Nature’s Nurture has a recipe for All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner that you can make at home.  
Anyone with wood laminate knows that they can smudge up quickly, so to have a home-remedy for an easy clean-up is like a dream come true!

 

We couldn’t wait to put this formula to the test on our dirty floors!

 

Please click here to visit Nature’s Nurture and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To find an easier way to clean our laminate floor, without the icky chemicals

 

Details:

  • We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerAlthough I wanted to use equal parts of water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol, I measured 1 c hot water, 1 c vinegar and about a 1/4 c of rubbing alcohol because 1 cup seemed entirely too much and I didn’t have enough anyway.
  • I used Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used hot water which seemed to give my floors a really nice clean. My thinking is that hot=disinfecting. Sounds good, right?!  Let’s go with it.
Be sure to gently shake your mixture as the Dawn sunk right to the bottom in a glob.
Spray generously and then mop away, baby!

Although the aroma wasn’t too bad, I will try adding in lavender oil next time.

Pros:

I love this because I didn’t have to go out and buy anything and the results are great

Cons:

Left a slight film on the floor but I realized that I used too much liquid soap.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Conclusion:

I tried this floor cleaner on a whim and really impressed with the results.

My laminate flooring is in the kitchen so it gets high traffic and it always looks dirty. I found that this cleaner was easy to make, easy to use and we have been spot free for at least 3 days and counting. Check back in a week – lol!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I have been searching for a spot cleaning spray for my laminate floors for ages.

Sometimes you just get an area with smudges but aren’t ready to clean the whole floor! I tested this on the area in between the bathroom and my children’s bedrooms. Serious traffic goes down here.

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

There really isn’t anything tricky about this!

I do suggest making sure you have a bottle with a little extra space so you can shake the ingredients together well.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Pros:

Seriously simple and extremely effective.

Cons:

The vinegar smell is pretty strong so you may want to up your drops of essential oils.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerConclusion:

I can’t wait to try this in bucket form and really clean up!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I love our laminate wood floors, love them!  My husband on the other hand has a really tough time with the smudges that you see, since they are a very dark brown shade. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the miracle cleaner that leaves us smudge-free for days!

Details:

I grabbed an All-Purpose Spray Bottle, a Funnel and got to mixing!

  • My dishwashing liquid of choice was Better Life’s Dish It Out.  Love that stuff!
  • I was well on my way to equally mixing 6 oz of each item, until I realized that I was an ounce short of the Rubbing Alcohol.  Thanks a lot Sharpie Tie-Dye!!  I added an extra ounce of water to get me to 18 oz.
  • I am a huge baby when it comes to the smell of vinegar.  I added 20 drops of Eucalyptus Oil, swished it around, gagged, and then added 10 more drops.  Blaghk!
  • I used a Microfiber Cloth, as recommended and tested out a small, high traffic area by hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Easy Peasy.  Just spray and wipe.

I do like to use a damp cloth to get more out of the product that I use.  I just rinse the cloth or microfiber pad and ring out in the sink before getting to work.

After re-reading the post, I nearly had a heart attack when I realized that I wasn’t supposed to use any essential oils if I had pets, which I do!  I quickly checked “Eucalyptus Oil” at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control site and learned that it is terrible for pets!  Ahhhg!!
All was well in the world after I went back over the area with my regular floor cleaner which I love.

Prior to my freak-out, the results were a little iffy to me.  This could be because I used a ton of essential oils and was short on my rubbing alcohol, or the fact that my floors are super dark and show everything.  The finish looked matte as opposed to shiny and new, and I could see streaks.  I don’t love that.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Pros:

Easy and inexpensive to make.

Cons:

 To be honest, rubbing alcohol doesn’t seem very “natural” to me; I feel much better using my current product which I already know that I trust.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner

Conclusion:

While this cleaner may be a great choice for those with lighter colored floors and less sensitive noses, I don’t think that it is for me.

Making it was totally easy, but the results didn’t trump my current cleaner’s.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: We just had new laminate kitchen floors installed. Finally! They were much awaited. It was time to find a great cleaner that would keep them shiny and not streaky.

 

Details:

  • We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerI followed the directions provided by Natures Nurture Blog but I cut the recipe in half. My floor space isn’t very big and I wanted to make sure I liked it first.
  • I didn’t have any citrus essential oils so I soaked some lemon peels in the vinegar for about 20 minutes.
  • I also used the fragrance oil I had on hand, “Island Orchard,” which I found at Pier 1 when we made the Baking Soda Air Fresheners.
  • I was nervous about harming my brand new floors so I first tried the cleaner on spare pieces we had left over.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely use a Microfiber Cloth as suggested. They tend to work best.

