A friend recently told me that he doesn’t like his house cleaning service because when he comes home his house doesn’t smell clean. I asked him what he meant, he said it doesn’t smell like cleaning products. I told him… you are crazy dude!… this is a good thing! But, it is funny how we have come to associate the smell of clean with the smell of commercial cleaning products.
Although your house may look clean, these commercial cleaning products are actually making it dirtier by covering your home with all kinds of chemicals. Many commercial disinfectants include formaldehyde and other toxic chemical ingredients that can cause serious health problems.
Now that I have a toddler roaming the house and basically licking the floors, I really don’t want nasty chemicals in my house. Their little bodies have an even harder time with toxins.
I have been making this super simple all purpose cleaner for the last couple of years. I use it for everything… counters, tables, sinks, bathrooms, the kitchen, etc. It is cheap, safe and works well!
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. I even read here that it can be used to remove flame retardants. I haven’t been able to verify this claim yet, but I’ve been looking into it because if this is true, that would be freaking awesome!
Don’t worry about your house smelling like vinegar. When the vinegar is completely dry, you will not be able to smell it at all and it will actually work to deodorize and remove household odors.
AVOID GMO VINEGAR
A quick note about vinegar… in most countries the starting ingredient is usually malt. However, in the US, the starter is usually corn. We know what that means… if corn isn’t organic, it is likely GMO. We obviously don’t want to be spraying GMOs all over our homes.
The best thing to do is to either by organic corn vinegar, or find a corn-free brand. I am not sure what the Whole Foods brand vinegar is made from, but it is labeled as GMO-free. That is the most cost effective options that I have found.
Use glass containers when working with essential oils. The essential oils will eat at the plastic and increase the chance that chemicals will leech from the plastic and into your product.
Save your 32 ounce glass containers, like the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar containers. Standard size sprayers fit these perfectly! If you want to be really careful, you can use the cap the ACV came with to close your all purpose cleaner and just insert your sprayer when you are actually using it. I save my sprayers from any store-bought cleaning products to use with these jars.
Chalk Paint. You obviously don’t have to do this one, but I am chalk paint obsessed! I use it to label everything. It has made my life much more organized. I use this one, but there is also this VOC-free brand. And if you use chalk paint, I highly recommend using a chalk paint pen, instead of basic chalk – so much easier to work with!
Add tea tree or rosemary essential oils, for their strong antiseptic properties. Find high quality essential oils here!
If you use Young Living essential oils, try swapping out orange for the Thieves or Purification blend!
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle!