If you are wanting to reduce the amount of chemicals used in your home, this all-purpose cleaner could be just what you’re looking for. If you are sick of all those products with strong, fake smells, this all-purpose cleaner could be for you. If you are sick of paying heaps of money for various cleaning products, this all-purpose cleaner really could be for you!
I found this recipe, like several others I have shared here and will no doubt continue to share, on the Simple Savings website. (You do need to be a member to access most of the great tips on the site.) It was contributed by a lady named Becky-Lee, whose mother was very ill – she was allergic to most cleaning products, and had an auto-immune disease, so it was a difficult situation.
This cleaner is often referred to as the ‘magic’ or ‘miracle’ cleaner on that site, and is very popular. Some people have found it is not so good on some surfaces such as polished or varnished wood. As with all new products, you should always test first in an inconspicuous spot.
I’ve been using it for years, with no problems. It is fantastic in the bathroom, and great for cleaning your kitchen benches. And makes your tiled floor come up looking lovely!
So, here’s what you need:
1 litre water
200ml white vinegar
40ml eucalyptus oil
2 dessertspoons washing soda
Mix it all together and it’s ready!
I make it up in an empty 2 litre plastic milk or juice bottle, then dispense into smaller spray bottles. I have one spray bottle in the bathroom, and another for the kitchen.
It’s also important to note that the washing soda and vinegar will fizz up when added together. Do this bit first so it is in the bottom of your container and doesn’t fizz over the top! Swirl it around to dissolve the crystals, then add the rest of the ingredients 🙂
You can use whatever vinegar you have on hand, and a generic brand is perfectly fine. You’re probably better off having some cheap white vinegar in your cupboard so you don’t have to waste the gourmet white wine vinegar you use on your salad 😉 There are plenty of uses for it around the home that are not food related.
Washing soda can be found in the cleaning aisle of your supermarket, but you’ll probably have to look for it on the top or bottom shelves. I also use washing soda in my laundry liquid.
Eucalyptus oil is included for it’s cleaning and disinfecting qualities, but you could substitute Tea Tree oil, citrus, lavender or any other oil. You could add something just to make it smell delicious if you want. Or you could leave it out altogether. I alternate using Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils when I make up a batch.
You can dilute this down even further and it still does a great job.
I add about 60ml to a bucket of warm water to mop my floors. It’s fine to slosh it around the tiles in the bathroom, but I am careful to squeeze my mop out until it just damp to use on my kitchen floating floor.
Some people have even used this as a pre-wash stain remover, but I haven’t tried that. I use this recipe.
I don’t like that chemical ‘I’ve just cleaned’ smell, particularly if you are doing a quick wipe over before visitors arrive. Makes it look like you only cleaned because you had people coming over. Which may well be true…but you don’t want to advertise that!
This cleaner just smells fresh and clean. And I like that 🙂
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