Most of the ingredients I already had on hand, like vinegar and baking soda. A few ingredients I decided to order on Amazon like the essential oils.
After scouring Pinterest for different recipes and trying them out, here is my favorite recipe for an all-purpose cleaner, which I use to clean my kitchen counters daily.
All Purpose Cleaner:
2 cups of distilled water
2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon dish soap (Blue Dawn soap)
In addition to the cleaner, I use microfiber cloths to clean pretty much anything. They are like my new best friend and I also ordered a multi-pack on Amazon! I purchased a few spray bottles from The Container Store with the intent of using them for my kitchen and bathroom cleaners. Unfortunately, the nozzles on this spray bottle kept sticking so I ended up swapping out the spray nozzle with an old cleaner bottle.
For the bathroom, I use two cleaners. One is used to clean everything, but the inside of the toilet and shower. Again, I use one microfiber cloth and my bathroom cleaner to clean the mirror, sink, and outside of the toilet. I ALWAYS start with the mirror first and a dry microfiber cloth and end with the toilet, then that cloth gets thrown in the dirty pile to be washed. I also use an old toothbrush to get around the faucet where all the gross nastiness seems to build up.
I used to clean the bathroom with several cleaners and paper towels, but by the end of each bathroom I had a pile of paper towels. I felt that was a definite waste of paper towels (and money) and can't sing the praises of the microfiber cloths enough!!
5 ounces of distilled water
5 ounces of distilled white vinegar
10 drops of lemon essential oil
You can leave out the essential oil, but I like to "mask" the vinegar smell and love the fresh lemon smell that it leaves behind. I purchased this 12 oz. spray bottle at The Container Store...tip, it is in the travel section and you can't beat the price at $1.99.
To clean the inside of the toilet and the shower/tub, I use a different cleaner that I call shower magic...mainly for its magic at making the grime disappear from the shower :)
12 ounces of blue dawn dish soap (the clear one works great too, I just like the color)
12 ounces of distilled white vinegar
I usually spray down the inside of the toilet with this first and then while that is doing its magic I clean down the mirror, sink and outside of the toilet. Then I use the toilet scrubber to give the inside a good scrub down. To clean the shower/tub I spray down the shower first and let set for at least 15-20 minutes and then use a sponge to wipe down.
A cleaner that I recently started using and absolutely love the smell of is one I use to wipe down my cabinets, doors, and trim with a microfiber cloth of course!
1 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon lemon or orange castille soap
10 drops of essential lemon oil
Now let's talk about where all this is stored. I have a cabinet in the pantry that holds the ingredients for my cleaners, which I will share in another post. Once the cleaners are made I store them in a caddy that is kept underneath my kitchen sink along with my microfiber cloths. I love my caddy and the ease that I can just grab it and go! I purchased it from Target about a year ago when it was on clearance so unfortunately this one isn't available anymore, but they always have new options available!
What about you guys, have you tried any homemade cleaners? Any tips? I would love to hear any recipe that you use and love!!
With much love,