One day some scientist is going to discover the truth. That babies are messy not because they’re just babies, learning how to use their newly discovered arms and legs, but on purpose, because they like to watch us race around like panicked chickens as we try to quickly wipe off the dirt, the mushy food, the paint, the whatever they’ve got all over themselves and the surrounding furniture.
Babies are messy. Which means that whatever gunk they coat all over themselves and the world around them needs to be cleaned. For me, that used to mean conveniently buying the most powerful cleaning agent from the store and effectively annihilating all bacteria (and the hairs in my nose) by spraying and spreading those powerful chemicals from one countertop to the next.
My kitchen was clean! Sure…my hands may have been burning a little from the leftover chemical residue…but my kitchen was clean! A small sacrifice for such a great reward!
Call me crazy, but I don’t want my baby coating her hands in weird chemicals that I can’t pronounce. Especially when the likelihood of those weird chemicals finding their way into her mouth is incredibly high. So we’ve decided to try ditching some of those store-bought cleaning agents and are now making our own. Here’s an all-purpose cleaner recipe that incorporates a few different essential oils.
You’re welcome to try this recipe out for yourself! It’s easy to make. Smells good. And doesn’t make me feel like I’m using products that could also be used to cover-up a crime scene.
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
- All-Purpose Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
- Dark Amber or Cobalt Blue Glass Spray Bottle (these spray bottles are ideal because they filter out UV light, which can damage the oils)
Mix 35 drops Lemon, 10 drops Clove, 10 drops Cinnamon Leaf, 10 drops Lavender into 1 tbsp of all-purpose soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Liquid Castile Soap). Add mixture to 16 oz. of water in a dark amber or cobalt blue glass spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Instead of using castile soap, you could use vinegar instead. But not both mixed together (as cleaning agents, they would cancel each other out). Combine oils with 1 cup water and 1 cup distilled white vinegar.
Here’s to less waste, clean kitchens, and safe surface areas for pudgy baby fingers!