Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blog Vision and Cleaning Spray Recipe (How's that for Random?)

I've been spending some time thinking and praying about what this blog needs to be.

I'm still working through it.

Because this is about our journey, I don't claim to be an expert in anything.

I'd love to share what God is showing and teaching us though, and I'm working to figure out the best way to do that.

As far as the food front, the last 5 months have had their ups and downs.

Throw the holidays in the mix and, well, forget it.

But it's January now, and we're renewing our commitment to progress in the way of pursuing more natural, nutrient-dense living.

Along with January bringing a desire to make changes to the way we eat and live, it also makes me want to clean (how was that for a transition?). I guess you could say it's early spring cleaning.

This is our tried-and-true favorite cleaning spray recipe.

We've used it for the last 6 or so years.

It smells wonderful.

We get compliments on it.


People will walk in our home and say "It smells really good in here."

I just graciously smile and say "Oh, thanks!"

Little do they know it's because I was wiping down the toilet as they were ringing the doorbell.

This spray lets me be sneaky like that.

Or at least it did.

Maybe not so much now that the secret's out.

Lavender and Tea Tree Spray Cleaner
(the recipe came from Natural Home and Garden but I couldn't find it on their site anymore)

This spray cleaner disinfects surfaces, wipes out mold, and discourages its return. Lavender and tea tree are known for their antimicrobial properties.

1 teaspoon borax
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and stir until dry ingredients dissolve. Pour into spray bottle for use and long-term storage. To use, spray as needed on any surface except glass. Scrub and rinse with a clean damp cloth.

Those are all their words, not mine.

These are mine.

With the ingredients always on hand, I can mix up a full spray bottle of cleaner in about 5 minutes.

Way more convenient than running to the store when I run out!

I've also found that the hotter the water, the better and faster the process. So get it nice and hot!

I don't bother with the scrubbing and rinsing they mention.

I usually just spray it directly onto the surface or onto a cloth and wipe.

I do vouch for it not being great on glass though.

Unless you enjoy chasing streaks off of mirrors and windows for forever and a day.

So there you have it! Enjoy!

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