get one! 

Step 7: Trick your guests into thinking you redecorated with strategically placed accessories like a bamboo cutting board, a wooden handle dish brush, or a stoneware tray. I got all of mine from Grove! (And, if you’re a soapmaker like me, these are also the perfect props for photographing your homemade soaps to sell.)

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Step 8: Of course, you can never go wrong with cut flowers. But lately, I love filling glass jars with fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, or chives. Decorative, and useful! 

Bonus tip: I’m a huge fan of Grove Collaborative because they help me create a healthy, beautiful home I can feel proud of. When you submit your first order using my link, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. 

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Odor Neutralizing Spray DIY with Just 2 Ingredients!

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This DIY odor neutralizing spray tackles tough odors your pets – and teenage boys – leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.

Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

As the picture above suggests, I am indeed a dachshund owner. Or rather a dachshund companion. Because anyone who’s ever owned a dachshund knows that these stubborn little darlings always have their so called “owners” wrapped around their chubby little paws.

Now that my own (human) son is in the midst of applying to grad school for a PhD in clinical psychology, my dachshund Jasper is my baby boy. And while he’s actually considered elderly at the ripe “old” age of nine, he is quite stuck with me until his end of days. After all, there’s no going off to college for this darling little creature.

Seeing as how Jasper has no recourse other than to simply put up with me, he manages to let me know when he’s not pleased. Meaning he gets stressed or put out and he lets off a funk. Literally this funk smell comes and goes based on his mood. And then, of course, there’s what my friend Bambi and I refer to as “fish butt.” Yeah. No kidding. So you can imagine the not so fresh smells he can leave behind.

Regular air fresheners of course only mask the odors, leaving them to come back once the air freshener has fully dissipated. So to tackle Jasper’s awnry odor production, I turn to an odor neutralizing spray.

Rather than shell out money for similar commercial products, I decided to make my own DIY odor neutralizing spray. Similar to Febreze, my own concoction neutralizes tough odors and freshens the room with a fragrance. However, because I use witch hazel as a base for my odor neutralizing spray, it also has the added benefit of sanitizing surfaces.

Ready to make your house smell amazing? Following you’ll find the recipe for making an easy 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray using an odor eliminating fragrance oil. However, if you prefer making natural products instead, I do share a natural essential oil substitute that you can use in place of the fragrance oil.

Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

Odor Neutralizing Spray Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

16 oz. T. N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
1 oz. odor eliminator fragrance oil

Instructions:

Combine the witch hazel and the odor eliminator fragrance oil in a 16 oz. container. (I used my favorite Grove Co. spray bottle.) Then simply shake to mix and spray as desired to tackle tough odors in the air and on linens.

For an all natural odor neutralizing spray, substitute the fragrance oil with .4 oz. Spark Naturals Refresh Cleansing Blend Essential Oil. You can also empty a few capsules of shelf stable probiotics into your odor neutralizing spray for extra odor eliminating power if desired.

DIY Odor Neutralizing Candles! These handmade odor neutralizing candles smell great and really neutralize odors! Plus learn how to make your own super effective DIY odor neutralizing spray that gets rid of even the toughest odors while also sanitizing surfaces and leaving behind a fresh scent!

If you like my odor neutralizing spray DIY, then you may also want to try making my odor neutralizing candles. Made from a combination of soy wax and beeswax, these DIY odor neutralizing candles neutralize odors in the air as they burn. Learn to make them here.

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Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

Vinegar Free Household Cleaner! Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family's muck and mayhem? This 3-ingredient recipe not only makes wine stains disappear, but it's also non-toxic, saves you money and smells amazing! #diy #cleaning #ecofriendly #greencleaners #cleaner #cleaningtips #cleaningrecipes #lifestyle #healthylifestyles #lifestyleblog #healthyliving #nontoxic #biodegradable #naturalcleaning #naturalcleaningrecipes

If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

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