As promised, here is the recipe I use to make a natural anti-bacterial surface cleaner to keep our kitchen sparkling clean and toxin free!
As part of my own general health and wellbeing journey, I have been trying to reduce my toxic load wherever I can. From eating organic food to using chemical-free beauty products and non-toxic cleaning products. Having said that I still want to feel like my home is clean so it’s important to me that the cleaning products I use will kill off any nasties which might be lurking on our surfaces. Plus, I’m a bit of a clean freak!
After much searching on the internet and trial and error, I’ve created my own antibacterial surface cleaner which has just 5 ingredients, is simple to make and gives extra life to items which previously you probably threw in the composter (or maybe even the bin!)
Antibacterial Surface Cleaner
Vegan | Chemical-free
Time: 2-3 weeks ‘preparation’ then 5 minutes to make
Note: this cleaner isn’t suitable for use on marble, granite or stone surfaces as vinegar as it can erode the surface!
- 500ml White vinegar
- Essential oils: 5 drops of each: Tea tree, oregano, lemon (I use DoTerra essential oils but you can use any pure essential oils)
- Lemons from your morning hot water and lemon (if you don’t start your day with a mug of hot water and lemon read why you should here) Or 4 fresh lemons
- Large glass Kilner jar or alternative glass jar with lid
- Metal sieve
- Glass measuring jug
- Homemade glass spray bottle – I use the vinegar bottle with a spray gun from a cheap plastic spray bottle I picked up on the high street. I prefer to use non-plastic equipment in my kitchen to avoid the effects of BPA – a chemical commonly found in plastic which can disrupt hormones – another toxin we don’t need in our lives!
- A little time and patience
Pour the vinegar into the glass Kilner jar – you need to ensure you have space in the jar to fit the lemons so make sure you pick a large-enough jar!
Okay so the vinegar doesn’t smell so good, but the lemon and essential oils will combat that and it’s the acetic acid in the vinegar which helps to make this spray anti-bacterial.
Either slice and juice the fresh lemons adding the juice and the whole lemon to the jar or – as I do – add the lemon from your morning hot water and lemon each day after you’ve finished drinking the water! You don’t get the juice but it gives the lemons a second role in life which has to be a positive thing – right?
I keep the jar in a cupboard and just add the lemons each morning as I’m clearing up breakfast – it takes 2 seconds.
Lemons are a great addition because they are also anti-bacterial helping fight unwanted germs plus citrus scents are great at masking the vinegar smell!
Keep the vinegar lemon jar in a cupboard for 2-3 weeks to allow the goodness from the lemons to permeate into the vinegar. I just keep adding lemons to the vinegar every day until 3-weeks is up or the jar gets full – whatever comes first.
After 2 to 3-weeks, sieve the liquid into the glass jug so you remove the lemons. The longer you leave it the darker the liquid will go but it doesn’t make it more/less effective.
Add 5 drops each of lemon, oregano and tea tree oil to boost the cleaning power and improve the smell of the cleaner! Add extra if the vinegar smell is still strong.
Essential oils are concentrated oils which are derived from plants and as long as you buy a good quality product means you’re getting a concentrated dose of the natural qualities of that plant. I use DoTerra oils but there are lots available online or in good health food shops.
Lemon, oregano and tea tree are all natural anti-bacterial agents which help keep your surfaces clean which is why I’ve added them to this cleaner. Plus, the lemon smells great and works with the lemons we added to the vinegar!
Give the liquid a good stir then pour it into your glass bottle ready to use. Shake well before each use, spray onto the surface and wipe off with a damp cloth. But remember don’t use this mix if you have natural stone, marble or granite surfaces!
As this cleaner take a while to ‘brew’ I usually start a new jar as soon as I finish the last one to avoid running out! If you haven’t finished the bottle within 3 weeks the vinegar jar will just sit and wait until you are ready!