Squeeze The Day - DIY Counter Cleaner

Hello Lovely Blossoms,

Today I will be showing you how to make a super easy DIY counter cleaner. When I decided to make our home less reliant on store bought products, I will admit I got flustered by the massive number of products that needs replacement. I have been starting super small and so far so good, to try and make a less bumpy transition. It was always part of the process to make some items that was easy and fun and I would stick to purchasing others from the amazing shops we have available here in SA.

Now I don't know about you but for me, there is just something about walking into a home or a room that you can smell has been freshly cleaned, it makes everything just appear neater. We don't have a very big home because we are only two people and we do it all ourselves, we have a semi open plan living area downstairs together with the kitchen. By cleaning my surfaces, it almost feels like half the work is already done, I have been doing a ton of research on DIY cleaning products and there are a million variations and different recipes. I chose to make one without any alcohol simply because I wanted to try make it as pennywise as possible while still offering a good usable product. My idea thus far is to create sustainable living by not breaking the bank in the process.

Let's get going then; The full video is down below.

I started by peeling two oranges, you can use lemons too, I just happened to have some oranges in my kitchen. Keep the peels aside and trim them if you need, place them all in a console bottle or any glass jar. I poured around 800ml of vinegar in the jar and closed the lid, this mixture should then stand for at a minimum of 24 hours before you strain it - side note, this was my first time trying out this method and I would definitely recommend leaving the mixture for longer as the vinegar is still a bit overpowering after only 24 hours.

The next day I used a muslin cloth and strained my cleaner into a spray bottle, added about 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil for that extra refreshing smell, give it a quick shake and you are done.

The reason I added the essential oils is most definitely not just for the smell, essential oils is fast becoming part of my daily life and they have so many benefits, here are some benefits of the oils I used:

Lemon Essential Oil:

  • Contains anti-microbial activities

  • Boosts energy

  • Great disinfectant

  • Insect Repellent

Sweet Orange Essential Oil:

  • Contains anti-microbial activities

  • Promotes feelings of happiness

  • Natural anti-depressant (simply by smelling this it can lift your mood)

  • Reduces stress

I use this on all my kitchen counters, dining room table, coffee table and general surfaces around the house. This is a super easy project you can even get your young ones involved in and teach them about the alternative ways to make your own products instead of buying all sorts of things that you don't actually know what it consists of.

You can check out my video below and see how easy and quick the process was, feel free to leave a comment or suggest any natural products I can give a try.

I have a few thing that I bought that I will soon be testing out as well, watch this space for some exciting developments.

If you would like to buy some essential oils for yourself, here is where I bought mine, follow the link -https://www.soil.co.za/aromatherapy/essential-oils.html

Till next time, be blessed.

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