DIY Grapefruit All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Household cleaners are one of the biggest offenders of containing dangerous chemicals that often get ignored because they are deemed ‘necessary’ to properly kill germs and we would rather have chemicals than germs right?…. Wrong! Recently I have learned that there are plenty of natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen that are just as effective at killing bacteria and cutting through dirt. Before I start ranting about how great all natural cleaners can be I have to admit- I still hold on to a love for bleach. I love the way it instantly turns yucky things pearly, but I can still only use it very carefully in my bathtub without ruining the carpet and rest of my place, so I needed to find an all purpose cleaner that would be safe on all surfaces in addition to being completely pet safe. After spending a little too much money on natural cleaning products that worked great, I decided to start making my own after realizing how simple the ingredients were! The one that I am sharing with you today has been my go to household cleaner because it works well, is easy to make, and it safe on so many different surfaces (which not only I love but my adventure loving pet lizard loves too)!

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NEED:

  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • A Few Pieces Of Citrus Peels (I use Grapefruit Peels but Orange or Lemon will work too)
  • Essential Oil of Choice (I used Lemon, Orange, and Thyme because of their antibacterial cleaning powers!)
  • Distilled Water
  • Mason Jar
  • Glass Spray Bottle (Click here to see the super useful set I am always buying more of!)

1. Fill Mason Jar With Citrus Peels

I like to use grapefruit peels simply because I eat a grapefruit every morning so it was easy to just throw my peels into a jar instead of in the trash! It is important to not fill over half of the jar with citrus peels because too many peels will cause the solution to start molding while it is infusing. If you find that your solution is starting to grow mold, dump it out and try again with less peels and more vinegar.

2. Add In Distilled Vinegar

3. Place In Pantry For 2+ Weeks

Don’t panic, two weeks goes by faster than you think! You must have patience young grasshopper.

4. Strain Vinegar Into Glass Spray Bottle+ Add Essential Oils

5. Add Equal Parts Distilled Water

Using distilled water helps to prolong the shelf life of your cleaner! I also added dried thyme to my spray because of its antibacterial properties…plus I have to admit I mainly just like the way it looks in the glass bottles.

6. Spray and Enjoy!

When spraying the product it will have a vinegar scent at first but don’t worry, that goes away as soon as it dries and you are left with only the scent of your essential oils.

Have you made the switch to all natural cleaning products yet?? Share with me below your favorite natural cleaner!

Turn Your Home Boho-Chic With This Affordable Home Decor

Decorating your home can not only be difficult and time consuming, but it can be so expensive!! Have you ever bought what felt like a ridiculous amount of decor only to realize once you put it all up that the space still feels empty? If you are super busy or like me and move around a lot, it can be difficult to fully decorate your home, so I am sharing with you my favorite go-to budget decor that quickly makes your home feel cozy and complete with just a few pieces! 

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To Remind Yourself You’re Looking Fly Today:

Round Decorative Wall Mirror Brass - Project 62™ - image 9 of 22

Find this Brass Round Decorative Wall Mirror HERE

To Cover Up Those Nakey Walls:

Find this Macrame Wall Hanging Tapestry HERE

A Home For Your Cozy Blankets:

Find this Tall Natural Khaki Rattan Basket HERE

The Cutest Floor-Blanket Ever:

Find this Odelia Beige Traditional Area Rug HERE

Do You Have A Favorite Piece Of Home Decor? Use The Comments Section Below And Share With Us! 

Lavender Peppermint Room and Body Spray

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Ingredients:

Step 1: Brew The Lavender and Strain Into Spray Bottle

Boil 2 cups of distilled water over 3/4 cups of dried lavender and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture into spray bottle using funnel. It is important that you use distilled water for this because the minerals in other drinking water can cause your spray to expire faster.

Step 2: Add Withhazel

Add 1/4 cup Witch Hazel to the spray bottle. Vodka can be used instead if you do not like the scent of Witch Hazel but I prefer Witch Hazel because it is a great more-affordable option compared to vodka. This step in the process is important because it helps the water and essential oils to mix properly and also helps to naturally preserve the mixture.

