DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

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Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal “clean” essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don’t have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

I recently ran out of my regular Method all purpose cleaner and decided rather than buying more, I would make my own diy all purpose cleaner with ingredients I already had on hand. I re-used the Method cleaner container I already had by simply cleaning it out with a little Dawn dish liquid and water, then added my ingredients for the perfect easy to use and easy to make diy kitchen and household cleaner.

I did a little research for a good existing DIY all purpose cleaner first and found one on Fabulously Frugal. I ended up adapting it a bit in order to add some fun fragrance to my cleaner that gets used primarily in the kitchen. The result? A Chocolate Mint Scented All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner!

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot distilled water
1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish liquid
1/4 teaspoon chocolate devil’s food cake fragrance oil
1/4 teaspoon Japanese peppermint oil

Tools + Materials:

a funnel
measuring cups/spoons
a clean, empty spray bottle (feel free to recycle!)

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

Note: I like to use Japanese triple distilled peppermint oil because it smells more like peppermint candy and doesn’t have that medicinal smell. The more peppermint essential oil is distilled, the more candy-like it will smell. Though you can use any peppermint essential oil of your choice.

If chocolate mint isn’t your scent of choice, you can simply substitute the chocolate fragrance oil for a grapefruit essential or fragrance oil for Grapefruit Mint All Purpose Cleaner. Or try lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil for a fabulously fresh DIY Lemon Mint Kitchen Cleaner. (There’s also alway eucalyptus mint, apple mint, orange mint, or something entirely different!)

A great place to buy all natural, organic essential oils for your recipes is Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Instructions:

Use a funnel to add the washing soda and borax to your spray bottle. Then add your 1/2 cup of vinegar. (This does result in some foaming, but it should not foam over the lid of the container.) Once the foam settles, add the Dawn dish liquid, followed by two cups of hot water. (I found the water helps the dish liquid wash completely out of the funnel into the spray container.)

Follow with the fragrance or essential oils of your choice. Replace the spray top and shake well to mix. Voila! You now have a fun scented all purpose cleaner to use in your kitchen, bath or anywhere else in your home you desire!

To use, simply spray on and wipe off. You can also use sticker labels to make your own labels for your cleaner to keep track of what’s in your bottles. Also be sure to check out the DIY Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe!

Although this recipe calls for very little washing soda and borax, you can use these same ingredients in your own homemade laundry detergent – you’ll find a DIY laundry detergent recipe here – or simply add to your regular wash for brighter, cleaner clothing!

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Crafting for the crafter.

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As fall approaches, those us who craft kick into high gear preparing for the winter holiday season. Often times, this means selling on farmer’s markets and at craft shows. It was by pure luck that I stumbled across this awesome design for a market/craft apron.
This super cute apron was designed by Liz Johnson of sew4home™ blog. It’s stylish design makes it fun to wear, and the handy pockets and clip help you keep everything together. Just visit sew4home™ for the free sewing pattern.
Of course, after a long day at the fair, or slaving in your craft room, you’re bound to be tired. Make sure you get plenty of rest with this What’s New Pussycat? Sleep Mask from wolf and willow blog. The super simple pattern for this mask makes a long day’s work seem like a sweet revival.
And finally, indulge after a dinner with a tasty treat of handmade lemon-lime filled macaroons. A girl’s bound to be hungry after a long day of work. So what better way to keep us sweet than with some delicious cookies that are both pretty and tasty?

Chalkboard labels turn ordinary into extraordinary.

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I recently stumbled across a tutorial for these gorgeous glass canisters. While they are perfect in the kitchen, I can also imagine them in the bathroom filled with soap balls, cotton swabs, and other bathroom necessities. They’d also be gorgeous as a gift for the holidays, labeled and filled with your friend’s favorite treats. And of course, once the original contents are gone, the recipient can erase the label and add her own, giving the jar a new purpose.
I love that the chalkboard paint makes these jars easy to know what’s inside, while the DecoArt Thick Texture Paint creates a border that adds visual interest most chalkboard labels don’t offer. This craft project can be found on Mustard Seed Creations Blog. Find the full project here.

A little creative break.

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I was browsing blogs yesterday when I stumbled across this amazing little project for creating your own mid century clock magnets. I fell in love with these little beauties right off the bat!
This crafty diy tutorial was created by Jessica over at How About Orange Blog. She gives full instructions on making these little delights for your fridge and even provides a downloadable pdf file of the clock graphics she made. The tutorial for this project is located on How About Orange here.
Need to write down that recipe your Aunt Anne gave you at the Fourth of July picnic? Volume 25 has a cute little recipe card you can print onto card stock to add to your recipe file. There no need to use an index card when something this cute is just hanging around! Download the card here.
Too much time on your hands this summer? Well, really, there’s no need. Not with a book like Show Me How available for sale. Show Me How is an illustrated encyclopedia of 500 things you should know with instructions on how to do them all. You can purchase this book for $24.95 from The Curiosity Shoppe.

A Crafty Weekend on the Roanoke City Market

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It was a crafty weekend on the Roanoke City Market. The Science Museum of Western Virginia was offering free admission so there was face painting just outside their doors. My friend Linda Jo had her face painted in lovely shades of aqua blue.
Here she is all made up sipping out of her jolly handmade mug. It has boobs. How fun is that!?
This is my friend, Dave. Dave worked on sewing a handmade gun holster while his wife, Kyle, sold their cheese platters made from recycled wine bottles. He’s gotten quite good at his leather work lately and has been working on custom gun holsters, leather belts, and even leather purses for his wife.
Rudy Saunders worked on crafting a walking stick on the market while his wife Deborah sold some of their handmade jewelry, purses, and Rudy’s handcrafted birdhouses.
Jerry took a break from selling his hand painted signs and cinnamon scented pine cones to play a game of solitaire. A sign stating “Running on Floyd Time” is a local favorite.
This man, pictured above, is temporarily stuck in Roanoke and is trying to work his way back home to Florida by playing his songs. He was strolling the market on Friday taking the time out to sing for people who were willing to listen. Tips were optional. He swore to me he’d be famous some day and that he was going to copyright his songs. He played an awesome original for me called “Moonshine.” He really is a sensational singer.