What characteristics signify “clean” when it comes to getting your home spic and span? Is the glistening of countertops, and the sparkle coming off the windows? Is it simply the overall appearance of an uncluttered and organized space? Or is the fresh, crisp scent that invites you into the space and smells of cleanliness and order?
For me, it’s all of the above. And I’m not above cheating the system, or developing whatever homemaking hacks I can in order to achieve this as an end result. With 2 children under 6, and another on the way… It often feels like an uphill battle.
My house never seems quite as clean as I’d like it, and some days I feel as if all my efforts go in vain. By the time I finish picking up in one room, I turn around to find that the children have gone right behind me reaping havoc and invoking chaos (their prime activities). It’s frustrating, and downright discouraging at times.
Starting with the simpler things, and getting in the mood of cleaning, however, helps to keep me motivated.
A little music in the back ground….
An enticing aroma in the diffuser…
And anything else I can find to help put a little “pep in my step”.
Since I’m often stepping around or over children while cleaning, it’s important to me that the supplies I use are as natural as possible. I’ve recently started making my very own DIY carpet deodorizer that fits all my needs…
-Uses Natural Products (another awesome DIY Recipe that uses natural products)
On top of that, it literally takes about 5 minutes to create.
Here’s How To Create Your Own DIY Carpet Deodorizer:
In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of borax, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and about 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.
**I choose to use the Purification Blend from Eden’s Garden because it smells like a fresh lemongrass smell, and contains many antiseptic and antifungal properties. Use whichever you prefer, just be sure it’s safe for any children or pets you may have around.
After mixing the ingredients with a spoon, simply use a funnel to pour into your favorite mason jar.
Literally, that’s all it takes! This DIY Carpet Deodorizer is super simple. I prefer to use a Mason Jar that already had a whole in the top (one of the ones from Walmart, I believe, that comes with a straw in it). I found it very easy to shake and pour from there. Many people create their own strainers by cutting out a piece of cardboard to fit the top, and poking holes in it. They then use the outer rim of the canning jar lid to secure it, making their very own shaker jar!
Sprinkle on the mixture on your carpet and let sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming! Your carpets will smell wonderfully fresh, and look nice and clean!
I could use all homemaking hacks I can get! Share yours in the comments below.