Keep it clean!

Hey there my lovelies! I hope everyone is doing okay and being safe during this crazy time in the world. With the virus going around and everyone being quarantined inside, I have some fun blog post coming your way. Today I wanted to start off this series by talking about how to keep yourself, your home, and your family clean and germ free, in a healthy non toxic way! The very simple, yet true fact is the only way you can try and prevent yourself from getting sick is making sure to wash your hands, clean door handles, boil your kids bottles and cups and so on. You know what to do, I’m here to help show you how to do it and a few different options on products to use. Even if you don’t have kids in the house, spraying every surface with Lysol isn’t the healthiest. With all those chemicals and fumes, you’re trading one sickness for another. I also wandered into my local Target recently, and although I wasn’t shocked to see all the cleaning supplies gone, I was a little unnerved. If you are having this same problem, where you can’t get your hands on anything having to do with cleaning, I’m here to help! I’ll share some DIY cleaning products that will keep your house just as clean, but won’t contain any harsh chemicals or fumes! Let’s get started. 

If you need to go to a store or a public place

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We are all required to stay at home and maintain as much distance from others as possible, however that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy food or cleaning supplies. In the state I am living in, we are currently allowed to still go to the grocery stores and other shops like Walmart or Target, but only for the essentials. If you are in a state like California, New York, Washington etc., I know you’re not allowed out at all, in that situation I really recommended utilizing the services that are available to you, Such as grocery store deliveries. If you are allowed out, make sure you are washing your hands before and after entering the store. Wipe down your cart, almost all shops open are required to have cart wipes available to the general public. Do not, and I repeat do not bring your kids inside the store with you. If you do not have anyone to watch them while you run to the store, then shop online and do curb side pick up, or have them deliver to your home. While you are out maintain a healthy distance from those around you and don’t spend anymore time in the shop then needed. Now is not the time to see if those target jeans are on sale. Simply get what you need and get out!

No Supplies Left!

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It doesn’t matter where you are, right now essential items are hard to come by. There is no toilet paper, milk, eggs, dry food, frozen food, canned food, cleaning supplies etc. Stores aren’t able to stock enough, and people are stock piling, leaving few items for anyone else. This doesn’t mean however that you are out of luck, before Lysol and Clorox were invented people got rid of germs just fine by using everyday household items. These companies sell you this idea that in order to be germ free you need to spend $8.99 on this organic bottle of cleaning spray or detergent, and that is just not true. When heading to the store here are a few things you need in order to make these next few DIY cleaning supplies. Apple Cider Vinegar, and white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, essentisl oand spray bottles. Trust me these products won’t be gone at the stores because no one is thinking to make products at home. Not only is it healthier but it is ten times cheaper. 

DIY cleaning supplies

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Disinfectant Spray: Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • essential oil (optional to help with the smell)

Dish Soap: store in a jar or bottle with a lid

  • 1/2 cup castile soap
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • three drops of lemon essential oil

Glass or surface cleaner: mix in a spray bottle and let sit till bubbles have settled 

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • essential oil (optional to help with the smell)

DIY Clorox Wipes: For this you will need a jar with a lid and paper towels or reusable wash clothes. Simply add the paper towels or wash clothes to the jar and pour the mixture over them. Add the lid and let sit overnight, remove a wash cloth or paper towel and use!

  • 3 cups of distilled water
  • 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 6 tbsp castile soap
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

Keeping the house clean

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You do not need to bleach the whole house in order to make sure you’re getting rid of the germs. There are a few key surfaces that you should be wiping down everyday, sometimes twice a day. Then there are places and surfaces that you should be cleaning once a week to ensure optimal results. The first obvious place is door handles, make sure you are wiping them down at least once a day if not more. Your cell phone is another place that harbors a ton of bacteria and germs. I keep disinfecting wipes next to my bed and every night before I go to sleep I wipe my cell phone down. You should also be using disinfecting wipes on counter tops, the handles of the coffee pot, refrigerator, cabinets, dish washer, washer and dryer, any where that you touch a ton through out the day. When it comes to the bathroom, make sure if you are a bath person (like me) that you’re cleaning your bath tub at least once a week. obviously that’s not realistic for everyday life but during this quarantine, it’s important to keep surfaces as clean as possible.  Wipe down the sink and toilet as much as you can, and remember to always have a disinfectant soap next to the sink. Another big tip is to not store your tooth brush out in the open, keep it in a cabinet or drawer, otherwise it’ll be exposed to particles in the air.

Stay healthy, and be safe

xoxo

thehappyminimalistgirl

2 thoughts on “Keep it clean!

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I have not been able to find sanitizer anywhere but glad I already had my cleaning supplies. We are able to go to the stores but they are all operating on a limited schedule now. I hope this all gets better soon!

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