I've Been working on creating a more natural cleaning solution for my home for a couple of years now, but only now has it been possible to move into the phase of producing various types of cleaners for multiple surfaces.
So far a vinyl floor cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, glass cleaner, and a wood floor cleaner have been made and tested. The wood cleaner is very effective, gentle on wood floors and the mild scent of lemongrass is just the right finish to this product.
I studied several ebooks, bought several hard- and soft-cover books for my ever-growing library of resources then tested out some of the formula listed in one or two that hit all the right notes for the surfaces here, the age of the home, my health challenges, allergies, etc. It's amazing what you can use to clean your home that doesn't include parabens, triclosan, bleach, formaldehyde, mutagens or carcinogens!
The one overriding theme of the books I've added to the bookshelves is one of going with what works in a gentle safe yet effective way, then apply it in a method and schedule that doesn't dominate your days. I've found the following books to be the most help and worth the investent & time spent reading:
1) The Complete Book of Clean-Tips & Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley
2)Simply Clean -The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean and Beautiful IN JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY by Becky Rapinchuk, Founder of Clean Mama. www.cleanmama.net
3)101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin Health & Home by Jan Berry, founder of the blog The Nerdy Farm Wife.
4) The Organically Clean Home - 150 Everyday Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuck.
All of these titles are available at Amazon.com.
All of these offer far more than recipes to produce safe, proven effective cleaners and washing products for your home and wardrobe. They offer a wealth of tips and tricks to make cleaning & organizing to make your life easier, less ruled by the need to tidy up so often. You may not need all parts of these books' information as some may not apply to you, but those that do will be priceless.
I also highly recommend the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Her other title Spark Joy - An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of ORganizing and Tidying Up.
Thanks to her book, I found a sofa, a daybed and a floor that were all preiously completely covered by stuff not used, never used, no longer fits, needed or wanted! Everything removed was either tossed if damaged, donated to the library if it was a book or donated to Goodwill if a small appliance or gently used clothing. Get receipts if you do the same. Make a rule and stick with it, too. I utilize a 2-year rule but you might want to be a bit more lenient. I'm strict due to the small size of our home and lack of storage space. If I have not used it or worn it in 2 years, odds are better than good I won't in the next two so away it goes. Simplicity itself.
If you've read any of these or tried this Spark Joy or the Tidying Up methods outlined by Kondo, post a comment below and tell me how you worked this method to your best advantage, of you liked it, or found it just not feasible for you and your family.
Hi and welcome to the Bubble Hut! I'm Neecy, aka Dee (Denise) Gunter. I'm the solo maker of Neecy's Necessities, which has been around since 2010. I'm a certified advanced soap maker and member of Hand Crafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. I'm an adventurous soap maker, frequently trying new things to make things even better yet I know when to stop when it's just fine as is.