Hi! I'm Heidi.

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

 

Hi! I'm Heidi--I'm a modern-day homesteader starting out in middle age! I'm all about plant medicine, raising animals for love & food, preparedness, traditional food practices, and being a natural health rebel for life! Join me on this journey!

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

The BEST Handmade Deodorizing Spray & Cleaner...Amazing!

The BEST Handmade Deodorizing Spray & Cleaner...Amazing!

Learn how to make your own air freshening spray using deodorizing ingredients that clean and refresh! Made with Lemon, Pine, and Tea Tree essential oils---your home has never smelled so fresh and clean! 

Many years ago I was a Febreze girl.  I used so many unnatural, chemical laden cleaners and air fresheners in my home back then, I can't believe I survived it! Or my kids either! You may know my story about how I've been in the process of going chemical-free for the past several years---I'm not all the way there yet (hello, shampoo?), and we are getting there, with just a few things left to go.  It's amazing the great feeling I have when I walk through a grocery store and don't need to go down so many aisles now. It's truly empowering to know I can make or grow most of my own items, save money, AND the quality of the things I make myself is SO much better!  

A note about the essential oils used in these recipes:  You can mix and match other oils that have properties that help neutralize odor causing and illness causing agents.  Try adding or substituting Thyme, Rosemary, Clove, Cinnamon, Lavender, and even Oregano (although this is a REALLY strong oil, and may make your home smell like a pizza!  lol)  Here is where I buy my oils.

How to Make a Surface Cleaner with Essential Oils

Ingredients for Essential Oil Surface Cleaner

1.   1 3/4 cup Filtered water 

2.     1/8 cup White Vinegar  

**The vinegar is very acidic and naturally helps kill bacteria and cut grease.  You can count on its disinfecting properties, but adding the essential oils below will add an even more powerful punch, plus they will help tone down the smell of the vinegar! (You can also make and use your own Lavender infused vinegar)

3. Essential Oils:

     20 drops Lemon

     20 drops Pine Scotch

     5 drops Tea Tree

     5 drops Eucalyptus

NOTE:  You can increase the drops of essential oils if you want  more scent and cleaning power. 

**For a proven Purifying Essential Oil Blend great for air and fabric freshening, go HERE.

Directions to Make Surface Cleaner

1.  Mix all the ingredients in a pint size Mason jar or spray bottle.

2. If using a Mason jar, attach the Adapta-Cap Sprayer top (I love the Adapta-Cap spray top for Mason jars.  It's a high quality, BPA free sprayer that works like a charm! See the link below!)   Or, you can just use a regular spray bottle

3. Shake and spray the cleaner on surfaces in your home and car.  This is also a lightweight cleaner for non porous surfaces.  Keep away from wood! 

Just spray and wipe!  If you use it to freshen sofas and fabrics, the vinegar smell will dissipate, leaving just freshness!

How to Make Your Own Air Freshener

Just follow all the directions above, EXCEPT substitute the vodka for vinegar.  The vodka will also help kill bacteria while helping the essential oils disperse.  Vodka doesn't have a scent, so for the air freshener, I prefer the vodka.  Just remember to give it a little shake first! That's it!

Hugs & Self-Reliance! It's a journey!

Heidi 

P.S.  The essential oils mentioned above have freshening and cleaning properties, neutralizing odors and aiding in destroying illness causing agents.  If you don't have these oils on hand or just don't want to bother blending essential oils, you can purchase an amazing Purifying essential oil blend that is designed to freshen and clean.

P.S.S.  A note about the Mason jar size I chose---  I usually use quart size wide mouth jars for everything, but for the spray bottle I used a pint size regular mouth jar.  It's the perfect little spray bottle, and the essential oils don't degrade the glass.  It turned out to be lightweight, and it looks nice on my countertop too! 

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Here is a link to the amazing Sprayer top I am currently addicted to:

 

Here is a link to the Mason jar size I think is best for the spray.  These pint size jars are lightweight, and yet they still hold enough liquid to last quite awhile! 

This is the size jar I recommend using for cleaning sprays.  It's small enough for your hands, yet holds up to 2 cups of liquid!

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Do you have a favorite recipe for an air freshener or cleaner?  I'd love for you to share! Please leave a comment below.  

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