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“DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner”

Just because Punxsutawney Phil said six more weeks of winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little head start on Spring cleaning.

I love finding new ways to harness the powers of nature in my daily life. Like this Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. Instead of all the harsh chemicals in your typical store-bought cleaner, this one uses the natural powers of vinegar and essential oils to fight the grime. It’s also way more economical than the name-brand stuff, but works just as well.

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First step, gather up your supplies. Grab a spray bottle (I love a good up-cycle). You’ll also need water, white vinegar, dish soup, and if you fancy, some essential oil for a little pizz-azz.

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You’ll want to use about a 9 to 1 ratio of water to vinegar. I found 3 cups of water to 1/3 cup of vinegar nicely filled a regular cleaning spray bottle.

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Next, I added my 1/3 cup of vinegar. Vinegar is a wonderful all-purpose cleaner. It’s naturally occurring, so it’s not harmful to you or the environment, but acidic enough to kill bacteria.

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This step is optional. If you want your cleaner to have a little extra oomph, add some dish soap. I added about a 1/4 cup to mine.

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I also opted in to adding some Lavender oil to my cleaner. I put in about 6 pumps of Lavender oil, close to a table spoon. Lavender actually has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, on top of smelling oh-so-lovely!

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SHAKE IT UP!

Remember to make sure it’s all mixed (especially if you added the dish soap) each time you use it.

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I thought I’d give my new spray a new name…

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There.

Give this a try and take advantage of your time indoors by starting a lil’ Spring cleaning. That way once Spring, finally, rolls around you can get outside and enjoying nature.

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  1. Andrew Harrod says:

    I just recently switched over to toxin-free DIY cleaners in my house and I read that for killing E.Coli, Salmonella, etc from chicken/fish juices on your countertops you can spray pure vinegar and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide on it to kill all dangerous bacteria, or alcohol works too.