So here I have the beginning of my broomstick closet... a few key ingredients to be able to clean my home naturally.  With three pets that we adore and our one and a half year old son whom we cherish... we much prefer that they all are playing on floors and eating from counter tops that have not been cleaned with harsh chemicals.  Does it work you ask?  Absolutely!

I found many different formulas and recipes to use for different cleaning solutions which means I can continue to try them all till I find the perfect one.  This is what I chose for now... For my hardwood floors I went with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water... I added in a few drops of peppermint extract for the clean smell as well as to ward off bothersome critters like ants which seem to be emerging with Spring in full bloom.  For an all purpose cleaner for my table tops and counter tops I'm going to make a formula in a tall spray bottle (not shown) with 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar (either white or apple cider), and 30 drops of Tea Tree Oil.  Tea Tree Oil will help with disinfecting. 

The moment my husband walked in the door he immediately observed the shiny wood floors and commented on how great it looked! I felt satisfied and not to mention comfortable as my son was rolling around on our freshly cleaned floors!

Some items I want to give mention to that are not shown or mentioned above are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  With baking soda, water and a sponge, I was able to shine my flat top stove AND my sink with almost no effort whatsoever.  Hydrogen peroxide also helps with disinfecting.  Below are some great links to find uses for the main broomstick closet essentials.

Helpful Websites
Vinegar Tips
40 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda
Every day Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

~ Be Magical!

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