When I started on this natural journey almost 3 years ago, cleaning products were one of my biggest nemesis. I secretly loved the smell of a clean house, even though I knew it was pure chemicals that I was smelling. Of course, I knew this wasn’t good for me or our new baby. Not only that, but it seemed like for every single different cleaning area, we needed a different product – floors, windows, carpets, counters, etc. I knew there not only had to be a better way, but a safer way. I need a DIY Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaning Solution.
The final straw was when Skibbles started becoming mobile. Her crawling around the floor, and even picking up and putting things into her mouth, grossed me out when I thought about the transfer of these horrible ingredients to her developing body. It was around this time that I also started really getting into essential oils and I’ve really come to love this simple but easy recipe solution that I’ve found works great on numerous surfaces. Not only is it safer, but it’s significantly cheaper.
What’s even better is that this DIY Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaning Solution still smells great!
- 1 gal warm water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Essential Oils can break down plastic, so this should be kept in a glass bottle if you do not plan to use all of it right away.
For me, I usually clean a lot in one day, so I usually just pour this into a large bucket or mix between a bucket and a spray bottle and then use it all in one day. As the directions say, it’s really important not to store mixtures containing essential oils in plastic containers though b/c it can break them down. We hope this recipe works for you as well as it has worked for us. As with any cleaner, please test in a non-conspicuous place.