Pros:

It worked surprising well!

Cons:

Vinegar is a great cleaner, but my only gripe is the smell. Luckily it dissipates quickly.

We tried it - All Natural Laminate Floor CleanerConclusion:

Overall I was impressed. I think I might get myself some orange essential oils for my next batch. I wasn’t too crazy about my Island Orchard fragrance oil mixed with the lemon. I might even test this one on my hardwoods.

 

 
We tried it - All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner!


The fabulous
All-Natural Laminate Floor Cleaner and photo by Nature’s Nurture

 


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Smashed Peas and Carrots has the perfect solution for smelly spaces while staying safe.  The Baking Soda Air Freshener uses environmentally and family friendly ingredients that you may already have in your home!

 

Hoping to freshen up our flats, we grabbed our baking soda and got right to work!

 

Please click here to visit Smashed Peas and Carrots and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: Try a fun, inexpensive, and cute way of battling the aroma of my two doggie beasts in my home so I can stop investing in Glade products and diffusers.

 

Details:

The instructions for these little air freshening babies were very easy to follow, and the products to make them were easy to find.

  • I was super excited when I found my favorite Pier 1 fragrance, Island Orchard, was available in an oil.
  • I purchased some cute little mason jars (make sure the center of the top comes off) and filled them all with a ½ cup of baking soda. I added 8 drops of oil for the small rooms and 12 for the ones I wanted for larger rooms. It’s great that you can play with it, just add more if you want.

One great way to personalize these for each room is picking out different stock paper for the tops. I got the boys camouflage and they were thrilled. Poke some holes and put them on the top of the jar and secure the twist-lid. They’re ready!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I found that a pin hole was a little small for the amount of aroma I wanted. A wooden skewer worked excellent. Also, I find that poking the holes before cutting the circle out made it much easier.

Sheri - Jar 1

Pros:

So many! Quick, easy, inexpensive, and they work!

Cons:

Not a single one.

Sheri - Jar 2

Conclusion:

These really turned out fantastic, but more importantly, they work! Even my husband noticed when he walked through the door. I think they would also make a fabulous party favor. They really don’t take very much time to make and you can customize the top for any sort of party theme. I’ll be making more for friends and family, that’s for sure.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: To fight that new home smell!  That’s right, you heard me.  I am ready for our home to smell like home… we’re getting there, but it could use a little push.

 

Details:

I stuck to the rules with this one, but thought I’d share some specifics!  This project was incredibly easy.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not Mixing..I found that the easiest way to mix the jars was to close the lid with the paper, shake up the baking soda and oil and then punch the holes with your pin.

Only one of the 4 oils that I tried didn’t want to mix up with the baking soda!  I just used a fork to break it up as much as I could.

I think that I ended up adding more than 8-12 drops.  My guess is that I was in the 20’s somewhere.

The Wyndmere oils were more potent than the Aveda Singular Notes, but I believe this to be due to the aromas that I chose.  I have learned from my employer that top notes evaporate more quickly then middle or base notes, and they are often the first to be smelled, but also the first to fade.  Tangerine and Bergamont are both top notes, so I think this is why the aroma was lighter.  Lavender and Rosemary, which were in the Wyndmere oils are both middle notes and those jars smelled much stronger and have lasted longer.

My perfume sample was the most potent, but I also dumped the entire tiny 1.5 ml vial into my baking soda.  This one is my favorite!  This is my favorite perfume, but I just can’t wear it anymore because I am so sensitive to smells.  I put it in my closet and it gives off just the perfect amount of fragrance; I love it!

The other jars have freshened our utility room, the pantry where I keep the stinky veggies (like onions), and the drawer where our trash can sits.  I placed the jar with the Wyndmere Naturals – Stress Relief Blend on my nightstand so I smell the soothing lavender and other calming aromas while I’m drifting off!

Maren - Jar 1

Pros:

I seriously love these.

Now I can take what I have learned (and remembered) about different aromas and make better choices when I make them again!

Cons:

I can’t think of any!  Even if you can’t really smell the essential oil, the baking soda is still working to neutralize odors.

Maren - Jar 2

Conclusion:

I am so glad that we tried this project.  Not to mention, I have been just waiting for a reason to pick up some of these cute jars!  I think that I’ll make a plain one for the fridge and maybe even for my car and keep it in the cup holder.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission:  Create an easy and inexpensive air refresher for the house/bathroom. Yes indeed!

