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Natural All-purpose Cleaner Recipes That Work!

I love a good all-purpose cleaner. I don’t have the money, space or housekeeping skills to have a cleaner for every surface and I don’t like chemicals in my home. The effects of chemical cleaners on your indoor air quality is well-documented and making your own cleaners is healthier, cheaper and way more fun. Here are a couple of different recipes to try.

Infused Vinegars

First of all, vinegar is my jam! It kills germs and bacteria, dissolves dirt and grime, cuts through oil, isgreen living great at removing mineral buildup on taps and in toilets and leaves your windows and mirrors with a streak-free clean.

You can buy large quantities of white vinegar for much less than you’d pay for commercial cleaners. I use herbs from my garden to add germ-busting, sweet-smelling zing to my cleaners.

Simply decant your vinegar into a spray bottle. Add a spring or two of lavender and an orange or lemon peel and you’re good to go.

I’ve put these two vinegars into mason jars so that can brew up some infused goodness before going into the spray bottle. The one on the left is orange and eucalyptus for the kitchen and the one on the right is lavender for the bathroom.

Spray on taps and glass shower doors and leave for 15 minutes to remove mineral buildup. Rinse clean. Spray on counters and other surfaces to remove dirt and kill germs.

Clean windows with your vinegar spray and wipe with a soft cotton cloth or newspaper for a streak-free finish.

Super Duper Cleaner

  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda
  • 1 tsp castile soap
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops orange essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle and use on any surface for a hygienic, clean and lovely smelling home.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

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