I don’t know about you, but those are not my favorite two words! Don’t tell my mom, but I still hate cleaning. Don’t get me wrong – I like it when it’s clean. But I really don’t like doing it! That’s why, when I can find hacks that make the process easier, or even…dare I say it…? A little more fun?
For the first few years that I lived on my own, I lived in small apartments, and I worked a lot for a while, then I worked a lot and went to school! Which means my housework pretty much fell by the wayside. I did the bare minimum to keep my home livable, and that was just about all I could handle. After John and I got married, I tried harder, but I just couldn’t find my rhythm. We did what we could, and then we caught up with the rest of it when we moved out! (I don’t recommend that method, by the way, but. You do what you gotta do!) Now, as a new homeowner, I don’t have that end-of-lease deadline that pushes me to super clean the place, so I’ve had to find other motivations, and my search for cleaning hacks has increased significantly! Since I’ve found a few lately that have made a big difference in my life, and a few that I haven’t had a chance to try out just yet, but they seem pretty great to me!
Our first recipe is going to be one that we’ve shared here on the blog before, but it’s one of my favorites and it’s made SUCH a huge difference for everyone that’s tried it, that it just has to be part of the conversation when we’re talking about spring cleaning!
Lemon Scouring Paste
Now, I posted this here as a photo so that you can save it to your phone or computer, to make it easier, but here’s the recipe, in case this is better for you!
Lemon Scouring Paste
3/4 C. Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Tbsp. White Vinegar
30 Drops YL Lemon Oil
3 C. Baking Soda
Combine liquids in a mixing bowl. Add baking soda 1 cup at a time, mixing well each time.
You guys – this stuff has changed my life. My mom found this recipe, and she brought some down to my house when she came to visit the next time, and I’ve never looked back. We cleaned burnt-on sticker residue off of my stovepipe. We scrubbed gross rubber hose residue off my hubby’s hands! And I use it to scrub out my pots and pans all the time, as well as plates, bowls, or anything else that gets a little stuck on. I’ve used it to clean off my glass-top stove, and I regularly scrub out my stainless steel sink with it. I’ve also used it on my fiberglass shower insert, to take off the hard water and rust stains, and wow! What a difference! I haven’t found anything that this doesn’t work on, to be perfectly honest with you.
My mom gifted me a quart-size jar of this for Christmas, and it was probably one of my top 5 favorite gifts! Ha!
This one doesn’t have a cute name, but I’m super excited to try it out! (View the original post here)
Combine one thick squirt (about a tablespoon) of Thieves Dish Soap, 2-3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner, and water into a scrub brush. Use this mixture to wipe down shower grout, tile, scrub your oven, or any other heavy cleaning!
Now, like I said, I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m going to go mix some up today when I’m done with this post! I’m also thinking about putting a little bit of my scouring paste into the mixture, to add some extra scrubbing power, with the baking soda and vinegar!
Wood Floor Cleaner
5 drops YL Citrus Fresh essential oil
2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
1 C. Olive Oil
1 Gal. warm Water
Combine all ingredients and clean away!
1/2 C. distilled water
2 oz. White Vinegar
1 Tblsp. Olive Oil
10 drops YL Lemongrass essential oil
Combine ingredients into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle. Shake well. Spray dusty surface and wipe with lint-free cloth.
2 tsp. Olive Oil
30 drops YL Lemon or Orange essential oil
1/4 C. Vinegar
1 3/4 C. distilled Water
Combine all ingredients into a glass spray bottle, and mix well. Spray wood surface and wipe with lint-free cloth.
Now – I don’t know about you, but that’s enough to keep me busy for a very long time!
If there’s something that you would specialized advice on cleaning, don’t hesitate to reach out! We would love to help you get a leg up on your spring cleaning goals!