DIY Cleaning Spray 3 Ways

When it comes to cleaning sprays, store-bought is over-rated

For more than a week, members of our community and folks throughout the United States have been adjusting to a new reality as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow. In the news, many consumers are facing empty grocery aisles where cleaning products once lived. Luckily, we’re feeling pretty prepared, and we want to share some of our favorite DIY cleaning recipes with you. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing new and easy to make recipes that can be made at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. 

This week, we’re focusing on all-purpose cleaner spray because of its widespread use and ready availability. Feel like a beginner to all of this? No problem! We’re providing three recipes, each with different key ingredients and varying levels of difficulty to help make it possible for you to avoid a trip to the grocery store.

Note: These sprays are not certified to remove the novel coronavirus.

Recipe #1 3-Ingredient All-Purpose Spray

We’ll begin with the recipe that contains the most minimal ingredients. When I began making DIY cleaning products, I started here because I was pretty unsure about whether or not I’d stick with it. I went from buying a new, plastic bottle of all-purpose cleaning spray each month to buying one large container of distilled white vinegar every 6 months. Plus, I feel so much better about the ingredients I’m filling my home with, knowing that I’m not spraying harmful chemicals on my countertops and surfaces. It should be noted, however, that vinegar-based sprays are not good to use on marble and granite countertops, so scroll past this one if that sounds like you.

Ingredients:
½ Cup Distilled White Vinegar
2 Cups Water
30 Drops Essential oils

Instructions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and secure the top.
  2. Swirl or shake the ingredients to combine.
  3. Use immediately--shake again before each use.

Notes: While it’s always great to use a glass bottle and avoid plastic, the best thing we can do right now is to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Use a plastic bottle you have lying around to get started. You can also add some citrus peels to the mix to kick it up a notch. I save my peels in the freezer and use them as needed. Bonus points for avoiding food waste!

This recipe is inspired by Root + Revel’s DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Recipe #2 All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray

The second recipe we’ll share is one that contains Hydrogen Peroxide, a common item found in most people’s medicine cabinets that has really great disinfecting power. It is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a sterilizer and is safe to use in your kitchen, in bathrooms, on mirrors, and even on stainless steel! An important note on this one is that you’ll need to use an opaque spray bottle because hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light.

Ingredients and Supplies: 

  1.  An opaque spray bottle (if you’ve ever used Clorox spray or Resolve, you have one of these.)
  2.  16 oz hydrogen peroxide (3%).
  3.  1 Teaspoon of your favorite essential oil.

Instructions: 

  1. Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and secure the top.
  2. Swirl or shake the ingredients to combine.
  3. Spray on surfaces and leave for several minutes before wiping clean for best results.

This recipe was inspired by DIY Natural’s Lavender Mint Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Recipe #3 Wellness Mama Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

The last recipe we want to share is one that will be easier to make for folks who have more experience with zero waste cleaning products. If you’ve ever made DIY laundry detergent, dish soap, or a variety of other similar products, then there’s a great chance you’ll already have these ingredients on hand. If not, most are available for purchase on Amazon. This tried and true recipe is great for families and is our Executive Director Jamie’s favorite!

Ingredients: 
1 Tsp Borax
½ Tsp Washing Soda
1 Tsp Liquid Castile Soap
Essential Oils of choice

Instructions: 

  1. Place borax, washing soda, and soap in a spray bottle.
    Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work.
    Add essential oils of choice.
    Cover the bottle and shake well. Use as needed.

Note: If you’re not comfortable using Borax and want a natural alternative, you can use witch hazel or food-grade alcohol instead. 

Check out Wellness Mama blog for more information and FAQs on this recipe.

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