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.
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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Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared plenty of cute Valentine’s themed projects but today, I want to talk about something a little different. I really do love Valentine’s day. I love the cutesy projects and giving cheesy little valentine’s to my co-workers, but when it comes to celebrating as a couple I find the whole mass-marketed idea of turning an expression of love into an obligation to buy flowers/stuffed animals/chocolates/jewelry kind of gross. I know my husband loves me even if he doesn’t get me a box of gamble chocolates that says so. And, I’d do just about anything to avoid the crowd that’ll be coming in waves to every restaurant in town this Friday. That’s definitely the introvert in me talking, but I just don’t like people enough to spend a “special night” fighting some other couple for a table.
So, let’s talk about how to actually find meaning in Valentine’s day. Here are 5 Meaningful Valentine Ideas that the advertising world would never suggest, even though any of these can do wonders for your relationship.
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**I swear this isn’t turning into a beauty blog! This post is part of our Minimalist-Lite series! Find out what it is and how to get started!**
We’re moving up the progress ladder today! Last week I talked about my Minimalist-Lite make-up routine and today, I want to talk about the other half of that which is beauty products. Continue reading →