Dear Grandma Nelson,

Thank you for loving Basic-H. Know that your influence will be felt in this Smith household every time we clean. The kids can spray and scrub windows and bathrooms without feeling intoxicated by stinky chemicals.

Thank you Quaker Duck.
~ Heather

I’ve decided to get rid of all the cleaners with fumes:
1. Honestly, I don’t use all the random cleaners I buy. Waste.
2. Truman really likes to help scrub windows and I feel bad when the wind blows the spray into his face. Ick.
3. Simplify.

The down side:
1. I always think cleaning with vinegar is such a great idea until I use it again and then I’m reminded how much it really, really, really stinks the whole fam out.
2. No matter what cleaners you use, the work still has to be done.

The new plan:

1. Basic-H. I have the 3 spray bottles for windows, general cleaning, and degreasing. It is a concentrate so it only takes a tiny amount (like 2 drops – 1 1/2 tsp for a big spray bottle)

2. Baking Soda. I bought a huge bag once for something in R.S. so I have oodles.

3. Vinegar … just a little. Or I might just cut this out period.

4. Essential oils. I’ve been using lemon oil & Citrus Bliss with a bit of soap with water in a spray bottle to wash kitchen counters. I love how it smells – way different than lemon and orange smells from store products. The oils are disinfecting so I feel like the counters are clean … yet safe to put food on afterwards. The Essential Oils will hopefully help hide the stinky vinegar.

5. OnGuard Cleanser. I’m curious to try this and see how well i think it cleans & sanitizes.

These are some sources in the DoTerra Magazine that I liked:

I guess we’ll see how this new plan goes over the next little while. May my house become super clean someday! There is always hope!

3 replies
  1. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Recently, I’ve tried something that I read about. Fill a mason jar 1/2 to 3/4 full of orange peels. It just takes about 2-3 oranges. Cover the orange peels with white vinegar. Put a lid on the jar and let it sit for about 2 weeks on your counter. Strain out the orange peels, and you are left with vinegar and orange oil. It gets all thick and dark colored. I use this like a concentrate (about 1 part orange vinegar to 2 parts water). It does still have a little bit of the vinegar smell, but it works really well as an all purpose cleaner. I like the fact that everything I’m using is natural and cheap.

  2. Stacey
    Stacey says:

    What is Basic H? I haven’t heard of that before. I would like to cut out some of my chemicals as well. I appreciated your thoughts. I am beginning to investigate DoTerra. What do you find them most helpful for? My last question is, where in Lehi are you? We are moving off of SR 92, closer to Thanksgiving Point than Highland. We will go to Fox Hollow Elementary. Am I at all close to you? I sure hope so.

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