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DIY Natural Floor Cleaning Solution

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I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every single floor cleaning solution on the market.  Seriously.  From Pine-sol to Lysol to expensive natural brands.  One of my favorite on the market is the Method brand from Target.  It smells SO good, is easy to use and works great!  It’s safe for a variety of flooring types too!  But at $5 for a 25fl oz bottle, the price is a little steep.  So, I buy it occasionally and then fill the bottle with my homemade solution.

Flooring Types

My first floor has 4 different kinds of flooring.  We have peel and stick vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, laminate and wood floors.  I had to do a little research to find out what I could use on what type of flooring. Most solutions are safe for the floors we have since we do not have natural stone.  If you have natural stone floors, you’ll need to follow the instructions and research what is safe for that type of flooring.  I’d recommend doing that for any flooring you have and not just take my word for it!  🙂

DIY Solution

My solution to expensive floor solution, is to make my own.  This is super easy, smells great and costs PENNIES! Here’s what I do. When I’ve finished a bottle of the expensive store bought solution, I refill with the solution I make.

Here’s how I do it

What you’ll need

Water

Distilled Vinegar

Essential oils of your choice

Squirt bottle, spray bottle or empty floor solution bottle

Refillable Floor mop

Using a funnel, add 2 c of water to an empty bottle. Add in 1/4 c. white vinegar, followed by 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 10 drops of lemon essential oil.  The lemon/mint combination is my FAVORITE.  It smells so fresh and clean.  I’m actually obsessed.

The mop I have is discontinued, but here’s a similar one. I love this because you can add the solution to the bottle that’s attached to the mop or spray it on the floor.  The washable, microfiber refills wash up nicely so you can use them over and over again!

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I can’t wait to see if you all love this recipe as much as I do!! Be sure to comment below or tag me on Instagram so I can know if you love it!

 

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Clean Your Microwave Without Scrubbing

Turning Lemons into Lemonade….errr, Cleaning Solution

Scrubbing Your Microwave is ZERO percent fun.  I do not enjoy this part of cleaning but it’s something that has to be done at least weekly.

When I was a kid, I remember my mom cleaning our microwave with a bowl of vinegar.  She heated it up in the microwave and wiped it clean.  I still use this method sometimes but I read about using lemon slices and lemon juice and knew I wanted to try it.

Microwave Cleaning

Here’s what you need

2 cup measuring cup

water

one lemon and a knife for slicing

clean damp rag

Slice a whole lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl.  slice the other half of the lemon into slices and add to the bowl.  Microwave bowl for 5 minutes.  Wipe out your microwave and enjoy the sparkling clean box.  The steam created from microwaving the water, loosens all the gunk and makes it easy to wipe out and the lemons give you a fresh scent!

 

It’s hard to even consider this a blog post because it’s so simple!   I can’t wait for you to give this a try and let me know how it goes for you!  Comment below or tag me on Instagram.

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Cleaning Tips/Tricks: 10 places to use your vacuum in your home

This might be the most housewife-y thing I’ve ever written but I really think it’s an interesting topic!  Vacuuming.

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I used to just use my vacuum to vacuum my carpets and I always wondered if it mattered that I didn’t vacuum those pretty lines in my carpet.  But it turns out I use my vacuum for SO many more uses than just vacuum my carpeting.

Bathroom

This blew my mind when I finally started doing this!  It always made me crazy that I’d mop my tile floors just to have left over hair and other small pieces of lint that got stuck to the floor.  Now, before I start cleaning the bathroom, I vacuum the tile and go through with the crevice tool and hit along the walls and around the toilet.  Seriously, this is a game changer!

Refrigerator

I know what you’re thinking, Jenna, you vacuum your refrigerator!!?! And my answer is, yep, yep I sure do and you should too!  If you’re a super tidy person, maybe you don’t have to do this, but my fridge always has little pieces of food it in.  I want to blame my kids but I think my fridge may looked this way before I had kids too.  After I empty my fridge, I go through and suck up all the little bits of dry food with the crevice tool (do you see a pattern of how much I like the crevice too!?!).

Stove/Counter

Okay, if you’re still here reading this crazy blog post, you’ll thank me for this tip!  I HATE the small crumbs that fall in that small spot between my counter and my stove. Grab your crevice tool and vacuum away!

Toaster

Seriously, this was a game changer.  Why on earth did they make toasters so hard to clean?  Before you attempt to vacuum your toaster, make sure it’s unplugged.  Once it’s unplugged, stick your crevice tool in there and suck away all the crumbs.  Life changing, I promise.

Dryer and Dryer Vent

Dry vent. I just recently realized I could vacuum out the dry vent.  I’m not a laundry novice, so I knew I needed to clean out the lint filter screen and dryer housing. But I didn’t realize I needed to vacuum around the lint filter housing.  You can also take the dryer venting off the back of your dryer and use your vacuum hose to vacuum inside the venting.  Clogged dryer vents are a fire hazard, so be sure to check this a couple times a year.

Broom

This next one gives me some Danny Tanner feels (you get this if you’re a 90s kid) but you can actually clean your broom with a vacuum.  My broom tends to collect so much dirt, fuzz and lint and there is NO good way to remove it from the broom head. So a couple times a year, I go ahead and vacuum off my broom.  Works like a charm 🙂

Window sills and door tracks

I wipe my window sills and door tracks down when I’m doing a deep clean.  It’s shocking how much dirt, dust, stupid little flies and pollen.  Before I clean them well with a wet cloth, I always vacuum.  It really helps me not just smear the dust/dirt/pollen around.

Mattress

Vacuuming your mattress can actually help keep allergens/dust mites and bed bugs from infesting your bedrooms.  In addition, when we sleep, we shed our skin so there are TONS of little pieces of skin on your mattress. Basically, our mattresses are disgusting. I was like 34 years old before I started vacuuming our mattresses. So next time you change your sheets, run your vacuum around the mattress!

Floor Vents

I don’t know about you, but my floor vents seem like MAGNETS for goldfish, small toys like Legos and other random crap.  Use your vacuum to clean your vents.  One, you can find that missing Lego, but it also helps reduce the amount of dirt/pollen that gets spread through your home.

Carpets

The last, is the most obvious and it’s your carpet!  To keep your carpet as clean as you can, you should be vacuuming every other day!  Eeek, not gonna lie, I’m lucky if I vacuum once a month.

If you have any questions on any of the tips I shared above, I’d love to hear. If you have another crazy place that you use your vacuum, please feel free to drop it in the comments or message me on Instagram and we can share more tips over there!

Love,

Jenna