The Best $3 Ever Spent

5 years ago
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First off, welcome back and happy new year. I hope you enjoyed time with family and friends. Over the holidays I had a lot of free time on my hands and decided to tackle some of my (not-so) favorite tasks, cleaning our bathroom and mopping the floors. In three years I haven't been able to find a cleaner that did the job well until now. I consider myself a crafty and handy girl so I took to Google to see if I could find any homemade non-toxicsolutions to use. Well, there were hundreds if not thousands of sites and articles that all seemed to contradict one another so I decided to whip up my own concoction. In my excitement and haste I forgot to take before and after pics, but the next time I clean I will post them  for you. Most of the common ingredients were already in my kitchen. You'll need:

  • 1 empty spray bottle at least 32 oz
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap (nothing fancy)
  • Water
  • Peppermint essential oil (optional)

I'm all about the quick and efficient so we'll use the same bottle to clean the floors and bathrooms. This is my typical routine so it just flowed this way. I recommend you adjust the measurements based on how large or small the areas are to mop. Ready?

  • Heat around 1 cup of water (almost boiling)
  • Add 1 cup of vinegar to the spray bottle
  • Add hot water and 5-6 drops of the peppermint oil to the bottle (the oil is optional, but vinegar is not the most pleasant smell. You can sub lavender or orange if you'd like)
  • Attach the nozzle and mist small sections at a time as you mop


Now that you've finished the floors it's time to attack that shower. If you still have some floor cleaner in your bottle, leave it there! Now we'll simply add about 2 oz of dish detergent and a cup of vinegar to the spray bottle. You can add more oil for fragrance if you like. Remember, a few drops go a long way!

  • Shake up the spray bottle to make sure everything mixed well
  • Spray down your entire tub/shower including the faucet and handles. Make sure you get a good covering
  • Let it sit at least 30 minutes (you can go longer if you'd like)
  • I took a wet cleaning cloth and wiped down the shower
  • Then I closed the shower door and rinsed the solution off the tile, glass and satin nickel fixtures. 
  • Then I used what was left of the solution to clean the sinks and counters in our bathroom.

That's it. I used just enough oil to cut the vinegar smell and not have the entire house smelling of peppermint. Once I confirmed that my method worked I bought a gallon of vinegar for $2.39. That's enough to last months compared to the $5 or more  for 32 oz toxic stuff. I love this non-toxic method of cleaning, not to mention I didn't have to break my back or the bank doing it. As I always say, "Work smarter, not harder".

Try it out and let me know what you think. Share some of your non-toxic cleaning tips with us! Life's too short to spend it scrubbing floors and showers.


Stay tuned because I've also found some quick and easy homemade beauty products that will let you have a spa day any day and more uses for my beloved vinegar.

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