A couple weeks ago, I went over to my good friend Ashleigh’s house. I think Ashleigh is awesome and her house is just gorgeous. You never find clutter and she has inspired me in many of my “re-purposing” projects. When I was at her house, and in the middle of canning strawberry jam, I poked around like usual checking our her latest design ideas and I asked her about one problem I have – Where to find room to store all those darned cleansers. Her answer was simple. She makes her own and only needs a few ingredients!
On one of her recent blog posts, she has shared her “tried and true” recipes for making cleansers. I can’t wait to give them a try and toss all my chemicals. Ashleigh says “Vinegar is my best friend when it comes to making my own cleaning supplies.”
Below is one of her recipes:
Wipe it Away Spray
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- ¼ tsp. Natural soap, I often use Dr. Bronners, but dish soap will work fine
- 7-10 drops Tea Tree oil
- 7-10 drops Citrus essential oil or whatever essential oil you prefer. (Optional)
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well to mix. I use this solution to do most of my cleaning. I use it to clean windows, mirrors, showers, bathroom counters, and toilets. I use it in the same way I would use a conventional disinfectant, spraying down my counter tops, door knobs, and more.
Conventional window cleaners leave a film on your windows and mirrors. The natural soap in this recipe removes the film. Once you go through your first bottle, the soap isn’t imperative, but I usually add it anyway.
I typically add Orange essential oil to this because I like the fresh smell and citrus essential oils lighten earthy essential oils. Tea Tree gives an earthy smell by itself. You can add whatever essential oil you prefer or none at all. Citrus essential oils are energizing and can help naturally cut through grease. Be sure not to apply these oils directly to your skin.
To check out her recipes and to find out how to make your own cleansers, visit her Rose Petal Cottage Blog. I’m hopeful she’ll share her natural bug spray recipe with us soon!