DIY Natural Window Screen Spray - Dissolves Dust!;-) - Homemade Version.

 My last two weeks have been filled with a LOT of spring cleaning... I know, I know, but hey! better late than never:-) (check out the vintage poster below that I found in a cute beach shop in Monterey - I think it is a portrait of me and how I excuse my procrastination;-))  Anyway, during the clean-up I came up with a spray to keep my window screens clean on a daily basis and to be able to have ONLY fresh air enter the house when I open the windows at night - that's a HUGE deal for me right now, as I'm trying to finally start living an allergy-free life. And it's super simple - per poster, again, I can't do something that would take me more than a few minutes;-))) 
 
 


WHAT I USE:
    --4 tsp Baking Soda - it's great for dissolving all the dirt that builds up on the screens plus it deodorizes them (welcome to the freshest air possible!;-)
    --4 cups Water - distilled water would be even better - especially since it's super inexpensive
    --a few drops  Antimicrobial Essential OilThe most potent antimicrobial oils are clove, cinnamon, bay and thyme(according to the scientific studies). I DEFINITELY recommend using one of those four - they aren't more expensive than other oils, yet you'll need to use less due to their higher potency (cinnamon bark oil is a bit pricey, yet it's been proven that less expensive cinnamon leaf oil is just as effective). But you can also use other antimicrobial oils like tea tree, lavender, lemon, peppermint and etc. - they are just a bit less effective:-(

    WHAT I DO:

     I take two spray bottles and fill one with two cups of water and baking soda, and the other one - with the remaining two cups of water and a few drops of essential oil. Then I shake both bottles up very well - especially the baking soda one to make sure soda dissolves nicely in water. 
    Every night when I open the windows I first spray the screens with baking soda which dissolves all the dirt and dust. Once I'm done spraying all the windows I come back and spray them over again with the essential oil solutions - it washes off the soda with the dirt and leaves the essential oil to protect the screens from any microbial growth. It takes me no more than three minutes to do all five windows in the house. And my nose is definitely happier now that I incorporated such cleaning into my daily routine;-)))
    P.S. I also want to note that even though the sprays definitely help keep the screens fresher and cleaner longer, a regular seasonal wash with soap and all the jazz is still a must. I know, it's a bummer!:-(

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    44 comments:

    1. This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

      Balsam - www.albalsamlife.com

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    2. thats interesting!

      www.verliebtin.blogspot.de

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    3. that is fab ill be trying this out at the weekend

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      1. Yay! I'm sure your nose will say thank you to you;-)))))

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    4. I would like to have a try!Pls post more! Shall we follow each other? i love comment and browse blogs i followed!
      XOXO
      Poppy:
      http://me-poppy.blogspot.com
      Pls leave a message if u follow me , i will follow back soon~

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    5. This is such a good idea!
      I see you're currently following my blog via GFC, and everyones been talking about how it is/isn't shutting down on July 1st, so I just wanted to let you know that you can still follow me via Bloglovin (which I personally prefer anyway) and there is a link on my sidebar... Thanks!
      http://www.bandasaur.blogspot.co.uk/

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    6. What a fabulous idea! And I think you are actually pretty energetic, doing all that! I'm not much into cleaning either. I will sit on the computer for hours instead! ;)

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      1. Thank you, Joann! I'm also guilty of spending way too much on the compute:-((( that's why I have to come up with some quick-fix ideas like that:-))))

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    7. Love this! Thank you! Also, I'm starting a new link up party on Monday nights and would love for you to link this up!

      Mary
      http://maryorganizes.com/2013/07/organize-my-life-week-5/

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    8. Great advice, sustainable cleaning! Nice blog with great variety, and thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you there soon again!
      FF

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      1. Thank you so much, Nicolene! I really enjoy looking at your style posts - and can't wait to see more of your street style shots;-)))

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      1. Hi Ashley! You can find them on Amazon and sometimes in your local health foods store....

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      2. Ashley, If you haven't found the oils you need, maybe I can help. You can reach me at CLScull@comcast.net

        Good Luck with your clean screens. :-)

        Cindy

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    10. Great idea and I can't wait to try this. Quick question do you make your own Antimicrobial Essential Oil? If so what are the ratio you use of each ingredient. Hoping this will help out my son and husband with the allergies. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

      Liz

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      1. Thank you so much, Liz! I'll be truly happy if this recipe helps;-) I actually don't do any specific blend - I usually use either thyme or cinnamon oils just by themselves... Again, thank you for stopping by, Liz;-) And please let me how it goes;-)))

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      2. Thanks Maria, I will try this as soon as I get all the ingredients and will let you know how it goes.

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      3. I actually use my own Essential Oil Bolen (also know as THIEVES or Germ Fighter) equal part of Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon Bark, Cloves, Eucalyptus - essential Oils) and I had ben using it in my home made (a) Tooth Paste, (b) mold killer in kitchen (windows & under dying rack), (c) few drops in water sprayed over my bed every morning (refresh) (d) my anti-bacterial hand spray (e) car freshener and (f) few drop in my shampoo for dandruff control ..... however be careful on direct skin contact as this is a HOT oil (may burn-redness your skin)

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      4. That sounds like a really powerful blend! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!

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      5. Hey Maria, I have been using this for the past few months and it's great. I wouldn't say that my husband and son are allergy free, but it has helped (plus the bonus, smells so good!). Thanks for the great idea once again and I am sorry it has taken me this long to reply to you!

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    11. Nice idea...but "EVERY NIGHT"??? It ain't happening here! Thank you for sharing though!

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      1. Sometimes I forget, but I'm doing my best since my allergy is no joke:-(

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    12. Wouldn't spraying on the essential oil and water actually make dust stick to the oil? I'd like to skip that part :) Also, do you just spray the screens, lightly, while they're in the windows still, or do you have to take them out, so the water doesn't run all down the window sill or onto the floor or tables, etc.
      Thanks, Kate

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    13. Where is a good place in California to buy essential oils? I've been searching a long time for them. Now I want them for this and the toilet bombs!!

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      1. Online! I like Plant Therapy myself. But where are you in Cali?

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    14. I had no idea that I can make my own natural home made cleaner! Thank you so much for sharing this helpful post here! Regards!Chingford Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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    15. Hi! It really needs baking soda and not washing soda? I'm afraid, with baking soda, remnants will stay? Also not needful to clan up with a sheet? Thank you!

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    16. I have had my windows cleaned by this products... I leave the door open they let themselves in... I come home to a better view. Nice!
      Bellevue Window Washing

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    17. great idea. using peppermint oil would have the added benefit of keeping spiders and mice away as well.

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    18. Fantastic! I love cleaning so much that I started working in a cleaning company.Your recipe is really amazing. I am going to use it next time when I clean windows. Best regards!
      http://westkensingtoncleaner.co.uk/

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    19. So the question no-one asked or I must have missed it...How much baking soda to ratio of water?

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    20. Don't use Essential oils if you have cats in the house. They are poisonous to cats -all essential oils whatever brand. Please let people know this important fact.

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    21. Good tips... I enjoy using jars filled with baking soda and some essential oil drops for keeping rooms indoors smelling nicely. window cleaning service

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