Wednesday, February 20, 2013
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
This is by far, my favorite way to make an all-purpose cleaner and it's a great one to start with if you've never made one before because it's super easy.
We use this to clean everything in our kitchen, including our granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and wood table. Best of all, it smells nice, unlike vinegar-based cleaners and the tea tree oil kills bacteria.
Whether it's because you want to lessen your impact on mother earth, reduce the chemicals you and your family are exposed to, or save money, here's how to get started.
What you need:
- 4 Cups of Water
- 5 Tbsp Liquid Soap (a.k.a. Castile soap)
- 50 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (You can find it at Trader Joe's or online)
- Empty Spray Bottle (These work well)
- Funnel (Or make one from foil)
- Chalkboard Contact Paper (I use this for many projects)
- White Paint Marker
How to do it:
Pour the water, liquid soap, and tea tree oil through the funnel into your spray bottle. Close. Shake. Done. (For good measure I shake the bottle each time before use too.)
For those of you who want to make all your own cleaners, it might be worth investing in a few spray bottles and some essential oils. You can also re-use the empty bottles from your store-bought cleaners, soak the labels off, and then make your own labels with "chalkboard" contact paper (cut with craft scissors for a frayed edge) and a white paint marker.
Posted by Jes