January 22nd: Make Homemade Cleaners

Back to some essential oil fun! And back to saving the earth. As the year goes on you will begin to see my efforts to cut out toxic chemicals, unneeded products and items that clutter my life. January has kicked off pretty nicely.

1. I have been spending the month purging items from my house, one day at a time. My January 1st item was purge one item from my house a day. I have fallen a little behind on this but plan on spending all morning tomorrow doing a large purge… even the small purges I have made have already made a difference.

2. January 15th challenged me to not use any plastic waste for a week. It has been challenging, mainly because when you get togo food or buy things at the store most things automatically come with unneeded plastic products. I am working on continuing this and think I can make it through the whole year concentrating on it. Even if I just minimize what I am using, that has to have an effect.

3. So back to the essential oils. January 8th was all about making my own essential oil blend. This was so I could produce something that I would use as a pain reliever without using toxic or unknown ingredient pills.

Today, I make my own house cleaner, and man, there are a TON of recipes out there and every variety of cleaner you can think of.

There is a great website One Essential Community that has a great list of different cleaners with a minimal, clean ingredients. Eventually, I would like to make them all – 8 DIY Cleaning Recipes with Lemon – but today I am just starting with the:

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

AND

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

To make: to a spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups distilled water, and 25 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean

So here are the ingredients:

Here’s the All Purpose Cleaner:

And the Mold & Mildew:

I also found this other great site, Back Door Survival, that had a list of the 8 Best Essential Oils for Disinfecting. I will have to use some of these the next time I make some.

Happy clean, cleaning!

February 28th: Clean out the Fridge

Just a little more purging for the day. And a new task to check off the list. (Which should probably be done more often than I like to admit.)

This task makes me feel a little more productive and organized.  It also made me feel like I should go grocery shopping to have more items (and health foods) around.

Even though this is only the third day of purging items I think this is going to be great for my mood and daily life. It feels great to organize and get rid of things that sit in piles and cause clutter. 

I found this interesting article of 10 Ways to Declutter and there are a few on there that I might try. One specific is to get rid of one item every day for a year. I am starting with a month but maybe just try and continue past that.

Also, Why decluttering is good for you!

While I was researching for this I also found a Woman Did Not Spend Money for a Year. Of course she paid rent, bills, debts, and bought food but she cut out unnecessary items. I have on my list “do not spend money for a day” but I might add time to that. This could really help me save money for that house I am trying to buy too!

January 23rd: Do All My Laundry

Well, my ninth load of laundry for the day is in the washer. This was not exactly the most fun thing to cross off my list but felt super productive and like an accomplishment for sure. Sadly, it’s been far too long since I’ve had all of my laundry done… to often I put it off and let things pile up. It feels great to have everything clean and in order. I cannot wait to do something fun tomorrow. 😉

On a side note, I finished knitting one entire scarf today, I just have to add the fringe, which I have to get back together with Elisa (who taught me) to figure out how to end the scarf and add the tassels. It took much shorter of a time than I thought, so hopefully my goal of knitting 8 by next winter will happen pretty quickly. It might just be weird when I have eight scarf gifts ready this summer…