I love a clean home. I don’t necessarily like to clean my home, but I love when my countertops are free of bacteria (yes, I sense them there even though I can’t see them) and my house has that “clean” smell. What I don’t love are all the chemicals in household cleaners; those that burn my eyes and leave a bad taste in my mouth while I’m using them. They can’t be good for me or my family, and if they make me feel sick, imagine how my granite must feel! (Only partly kidding). Lately, I have been concerned with what those chemicals on my countertops, appliance handles, toilet seats, and shower floors might be doing to our health and the health of our environment. For years, I have been making a DIY household cleaner from white vinegar and water, but I thought it time to expand my use of DIY household cleaners when I noticed something happening in my kitchen…
With all of the cooking I do (and all of the homework my kids do), I clean my kitchen counters numerous times per day. Recently, I noticed that my granite was becoming dull. I researched a bit and found a new DIY household cleaner recipe, which I tweaked so it would have that “clean” smell (more on that in the “recipe”). After only a few days of using it, I noticed that the shine returned to my countertops. Between my all-purpose cleaner and my new DIY granite cleaner, my kitchen is clean with only pennies per bottle spent! Here are the “recipes”:
All Purpose Cleaner
Makes 24 ounces
24 ounce spray bottle
12 oz distilled vinegar
12 oz tap water
Pour the water and vinegar into the bottle. Give a shake and start cleaning! This cleaner can be used on almost any surface, but test it before using it on natural stone, like marble. I use it daily on my wood table. It can also be used to clean hardwood floors and tiles, just make a larger batch in a bucket with equal parts vinegar and warm water. I like the smell of vinegar, but if it doesn’t do it for you, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Makes 17 ounces
24 ounce spray bottle
1/4 cup 91% isopropyl alcohol
1 teaspoon dish soap
16 oz water
10 – 20 drops essential oil of choice
Add all ingredients to the bottle. Mix, shake, done. Choose an oil that reminds you of “clean”. For me, it’s lemon. Add 10 drops and give a shake and a spray. If it’s not fragrant enough for you, add a few more until it smells “clean” to you.
Make sure to label your bottles so you don’t mix up the two. Purchase bottles with different colored tops, or add a cute label to the front of your bottles. Feel free to click on the links to use these!
I’m currently experimenting with some other cleaners for the bathrooms, so as soon as I find the ones I like, I will share them with you! In the meantime, let me know how these DIY household cleaners are working in your house. If you need some supplies to get you started, check out Abe’s Market! If you shop through this link, you will receive free shipping off your purchase of $49 or more. Happy cleaning!