Happy Tuesday gang! March is here and this month I want talk about cleaning! Please don’t misunderstand my enthusiasm as a love of cleaning, because I downright dread it! Why don’t things just stay clean, right?! Well, we’re still trucking along in our Minimalist-Lite series and the next task I’m tackling is how to make keeping a clean home as simple and efficient as possible. Because, I want to enjoy the home we’ve worked so hard to put together not spend hours and hours cleaning it.
The first thing I wanted to try was greening up our cleaning supplies and moving away from harsh chemicals. Over the past few months, we’ve really been loving the method product line, but I wanted to give the DIY route a try too. So, today I’m sharing a super easy DIY Natural Orange Cleaner that you can make for practically nothing!
This cleaner is made up of three ingredients! Yup, just three! Orange peels, white vinegar, and water. Nothing toxic here!
When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I was a little skeptical. Whenever I eat an orange, it usually makes a sticky mess! Wouldn’t that mean sticky counters? Well, it turns out it does not! I used this in our kitchen, wiped down with a paper towel and there was no left over residue.
Here’s how to make it:
- In a clean mason jar, start storing left over orange peels as you have them. To keep them from going bad as we collected, I kept our jar in the freezer. Any time we ate an orange, I grabbed it from the freezer and added the new peels until we had a jar ful.
- Cover the orange peels with white vinegar; almost to the top. Let sit for 10-14 days. Again, I kept this in the refrigerator while it steeped to keep it out of the way.
- After your wait is up, strain the orange vinegar mix into a bowl. You’ll definitely want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch any gunk that could clog your spray nozzle.
- Mix in a large spray bottle. Use 1 part orange vinegar, one part water.
- Use on pretty much any non-porous surface!
The original recipe came from Gammy’s House Blog and she has a lot more awesome information about why this solution works and what you can use it for, so be sure to check out her site for more details!
I don’t know if it will completely replace our current surface cleaner, but I really do like the fact that I know exactly what’s in this cleaner.
Do you have any other awesome DIY cleaning ideas or recipes? I’d love more inspiration! Share below.
Here we are again. At the end of another month. I hope you are all wrapping up an awesome February and are ready for March and hopefully some spring time weather! Down here in Texas, we’ve been flip-flopping between hot and cold like it’s no one’s business! Like Wednesday was in the 30′s and today’s high is 80F! Even though I totally don’t mind the cold weather, I wish dear Mother Nature would just pick one!
Anyways! Weather rant over. Today we’re closing out February with a wrap up from my instagram and daily one-line journal. Let’s see what went down!
- Who knew there was an 8AM on Saturdays? Productive day today.
- Basically had an Office marathon playing the background all day.
- An awesome coworker brought in authentic gumbo for the whole office!
- Bought the Lord of the Pies as a special treat (apple + caramel! Yum!)
- We’re planning a cheer party!
- SNOW DAY! Except we both still have to work.
- Watched documentary on Mitt Romney. Different perspective and good conversation.
- Feeling so adult. Underwriting to start retirement planning.
- Seriously what breakfast beats pancakes and real maple syrup?
- Cupcake baking and party prep
- Delayed start because of weather this morning. Perfect time to ice cupcakes.
- Freshman cheer party at Sunset!
- More cupcake baking! Pink Champagne this time!
- My cheesy mustache valentines were a hit with the boys at work.
- Gaining some financial momentum! Paid off a major account today!
- In Denton for cheer competition. Also met “Ferret Girl” on the square!
- Mondays are way worse after an awesome weekend.
- Gorgeous weather today. Ate lunch outside and listened to Think on NPR.
- Feeling nostalgic and watching The Titanic
- Ate lunch in the deli with a fun IT employee!
- Cheer tryouts for next year. A late and crazy night for Josh!
- Slept in, cuddled, and watched The Hobbit.
- Just one of those Sundays where I never put on pants.
- Back to the gym I go.
- Star Wars and chicken tortilla soup at home for Josh’s birthday.
- Planning some big, exciting, and scary changes for this year.
- Officially signed on with a personal trainer. Here we go.
How lovely was your February? Let’s hear the highlights below!
Happy Monday! Today, we’re talking about labels. Specifically, my awesome new label maker and how awesome it is. This was one of the few things I specifically requested for Christmas and I love it. Up until now, every label I’ve made has either been hand written or I’ve had to create them in Photoshop. But hand written labels usually end up bugging me because my penmenship is not so fantastic and creating labels from scratch on the computer can be a little time-consuming. It’s nice to have an option where a perfect label is made instantaneously.
After doing some online research, I decided to ask for the Brother PT-1800 Label Maker. It has generally good reviews and is used by one of my favorite organizers, Alejandra! That girl can organize anything and I do trust her recommendations.
So, what have I labeled so far? Well, first I attacked my stationary boxes. They had handwritten labels that needed replacing. I also added labels to some of our food storage containers. I loved the idea to label the mixing instructions for our pancake mix right on the container. No need to flip through a cookbook or save the recipe from the box. And then, I created some “Willis” labels to put on our reusable shopping bags so the baggers will know they already belong to us. This baby also really came in handy for Josh’s classroom supplies and when I organized all my lingerie!
For my official review, I’d say this label maker does exactly what you need it to. It comes with a few cool features like typing vertical and 2 font selections. My only complaint so far is that it uses a lot of excess tape at the beginning and end of each label. I usually end up chopping some of it off, so that starts to feel a little wasteful after a while. But other than that, it’s a fantastic little label maker that makes organizing super simple!
Favorite way to label things: GO!
Hey gang! Sorry for the radio silence early on this week. Honestly, this past weekend, Josh and I spent a whole lot of time having fun and not a whole lot tackling the to-do list. But, you know what? It was the best weekend we’ve had in a while, so it was totally worth it!
But anyways, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite articles, videos, and resources I’ve come across while starting our Minimalist-Lite series. When I started writing about this lifestyle transition early this year, I wasn’t coming in with a full plan. I’m kind of learning and sharing as I go and I figured other people out there, trying to live better with less, would totally love more inspiration to keep them on the right track.
- How to Get Rid of Stuff | Fay Wolf for Apartment Therapy
- 12 Things You Probably Own Too Many Of | Apartment Therapy
- How to Live on 100 Things or Less Infographic | Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo
- I Feel Bad About My Stuff (Getting Rid of Emotional Clutter) | Ladies Home Journal
- Living with Less. A lot Less. | Graham Hill for NYTimes.com
- The entirety of The Minimalists blog. They are currently on tour promoting their newest book and we’ll be seeing them in Dallas next month! See if they’re coming to your city!!
- 9 Ways to Need Less Money | Tiny Buddah
- 10 Reasons Our Family Wants to Live with Less Stuff | Live Renewed
Now, these are only my top eight. I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to more Minimalist-Lite ideas and I’m always looking for others. The more I stay involved in the process and learning new information, the more excited I get about everything!
Do you have any other articles, videos, or challenges to help organize and purge extra stuff? I’d love to know what you’ve found! Share below!
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