This is one of my favorite DIY household cleaning recipes. Vinegar has been a trusted household cleaner for decades and I started using this particular mixture a few years ago to clean our tile countertops and floors to avoid dulling residues. My dogs also suffer from allergies and I wanted to make sure the floors were safe for them too. It works swell on other surfaces as well. I’ll admit I love the Method and Mrs. Meyers line of cleaners because of their scents, but when those aren’t on hand, I fall back on my trusty homemade friend.
In summer I like to add orange or lemon peels. You can easily use essential oils to scent your spray as little or as much as you’d like. They work a little better since the scent is concentrated. I went with fresh sage for this batch because it was over growing and needed to be used.
Get a spray bottle and fill it up. If you’re recycling a bottle from a previous cleaner make sure you rinse it out well before mixing your ingredients (duh).
Dish Soap (a drop)
Sage (or your favorite essential oil or herb)
Put your leaves in the bottle and muddle them with a wooden spoon handle. You can also just twist them up or squeeze them in your hand. This activates the leaves to produce their natural oils. Make sure your herbs are very fresh so you get as much scent as possible from them. It’s really hard to completely mask the smell of vinegar but that’s just the price we pay for DIYing it. The smell quickly dissipates when it dries so it’s fiiiiine.
The mixture is easy. 1 part warm water, 1 part vinegar, 1/2 part alcohol.
The sage will permeate the mixture with its oil. Not only does it help cut the alcohol and vinegar scent some but Sage oil also acts as a natural antibacterial component.
There you go! Sage all-purpose spray cleanser.
(You should discard this mixture after a couple days. Otherwise it will begin to smell like pickles.)