I'm hoping to make the road test a semi-regular feature around here. I figured there was no better way to kick things off, than with something I've been meaning to try for a while now; making my own natural surface cleaner.
I am late on-set neat freak. After spending my early 20's wading through my own mess, something just clicked. I've been known to spend 15 minutes wiping down surfaces mid cocktail party. My own kitchen bench is continually coping it. Whilst I wouldn't label myself as someone who frets over the toxins or chemicals in regular cleaning products, I do like to find new ways to be thrifty and am forever drawn to home alchemy. Perhaps one day I'll be able to summon the earth mother within and have a laundry full of earthy goodness, but for now? Baby steps.
I figured I'd start small; enter the homemade surface cleaner recipe.
The Juice of 4 lemons
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 cups white vinegar
2 drops peppermint oil
Combine all ingredients in a large pot (the bigger the better, the baking soda will bubble over and you don't want it spilling all over the place). Stir. Funnel mixture into spray bottles.
For something so quick and so easy to mix, I was pleasantly surprised with how effective this solution was. We have laminate counter tops in our kitchen that are irritatingly difficult to get clean and this worked a treat! I used far less than I would use of my ordinary surface cleaner.
While I can't speak to their anti-bacterial properties, baking soda & white vinegar do have natural deodorising properties,. That is a big plus for me (I am paranoid about smells in the home, especially when we have company).
At this stage, I don't think I'll be replacing all of the products in my cleaning cabinet in a hurry. While I'm sure its not great for me on some level, my benches will still get a hose down at least once a week with a heavy duty cleaner, but as an every day solution to spots and spills to keep on the kitchen or laundry counter, this mixture is perfect.