There was this day that I found out that my beloved disinfectant wipes were, well, toxic. It was a rough day. One of those days I just wanted to pretend that I was ignorant and it didn’t really matter because I used them religiously. And I hate to clean and they made it easy. But every time I used them, I couldn’t stop thinking about how bad they were for my family. So, I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement for cleaning my counters, tables, sinks and toilets. I’d found a few on the market, but they still seemed to have ingredients in them that I didn’t care to use, usually sulfates and perfumes or they were just crazy expensive.
I put together a few homemade recipes that I found on line, but most of them had vinegar as a base. I know, I know, vinegar is amazing. I’m not arguing with that, but the smell just doesn’t do it for me. It makes cleaning an even more unpleasant experience for me, like it needs to be any more unpleasant!
After researching some ingredients, I came up with a little recipe of my own. And it smells amazing! I owe all the credit to my 7 year old because she suggested adding cinnamon essential oil. I did It simply to appease her and figured I would replace it with something else when I made the next batch.
Boy was I in for a surprise. The first time we used it, overwhelming cinnamon. But after it sat overnight, something transformed and it turned into a whole new scent. An amazing wonderful scent that I can’t even compare to anything else. My husband even goes on about how good it smells. I actually enjoy dusting so I can breath it in. OK, maybe I’m crazy, but I’m just saying. You will have to see for yourself.
I use this cleaner for counters, tables, floors, sinks, toilets, dusting, and even to get stains out of carpet. Check out this grape juice stain that I cleaned up in minutes. It was the only cleaner I had, so I sprayed it on and hoped for the best. I was truly amazed that it got grape juice out of my carpet.
The only thing I still use vinegar cleaner for is to clean glass surfaces and mirrors.
Here are the ingredients and why they are a part of the mix:
- Borax – bonds with other particles to keep ingredients dispersed evenly in a mixture and maximizes the surface area to enhance cleaning power
- Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in Peppermint – cleaning agent ( you don’t have to use Peppermint, but if you don’t, I can’t guarantee the fabulous scent. If all you have is plain castile soap, I would recommend adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the mix.)
- Hydrogen Peroxide – disinfectant
- Tea Tree Oil – kills bacteria, fungi and viruses
- Cinnamon Oil – antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial
- Hot water
I wrote the ingredients on the side of the bottle with a permanent marker so I wouldn’t have to dig out a recipe every time I made it, which is quite often because I use it for everything! You can get these bottles at the dollar store, but I’ve found I have to replace them quite often, so I’m looking into getting a better bottle that may last longer. Hope you enjoy this cleaner as much as I do!
Keepin’ It Crazy!
- 28 oz spray bottle
- ½ TBSP Borax
- ¼ c peroxide
- ⅛ c castile soap (peppermint or add peppermint oil)
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- hot water
- In a 28 oz spray bottle use a small funnel to and pour the Borax into the bottle
- Add a little bit of hot water and swish around until the Borax is mostly dissolved
- Using the funnel, add the peroxide and castile soap
- Add the tea tree and cinnamon essential oils
- Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water, replace the lid and shake gently
- Can be used immediately, but the scent will develop after it sits overnight