This is my very first time trying a DIY cleaner, and I am so happy with the results. I have made this particular homemade countertop cleaner quite a few times now, and I don’t think I will buy any other surface cleaner ever again.
Disclaimer: While I hope to kill most bacteria and viruses while using natural agents (such as vinegar), I can not guarantee you that this countertop cleaner will perform as; namely, Clorox® or Lysol® products would. However, it is proven that vinegar kills most types of germs and bacteria.
Before deciding to publish this recipe of homemade cleaner with essential oils, I took this formula for a test run to ensure it works well on the surfaces I mention.
I am using this homemade surface cleaner with essential oils, on my kitchen countertops to cut grease while leaving a shiny, clean surface with a fresh aroma.
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Ingredients for a Homemade Surface Cleaner
I loathe the smell of Windex® and as a replacement, we started using Sprayway® which actually works really well on glass, mirrors, and kitchen countertops. However, I wasn’t happy about spraying the chemicals around my food prep areas, or anywhere in the kitchen for that matter.
My initial research was for a homemade formula for streak-free glass and mirror cleaner. It did not surprise me to see that most recipes call for white vinegar.
When I was little my mom made a mixture of vinegar and water to clean every glass surface around the house. At the time, we used newspaper to wipe the windows to a streak-free shine, while our hands were left black from the newspaper ink. I have fond memories of helping mom at home. Maybe that’s why I enjoy homemaking so much!
In addition to the vinegar, this homemade cleaner includes rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) which, even though it is not considered a natural ingredient, it is effective in disinfecting surfaces and killing bacteria.
But don’t let that stop you from making this DIY cleaning spray. Water is the first ingredient in this homemade cleaner. In fact, I made the math for you: this cleaner is 82% water, 11% vinegar, and 7% alcohol.
I don’t know about you but I feel great knowing that the first ingredient in my kitchen’s countertop cleaner is water!
The Extra: Essential Oils
I have been using essential oils for a few years now. The first time I tried essential oils, was when I purchased Aveda’s Blue Balancing Oil in 2011. The blend of lavender and peppermint applied to my temples, and on the back of the neck rids off my migraines in a very short time.
Later on, my friend introduced me to Young Living® Essential Oils when she mentioned I could ‘diffuse’ the same oils (lavender and peppermint) at home, for a complete calming experience. Since then, I have diffused all types of
Just recently, I finally made my own surface cleaner with the addition of some essential oils and, I must say, I am very impressed with the results. Even my -very hard-to-impress- husband is on my side. I am in disbelief that he actually uses my homemade cleaner!
Using essential oils topically has been great too, and I am looking forward to sharing in the future, how I am getting rid of scars with the use of certain oil blends. But that’s for another post.
I have been a Young Living® Essential Oils user even before this blog was a thought. But, I am not pushing something to my readers because it’s trendy or all the rave. I like to use products, give them a chance to become a part of my life naturally, and share my thoughts genuinely with my readers.
Homemade Countertop Cleaner
For this cleaner, I tweaked the amounts of essential oils to achieve the perfect fragrance. I promise you will never want to use anything else to clean your tile/granite kitchen countertops, especially.
Here’s how to make it. You can purchase all the ingredients (except for Young Living® Essential Oils) at your local grocery store. However, I am adding links for your convenience.
Supplies and Ingredients to Make Countertop Cleaner with Essential Oils
- In a measuring cup, mix vinegar, alcohol, and water.
- With the help of a funnel, slowly add the mixture to the spray bottle.
- Proceed to add the essential oils. DO NOT use the funnel in this step.
- Put the sprayer back on the bottle and shake it well. Your homemade countertop cleaner is ready for use!
- You can double the recipe, and it will yield exactly 29 oz. For this, you will need a 32 oz bottle.
- The use of the above-mentioned essential oils in the recipe do not affect the effectiveness of the cleaner; they are added mainly for fragrance. However, the Thieves® essential oil blend is believed to provide wellness support and care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.
- You can find out more about Young Living® essential oils, here.
And that’s a wrap! A quick and easy homemade cleaner that you can make in minutes! Use it on your kitchen counter, stainless steel appliances; it works terrific to wipe down the inside of the microwave!