Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Green Cleaning: All-Purpose Cleaner

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Green Cleaning: All-Purpose Cleaner



Did you all notice the new green cleaning section of Blissful and Domestic? I have been slowly adding all our green cleaning recipes. This year we are making all of our cleaners ourselves. No more store bought cleaners for this familia. We want to get away from all the harsh chemicals, which are involved with store bought cleaners. We also wanted to be able to save more, while going homemade.

I used to spend hundreds of dollars every year on various cleaning products. I used to think I had to smell bleach to believe that something was clean. Boy was I wrong! Now I have learned that this is not the case. With just using a few basic items, I can create my own cleaners. These cleaners are chemical free. They're safe for animals, children, and adults. No more worrying about those child locks under the sink not working. I know longer worry about littles playing with my chemical filled bathroom cleaners. No more worrying about inhaling cleaning fumes. Our house is clean and so is the air we breathe.
 Today I am sharing my favorite green cleaner. I use this cleaner for my kitchen counters, stove top, bathroom counters, kitchen table, and mirrors. It really is an all-purpose cleaner. It cleans everything and cost very little to make. I bought my huge 1 gallon jug of white distilled vinegar for under $4 at Wal-mart. I was able to find my essential oils at Hobby Lobby for just $3.99 (they last a long time). You can also find some on Amazon HERE. 1 gallon of vinegar will allow me to create 16 batches of this cleaner. Each bottle of cleaner I make can lasts us about 3 weeks. Each bottle of cleaner I make costs me about 50 cents to make. Not to bad right?
1 Bottle of Homemade Green Cleaner - 50 cents
1 Bottle of Store Bought Cleaner- around $3.00
Not too bad on the savings right? Plus the items I use to make my green cleaner comes right out of my pantry. I no longer need a separate cleaning budget. I just make sure I have my baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and essential oils in supply. Now I can whip up some green cleaner whenever I need to. Have I sold you yet on how awesome it is to make your own household cleaners? You know you want to try it right? Well get to it ladies. Your house is screaming for a bit of green cleaning today.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 cup white distilled vinegar
3 cups water
10 drops of essential oil
(I used lemon grass)

I make this cleaner in a 32 oz. spray bottle. Fill your bottle with 1 cup of vinegar. Next add your three cups of water and essential oil. Put nozzle on bottle and shake to mix contents together. Label bottle and get your clean on!

Happy Cleaning Lovelies!

Find more Green Cleaning Recipes HERE

XO Danielle
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