DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

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I’ve been a user of traditional cleaning products for as long as I can remember. We always had Windex in our house. We sanitized our kitchen counters with the yellow Lysol spray bottle. We cleaned our bathroom floors with Mr. Clean. We unclogged our drains with CLR. I was so drawn to their claims of efficient cleaning and “no spots”, that I didn’t once think to look at the ingredients listed on the back of the product.

Being a more conscious consumer has changed my purchasing habits over time. A few months ago I started paying attention to what was in those bottles that claimed cleaner surfaces, and found myself with a cupboard full of cleaning products containing toxic chemicals I couldn’t identify. After doing some more research, I learned about the negative side-effects these cleaning products have on our bodies. Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

I wanted to rid the space where we cooked, ate, wrestled with the dog and rested of nasty chemicals, while also being mindful towards the environment and let’s be honest, our budget. We all know how quickly earth-friendly cleaning products can add up. This is when I thought to try making my own natural and all-purpose cleaning solution.

What you’ll need:

  • Peels from citrus (I use lemon + orange)

  • Vinegar (you can use white or apple cider)

  • A glass jar

  • Distilled water

  • A glass spray bottle (I bought these from Amazon and they’re amazing)

  • Essential oils of your choice. I use Saje because I love their company and their oils.

To start, collect all of your citrus peels into a glass jar. Once the jar is full, fill it to the top with vinegar and seal tightly. Let this mixture sit for two weeks. Once two weeks have passed, strain your solution and compost your citrus peels. In the glass spray bottle, dilute the solution in a half water, half solution proportion. Now, this is the step you can get really creative with (you can also skip this step if you don’t use essential oils). I personally use eucalyptus and lavender essential oils, but you can add peppermint, tea tree or lemongrass.

Shake well and spritz!

I’ve been using this cleaning solution for a couple of months now and I can honestly say I’ve been impressed by how effective it is, especially on appliances. The vinegar really breaks down any residue and it’s so easy to wipe away. I use this spray on everything from kitchen counter surfaces, dining room table, to the bathroom sink. The best part? It’s so cost effective, easy to make and healthy for both our family and the environment.

If you also make this all-purpose cleaning solution, take a picture and tag me in it. I’d love to see it!

Until next time,

Vanda