Trying to balance my skin has always been a struggle but the more I learn about my skin type the more I discover how to best take care of it. Since I have been ‘blessed’ with very dehydrated but oily skin, toner has become one of my favorite ways to keep my skin from getting too oily when used in combination with a hydrating moisturizer. I have tried a lot of different products but my favorite so far has been the cheapest and easiest to make out of all of them!
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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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White Distilled Vinegar
A Few Pieces Of Citrus Peels (I use Grapefruit Peels but Orange or Lemon will work too)
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!
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!