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.

More Homemaking Recipes

You may also be interested in these other recipes for creating your own homemade cleaning products.

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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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Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe

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DIY Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe with Printable Labels

If you’re wanting to use more all natural products in your home but are still in search of an effective alternative to Febreeze that will neutralize tough odors then you’ll definitely want to try my natural deodorizing homemade lavender linen spray recipe! This natural homemade linen spray recipe knocks out tough odors – I use it on my dog’s bed! – and leaves behind a fresh, clean scent that comes from natural essential oils. While white distilled vinegar neutralizes even the toughest odors without that vinegar smell. Plus it’s super concentrated so a little goes a long way. Use it wherever you need to kick nasty odors or simply freshen up a room.

To make your own natural homemade lavender linen spray you’ll need a 4 oz. glass bottle with a fingertip mister, a 100ml glass beaker, a small funnel and the ingredients for the linen spray below. I also created free printable labels for this natural deodorizing eucalyptus and lavender linen spray that you can download below.

Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Lavender & Eucalyptus Linen Spray Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 fluid oz. (100 ml) white distilled vinegar
10 fluid ml eucalyptus essential oil
10 fluid ml lavender essential oil
5 fluid ml white fir essential oil

Instructions:

Measure out the vinegar for your homemade lavender linen spray recipe in the beaker and then use the funnel to pour into your glass bottle. Repeat with each of the essential oils then screw on the lid and shake to mix. Spray onto clothing, furniture, fabrics and those stinky shoes to neutralize and eliminate tough odors. Shake before each use.

To label your homemade lavender linen spray recipe simply print out my Natural Deodorizing Lavender & Eucalyptus Linen Spray labels here. They’re free for personal use.

For more natural and green alternatives to everyday products you use in your home be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest as well as my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest Board. Or follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ so you’re sure to never miss a post!

Quick & Easy DIY Eco-Friendly Reuable Swiffer Pad Solution

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Easiest Ever DIY Eco-Friendly Reusable Swiffer Pad Solution

One Good Thing By Jillee recently posted her homemade solution for making the easiest ever DIY Swiffer Sweeper refill pads. Her simple alternative solution for eco-friendly, reusable pads is to use chenille socks. However, you could easily use the same concept and up-cycle a pair of old socks that are stretched out or have acquired a hole. Visit One Good Thing By Jillee here for the skinny on how she does it. Plus discover how to refill those canisters of Swiffer Wet Jet solution as well as how to make your own DIY eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner to refill it with!

For more great DIY homemaking tips and solutions, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. It’s filled with tips for making every aspect of your life easier for tips and how to’s to home remedies and natural non-toxic cleaning recipes and everything in between.