Post by Contributing Writer, Katie
Do you want to rid your home of toxic cleaners? Are you done paying high prices for natural/organic cleaners that might not be as natural as they claim? Are your cabinets overflowing with too many cleaning solutions? Then here is the answer for you: white vinegar.
You can make a simple household cleaner from white vinegar, liquid castile soap and essential oils that will meet almost all your cleaning needs.
White vinegar has become my favorite cleaner over the last couple years. It is inexpensive and non toxic, making it the perfect cleaner to keep around the house. I can buy a gallon for about $2.00 at the local market. It is safe to use around your kiddos, safe for you and for the environment.
White vinegar disinfects and deodorizers, killing 99 percent of bacteria, 80 percent of viruses (germs) and 82 percent of mold.
For an added antibacterial and cleaning power, I like to add essential oils. Some of my favorites to use are a combination of tea tree and lavender, both of which are antibacterial, or lemon which has disinfectant properties.
If you use essential oil be sure to exercise some caution around your children because the oils can be toxic if consumed.
I love the beauty of simplification. That’s why like I having one cleaner to accomplish many tasks. My cabinets aren’t crowded with spray bottles anymore; making them easier to organize and keep track of what I have.
Simple 3-in-1 Household Cleaner
1 cup White Vinegar
2 cups Water
1 TBS dish soap (optional)
30 drops Essential Oil
Combine everything in a spray bottle. Make a pretty label or write on the bottle to remember what it is. Shake before using.
How to Use:
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
I use it for cleaning in the kitchen, bathrooms and just about any where. It does wonders on grease build up in the oven. For a nitty-gritty job, like mold in grout, spray on and let sit for a few minutes. For a little extra cleaning power you can use it in combination with baking soda (get ready for the bubbles of a baking soda & vinegar reaction!).
If someone in your family or a visitor is ill, it is good for spraying on plastic toys, doorknobs and light switches, to prevent illness from spreading. If you spray on any toys that little ones might put in their mouths, rinse off after a few minutes.
You can also spray 3-in-1 Household Cleaner on cutting boards and knives after cutting raw meat. Be sure to rinse off if you use essential oils/soap.
2. Window/Mirror Cleaner
Spray on and wipe off with old newspaper or soft lint free rag. It removes all the little finger prints, water droplets and toothpaste splatters, leaving your windows and mirrors sparkling!
3. Air Freshener/Deodorizer
Spray into diaper pails to disinfect and remove unpleasant 0dor. Spray in the air to dissipate unpleasant smells. Or, for a couple other recipes check out Michele’s and my own versions of air fresheners. When using this cleaner as an air freshener, I like to use other essential oils to make fun scents like cinnamon, orange and mint.
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Mexican Wildflower about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.