Today’s article features an All Purpose Cleaner recipe from personal finance and sustainability enthusiast Jeff Fruhwirth of SustainableLifeBlog.com. Since we’re sharing Jeff’s recipe we figured we had better grill him in a video interview so you can get to know him a little before trying out his All Purpose Cleaner recipe. After watching and checking out the recipe article be sure to visit and subscribe to Jeff’s website – I wouldn’t be sharing his info if I didn’t truly believe he was a great guy with great info to share.
Video interview with Jeff
Why Jeff makes all purpose cleaner
Recently, I noticed that the all purpose cleaner that my roommate and I use is beginning to run low. I’ve been noticing that if I use a fair amount of cleaner in a small, poorly ventilated room (such as the bathroom), I start to cough and need to leave the room for a bit. After a quick look at the ingredients I discovered the toxic agents in the cleaner were making it hard for me to breathe. Using stuff like this has really started to bother me, partly because I’m leaving control of the ingredients to some company that has no interest in my well-being, and partly because this stuff is fairly expensive.
So, I set out to discover how I could keep the illustrious shine in my home while regaining control over the ingredients and the cost. The following recipe is the culmination of my research and testing, I trust it will bless you and your family.
How Jeff makes all purpose cleaner
So, those are the basics, now lets get into how to make the cleaner for yourself. You’ll need 4 things, all of them very easy to find.
- Tea tree essential oil (find 100% pure tea tree oil here)
- Spray bottle – I just reused the one my purchased cleaner came in
Now that we’ve got everything together, here’s what you need to do. Fill spray bottle with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar. This is the main cleaning mixture and you can stop here if you wish. For a pleasing smell and extra cleansing power cleaning, add 10-20 drops of tea tree essential oil, shake it up, and you’ve got a great household cleaner!
You can use it in the kitchen on the counters, stove-top, microwaves and other appliances and even the floor! In the bathroom, you can use it on the toilet, sink, shower/tub and floor as well. It works great and it’s got minimal ingredients, no toxins and is 100% home-made. It’s also very, very cheap.
Shake before each use to combine the essential oil.
Base ingredients for homemade cleaners
As a bonus I wanted to give you a list of the base ingredients for most all homemade cleaners. Buy them in bulk and have them around at all times.
- Baking Soda – Cleans and deodorizes
- Soap - Unscented in bar or liquid form
- Lemon - Effective in killing bacteria
- Borax - Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects
- White Vinegar – Cuts through grease, removes mildew and odors
- Washing Soda – Cuts grease, removes stains
- Vodka – A great disinfectant
Thank you for reading… now go get started on making this cleaner!
Visit Jeff’s website SustainableLifeBlog.com for tips on saving money and living more sustainably.