Spring Cleaning: The Natural Way

So, spring is here, at least for a day or two, and it’s time to do our spring cleaning.  We just detoxed our bodies and are eating clean, so why do we want to use all those chemical cleansers to clean our homes?  Let me give you a few recipes to make your own natural cleansers to get your house sparkling clean.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANSERS

  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda
  • 1 tsp liquid castile soap
  • Essential oils of choice – I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender, and 10 drops orange
  • Glass spray bottle for storage

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place borax, washing soda, and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass).
  2. Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any boiled water will work.
  3. Add essential oils of choice. This is optional.
  4. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys.

FAQ:  Washing soda is not the same as baking soda!  They are similar but with some important differences. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and washing soda is just sodium carbonate. Washing soda is stronger and more effective in this recipe (but still non-toxic).

GLASS CLEANER

  • 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice. I use lemon (optional, but it helps cut the vinegar smell)

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and use as needed to clean window. I like to use a microfiber cloth to wipe windows clean with this recipe.

Note:  If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castile soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you clean the windows to remove detergent residue.

TILE GROUT CLEANER

Mix 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste.  Apply to grout and let sit. Scrub with a toothbrush, wipe with a sponge.

MOLY GROUT CLEANER

Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water in a spray bottle.  Spray grout until saturated.  Let sit 45 minutes and wipe down with a sponge. Rinse well.

TOILET CLEANER

Use undiluted white vinegar and pour it inside the bowl.  Scrub till clean.

WOOD DUSTING SPRAY

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vinegar (orange-infused for extra cleaning power and scent!)
  • 2 TBSP oil (sunflower, grapeseed, fractionated coconut, or olive are my top choices)
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil

Instructions

  1. Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle.
  2. Add oil and essential oils.
  3. Cover bottle and shake well.
  4. Simply lightly mist the furniture or a soft cloth and wipe down the entire piece. The dust and grime will disappear and a beautiful shine will be left behind. For even more shine, try following up with a cleaner with a bit of straight coconut oil.

Notes: Because this recipe has oil, I don’t use this spray on stainless steel, granite, glass, or walls. I keep it by the dining room table and the kids know to use it on the wood furniture for dusting chores.  Essential oils are potent. An amber glass bottle is recommended to keep the essential oils from damaging the bottle. Shake before each use! Not recommended for unfinished wood or fine antiques.

Barbara Schrader
May 2, 2018

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15 Tips To Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul

Untitled design (51)  Feng Shui Your Way to Balance and Harmony

feng shui (Pronounced “fung shway”)

The practice of feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement which facilitates the flow of energy within a person’s home environment.  Proper placement helps to enhance one’s personal energies and create a positive atmosphere to live.  Feng shui has been proven to create a calmer more harmonious home which can carry over into every aspect of one’s life-including personal health, marriage, friendships and work.

 Is your home’s energy contributing to your everyday stress? Try paying attention to how you feel when you enter your home or even one room at a time.  Are you overwhelmed, or unable to make a decision, anxious, upset, sick, worried or tense?  Low and stagnant energy can contribute to these feelings.

Below are a 15 of my favorite Feng shui tips for clearing and raising the energy in your home.  It’s time to spring clean for the mind, body and soul. So get busy!

  1.  Freshen Up every day. Fluff your pillow, make your bed.  Put things back where they belong.  Clean as you go. Close the toilet seats. Keep a clean kitchen and always keep a clean fridge.

2.  De-clutter:  they say a clean house is a lucky house! De-cluttering is the easiest thing you can do and is key to good Feng Shui.  [Click the Link to Tweet]  A cluttered room can cause anxiety and stress when entering. Clutter also blocks the flow of energy. Take some time to purge your unwanted things.  Give to a good cause or simple throw out to the curb.

3.  Open the windows. Allow the natural light and air to flow through.  This is both cleansing and stimulating and is sure to lift your spirits.  Windows are the eyes of the soul of a home.  Use soft window covering so that the light may shine through.

4.  Add mirrors. Mirrors bring more light, joy and energy to a space.  When perfectly placed mirrors may even enlarge a room.

5.  Add natural genuine scents. Bring in Nature. Grow fresh herbs in the kitchen, add flowering or dried plants.  Add an essential oil diffuser.

6.  Hang pictures of those you love. Hanging pictures of those you love will give you the feeling of being loved and supported in life.

7.  Always keep a clean bathroom. Make sure all of your linens are fresh and counters free of clutter.

8.  Take all electrical devices from the bedroom. Your bedroom is a place of relaxation, rest and restoring.  Decorate with warm colors, clear the clutter and get rid of under the bed storage to promote a flow of energy as you sleep.

9.  Add water features. The energy of water is associated with wealth and can bring about a very soothing sound. They can also drown out noise pollution.

10.  Play music that makes you feel good! It’s good for the soul.

11.  Add living things to your home. Add vibrant plants, palms, ferns, rubber plants, ivy, aloe, peace lily or bamboo.  Add a fish, a dog, a cat or a bird.

12.  Add Wind Chimes. Use sound therapy to instantly feel at ease.

13.  Add candles to set the mood. Candles strategically placed can promote a calmness in any room.

14.  Let there be light! Invest in beautiful lighting fixtures. Make sure to have installed with a dimmer so that you may create your own mood.

15.  Add a salt lamp they are known to create a healing energy.

A few small actions a day can lead to a more balanced and harmonious life.

My Zen moments are relaxing in a clean house.  I want to create a space for my family to come home to and restore.  I continue on my journey of living an intentional life.  These are a few of my favorite things.

How do you Feng Shui?

Joy Vale
April 6, 2016

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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Sources:

“Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

“Cómo Fortalecer La Salud Y La Familia Según El Feng Shui.”http://www.comohacerpara.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.