So, I’ve given you some recipes on DIY laundry detergent and DIY all-purpose cleaner, so here are two more. They really are quite so simple that they need not their own posts. We’re talking 4 total ingredients total.
1 part olive oil
1 part white vinegar
Essential oil of lemon (to preferred scent)
Okay, not rocket science, right? But I swear this works. Been using it on my wood furniture for years and gives a really nice shine, especially in this extremely parched climate. A couple notes, shake VERY well before spraying to get a good mix of both ingredients (oil and vinegar), otherwise, too much vinegar – which will settle to the bottom) makes for a dry spray and wood. Also, I spray the solution, rub in circles first then swipe a second time wiping side to side – this helps to distribute the oil yet wipe it up enough so that it doesn’t leave a funky residue. The essential oil of lemon is also hydrating to wood and helps to offset the salad dressing smell. I reused an old bottle of Method wood polish and have been using it ever since.
1 part vinegar
3 parts water
Essential oil (I like pine oil for this)
Once again, just mix the two but be careful not to add too much essential oil which could make it streak, obviously not what you want to do! I really like using a micro-fiber cloth that is specifically used for window cleaning, but you could reuse newspapers or lint-free rags.
I rarely buy cleaning products because it’s so much cheaper and greener to do-it-yourself. You can also make an easy scrub using baking soda and a wee bit of water to make a paste. The amount of things you can make with simple household ingredients is amazing. Here’s a link to a great post on my team’s blog (EcoEtsy) about all the things you can clean with baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar!
What are some of your favorite DIY cleaning recipes?