HOMEMADE CLEANERS- w/ ingredients you probably already have! DIY all-purpose cleaning spray!

Updated: Sep 4

For cleaning, my goal is simple:

>Quick & easy solutions

>Chemical-free ingredient listings- I really don't like that smelly aerosol smell!

>At- home convenience

Here are a list of ingredients and products we keep at home to make homemade cleaning spray, solutions and to remove stains.

  • White vinegar/pickling vinegar. Stinky at first, but once you get the knack for infusing or adding essential oil blends, it can become an aromatherapy experience.

  • Essential oils: I especially use tea tree (anti-fungal & antiseptic), clove, citrus, berries, mints. These are the same ingredients I use to infuse my vinegars as well- since that is a natural way of extracting essential oil.

Here is a quote from a study via US National Library of Medicine: "Generally most of the tested organisms were sensitive to many of the essential oils. Out of 21 essential oils tested, 19 showed antibacterial activity against one or more bacteria. Cinnamon oil, lime oil, geranium oil, rosemary oil, orange oil, lemon oil and clove oil showed maximum activity against all the bacterial species tested."

  • Ingredients to infuse vinegar. This boosts fragrance of the vinegar, provides natural essential oils and therefore boosts cleaning ability. Ingredients I like to use: citrus peels, evergreen needles, juniper berries. At first I used to dry these in paper bags near a sunny window, now I use a dehydrator.

  • Natural fragrance oils. An easy quick fix to a smelly cleaning solution. I would recommend looking for a brand that is free of paraben & phthalate.

  • Sea salt. We always have a strong saline solution made in our cupboard for quick use, this is convenient for cooking, injuries and certain stains.

  • Castile soap. I use an essential oil infused brand, Dr. Bronner's for cleaning the toilets, bathtub, surfaces, rug stains and in our laundry. It is also awesome to take camping for dishes and general use, like making your own tooth polish.

  • Rubbing alcohol. I add this to our air fresheners to help penetrate the air and to sterilize.

  • Baking soda. A super oxidizer for intense stains.

  • Burning sage, copal and incense. Especially sage is believed to destroy negative energy, bacteria and viruses in the air. I regularly smudge (burn sacred plants) before and after we have company, if something dramatic happens in or around the house...etc. I treat it as a reset and like sitting down with a drink or something, a way to unwind.

  • Instruments to clean, such as microfibre cloths, brooms, vacuum? A refillable spray bottle and jars to infuse your concoctions.

One of the most fulfilling things that people can say to me is that "your house smells so fresh" or "the air smells so clean in here"
(usually this happens after burning sage and a good sweep!)