A couple weeks ago I came down with a fever and cold and pretty much laid around for several days. You can imagine the exciting time that was for the kids. They watched a lot of TV, and made a big mess of the whole house while I laid on the couch with my eyes closed, listening for the warnings of too much silence (I know you know what I mean), marker caps opening, or toilets flushing repeatedly.
After a few days of that, I was finally feeling better and we all awoke on a Wednesday morning to two sick kids. I’ll be honest, as much as I don’t like to see my kids sick, we all rested so much. Thankfully it was the kind of sick that they were pretty much set as long as they could lay there and watch something while I rubbed their backs. They also slept a ton, which meant I slept a bunch, so they weren’t the worst days ever.
After about a week of all this we were finally all feeling better. There was no food in the house, every toy was not where it goes, and there were tissues scattered everywhere…but we finally felt better. It’s taken us several days to get back into the swing of things and get the house put back together, but I love that process of getting everything tidied back up and in its rightful place. What I don’t love so much is the deep cleaning that usually needs to happen after everyone’s been sick.
One of the ways I like to keep cleaning simple in our house is one bottle of disinfectant spray and a basket of white rags. I’m trying to get away from the cupboard full of spray bottle after jug after container of cleaning supplies that collects over time. I’m notorious for holding onto bottles that just have a bit left, forgetting, and opening a new one and then having all the bottles cluttering up the shelf, or under the sink, or where have you.
With a little water, vinegar, dish soap, and essential oils, I mixed up my cleaner and we went to work spraying down the house and wiping everything down. I had also cleaned out our linen closet a couple weeks ago, except for the top shelf that houses all my cleaning supplies. So I went through all the almost empty bottles, got rid of those things I never use, and simplified all of the supplies. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m learning it’s not just about organizing the mess, it’s more about simplifying what we have so that there’s not so much excess to make a mess.
Here’s the recipe I use to make the disinfectant spray. I originally had found something similar online, but have made it so many times now I just kind of throw it together so it isn’t necessarily the same every time. I like to buy a really big jug of white vinegar (at most any grocery store) since I use it so much for cleaning. Plant Therapy is my favorite place to get essential oils; I’ll link to them below! Sometimes I use lavender instead of lemon, or just whatever I have on hand.
DIY Disinfectant Spray
Combine all ingredients into the spray bottle and give it a little swish to mix. Spray directly onto surface or onto a dry, clean rag.
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