My cleaning experience ranges from hotel housekeeping at small inns to apartment turnovers to private housecleaning services to cafes’ kitchens, floors, bathrooms and espresso machines . Bit of a neat freak, and that’s a plus for you. (Randomly, I also apprenticed with a carpet installer).
Several years ago, I began researching and experimenting with alternatives to bleach, scrubbing bubbles, etc. I noticed how my head and sinuses ached when I used bleach and how tired and dehydrated I felt at the end of a day using powerful conventional cleaning chemicals and laundry detergents. My skin burned; my throat burned; and I had no idea what to do about it. So I looked for solutions.
Around the same time, I discovered the Health and Beauty sections at natural foods stores. I studied ingredients. I tried different things. I mixed my own cleansers and lotions. And I began to work with essential oils to make my own fragrances.
I started using vinegar and baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to do my cleaning at home. I discovered that certain citrus essential oils lift the mood and remove grease. I learned that lavender has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties. Did you know that? Neat, huh? Tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal – perfect for adding to a shower-cleaning solution.
I’m not gonna lie: it takes a lot of elbow grease. It takes extra time and effort. But I can promise you that your home will:
- Smell fantastic or be fragrance free,
- Shine from top to bottom,
- Be treated like my own,
- Be detailed oh-so-thoroughly, cuz that’s how I do.
’til next time, readers! Stay cool!