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There are lots of reasons one would rather make an all-purpose cleaner than buy a bottle. It will be:
I must admit, it’s reason number 4 that did it for me. I didn’t want to create a DIY cleaner just because it is good for my health and the environment, although that is a huge plus. But I really wanted to clean with the exact scent that I love, you know what I mean?
I am a big fan of minty scents but they don’t sell those in the cleaning aisle. So I thought, if I make my own wintergreen scented cleaner, my life will be complete (well, close to complete, I really need a new external hard drive). Let’s hop to it!
• 4 tablespoons Vinegar
• 2 teaspoons Baking Soda (or Borax)
• HOT water (enough to fill your bottle)
• Spray bottle
Preparation: If you want to recycle an old spray bottle: pour the vinegar, baking soda and hot water in the bottle, shake well and let sit for 1-2 days. Then rinse and begin the recipe!
Mix vinegar, baking soda and essential oils in a bowl. I wasn’t at home for this, where my minty oils are – so I used Black Cherry & Plum (from the dollar store!).
You’ll see the baking soda fizz a lot so make sure your bowl has enough depth to handle the bubbles. At this point, if the baking soda isn’t dissolving – don’t worry!
Add hot water and stir. usually, I do not measure this part, I just use my judgement. If you have a 16 oz bottle, you need just a little less than that (about 15 oz.) to mix (and so on).
Sniff your cleaning solution a bit. Is it strong enough for you? If not, just add more oil. Too strong? Dilute with more water.
Pour or funnel into your spray bottle. Shake well.
Tip: If you can heat your bottle up in the microwave anytime you clean, I recommend it. As we all know, hot water helps stomp out bacteria.
I’ve been using this solution like crazy this week. I stand by, sprayer in hand, just hoping someone spills something so I can smell this pretty scent!
Disclaimer– there are many ways to make DIY cleaners. I’m not claiming to have the best out there, but this works for me. If you have a better idea or formula, please let us know in the comments! We can collaborate together and maybe stumble on something amazing, right?