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January 19, 2016Filed Under:Bath & Body TutorialsHome Crafts

The kitchen is sometimes referred to as the heart of the home. Its where families come together to make and cook dinner, and where guests tend to gravitate during gatherings. Because of this, I try to keep my kitchen as clean as possible. If my kitchen is clean, my entire home feels much tidier. =)

Below are several recipes to keep your kitchen looking and smelling clean, including a garbage disposal freshener, a multipurpose cleaning spray and a soothing simmering potpourri. Many of the ingredients in these recipes come from natural sources, and are a great way to cut out harsh chemicals from store bought cleaning products. In addition, you can download and printthese free Natural Cleaning Labelsto give your products a professional look.

Petite Bendy Stars Soap Mold(or ice cube tray)

Optional: Small slices of fresh lemon

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For this recipe, vinegar is mixed withEpsom saltandlemon essential oiland placed in the freezer. Once the mixture is frozen solid, turn on the garbage disposal and throw in several ice cubes (depending how big your cubes are). For extra deodorizing properties, pour boiling water down the drain after using. The exact amount of vinegar, Epsom salt and essential oil you need will depend on how large your ice cube cavities are. If youd like extra deodorizing properties, you can place small pieces of fresh lemon into each cavity to freeze the lemon in the vinegar.

ONE:Mix together the white vinegar and epsom salt in a small container. Whisk in the lemon essential oil, and pour into the mold cavities. Place in the freezer and allow to fully freeze.

TWO:Once the mixture is fully frozen, place 3-4 cubes into the disposal and turn on. Allow the disposal to grind the cubes to release the lemon smell. Follow with boiling water for extra freshening. Use as often as needed.

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This multi purpose spray is easy to make, and is great for wiping down countertops and other non-porous surfaces.White thyme essential oilis known for its antibacterial properties, and smells fresh and clean when mixed withlemon essential oil. Because this recipe does not use a emulsifier, it does need to be shaken before each use to disperse the essential oils throughout the mixture.Borax, also known assodium borate, should be handled with caution; I recommend wearing gloves and goggles when working with borax, similar to handling lye.

ONE:Heat the distilled water in a small heat safe container until warm (about 110-120 degrees). Add the borax powder and stir until it has fully dissolved.

Add the vinegar and alcohol and stir in. Add the Optiphen ND. Add the essential oils and use a whisk to help the oils mix in to the water. Quickly pour the mixture into the spray bottles. Cap, and use! If youd like, download and printthese free labelsto give your spray a professional look.

NOTE:Because this recipe does not contain an emulsifier, you will need to shake the mixture before each use to mix in the essential oils evenly.

Orange & Lavender Simmering Potpourri

If your kitchen and surrounding area needs some freshening, this Orange and Lavender Simmering Potpourri will fill the air with a crisp and relaxing scent. Simply add the ingredients into a small saucepan with water, and bring the pot to a boil. Then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to slowly simmer for hours. Do not leave the pot unattended, and do not allow the water to fully evaporate. Once the water is almost gone, refill the pot with more water. Feel free to adjust the amounts of lavender buds, orange slices and essential oil to your preference. I found this amount to be a great balance of citrus and relaxing lavender.

ONE:Add the water to a small saucepan. Cut the orange, and add the slices to the water.

Add the lavender buds and lavender essential oil. Stir to mix in. Turn on the stove to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a steady simmer, and allow the scents to fill your room.

NOTE:Do no leave the simmer pot unattended. Do not allow all the water to evaporate, or the ingredients may begin to burn. Once the water diminishes, add more.

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These garbage disposal fresheners keep your sink smelling fresh and clean.Author:Soap Queen

Mix together the white vinegar and epsom salt in a small container. Whisk in the lemon essential oil, and pour into the mold cavities. Place in the freezer and allow to fully freeze.

Once the mixture is fully frozen, place 3-4 cubes into the disposal and turn on. Allow the disposal to grind the cubes to release the lemon smell. Follow with boiling water for extra freshening. Use as often as needed.

