Go Green: DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


There are a lot of decent natural cleaners on the market, but I always make my own all-purpse cleaner. Making my own cleaner is super cheap, I know exactly what ingredients it contains, and by continually reusing one bottle, I am keeping more out of a landfill. Double bonus: I reused a Bragg's apple cider vinegar glass bottle with a spray nozzle I bought at Target. Anytime you are dealing with essential oils, you should avoid plastic, because the oils will eat away at the plastic and the essential oil will quickly become ruined.

Here is what you need to make all-purpose cleaner:
spray bottle
white vinegar
water
essential oil (optional)

Three simple ingredients. In the bottle mix 50% vinegar with 50% water, and if you want you can add two teaspoons of essential oil. I bought essential oil at my local farmers' market, but you can also get them at natural foods stores or sometimes craft stores. I like using lime for cleaning. All essential oils have different benefits; many are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and/or antimicrobial. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use because the oil will separate and sit on top.

White vinegar removes grease, mildew, soap scum, and most stains. Additionally, it is a disinfectant. It is also a natural deodorizer, and once it dries the smell of vinegar goes away. Vinegar solutions are safe to use around humans and animals because they don't have any of the harsh chemicals that would normally hurt the respiratory system. This all-purpose cleaner has many uses around the house. Although vinegar works great on most surfaces, it cannot be used on marble. It can also be used on mirrors and windows without streaking! I use it in every room in my house!

11 comments:

  1. THANKS I DONE THIS AND IT WORKS FOR ME

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  2. I use vinegar as a fabric softener and love it!

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  3. Wow, who would think that water, and vinegar could do all that. Cleaning products are becomming so expensive. This is a great, green, money-saving tip.

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  4. I use orange blossom water or rose water! I love the fragrance and it is a natural scent with out oil. I buy mine at the Mediterranean Deli.

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  5. The smell of the vinegar doesn't overpower the rosewater scent? I love rosewater... This would make me really happy if it works!

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  6. I had a friend that had imported Italian marble floors and they were told to only use Vinegar for mopping it ??? Not sure if there is a difference in marble floors, counter tops , etc ?

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  7. I also use vinegar for cleaning and for fabric softener in the rinse cycle - it does not leave a smell and the bonus is that it is non-toxic. :)

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  8. I use this but never knew to use it at a 50/50 ratio. I used it at about a 1:5 ratio with water, I wonder if I am not getting the full benefits of vinegar. I do pour straight vinegar into my rinse cycle as mentioned above a few times. Dryer sheets and fabric softener contain so many chemicals that are known carcinogens.

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  9. I take orange peels and steep them in my vinegar for several weeks. Then use a 75% vinegar to 25% water ratio. Works great on soap scum and hard water.

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  10. I've been using vinegar to clean for years. I generally use one part of vinegar to three parts of water, and don't add anything else. The vinegar smell does not linger on the surfaces.

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  11. the best cleaner i have ever used is: save and put all peels from lemons or oranges inside a glass mason jar and fill the same jar with white distilled vinegar, after two weeks remove the peels and put the containing vinegart into a spray bottle and add some water.I use it to clean bathroom countertops baby;s highchair wooden tables, and i also used it on my walls (which have no gloss to the paint so they get very dirty at times, and it does nothing to the paint which is incredible... love this so much.... It looks so good when the peels are in the glass jar the vinegar becomes tainted with the yellow from the citrus oils, my guests always ask me what is that? This makes a great hoosewarming gift.. We eat the fruit and still make great use of the the peel... whenever we eat fresh raw food there is always another use for the remaining scraps, its actually quite facinating how this is...

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