Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DIY All-Purpose Cleanser

With climate change a reality and employment prospects in decline, it’s time we all did our part to reduce our carbon footprint and save what’s left of our environment.

Some people do this by eating sustainably and/or organically, others do it by protesting, but for most of us the easiest and cheapest way to do it is to start with ourselves.

Cooking can be a lot of fun, but the cleanup is always a pain in the butt, despite what Mary Poppins would have you believe.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re singing, dancing, or listening to music, you’re still using nasty pricey cleansers to get the vermin attracting food residue and harmful bacteria off your sinks, counters, stove, and in the bathroom.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few ingredients you probably already have at home, you can make your own all-purpose cleanser that will do the job just fine and cost a fraction of the price of a ready-made cleaning product.

Here’s How You Do It

Difficulty Level: Easy
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Will yield at least 2 cups of cleaning product


½ Cup of White Vinegar – a great, food safe disinfectant

1 Teaspoon of Liquid Dish Soap

1 or 2 Tablespoons of Bleach (OPTIONAL) – The vinegar in this recipe disinfects just fine, but for those who want extra germ killing power, add the bleach. Bleach isn’t the most enviro-friendly thing out there and its fumes are toxic, but a little goes a long way and this recipe probably contains less than a store-bought cleaning product.

At least 1 ½ Cups of Water – If you want a milder cleaning product, simply add more water


Measuring Cups and Spoons

1 Empty Spray Bottle or Bucket – Both available at the dollar store or hardware store

Combine all the ingredients and you’re good to go!

This cleanser will work on tile floors, counter tops, sinks, some appliances, and in the bathroom. For wood surfaces you’re better off mixing a tiny bit of wood-friendly cleaner with water.

Now scrub, scrub away!

-Samantha R. Gold

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