A clean home is a happy home.
At least for me, it is. I’ve always had a thing about a clean house…You know the saying about a cluttered house, a cluttered mind!? That’s me. If my house is a mess and dirty, I’m a mess. Now, don’t get me wrong, when you come into our home, there is plenty of dirt and mess. I would never claim to have the cleanest house on the block. Remember, I live on a farm! A clean farmhouse is an anomaly, it’s virtually impossible to escape messes.
Since moving to the farm, one of the greatest challenges for me has been trying to keep the house clean. I pretty much have a bottle of all purpose cleaner out daily, so I have become more conscientious of the types of cleaners I use. I have tried to move away from store bought cleaners and have started using more natural alternatives. To my surprise, many of the natural alternatives work better than what you find in stores. Not only do they clean better, but they are so much better for you and your family’s health.
Living on the farm has given me a greater appreciation for natural living. I have enjoyed going to the farmer’s markets more regularly, growing some of our own food in the garden, and using our natural resources around the farm for everyday purposes. Natural cleaners is another element I’ve incorporated into our farm life. Thanks to my friend, Kristy, who I met on Instagram (@creepingfigcottage), I have started to make my own cleanser for the farmhouse. (Side note: Remember this name, because this is not the last time you will be hearing about Kristy. I have some exciting news coming soon!)
Kristy’s outstanding recipe for all natural cleanser uses lemon. I adore lemon, but lately, I have been obsessed with lavender, so I decided to make my cleanser with lavender. Let me tell you, it’s incredible! The first day I used my new lavender cleanser, the kids and Mr. A came home and exclaimed, “The house smells amazing!” Score one for mom!The recipe for this cleanser is so simple y’all! All you need is a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, some lavender sprigs, lavender essential oil, white vinegar, water and a spray bottle. That’s it! Fill your glass jar with a generous amount of lavender sprigs, about half full. Pour the vinegar over the lavender, and add 2-3 drops of lavender oil. Secure the lid of the jar on top, and store the jar out of direct sunlight for about two weeks. After the two weeks are up, strain the lavender and any other solids out of the vinegar. Fill your spray bottle up half way with your vinegar solution and add water to the other half. You are now ready to get your spring cleaning on!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can alter it however you desire. As I mentioned earlier, Kristy used lemon. You can use any citrus, including orange and grapefruit. To do so, fill your jar half way with the peels of the citrus you prefer and cover it with vinegar. Allow it to sit for the two weeks and continue on with the process the same way I described above. You can always add essential oils to your bottle to increase the effects of aromatherapy. You can also use other herbs such as rosemary or basil. Get creative and find a scent that inspires you to clean. I use this cleanser on all my counter tops, my mirrors, the doors, and anything else covered in dirt and grime in the farmhouse. Yeah, so pretty much everything! I hope you try making your own cleanser and enjoy it as much as I do. If you do, let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Happy cleaning, friends!