***Update: I have since replaced my entire essential oil collection with YOUNG LIVING oils***
If you're like me and have a toddler running around then I am sure that you have a cabinet that has locks on it that contain all your cleaners. And if your toddler is like mine, they have figured out how to unlock them. The day he learned how to break into the "cleaner cabinet" was the day I decided to ditch all those chemicals and go natural.
Just the thought of spraying harsh chemicals on all the surfaces that my child touches, makes me cringe. I often thought how long until he can touch the table? Can I prepare the food on the counter after spraying it? What if he ingested some?! Sometimes I felt that it was safer to not clean the counters then to spray harmful chemicals on them!
Well, wonder those questions no more! Here is a simple, three ingredient, cleaner that is child and pet safe and cleans sticky counters and smelly bathrooms!
All you need is a bottle of white vinegar, distilled water (or you could use tap I just had some laying around in the pantry), and essential oils.
Mix the vinegar and water with a 1:1 ratio. So if you have 1 cup of vinegar then add 1 cup of water. For every cup of vinegar add 15-20 drops of essential oil. Just make sure you give it a good shake before each use since oil and water do separate.
***HINT: Take the spray nozzle off of an old cleaning bottle and screw it onto the vinegar bottle! Essential oils are best stored in glass and conveniently, the vinegar bottle will work with any spray nozzle***
Here is the fun part: you can create your own scent! I use Lemongrass Essential oil because once the surface dries (it will smell like vinegar initially - and trust me you'll learn to love it!) you have the fresh scent of Lemongrass. But you could do lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or any combination! Just make sure it is 100% Therapeutic grade Essential oil not fragrance.
The reason for using Essential Oils for cleaning is because many of them have natural antimicrobial properties that work as a disinfectant without being harmful to you or your family!
This cleaner costs less than $0.75 to make! Sure beats those $4-5 cleaners you're always having to replace!