Spring is here – well kind of. It’s here officially but unofficially it looks like crap outside. Rain + snow = a bunch of places are closed and no one wants to leave their house. However, the Easter long weekend is coming up and you might be having a bunch of people over at your house, judging the state of your home. Or maybe you’re sick of looking at it yourself and will take advantage of the long weekend with some spring cleaning.
I like a tidy house, but I do not like breathing in chemicals or the fake smells that accompany household cleaners. I also get paranoid about eating food off freshly cleaned surfaces, then ingesting the chemicals and getting sick. I know it’s crazy, but everyone has their quirks.
As being currently childless, I don’t have to worry about any kids ingesting things but I’ve seen it happen…my childhood neighbour, you know what you did (he found soap on a neighbour’s porch, drank it, and had to go to the hospital).
So I make my own all purpose cleaning spray. It lasts a long time, cleans a bunch of different surfaces, and it’s made with natural products. Even so, I don’t recommend drinking it.
All Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe #1
1 cup water (recommend distilled water)
1 cup white vinegar
2 tsp dish soap or castile soap
25 drops essential oils
Basically just pour everything into a spray bottle. I use distilled water as all the minerals are removed and more sterile than other kinds. Dish soap can have chemicals in it, but just buy a natural kind or use castile soap.
For essential oils, you can either just use one type or a mix. Some antibacterials options include tea tree, lemon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, orange, rosemary, lavender, cinnamon, and peppermint.
All Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe #2
1.5 cups of water
½ cup of vinegar
30 drops essential oils
Same as above but a recipe in case you don’t have/want to use the castile/dish soap.
All Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe #3
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Once again, same as the initially recipe but you don’t have essential oils. The one difference with this is that you need to let the lemon wedges soak in this solution for 2-3 weeks. Then you can spray your heart out.
Don’t have lemon or vinegar? Go to the store because I can’t make the recipe any simpler!
These all purpose cleaning sprays are good for a variety of surfaces like kitchen counters, sinks, tubs, and even pouring some with warmer water to mop the floor. I mostly use it for counters and the tub. I would not use this on wood furniture or hardwood floors.
Happy spring cleaning!