I basically own three 'cleaners'. Vinegar. Baking Soda. Castile Soap. You may be surprised to learn that aside from the never-ending amounts of dog hair, my home is exceptionally clean. [I think] it meets my mom's standards (and for those of you who know her, you know the bar is set high).
There are several factors that influence my simple cleaning preferences. First and foremost, commercial cleaning products are a leader of indoor air pollutants and toxins. Thanks, but no thanks. Secondly, I don't like clutter and since most cleaning products don't add any sentimental or aesthetic value to my life, I prefer to keep them to a minimum. Third, it's incredibly frugal. By using common household ingredients and resisting the urge to buy dozens of single-purpose cleaners you're not shelling out extra dollars on cleaning products that could be hazardous to your health (not to mention occupying prime real-estate in your storage cabinet).
The cleaner I use on a daily basis is a multi-purpose vinegar spray. From everything to counters, sinks, tables - and even to spot-clean my fabric sofa. Combined with baking soda, it also makes an excellent shower or toilet bowl scrub.
Let's get to it. You'll need:
1-2 cups of white vinegar
2-3 sprigs of rosemary
1 Lemon (the zest from the full lemon and the juice from half of it)
In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and heat on med-high. Heating the vinegar draws the aromatic oils from the herbs. Bring to a boil and then allow it to simmer for 5 . minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
When the vinegar has cooled, transfer to a glass jar or glass spray bottle, like the one in the photo below.
It' simple, effective and a healthier alternative to what's on the market for all-purpose cleaners. You can make this even easier by simply putting vinegar in a bottle and adding essential oils. My common go-to's are sweet-orange and lemon, or lemon and tea tree oil.
Happy, and healthy cleaning!