Thursday, June 12, 2014
DIY Bathroom Cleaner
Since we had a graduate this year that kept me busy during May getting ready for graduation, we still have a few loose ends to tie up for our school year with the rest of the children.
Still, we are sliding into our summer routine, and that means re-evaluating our cleaning routine (or lack thereof!) and providing people with new cleaning experience opportunities. (Does that make it sound more exciting? - I don't think they're going for it.)
With a household of nine people, and two spunky indoor kittens, we have plenty of opportunities to clean things up. I'm all about safer cleaning products, and when it comes to my children handling and using them, it becomes even more important to me. Even rough-and-tumble boys have delicate insides, and I don't want to fill their lungs with chemicals that are potentially harmful.
Enter my favorite bathroom cleaner recipe.
This cleaner has only 3 ingredients, and I can put it together in less than one minute.
2. castile soap
3. tea tree essential oil plus an optional additional oil of your choice
I use a quart spray bottle with ounce measurements on the side of the bottle. First, fill the bottle up to 22 ounces with water. Next, add 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap. Finally, add 20-25 drops of tea tree oil, and 15-20 drops of an optional oil. Screw on the top, and gently swish it around to mix. Top it off with additional water, and its ready to go.
I use tea tree oil because of its antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. That makes a great choice for the bathroom cleaning. I also like to add a second oil for fragrance. Tea tree oil is not a favorite of the children's, so using a second oil to temper it is always nice. Orange, lemon, or any citrus fragrance is great for cleaning.
This cleaner does require a bit of rinsing, but we tend to think bubbles equals clean. If you don't want to rinse, you can reduce the amount of castile soap.
I hope you will give our cleaner a try. Let me know how you like it!
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