DIY . All Purpose Cleaner

DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Te Amo Too

Commercial cleaning products are some of the most toxic products we can find in our homes. Some of us can tell by the way our bodies responds to it, through a skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, chemical burns, and sudden headaches. But unfortunately, not everyone has an immediate reaction.

Some people may never know how bad it is being exposed to these chemicals until they develop chronic, or long term, side effects later in life. You can only imagine how bad it would be to ingest any of the regular store bought cleaning products, as it happens so many times, specially with children. And even though you might think you’re safe because you don’t plan on drinking Clorox any time soon, in reality you’re not. All of these chemicals produce toxic fumes and carcinogens that are so easily inhaled and absorbed through the skin. The promise of no elbow grease is an expensive one after all.

Sanitizing and deodorizing doesn’t have to come along with neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. In fact, I personally like this recipe more than any other cleaner. Specially, if used with a microfiber cloth. It’s super easy and fast to make it. Try it and you won’t go back!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Boil water.
  2. Add borax and water to a mixing bowl and whisk until borax is completely dissolved.
  3. Add hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vinegar and stir.
  4. Once it cools, add essential oils and pour mixture into a spray bottle.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Te Amo Too

DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Te Amo Too

DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Te Amo Too

Notes

  • Wait for the mixture to cool down before pouring it into the spray bottle. The first time I did this, I made the mistake of pouring it while it was still hot and ended up with a deformed spray bottle.
  • For the essential oils, I used a mixture of Lemongrass and Eucalyptus. But you can try any scent, like lavender, peppermint, lime basil, etc.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner | Te Amo Too

If you don’t have all ingredients on hand or you still need to order some. You can visit my Etsy Shop and buy the All Purpose Cleaner. It comes with the recipe on a laminated label, so you don’t have to look for it whenever is time to make a new batch. You will also get a microfiber cloth which will definitively improve your cleaning and save you on paper towels. Both bottle and cloth can be washed and reused many times.

Resources

How toxic are your household cleaning products? – organic consumers.org

List of most harmful cleaning products for your home – huffingtonpost.com

8 hidden toxins: what’s lurking in your cleaning products? – experiencelife.com

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25 Comments

  1. This is amazing info and a great idea! Pinned!! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I love seeing fresh ideas and new faces! I hope you made it back this week!! Party runs Monday 10pm-Sat 10pm :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jess

  2. What a delightful presentation for your all-purpose cleaner, Juliana! I was just reading “Kitchen Stewardship” this week and she mentioned using hydrogen peroxide in a cleaner. There is so much to learn when it comes to healthy alternatives. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for linking it up at Project Inspire{d}!
    All the best for an extraordinary start to your week.

  3. What a great recipe. We mainly use a citrus vinegar for our cleaning but I bet this smells better ;-). Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week. By the way, your photography is just beautiful.

    1. Hi Aimee, I just visited you blog and love your closet office! I have a little craft armoire in my bedroom too. It’s the only space I could find! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Hope to see you soon!

    1. Thank you Candice, it was my first time. I have followed a lot of blogs through the years, but started my own this week! So I’m still trying to learn and absorb as much as I can. Have a great week!

    1. Hi Susan, thank you so much for stopping by! You know, I have been refilling my bottle for years now and it never “went bad”. It does disinfect. I’m gonna dedicate a post about disinfecting with natural homemade cleaners. It’s definitely not 99.9% but what is the real benefit of that?! It kills much more than germs and bacteria! Vinegar is great at desinfecting and some essential oils alone kill different kinds of bacteria and viruses on contact. It’s amazing what nature really gives us. We are the ones who mess it up!

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