No need to try 409 different cleaner recipes–this one is fantastik!
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Are you tired of coughing and choking when cleaning the kitchen…bathroom…shower? I sure was.
It seemed like every chemical cleaner I bought made my eyes burn. I couldn’t use them in the bathroom without running the fan and opening the window because the smell made me nauseous.
Thankfully, after a bit of experimentation, I came up with this natural all-purpose cleaner recipe. It’s great for cleaning all over the house (excluding marble or granite) and we use it just about every day.
Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner
1/2 cup white vinegar or citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds (buy on Amazon)
2 cups water
Add everything to a clean, empty 16 oz spray bottle (I like these). Put the top on, shake gently to mix, and start cleaning.
Note: You’ll see that this recipe calls for Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds instead of castile soap. There’s an important reason for this!
Many DIY cleaner recipes mix vinegar and castile soap, but this is NOT a good idea. Here’s why, according to the good folks at Dr. Bronner’s: the vinegar will cause the castile soap to “unsaponify” and you’ll have curds in your cleaner. Ick.
Natural, All-Purpose Cleaner in Action
“Now that’s all well and good,” I can hear you saying. “But prove it to me! I want to see it work!”
I can do that–but remember, you asked for it. Mom, avert your eyes.
This is the fan hood over my stove. I can’t see it (I’m only 5′ 5″) so it doesn’t get cleaned very often.
Lovely, yes? Somebody tell me their stove hood looks like this too. I’ll feel better.
Here it is after a healthy spritz of APC and a single swipe with a rag.
Pretty awesome, huh? In comparison, here’s what soap and water alone can do. Not much!
As you can see, the combination of the vinegar, Sal Suds, and essential oil is amazing at cleaning and cutting grease.
Best of all, it’s safe to use. I wouldn’t want the kids to help if I was using conventional cleaners because of the chemicals and the smell. But when Little Peanut wants to help clean, I spritz some APC on a rag and let her scrub away!
Now if I could just teach one of them to mop…