I decided to stay with the Spring Cleaning theme this week and feature a DIY all-purpose cleaner. Now as I mentioned in Monday’s post, I don’t like to clean. At all. Many of my friends find it relaxing. Me, not so much. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy having a clean house, but in my dreams — someone else cleans it for me. Every time I get it Martha Stewart ready, it manages to get destroyed within five minutes. I blame Max. He blames me. He is probably right.
A Clean Mind Equals a Clean Home
All joking aside, I have noticed the cleaner my mind is (not that kind of dirty, ya pervs), the cleaner my apartment is. This is probably not a coincidence, even if the X-Files part of me is screaming “CONSPIRACY!”. When I’m feeling mentally healthy and strong, my environment naturally reflects that state of mind. It’s also why I am able to stay focused on my get healthy goals, even after I completely bombed them last month. This stronger Tanya is happier and more focused.
And cleaner too, which should make my Mom proud. She maintains a very clean home and has the super power of eliminating stains. Seriously, I’m 40 years old and still need my Mom to work her magic on my stubborn stains.
A Healthy Alternative to Commercial Cleaners
As much I don’t really like cleaning, it is a necessity since my budget doesn’t allow me to hire a cleaning service, although I sincerely look forward to the day it becomes possible. And I plan to apologize profusely for my messy home.
Meanwhile, I grumble my way through cleaning my apartment and noticed over time that certain cleaners bothered me. While they did a great job cleaning, they didn’t make me feel good. I would get a burning sensation in my throat if I breathed in the fumes and headaches too, which I rarely get. These were just regular, old cleaners and it didn’t seem right that I was so sensitive to them.
But I did some research and found similar complaints from others. Some of the chemicals used in various cleaners are quite harsh. A clean house shouldn’t come at the expense of your health. While many commercial cleaning products don’t bother me, one of my favorites really did, so I had to find an alternative and decided to use my own two hands to make it. This DIY all-purpose cleaner allows me to control the ingredients and ensure they don’t leave me feeling nauseated afterwards.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
With just two ingredients, this is both economical and effective.
Items You’ll Need:
- Dawn dish soap
- White vinegar
- Empty spray bottle
- Mix together equal parts Dawn dish soap and white vinegar.
- Carefully pour mixture into an empty spray bottle.
This DIY all-purpose cleaner does a great job in the bathroom and kitchen and is often referred to as Kitchen Magic. It cuts through almost anything and is a really good, all-purpose cleaner. I did not have a problem with the scent, but if the vinegar smell bothers you, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to mask the smell. Also, the vinegar smell will disappear once it dries and actually helps eliminates odors too.
The DIY All-Purpose Cleaner: To Make Or Not?
Definitely give it a try. It’s very cheap to make and does a great job cleaning. I found it to be just as effective as commercial cleaners. Plus, for me, it has no side effects (breathing issues and headaches) and now I’m a spritzing fool when I get the urge to clean, which is probably not as often as my Mom would like. 🙂
Do you use commercial or DIY (or natural) cleaners? What are some of your favorite DIY cleaning recipes?