With a little soap, lemon, and vinegar, you’re ready to make your own home cleaning spray, free from harmful chemicals and cluttered cupboards.
Last year during Zero Waste Week we tried, and I must say succeeded to live low waste while travelling. Some may say it is hard, definitely, it has its challenges. But, for the most part, once we set our mind to reducing our waste, we got on with it and it felt really great to see what you can achieve. (Follow this link to see the video we made)
Remember: Starting small is nothing to be ashamed of – it means that you’re starting!
First things first, a big shout out to our friend Jess, who we’ve interviewed on here before. Jess has since opened a beautiful zero waste shop in Herne Hill called Jarr Market, it’s beautiful. She gave us this lovely glass spray bottle as a pressie, and today I’m using it to make my own general-purpose home cleaning spray.
Keeping a tidy and clean home is very important to me, now we are properly nesting after a period of living abroad, mixed with working from home, I have become a bit obsessed about keeping our space nice.
Let’s get to the cleaning spray.
This recipe calls for lemon and thyme for a natural way to clean surfaces. There are many different blends you can create using ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peel, eucalyptus leaves, lavender. Go wild, quite literally.
What do you need?
- Spray Bottle – can be a fancy glass bottle or an old plastic one (500 ml)
- Measuring Jug for mixing
- Glass Jar with a lid
- Zest of two lemons
- White Vinegar (200 ml)
- Fresh Thyme (a few sprigs worth)
- Boiled water (200 ml)
- Lemon essential oils (40 drops)
- Castile Soap (1-2 Teaspoons)
How to make it:
- Peel the lemons. With as little white pith left on the skin as possible, then place the peel and Thyme into your jar.
- Add the vinegar. Secure the lid, give the contents a little shake and patiently wait for the vinegar to infuse for two weeks.
- Mix things up. Boil water and pour 300 ml into your measuring jug, then add 100 ml of your infused vinegar. There will be leftovers of your infused mixture, keep it and you will be ready for next time.
- Mix in 2 teaspoons of Castile soap – you won’t need much more than that as the soap is highly concentrated.
- Add in 40 drops of lemon essential oil and stir it all together. This has disinfecting qualities and will also help the spray to smell fresh.
- Carefully pour the mixture into your spray bottle.
Then get trigger happy. Use on your countertops, sinks, and toilets and wipe with a cloth. I have been using it in our kitchen for a couple of months now and for an everyday clearer, I’m really happy with it. I also enjoy cleaning a bit more now, who would have thought?
Why go to the effort?
Well in our obsessive consumer culture, one of the most radical choices you can make is choosing to create something for yourself, rather than buying something. Revolution begins at home, right?! It helps bring back the connection to the things we use on a daily basis. Lastly, I feel like Kim Woodburn circa 2003 finding natural cleaning solutions that seem to simple to be true.
Each time you make your own products, you’re taking an active, participatory role in your life.
Finally, if you are worried about germs, a recent study showed that antibacterial products are no more effective at eliminating bacteria than plain old soap and water. You just end up paying more for them and washing toxic ingredients down the drain. So there you go.
Who is going to try making their own cleaning spray? Let us know.
Love, Lottie xx