DIY Wood Cleaner

My Husband may tell you that I am messy, but I beg to differ.  I like to open drawers and see neatly organized pushpins, rubber bands, and post-its.  I look forward to organizing the pantry, and cleaning out the refrigerator, and my closet is color coordinated Roy. G Biv according to the hues of the rainbow.  Despite my keen organization skills, I'll admit, I prefer a clean cabinet than a clean countertop with disarray lurking beneath.  Perhaps, I function better knowing my cabinets don't hold secrets; nonetheless, living with another person means a compromise must be met.

 About a year ago, Patrick introduced me to a fellow Hokie and his wife Lori from St. Augustine, Florida. Lori is a Young Living rep whom understands the ins and outs of essential oils better than almost anyone I know.  I have struggled with achieving sparkling clean countertops for reasons other than my organization handicap.  I suffer from severe eczema, and the harsh chemicals, perfumes, and additives in many cleaning products cause instantaneous outbreaks on my skin.  I tried wearing gloves, and using the all natural products sold at the grocery store, but I was still covered in red splotchy rashes on my hand. Lori assured me essential oils were safe to use, and it wasn't long before I began creating my own products. 

Young Living Essential Oils

When making my own wood cleaner at home, I always add in drops of different Young Living Essential Oils. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite go-to recipes.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe:

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup EVOO
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Copaiba
  • 10 drops Cedarwood

The essential oils add just enough smell to keep your house smelling fresh and clean! Shop some of my favorite essential oils (the same ones that we use in the Thunderbolt studio!) here.

Do you use any natural cleaners? Do you buy them or make your own? Let me know in the comments!



Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!