CLEANING YOUR HOME, NATURALLY: ALL PURPOSE COUNTER SPRAY
When it comes to cleaning my home, I prefer to keep it simple and toxin free. There are a gazillion recipes online regarding how to clean just about anything with homemade recipes using basic household pantry products from vinegar to baking soda to vodka...like I said, basic household pantry items:-)
I have a few recipes that I've been making for years that I not only feel are effective, but make the house smell fabulous while cleaning. Additionally, I feel the air quality is healthier while the little boost from aromatherapy is a bonus.
So to kick off a series of easy DIY natural household cleaners, we're starting with my favorite All Purpose Counter Spray. It not only has essential oils in it that help to kill off germs, but also Castile soap which is tough on dirt and grime. I have a heavy hand when using the essential oils and prefer my cleaners to be very aromatic. You'll see in my recipe below, I work in the very scientific way of measuring by the "capful" vs drops. Adjust yours to your preference in scent which is also easier on the budget if you decide to go with a lighter hand. That being said, my essential oils go a lot further than buying traditional household cleaners.
We use this spray on kitchen counters, the kitchen table, painted cabinets and on bathroom counters & surfaces.
****Important note - be sure to test these cleaners on a small, inconspicuous spot on your counters to ensure there are no unexpected reactions. Although there shouldn't be any issues, it's better to be safe****
We will follow this post with a sink and tub scrub, a disinfecting cleaner, a window/glass cleaner, a floor cleaner, a mold & mildew cleaner and a toilet bowl cleaner...so stay tuned!
For this cleaner, Tea Tree, Lavender & Eucalyptus are my go to oils for the base of the cleaner. The Tea Tree & Eucalyptus have a strong antiseptic/clean smell. The Lavender softens the Tea Tree. I will vary it by adding the peppermint in the summer & cinnamon in the winter months. Rosemary or Lemon instead of the Eucalyptus are also nice for a kitchen cleaner.
Tea Tree has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties + is tough on mold & mildew.
Lavender has anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties + is a natural insect repellent.
Eucalyptus has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties, is a great odor remover + is a natural insect repellent.
Peppermint has powerful anti-bacterial properties, is uplifting & refreshing + is a natural insect repellent.
***Essential oils are in a highly concentrated form and these are not to be ingested. Keep away from children and pets. If ingested, call poison control.***
Glass is preferred to plastic. The oils can break down the plastic over time which can leech into your "natural" cleaner. We ordered this bottle here. I love the simplicity and size of it. Adorable.
If you don't want to spend additional money on packaging you could be thrifty and upcycle a Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar bottle. Source the nozzle online at Uline.
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap is an all vegetable oil-based soap that is very pure, has many uses around the house as well as on the body. I love it because it is effective at tackling dirt & grease but does not require a lot of rinsing after the initial wipe down.
A healthy serving of aromatherapy & germ fighting essential oils.
I bought tags, etc below at Joann's
It looks almost as good as it works and smells. Happy cleaning.
We'd love to hear from you. Please leave us your favorite cleaning product recipes, success stories, etc in the comment section below.
Saule & Angelique