Homemade Natural Disinfectant Cleaner – and more!

When I first decided to finally switch from using toxic chemicals to clean our home, I made mistake after mistake.  The spray bottles did not work, the products did not work, and I purchased unnecessary ingredients.  Hopefully, my previous mistakes will save you time, money and frustration.

I prefer using the clear glass, four ounce spray bottles available from specialtybottle.com and essential oils from mountainroseherbs.com.  Although there are many online recipes for natural disinfectant cleaners, here is the recipe for the one that works the best for us:

  • 12 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 ounces distilled water

We label this solution G.L.R., and use it on our porcelain and granite surfaces.  Although the disinfecting results have not been tested, all of my research indicates that the combination of essential oils act as a natural disinfectant.

The final information for the Divide and Conquer cleaning system concerns the jobs that were mentioned as being saved for a later date:

  • Windows – We clean our own windows rather than use a service, and typically complete this job once annually.  Try and do so after the last rain of the year.  We remove the screens and take outside in order to hose them clean.
  • Curtains and Blinds – The cleaning methods depend on your type of window covering.  If you have blinds that can be easily dusted, do so when you are dusting the windowsills.  Washable curtains should be washed when the windows are cleaned.  Vacuum curtains that require dry cleaning in order to reduce costs, and then dry clean only when necessary.
  • Slipcovers, blankets, comforters, bedspreads, and pillow shams – Depending on the use, some need to be washed more than others.  It is best to decide how often each item needs cleaning, and then keep a schedule.
  • Insides of drawers and cabinets – Remember when you first moved into your home and the cabinet shelves and drawers were perfectly organized?  Life happens, life styles change, and before you know it they no longer look perfect.  However, it is also never fun to remove everything just to start fresh again.  Similar to the Divide and Conquer cleaning system, I divide and conquer messy cabinet shelves and drawers by cleaning them one at a time.  There are a couple of drawers and shelves that seem to need a quick cleaning every month or so, but most drawers and shelves only require a thorough cleaning every few years.  First, divide all of your cabinet shelves, closet shelves and drawers into three sections.  For example, the kitchen cabinets and drawers can be one section, all of the bathroom cabinets and drawers can be a second section, and all other the other cabinets, closets and drawers throughout the house can be in the third section.  Next, plan to work on a little at a time.  If it is the year for completing the cleaning of the kitchen cabinet shelves and drawers, clean a shelf a week, or maybe tackle one cabinet section a month.  The main point is to complete a little at a time so that you do a good job, and it doesn’t take all day.

Be sure and follow me on Pinterest.  I have created a board for many of the products mentioned in the blog.  Also check future postings as I will continue providing information and recipes for the natural cleaning products used.

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