This cleaner is based on a Thieves Oil recipe and is easily prepared and very budget friendly. It’s actually safe enough to drink, but will clean efficiently and leave a nice scent.
5 leaves of eucalyptus*
3 branches of wild rosemary or 5 stems of store bought
Peel of one large lemon
Peel of one orange
3 sticks of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of cloves
Note: when peeling lemon and orange, only include skin and white part, not flesh.
Place items in medium-large pot. Add water to the level of pot handle rivet. Lid, bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer about 10 minutes. Then turn off heat and let steep about 2 hours.
Pour strained, cooled, liquid into glass jar (e.g. mason or empty Voss water bottle) along with some white vinegar in a ratio of 10:1 (cleaner:vinegar)
* if you don’t have fresh eucalyptus, you can add 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, while mixture is steeping (not while boiling)
When ready to clean, pour into spray bottle, spritz surface, dust with baking soda or Bon Ami and scrub. For old, sensitive porcelain, use natural fiber, beige sponge. (the green scrubbers can discolor porous porcelain)
For hardwood floors: no baking soda or Bon Ami, but add a drop of almond oil.
For kitchen/ bathroom floors: add a drop of dishwashing soap (planet or method) to mixture.