Alternatives for commercial cleaners are growing in popularity, as more people realize how easy they are to make, and how much safer they are to use around the house! I still use vinegar and baking soda a lot as a basic cleaner, but I also really like this simple, all-purpose cleaner recipe.
It includes a number of bacteria-killers, including castile soap, tea tree oil, and vinegar. Tea tree oil demonstrates antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities, including against staph and ecoli, among other things. I did find a medical report that said bacteria can develop resistance to tea tree oil if it’s used in concentrations below 4%. My bottle is a 25% concentration. Just be sure to check that when you pick up your oil.
One study found that 5% vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria.
To make your own all-purpose cleaner, combine the following in a spray bottle:
1/2c distilled white vingar
1t castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
1/2c hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil