Running low on your Lysol? I got you covered!
Not sure about you but I ran out of all my conventional cleaners and decided that I needed to start making my own. Here are a few recipes that I've found work just as well - actually better then the other stuff I was using.
Hand Sanitizer - 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of almond oil (or any moisturizing oil), 15 drops of you fav essential oil. I like to use lemon. I add this all to my old squeeze bottle. You can always add more rubbing alcohol is it's a bit thick.
Veggie/Fruit Wash - 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 cup water, slowly add 1/2 of white vinegar to the bottle. If you add it too fast it's not pretty. Once it settles give it a bit of a shake and spray away to clean your produce. I like to give it a good rub to make sure I've got all the potential germs off and rise under cold water & dry with my tea towel.
All Purpose Cleaner - clean spray bottle, 2 cups of water, 10 drops of essential oil like Tea Tree, Lemon, Grapefruit - (all easily found at most grocery stores, health food stores and of course online) 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Give it a good shake and you can basically use it on anything. I use it on all my counter/desk tops, appliances, door knobs you name it.
Disinfectant Cleaner - 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of water, 15 drops of thyme essential oil (excellent disinfectant) combine all in a spray bottle, give her a shake and ready to use.
Foaming Hand Soap - 1/2 cup distilled water, 1/2 castile soap, 1 tablespoon of almond oil (any moisturizing oil will do), 20 drops of any essential oil. Give it a shade and wash away.
For my cell phone, keyboard & other electronics - add 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol & 1/4 cup of distilled water into a spray bottle, shake well and there you go.
Mirror mirror on the wall - who's the cleanest of them all? Yours once you've used this recipe ;) - 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup of water and shake well. I find I have to shake it each time I use it to mix the cornstarch but it works great! All in a spray bottle of course. I just reuse the one's I have of products that have run out. Reduce, reuse & recycle!
Floors - 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar & 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap all into a spray bottle. Shake well and off you go girl! Mop away.
Natural Fabric Softener (yes, you read that right) - I LOVE the way this makes my sheets & towels smell which is what I use it for. All you need is a jug of white vinegar and your fav essential oils. I use a combo of lemon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary what ever you love to smell. Just add 50 drops of what ever combo or just the one you love the most. I add 1/4 - 1/2 cup per load.
Natural Degreaser (think stove) - 1/4 cup castile soap, 1/2 cup baking soda, 20 drops of orange essential oil and mix it until it's a paste. Apply to the effected area and let set for a few minutes. Wipe away and hello fabulous!
Grout Cleaner (Let's just say with all this at home time I'm CLEANING EVERYTHING) - 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a bowl and mix together until it get's paste like. I use an old toothbrush to really get in there and leave for a few minutes to let it do it's thing.
Mildew Cleaner - you'll need your old friend Borax 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup white vinegar as you're looking to make a paste with it. I use my old toothbrush and let it do it's combat for a few minutes.
Toilet & Sink Cleaner - 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup castile soap, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 15 drops of essential oil. I use lemon of course. Spray the surface area and leave a few minutes and clean away.
MY BEST TIP (save the best for last) - Eucalyptus hanging in my shower! It's been life changing as it just makes me so happy. The smell of my bathroom as soon as I walk in just perks me up. I also feel like I'm in a spa when I'm taking a shower. Turns out that the steam actually releases the essential oils within the plant that can help clear congestion, relieve headaches, stuffy nose - hello allergy season, inflammation & is immune boosting. Also excellent for distressing. This is basically the ideal plant to hang in your shower for a pandemic.
Mine comes with the ends tied up so I just hang it around the shower head so you don’t need any tools. SUPER EASY and delightful.
I find mine for $10 a bundle at my local convenience store that also sells plants. It's worth every dollar.
I hope you found some of these helpful. Let me know what your best cleaning recipes are in the comments below!