Green Cleaning: Dusting Spray

I finally got around to making a homemade cleaning product this afternoon. This one was really simple and used ingredients I already had in the house, so I figured it would be a good start.
Sundays are typically my “cleaning” day. As I was finishing  picking up around the house and was ready to dust the furniture, I realized we barely had any Pledge left. My initial thought was “Damn. Now I have to run to WalMart!”. But then I remembered that I had found a homemade version on Pinterest not too long ago. What better time to give it a try, right?

Here’s the recipe I used:

Green Cleaning: Dusting Spray

Green Cleaning: Dusting Spray

Homemade Dusting Spray

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice*

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 cup warm water

*I ended up not having any lemon juice on hand, so I used lemon extract instead. I did not have any problems on our furniture using it, but that may not be the case with yours.

I used a clean spray bottle and a funnel to add the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and water. I then gave it a good shake to mix it all together. Voila! All done!

I used the mixture immediately after I made it. I sprayed it generously onto a clean cloth and wiped away at the kitchen table. It gave the table a “polished” look, just like store-bought furniture cleaner. I then moved on to all the other wood furniture.  It worked great on everything and I found it did a better job helping get all the doggie hair off!!

*sidenote: I did have to keep shaking up the bottle every now and then to keep everything from separating!

Verdict:

I do miss the scent of the store-bought cleaner (my old one had a hawaiian flower scent), but other wise I found this worked perfectly well! I don’t have any plans on buying Pledge again!

If you have any homemade cleaning products you’d swear by, let me know! I look forward to trying more recipes soon!

♥Amy

 

Now I’ll never explore

“Islands”

I don’t have to leave anymore
What I have is right here
Spend my nights and days before
Searching the world for what’s right here

Underneath and unexplored
Islands and cities I have looked
Here I saw
Something I couldn’t over look

I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore

See what I’ve done
That bridge is on fire
Going back to where I’ve been
I’m froze by desire
No need to leave

Where would I be
If this were to go under
That’s a risk I’d take
I’m froze by desire
As if a choice I’d make

I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore
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So now I’ll never explore

Hello Spring!

It’s about time mother nature got with the program and actually gave us some spring weather here in Cincinnati! The bf and I took advantage of every warm second! Afterall, it is still Cincinnati…so for all we know the temps could take a dip back down into the 30’s.

Friday night we decided it was time to start fishing season 2013! We got our fishing licenses, packed up my SUV and headed to Winton Woods. We were a little rusty, so it took us some time to remember how to do a decent cast. We didn’t end up catching anything, but it felt great just to get outdoors! And at least we got a little practice in.

At Winton Woods

At Winton Woods

Saturday we took care of some errands around the house during the morning/early afternoon. Saturday evening, my mom treated us to dinner at The Bonefish Grill. It was delicious as always. If you haven’t had their Bang Bang Shrimp, you’re really missing out folks! I, of course, ordered my favorite meal; medium-rare filet mignon, garlic whipped potatoes & jasmine rice. Mmmm. When we got home from dinner, the weather was still nice…just starting to get chilly which is perfect weather for a fire. Jake made a make-shift fire pit for us & we sat in the backyard enjoying the night & talking.

Saturday night around the fire.

Saturday night around the fire.

That takes us to today, Sunday. By far the best weather was today. High in the low 70’s. Just perfect for a day outside! We woke up earlier than normal, got some more stuff done around the house/yard, and then took a break for another fishing day. This time we went to Lakte Isabella. It was not crowded at all and it felt amazing to sit by the water on a rock, listening to the water and sounds of nature. It was so relaxing. Sadly, we didn’t catch anything this time either. Those fish are playing hard to get this year. Normally I get frustrated when I don’t catch anything, but I just couldn’t help but be content with the sun, warmth, and my man next to me!

Lake Isabella.

Lake Isabella.

The weekends always go by so fast. *sigh*. Monday is inevitable. At least I have a few more hours of freedom. I’m looking forward to getting some dinner, winding down for the night, and watching some River Monsters!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend as well!

♥Amy

 

 

 

Homemade Body Wash

 

Here’s how to make you very own body wash! This was about the easiest recipe I have made yet. You only need 3 simple indredients! Below is how I made this recipe. If you’d like, you can see where I got the information here.

What You’ll Need:

4-6 cups water, depending on how runny/thick you want it to be

1 bar castille soap

2 tablespoons glycerin

Step 1:

Grate your bar of soap. I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap in the Almond scent. Castille soap is highly recommended for many of the recipes I compared. It smells very nice! I grated my bar with a hand-held grater and it didn’t take too long at all.

6BeFunky_Tilt-Shift_2Step 2:

Add the grated soap and water into a medium-sized pot. I used a cheap stew pot I found at WalMart so as not to ruin my good pans. I added 4 cups of water to my first batch, but I think next time I will add 5 or possibly the full 6. Remember, the amount of water you add will determine how runny or thick your wash will be. You can always add more water later, so you may want to start with a smaller amount.

7BeFunky_IMG_0110Step 3:

Bring the soap and water to a boil. Continue to boil until all the soap is completely melted.

9BeFunky_Tilt-Shift_2Step 4:

Once the soap is completely dissolved, you can remove the pot from the burner and stir in the glycerin. Once stirred in, you can transfer the mixture into your storage container(s). I used mason jars.

10BeFunky_Tilt-Shift_2After I poured the mixture into my jars, I set them aside on the counter to cool. This took a looooong time so you have to be patient. Also, prepare yourself for what you’ll find once it has cooled and set. I thought I ruined it when I checked on it a few hours later; it looked like a big, white, THICK blob! I did a little reading and found out all I had to do was add more water, a little at a time, until I had it the consistency I wanted. But listen….it will look like (and sort of feel like) snot. Yes, snot. There’s nothing wrong with the consistency or what you did. That’s what it is going to look like!

Once I had it to the consistency I wanted, I used a funnel and put in in a repurposed empty and cleaned out lotion pump bottle. The pump is what I used in the shower. The rest of the jars are going to hold the “blobs” until I’m ready to use them.

The Verdict:

I was a little hesitant after the whole blob/snot thing, but it turned out just fine! I pumped a few squirts onto my loofah and it lathered right up! I love the almond scent of it. In my opinion, it worked just as well as my old store-bought body wash, minus all the scary chemicals.

I would definitely suggest giving this one a try! The bar of soap was $2-3 (can’t remember which) and the glycerin was about $3 (but you’ll reuse this for future batches). It filled 2 1/2 mason jars which is almost 40 oz! For about $5-6 I think that’s a good bargain!

Will you give this a try? Or is there a recipe you’d swear by?

♥A