You just need to go for a trip down the cleaning isle in a supermarket to find an array of cleaning sprays. This article is not going to go into how bad some of these are for you.
Instead, I will show you the simple DIY Cleaning Spray System we use in our house. It is safe, eco-friendly, waste free, cheap, and so easy kids can do it!
A Spray for almost everything
A multipurpose spray that is safe on all surfaces, I even use it on my daughter’s hands and feet if she has been outside getting dirty.
It is a great degreaser, use it to spray down the oven after use, clean the car interior, the toilet, bath, sinks, benches, fridge, microwave, and furniture. You can even spray it on your dishes!
I make it in less than 30 seconds and simply add 10-20% Castile Soap, water and 25-30 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle and done! This can leave streaks on windows and glass, so I have another option for that coming.
I should also note, you can also make a spray using washing soda instead of Castile Soap. Dilute one or two teaspoons in water, add your essential oils and into the spray bottle she goes.
For Bath, Glass & Windows
This spray is great at removing soap scum in the shower, cleaning shower screens, glass and windows. It also helps remove rust, hard water deposit and calcium build up.
What a wonder spray! And it is one simple, cheap, easy to access ingredient – vinegar.
I use the cheap white vinegar you find in the food isle and simply pour directly into a spray bottle. I do not dilute this with water, it is already diluted by nature, and we want to remove water deposits not add to them.
I do not purchase cleaning vinegar either, which in most cases is acetic acid made from petroleum-based products added to water.
Food grade vinegar is done through fermentation of grains, grapes etc. and is a greener option.
When you need to disinfect
I do use a few options here and I will explain why.
Firstly, a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide is an essential in the toolkit. It is a hospital grade disinfectant and not only great for lots of medical remedies it is a natural Oxybleach so it can remove stains, whiten whites and be used to sanitise.
Over time Hydrogen Peroxide will lose its effectiveness, so a bottle sitting in a cupboard for past 2 years will not be as good. Exposure to heat and direct sunlight degrade it faster, which is great when it comes to dispersing in the environment, but not so great for home use.
My suggestion is to store it in the fridge, but it needs to be clearly marked as poison and out of reach of little hands. If you’re not comfy with this storing in a cool, dark spot is best.
Another suggestion is to buy a bottle from a chemist or pharmacy as they are usually temperature controlled. A 3% solution is fine, however do not dilute it, use it as is. If you have a higher solution (like 6% or 30%) then you can dilute down to min 3% but I personally would just use as is and keep it in its original state.
Because of the volatility of hydrogen peroxide, and since it is not a daily use item, I do not store a bottle under the sink or next to loo, but if you have a small bottle and will go through it in a few months then go for it!
Before Covid I used to use Vodka as a sanitiser, but since all the science of alcohol content versus bacteria became clearer, I did make a switch.
Instead, I use a sanitiser made by a local Melbourne whiskey company, called Ned Whiskey. I chose this over an Isopropyl Alcohol as this is petroleum based which I try to avoid when possible. In truth, the stuff is not cheap at $25 a bottle, so it is used sparingly and currently the one bottle is going on 4 months.
Now when it comes to do a full moon clean, I make my own disinfecting spray using a teaspoon or two of Sodium Percarbonate, activated with a tiny bit of boiling water and cooled with cold water. The Percarbonate will release Hydrogen Peroxide as well as the cleaning power of Washing Soda.
This is an awesome, powerful cleaning spray! However, it loses its effectiveness after about 6 hours so you need to dispose of it same day.
Refill, Reuse and no need to recycle
We use amber glass spray bottles with good quality canyon chemical resistant triggers, the amber glass not only looks great it protects the contents from heat and direct sunlight keeping it fresher. It is also much easier to clean and any essential oils do not seep through like in plastic bottles.
Thank you for reading, hope it inspires you to set up your own little DIY Spray System that is green and effective!
Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or share your tips.