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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Green Cleaning: All-Purpose Cleaner

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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

12 comments:

  1. I love cleaning with vinegar! I'll try adding the essential oils - what a good idea! I buy my vinegar at Costco. It's 2 gallons for about $3.69!

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  2. Do you purchase your essential oils online? If so, can you share where. I am trying to find a place to purchase some. Thanks!

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  3. I love this! I'm going to give it a try once we use up our current cleaners!

    Nikki xx
    Glitter and Grease
    http://nikkidee14.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love this!!

    I can't help but cringe at the hobby lobby oils, though. Poorly and cheaply produced oils are just as scary as the big mean store-bought cleaners with their chemical solvents and synthetic fragrances and fillers. I use essential oils every day and they have changed the way I live, but a quality brand you can trust is pure is #1.
    I use Young Living Essential Oils, I don't sell them or recruit people, just passionate about using a pure and healthy product. I love your blog so much so if you'd like to email me Danielle I'd love to send you a Lemongrass, it's one of my absolute favorites and one of the least expensive oils. :)
    Dori Kate
    dorikatelmt@hotmaill.com

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  5. I use lemon grass too. It's such a lovely scent. Occasionally I use a green cleaning service, but only when I am really crunched for time. I like the products they use too, but I think I like savings more :D

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  6. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. Thanks for posting your recipe!

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  7. I use Vinegar as well! I put peppermint oil in mine. Living in the country, it keeps all the bugs out of the house(they don't like the smell) :)

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    1. And to add to your reply--and you probably already know this-planting spearmint plants around your home keeps bugs away. Just watch out, those darn things grow fast!!!

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  8. I really like your tips that is great and very useful for cleaning home thank you.
    Green Cleaners

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  9. That's almost exactly what I use! Since I had my first child about a year ago, I had been looking closely at everything I have in the house. I love that she can "help me clean" by spraying the bottle and I can spray it around her without a care (which makes me smile a whole lot because my hubby and I both had childhood asthma) and I can go straight from cleaning to tickling her belly or changing her diaper! Ok, not "gross cleaning," but that's not because of the cleaning product! ;)

    I have a suggestion though! Each oil has a different benefit. Tea tree oil is one of my absolute favorites... kills germs, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, kills mold, gets rid of mustiness. Also, lavender, lemon, and orange oil are great for cleaning. Just google to find out their benefits! :)

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  10. That's almost exactly what I use! Since I had my first child about a year ago, I had been looking closely at everything I have in the house. I love that she can "help me clean" by spraying the bottle and I can spray it around her without a care (which makes me smile a whole lot because my hubby and I both had childhood asthma) and I can go straight from cleaning to tickling her belly or changing her diaper! Ok, not "gross cleaning," but that's not because of the cleaning product! ;) I have a suggestion though! Each oil has a different benefit. Tea tree oil is one of my absolute favorites... kills germs, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, kills mold, gets rid of mustiness. Also, lavender, lemon, and orange oil are great for cleaning. Just google to find out their benefits! :)

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  11. Has anyone tried this on windows? If so, does it streak? I have heard about using Vinegar to clean windows, but needing to use newspaper for a streak free shine. Any advice?

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