We do not have to do anything for the house to get messy. Just live in it and there you go! DIRT!
Cleaning the house is a continuous task, we never ask ourselves if but when will certain areas need cleaning.
Some areas develop dust, some develop grease, some develop sweat and other body fluid stains, while other areas develop mold and mildew.
For some of the greasy areas, we can probably grab a can of WD-40 and strip away the grease; while for other areas, its a totally different ball game.
Here are some solutions for different areas in the home that gets messy.
We have for you three DIY solutions: a mattress spray, a dusting spray, and an anti-mold and mildew spray.
(#1) Mold And Mildew Spray
This got its golden color from orange skin. I just placed some orange skin in a bottle of white vinegar for several weeks and this is what the vinegar now looks like.
I DO NOT like the scent of vinegar so the orange peel gives it a nice citrusy smell that I do like.
This is a combination of vinegar, 3% hydrogen peroxide, lemon essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
Lemon essential oil is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal, thus making it a powerful cleaner for the home.
Tea Tree Essential oil contains powerful antifungal properties that can kill mold and prevent its growth.
Because mold is a fungus, this antifungal and antibacterial spray that will keep mold and mildew away from prone areas in the house, especially the bathroom from getting mold and mildew.
Hydrogen peroxide will help to destroy the mold totally. It will annihilate down to the root of the mold.
You will need an eight-ounce (8 oz) spray bottle plus:
1 cup white vinegar (I used golden vinegar- its infused with orange peel)
1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
20 drops lemon essential oil
40 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
Shake well and apply to the mold and mildew prone areas.
Leave it there to air dry if no mold or mildew is visible.
If you see mold, wear a face mask and gloves before approaching the area, because mold and mildew are really toxic! Do not ever inhale the air close to those molds -it is really bad for you!
Spray the solution on the moldy areas and leave it there for about one hour. Then scrub with a scrub brush and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
Apply another time and let that air dry and stay on. No more mold or mildew!
- 1 cup white vinegar (mine is infused with orange peel)
- 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 25 drops lemon essential oil
- 45 drops tea tree essential oil
- 8 oz Spray bottle
- Measuring cup
- Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
- Shake well and apply to the mold and mildew prone areas.
- Leave it there to air dry if no mold or mildew is visible.
- If you see mold, wear a face mask and gloves before approaching the area, because mold and mildew are really toxic!
- Do not ever inhale the air close to those molds -it is really bad for you!
- Spray the solution on the moldy areas and leave it there for about one hour.
- Then scrub with a scrub brush and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
- Apply another time and let that air dry and stay on.
- No more mold or mildew!
Apply this solution once per week in the mold-prone areas.
(#2) Dusting Spray
What Is A Dusting Spray?
A dusting spray is a liquid used to kill dust mites, disinfect an area, capture and prevent the further spread of loose dust particles and leave a sheen where you want a sheen. In essence, it helps you clean.
This dusting spray contains water, hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, and essential oil.
That’s right, no vinegar. I do not use vinegar on my wood surfaces and I have them to dust as well.
No Olive oil- it goes bad after a while.
Why Use These Ingredients?
Great for cleaning and removing stains. It kills bacteria and other microorganisms such as mold and mildew and has much more cleaning power than vinegar.
Food-grade Mineral Oil
This is a scentless oil that never goes bad. It is usually used to coat wooden cutting boards, but it is also good for treating other wooden furniture as well.
Mineral oil is a good solvent for removing glues from non-porous surfaces. Use it to remove price tags from dishware and furniture, for example. Or, use it to remove a bumper sticker from a car without damaging the paint job.
It works well in getting stainless steel to have a good sheen and it is good for all sorts of counters.
This oil is good for killing spider mites and aphids on your plants and it is the same thing that is used to make baby oil.
So it is safe for your skin, never spoils, good for wood, kills insects, give an extra sheen to stainless steel, and is good for most countertops; thus making it the perfect oil to make a dusting spray.
Substitute for mineral oil in this recipe: Fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil.
Distilled water helps the dusting spray mixture to last longer with the fact that it is without impurities.
It is also better because the calcium has been removed and thus when dried, the white calcium mark will not be present.
If you do not have distilled water, you can use boiled cooled water instead. But make sure it is settled properly.
Essential oils have different uses and can affect your mode. In this recipe, I used lemon essential oil because it is a great cleaner. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It also contains d-limonene which both repels and destroys lots of insects.
You can add other essential oils if you so prefer.
How to make this dusting spray?
Pour in the liquids in a 16 zo or 500 ml spray bottle.
Then add the essential oil or oils you choose.
Cover the bottle with the spray top and shake well to combine before applying to surfaces. When it is sprayed on surfaces, leave it for about five minutes in you really want to kill some germs in that particular area.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1/8 cup mineral oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- Spray bottle
- measuring cups
- Measure the hydrogen peroxide, water, and mineral oil and pour in the spray bottle.
- Add the essential oil and cover.
- Shake vigorously to combine.
- Spray on dusty surfaces and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
The oils and water will not mix, so always shake before spraying.
Always add a label to a bottle after the liquids and in it and it is covered. This same liquid can strip away the label so a good idea is to put transparent tape over paper label to protect it.
(#3) Mattress Spray
What is the purpose of a mattress spray?
Mattress spray is used to get rid of all the bad odors from the mattress, kill dust mites and bed bugs, disinfect the fabric and promote peaceful sleep.
Here is what you will need and the purpose they serve;
Vinegar– a natural deodorizer that will disinfect the fabric. Or;
Cheap Vodka (optional): kills microbes, leaves no scent and dries fast.
Peppermint Essential oil; repels bugs naturally and creates a refreshing environment.
Eucalyptus essential oil– refreshes the air, cleans your fabric and repels dust mites.
Lavender essential oil– kills, bed bugs, and dust mites repel other bugs (such as spiders) and help you sleep more soundly.
How To Make
Place all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
Cover and shake well to combine before applying to the mattress.
How to use this spray
Remove all the linen from your bed including the pillowcases. Place them in the washer and wash with hot water. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash to make the linens cleaner and softer. Vinegar helps to strip grease and soften the fibers of the fabric.
Attack the dusty hard-surface areas by spraying them with a dusting spray and wiping with a microfiber cloth.
Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the dust from the top surface of your mattress and the sides as well. Move on to the bed base and vacuum that too.
Apply DIY mattress spray to the pillows and mattress and let them dry without the linen for about three hours or more. Open the windows and doors if possible to let in the fresh air. If you can get the pillows in the sun, it would be great.
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup cheap vodka or white vinegar
- 1/2 cup cooled boiled water or distilled water
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Spray bottle
- Measuring cups
- Place all ingredients in the spray bottle to combine.
- If you have dust allergy, remove all bed linens to the washer before applying this spray.
- Wash them in hot water and add a cup of vinegar to the wash.
- Let the solution stay on the mattress for as long as possible before putting back the sheets on it. The fresh air is good for it so open windows and doors to get the air refreshed.
- Shake well and apply to the mattress and pillow surfaces lightly without wetting them too much.
The vodka solution will dry quickly but the vinegar needs more time so give it time and fresh air.
If you can get your pillows in the sun, its best to do that.