(Title sung to the tune of a certain Olivia Newton-John song.)
So lately I have been looking into ways to make my life a little greener. I wish I could say it was because I have this genuine urge to be easier on the planet. That is definitely partly it, but it more stems from not wanting to breathe in/absorb all those unpronounceable chemicals in household cleaners and detergents. (Just being honest!)
To this end, I had started purchasing my standard brands, but instead choosing varieties that said “green” on them (e.g. Clorox GreenWorks). They made me feel a little better about it, but I truly wonder if they are really as “green” as they claim on the bottle.
So today I thought I’d venture a step further. I know you can make home “recipes” for household cleaners, so I thought I would give it a shot! I chose an All-Purpose Cleaner as my first venture.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 15 drops of essential oil (I used Lavender)
I was a bit wary of using vinegar, because let’s be honest – I don’t want my bathroom to smell like vinegar after I’m done with it. I want it to smell fresh and clean! (So fresh and so clean.. ♪)
I just made this and tried it out – it worked like a charm! The few drops of essential oil definitely balance out the vinegar smell. And did you know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant? I didn’t.
So I think I will try this out for a while. See how it goes! I might try my hand at a few other home remedies and report back.
Of course, after I made the cleaner I could only think about making a pretty label for the bottle. So I did. See?
As I was Googling sample labels I came across Amy’s blog. She has some lovely labels for the recipe that she uses – if you are interested you should check it out! I used her labels as a template for creating my own (thanks Amy!). I got a little impatient and wanted to put the label on right that moment, so I printed it off on paper and mod podged it on. But (like Amy suggests), printing off on shipping label stickers would work out better.
But seriously – isn’t this little bottle way cuter than anything made by Clorox? And that’s what really matters, right? :)