We all have our all-purpose store bought cleaning solution that we grab for every little cleaning task imaginable. We wipe down our counters with it, clean the bookshelves, the walls and have it handy for any little sticky grimy spot that pops up. But thinking about the chemicals we spray around home, we came to the idea for this great solution (one that won’t make you hold your breath when you spray it!) Does this cleaner kill 99.99% of bacteria or germs? No. And we are very much ok with that. Eliminating that stuff entirely doesn’t make us any favors. It does, however, do just fine cleaning and contains the commonest components in home-made cleaning products.
White vinegar cuts through grease and grime, dissolves mineral deposits, helps lift stains, and breaks down odors. While it does smell when wet, I find it the smell goes away when it dries. I also just don’t mind the smell of vinegar.
Some essential oils, like tea-tree or eucalyptus, have anti-microbial properties, which means they help inhibit the growth of disease causing microorganisms. They also add a nice scent.
A powerful deodorizer and stain remover with anti-bacterial properties (that aren’t over the top) baking soda is, like white vinegar, a staple in household cleaning.
You will need:
- 1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- several drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
- spray bottle
- enough water to fill the bottle
Pour ¼ to a ½ cup white vinegar in a spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Put in a few drops of your chosen essential oil and then fill the bottle to the top with water.
Give it a good shake and let it settle before using. Test for color-fastness if you are using it on fabrics.
We got by for a long, long, time without hardcore cleaners and they aren’t good or necessary. A home should be clean, but not sterile. Otherwise we’re just ending up short term spraying nasty chemicals into our environment, and long-term weakening out immune systems and creating resistant strains of bacteria. Not to mention making your own cleaner is cheaper, easy, and incredibly satisfying.