“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
God created a new universe out of nothing. He saved His fallen creation with an unprecedented move of sending His own Son to die for our sins. When we become saved, He creates in us a new creature. See a pattern? I really believe God loves NEW things! So today’s challenge is to try something new.
You should know that Chris and I don’t do things in halves. When we commit to something, we don’t just stick our big toe in and test the water. We take a running start, arch into position and complete a full bomb dive. That’s just the way we are. Well, several years ago, Chris and I went on a journey to rid our home of all toxins. We decided this journey was both spiritual and physical. We didn’t want anger, negativity, disappointment and hurt (all toxoids) to control our attitudes and emotions, to destroy our marriage and to infiltrate the lives of those who entered through our door. We didn’t want carcinogens and parabens to hide in our hygiene items. We didn’t want food like substances that have absolutely no nutritional value to enter our bodies through our diet. And we didn’t want cancer causing, poisonous cleaners to kill some germs on our surfaces while doing other damage to our bodies. We decided it was time for a change and took on the pursuit of a greener, more natural lifestyle. It started in a day, and we were going to change everything. We were no longer going to eat processed food, buy store bought cleaners, use pre-made, carcinogen filled hygiene items. Exhausting, right?!
Changing everything overnight is not a journey that I would encourage any of you to embark upon. What I would encourage you to do is to start taking baby steps. Today’s weekend warrior challenge is to try something new. We’re going to make a common household cleaner out of all natural products.
Rather than go out and buy 50 new products you may or may not use to bring about a more natural lifestyle, I simply want you to collect three items you probably have in your house already. Gather distilled water, rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar. If you don’t have distilled water, you can boil water, let it cool and use that. I also add essential oils to mine to mask the smell of the alcohol and vinegar but this is purely cosmetic and does not alter the cleaning capabilities of your product at all. (I didn’t list in the three original ingredients because I realize not everyone has this at home.)
For this recipe, simply pour each ingredient into an empty spray bottle directly and at the end (after you put the lid on of course), shake the bottle! If you can follow a recipe, you can make your own cleaners.
Start with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl).
Add 1 cup of distilled water (or boiled water, then cooled).
Add 2/3 cup of white vinegar.
Add 30-40 drops of lemon essential oil.
Now, shake, shake, SHAKE your bottle! And in less than 2 minutes, homemade window/glass cleaner.
To print off the recipe used today, click HERE. Simply cut off the extra two and share them with someone you love!
Challenge Part Two
If you are the ultra-ambitious type, I want to extend your challenge. Once you have your window/glass cleaner made, I want you to count the number of rooms you have in your house and multiply this number by four. Now set your kitchen timer for that amount of minutes. For example, we have seven rooms multiplied by four. I will set my timer for twenty-eight minutes. Now get in there and speed clean the glass in your picture frames and mirrors. In less than a half hour (give or take a few minutes depending on house size), your entire house will have clean glass and mirrored surfaces! Ready, set, go!
What about you? Have you ever made your own cleaning products? If not, what’s holding you back? If you completed either part of this challenge, check in below and tell the rest of us how it went. Also, if you have additional glass cleaner recipes, you can share those below.