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So often the sustainable option means the expensive option. This is not the case when it comes to making your own cleaning solutions at home.
Perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective project to start with is making your own all-purpose cleaning spray.
If I could wave a magic wand, I would change the way many people reflexively buy single-use plastics. “Out of Mrs. Meyers Basil Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner (no shade)? Time to head to Target and buy a new one.”
Instead, I’d like to encourage you to keep the plastic bottle, buy the ingredients below in bulk (you probably already have them on hand!) and refill that bottle with your own multi-purpose cleaner!
Baking soda and vinegar are the iconic duo in this cleaner whose chemical reaction effectively break up dirt and grime.
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2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
1/2 CUP WHITE VINEGAR
10 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL (IEMON, EUCALYPTUS, ETC).
FILL TO TOP WITH WATER
- Scoop 2 teaspoons baking soda into your spray bottle of choice.
- Add 1/2 cup white vinegar. This will create a reaction. Woo science!
- Add essential oil of your choice. I like lemon or another citrus essential oil for this.
- Fill with water to the top of the bottle. Cap it off and clean away!
Note: This recipe is for 16 oz. bottles, but you can adapt it to any container you choose. The ratios do not need to be exact—this is a very forgiving formula. the only thing I would caution against is too much baking soda can leave a white residue and too much vinegar can stink. I happen to like the smell of vinegar so I’m all good there!
Disclaimer: This cleaner is great for cleaning up household messes. Please buy EPA-certified products to kills germs and viruses.
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I don’t know who needs to hear this, but ? stop ? running out to buy a new plastic bottle of all-purpose cleaner every time you run out. Make your own! It’s super easy and saves you money. ? Baking soda and vinegar are like a few dollars? And I bought this Whole Foods spray a couple years ago and have been reusing the bottle ever since! #reducereuserecycle #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #sustainablymade #reuseable #lessplastic #plasticfree