When I decided to transition to making my own cleaning products, my husband was skeptical. He insisted that they would not work as well as the chemical shit storm (my words, not his) products. He also was unsure of the efficacy and kept stating the manta, “at least we will have good smelling germs..if nothing else.” Fast forward to present day and I sit here writing this post while glancing at my lovely husband as he cleans our kitchen counter with my “all purpose” cleaning spray. Ahh, the smell of sweet victory…and essential oils. Marriage is a compromise, what can I say.
Why the switch?
Honest answer: cost and health. It is exponentially cheaper to make your own products (Insert impressive data that I do not currently have here). Realistically, making something is almost always cheaper than buying it. Also, I find it rewarding to “upcycle” and reuse empty bottles. Maybe it’s the hippie in me, who knows. In terms of health, I started getting headaches while cleaning the bathroom. The smell of the strong chemicals made me nauseated and I had to open a window to finish the task. After delving into the deep dark interwebs, I realized that I no longer wanted to inhale the crud I was using to clean.
How do you do it?
You need 30 seconds, an empty spray bottle, and a few household items.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER RECIPE
- Empty bottle
- 2 cups of distilled water (or tap water if you’re like me and simply not fancy or motivated to go buy distilled water)
- 1/4 cup distilled vinegar
- 15 drops of Essential oils of your liking (I used Doterra lavender and lemon but feel free to use what you have available)
Mix everything into the container, shake it up, do a happy dance, spray shit around your house. Voila.
- Empty bottle (I see a trend here)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons Dr Bronner’s Castile soap
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda