- Sulfuric Acid
- Glycol Ether
- Eye and skin irritant
- Do not ingest or breathe vapors
- May release hazardous gases
- Get immediate medical attention if….
These are just a few of the words and warnings you can find on your standard household cleaners. This doesn’t even begin to cover the ingredients list in most cleaners. I had to sound some of them out and then Google them to help me understand what they even were. There’s something a bit unsettling about having to Google ingredients of items I plan on using in my home. Try it! It’s eye opening! It was for me, anyway. It’s seems like a bit of an oxymoron to be “cleaning” your home with products that, if used incorrectly, could make you sick or seriously ill. Check out this scary link.
So after much Googling followed by a lot of saying “What the F$#k?!?!” to myself outloud, I did some research and found a way to make my own cleaners with natural products! Eff you chemicals!!
I’ve managed to narrow my cleaning supplies down to just 3 bottles. It’s helped me save so much space, not to mention moolah.
First thing you need are some empty spray bottles. You can get these about anywhere. Amazon has a good selection. Sidenote: I ❤ Amazon.
Next, pick up some distilled white vinegar. I like to get the gallon jug b/c it’s cost-effective and I’m all about buying in bulk. I have my big sister to thank for this.
The vinegar is the base ingredient for my 3 cleaners. The only other ingredients I use are water, dish soap and tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is know for it’s antibacterial properties. It can get a little pricey but like most essential oils, a little bit goes a long way. Here’s a breakdown of the cleaners I use in my home:
- 1/2 cup vinegar + 4-5 drops of all-natural dish soap + 2 cups of water – I use this mixture mainly for cleaning windows and scrubbing walls. Just mix it up, spray it on & wipe it off.
- 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water – You can do so much with this mix: clean the fridge, soak dirty glass dishes in it, clean a juicer or a coffee maker, clean stainless steel appliances, clean the sink, faucets, shower heads, etc…. If this mix isn’t strong enough for what you’re trying to clean, just add more vinegar or eliminate the water completely. It also helps to let the vinegar soak all day before wiping/scrubbing off.
- 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water + 10-15 drops of tea tree oil – This mix isn’t absolutely necessary. The previous mix with just water & vinegar works fine too. I just happen to love the smell of tea tree oil. I love to use this mix to clean anything in my bathroom. I scrub the sink, faucet, shower and toilet with it. (TOILET CLEANING TIP: After cleaning the toilet, I like to add a few drops of lemon essential oil. It adds a fresh, clean scent to your bathroom. I usually only do this if I have people who have never been to my house before coming over….haha)
I highly encourage you to give this a try. You won’t regret it. If nothing else, do it for your health!
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