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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and Spring Cleaning


The spring cleaning bug has taken hold of me and has ravished my home. I recently stumbled across this great blog series by the Money Saving Mom…

I have been thrilled with the results! I don’t know if it’s the fact that the daily challenges include list-making; or if it’s the timed 15 minute clean-up; or if it’s the focused task assigned for the day; or the fact that I’m forced to purge seven items from my home on a daily basis… but this series has helped me transform my home from mediocre to marvelous! Trust me, any cleaning “program” that makes my fridge look like this is worth checking out!
Then, I stumbled across the Creative Homemaking site and I fell in love with her…
I am thrilled with this cleaner recipe! It’s surprising how far a little vinegar, dish soap, borax and water can go! The secret to the success with this cleaner is to spray it on the surface and let it sit for a couple minutes before wiping it off. My “test” of this cleaner was with the soap scum that collects around the drain of my pedestal sink. Usually I need a lot of elbow grease to get the scum off but this cleaner took it off with a swift swipe of the cleaning rag! 
I also love that I can add my own scent to the spray just by adding a couple drops of pure essential oils. I opted for Rosemary, which has left my house smelled fresh and clean!
So there you have it. This mama has been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. Do you have the bug too?
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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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2 thoughts on “Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and Spring Cleaning

  • wendy and lisa

    Great tip! I’ll give it a try. I’m continually on an organizing mission of some sort. I’m currently working on a “Command Central” or household binder to keep papers from migrating around the house…everything I refer to in one place. Thanks for sharing the link to 4 Weeks to a more organized home. ;-)
    lisa (and wendy)