DIY Spring Cleaning – Granite (Kitchen Counter) Cleaner

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So you could say that I have gone DIY CrAzY!!  I just got my Amazon order today with glass spray bottles and then some other ingredients that I needed for upcoming projects!

Today, I made a Granite Kitchen Counter Cleaner!  I have bought so many different brands and they really only waxed over everything… it never looked or felt clean.  So I decided I was going to create my own natural cleaner.  I did some research online and found a couple of recipes, but ultimately I knew I wanted to make my own!

All of the ingredients are in the pic above and it literally took less than 5 minutes to make it!

First, you will need castile soap, which is an unscented vegetable based soap.  You can find it at health food stores or online (Amazon).  You only need a couple of tablespoons for this recipe so the castile soap goes a long way!  Next you will need either rubbing alcohol or 80 proof vodka (I just happened to have some Absolute Vanilla Vodka on hand), and distilled water (or boiled tap water then cooled), and the final ingredient is lavender essential oil.

I love that this recipe has castile soap because it actually cleans the granite counter tops.  The alcohol helps to dry quickly, and you should use distilled water if possible so that it will have a longer shelf life.  Regular tap water can be boiled to kill bacteria.  I use lavender essential oil because I love the smell of lavender and it’s very calming, but you can use any essential oil that you prefer.  Just don’t use a citrus essential oil with a Granite Cleaner because citrus can eat through the granite.

Granite (Kitchen Counter) Cleaner:

Ingredients:

Castile Soap – two tablespoons buy it here

80 proof Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol – 1 tablespoon

Lavender Essential Oil – 25-30 drops

Distilled Water or boiled and then cooled tap or spring water – 2 cups

Directions:

First you will need either a glass spray bottle or a thick plastic spray bottle (warning essential oils should not be used with thin plastic bottles – like water bottles, since it can penetrate the plastic and pull out toxins into the water.  I purchased my glass spray bottles from Amazon, but you can re-use a spray bottle that you already have or an empty glass bottle and put a spray top on it.

Put 2 tablespoons of castile soap into your spray bottle.

Add 1 tablespoon of alcohol.

Add 25 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil (or your non-citrus essential oil of choice).

Then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.  Make sure to leave some room at the top just in case you want to add more essential oil!

Loving my Granite Kitchen Counter Spray!  This spray is not just for granite counter tops!  You can use it on other surfaces too!  The reason it works well on granite is because it doesn’t have vinegar or citrus oils which can both eat through granite.

Happy DIY Cleaning!

Interested in learning more about how to get started with essential oils?  Contact me, Nicole Wehner @ gozenent@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Social Network Marketing Tips- March Madness!

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It’s March and the weather is starting to warm up and the ideas are flowing!  So I thought, what a great time to improve my social networking presence!  I have done a lot of research over the years on Social Networking and Network Marketing, and what better time to actually put that time, effort and knowledge to good use!

Let’s face it, there are billions of people out there using social media and those are people who we can connect with and bring into our network!

I’m sure there’s so many people who have started a Twitter account, a Facebook Fan Page, a Pinterest, a Tumbler, a WordPress blog, etc.. and I think for a lot of people, they are not sure what to do after they send off a couple of tweets.  How do I increase my followers? How do I find quality followers that I can engage with?  How many tweets are too many? What should I tweet about?  And the same with other social media.  I set up a Facebook Fan Page, and now how do I increase my followers and likes?

These are all questions that we all have and I am going to take the rest of this month to clean up my own social media and improve my networks and will post my research and tips on a daily basis here and twitter!

1st Tip!

#UnFollowMonday  Ok, I know it seems negative, but it is important to have a good follow/to followers ratio on Twitter!  This morning, I went through my twitter list of people I am following and unfollowed almost everyone that doesn’t follow me!  The exception is businesses, organizations, famous people that you like to follow, as most of them will not follow you back.  So if you follow @KanyeWest chances are he is not going to follow you back, but I follow him for entertainment value 🙂

The reason the follow ratio is important on twitter is because Twitter monitors how aggressively you follow people on Twitter.  They say that you can follow up to 1,000 people in one day, but I was cut off one day after uploading contacts which were about 500.

If you are following several hundred or thousands of people on Twitter then you definitely want to set up an automated tool that will periodically unfollow people who don’t follow you back.  You want to give your new followers a little time before unfollowing them since Twitter banned the ever so useful automatic follow back tools, but chances are that if they are going to follow you back then they’ll do it within a day or so.  I use SocialOomph to do a lot of automated twitter tasks and for other social media as well.  They offer a “free” and a “professional” account.  Depending on the features you need you can see which one work best for you!