We are trying to remove chemicals from every part of our lives right now and that includes our cleaning products as well. I have been using the DoTerra On Guard concentrated cleaner for a couple of months now while I also use up the cleaning products that I have already bought. The On Guard cleaner works great in bathrooms, but I didn’t want to have to spray down the entire floor of the downstairs either since it’s hard wood flooring.
I have been experimenting with all natural cleaning alternatives, and I have come up with a solution that works for me. I run 2 cups of white vinegar along with 10 cups of water through my coffee maker. After it is finished, I put 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil into the water with either 3-5 drops of On Guard essential or 3-5 drops of wild orange essential oil. The On Guard kills germs and smells like Christmas all year round. The On Guard blend, which boosts your immune system, has wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary in it. Sometimes though I just want to smell the wild orange with the lemon, so I use that. It is really a personal preference. I find myself using the On Guard essential oil once a week for a deeper cleaning. I use the lemon and wild orange daily. I love how the house smells like citrus and very clean when I’m done. As an added bonus, I’m also cleaning my coffee pot out at the same time, so this is a nice multitasking cleaning hack. I usually also run another pot of just water through the coffee pot so that Andy doesn’t complain of any vinegar taste.
I have gotten tired of buying swiffer pads, too, so I recycled some of my old house towels by re-purposing them as mop heads . I folded them in half and cut a small slit in them. Then I slip them over my broom to mop my floors. No more buying disposable mop heads either because I still had to mop with hot water after I swiffered anyway. Now I just wash the towels and reuse them, and my floors look like they’ve been cleaned by hand with a towel. I love how clean they smell and how streak free they look. I also like the fact that I am using an all natural green cleaning solution. I no longer have to smell the nasty chemical smell of my old floor cleaner which always gave me a headache. Plus, it gets really hard to keep the puppies outside while the floor dries and airs out, so I’m happy to not have to do that anymore in the winter time either.
I like my new mopping method. It makes it easy to mop my floors and get them clean, and now I have something to do with old towels, too. Practice a random act of kindness. Be someone’s Christmas angel today by letting your light shine!