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Plant based all purpose cleaner and dish soap

This is fairly simple, no I’m not joking.. However it takes a bit of work. Now I know we are used to having cleaners made for us, to have them at our disposal. Well guess what most of those cleaners are toxic. The bottles are just tossed into the trash and you open a new one. So not only are they toxic, but it’s wasteful. I know some are thinking that so what if they’re toxic.. Imagine this.. A child finds a bottle of drain cleaner and drinks it. What happens to that child is the stuff of nightmares if he/she doesn’t die. Same if a child consumes bleach or laundry soap, or cleaning products.

You absolutely do not need all of those products being sold to you. There are a handful of basics you should keep in your home.

  • The list is as follows:
  • Baking soda
  • distilled vinegar (apple cider isn’t good for cleaning, but great for hair.)
  • Hemp antibacterial castile soap (tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint for example)
  • Hemp castile soap – scent of choice
  • salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • extras include:
  • borax
  • citric acid (food grade)
  • washing soda
  • Lemons and oranges

Side note: I also keep oregano oil on hand, it’s a natural antibiotic.

So for the cleaner here is what you will need.

  • 1 gallon of distilled white vinegar
  • 5/6 lemons or oranges ( you could probably combine them both but I keep them separated into different bottles.)

Remove the skins from the fruits and place into the skins into vinegar, don’t add the whole fruit or it will be sticky and not clean very well. I leave my solution under my sink for one to two weeks. I give them a good turn when I remember too. It’s not a necessity just something I like to do. I also label my bottles with the date so I can keep track. Once the two weeks is up, take a spray bottle (reuse one if you have it laying around, just rinse it out good with hot water. Especially if it was a bottle with a toxic cleaner in it.) Fill the bottle half way with the vinegar and fill the rest with filtered water, add a teaspoon of antibacterial soap and give it a gentle shake. Remember to shake gently every time you use it. These natural products tend to settle. That’s all there is to it really.

Now for my dish soap

this is so so simple, here’s all you have to do, it’s a 1:1 soap to water ratio

  • 2 cups antibacterial hemp castile soap
  • 1 cup regular scented or unscented hemp castile soap
  • 3 cups filtered water

Now this mix will be much thinner than you’re used too, I assure you it works just as well if not better than the store bought stuff. Just mix all the ingredients together in the bottle and gently shake it. I’m still reusing an old store bought bottle, the top cap is gone but it still has the pouring spout so it’s working just as well. That’s all y’all have to do.

Bonus-

my simple drain cleaner – you’ll need

  1. enough baking soda to fill the drain
  2. a boiling pot (or two) of vinegar and water brought to a full boil

Make sure you fill the drain with baking soda but you don’t pack it into the drain. Bring to a boil the vinegar and water, it doesn’t have to be filtered water, tap water will work just fine. Be carful pouring the hot water down the drain. Doing this should get rid and kill drain flies. I also do this every couple months.

These methods are simple and safe, but be smart you still don’t want to get vinegar into your eyes. and because I need to say it, keep all cleaning products and solutions away from your kids. This is common sense but, ya never know.

Reuse, reuse, reuse. I cannot stress it enough. There is no need to buy a bottle if you have one or two laying around. Also don’t throw the gallon jug out, that can be used to put laundry soap in, or anything else you can think to use it for.

Another side note, I am putting together a way to sell my products hopefully at farmers markets coming this Spring and Summer.

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Cleaning and Cleanliness = snootiness? Venting post.

I have long wondered why having a clean home and clean appearance, both on the outside and the inside is equal to being snooty or stuck up.

I clean my home everyday, sometimes twice or three times a day. I do not do this to impress anyone, or to make anyone feel bad. So it puzzles me as to why some people (not all) thinks this way.

I do try to refrain from swearing and I always use my manners. The way I speak never matched my clothing. This is currently a work in process. However I am not stuck up or snotty. It just puzzled me.

I’ve come to the bitter conclusion that this is a problem within those people. They know what needs to be done, yet they either do not care or they don’t have the ability to do so.

Now this is going to make some mad, but it is what it is.

Not caring is just being lazy, and hiring someone to clean your home is just disgraceful. I’m sorry but it is. If you aren’t working or hardly work and you hire someone because you’re that lazy.. well.. that’s on you.

If you cannot physically clean your home I understand this. This is the only exception to hiring someone. But I’ve seen even the most unable do things, so think hard before you say you cannot.

This is mostly a rant post, because of people who don’t like to clean or take care of themselves. they think those of us who do are snooty and stuck up. I’m sorry we don’t like living in filth and clutter.. and we choose to take care of ourselves.. my goodness don’t get me started on clutter.

My grandmother (RIP love you) who was a big woman and could barely move kept a clean home.. Of course with the help of my grandfather (RIP love you too). There were no big messes in their home. And everyday that she could she made her bed, after she got out of it, than when she couldn’t my grandfather would help her. His bed was always made, and he was always showered and dressed well. He always carried a hanky on him at all times.

These days you don’t see that, you see folks running around with sweatpants on and just a lot of not caring. Their homes and rooms filthy and cluttered beyond belief. No structure. I was guilty of this at one point, but not anymore now that I’m older. Now I’m teaching my girls to clean up after themselves, and how to use their manners.

We have to bring back that pride in ourselves, in our homes, and instil it into our kids. Enough of this carelessness attitude. Enough with the disrespecting our elders, and the human population. Take pride in yourself, in your homes, and you will see a shift in the way you think. Filth and clutter equal stress and doesn’t help with depression.