Make your own household cleaner! It’s simple and easy to do, inexpensive, and it will clean as well or better than any cleaner you can buy, plus this homemade cleaner will not harm the earth or any beings that live on it.
Fill a spray bottle with good quality organic vinegar. I use organic distilled white vinegar for my cleaner. Note that you never want to use non-organic white vinegar, as it’s made with solvents that are not good for you or the earth.
Next add pure essential oils to the bottle of vinegar. I use about 10-20 drops per ounce of vinegar. You can mix and match and use any essential oil you like. They all have good antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.Never use poor quality essential oils, fragrance or perfume oils – which may not be pure essential oils at all, or industrial grade oils. If you use pure essential oils, these will be the purest therapeutic grade oils that the plants produce, and perfect for making household products, especially cleaners.
I use tea tree oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil most of the time, as these are the scents we most like for our household cleaner. Sometimes I use tangerine, spearmint, cedar or spruce, so you can take your choice really.
After you add the essential oils to your bottle of vinegar, cap the bottle with a tight lid and store in the shower, the kitchen or laundry room, wherever you keep your cleaning supplies. As with any cleaner, keep out of reach of young children.
When you are ready to use the household cleaner, shake it well to disperse the oils into the vinegar. Then spray on the surface you wish to clean. You can rinse after cleaning if you want to, but it won’t be necessary to do this.
Vinegar is a perfect base for your cleaner. It is a good de-greaser, removes hard water deposits, discourages molds and mildews. Whenever we are finished showering, we spray all the inside surfaces of the shower to clean it and prevent mold from growing. We don’t rinse it off. It smells great and does a super job cleaning.
I use the same cleaner on the BBQ grill after we grill something that is very greasy and hard to wash off. I let the cleaner sit on the grill in the sink for about 15 minutes and then I wash it with hot soapy water. It cleans up easily and usually with not an ounce of scrubbing needed. This cleaner also works well as a glass and window cleaner, for mirrors, faucets, floors (even my hardwood floors), anything that needs cleaned practically.
In honor of all four-legged family members everywhere!
Pal playing with Shrek’s toys
Pouncita getting attention from Chris.
Sadie looking very majestic.
Willow in his favorite basket.
Shrek keeping Chris company during a football game.
Happy Thanksgiving from Chris and Tammi