How to Make a Powerful and Safe Household Cleaning Spray
Any time that you can use natural ingredients to make household cleaners puts you in an advantageous position. This is true for everyday life as well as during long-term survival situations. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take a lot to make effective alternatives to cleaners that have harsh chemicals. In fact, one citrus-based cleaner is a powerful example of how you can put together a great alternative in just a few simple steps.
8 ounces of white vinegar
8 ounces of water
20 drops of orange essential oil
20 drops of lemon essential oil
1 tbsp of baking soda
The power in this cleaner comes from the acids and other grease and germ-fighting compounds found in the ingredients. Vinegar and lemon oil also contain antibiotic properties which can help to sanitize surfaces by killing off a wide-range of microorganisms. While this isn’t the only cleaner recipe out there, it’s one of the more basic, yet reliable ones to have at your disposal.
The first step is to fill a bowl or container with water and add the vinegar. This will help to dilute it to a safe level before adding the other acids. Sprinkle in the baking soda and stir until it has dissolved into the liquid. You don’t want to pour in all of the baking soda at once, otherwise it will fizz up and possibly overflow from the container. Stirring while adding will slowly introduce the baking soda into the mixture and prevent this from happening.
All you need to do next is pour the mixture into your spray bottle and give it a good shake. Add the lemon and orange oil and shake again. You can start using this immediately, or store the bottle in a cool, dark place for months. Just remember to shake the bottle frequently to keep all of the ingredients bound together instead of separating or settling. Keeping them mixed will also help to minimize clogging in the spray system, which can happen frequently if the baking soda starts to congeal in the liquid.
When ready to use, simply spray the surface, clean with a damp towel and wipe off. Some surfaces, such as those treated with paint or lacquer, should be wiped down with a moist towel after spraying. This will remove the acids to prevent them from eating through the material. Dry the surface if necessary in order to protect it, and you’re good to go.
Test this recipe by comparing it with other cleaners, and see whether or not this is the best option for you. If not, there are plenty of other ones out there to choose from that can get the job done. You can also play around with the proportions of this recipe in order to make it more potent as well. The important thing to take away from this is that you can use all kinds of natural ingredients to make good household cleaners. These can go a long way with helping you on the road to self-sufficiency, and they are also better for your overall health and well-being.