Am I the only person with a bit of a know-it-all grandma who has a secret remedy for anything and everything?  I guess our grandparents are naturally resourceful seeing their generation was forced to be crafty due to their heartbreaking life experiences.  And let’s face it… America has made a way to sell anything and everything to consumers who will buy it. Anyways, she’s always discouraging me from buying this or that when a couple household ingredients will do the trick.  Lately I’ve been listening to her words of wisdom as over the counter products are not only expensive but have become inundated with so many unnecessary ingredients.

For whatever reason everything from bread to beauty products have drastically deviated far away from their original formulas.  Unfortunately toxic chemicals, artificial ingredients, fragrances and preservatives are part of the norm and commonly added to anything and everything these days.  Reading labels has never been so important but if you are anything like me, it’s confusing to understand what’s what.  I might as well be reading Japanese as every listed ingredient is foreign and unfamiliar.

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. Which as you can imagine works out perfectly, seeing I have a seven year old stomping around like he owns the place.  Believe it or not I’ve loosened up quite a bit since I’ve had Felix and really have learned to pick my battles and just let things go for the sake of making memories while making messes.  Typically the kitchen is the one room in the house that I get all to myself.  Seeing I’m prepping or cooking more often than not I like to keep a clean and tidy workspace.  I’m often found spraying down my countertops multiple times a day.  Which has recently made me think twice about cleaning products.

Relatively speaking anything you are finding on the shelves at the health food store is going to be fairly clean and safe to use.  But even then I had my doubts and decided to ask Grandma her thoughts and do some extended research.  Unfortunately I found that many cleaning products have a worrisome chemical or two often including bleach, ammonia or synthetic scents.

Luckily for us we live in a world where information is at our fingertips.  Once you begin searching on handy sites like Pinterest you will find links to recipes for just about anything… including a homemade all-purpose cleaner.  Not only are these recipes cost effective but typically created with common household ingredients like vinegar.

White vinegar is one of those multitasking ingredients as it cleans, brightens and polishes just about anything.  Besides being effective, vinegar is affordable and most importantly non-toxic.  This recipe happened to grab my attention as I love the scent of lemon especially when paired with a dash of lavender.  Though I will be the first to admit that a bit more elbow grease might be needed to tackle those tough surfaces, rest assured that you are doing the right thing by prioritizing your health.  So unleash the power of white vinegar and try it for yourself.



Combine ingredients into a 16 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 3/4 cups water
30 drops of essential oils (see suggestions below)
1 teaspoon borax



15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange