Recently, I ran out of a few of my go-to cleaners, and I either needed to buy more or mix up a new batch. I realized that I have a few favorites that I keep using, so I thought I would share. 🙂
Stain and Odor Remover: Biokleen Bac-Out
This is one of my favorites to use! It smells like lime, claims to be safe and eco-friendly, and most importantly, it works. It is an enzyme-based cleaner.
Bac-Out took out any baby blowout stains that we encountered when my son was a wee lad. When I sprayed it on his soiled clothes, everything washed out. (Unfortunately, nothing could take out my daughter’s blowout stains. Not even Resolve carpet cleaner. She is apparently very potent!) Whenever there’s puke or pee on the carpet or couch (let’s face it, with kids, it happens…), I spray this on and there is no lingering smell.
It is not cheap, but a bottle does last awhile. Cashwise has it for around $10, and that’s where I have picked it up the last couple of times.
Odor Remover/Room Refresher: Homemade “Febreeze”
I’m not a big fan of synthetic fragrances, but sometimes you just need some Febreeze or an air freshener. A few months back I changed my daughter’s diaper in the back of our Acadia, forgot to remove the diaper when we got home, and it sat in the back of the car in our garage for a couple days. For some reason, that smell would not leave the vehicle. Every time I opened the door, it literally smelled like a diaper pail. It was horrible and would not go away. We are talking a weeks-long lingering.
I tried making my own Febreeze with some Young Living Purification essential oil that I had on hand. I used 20 drops of Purification and eyeballed 1/2 water and 1/2 witch hazel (maybe a little less witch hazel).
The result. I gave the vehicle a good dousing of this spray, and honestly, it worked. My car does not smell like a dirty diaper. And it’s not like I have to keep reapplying it. It seemed to eliminate the problem. Score!
Witch hazel is really cheap. I get it in the rubbing alcohol/peroxide section of Walmart or Target. I think it is under $2 at Walmart. Purification oil is around $20, I believe, and a bottle has over 200 drops in it, so it does last. Water is free.
With essential oils, glass bottles are preferred for mixing up concoctions, but I just reused this Biokleen odor eliminator bottle because it’s what I had on hand.
Shower Cleaner: This Easy Homemade Shower Cleaner
I have posted about this cleaner before because it works, and I hate having to muscle through soap scum when cleaning the shower. It makes the task quite easy.
All it is is blue Dawn and vinegar (you could dilute with a bit of water if you want). Spray it on, let it sit for a minute, and wipe with a magic eraser.
If you have tile or stone, you may want to double-check if it is actually safe to use. I am not sure if the vinegar would damage it or not.
Dusting Spray: My Sister-in-Law’s Homemade Recipe
My bedroom set is dark wood, as is my TV stand. So it shows all dust. I can dust and the next day, all you see is more dust.
I tried out my sister-in-law’s recipe, and honestly, I feel like my furniture looks shinier for a longer period of time, and it seems to take longer for the dust to really show.
It is 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tsp. olive oil, 10-15 drops lemon essential oil, and 1 cup water.
Because of the lemon oil, you will want to use a glass bottle. (The one I used is a Heinz vinegar bottle, and it actually works perfectly.)
Now, the downfall to this is the oil and water. You have to continuously shake it to keep it mixed. Like before every spray. That hasn’t stopped me from using it, though, because I have noticed a positive difference since I’ve started using it.
*Because this is homemade, be sure to test it before you spray it all over your wood furniture. I would hate for it to damage or discolor your belongings.
Multipurpose Cleaner: Thieves Cleaner Concentrate
I have had this bottle of concentrate for about 1 year. I’m not even close to the bottom yet. I started out by marking a tally each time I mixed up a new bottle, but I forgot to continue that tradition. The bottle costs $22, but it lasts a long time. I use two caps in a 26 ounce bottle, but you can mix it to your own strength preferences.
Thieves has disinfecting qualities, so I use this on countertops, in sinks, around the bathroom, and I actually even use it on windows. I bought a couple bottles of this Method window cleaner, and was a little disappointed. It left a foggy residue on my glass and mirrors.
I had no other window cleaner in the house, so I tried the Thieves cleaner, and it worked great. I actually used it to clean my patio door windows today.
This has definitely been a go-to multipurpose cleaner.
*Some people, my husband included, thinks it smells like a port-a-potty disinfectant, so if you don’t like the smell of Thieves oil, the smell may be a turn-off to you. 🙂
So there you have it. A few of the items that live underneath my kitchen sink (in a not-so-neatly-organized way). I’ve always wanted to try the tension rod under the sink method of organizing. I just haven’t gotten around to it.