Let’s get natural… natural..

(Title sung to the tune of a certain Olivia Newton-John song.)

So lately I have been looking into ways to make my life a little greener.  I wish I could say it was because I have this genuine urge to be easier on the planet.  That is definitely partly it, but it more stems from not wanting to breathe in/absorb all those unpronounceable chemicals in household cleaners and detergents. (Just being honest!)

To this end, I had started purchasing my standard brands, but instead choosing varieties that said “green” on them (e.g. Clorox GreenWorks).  They made me feel a little better about it, but I truly wonder if they are really as “green” as they claim on the bottle.

So today I thought I’d venture a step further.  I know you can make home “recipes” for household cleaners, so I thought I would give it a shot! I chose an All-Purpose Cleaner as my first venture.

All-Purpose Cleaner


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)

I was a bit wary of using vinegar, because let’s be honest – I don’t want my bathroom to smell like vinegar after I’m done with it.  I want it to smell fresh and clean! (So fresh and so clean.. )

I just made this and tried it out – it worked like a charm!  The few drops of essential oil definitely balance out the vinegar smell.  And did you know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant?  I didn’t.

So I think I will try this out for a while. See how it goes!  I might try my hand at a few other home remedies and report back.

Of course, after I made the cleaner I could only think about making a pretty label for the bottle.  So I did.  See?

As I was Googling sample labels I came across Amy’s blog.  She has some lovely labels for the recipe that she uses – if you are interested you should check it out!  I used her labels as a template for creating my own (thanks Amy!).  I got a little impatient and wanted to put the label on right that moment, so I printed it off on paper and mod podged it on.  But (like Amy suggests), printing off on shipping label stickers would work out better.

But seriously – isn’t this little bottle way cuter than anything made by Clorox?  And that’s what really matters, right?  :)

Linking up at Tidy Mom, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Polkadots on Parade, and Sew Much Ado.



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5 responses to “Let’s get natural… natural..

  1. Tess

    Awesome idea. I will be trying this out. :)

  2. Oh cool, I may have to try this, thanks!

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