Buying cleaning supplies at the store can be expensive. They are filled with chemicals that can be detrimental to your health and to the environment.

If you make your own cleaning solutions, not only will you save money, but you will also be helping the environment by keeping bottles out of landfills. Reducing the use of fossil fuels that are used in transporting the commercial cleaning supplies from warehouses to stores will be beneficial.

Homemade cleaning solutions will also helps to eliminate harmful chemicals from leaching into waterways.

You can create a spray to clean the counter tops in your home that is both inexpensive and antibacterial.  This is a good spray to use in your kitchen.


You will need a tablespoon of borax, a half teaspoon of washing soda crystals, two tablespoons of white vinegar, a half teaspoon of liquid castile soap, two cups of hot water, twenty drops of tea tree oil, and a twenty four ounce spray bottle. If you dislike the smell of tea tree oil, you can try using lavender or lemongrass.

To make the counter spray, you will mix the borax, washing soda crystals, white vinegar, and castile soap in a large jug and then slowly add the hot water.  Give the mixture time to cool before adding the essential oil, either the tea tree oil, lavender, or lemongrass.

Pour into the spray bottle that you’ve reserved for this purpose and you’re ready to start cleaning.  To have an easy reference when you’re ready to refill your bottle, you can write the recipe on the side of the bottle in permanent marker.

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