Eco-Friendly Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Learn how to make the best Eco-Friendly Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner! This natural surface cleaner uses vinegar and essential oils to help you clean your house without harsh chemicals.
I think I may cook too much. I know for certain I clean my counters approximately 32,810 times per day. Give or take. At the rate I wipe down my hideous white speckled formica (<— just typing that makes me puke in my mouth a little) I would burn through $5 worth of cleaners in a week.
Making my own all-purpose cleaner has saved me a ton of money over the years. It is amazing how only a few simple ingredients already in your pantry can clean so much and save you boatloads of cash. This homemade eco-friendly cleaner works like a charm and smells great to boot.
Essential oils have wonderful cleaning properties and allow you to personalize how this all-purpose spray smells. A lighter scented essential oil won’t be great for masking the vinegar smell. But maybe you don’t want to use oils or don’t have any on hand. That’s ok too.
The vinegar scent will dissipate about 10 minutes after you use it, as long as you aren’t using straight vinegar. Worst case scenario, your house smells like you douched it for a few hours.
Personally, I have a thing for citrus (mix of sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit) or peppermint. Tea Tree oil has great anti-bacterial qualities, but I can’t get past the fact that it smells like Sasquatch’s sweaty balls. I used to clean our bathroom with tea tree oil spray until I was pregnant with my oldest. I was sick as a dog and spent way too much time smelling that tea tree oil.
If you’re making a homemade all-purpose cleaner to be eco-friendly, you probably don’t want to then use paper towels for your cleaning. Every year I invest in terrycloth washcloths from Target.
I buy them all in the same color and they live in a drawer in my kitchen. I use them for cleaning up messes, wiping down counters, and wiping my toddler’s face. I keep a rag bin in my kitchen and toss them in after a few uses. After a year, I buy more washcloths in another color and move the old ones to the junkier cleaning towels.
This eco-friendly homemade all-purpose cleaner is great on most surfaces. However, I wouldn’t use it on marble, and you would want to do a few test spots on granite. As with anything, check with your manufacturer for guidance.
I do know however, it works fabulously on ugly formica!
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Learn how to make the best Eco-Friendly Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner! This natural surface cleaner uses vinegar and essential oils to help you clean.
- white vinegar
- 10-20 drops dish soap
- 10-15 drops essential oils
- Fill half of your bottle with water, and half with vinegar. Put 10-20 drops of dish soap in. Add the dish soap after the water and vinegar so that the top of the bottle isn't full of suds. Then put as many drops of essential oils as you'd like on top of the dish soap. Shake, and use as needed.
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