Thursday, January 24, 2013

Homemade All Purpose Spray and Floor Cleaner that even your cats will love

All purpose cleaner and floor cleaner that smells better than bleach but disinfects all the same!  Less expensive, more natural, less toxic, better smelling and eco-friendly!!!  Score!  Time and time again, these cleaners have proven their worth and I won't ever go back to buying main stream, name brand cleaners.  Seriously, they have replaced virtually all other cleaners in my house.  And my cats dig the smell!

Collect the following:
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp dish soap (I prefer Dawn dish soap)
2 tbsp white vinegar
Warm water
Tea tree essential oil
Empty spray bottle

What to do:
Using a funnel put baking soda, dish soap and white vinegar into your spray bottle.  Give it a stir/shake and let it sit for a minute (don't skip this step if you don't want a foamy mess).  Now fill the bottle with warm water and shake.  Give the mixture a few more minutes to calm down before adding 10-20 drops of tea tree essential oil (I use about 30 drops).  Gently shake to mix and get ready to clean!

The floor cleaner is a similar recipe and works great on our linoleum floor (I wouldn't suggest using this recipe on your floor if you have expensive flooring such as porous stone, hardwood or carpet of course).

Collect the following:
1 cup white vinegar
Few drops of dish soap (I prefer Dawn dish soap)
1 gallon warm water
Tea tree essential oil
Gallon bucket

Scrub brush, mop and/or cleaning cloth

What to do:
Fill the gallon bucket with warm water, add white vinegar, few drops of dish soap and 25-35 drops of tea tree essential oil.  Swish around and get to cleaning!  I like to get down on my hands and knees and do a thorough scrubbing at least twice a year (the rest of the time I settle for steam cleaning or my trusty swifter).

Happy cleaning!  Your house will smell great and your pocketbook will thank you.

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