Making your own homemade cleaners is great for a number of reasons. Here are mine:
- I have dogs and don't want toxic chemical cleaners on surfaces they may lick. (Don't ask...)
- I try to be conscious of the impact my lifestyle has on the world around me, even in little ways.
- I like things that smell good.
- If there is another reason, I've forgotten it.
You can make this easy, non-toxic, all-natural, blah-blah-blah cleaner in any scent you choose. I made peppermint this time because:
- It opens my sinuses.
- I used bergamot last time.
- I made lemon-rose the time before that.
- I couldn't find my lavender essential oil.
- Gatsby doesn't like it (short explanation below).
The recipe is easier than pie (which comes naturally to me, but I hear is torturous for others).
- 1 part plain ol' white vinegar
- 1 part plain ol' filtered water
- Several drops of essential oil (more or less depending on which you use, peppermint only needs a few because the fragrance is so strong, you will need more for subtler scents like bergamot)
I use an old Method brand spray bottle with duct tape wrapped around the label to obscure it. Classy, I know. That is why I didn't include a photo. Someday I may make a pretty label for my all-purpose cleaner bottle... but let's face it, I probably won't.
- Kitchen and bathroom counters & surfaces.
- Laminate cabinets & furniture.
- Mirrors & windows.
- Dogs who pee on their own legs (e.g. Gatsby)
(P.S. I love lists, don't you?)