Blossom orbs are dripping from the trees and tulips are ripening and sprouting in multicoloured hues around my town. The morning birdsong seeps joyously through my open windows and we’ve even had our first barbecue. Spring is such a joyful month, and all the more so as I get to witness the bursting forth of all this beautiful new life with my own newborn babe.
The Spring light often necessitates a spring clean, a shift around and a declutter and I promised weeks ago that I would share my recipes for homemade cleaning supplies.
I did not, however, anticipate the all consuming force of a newborn combined with an active 5 year old and the Easter Holidays. I decided that in order to preserve my sanity I would focus on being a mum and pretty much nothing else, which is what I've done. I’ve hardly been on my phone, haven't posted on Instagram in weeks and have generally enjoyed a break from social media and work.
However, I am starting to find snippets of time when both my babes are asleep in the evenings, like right now, so I have jumped on my laptop to bash out a few blog posts that have been rumbling around the confines of my mind for the last few weeks, bursting to get out. Here is the first!
My home Made Cleaning Recipes:
I have been making these recipes for years now. They are cheaper because I buy the ingredients in bulk from Summer Naturals, free from unnatural chemicals and easy to make. They also smell great as I scent them with essential oils.
- 3 cups vegetable soap flakes, (some people grate bars of soap but this is much cheaper and easier)
- 2 cups of borax
- 2 cups of soda crystals
- 2 cups of bicarbonate of soda
- 30 ish drops of lemon essential oil which has antibacterial properties and smells lovely (just drop it on the surface of the powder then mix thoroughly) I’ve also used tea tree, peppermint and grapefruit oil in the past too.
Mix together with a spoon then funnel into your container.
This makes 1000ml . We add a heaped table spoon, to each wash, and will last ages, approx 30 washes. Bulk quantities of powders etc are available from Summer naturals.
This is a great activity to do with kids. Frankie made this whole batch herself with me simply directing the quantities. Make sure they don't handle the Borax through, it can be quite harsh on skin. Frankie uses a table spoon to scoop the powders into the cup measures.
Floor cleaner concentrate:
Put the following In a 1 litre bottle:
- 1/2 cup borax
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1/2 cup of Summer Naturals own brand liquid Castille soap.
- 10-20 drops of Essential oil of choice
Then I top it up with hot water to help it dissolve. A kebab skewer can be useful to mix it if the powder has settled to the bottom. I give it a good shake then glug approx half a cup in the bottom of a bucket then fill with very hot water.
Mix the following in a spray bottle.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Vodka (the cheapest stuff available)
- 1/2 cup White vinegar
- 1/3 cup liquid castille soap
- 15 ish drops Teatree or Lemon oil (has antiseptic qualities)
I have been shamefully remiss in publicising my work recently. I haven't updated my professional website in months, despite doing some of my best work, but Dave and I are soon redesigning both of my websites and combining them and I am slowly starting up write the blog posts about the work that will accompany them. One of those pieces of work I’m excited about is a styled shoot I did for Caboodle magazine which is all about Spring Cleaning, and includes my recipes. More info here!
P.S My birth story has become an epic tale, which I can't stop tinkering with, but I promise it’ll be out soon! If you’re about to give birth and want to read an honest, positive home birth story before you give birth, then feel free to drop me a line and i’ll send it to you raw! It’s very long and unedited, I warn you! But when I was pregnant I pored over long detailed birth stories so thought i’d offer it.
P.P.S It's so good to be back!