I feel like a holistic goddess of home goodness. Which is a feeling I feel like I chase often. Who doesn't want to feel like a holistic home goddess? It's basically the premise of Pinterest.

The reason I feel so accomplish and productive and house-wifey today is because I cleaned my whole house with apple cider vinegar and essential oils.

(Like my succulents in the background? They are fake. Sooooo fake. My holistic goddess-ness has not yet extended to keeping houseplants alive. I will keep you posted).

So I got an essential oil starter kit + diffuser for Christmas, and as I am wont to do, I dove in headfirst with finding different ways to use them and how to replace some of our more chemical-y house substances. Since Baby Whitten will be making an appearance in about 5 months (!!!!), I really wanted to get a head start on making our home more baby-friendly and getting rid of harmful ingredients like bleach. Especially since those things aren't great for me to be around while baby is cooking, either!

I didn't take any before and after photos, since honestly our before was pretty embarrassing. But trust me, this worked.

I used straight apple cider vinegar on the bathroom counters and in the bathtub - just soaked a paper towel in the stuff and laid it on the counter, over the fun soap scum and that yummy, scummy stuff that inevitably ends up on all countertop surfaces. After leaving it there for a few minutes, I wiped it up and all that nasty came with, minimum scrubbing required.

After the vinegar got up the tough stuff, I went behind with a mix of water, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, and thieves. This mostly just made it smell good, but thieves is also helpful with decontaminating and disinfecting surfaces. In fact, that was all I used on my kitchen counters (in much better shape than the bathrooms, so they didn't need the ACV deep clean).

Another plus about cleaning with essential oils - they smell AMAZING. I love having a clean house, but I was not a fan of the bleach-y smell that seemed to linger for days afterwards. Cleaning with the oils makes everything smell wonderful and not at all like a school cafeteria (anyone else think they smell like cleaning products? Cleaning products and weird cheese). 

I've loved finding ways to feel healthier (and like I'm doing some good for our little bean) with essential oils. I'm looking forward to exploring them more!

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