Easy and child-safe multi-purpose cleaner
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!
Does this leave a nice shiny surface? I currently use vinegar and water and it leaves surfaces dull. Maybe the alcohol helps with that…?
Yes! It makes our wood table shiny! :)
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I have a newborn on the way and was looking for a safe cleaning product to use; thank you for the tip! :)
I love using natural cleaners for cleaning too! My go-to’s are usually tea tree, Purification, lemon and Thieves. I will try your recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharing!