I have a confession. I used to hate cleaning my kitchen. No, really. I H.A.T.E.D. it! Which probably comes as a bit of a surprise after the kitchen cleaning video I posted the other day. But I really couldn’t stand it. The scrubbing. The chemical smells. OH BOY!
Then I stumbled across a recipe for a DIY surface spray and my world was changed.
Ok. So maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but I don’t hate cleaning the kitchen anymore. In fact, I rather enjoy it now. This surface spray WORKS. It’s cheap and easy to make, gentle on the environment. And best of all? No chemical smells giving me a headache. Hallelujah!
Now I’ve played around with this recipe to find the exact ratio that works well with the particular ingredients I have one hand. You may find you need to do the same. Also, a word of caution. This particular recipe is not suitable for use on granite benchtops as the vinegar in the solution can erode the stone.
So what is in this magical cleaning elixir of mine?
2 Ingredient Surface Spray
Did you catch that?
Yep. I said 2 ingredients! This is bargain green cleaning at it’s finest.
You will need:
an empty spray bottle (I use a cheap plastic one at the moment but would love to swap to these glass bottles one day ∼affiliate link)
your favourite eco-friendly dishwashing liquid (I use EcoStore brand)
Simply mix 1 part dish liquid with 5 parts vinegar and voila! Start spraying and wiping ALL THE SURFACES. It really is that simple. If you notice your mixture is too soapy, simply add more vinegar. If it isn’t working to lift grime off your benches, add a little more dish liquid.
One more note on mixing up this cleaner. I find it’s best to make a small batch at a time. I generally make up around a third of a spray bottle and this seems to work well. It’s not so often that I get annoyed at having to make it up (not that it takes long to do), but not so infrequent that the mixture loses its kick.
You can also make this up using half vinegar, half water and then adding in the dishwashing liquid. You can also add in a few drops of your favourite essential oil for scent if you like. Just check it is safe for use around pets and won’t damage the particular surfaces you are using your spray on.
Why does this work?
A lot of people say they have tried vinegar as a natural cleaner and it left them feeling underwhelmed. This can definitely be an issue if you aren’t using it for it’s true purpose. So why does this recipe work?
The dishwashing liquid supplies the detergent needed to lift dirt and grime off your surfaces. Vinegar alone doesn’t work too well in this regard. Where the vinegar really comes into its own is as a disinfectant. Vinegar is proven to be an effective antimicrobial agent, which means it kills the germs on the benchtops.
Now for those of you worried about the smell…yes, it does smell like vinegar in here. But only for a minute. The smell dissipates really quickly leaving you with lovely, clean benches and no smell at all. Try it. You will be pleasantly surprised 🙂 If you prefer a little fragrance, add in a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (check first with your aromatherapist to make sure it is suitable for this purpose).
What about my other surfaces?
Well, that’s the kitchen cleaned. But what about the rest of the house?
I use this same surface spray on cupboard fronts, windowsills, light and power switches. I’ve even been known to give a door a quick wipe down. But some surfaces need a little more grime removing power. Shower walls spring to mind.
For tougher surfaces, I make the same mixture of vinegar and dishsoap, but using a 1:1 ratio. That’s half vinegar and half dishwashing liquid. I spray this over my shower, my bathtub, and the occasional wall my toddler has decorated… Leave it for 5 minutes, then give it a quick scrub before rinsing away. Finish up by gently drying the surface with a cloth.
This spray gets used several times a day, every day in my home and has become an integral part of my Green Cleaning Kit 🙂
Do you make your own greener cleaners?