A Fall Cleaning Comeback

I’ve been on a break for quite a while, but fall has a way of rejuvenating me. Practical Light Living will be back on its regular schedule beginning next Friday, October 5th. In the meantime, as I clean out my writing cobwebs, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite home cleaning supplies.

My husband has a habit of going overboard in cleaning. Not a bad problem to have, but traditional cleaning products aggravate my allergies. Once when I entered the kitchen after one of his cleaning marathons, my eyes teared up and I couldn’t stop sneezing. This had to stop—not the cleaning, just the sneezing. So began my search for a better way to clean, and here are the results—two simple, easy-to-make, recipes that are good for cleaning and good for you.

Lavendar Mist
This general, hard-surface cleaner is great for kitchen countertops, wiping down appliances (not stainless steel), tables, bathroom counters, etc. This also works well to spot-clean spills on tile and linoleum floors. Basically, this is our go-to-cleaner for hard surfaces.


10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops grapefruit extract essential oil
16 oz of water

Pour half of the water into the spray bottle. Add lavender and grapefruit extract essential oils. Mix well. Add remaining water. Secure spray nozzle on bottle and shake well.

Manicure Worthy Tub Scrub
This simple tub scrub with shine your faucets, clean soap scum, and polish the sink. I have one in each bathroom and another for the kitchen. Best part—no need for gloves. Baking soda beautifully softens hands.


20 drops lavender essential oil
1 to 1½ c baking soda

Put the baking soda in a pint-sized mason jar. Poke holes in the baking soda with a straw, knife, or kebob skewer. Drop lavender essential oil into the holes, put a lid on the Mason jar, and shake.

You can tap holes in a mason jar lid to make a shaker. I prefer getting Parmesan cheese shakers from The Dollar Store. To retain the strongest scent, keep this sealed when not in use. For mason jars, just add a lid on top of the one with holes and place the band over both of them. For the Parmesan cheese shaker, a small plastic sandwich bag held down with a rubber band works well. Note: Baking soda can leave a residue on surfaces. Be sure to rinse well or use vinegar to clear all deposits.

That’s it—two super easy, wonderfully effective cleaners. And did I mention they’re cost effective? A ½ oz bottle of lavender costs less than $10. Mine lasted more than 2 years even though I use it for multiple cleaning recipes. The grapefruit extract costs even less.

Practical Living Tip of the Day:  Modern products aren’t always improvements. We may not be able to have our cake and eat it, too, but we can clean up the crumbs with healthy, budget-friendly solutions.


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4 Responses to A Fall Cleaning Comeback

  1. The lavender mist has become my favorite cleaning product since you gave it to me last year along with the recipe. I love it for my glass cook top. It cleans without streaking.
    I can’t wait to try the tub scrub.

  2. Thanks, Carolyn. Glad you’re enjoying it.

  3. csgbaker says:

    I’m with Carolyn! I used every last drop of the lavender mist. The scent was divine and its cleaning properties surprised me. I need to refill my purple mister! It’s great seeing your blog posts in my inbox again. You always have practical and oh so helpful information to share.

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