Commercial cleaning products are typically stronger in formula and odor than they need to be for keeping our homes beautifully smelling and germ-free. As a result, we may inhale synthetic chemicals or come in contact with less than healthy ingredients that could affect breathing with respiratory issues to irritation to eyes, throat and skin, headaches, chemical burns to cancer over time for the harmful fumes we are subjecting ourselves to. A safer alternative is turning to green methods like my DIY non-toxic cleaning spray that is a multitasking home cleaning solution.
Besides being better for your health and the planet, my DIY non-toxic cleaning spray can save you money for commercial cleaning products as well, which will be going up soon. The ingredients to make this formula are relatively inexpensive compared to what you pay for a commercial cleaning product. Furthermore, you also will be able to cut down on the amount of such products that you usually would need to buy.
My DIY non-toxic cleaning spray is an all-purpose cleaner that can work for most countertops except granite or marble. It is also wonderful to clean toilet bowls, sinks, and appliances for wiping surfaces down.
The ingredients I use for this DIY non-toxic cleaning spray are ones that you probably already have in your pantry or kitchen. The first is vinegar, which is biodegradable, natural and due to acidity a potent disinfectant for cleaning. You can use plain white vinegar or apple cider, but I just go with the cheaper white vinegar for making this recipe.
Next, I add just a few tablespoons of liquid Castile soap that is made from vegetable oils for the pureness its cleaning might offers.
In addition, I found that incorporating peppermint essential oil into the mix does the trick for improving the recipe’s sanitizing power since it does its part to kill bacteria and fungi that may linger.
If you’re trying to limit your exposure to chemicals and go green, I hope you give my recipe a try. It is well worth the attempt.
I also use two other home recipes that I rotate with, depending on what I have in the house. The first is a DIY Vinegar Orange-Scented Cleaning Spray. Usually, I make this one when I have oranges and lemons in the house to take advantage of their peels. Another is my Multipurpose Green Cleaning Spray. If you have any other natural DIY cleaning spray recipes, please share.
DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Spray
½ cups of white or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap
12 drops of peppermint essential oil
enough water to fill the remainder of a 1-qt. spray bottle
Combine the ingredients together and store in a clean, one-quart spray bottle.