In these DIYs for household cleaners, I used a base of vinegar infusions, but my spouse always complained about the "vinegary" scent they left behind, despite the pine/orange infusions. But. Vinegar is vingear. It's pungent, but it's a good cleaner. However, it's not ideal to use on stone countertops, so with these things in mind, our household needed another option.
SUPER EASY + NATURAL
What I like about this recipe is that you can swap out the essential oils and soap scent to suit your preferences. Here's why I use eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender (and a hint of tea tree, though it is optional):
Eucalyptus is a germicide/anti-microbial/disinfectant, making it a great essential oil to add to your at-home apothecary recipes. I also deters pests. It's my personal favourite, and finds its way into everything.
Peppermint is antibacterial, deters bugs - like ants! - and leaves a fresh scent.
Lavender is also an antibacterial, but by using a lavender base, the other essential oils are slightly muted, not letting their strong fragrances dominate (peppermint can be very bold).
*Tea tree is a disinfectant, banishing mold and mildew. It's very strong, and a little goes a long way. It's optional in this recipe.
• 16 oz amber bottle - get them here
• 1 3/4 cup distilled water
• 1/4 cup lavender castille soap
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 2 drops peppermint essential oil (strong)
• *2 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
1. Add your water to the amber bottle first to avoid create bubbly suds. Adding the soap before the water can fluff up a bunch of bubbles in your bottle, wasting space and making a bit of a mess. Using amber bottles prolongs the life of your natural products by shielding them from light.
2. Using a funnel, add the 1/4 cup of soap to your amber bottle. Set aside the funnel, and add all the essential oils to the mixture, careful not to spill on the sides of the bottle's neck (if you're applying a label, oil can prevent labels from sticking and can smear them).
3. Fasten a mister, and shake the mixture together to combine. Give it a good shake each time before using. Spray surfaces and wipe with a damp cloth.
NOTE: Your cloth needs to be damp to wipe away the bubble/cleaning residue otherwise you will leave a film on your counters.