So this blog post is really a delight to write as this is one of those things that saves you money, doesn’t take long and once you have done it once, won’t be able to work out why you haven’t been doing this for ages.
Warning though – this is a plastic reducing solution (at the moment). Currently I have not sourced plastic free lid for the vinegar. Also the spray bottle is plastic but it is being reused – which hopefully lowers the number ending up in landfill long-term.
So I have been using this home-made refill spray for just over a week around my kitchen and love it – I have joked to my husband that maybe this is what is in the Ecover version I usually buy (it isn’t but the smell isn’t that different and the effect…well it hasn’t been noticed as being any different).
So what is in it?
We used around 0.5cm of Vinegar measuring from the bottom of the spray bottle upwards. We used Malt Vinegar – but white vinegar works and seems to be more often recommended, but I figured Vinegar to a large extent is vinegar.
To this we added lemon (we are still using up our plastic lid lemon juice but long term plan to use fresh lemons) and added another 1cm-1.5cm worth of lemon (we wanted it to overpower the smell of Vinegar – which it has done – so now when we spray it smells of lemon).
Now at this point you need to move to the sink – trust me. We added 2-3 tablespoons of Bi-carb which then produced a foam, very akin to the volcanoes you produce at school in science where it just over-flowers gently (unlike a real volcano).
It will calm down, just give it a minute. Once it does you simply add water. Put the spray top back on and give it a (gentle) shake. After a week of use our kitchen is clean . This spray cuts through grease and is so much cheaper.
I would recommend folks just giving this one a try when your next kitchen spray runs out. Equally Bi-carb can be used to clean off most things in the kitchen. You can make it into a very effective paste to get rid of really tough stains.
Do you make home-made cleaning products?
I would love for other folks to recommend home-made simple cleaning products – do you have any recommendations? Please add a comment below – sharing information is all what this blog is about.