I don’t like having chemicals in the house. Before I was pregnant, while being pregnant, and now with kids. I wanted to make a homemade cleaner that was safe to inhale or (consume!), but would also do the job.
When my son started to crawl and move around everywhere, I really wanted to ensure he wasn’t coming in contact with gross germs that come into the house from shoes (thus the no shoes rule in our house), and I also didn’t want him to ingest chemicals. Dirt, no problem. But chemicals produced in a factory, that is a big problem. And I can control that aspect in the house — especially because there are many other “natural” cleaners that, if digested, wouldn’t kill you.
This homemade cleaner recipe is easy, cheap, and gets things clean — which, lets face it, a lot of “natural” products just don’t do as well as the chemical filled ones. This can be used as an all-purpose surface cleaner, and I also use this recipe for mopping my kitchen floor, as well.
Equal parts of the following (or you can do 200 ml each, no need to be exact):
- white vinegar
- rubbing alcohol
- and a little squirt of dish soap
- and a drop or two of lavender essential oil (if desired)
And put it all in an empty squirt bottle you already have, or I found one at the hardware store for $.99 : )
I use this on everything. Counter tops – kitchen, bathroom, kid’s rooms, dusting, even mirrors. I also use this as my solution for moppying. It leaves surfaces shiny and not smudgy like most soapy cleaners do. It really is so, so wonderful!! Happy cleaning!