Treading Lightly
Treading Lightly

Homemade all-purpose cleaner

The ingredients on the back of most cleaning products are truly frightening. The sheer amount of chemicals alone is enough to make me nervous, but it is really the chemicals themselves that are the most toxic. Many household cleaners contribute to poor indoor air quality, and expose you to dangerous chemicals that often have negative impacts on our health and the environment.

For a cheap, easy, and effective cleaner, I make an “all-purpose spray” from Gorgeously Green. The recipe is incredibly simple, and it can be used on countertops, fridge, walls, toilet seats, sinks, doorknobs, and tons of other things. We use ours daily to wipe down the sinks in our bathrooms as well as a cleaner for our counters when they need more than what a wet rag can do. We also use it any time we need to disinfect anything (like the counter before we bake or roll out dough).

32 ounce spray bottle (or multiple bottles that add up to 32 ounces)
2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon castile soap
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops any essential oil (I like citrus, and my mom likes lavender, so we add the essential oils once they are in the spray bottles so we can customize from the same recipe)


Put all the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake until combined. (Because I was splitting it between 2 bottles I made it in a large container that I can pour from.)

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