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for those of you who do spring clean.

as i mentioned last week, spring cleaning hasn't happened yet at our house, and probably won't.  until it turns into summer-for-the-sake-of-getting-back-our-deposit cleaning. 

that doesn't mean, though, that i don't do any cleaning.  i obviously am forced to clean stuff around here in an everyday kind of way.  and this week i found the PERFECT cleaning mixture - oh my word, does this stuff clean a toilet.  and a countertop.  and a floor. 

all purpose cleaner

1/2 spray bottle of distilled white vinegar
1/2 spray bottle of water
1 TBSP dish soap
10-20 drops tea tree oil


the nice thing about this stuff is that it actually smells clean.  i usually just clean with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, and my bathroom always smells like a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.  adding the soap gave it a little cleaning 'oomph', and adding the tea tree oil gave it an actual 'clean' smell.  i suppose you could also use a different essential oil - grapefruit would probably smell really clean, too.  i just used tea tree oil because a) i had it on hand and b) it's antibacterial.

i DARE you to try this stuff.  but be aware: you WILL fall in love with it.  this is what they would clean heaven with if heaven ever got dirty.

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