Sunday, February 19, 2012

My All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Who doesn't like a clean home?  If you're new to this blog, I should tell you that my husband and I have been working to build a greener, more conscious lifestyle.  Our "clean" lifestyle, if you will.  Over the last five and a half years, we've been interested in nutrition, the environment, and animals, but my tipping point was reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.  Since then, we've made tiny changes here and there, and looking back, we've come a long way in the last eight months!

Today I wanted to share our all-purpose cleaner recipe.  It's so simple and inexpensive.  And even better, it's non-toxic which means it's safe for our furry babes.  (And one day, our own biological babe!)  

All-Natural Ingredients:

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 gallon water  
** You can add lemon juice or essential oils for a scented solution.

  1. Mix ingredients together, and pour into an empty (preferably recycled and relabeled) spray bottle.
  2.  Attack stains, spills, and other dirty stuff!    

Tip #1: To avoid spillage from the baking soda/vinegar reaction, start with the water, and then add the baking soda and vinegar.

Tip #2: For heavy duty cleaning, use undiluted white vinegar.

Tip #3: As the solution dries, the vinegar smell disappears.  I promise!

Easy, right?  Here is the little bottle we keep on our kitchen counter.

So I dare you.  Ditch those expensive, chemical-laden store-bought cleaners, and save yourself some money!  I triple dog dare you.


Unknown said...

great tip! can't wait to try this!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this! I will definitely be making my own cleaner. Thanks for sharing! :)

Emily @ Emmy June said...

The first thing that came to my mind was the bad smell of vinegar...haha! Glad that it goes away once it's dry. I might be tempted to add some lemon juice to the mixture. Any idea if that would be okay?

Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl said...

I will have to try this out. I love the fact that it doesn't have any harsh chemicals. I usually try to buy "green" all purpose cleaner but this will be great to try and probably a lot cheaper. Thanks for sharing!!
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