DIY all purpose natural cleaner

9:00:00 AM

Hello darlings! 

Remember how I told you in my recent post about 5 more steps to a safe and natural baby environment that we refrain from using harsh chemicals for cleaning our house? Well some of you asked about the homemade cleaner I use and I am not one to disappoint so here’s the how to. 

Vinegar is a solution of acetic acid in water and some flavor inducing chemicals in miniature amounts. It has been used as a cleaning agent for decades and with good reason. It can be used alone or together with baking soda as a more potent agent. 

Here are some of the uses of vinegar in our house: 

- All purpose cleaning solution

I use this solution to clean the floor, the kitchen cabinets, the stainless steel kitchen sink, the fridge, you name it! This is everyday use for us around the house. Follow the recipe below and use ~50ml per litter of water to clean the floor. If you live in a house with tiles I bet you’ll find they never looked better! If you have wooden floors or laminate floors make sure your mope is very well squeezed and there isn’t excess water. 

In a 500ml glass bottle (or container) add: 

Peels from a couple of oranges 
Peels from a couple of lemons 
15 clove heads 
3 cinnamon sticks 
400ml vinegar 

It’s ready to use after a day. Once the vinegar runs out, you can refill the container for one more use without having to use fresh peels and spices. After the second time, get everything out, and make the solution fresh. 

It keeps for months without going bad and the smell is super nice! 

- Window and glass cleaner

Spray some vinegar into a piece of newspaper and clean your windows with it. It works like a breeze and guess what? You will save yourself and your family from the irritative chemicals found in all the sprays used for window cleaning. 

- Carpet cleaner 

Every year during our spring cleaning I take my carpets out in the yard and wash them. I use water to soak them and then I use white vinegar. I leave it to act for five minutes and then brush the carpets to remove any stains. I rinse with lots of water and let dry. 

- Pet’s accident cleaner 

Say you have a cat. And let’s just say that one day you forgot to put the cat litter in the house when you closed the house for the night. And let’s just say that said cat, out of no fault of his, pooped on your carpet. What would you do? Well in case the … uhm… poop was … uhm…. solid, then you have not much of a problem. Wear some gloves, pick up the poop and then spray the area with some vinegar, brush, add some more vinegar and rinse with water. Now if the poop is not …uhm…solid then you are in deep sh*t (sorry I couldn’t help myself). Get your clean cat sand and pure it over the affected area. Leave for 5-10 minutes to absorb the extra moisture. Then scoop them into the trash. Use a brush to gather all other material along with the sand left behind. Now take your vinegar and soak the area. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and repeat 2 more times. If you want to disinfect the area you could use hydrogen peroxide but I am not sure what that would mean for your carpet. Maybe do a test drive first? 

Have you ever used vinegar as a cleaner? What kind of cleaning solution do you use? 

Lots of love

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  1. I have been reading a lot about harmful chemicals in cleaners lately. I like your alternative better!

  2. Yeah my Mom told me too that vinegar is the effective, natural and cheap cleanser. Works for home cleaning and even as skincare and hair care.

  3. This is so cool, I think natural products are a great way of keeping baby safer. Great post.

  4. This looks like such a cool and organic way to clean as well as a providing a fun fresh smelling scent to the home. I will have to try out making this.

  5. I bet this smells AMAZING! Have you tried this on car upholstery? I wonder how it would turn out, I find even the chemical cleaners just spread stains around!

  6. Oh wow this is amazing. I'm trying to go into the Zero waste lifestyle and if I can minimize cleaning with this, it would be amazing.

  7. im a huge fan of something like this! i want to add it for sure to my list to do this weekend :)

  8. I bet that smells so much better than straight vinegar! My favorite method for disinfecting is one shot of vinegar from a spray bottle followed by one shot of hydrogen peroxide from a spray bottle. Studies show it's gentler and more effective than chlorine bleach! The one drawback is that it doesn't smell nice, so my autistic husband prefers other cleaning solutions. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  9. This sounds like a great l around product to make. Very creative. I would love to try and make some :)

  10. This is a great recipe for an at home cleaner, I love that it is natural too. I really want to try this I bet it is great for tackling household grime.

  11. I so need to try this! I bet with the cinnamon and lemon this smells so fresh and awesome!

  12. That's a great combo of ingredients. You have covered antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal properties which is what you need when cleaning areas that children will be using as well as adults.

  13. I use vinegar for cleaning my glass shower but have never thought to add extra ingredients to it. I will definitely try this .

  14. I am always game for new cleaners, glad that you shared this DIY all purpose one. I prefer all purpose cleaners, I get more from the one creation of this than having to make multiple cleaners for different surfaces/locations.

  15. This is such a helpful post! I am all about the DIY and you make it seem so easy! I'll have to try this out! -Tonya Tardiff

  16. I've been using natural cleaners for several years and by doing so, I've noticed my allergies are also reduced.

  17. Clarice Lao/ Camping for WomenJuly 2, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    I would love to try this. We have been trying to avoid harmful chemicals at home. Especially cleaning my pet's accidents.

  18. Wow I love this, what a great way to clean without using nasty chemicals or spending a small fortune! I will try this!

  19. I've really been trying to use more natural products lately! I will definitely be giving this a try!

  20. Oh wow! I know about the vinegar and I like this concoction that you can just refill anytime when you run out of the sour liquid. heck, this is really cool!

  21. Vinegar is such an awesome ingredient. Aside from using it as a dip and in cooking, it's a really great cleaner. I will copy this recipe. This is so great for the home!


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