This post is all about how to make DIY cleaning spray recipes that you can use around your entire home.
I will be walking you through 3 fool-proof cleaning spray recipes that won’t harbour bacteria (some DIY recipes are just plain horrible) and that will actually do the job of cleaning your home.
You might be here because you are looking for more chemical-free alternatives, you just might be switching to a more eco-friendly, zero-waste lifestyle or you might just want to try something new. I completely get where you are and the decision to make your own cleaning spray is valid.
However, let me make a little admission. I do use a lot of commercial cleaning products as you’ll see in my post on Amazon cleaning favourites, feel free to judge me but before you click out of this article, hear me out.
I find that some products just do a quicker, and sometimes more effective job than some DIY concoctions I have seen on Pinterest. Trust me when I tell you that I have tried every DIY cleaning spray under the sun.
My personal approach to this is in finding the right balance of off the shelf chemical cleaners and DIY ones. The reason for that is some DIY mixtures are actually really harmful.
How can we still have recipes that ask us to mix baking soda with liquid and leave it under the sink? What’s the shelf life of that DIY cleaning spray? Does it contain preservatives? How much of preservatives are in it? So many questions.
You don’t want to make a DIY recipe that ends up being more toxic than a well formulated cleaning product you get off the shelf, so I am here to help.
Why I Decided To Make a DIY Cleaning Spray
Now that you understand my justification for using both chemical and non-chemical cleaning products, Let me share my reason for making my own DIY cleaning spray which I have now used for close to 2 years.
Like you, I want to live a healthier lifestyle and whilst I use my Amazon cleaning products when I deep clean, my daily cleaning is done with my eco cleaning sprays.
The main ingredient in most of my eco cleaning sprays is infused vinegar, which I show you how to make in the video below. It has a strong smell but you know what I absolutely love about it? The strong smell is quickly replaced with a fresh smell that is difficult to describe. You have to try it to fully understand what I mean.
The reason I prefer infused vinegar over regular white vinegar is down to two reasons.
1. The oil: I have tried many DIY spray recipes with plain vinegar but they never holds up against the ones from infused vinegar. The oil from the zest of the citrus fruit in infused vinegar just makes cleaning so much easier. The presence of oil simply cuts through oil and grease on surfaces.
2. The colour and smell: Although the vinegar masks the orangy/citrusy smell, it’s pretty satisfying to see it turn the colour of your fruit and smell like it too, well… sometimes
Torera, I understand the benefits but how do I make my own cleaning spray?
I hear you! Let’s get into the recipe.
If you can’t watch the video above, here is a quick recipe that shows you how to make infused vinegar
How To Make Infused Vinegar
What you’ll need
- White Vinegar
- Citrus fruit peel (lemon, orange, tangerine)
- Peel or cut the zest off the fruit making sure there is no fruit left on the peel. I prefer to use easy-peelers or tangerine.
- Drop the peels into a glass jar with a lid and pour the white vinegar over it until the peels are completely immersed.
- Store for in a dark cupboard for 2-3 weeks.
- After 2-3 weeks it is ready to use. You can store the unused portion in the fridge to keep infusing.
DIY All Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe
This easy recipe is what I use to clean my entire home.
- Strain the vinegar into a glass spray bottle (use glass, not plastic as essential oils eat through plastic) The vinegar should make up 50% – 60% of the spray bottle
- Fill up the rest of the way with distilled water. You want to use distilled water because it free of pollutants, bacteria, fungi and the likes.
- Put 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Shake and it’s ready to use.
DIY Glass And Mirror Cleaning Spray
The reason I use plain vinegar for this DIY cleaning spray is that the infused version has a bit of oil in it which can often leave streaks on your mirror or glass.
- Use 50% distilled water, 30% vinegar and 20% rubbing alcohol.
- Shake and clean away.
DIY Natural Disinfectant Spray
- Mix 60% rubbing alcohol with 40% vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil like eucalyptus
- Shake properly and it’s ready to be used to sanitise your surfaces
Please remember that rubbing alcohol can lift paint off off surfaces. Also, note that this mix is not safe on marble.
I hope you will try my foolproof DIY cleaning spray recipes. If you are allergic to strong smells you might want to stay away from vinegar, but if you are not, you will quickly get addicted to the ‘fresh smell’ you get after cleaning with it.
If you do try any of these recipes, leave me a comment below and let me know which one you loved the most.
This post is all about how to make DIY cleaning spray recipes.
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