It's so incredibly easy to make homemade cleaning solutions, and so important to change out toxic cleaners for safe, not-toxic alternatives. With all the evidence of the negative health effects from the chemicals that are in the majority of store-bought cleaners, there's no reason not to make a switch...especially when it's as simple as this!
I typically use a homemade cleaner made with vinegar and essential oils, but have recently learned that vinegar is really not the best option for granite countertops. That's because the acidity can cause etching on granite countertops. So, I'm removing the vinegar from my countertop spray!
I use essential oils in my cleaners because they have potent antimicrobial properties and disinfecting properties, and, of course, they smell amazing. Citrus Bliss is a blend of citrus oils that is one of my favorite scents on the planet (yes, I love it that much), but some other good choices for cleaning products are the on guard blend, lemon, melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint, lavender, and orange. I like to change it up depending on what I'm in the mood for. On Guard is my go-to during the winter months for that added immune boost! (Citrus essential oils come from the rind, not the juice of citrus fruits, so they are not acidic, making them safe for use on granite and marble countertops.)
Note: Do not make large amounts at a time, as water-based products should be used quickly. When you use water in a product without a preservative, bacteria can be introduced. Tap water should be used within a couple of weeks, or you can boil the water for longer storage.
Here's what you need:
- 1 glass spray bottle (essential oils increase the likelihood that plastic bottles will leach chemicals. They also cause the plastic to break down over time.)
- 1 cup water
- 1 TB castile soap
- 20 drops essential oil
Combine all ingredients in glass bottle and shake well before each use!