I’m not one for resolutions, but this year I am making a conscious effort to be cleaner. I tend to let things pile up in the kitchen, my closet, etc… but I’m learning how much easier it is to clean my place when I do it more often. And, having a sparkling clean apartment to come home to makes coming home so much more enjoyable. As a result, I’ve found myself going through cleaning supplies more frequently, and the other day, instead of going out to buy more all-purpose spray, I finally got around to making my own. Not only does it smell amazing, but it’s all natural and works like a charm.
This recipe uses water, castile soap, witch hazel, baking soda, and tea tree oil. Lately I’ve been using castile soap for pretty much everything, and I love the eucalyptus scent. Witch hazel is an excellent natural astringent and along with tea tree oil, cuts grease and fights bacteria. Baking soda is another product with about a million uses, but here it works as a mild abrasive and helps to neutralize odors.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
4 oz water
2 oz castile soap
2 oz witch hazel
2 oz baking soda
10 drops tea tree oil
Add to a spray bottle and shake well. Your homemade cleaner is ready to use!
For my spray bottle, I actually re-purposed an empty apple cider vinegar bottle, after reading that a plastic bottle can react with essential oil used in the mixture and diminish their effects. The top of a Meyer’s spray bottle worked for this – if you turn it upside down it leaks a little, but otherwise it does the trick perfectly! Follow Julia on Instagram and Twitter.