How to Make Your House Glow


My husband and I just finished building our dream home! THANK GOODNESS! That was a much more stressful and tedious task than I had anticipated! I love my husband, but there were times over the past year where I debated this statement! I wanted everything to be absolutely perfect, and done the way I wanted!

I LOVE wood features in homes and always have! I wanted built in bookshelves in a couple rooms, a built in desk in my kitchen to keep complete baking set and utensils (with storage, OF COURSE!), and I wanted to have wood blinds in our sun-room! My husband agree on all of these wishes, and the outcome looks amazing! BUT I never considered how much work and the expense of keeping ALL this wood clean!

Within the first couple months I had gone through bottle after bottle of Orange Glow and Pledge! While they do smell amazing, they are expensive and full of nasty chemicals! I had no idea until I decided to read the ingredients one afternoon! I knew there had to be a better cleaning solution out there that was natural and cost effective!

I was able to find TWO alternatives that are safer for children and pets! These are all 100% eco-friendly cleaners with no unpronounceable chemicals, skin irritants, or artificial fragrances!

1. “Pledge” Recipe:

This will still have the lemony scent we all LOVE, but for a fraction of the


-Small, whole, fresh lemon ($0.33)
-Olive oil (doesn’t matter that brand, grab the cheap 8oz bottle from
Walmart for $2.00)

Price Estimate (per batch)

$0.17 + $0.50 = $0.67

Tip→ The lemon juice does make this perishable so make only what you
need weekly!


1. Juice the lemon and strain out the pulp and seeds
2. Combine ¼ cup lemon juice and ½ cup olive oil into a jar or spray bottle and shake
3. Pour out a small amount onto a soft cloth and watch your wood GLOW!

2. “Orange Glo” Recipe

Don’t worry that orange smell you love isn’t going anywhere, we just found a
Natural way to give it to you!


-Small, fresh, whole orange ($0.33)
-Olive oil (doesn’t matter that brand, grab the cheap 8oz bottle from Walmart for $2.00)
-Vanilla extract ($2.75 for 1 oz bottle)

Price estimate (per batch)

$0.17 + $0.50 + $0.05 = $0.72


1. Juice the orange and strain out the pulp and seeds
2. Combine ¼ cup orange juice with ½ cup olive oil and 2-3 drops of
Vanilla extract into a jar or spray bottle and shake
3. Add a few strips of peel for extra orange oomph!
4. Dab a bit onto a soft cloth when you’re ready to polish

Now sit back and enjoy your glowing wood! It’s easy, cheap, and safe for your family! This is something I’ve started doing once a week, but I leave the rest of the cleaning to the BEST CLEANING SERVICE IN DC! They make the rest of my house sparkle as bright as my glowing wood!

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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6 years ago

This blog helps a lot! For busy moms who don’t have time to clean the house, I highly recommend Spekless Home Cleaning They’ve done a very great job with my move-in cleaning and their cleaners are bonded, licensed and insured.