November 12, 2019
We all know that feeling of anxiety we get when we’re about to host guests for holiday gatherings; you want the house to look good and be clean. In this era of eco consciousness many folks are forgoing traditional cleaning products for more natural alternatives. It’s actually easy to swap traditional chemical-based cleansers for more natural—and festive smelling—alternatives.
Employ Essential Oils and Diffusers for Scent & Humidity
You obviously want your house to smell good when your guests walk in, and making this happen doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many essential oil diffusers on the market that work great with water and seasonal essential oils such as cinnamon or orange, or create a beautiful holiday blend of peppermint, ginger, and orange. Just be sure to remember these oils are for household use, and shouldn’t be ingested or applied to skin full strength!
If you’re crafty and want to make your own diffuser reeds, this is also an easy task. With just a few materials, you can make yourself an effective diffuser that will last throughout the holiday season.
Get a bowl and mix together ¼ cup of baby oil (almond or mineral will work, too), 3 tablespoons of 90%+ isopropyl rubbing alcohol (cheap vodka will work, too!), and a generous number of drops of your essential oil of choice (about 25 drops). Get a small vase or glass bottle and fill it ¾ of the way with the concoction you have created. After that, all you need to do is place a few reeds or wooden food skewers into the vase or glass, and cut them down in length if necessary. Mix the liquid every few weeks and add more when it gets low. Your home will smell like Christmas baking all season long!
Create Natural Cleaners with Pantry Staples
Vanish Grease with Vinegar
One of the biggest parts of entertaining in your home is the food, meaning people are going to be in your kitchen and the countertops need to be clean. Unless your countertops are made of stone such as marble, the following recipe is amazing and gets all of the grease and mess off.
In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, and about 6 drops of an essential oil; tea tree oil works great as well as grapefruit oil (You can even mix the two!). Shake well, spray on the surfaces, and wipe it off—that’s it! Natural clean, with holiday scents.
Show the Microwave Some Love with Lemon
Perhaps one of the most annoying things to clean in the kitchen is your microwave, especially if it has splatters and leftover food stuck on the sides.
This is an easy fix, though, as you can simply put about ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of lemon juice into a microwavable cup, microwave for two minutes, and leave the door shut for about 10 minutes. When you open the door, you will be able to simply wipe the surfaces with a sponge or a warm cloth. This is a great trick because you don’t even have to scrub any of the gunk.
Keep the Drains Running on Time
Although your guests likely won’t be seeing your garbage disposal, you might need to run it after all of the cooking and food preparation.
A little know cleaning trick is to get an ice cube tray and pour 1 cup of vinegar evenly throughout the tray (a bit in each segment). Top the rest off with water, freeze the tray, and then put about 4 vinegar-ice cubes in the disposal and run it. The vinegar-ice cubes will lift any remnants left on the blades and leave the disposal running smoothly, and smelling fresh.
Magic Natural Bathroom Cleanser
Next up is the bathroom. For a simple and quick toilet cleanser pour ½ a cup of baking soda and about eight drops of tea tree essential oil into the toilet and then scrub with ¼ cup of vinegar. The baking soda will make the creation fizz in the bowl to lift any gunk and make the toilet squeaky clean.
Another easy and natural bathroom cleaning option is to mix a cup of vinegar and about 4 drops of any essential oil into a spray bottle. Simply spray it on the toilets and bathtubs and wipe them down after a few minutes.
Of course, your guests will be seeing (and walking all over) your floors. If you have tile, you can simply mix white vinegar and water in a 1:2 ratio and use a rag or mop to scrub the tiles and leave them shining.
If you have wood floors and don’t want to use vinegar on them, simply mix about 4 litres of hot water, ¾ cup of natural olive oil, and ½ cup of lemon juice instead. Mop or scrub the mixture around your wood floors and watch them shine.
How to Make Homemade Hand Scrub
Want to give your guests that luxury feeling? You can also be fancy and create a hand scrub that visitors can use in the bathroom. Just get a glass container or Mason jar and combine about ⅔ cups of sugar, ⅓ cup of olive oil, and about 15 drops of any essential oil in it. Stir well and if you need to, more oil can be added until it feels properly spreadable. Leave a cute holiday notecard beside it telling your guests this luxury hand scrub will banish winter dryness!
Overall, there are plenty of ways to make DIY home cleaning products that can save you money and a trip to the store. Baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are just three items that can be mixed to create effective cleaners for every room in your house.
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