Recipes for Cleaning Sprays

These are the three sprays I use throughout our whole house. There are lots of different recipes available out there, but I find that these three do the job perfectly. There’s no need to over-complicate things by having lots of different sprays for different areas.

*DO NOT use sprays containing vinegar on timber or marble surfaces*

Multipurpose Spray:

This spray is great for almost everything (do not use on timber or marble surfaces) – I use it on the kitchen table, kitchen benches, bathroom surfaces, kid’s toys, and to spot-clean spills on the floor.

Mix in a glass spray bottle:

  • White vinegar and water at a ratio of 1:2 (e.g. 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water)
  • 6-12 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or essential oil of your choice!)

Multipurpose Spray – for timber/marble surfaces:

Mix in a glass spray bottle:

  • Castile soap and water at a ratio of 1:4 (e.g. 1 cup water, 1/4 cup castile soap) - use unscented castile soap, or use your favourite scented castile soap, and leave out the essential oil
  • 6-12 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or essential oil of your choice!)

Glass cleaner:

Use with a sheet of scrunched up newspaper for sparkling windows and mirrors.

Mix in a glass spray bottle: 

  • Equal amounts of white vinegar and water*
  • 6 drops essential oil of choice – e.g. clove oil if you tend to get mould on your windows, grapefruit or lemon for a refreshing scent

*Filtered or distilled water is best for reducing streaks – but it’s ok to use tap water if you don’t have it.

Mould-busting spray:

I used this to get on top of the mould in the grout lines of our (very oooooold) shower tiles when we moved in, and use it regularly to prevent mould re-growth. Spray it on, leave for a while (overnight, with the fan on/window open, if it’s a bad one), then spray with your Multipurpose Spray, and give it a good scrub.

Mix in a glass spray bottle:

  • Water
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops clove bud oil

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