 

Details:

  • I have cupcake liners a tulle coming out of my ears and thought I could incorporate both in this project. I decided to make 2 fresheners and use a cupcake liner for one and pretty scrapbook paper for the other.
  • I also work for a company that has afforded me a plethora of aromas options to choose from. I chose an Aveda Key Element in the Brilliant aroma (#5) that was perfect for the bathroom.
  • Also, the Mason jar that I used was a bit taller than what was used on the original post.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would suggest using a thicker or sturdy piece of cardstock/paper to reinforce the lid. I used a piece of cardstock with the cupcake liner, as the liner is super thin and can tear.

I also used a lot of the aroma.  The recipe called for 6-12 drops, I used about 40.

Alicia - Jar 1

Pros:

All the options in cardstock/paper and aromas to choose from are endless.

Cons:

None – aside from using a lot of aroma.

Alicia - Jar 2

Conclusion:

This was an easy project and it turned out great! This would make a great house-warming gift. I plan on making a few more for my Mom and Mother-In-Law. The odor sprays that my parents use have got to go!

 
 

Reviewer #4 – Katie

Mission: Make your own air fresheners with baking soda and your favorite essential oils.

 

 

Details:

Gather supplies: mason type jar with lid, scrapbook/card stock paper of your choice, box of baking soda and your favorite essential oils!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I purchased warming oils because I wasn’t paying attention but they worked just as well as I would imagine essential oils would.

Katie - Jar 1

Pros:

Inexpensive, easy, customizable air fresheners

Cons:

NONE!

Katie - Jar 2
Conclusion:

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner! It’s so simple to put together, inexpensive and the fragrance possibilities are seemingly endless!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Rid my home (or at least the bathroom) of the smell of urine on the cheap!

 

 

Details:

  • I used the same sized Ball Mason Jars that were used in the original post by Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
  • I had some leftover craft paper from Christmas and since it happened to be Earth Month and all I went with the “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle” motto.
  • I didn’t have an upholstery needle on hand so I used a nut pick (I am certain that is not what it is called but I am going with it) to create holes in my paper.
  • For the aroma I used Peppermint because I have a deep love with all things mint (and I have little access to Pure Essences locally so I went with what I had on hand). I purchased mine at a local Health Food store but they can be purchased online as well. Try Amazon as they have so many options and often offer free shipping. Typically you are looking to spend around $10-$15 to get an Organic aroma. Not totally necessary but just happens to be what I used since I also use it in my laundry soap.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It was much easier to poke holes in the paper when it is already in the lid and the lid is on tightly. Also, when tracing your paper you can use the lid and then cut just slightly inside the line so it fits snuggly into the rim.

Amanda - Jar 1

Pros:

This could NOT be an easier project plus it is earth friendly and smells fabulous!

Cons:

None. I plan to put these all over my house.

Amanda - Jar 2

Conclusion:

This would make for a great gift basket item for new moms or even new home owners!

 
 

Air Freshener Conclusion


The super cute
Baking Soda Air Freshener and it’s photo by Smashed Peas and Carrots


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One Good Thing by Jillee has a recipe for her very own Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover that makes stains disappear before your very eyes!  Now that’s magic!

 

With homes full of kids and clumsy adults we had plenty of stains to test this potion on!

 

Please click here to visit One Good Thing by Jillee and see the instructions that we followed!

 

GROSS ALERT! 

This review has pictures that may make those who are more sensitive to gross stuff a little queasy. 

Consider yourself warned!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Create a super cheap yet effective stain fighter.

 

 

Details:

  • I used the same ingredients Jillee used and put it in a recycled Method spray bottle. I felt very granola in that moment and am still feeling proud about it now…I think this may have even made momma earth proud.
  • I also used a bottle of Shout as I wanted to have a good idea how effective this stain fighter really was but couldn’t be unprepared if it wasn’t…my kids are part animal. Stain fighter is as common as water in this house.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It definitely helps if the water is warm. I think it even helps fight stains better because I didn’t feel it was as effective after it had sat and was cold. Also, make sure you have a spray bottle that can handle the consistency. Sadly my Method bottle did stand up to the test and I ended up storing it in a jug that I pour from now.

Amanda - Shout 11

Pros:

Cheap, easy to make pretty effective.

Cons:

SUPER stinky. Maybe some kind of pure essence might help with that?

For testing purposes I decided not to stray from the original recipe.

