This has been a productive summer in the way of homesteading projects! While I didn't get even close to finishing my project list, I have:
-learned how to save heirloom tomato seeds
-canned tomato sauce and tomato paste
-made tons of home and health products
-made and canned chicken broth
-tried my hand at a succession planting of lettuce and garlic
So, I'm choosing to celebrate that. **Adds 50 items to next years project list.**
Now you might be thinking 'of all the things she could share...a dusting spray recipe?' But here's the thing: I have tried for years to green my cleaning and stop buying wasteful, chemical-laden products. Those darn '1 part vinegar, 1 part water, splash of lemon' type of recipes have just never cut it for me, though.
1. I need some real life measurements.
2. I want all the familiar comforts of Pledge. I'm talking the perfect mist across the wood surface, the lemony clean smell, and the slightly polished feel of the wood. I am not so far gone that I don't still want the comforts of modern cleaning products!
So, yea, this chica is quite excited to have found even 1 homemade product that I can say with certainty I will stick to! (Actually, I have now found several, but I won't overwhelm you with all of the excitement at once. You're welcome.)
All of these ingredients are perfectly edible and the lemon essential oil provides benefits to the air and surfaces that go far beyond what Pledge ever could. Safety note, though - not all oils are created equal! I only recommend using a 100% Certified Therapeutic Grade oil. Contact me to get my recommendation and some free samples mailed straight to your door.
In a nutshell, this duster is healthier, less wasteful, dirt cheap, and readily available anytime because I keep these ingredients stocked in my home for a number of uses. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Homemade Furniture Dusting Spray
Add these in order to a 16 oz glass bottle like this one. Give a little shake and dust away! I wipe it up with one of the soft linen cloths that I use for drying dishes. Because you have a mixture of oil and water in there, you do need to shake here and there while you're cleaning. I also found this to be great on metal lamps and the glass in picture frames.
*Note: You cannot replace the lemon essential oil with lemon juice because they have different chemical properties. Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind unlike juice which is squeezed from the flesh of the fruit. Shoot me a message to get a free sample in the mail. I will make sure it's enough for your first round of spray!
**I like keeping the recipe right on the bottle so that I don't have to get on my computer to look it up every time I'm out. I use Avery Labels 22806, but you might consider a waterproof label instead.
Thanks for reading! See all of my (very beginner) homesteading experiences here.
Today I joyously awoke to 48 hours stretched in front of me and not a single plan contained within them. Yay for Labor Day weekend! But it's not relaxation I seek on this working mans holiday.
It's too much coffee and too much screen time and pointless list-making and strange photography. It's feverishly working on all my creative projects that sit burning for attention in the back of my mind all week. It's learning how to use a new tool that I've acquired. It's writing to you.
What can I say, this is my happy place. You don't chose it. (Well, you do over time and lots of other decisions made.) But I am a creator and I can say with absolute certainty that this is the home of my creative process. The only way for me to do anything I am proud of is to have hours to dig in and complete quiet and all of my tools around me.
Can you imagine what a relief it is to know that?! When you know what your happy place is, you can access it as needed. This gives me the confidence to take on new projects. No more asking myself if I can really do as good the next time. I know when I have these conditions, the work will come naturally.
Besides trusting yourself, knowing your happy place is also what makes your clients trust you. My clients know that I have passionately pursued education and experience in digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and creative arts. And that I can spend obnoxiously long periods of time in front of a computer getting a website just.right. That's why they trust me. They can clearly see that I'm not doing this work to just take home a paycheck. They know that I choose this work every day on TOP of my full time job and family and other obligations.
Do you know what conditions have to exist for you to do your best work? If you're struggling to answer this, just look at the work you are most proud of and ask yourself when and how it was done. But remember, this isn't about having PERFECT conditions, it's about knowing the minimum requirements of good work. Trust me, I would love to have a dedicated studio and be doing this full time. But there is a much simpler concept at the root of that.
I hope you have a lovely Labor Day Weekend and have some time to think about what makes you happy :D
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.