When I lived in Italy, I had an extremely strange fascination with the smell of a particular dishwashing solution. I secretly relished in the smell every day and always offered to do the cleaning up after dinner, if only to be able to openly whiff the scent.
In this light, it's no surprise that I love a clean house, and one that smells good.
Since moving into our apartment, we've made it our mission to take good care of the butcher block and countertops, making our home as much of a calming space as possible. What this translates to is constant surface wipedowns, making our big weekly clean the opposite of a big deal. It also means that if I'm touching cleaning products more frequently, I'd rather it be something that I feel comfortable being around my body as on it.
Many mainstream all-purpose cleaners wade into dangerous territory with the addition of antibacterial agents that have even the FDA up in arms. Whether you're as much of a clean freak or not, it's likely that you spend some time with a towel in one hand and some type of all-purpose cleaner in the other.
Below is my recipe for a fresh-scented all natural all-purpose cleaner that you can whip up in five minutes flat, and use to keep your bathroom, kitchen and tables clean. White vinegar is an unbelievably effective and non-toxic all-purpose solution, and when combined with essential oils, lemon and distilled water, won't make your home smell like a salad. Use freely on wood, porcelain and glass surfaces, but steer clear when treating marble or granite as they're more porous in nature.
Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner
3 parts distilled water
1 part organic distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
7-10 drops lemon essential oil
3-5 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle with a spray top. Shake before use as ingredients may separate, spray surface and wipe down with a warm cloth.