Try this simple DIY all-purpose cleaner with natural ingredients. It takes only minutes to make and can be used all around the house.
It is really important to me to make sure I don't have any harsh chemicals in my home. This includes in my bath and body products as well as my cleaning products.
I used to use all the usual cleaners that I bought at the store. I would have to open the windows when I cleaned. Breathing in the chemicals would make me cough. That can't be good for the lungs.
And, did you know, a lot of household cleaning products can damage our bodies in other ways? There are endocrine and hormone disrupting chemicals in some products used for cleaning. Take a look at this article to find out more on some of the research. A lot of times, the ingredients are not even listed on the cleaning product, so you won't even know what's in it!
It just seems too risky for me to be using harmful household cleaners.
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DIY All-Purpose Cleaner Ingredients
That's why I decided it was time for me to remove chemicals from my home. Using simple ingredients like vinegar, water and essential oils can provide an all-purpose cleaner that will get the job done. I especially love using this cleaner on hard water stains.
I use distilled white vinegar with a 5% acidity. This is the standard vinegar you can find in the store. It is good at cutting through grease and grime. It helps on soap scum and hard water stains.
I use distilled water in my recipe because I have hard well water.
Melaleuca (tea tree) oil: Tea tree oil is known to have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Lemon oil: Lemon oil also has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also provides a fresh, citrus scent to the cleaner.
Grapefruit oil: Grapefruit oil has cleansing and disinfecting properties along with its vibrant scent.
I have been using Doterra Essential Oils. They are high quality and smell amazing!
16 Ounce Spray Bottle
I have been re-using an old plastic spray bottle from an organic cleaner that I had. If you have a spray bottle that hasn't held anything toxic, that would work. This would be best in a glass spray bottle if you have one available.
Easy to Make
Then add one cup of distilled water to the spray bottle.
Add 10 drops each of tea tree oil, lemon oil and grapefruit oil. (essential oils)
Shake before each use.
Feel free to experiment with different essential oils as well!
Using Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
This cleaner can be used on most surfaces. It's a good idea to test a small area if you're unsure. This cleaner should not be used on waxed wood or natural stone surfaces. The acid in the cleaner can eat away at those surfaces.
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup distilled water
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 10 drops grapefruit oil
- 16 ounce spray bottle (preferably glass)
- Using a funnel, pour one cup of distilled white vinegar into spray bottle.
- Pour in one cup of distilled water to spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops each of tea tree oil, lemon oil and grapefruit oil.
- Shake to mix.
Use other essential oils as you would like. Shake before using.
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