I thought today would be a good day to take a break from Calf Watch 2020 and write about another topic I am pretty passionate about….
Homemade All Natural Cleaning Spray
A few reasons why I make my own cleaner--
If you read this year’s first blog post, you’ll have a little bit of an understanding about why I feel pretty strongly about using natural products.
Also, I have a tendency to not trust “the man”—and when I say “the man” I really mean “the giant corporate world that has taken over the super market shelves and given us chemicals in place of natural things that work just as good (or better) without nasty side effects”—just so we are on the same page…..(I could go on a good long while about that topic, but I will save it for another day—or I may just keep it all to myself….yeah, that’s probably a wiser choice.)
And, I just don’t love to throw useful things in the trash. That’s one benefit of having chickens. They don’t care what kind of nasty scrap it is that I throw out to them—they scarf it up just the same! And when you can take scraps and make an all natural, antibacterial cleaner, that may be even better than making it into eggs. Well, maybe not BETER…but you know what I am saying…..
So, here’s what I do to make a homemade, natural cleaner that really works!!
Any time we eat oranges or use lemons (our misfitsmarket.com subscription makes sure we never run out of those!! You can get a discount on your first box when you use my code--COOKWME-QU7XQE), I save the peels and put them in a glass jar—the bigger the jar, the more cleaner you can make at once, so choose your jar wisely…..
I cover the peels with vinegar, filling the jar to the top.
I let it sit for about two weeks, or longer if I can—the longer it steeps the better it will be!!
When the vinegar is good and infused with the citrus oils (see what we’re doing here?? it’s replacing essentials oils that cost $$ with scraps and getting an even better result!!!!) you can pour off the liquid and throw the scrap peels away. The vinegar will have a BEAUTIFUL fragrance, a tinge of color, and will be ready to use!
Even better, you can dilute it with water to make it last twice as long. I add half water and half cleaner to my spray bottle and it seems to work perfectly. If I don’t dilute it, it tends to be pretty strong on the vinegar smell, and I get some complaints from my cleaning helpers.
All Natural, Antibacterial, All Purpose Cleaner for less than a penny an ounce!!!
AND, it gives a streak free clean to windows, stainless steel, and granite!
One last note—if you haven’t tried cleaning with microfiber cloths, you totally should!! Any microfiber will work—you don’t have to be invited to a party and spend $50 for them….I have used cloths from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, and, my all time favorite, Harbor Freight….They all work really well and they are all less than 50 cents a piece. Just an extra tidbit for you, there….
You should DEFINITELY give making your own cleaner a try! And let me know what you think!!
HELLO & WELCOME!!