The other day, I asked you if you could tell what I did based on this photo…and EVERYONE WINS!

I’ve been highly motivated to work on a number of home projects over the past several months. But it just doesn’t seem healthy to be spending all my days breathing paint fumes and cleaning products at 8-months pregnant. So, with my Spring Cleaning, I decided to go the natural route.

This was my Miracle All-Purpose Cleaner:

I filled it up at a one-to-one ratio with vinegar and water and then topped it off with lemon juice, like so:

I used this to clean pretty much all the surfaces in my bathroom and kitchen.

I also emptied out every one of my kitchen cupboards and used my all-purpose miracle cleaner to wipe down all the shelves. And then all the bottles and containers before putting them back. No before pictures, but I am VERY much enjoying the organized afters. 🙂

Here are a few other “natural cleaning” methods I used (most of these tips were found here or here):

  • I cleaned out all my drains (kitchen sink, disposal, bathroom sink, shower, and toilet) by dumping about 1/2 c. of baking soda down the drain and then following it with about 1/2 c. straight vinegar. I know that the chemical reaction that takes place doesn’t necessarily mean that cleaning is going on…but it IS very satisfying to see it all bubble and foam up.
  • I used a lot of baking soda as a scouring (scrubbing) powder for the shower mat, tub, faucets, toilet, sinks, microwave… (PS. On the microwave, it also helps if you microwave a bowl of water for 3 minutes or so before cleaning to soften up all that cooked on grime.)
  • I soaked the tub and all the bath toys in the tub with hot water and a bunch of vinegar (I think it is supposed to be a mild disinfectant, without all the fumes of bleach…could be wrong).
  • I also sprinkled baking soda in the bottom of my trash cans and refrigerator for continued deodorant action.
  • The lemon koolaid (in the above photo) was for the dishwasher. I dumped it in where you usually put soap, filled it the rest of the way with baking soda, and ran a dishwasher cycle with no dishes.
  • My favorite method was using half a lemon dipped in baking soda as a scrubbing tool. I used this method to give all my baking stones a good scrub down (you aren’t supposed to use soap on them), and also for the stove top and a few other small kitchen appliances. Like the baking soda/vinegar drain cleaner, it produces a satisfying bubbling reaction… and also smells wonderful…

(I also ran a couple of the used lemons through the food disposal for a lemon fresh smell throughout the whole kitchen.)

SO…YES, I nested. YES, I did some Spring Cleaning. YES, I cleaned my dishwasher. YES, I made my kitchen lemony fresh….and, Aunt Boo, you were also correct about the lemonade…

With a few of the lemons we had left after cleaning, I made up some strawberry lemonade slushies (juice from a couple lemons, a bunch of frozen strawberries, a bit of sugar, ice cubes, and enough water to help it blend up).




Do YOU have any natural cleaning tips of tricks to share?


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  1. Grammy Sammy says:

    Hey– your sister is just plain smart and your Mommas know the drill for late pregnancy!
    I suggest going to and reading about the cleaning products they use. The bar soap at the cabin was wonderful and the place was spotless and fresh. Diane and Roger are terrific stewards of the land/planet. I am so hoping you can come visit this summer or fall and that we can stay there for a few days. All the little ones would love it and fly fishing is near by for the big guys. Nest away…time is going fast. Love, Penny

  2. Alisha says:

    I read about a lot of those same laundry ideas on the vinegar and baking soda sites I found…and DO intend to use them…so cost effective and it feels nice to “go natural/green.” Pioneer Cabins sounds like a fun place, would love to make it happen…

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