Non Toxic Cleaning with this 3 Ingredient All-Purpose Natural Recipe

Sustainable Lifestyle Aug 06, 2019

A natural cleaner is, IMO, the easiest homemade recipe you can incorporate into a low or zero waste lifestyle. My cleaning products have transformed from 7 chemical-filled plastic bottles to just one all-purpose cleaner, and I've never been happier with my cleaning routine!

Photo by Crystal de Passillé-Chabot

Benefits of a Natural Cleaner

Not only does a DIY cleaner cut down on the amount of plastic in your home, but it also eliminates unnecessary toxins and chemicals. Your home becomes a healthier place to live within. Additionally, you end up saving money! All the $$$ for various cleaning products stacks up. Having a simple, all-purpose cleaner, that uses a few cheap ingredients, cuts your household costs down.

All-Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

What you'll need

  • An old jar or container
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Scent (citrus rinds, herbs, essential oil)

The simple way to make all-purpose cleaner
• Take your scent and add it to your jar. You can use citrus peels, flowers, herbs, essential oils (10 drops), or a combination of these. It's really fun to experiment with scents.

• Fill the jar with white vinegar and screw the lid on tight. Leave to 'stew' for 1-2 weeks.

• When the cleaning solution has had time to absorb the scent, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water, in a spray bottle. I re-used the bottle from a room spray, after I had finished the contents.

• Store away the remaining vinegar solution for when you're running low. Now, it's time to get cleaning!

A few scent combinations to try:
• Mint & Orange
• Lemon & Lavender
• Orange & Rosemary
• Plain Lemon
• Grapefruit & Lime
• Mint, Tea Tree & Lime

As always, thanks for reading.
Chelsea ✌️🐌


Activist and organizer with Greenpeace Vancouver. Writes about climate and social justice, feminism, greenwashing, and fossil fuel fuckery.

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