|Aromatics have long had history in our kitchens – though they usually find their way into savory dishes and an occasional dessert. With the resurgence of essential oils being used in the everyday home for cleaning and health benefits, those fragrant and helpful aromatics are finding their way onto our counters!|
We searched high and low for an amazing smelling and effective homemade kitchen cleaning spray (that’s good for the bathroom and the rest of the house, too!) and turned to our friend Courtney, who is a Young Living distributor, for the low down. She suggested using a water and vinegar base to mix a custom blend that cleans and leaves an amazing smell behind.
To make your own kitchen cleaning spray, you’ll need white or apple cider vinegar, water, a glass spray bottle, and the essential oils of your choosing. I will freely admit that I picked primarily based on smell – but knowing what each oil does and how it contributes to the health of your home is important! The full recipe is below – but I used thieves (a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary – is excellent at killing viral & bacterial microorganisms), lavender (the smell!!!), lemon (cuts grease, disinfectant, the smell!!!), eucalyptus (grease cutter and the smell!!!), and tea tree (anti-fungal). I might have gone overboard – but my kitchen counters aren’t complaining. Join Courtney in her amazing Facebook Group, Be Well, Naturally to get more helpful hints, ask questions about specific oils, and guidance on which oils might be right for you.
A note about the vinegar: It is an acid, and has it’s own amazing properties – it degreases, deodorizes, dissolves soap scum and is cheap! The vinegar smell dissipates fairly quickly once it’s dry.
There are several recipes out there in blog land that call for the addition of castille soap to the vinegar! That’s a big NO NO! Castille soap is a base and when it’s mixed with the vinegar (and acid) it creates a whole other goopy, not effective for cleaning, mess. Basically the castille soap separates into it’s respective parts and pieces and neither ingredient are useful for cleaning at that point. You could also experiment with using rubbing alcohol in place of the vinegar.
It is suggested that mixtures that include essential oils be stored in glass containers to prevent the oils from corroding the plastic. Not sure where to find a glass cleaning bottle (because, to be honest, after searching high and low locally, I was about to buy one on Amazon and have it overnighted to me for an absurd amount of money because, well, RIGHTNOW! )? Look in your refrigerator or pantry. Many spray bottle tops you have in your home will fit on glass bottles you already have. We tested a Perrier bottle, a Topo Chico bottle and a sparkling lemonade bottle. Bonus – if you go through a lot of kitchen cleaner, the larger container will help with how often you make the cleaner! A simple, recycled, glass spray bottle!
Essential oils can break down in direct sunlight, and that makes them less effective – if your glass isn’t colored, or even if it is, you might like to add a cute label to it. This label was printed on Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas – it’s self adhesive and requires no special cuts. The image below is sized to print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of the printable cotton canvas and only needs to be cut in half. If your bottle isn’t as wide as the 11″, just trim to fit!
Just right click and save or right click, click on the image to open in new tab, and save to use this label on your own cleaner! The top is what was used on the large bottle in the picture above. The bottom label might be more suitable for a narrower or smaller bottle.
Homemade Kitchen Cleaner Recipe:
1 part vinegar
1 part water
About 15-25 drops of essential oils (we recommend Young Essentials) per cup of solution.
Combine in a glass spray bottle. Shake before using. Spray on surface to be cleaned (counter, stove, high chair, table, etc.) and let sit for a minutes, then wipe up as you would any other cleaner.
It’s been suggested that vinegar solutions should not be used on marble or granite because of the potential etching that may occur. Please use discretion when deciding what surfaces you’ll spray it on!