Amanda - Shout 2

Conclusion:

I have been using this for some time now. I found that if I spray something right away and launder it within 24 I am fine. If the stain is really nasty I spray it and then soak in water before washing. Works like a charm.

 
 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I am always on the hunt for a good stain remover!  It is a miracle if I can make it to lunch without spilling on myself each day.

 

Details:

I tried to stick with the program, but I forgot about the damn Dawn Dish Soap!

  • Lemon Scented Ammonia.
  • I used Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Soap.
  • My stains of choice:  Blood.  Sorry.  It is cold and dry in this place where I live and my schnoz just couldn’t take it this year.  My other stain, “Maren‘s Tan.”  Yes, there is nothing in the world that stains worse than the concoction of products that it takes to make my freckled Scandinavian self look like I’ve been in the sun.  “Maren‘s Tan” is my special mixture of self tanner and bronzer that has made more than a few sets of my sheets look like an Umpa Lumpa rolled around in them.  ew.
  • I let both of the stains sit for a few days, okay fine, like a week.  I then let the stain remover sit for about 40 minutes before washing.

Tips & Tricks Learned

I tested the stain remover on column “B,” which I thought was pretty impressive prior to putting in the wash, then both columns looked pretty much the same.  I think it would have been an even better test to put them on different rags, and in separate loads from each other.  I am guessing that the stain remover got on column “A” in the wash.

In the future, I would apply the stain remover right away and even soak in warm water if needed.

Rub the stain remover into the stain a little before tossing into the wash to make sure that the mixture fully penetrates the stain.

Warm water is a must, especially since the baking soda is pretty thick.  I was a little worried that I would have a Science Fair volcano on my hands, but the pressure in the bottle was relieved as soon as I opened the nozzle and started spraying.

Maren - Shout 1

Pros:

It worked!  I think?

Cons:

Nothing can put up a fight to “Maren‘s Tan.”  Nothing.

Maren - Shout 2

Conclusion:

I think that this stain remover is worth another shot with the things that I learned the first time around in mind.  #1 being to apply to the stain right away!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Try my hand at making a homemade cleaner!

 

Details:

  • Headed to the dollar store for a cute pink bottle and ammonia. I had baking soda on hand.
  • I don’t use stain remover too often so I decided to make half the concoction. I don’t have kids yet, so I assume in the future I will need to make it by the gallons!
  • GROSS ALERT: I had two stained items, a cotton shirt with a small oily salad dressing and a satin pillow case with [gross]…a  little blood from a nose bleed. I hope I don’t turn your stomachs, but that’s a stain that is sometimes difficult to remove!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use a paper plate as a funnel for all of the items into the container. I didn’t follow instructions and just dumped everything into the bottle…worked fine, just shake it up!

When working on the cotton shirt, I noticed I would rub out the stain and it would appear on the back of the shirt. While it was easy to remove, I would put something between the two just so this doesn’t happen.

Kristy Shout 1

Pros:

Amazing!  It worked better than most stain removers and it was cheap and easy to make!  One good rub on the satin and good-bye nasty stain!!

The cotton t-shirt took more time as the stain seeped through to the back, but it worked! And it was quick!

Cons:

The remover bubbled quite a bit making the sprayer clogged.

I just poured the remover on instead of fighting the sprayer so you will notice my shirt looks like the Smurfs got ahold of it.

Kristy Shout 2

Conclusion:

Awesome, cheap and easy to make!  Now I can’t wait for more homemade cleaning solutions! I am thinking since I have ammonia, I should try my hand at window cleaner! All right crafty peeps, bring on the cleaners!

 

Shout Conclusion

 

The lovely Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover and it’s photo by One Good Thing by Jillee


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Apartment Therapy tells us that we can clean our bathtubs with a Grapefruit & Salt!

After some slight hesitation, we built up the courage to share our dirty tubs with you once again.

Apartment Therapy always shares great ideas and tricks, so we felt confident that the results would be worth the initial embarrassment!

 

Please click here to visit Apartment Therapy and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  Try something new and freshen up the sink while cleaning it.

 

 

Details:

  • I used this very refreshing cleaner on my vintage sink instead of the bathtub which is currently not in use!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have a very ornate tub or sink you may want to be careful when using the grapefruit around the faucet and knobs. I found the pulp got stuck and it was a little fussy to clean up.

Pros:

WOW! The smell was pure heaven. It made cleaning almost fun.

Cons:

Just the pulp issue but it really was minor.

