Making your own cleaners does not have to be daunting and it does not have to be as complicated as it can seem. These are 4 of my favourite homemade cleaners that have a permanent place in my cupboards. They are cheap to make, non-toxic and safe for use around kids and pets.
The common ingredients in most homemade cleaners are a castille soap like Dr. Bronners, vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. My absolute favourite essential oils for cleaning are peppermint, tea tree oil, grapefruit, lemon and orange.
Let's face it, cleaning tile grout is a pain in the ass but is a necessity if you want your floors to look like you actually care about them and not like you have given up because the previous owners of your house picked the worst possible tile to keep clean. Check out the before and after of my rage inducing tile floor.
Peppermint Bathroom Cleaner
I love peppermint and it is perfect for the bathroom. This cleaner not only smells refreshing but it disinfects as well as a traditional toxin filled cleaner. I use this cleaner on all parts of the bathroom so there is no need to have separate cleaners for the shower, toilet, floor, counter and sinks.
Grapefruit All Purpose Cleaner
The smell of grapefruit smells like "clean" to me. It reminds me to spring and the window curtains fluttering in the breeze and I have NO idea why! It works great in all areas of your home because its scent is not too overpowering and it is a natural disinfectant.
Natural Oven Cleaner
Melted cheese and pie filling can commonly be found on the bottom of my oven. I could use the self clean option on the oven but it uses a lot of energy so I don't find that it is the most sustainable option for cleaning. Probably better than the traditional toxic foam oven cleaners but no where near better than a natural oven cleaner.
Want to simplify cleaning? Have 1 spray bottle that is neutral in scent by using a scent free Dr. Bronners soap and water. Use this as your 1st bottle in the Peppermint Bathroom Cleaner and the Grapefruit All Purpose Cleaner recipes.
Wondering why you can’t just put everything in one bottle? When you mix soap with vinegar it will cause the soap to separate and “curdle”. It happens with more than just soap too…like with your Baileys as you are trying to have a coffee one cold night after you have de-scaled your coffee machine (worst.night.ever).
What are your favourite homemade cleaners?
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