This simmering potpourri contains lavender buds, lavender essential oil and orange slices for a fresh and soothing scent.Author:Soap Queen

Add the water to a small saucepan. Cut the orange, and add the slices to the water.

Add the lavender buds and lavender essential oil. Stir to mix in. Turn on the stove to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a steady simmer, and allow the scents to fill your room.

NOTE: Do no leave the simmer pot unattended. Do not allow all the water to evaporate, or the ingredients may begin to burn. Once the water diminishes, replenish

This multipurpose cleaning spray contains white thyme essential oil for antibacterial properties.Author:Soap Queen

Heat the distilled water in a small heat safe container until warm (about 110-120 degrees). Add the borax powder and stir until it has fully dissolved.

Add the vinegar and alcohol and stir in. Add the Optiphen ND. Add the essential oils and use a whisk to help the oils mix in to the water. Quickly pour the mixture into the spray bottles. Cap, and use!

NOTE: Because this recipe does not contain an emulsifier, you will need to shake the mixture before each use to mix in the essential oils evenly.

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This may be a real stretch here, and I may really be demonstrating my ignorance, but I have to ask: what do you think about adding Polysorbate 80 for an Emulsifier?

You can definitely do that Rebecca! Thats a great idea, and prevents the need to shake it before each use.

To use that Polysorbate 80, mix it with the essential oils before adding it to the cleaner. You can add equal parts Polysorbate and essential oils. If the mixture doesnt emulsify with the 1:1 ratio, you can add more Polysorbate 80 until it does. You can add it up to 50% in the recipe. 🙂

Great ideas. I do have a question on the spray cleaner. Is there something in the recipe that keeps bacteria from growing in the water?

Whoops, looks like we forgot to mention a preservative for that product! Thanks so much for catching that. We recommend using Optiphen ND to help prevent mold and bacteria growth. Well go ahead and update this recipe with that Optiphen ND. 🙂

I cant wait to make that cleaning spray, last year I made the ( cleaning spray ) with peppermint EO & Orange EO and I loved it!!

That fragrance combination ( peppermint & orange ) is one of my favorites of all time and works well in almost anything.

Anyway, I received my order today from bramble berry and the opitphen was frozen solid, so I thought I should ask to make sure that its still good to use once it thaws?

Peppermint and orange are so lovely together, especially for cleaning products! They make the home smell so fresh and clean. Have fun giving this recipe a try.

Also, that Optiphen will be just fine to use once it thaws! To speed that process up, you can pop it in a warm water bath. 🙂

I have made the kitchen spare before t could not get the Borax to dissolve no matter how long I stirred. It ended up clogging my sprayer. Any secrets?

In our tests, we found the borax dissolved well in the warm water! I would recommend heating the water to 110-120F. If the borax still doesnt want to dissolve, you can get the water hotter around 130F-140F. It may also help to give the cleaner a really good shake before each use to help any settled borax disperse in the liquid. 🙂

Have you tried the potpourri simmer in a crock pot? I have a couple of those cheap mini crock pots for hot dips and what not. Im wondering if I use that to keep the simmer mix warm, if it would work? Im ordering the thyme oil to try the cleaner recipe. I make a very similar cleaner without the thyme and its great so this is a step up.

As a side not youve inspired me to mix orange and lavendar eos in my diffuser. I hadnt thought of that combo before.

We didnt test the simmering potpourri in a Crock-Pot, but I believe that would work just fine! I would recommend keeping the potpourri uncovered and on the hot setting. If that water is dissolving a bit fast, you can knock it down to low. 🙂

If you use the Crock-Pot for potpourri with an essential oil, I wouldnt recommend using it for food anymore. Even with a really deep clean, the essential oil can get caught in microcracks in the pot. That means you may accidentally ingest the essential oil, which definitely doesnt taste good!

Also, the lavender and orange combination is really nice! Its earthy and citrusy. 🙂

Thanks for the tips Kelsey I used a spare crock that Ive used for wax before and it worked great! Thanks again.

Youre welcome Melissa! Happy to help. 🙂

I love it! Fresh and as natural as can be.

Thanks so much Kristie, glad you love the recipes! 🙂

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