Jemma is increasingly becoming a little mama. She is so eager to mimic what I do and thus, spends much of her day straightening and cleaning alongside me.
For a three year old she is amazingly proficient. She watches closely and tries very hard. Many chores, she is fully able to complete on her own. Cleaning the kitchen table is one of them!
Recently, I had the opportunity to review a new book, Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes, by the brilliant Mandy O’Brian and Dionna Ford. One of the first recipes I whipped up was the Citrus All-Purpose Spray and it has become Jemma’s special spritz for her kitchen table duties.
For this Montessori activity, Jemma first assesses the state of the table. We’ve been talking a lot about observing lately – looking at a situation and processing its state. This has been key in minimizing the 1,432,827 questions she asks every day. If there are dishes or toys on the table, she first puts those in their proper place. Then she gathers the necessary supplies – her spritz, a rag and a little scraper for sticky spots. Although our table isn’t big, she usually spends a good 5 minutes scraping, spritzing and thoroughly wiping down the table in preparation for our meal or an activity.
Interested in making your own Citrus All-Purpose Spray? Here’s what you’ll need …
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups white distilled vinegar
- 15-20 drops citrus oils (orange or lemon … my favorite is doTERRA’s Citrus Bliss)
Mix in a spray bottle and spray as needed. Note: If you use cleaning wipes frequently, try soaking cloth wipes in the solution and storing them in an airtight container.
This is just one of the 150+ recipes in Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes! If you have children, are striving to be more green or save money, this book is a must-have natural living resource. Purchase yours here and enter for a chance to win a copy!
To enter to win your very own copy of Homemade Cleaners, simply leave a comment with your best natural cleaning tip. A winner will be randomly selected on April 7th and emailed to claim their prize!
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