13 Sep DIY Universal Cleaner with Vinegar and Essential Oils
We all know the smell of aggressive cleaning products. You already assume that it is quite chemical and probably harmful. According to the EU Commission, there are about 60,000 household cleaners approved in the EU. These cleaners contain substances that are hazardous to health, such as bleach, biocides (chemicals), chlorine, solvents and aluminum. Oven cleaners, for example, can extremely damage the skin due to the caustic soda they contain. WC and hygiene cleaners also contain substances that corrode the skin and irritate the respiratory tract. Especially the combination of different cleaners can create a dangerous cocktail. If, for example, a cleaner (e.g. toilet cleaner) containing chlorine is combined with a vinegar cleaner, caustic chlorine gas is formed. It makes no difference whether the products are used simultaneously or one after the other. The resulting tiny particles remain in the room for a long time.
The fact that we can become seriously ill trough the use of conventional cleaning products has been shown by several studies. One study for example proves that cleaning with chemical cleaners can be just as harmful for the lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes on one day. In addition, researchers have also found that chemical cleaning agents are an important source of air pollution in buildings. Cleaners such as floor, toilet and chlorine cleaners contain carcinogenic pollutants that are released into the air.
The only logical consequence to protect your health is to switch to natural cleaners. If you want to use up your cleaners first, please note that chemical cleaners should only be used one at a time, rubber gloves should be worn and the air should be ventilated extensively while cleaning.
Natural cleaners clean just as hygienically as chemical cleaners and have even more advantages:
- no damage to health
- less waste
- no animal testing involved
- natural cleaning
Used Raw Materials
White vinegar can be used for cleaning for the entire household. It removes dirt, lime and grease and has a long shelf life. Furthermore, vinegar has disinfecting effects and fights viruses and bacteria.
Essential eucalyptus oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic effects. It also has an extremely strong deodorizing effect, i.e. it is excellent against bad odors. Attention! For cats this essential oil is toxic and should therefore NOT be used in cleaning products.
Essential lavender oil
Lavender also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic effects.
Essential tea tree oil
Essential tea tree oil belongs to the essential oils, which have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic effects as well. But be cautios! Tea tree oil is toxic for cats as well and should therefore NOT be used in a cleaning product.
Alternatively, citrus oils such as lemon and orange as well as essential oregano oil are also suitable. Check out out these essential oils.
Application and Shelf Life
- This cleaner can be used without hesitation for tiles, stainless sinks, wooden and plastic surfaces and linoleum floors.
- It is also suitable for polishing aluminum.
- It should not be used for natural stone floors, joints and seals. If it is, then only strongly diluted with water.
This vinegar cleaner can be kept as long as the indicated best-before date on the vinegar bottle.
DIY Universal Cleaner with Vinegar Recipe
Ingredients for 750 ml
- 500 ml water
- 250 ml white vinegar
- 5 drops essential eucalyptus oil
- 5 drops essential lavender oil
- 5 drops essential tea tree oil
- Spray bottle
- Mix all ingredients together and shake well before each use.
Liability: All stated modes of action are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to a doctor. There is no guarantee for the mode of action and the compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.