Supplies You’ll Need:
- Essential Oils (lemon, orange, eucalyptus, lavender, melaleuca) or any other EO for cleaning
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Distilled Water
- Spray Bottles
- Cleaning clothes
- Cleaning brush for toilet
As we all know, vinegar smells horrible – good part is, the smell never last too long. One way to rid the smell from the start is to use a fragrant essential oil. I use essential oils in everything I make – not only do they smell good, they’re cleaning abilities can’t be beat. Ones that smell great AND disinfect (clean) are lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree. These four and lavender are common ones to have on hand at all times. You’ll use them again and again. Just make sure the EO’s are 100% pure.
Gentle, but effective surface cleaner. Mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup distilled water in a spray bottle. Add 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon EO’s are known as a cleaning agent. Can’t get any better than this all natural cleaner. Add a fresh lemon to the mix and you’ll for sure have a great smelling home!
Mirrors and Windows
I have already made this one and have posted on my blog here. We had new windows installed a couple of months ago which intrigued my mind to make my own all natural cleaners for my brand new windows. I couldn’t think of putting harsh chemicals on them!!
Clean your whole kitchen with this “green” cleaner. Combine 1 tablespoon of liquid Castile soap, 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1-1/2 cups of distilled water. Add a few drops of any essential oil to give it a nice all natural fragrance, such as lemon, sweet orange, eucalyptus or lavender. Place in spray bottle and shake well before each use.
Combine 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of melaleuca (or tea tree) essential oil in spray bottle. Spray in toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Then scrub with toilet brush. For tougher stains, sprinkle some baking soda in bowl. Add a few drop of a citrus essential oil for a nice fragrance.
Bath and Shower
Combine baking soda and Castile soap for a soft soap cleaner. Instead of using scouring powder, sprinkle baking soda and clean away. May have to use some “elbow grease” on it! Use liberally on porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet cloth. Always have a spray bottle of vinegar handy to spray regularly on walls to prevent soap scum.
Here’s to your nice smelling home!!