In a pinch with little time to clean?
Then this recipe for a DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner will be your best friend! The solution can be applied to much more than just counter-tops. And it holds the simplicity of using just ONE cleaner for almost everything. According to Good Housekeeping, a cleaning mixture of 50% white vinegar, 50% water, and essential oils is an effective natural cleaner. That’s is exactly what we are going to create here with essential known for their cleaning abilities.
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What’s in it?
This recipe starts with vinegar, a great all-purpose tool for your natural cleaning toolbox. It contains 5% acetic acid that fights against bacteria on your surfaces! Although, because vinegar is acidic, it can cause some etching on granite, marble, or stone surfaces.
Test it an inconspicuous area or substitute rubbing alcohol for vinegar in the ingredients below. Rubbing alcohol also gives counter-tops with a sheen a streak-free finish. This recipe for an all-purpose cleaner includes the following powerful cleaning essential oils:
Lemon Essential Oil
You can’t go wrong with the fresh, zesty aroma of lemon essential oil! It is a powerhouse in homemade cleaning recipes. Lemon essential oil is commonly used to de-grease, remove stains, and deodorize. That zesty aroma wipes out strong, unpleasant odors!
Natural Cleaning Agent
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oils’ natural properties make it a great addition to homemade cleaning solutions. I love to combine rosemary essential oil with lemon, peppermint, or lavender for lovely fresh scent.
Clean Herbal Scent
Natural Cleaning Agent
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
A natural cleaner at heart, eucalyptus essential oil is powerful against troublesome dust mites and other pests. Use it deter pests on your linens and in your cupboards. Its clean smell is also effective against stinky bathroom odors.
Fresh Clean Scent
Clove Essential Oil
The warm, spicy scent of clove essential oil is often instantly familiar because of its connection with fall and winter traditions. Pumpkin pie anyone? The oil comes from flower buds of the clove tree in exotic Indonesia, Madagascar, and the Melaka Islands. Is an effective moth repellent and commonly used as air freshener.
DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner Ingredients:
4 ounces distilled water
4 ounces distilled white vinegar
3 drops clove essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
Instructions to make a DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner:
Pour four ounces of water and four ounces of vinegar into a glass spray bottle using a funnel. Remove funnel and add 3 drops clove, 2 drops rosemary, 3 drops eucalyptus and 4 drops of lemon essential oil.
Place the spray nozzle on the bottle. With the spray nozzle turned off, shake well to combine. Keep in mind citrus essential oils should be stored in glass containers (these are the amber glass spray bottles I use). Yields: 8 ounces
Use this natural solution to clean:
- Carpet Stains
Shake before each use. Spray DIY all-purpose natural surface cleaner on the desired surface and wipe clean with a cloth. Want more green recipes and tips for home and beauty? Grab your copy of my Beginners Guide to Natural Living Book free!
So the next time you’re in a pinch to clean your home, grab a few cleaning cloths and a bottle of this DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner. Then spray down your bathroom, kitchen, or toy room and wipe clean! I love using essential oils for naturally cleaning our home, if you would like to know more, check out how I got started with essential oils.