The more research I do into natural, cheap, DIY cleaners the more excited I get! And the cleaner our home gets!!
It is so freeing to be able to clean our home from top to bottom and not have to worry about chemicals or paying big bucks to replace store-bought natural products.
Just as a reminder, any homemade cleaner I recommend has been used and loved in our home and costs PENNIES to make!
Cleaners vs Disinfectants (revisited)
In the post where I introduced my disinfectant I went over the important differences between cleaners and disinfectants but I want to take just a minute to review.
The most important thing to remember is that cleaners don’t disinfect and disinfectants don’t clean. If you want to effectively disinfect a surface you need to first clean it AND THEN disinfect it. And the cleaner I’m introducing you to today is what you can use on most surfaces in your home; either by itself or followed up with a disinfectant.
For example, when I’m cleaning the kitchen I spray off the counters with this cleaner and I’m done (unless I’ve spilled raw meat juice or something else that needs disinfecting). If I’m cleaning the bathroom, I clean the entire bathroom with this cleaner and then when I’m all done I spray all surfaces with my disinfectant and just let it dry (it will be disinfected by the time it is dry).
One other example is my tile floors. The floors can so easily get so dirty and since my little one is crawling on them all day I go ahead and disinfect them every time I mop. So I’ll use the all-purpose cleaner and a Swiffer mop to clean them and then mist the entire floor with the disinfectant and let it dry.
I know I might seem to be repeating myself but this was such a perspective-changing idea for me and it took me a little bit to fully adapt.
Before making any of my DIY cleaner recipes I went by Walmart and bought up a bunch of their $0.99 spray bottles in the cleaner section…and that was probably my biggest investment in this entire project! Because literally all the other ingredients for these recipes were already in our home.
This recipe is soooo simple. Fill up one of those spray bottles with water and then put about two tablespoons of dish soap in it. Shake it enough to blend the soap…and you’re done!
Another fun part about this is that you can make it any scent you want. Either by choosing a dish soap in a scent you like or use an unscented soap and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil!
The only surfaces I don’t use this cleaner on is wood or glass/mirrors. If a surface needs some special work I will introduce you to some of my specialty cleaners in future posts; but for a basic cleaning, this is literally the jack-of-all-trades cleaner!
A house can never be too clean and now our home is not only dirt/germ-free but also chemical-free, fume-free, and almost cost-free!
Have fun cleaning!