I wanted an all purpose cleaner that we could spray on the counters. My husband cleans up every little spill while cooking and i wipe down the island regularly so we keep the spray bottle on the counter for quick use.
I love the spray bottles that come with our commercial shower solution (I make a shower solution but my hubby goes through it faster than I can make more, so he buys it at the grocery when I am not looking.) The bottles have a built in tube so you can get every last drop from the bottom so I wash out the bottles and save them to use for kitchen and bathroom cleaner.
This simple solution will smell good, clean and disinfect.
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp washing soda
15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil *
15 drops of lemon balm essential oil *
Place all of these in a spray bottle then add enough warm water to fill the bottle and shake well. You now have an all-purpose cleaner. You can substitute tea tree essential oil and/or lavender essential oil to replace one or both of the other oils.
To scour the sink you may need something a bit stronger, so make an abrasive cleaner with grapefruit that smells good and inhibits microorganisms. To give it more punch you can also add bergamot and lemon oil too.
Do not use this on a fiberglass tub or sink.
Abrasive Grapefruit and Lemon Scrub
1 cup fine grade pumice
1/2 cup clay powder
2 Tablespoons grapefruit essential oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water
Mix all ingredients together and stir. Store in a labeled airtight container.
To Use: Apply gently with a damp sponge or cloth and scrub.
Creamy non-Abrasive Scrub
Use this on any fiberglass surfaces and anyplace else you do want scratches but need some serious cleaning.
1/4 cup borax
1/2 teaspoon lemon grass essential oil
In a small bowl, combine borax and just enough castile to create a thick paste. Add essential oil and bend well.
To Use: Scoop a small amount of cleaner onto a damp sponge. Scrub surface and rinse well.