Easy DIY Cleaners

I’m not a cook. Don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of healthy and tasty meals for my family, but I don’t particularly get fancy with seasonings and spices in my pantry. I’m more of a back to basics, enjoy the natural flavor of the food type of Bombshell. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the talents of others, I just don’t have the knack myself. What I am fabulous at, though, is discovering completely out-of-the-box ideas on how I can use all of those exotic herbs, savory seeds and spectacular spices.

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A few months ago, I vowed to start cutting out all of the chemical-heavy cleaning supplies in our home. My go-to cleaning agent is, of course, white vinegar. I use it to clean my stove top, my counters, my floors and even my mirrors. Now, Mr. Bombshell, he’s NOT a fan of vinegar. In fact, he hates it, so I had to figure out how to mask the smell. Even though the sharp odor dissipates, leaving behind nothing but unidentifiable clean, vinegar can still be a little tough on the olfactory senses.

Letting my creative genius run through my house with wild abandon, I realized the organic orange peel  in my pantry that melded deliciously in my citrus chicken marinade, would be a fantastic way to cut the pungent smell of my new favorite all-purpose cleaner. I decided to steep the orange peels in vinegar (in a glass jar) for a few days. And, voila! Citrus scented organic, safe, chemical-free cleaning solution. Mr. Bombshell has even conceded that the orange steeped vinegar is, hands down, the best cleaning agent we’ve ever used.

I’m also completely obsessed with the way my house smells. I have three dogs, and though they may be small, they drag their dog stink through the house. Add in three children who carry with them all of the various kid-smells and let’s just say, I have a minor break down when I think about the scents that great people when they first cross the threshold of my humble abode.

Instead of buying air fresheners made out of who-knows-what, I’ve taken to simmering a cinnamon stick  and a few whole cloves  in a small pot of apple cider on the stove. This is also a great way to add warmth to your home, and is safe for those with multiple chemical sensitivities.

The one place vinegar does me no good, though, is my tubs. Baking soda is a fantastic natural and mildly abrasive scrubbing agent which is great at washing away soap scum and residue, but it doesn’t leave behind that fresh smell so many of us desire in our shower-space. Again, utilizing a little trial and error, I found that I could add a tablespoon of cut and sifted peppermint leaves  or  lemongrass to my baking soda, leaving behind a light, fresh scent.

I’m still experimenting and enjoying the organic nature of my explorations. Spices and seasonings are much more versatile then we think. Let your imagination run wild and you may find the next great natural household product!

“The Bombshell Mommy” is written by Abigail Blank, romance author and mother of three. Frozen Heart and its sequel, Melted Tears, are published under her pen name: Annabelle Blume. Got a question about how to juggle it all and still be a Bombshell? Email Abigail at thebombshellmommy@gmail.com, connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @Bombshell_Mommy and look for her on Pinterest.

The Bombshell Mommy

“The Bombshell Mommy” is written by Abigail Blank, romance author and mother of three.Frozen Heartand its sequel,Melted Tears, are published under her pen name: Annabelle Blume. Got a question about how to juggle it all and still be a Bombshell? Email Abigail at the bombshellmommy@gmail.com.
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3 comments on «Easy DIY Cleaners»

  1. Nikki says:

    Thank you so much! Do you dilute your vinegar/orange mixture before use?

    1. Julie says:

      Nikki, I’m not sure if you received an answer to your question. You do not dilute the vinegar. You can add a small amount of the Original Dawn dish soap, this does wonders on the shower. If you have a glass door in the shower, it literally cleans it as if you cleaned it with Windex, but without any rubbing. Just spray and leave. The orange smells great

  2. Abigail says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Julie is correct, no need to dilute. It\’s especially good at cutting grease on the stovetop when in its pure form. Yet, I DO dilute the mixture at a ratio of 1c vinegar to 1 gallon of water for cleaning the floors.

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