Lemons & Vanilla: Make Your Home Smell Good

There’s nothing like a sick baby to make you rethink clean. Baby girl came down with a cold and I wanted to make sure her things were clean and I figured disinfecting is the best way to ensure no one else in the house comes down with the same cold.

When you've got a sick baby it's important to clean the house to prevent the cold from spreading. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

When you’ve got a sick baby it’s important to clean the house to prevent the cold from spreading.
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Here’s a few things I did to clean, sanitize and get the house smelling good.

Sanitize

  • Wipe down not only the kitchen & bathroom counters, but light switches, door handles, fridge handles and toilet handles as well. I go between disinfectant wipes and a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water as well as alcohol because of the chemical-free properties. * Note: Don’t forget to wipe down the cell phones, remotes and computer keyboards.
  • Disinfect all teethers, pacifiers, bottles and nipples in really hot water.
  • Run hot water over toothbrush or soak in boiling water for a few minutes.
I use these Medela quick clean steam bags to disinfect pacificers, nipples and pump parts, but boiled water will work just fine. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I use these Medela quick clean steam bags to disinfect pacificers, nipples and pump parts, but boiled water will work just fine.
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Toss

  • Any tissues or soiled diapers from trash cans. Clean trash cans.
  • Linens, clothes, bath & hand towels and even the bathroom rug into the laundry to be washed and replaced.
Once a cold has invaded the house I clean the linens and other items. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Once a cold has invaded the house I clean the linens and other items.
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Smell Good

Now onto making the house smell good. I admit I was just going to spray some rose water and call it a day, but I decided to consult my favorite website, Pinterest. I even typed in the words make your house smell good and oh the wonderful treasures I found. So this recipe belongs to blogger Morgan Moore at One More Moore. She used fresh ingredients — rosemary, lemon and vanilla and I used what I had on hand because she is NOT buying fresh rosemary when we have dried.

Rosemary, lemon, and vanilla give the house a wonderful smell. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Rosemary, lemon, and vanilla give the house a wonderful smell.
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I used obviously fresh lemon and DIY pure vanilla extract, thanks to my bestie who made it for me, but you can use imitation.

Ingredients

3 sprigs of rosemary (equivalent to 2 TBS of fresh chopped or 2 tsp of dried)

1 lemon, sliced

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Boil rosemary, sliced lemon, vanilla in 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan.
  2. Boil all day, add water as necessary.

 

Boil lemon, rosemary, and vanilla together with some water to give the house a wonderful aroma. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Boil lemon, rosemary, and vanilla together with some water to give the house a wonderful aroma.
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