When I was growing up, the only thing we used for cleaning our tile floors was a certain pine-scented concoction with a mop and bucket. In fact, I’ll bet if you grew up in North America, you probably just got flashbacks of that overwhelming fake “pine” scent just as you’re reading this!
And although that pine cleaner is still around today, we’ve also become much more conscious of the products we bring into our homes.
We want to know exactly what’s in those products. How they’ll affect our health and the environment. What kind of longterm effects we can expect down the road.
Ultimate All-Purpose Cleaner
- 1 cup distilled water (distilled is best, but filtered tap water is fine for short term storage)
- 1/2 cup vinegar (white distilled vinegar)
- 1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits)
- 2-3 drops dish soap
- 25-30 drops essential oil (my recipe uses 7 drops lavender, 7 drops orange or lemon, 10 drops tea tree oil, and 5 drops peppermint)
- Fine-mist spray bottle at least 16 oz capacity
Do not use this on granite, marble, or other natural stone surface as the acid in the vinegar can etch the surface! Use this natural granite cleaner instead.
And it really is an ALL purpose cleaner!
This is now the only cleaner that I use on nearly every surface in my home. Sometimes I’ll use it along with a good sprinkle of baking soda (great for scrubbing!), but mostly I use it on its own to clean things like:
- Floors – laminate, tile, linoleum
- Glass – Windows, mirrors, tables, etc.
- Cabinets and countertops (vinegar is too acidic for granite, so use this homemade granite cleaner instead)
- Stainless steel – appliances, faucets, sinks, etc.
- Walls, baseboards, window sills
- Porcelain and acrylic – toilets and sinks
- Basically anything that needs to be wiped down.