You may even want to bust out a sponge or brush to get hard to reach areas like around knobs.

Conclusion:

I will definitely try this again. The original post actually suggested to use it in your toilet too and I think I could definitely get on board with that! Imagine…your face is in the toilet but it smells like grapefruit NOT pee. Sign me up!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission:  Always want to know of an easier way to scrub my gunk.

 

Details:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Juicy Plump Large Grapefruit
  • One dirty tub (yes, I refrained from cleaning for many, many weeks) I am embarrassed to show this to the world!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I sprayed water so I could get the salt to stick and then get that dirty, nasty tub thickly coated.

Pros:

Simplest project, good for the environment!

Cons:

It still used a lot of elbow grease, it was a workout scrubbing!

Maybe a waste of food but ugh, I hate grapefruit so iI think it puts them to better use!

Conclusion:

I have a happy [future] hubby again, he is so thankful to have a clean tub! I am still a fan of my Comet, but when in a jam…this could work great! Now wondering if oranges would work as I usually always have them on hand.

 

 

The lovely shot of the  Tub Cleaner Ingredients taken by Apartment Therapy


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Soap Scum Killa

Life, Crafts & Whatever says that vinegar + Dawn dish soap = Soap Scum Killa!

The gals of The Crafty Collaborative don’t like soap scum, so we tried it out for ourselves!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Mandy

Mission:  To clean my dirty *ss shower and love it in a lazy girl kinda way.

 

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Buy a funnel! I measured out the vinegar (in a cup with no spout) and had to use way too many cups to try to get it in the spray bottle. Also, make sure you take a towel to do some light “scrubbing”. It isn’t just a spray and rinse cleanser. However, it didn’t take much elbow grease to get it looking fabulous.

Pros:

Seriously love this stuff! Will never go back to store-bought cleanser. I was really amazed at how easy it was to make and use it. Plus, it’s inexpensive. Check out my before (ok, I know what you’re thinking… who is this gross girl that never cleans her shower?!) and after photos. I’ve never seen my shower this sparklingly beautiful!

Cons:

It did make me cough quite a bit when I sprayed it. Not sure why as I didn’t think the vinegar smelled that horribly strong but I do have a stuffy nose from allergies. I would suggest ventilating the room that you’re using it in.

 

Conclusion:

Love it! Feel like my life just changed a little bit…

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission:  Will a mixture of vinegar and blue Dawn remove what I have neglected to clean for years?  Yes, that’s right.  I haven’t cleaned my shower in FOREVER, and I recently learned that my husband wasn’t doing it either.  Gross.

I have but one excuse, and that is that I am damn near blind without my contacts or glasses and I cannot see how disgusting our shower is when I’m in it.

Details:

  • Tub/Shower – fiberglass insert

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used this little Chinese Star shaped sponge… it was awesome.  It’s the Nook & Cranny Scrubber from Scotch Brite.  Of course I love everything 3M – a.) they’re geniuses and b.) I’m a Minnesota gal!

Pros:

Holy crap – It worked!  This concoction tore through the nastiness with little scrubbing!

Cons:

I gagged the entire time.  Laugh it up.  Then afterwards, I could still smell vinegar and I wanted to die.  All I could think about was our realtor killing me since our house was hitting the market that day.  I ended up using some Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Countertop Spray to counteract the smell.  Worked like a charm.

 

Conclusion:

This stuff worked really well – but stunk to high hell!  If you cannot smell or are without a sensitive gag reflex, then this is the perfect soap scum cleaner for you!  I’ll use it again!

 

 

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To bust some serious soap scum a$$!

 

 

Details:

I opted to test this out on my grimy sink and crusty stove top instead because I didn’t have a shower worth cleaning let alone taking a picture of! (bathrooms are both under permanent reno)

I let the solution sit on the sink for 15 minutes and the stove for 20.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

There isn’t really any way to mess this one up but I can see how heat makes the mix more effective and would suggest re-heating for really tough dirt or grease.

Pros:

This smelled clean and made everything shine.

Cons:

It took some time to get it rinsed off. That part was kind of irritating.

Conclusion:

All in all this is a simple and effective cleaner that is as cheap as they come (don’t know the exact price but I would guess .25 for the entire bottle of cleaner and I only used maybe an 1/8 of it on the two surfaces – maybe less). I loved the way it cleaned my ceramic cooktop so much that I plan to ditch my fussy cream and go with this simple spray instead!

 

 

Soap Scum Killa ingredients shot by Life, Crafts & Whatever


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