A Super Easy Non-Toxic Spring Cleaner

Elena K, Hometalk Team
by Elena K, Hometalk Team
7 Materials
15 Minutes
I'm always looking for easy-to-make recipes, that are inexpensive and healthy for the home and the garden, especially since we have a bit of an asthma and allergies problem at home. So today I want to share with you the one all-purpose cleaner that I can't live without.
My sparkling clean table after using cleaner
Whether it is the glass dinning table, mirrors, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, or even the greasy stove, this is my staple cleaning product. I even use it to clean the glass shower doors!
Materials > This is all you'll need!
Take a trip to your nearby pharmacy, dollar store or supermarket to get your ingredients, plus a spray bottle (TIP: If the bottle has graduated label measurements you won't need a separate measuring cup), a scrubber and a kitchen roll.

My favorite is Bounty - it's so absorbent! But you can use a lint free cotton rag instead.
Make it easy! Get a bottle with measurements
To make the cleaner:

Mix equal parts of alcohol and vinegar directly into the spray bottle.

Yes, it is that simple!
A few drops of essential oil add a nice scent
OPTIONAL: Add a couple of drops of your essential oil. I dropped 5 in mine.
In a separate container add 2 small spoonfuls of baking soda and mix it with your cleaner.
The vinegar will react with the baking soda!
Expect the vinegar (or acetic acid) to react with the bicarbonate creating a bit of sizzling.
Now you're ready to clean!

First, clear up all surfaces-this table sure needs the all-purpose cleaner. :)
Spray a generous amount of your alcohol & vinegar mix and let it sit for a few seconds. If there's dried gooey debris, you can spray twice and wait a little longer.
Add the baking soda mix to the yukiest areas
Or spread and leave the baking soda mix on the dirtiest areas for a minute or two.
Wipe off the soda with the scrubber.

Then grab the kitchen towel and continue wiping off your surface until dry. Reapply spray if necessary and repeat process.
Personally, I like my glass sparkling clean so I often spray more than once, wiping the cleaner off until it is completely dry. And in my last pass, I make sure to grab a clean towel for that extra shine!

Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Next time I'll show you how to make a healthy mosquito repellent - So, don't go anywhere!
Suggested materials:
  • 1. Alcohol. To prevent residue get the clear with no dye. The 70% Isopropyl is ideal but the 50% wil   (Pharmacy or Dollar Store)
  • 2. Distilled white vinegar   (Pharmacy, Dollar Store, Supermarket)
  • 3. Baking soda   (Pharmacy, Dollar Store, Supermarket)
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Frequently asked questions
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  • Susan Weiler Susan Weiler on May 17, 2016
    How do you apply to the shower door so it can sit a while and not all run off? Any suggestions on what to put on the inside of my clear glass shower door after cleaning it so it will stay nice longer?

  • Jeanne Fries Jeanne Fries on May 17, 2016
    I left my bottle on sink to go answer phone, I came back and pressure in spray bottle misted out and took finish off of wood bathroom cabinet! No stain left even! Will I have to strip wood cabinet and refinish! Can this not be stored Shen mixed in bottle?

  • Sussieee Sussieee on May 23, 2016
    Glass topped table is scratched. How can I minimize the scratches, I want to sell it as I'm down-sizing. Thank You, Sussieee@gmail.com

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  • MM MM on May 17, 2016
    Damn those chemicals!

  • Em Em on Apr 06, 2021

    A gallon of windshield washer fluid in a spray bottle goes a long way and is way cheaper than Windex. It cuts oil and road grime so it will tackle the toughest fingerprints.