A new kind of recipe.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have read a recent post about my commitment to reducing our family's environmental impact by getting as close to a zero-waste household as possible. It all came to a head one day after the recycling under our sink needed to be taken out 3 times. We had just cleaned out our fridge and threw away so. much. food. Not to mention we were getting awfully comfortable with prepackaged convenient snacks for Lila (proof in the amount of snack bags we we're throwing out). The final time I put the recycling bin back under the sink that day, I took a good hard look at the rows of cleaning products, that I didn't even like that much, stashed under there too. I was suddenly seeing so much stuff around and enough was enough. In that moment I became very motivated to make a change. And can proudly report we've successfully made some wonderful progress since that eye opening day.
We've decided that our main goals are to eliminate some of the stress on our household budget, reduce our impact on the earth, and be generally more conscious about the amount and quality of the products we're buying. Overall, we're getting pretty sick of this over-consumerism culture we've happily engaged in for far too long. Time to bring it back to basics.
So my friends, there are a million and one places to start, but recipes are my game and my favorite homemade AP cleaning solution is almost too easy. But before we get there, I want to help make the case for WHY you should get on board with homemade cleaning spray.
1. CHEAP. Like significantly cheaper than store bought. Think pennies on the dollar. The yearly saving are ridiculous!
2. Environmentally friendly. Reduces wasteful packaging and is better for our waters. How many plastic bottles or non-recyclables do you think you "consume" in cleaning products alone per year?
3. Family. These homemade products smell much nicer and are way less harsh (yet very effective!). I don’t want to feel like I need to cleanse myself after a quick counter wipe down in order to be safe to snuggle my daughter.
4. Easy + Convenient. Takes two seconds to make and mainly uses products you probably already have in your home. It’s no more of a burden than walking to the cleaning aisle and picking something off the shelf.
Feel free to use any essential oil you like to scent your batch, but make sure to include the tea tree essential oil. That's because tea tree oil helps get those counters clean with its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, insecticide, and fungicide properties.
For use on windows and glass I recommend using a very clean or brand new sponge- I'll link* my favorites below- or a fresh cotton towel. It's shocking how little it leaves behind, but I do notice the dirtier my sponge or cloth, the more streaks it leaves behind (of course). Just buff 'em out if you see 'em.
Eco-Friendly All Purpose Cleaner
Easy, convenient, and affordable. Use any essential oils to scent! Use on counters, cabinets, tables, even windows and glass. I suggest new/clean sponges or clean cotton towels for use on glass and windows.
- 8 oz. (2c.) water of your choice
- 8 oz. (2c.) white distilled vinegar
- 10-15 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 1 16oz. amber spray bottle
- In a liquid measuring cup or bowl with a spout, mix water and vinegar.
- Drop in essential oil.
- Pour into glass bottle and seal tightly.
Yield: 16 ozPrep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
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