Step 3: Add Essential Oils

Add 20-30 drops of lavender and 20 drops of peppermint. I added more lavender than I did peppermint because peppermint is a strong scent and can overpower the lavender if too much is added.

Step 4: Add Nozzle, Shake, And Voilà!

Leave enough room in the bottle when adding in the mixture so that it does not spill over when you add in the nozzle. I like to use this mist on linens and as a cooling body spray. Shake before each use and enjoy!

5 Unique Table Books Under $30

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For The Animal Lover:

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum

I listed this book as #1 on the list because it is my personal favorite. Each page is so beautiful and fun to look at that you will want to rip out the pages and hang them on the wall as art! Additionally, this book is part of an entire series of table books by this author and they are so cute that once you buy one you will want them all….trust me.

For The Space Nerd:

The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide

This book gives you some good packing tips on what you are going to need to bring for your trip through the planetary system and as a fun little bonus it includes some NASA posters to get you excited for your trip.

For The Wannabe Sommelier:

Wine Folly

This book includes a plethora of different easy-to-digest guides on everything there is to know about wine. From learning about the different types of grapes to finding the perfect food and wine pairings, this book teaches it all.

For The Modern Farmhouse Fanatic:

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful and esthetically pleasing spaces. Joanna Gaines is queen of designing homes in the ever-popular ‘modern farmhouse’ style and this book will make you want to create spaces that you never want to leave.

For The Adventure Junkie:

National Parks of America: Experience America’s 59 National Parks

This was the first table book I ever bought and it is still one of my favorites today! Not only does it list all of America’s National Parks but it describes all the activities you can do there and the best places to stay while visiting.

Air Purifying Houseplants

Oh the wonderful world of plants. Houseplants have not only blown up as a must have item for house decor these days but they also have incredible health benefits that often go unrecognized. In addition to looking beautiful, many houseplants act as incredible air purifiers that work to remove toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

While most houseplants remove multiple different toxic agents, I have listed below which plant is best at removing each specific toxin. Who needs fancy machines when you can have beautiful nature cleaning your air for you??

Best Houseplants For:

Producing Oxygen

  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Areca Palm
  • Monkey Plant
  • Snake Plant
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing Formaldehyde

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Dracaena
  • Pot Mum
  • English Ivy
  • Kimberly Queen Fern
  • Boston Fern

Removing Trichloroethylene

  • Dracaena
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing xylene

  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Spider Plant
  • Ficus Alii
  • Pothos Plant
  • Dendrobium Orchids
  • Dumb Cane
  • Moth Orchids

Removing Benzene

  • Aloe Vera
  • Peace Lily
  • Snake Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Pot Mum
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing Ammonia

  • Flamingo Lily
  • Peace Lily
  • Pot Mum

I am currently loving my Dumb Cane Plant (His name is Phillip)- Which house plant is your favorite?? Comment below!

Book of the Month

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Why I chose this book:

I was never a huge reader until I was gifted a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and realized how nice it is to be able to read throughout the day during downtime instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. I quickly discovered my obsession with crime novels so this category is usually where I start the search for my next book. This book is also free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription (Including the free Audiobook version!) and had 4.5/5 stars with over 10,000 reviews so I felt like it was safe to take the plunge on this one.

What It Is About:

Gina Royal lives a run-of-the-mill life with her husband and two kids when a car crashes into the side of her husband’s workshop and reveals the body of a missing girl- therefore revealing her husband’s secret life as a serial killer. After the trial her husband is sentenced to life in prison but she quickly learns that her family is still in danger after receiving death threats by the internet stalkers who believe she played a key part in her husband’s killings. The story follows along as she and her kids take new identities and try to seek refuge from the attackers who are determined to give them the punishment they believe they deserve.

My Thoughts on This Book:

The reviews don’t lie! With plot lines like this I always worry about the book being too predictable, but this book was the opposite of that. I would think “oh gosh she’s making it sooo obvious what is going to happen next” and then BOOM something my lame mind couldn’t even process as an option would happen. So do I recommend this book? YES! It is a super suspenseful read and is also book one in a four-part series following Gina Royal and her family so I will definitely be reading the next one in this series as well.



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Have You Read Stillhouse Lake? Comment below and let me know what you think!