Alright, alright I know what you’re thinking, how in the heck is cleaning a part of self-care???
I talk all the time about honoring your body and taking care of your body. Your body is a temple, it is the place where your soul lives. It is what people see first when they meet you. It is vitally important to honor and care for your body. The same goes for the space in which you live. When you honor and care for the space you inhabit, you feel better.
Over the holiday weekend, my boyfriend came to visit. Honestly, the last time my entire apartment got a good, deep clean was probably when I graduated college in December of 2016. Between graduation and taking boards, all I really did was study for my licensure exam, so I ended up cleaning a lot and doing a lot of deep cleaning. But I can’t recall a time when every crevice has been cleaned since then. Sure, we wipe things down, but there hadn’t been a good scrub down. My boyfriend visiting seemed like the perfect excuse to give the place a good scrub down.
This was the first deep clean I’ve done since I started using essential oils more and incorporating them more into my life. I was thoroughly impressed with how clean my bathroom and kitchen were. The night I had finished and everything was clean I just felt happy walking into my home. I was proud of the cleanliness of my home. It smelled good and looked clean. I think my favorite part was that I didn’t need to open the windows after I was done cleaning because of the smell of bleach and other cleaners. Instead, everything just smelled good, and fresh. Plus, my hands weren’t raw from the harsh chemicals of typical cleaning products.
That being said, I want to share some of the Go Green Clean recipes I used. The week I was cleaning was doTERRAs clean week challenge, and I pulled some of my recipes from there.
Scum and Grout Scrub:
½ cup of baking soda
3 tablespoons of water
10 drops of lemon
10 drops of lime
Add water and oils to baking soda, mix into paste, rub a small amount onto the surface and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe off with a wet cloth.
All Purpose Cleaner:
½ cup White Distilled Vinegar
10 drops Melaleuca
10 drops Lemon
10 drops On Guard
Fill rest of 16 oz glass bottle with distilled water
Shake bottle before use, spray on counters and wipe off with a cloth.
½ cup baking soda
10 drops Essential oil of choice (I used bergamot)
Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 30 mins, vacuum.
All Purpose Scrub:
A generous squirt of On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
Mix and use a sponge to scrub counters and floors.
For most of my deep cleaning, I used the On Guard Cleaner Concentrate mixed with hot water. I took a sponge and used it to clean my counter and floor in the kitchen. After scrubbing down all the grime and slime I followed with my all purpose spray and wiped down with a microfiber cloth to give it a good finish. My stove and kitchen have never been so clean. I sued this to clean floor and counters. I changed buckets of water in between because they were so dirty. I used the baking soda scrub on my tub and bathroom counter and sink. I sprinkled the entire apartment with the carpet refresher. And honestly, I’m still giddy over how clean everything turned out. Just take a look at my stove and counters!