Spring is in the air and even this busy mom has been motivated to clean. Plus it’s been about three months since I last de-cluttered and sure enough things are bad again.
Santa needs to stop with the going overboard on presents. I know that the holiday mess is the real reason people go crazy with spring house cleaning. Maybe snow, cabin fever, and virus friendly heated air is the reason for spring cleaning further north, but in Florida I am going to go with people procrastinating on cleaning the holiday mess.
December is a stressful month so I bet I am not the only one that puts things off until spring.
I am clearing out the house so it is easier to clean come summer when the kids are home. It is one of my unconventional ways I motivate myself to clean.
I’m a firm believer in homemade cleaning solutions that work.
Mixing something I loathe as much as housework and laundry with something I do enjoy, like crafting and DIY, has great results! I like making things so when I make my cleaning products I am motivated to use them. It’s all in my mind 🙂
This week, with the help of my friend and essential oil expert, Kim P. Miller, I came up with the best all purpose cleaning, degreasing, and disinfecting spray. I fondly call it “Super Spray.”
All Purpose House Cleaning Spray
- 1/3 cup of Vinegar
- 1/3 cup of Vodka (get the the cheap stuff for cleaning!)
- About 15 drops of melaleuca essential oil (also known as tea tree oil)
- 1 drop of lemon essential oil
- About 2 cups of hot water
- empty spray bottle
Mix them all together in a spray bottle and shake. I originally made this spray to clean the toilet seats. Vinegar breaks down urine (even little 7yo boy urine that misses the toilet.) Vodka is a quick evaporating disinfectant. Melalueca is also a disinfectant and has all sorts of anti-yucky properties. It stunts the formation of mold and mildew, is anti-fungal, and antibacterial. A little goes a long way. The lemon cuts the smell of the tea tree, as well as cleans.
I sprayed it on the toilets and wall in the bathroom and let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it down.
Then since it was on hand, I decided to wipe down inside my refrigerator. It worked perfectly on old crusty barbecue sauce that one of my kids spilled in the fridge and covered up. It cleaned it up!
I noticed the door of the stainless steel oven was nasty so I sprayed it with my super spray and it cleaned it without streaking!
Kim sprayed the inside of her microwave with it and said that after letting it sit for about 2 minutes, she easily just wiped the microwave clean.
By this time I was feeling adventurous so I sprayed the sliding glass doors and mirrors with it. I was actually prepared for streaks and when after spraying it and wiping it, I saw streaks, I went to grab the Windex. When I got back to the slider, the streaks had vanished as the solution dried.
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Besides all these reasons, I call it Super Spray because it actually got me to clean more than I would normally clean in one day.
When you are a horrible housewife and would rather
make messes “craft” than clean, having an all purpose spray makes things much more efficient and likelier to get done! For more spring cleaning ideas check out my horrible housewife series!