I’ve tried lots of homemade recipes for this blog but some of my favorites continue to be the recipes for homemade cleaners. They’re cheap, easy to make, and they work great too. Win-Win-Win!
I’ve talked many times too about the cleaning power of vinegar and how I use it all the time, but I know not everyone is a fan of the smell of vinegar when cleaning, even though it fades fast. And I totally get that. Sometimes even I get weary of the smell of vinegar when it’s time to tidy up the house.
That’s why in addition to my vinegar cleaner, I like to keep an all-purpose soap spray around for cleaning too. I’ve made this mixture with just plain dish soap which is very frugal and is almost scent-free (depending on what kind of dish soap you use). I’ve also made this spray with scented castile soap and essential oils which is a very nice option that let’s you get a little creative with your fragrance mixtures.
The recipe below is for a peppermint version of this spray cleaner. Peppermint always feels like a fresh, clean scent that I enjoy for cleaning. And as the holidays approach I find it helps get me in a festive mood too!
Here’s how to do it:
Homemade Peppermint Soap Spray Cleaner
- 2 cups Hot Water
- 1/2 teaspoon Washing Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Castile Soap
- 12 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Pour the hot water in a spray bottle of at least a 16 oz size. Add the washing soda and shake to dissolve. Add the peppermint castile soap and shake gently to mix. Finally, add the peppermint essential oil.
To use: Spray on hard surfaces and wipe with a soft cloth.
A few more notes:
- The water needs to be hot when first making this mixture to dissolve the washing soda. After that, the mixture does not need to be hot.
- It may seem wasteful to buy a big 55 oz box of washing soda for that 1/2 teaspoon! One option is to make a powdered homemade laundry soap like this one, and just reserve out a small amount of washing soda to keep for cleaners. You could also try leaving the washing soda out, although I haven’t personally tried that to know if you still get good cleaning results. I’m also using this method to help stop my washing soda from getting clumpy when I have to store it for awhile.
- You can make a thrifty version of this recipe by skipping the scented castile soap and the essential oils and just using an ordinary dish soap instead.
- Because this recipe does not have vinegar (which is acidic), it’s safe to use on granite countertops and other surfaces that may need a more gentle cleaner.
- You can experiment with other scent combinations too. I’m sure lavender castile soap with lavender essential oil would smell wonderful!