Just call me High Brow Granola

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I frigg’n hate cleaning house but I’m such a mess that also can’t stand it when it’s dirty. My sweet MIL tells me one day I’ll be sad that my house is spotless….I’m not entirely sure I believe her though. The thought of the house staying clean for over a day sounds like pure heaven. So does a week long vacation on the beach with my husband and I still end up missing the kids. Why is that anyways?

Ok so not that long ago I got into the whole essential oil movement and freaked out about all of the chemicals we were using. This was also when I figured out that replacing all of my makeup, hair and skin products wasn’t exactly realistic. Oh and coconut oil is NOT the end all be all. What I did do was replace a few major things and made sure the kid’s products were “clean”. That’s also how I got the nick name from one of my girl friends. One night we were talking about this crazy tirade I was on. She laughed and said Jess I’m going to start calling you High Brow Granola. See I have some high standards for this au natural movement I was on.

These green products had to:

  1. Work as good or better than their chemical laden counterparts

  2. Not cost a fortune to make

  3. Actually be “green”

I had my reasons first and foremost my sweet little Chuckster who still battles Eczema to this day and then these little men we are raising are getting old enough to help around the house. I know I for one feel A LOT better about handing them something they could essentially drink. Let pray that doesn’t really happen though shall we?

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Multi Purpose Cleaner

This baby is an all in one mirrors, soap scum, toilets, floors it’ll clean it. Use with a micro fiber cloth I keep enough for every bathroom.

My Fave & so simple:

  • 1 t Sal Suds

  • Fill with Distilled Water

    - OR -

With supplies you probably have under the sink:

  • 6 oz. White Vinegar

  • 2 oz. Liquid Soap

  • 8 oz Distilled Water

  • 10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)


Dusting Spray

Use with a micro fiber cloth for best results

  • 1 cup Distilled water

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)

  • 10-15 drops of Lemon or Lavender Essential Oil (optional unless you don’t like the smell of vinegar)


Glass Cleaner

Sounding like a broken record here but use with a micro fiber cloth OR newspapers

  • 3 tbsp white vinegar

  • 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol

  • Fill with Distilled Water


Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/2 C Dish Soap

  • 1/2 C Baking Soda

  • 1 C Distilled Water


Disinfectant Spray

  • 8oz Cheapest you can find 80 Proof Vodka

  • 2oz Rubbing Alcohol

  • Fill with Distilled Water

  • 10-15 Drops of Purify or Thieves (optional but doesn’t hurt)


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All of these recipes fill a 16oz Spray Bottle

Distilled Water will lengthen the shelf life of your products

Try and use glass bottles especially dark ones if you’re using essential oils

Use only quality Essential Oils trust me you get what you pay for

Vinegar is an amazing degreaser and funny enough somehow a deodorizer as well. I’m not a fan of the smell but it does dissipate fairly quickly.

Unless you are sick you don’t need “disinfecting” cleaners


Where did all this knowledge and science come from? The Wellness Mama. She’s done all the background checks for us and every time I need something I check her website. You’ll just have to take my word for it she’s legit. I am obsessed with her Foaming Shave Soap it is awesome and I haven’t a problem with razor burn or ingrown hairs since I started using it.

Another really great resource IF you’re not into the whole DIY thing is an app called Think Dirty. You can scan products from your phone and it rates the Toxicity and Allergens in everything from household products to makeup. Word to the wise like anything read the warnings. I’ve had some products that have registered a 6 or 7 on the dirty scale but it was because the product was scented.

Links for Supplies:

16 oz Amber Bottles w/ Spray Nozzles

Toilet Cleaner Squirt Bottle - Dollar Tree

Essential Oils - great company oils are same quality at YL & Do Terra

Sal Suds also available at Natural Grocers and Vitamin Shoppe in store.

Buy it you won’t regret it. We use it for laundry detergent too.


Do you use natural cleaners? I’d love to hear your recipes!!!

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