My youngest daughter loves to help me clean. Her love language is definitely acts of service, same as her mama. Since I’ve been making my own cleaners, I now have no reservations about her using all of our cleaning supplies. Scrub away, little one!
I actually first started making my own cleaning supplies when we first started our journey of paying off debt. We were spending so much money on cleaning supplies and I’d read so many things about making your own at a fraction of the cost. Once I started, I never turned back.
While I initially started making cleaning products to save money, I will never go back to store-bought cleaners due to the things I’ve learned about them.
Most cleaning products are made with so many chemicals that are toxic to the environment and our health. I promise I’m not a hippie, or an environmental health freak. I’ve just seen from personal experience the negative effects cleaners have had on my health now that I make my own.
Like that one time my hubby bought foam spray bathroom cleaner and cleaned our bathroom to surprise me, giving me a three-day migraine. Or the time I used a chemical cleaner to clean our oven, only to see the warning label on the bottle AFTER I finished cleaning. “Only use in a well-ventilated area and make sure no children are in the home.” Ummm, what? Guess who ended up with another headache for the next couple days! This girl.
I realized that making my own cleaning products was not only saving me money, it was ridding my home and body of toxic fumes and chemicals.
One of the easiest and most used recipes I use is my homemade all-purpose cleaner. This can be used to wipe down counters, sinks, the microwave, fridge, showers, toilets. You name it; it will clean it!
It is so easy to make even my girls can do it! And it’s non-toxic so it’s safe for them to use while cleaning. All it takes is 3 simple ingredients you probably already have lying around your house!
You will need white vinegar, dishwasher detergent, and any essential oils of your choice.
- Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle until it is about ¼ of the way full. This helps sanitize any yucky germs on your surfaces.
- Add a few drops of dishwasher detergent. This will act as a degreaser and help break up any stuck on gunk or food. Quick note: a little bit goes a long way. You don’t need more than 5-6 drops or so. Aaaaaand how cute is my litter helper!!!
- Fill the rest of your spray bottle with water. Give it a good shake to mix all of the ingredients. (Shayne’s favorite part!) Sorry for the blurry pic. She was INTO it!
- Optional: Drop several drops of essential oils into the spray bottle to give it a fragrance. This is certainly not necessary, but a few drops of lavender or lemon essential oil will give it a fresh clean smell. If you have tea tree oil, that is an amazing disinfectant as well. Hellooooo flu season!
- Give it all another shake and you are good to go!
There you have it. So easy a first grader can do it!
Three ingredients + one minute of your time = the best all-purpose cleaner you will ever use
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