A fresh, homemade floor cleaner is simple, economical and rewarding to make. To one gallon of warm water, add:
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- 5-20 drops essential oil (lemon and lime are classics, orange for a crisp citrusy scent or ylang-ylang for a sweet and floral scent)
Vinegar is acidic and too much of it can dull the finish on the floor, so it is very important to ensure the water to vinegar ratio is correct.
One way to keep your countertops clean and your kitchen and bathroom smelling fresh is with an essential oil countertop cleaner. Removing excess food and grime will keep insects and pests away and will leave you feeling satisfied and clean. The following formula is simple and only takes a few moments to prepare, and like all the others, is customizable to your preferences.
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- 10 drops essential oil
I have found tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil to work great for this recipe, as they are a natural disinfectant, but also provide an enjoyable natural scent. Mix into a spray bottle, and this non-toxic cleaner should enough to last a few weeks.