As a teacher, one of my favorite things about starting the school year was that disinfecting wipes were included on our school supply list. We had “Wipee Wednesday” where we’d clean all our desks, doorknobs and anything else that seemed dirty. With 75 fifth graders in my class each day, EVERYTHING seemed dirty! I always felt better after that. That lemon smell obviously meant things were clean.

As a mom of a one and two year old, we are constantly cleaning up. Sticky high chairs, juice spills on the floor, toothpaste on the bathroom sink.  I resorted to the same lemon cleaning wipes I loved using as a teacher, but those things are expensive, especially when we’re cleaning all the time.  I had to make a change, and fast!

I took two of my old, white bathroom towels and cut them up into washcloth sized squares. I also dug out all the old baby washcloths and burp rags. Yes, of course I saved those! I had a pretty good sized stack of rags. I then searched the internet for an all-natural disinfecting spray I could make myself. I figured, might as well go all natural, especially with little kiddos! There were recipes galore. I chose this one:

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon washing soda
  • 2 cups hot water

Mixed it up in my squirt bottle, and a new cleaning ritual was born.

Now it’s not noxious, eye-watering lemon disinfecting anymore. It’s a light hint of lavender. This new cleaner works just as well as the wipes. I use it on everything! I use my cloth rags to wipe down counters and high chairs, and toss them into the washing machine. It really doesn’t make any difference at all to the laundry, and we’re saving money on paper towels.

I even went so far as to give bottles of it for Christmas gifts. It’s handmade and thoughtful, plus it’s cheap! You could really jazz it up with cool washcloths and a vintage label if you wanted more pizzazz than I did. I’m fine with a white squirt bottle labeled “All Purpose Cleaner” and an old wash cloth.

Sure, it’s more work than pulling out a fresh wipe, but I saved money and loved the Earth a little more. That makes it worth it.

This has been a guest post by Bonnie from Boerne, TX
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