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Natural Essential Oil Kitchen and Bathroom Spray Surface Cleaner Recipe
Essential oils not only smell wonderful (most anyhow!), but oils like lemon and orange can help dissolve grease while oils like lavender, tea tree, frankincense, cedar and thyme can help kill germs and help help keep your surfaces clean.
It's easy to make your own natural essential oil spray surface cleaner and customize it to use your preferred essential oils. This recipe will get you started!
Ingredients and Packaging
Where to Find Suitable Spray Bottles
It is okay to use PET plastic for spray cleaners as the cleaner contains mostly water and only a fraction of essential oil. You can tell if the bottle is made of PET plastic by looking for the symbol on the bottom of the bottle. Although you can purchase glass bottles with sprayer tops, I do not recommend using glass bottles for spray cleaners. Often when spraying, you may move swiftly and may have a greater risk of dropping the bottle or bumping it into something and breaking it.
Amazon.com sells empty spray bottles. Below is a link to a 16 fl. oz. PET plastic spray bottle that I have been using successfully.
16 fl. oz. Pet Plastic Clear Spray Bottle
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Add the water, white vinegar and your chosen essential oil blend to your 16 fl. oz. spray bottle. Shake well. The recipe makes only approx. 15 fl. oz. of cleaner so that you have ample room on the bottle to shake the mixture thoroughly before and during each use.
For a More Soapy Consistency (Optional)
If you find that you would like your surface cleaner to be slightly soapy in consistency, you can experiment by replacing .5 fl. oz. of the water with castile soap.
White Vinegar vs. Apple Cider Vinegar
White vinegar is recommended as it is more translucent and is more suitable for use in a cleaning spray. Additionally, apple cider vinegar can contain natural particles that could potentially clog your sprayer or land on your surfaces. I prefer to use white vinegar for my cleaning applications and save my apple cider vinegar for my nutritive and culinary applications.
Before and during each use, shake the mixture well. Essential oils do not stay mixed in water, so it's crucial that you shake the blend frequently.
Important Precaution: Before you use the spray on each new surface, do a spot check on an inconspicuous area, and allow ample time for it dry to ensure that the essential oils and vinegar do not damage the surfaces you intend to clean. Once you are sure that the spray is suitable for your surfaces, apply and use as you would any other surface cleaner.
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