Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

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When I decided to go with a "Fresh & Clean" theme for my January posts, I immediately thought it would be fun to include a post about making DIY all-purpose cleaning spray. So I did a little research, but just didn't find a recipe I loved or that seemed to get consistently good results. Luckily, my friend Annie came through with a homemade counter spray recipe she's been using and loving for years. And I've really fallen it love with over the past week too! It leaves my counters clean and shiny, and the bathroom mirrors are streak-free. And it doesn't have any harsh chemicals, and is completely food-safe. Don't tell anyone, but it actually makes me want to clean my kitchen!

Annie's All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
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3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon clear, mild dish soap
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake to combine. Shake bottle gently before each use.

To use, spray cleaner on desired surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Buff the surface gently until it is shiny, clean, and streak-free.
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11 comments:

  1. Awesome. This would make for a really awesome homemade gift too. Thanks for sharing this! Can't wait to try this one.

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    1. I got the recipe from my friend who had received it as a homemade Christmas present a few years ago! Very thoughtful!

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  2. Ooooh what a great idea! I bet this smells just wonderful!

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    1. I think it smells nice and clean. I definitely smells like vinegar, but the orange and peppermint fragrances are very present.

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  3. this sounds wonderful. I use vinegar and water now but it doesn't smell exactly wonderful. I am going to try yours.

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    1. I think a little essential oil to make it smell nice makes all the difference!

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  4. great tip, I collect homemade cleaning recipes for my own house and make them, great tips!

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know if you try this recipe and like it!

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful cleaner. May I ask where you got the beautiful spray bottle?

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    1. Hi Tawana. The spray bottle is from an old cleaning product I bought a few years ago that I didn't really like that much. But I kept it because I loved the bottle. I'm glad I found a good use for it!

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  6. Lulu, I was so happy to meet you at alt! Your site is every bit as lovely (and memorable) as you! I'm so happy to peruse your site and love this! I can't wait to give it a try. I've tried other vinegar solutions before and although I feel good about the environment, the scent could use a boost! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to keeping up with you!

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