Mmm, bread and butoxyethanol, my favorite!

The four of us (Raven, Donnie, David and I) have been increasingly disturbed by the price and ingredient lists of our cleaning supplies lately and wanted to try out some non-toxic and cheaper alternatives.  We do a lot of cooking and often prepare food right on the countertops (very undignified, I know), so the non-toxic thing was pretty important since I don’t necessarily want to eat rubbing alcohol, butoxyethanol, ethylene or blue dye-but that’s just me.  A very quickGoogle search turned up thousands of recipes for different DIY cleaners, most including some combination of vinegar, water, baking soda and essential oils, so we decided to try it out. 

We got a spray bottle and filled it with one part white distilled vinegar and four parts water to make a basic all purpose surface cleaner.  The smell, while a tad sour, was not as bad as I thought it would be and it dissipates as soon as it dries. Vinegar is a natural sanitizer (I read about it here) and does a great job for us-everything in our kitchen comes up surprisingly clean and shiny.  A few days after we starting using this spray, we bought some lavender essential oil at the Co-Op and put in like 25 drops.  That has made a big difference and it actually smells really nice now.  The spray literally cost us less than a dollar to make and it has replaced our lysol and granite cleaner polish stuff, so we are happier, healthier and a littel bit richer to boot.  Woo Hoo!

Our next step is to replace our bathroom cleaners that have bleach in them.  This is going to be hard, because we are currently bleach enthusiasts, but we’ll try it out.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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