‚ÄúMilSpouse‚Äù- we‚Äôve heard the term.¬† What it never quite conveys is that the MilSpouse holds a job of not only whatever work he/she may do outside of the home, but often is also the head zookeeper of the house,¬† repairman, mechanic, ¬†housekeeper, administrative assistant, detective scouting out that missing patrol cap and every other role you can imagine.¬† Here‚Äôs one thing that doesn‚Äôt have to continue to be a despised chore on your diverse to-do list!
Okay, I‚Äôm a self-proclaimed clean freak who is a bit ‚Äòcrunchy‚Äô when it comes to what I use in my house.¬† That being said, I still LOVE (we are talking adore and maybe even dance after use) the instant cleaning power of bleach.¬† It burns my nose, makes me cough and open all the windows, have disdain for the funky feeling it leaves on my hands (yes, I never have cleaning gloves and my hands are ugly proof of that) and all, but I still loved using it only for the outcome.¬† That was until I discovered how to make my own bleach substitute, equally as effective without equally hazardous chemicals (and doesn‚Äôt break the bank to make it). ¬†¬†Added bonus- I can store it in the closet with no concern about it being too close to the vinegar!
Grab your empty unused spray bottle!¬† Add to it 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide (yes, the brown bottle stuff as the kids call it in our house), 2 Tbsp of lemon juice, 10 drops of essential oil (I use grapefruit or lemon in mine) and add about 2 cups of tap water.¬† Since hydrogen peroxide should be stored in a dark bottle to prevent light absorption, you can get creative on your bottling!¬† I‚Äôve seen everything from painting the spray bottle with leftover paint samples to wrapping it with a brown lunch bag to taping excess shelf liner around the bottle.¬† How about donning some festive holiday wrapping paper?
Any way you choose, you are now armed with some serious cleaning power‚Ä¶ and can breathe easy while using it!