Natural Kitchen Spray Recipe with Vinegar and Essential Oil

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Homemade kitchen spray recipe using ordinary household ingredients including vinegar and essential oil. Non-toxic recipe that cleans and sanitizes kitchen surfaces.

Earth-friendly DIY Kitchen Spray - simple ingredients and both easy and inexpensive to make

I’ve just moved and in clearing the old house I’ve been finding all kinds of hidden dust, cobwebs, and dribbles, among secret stashes of cat toys and treasures. You think your home is clean until you start moving furniture and climbing up to see the tops of cabinets and shelves. So you can probably imagine that I’m going through a lot of all purpose spray cleaning those surfaces and you’d be right. Except the spray I use might not be the one you might be thinking of.

Some years ago I found out that I could make my own natural kitchen spray. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way that I’ve found to jump-start goals to creating a more natural home. At first I made a version using just vinegar and water and though it performed well, it did smell very vinegary for about ten minutes after. The addition of essential oil works wonders on the scent though and there are oils that can even help with destroying germs and bacteria.

All Natural Kitchen Spray Recipe

The main ingredient in my kitchen spray is ordinary white vinegar. It’s inexpensive, colorless, and completely natural. Vinegar is harmless to people and pets but makes short work of bacteria and other microbes. It also cleans grease and grime, helps break down limescale, and is suitable for a lot of different types of surfaces. It leaves a streak-free finish on glass but is also great for wood, kitchen countertops, ceramic, metal, and grout.

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Earth-friendly DIY Kitchen Spray – simple ingredients and both easy and inexpensive to make

In one study, corroborated by Heinz spokesman, Michael Mullen, it was found that just a five percent solution of distilled vinegar was effective in killing 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of germs/viruses, all without the help of harmful chemicals. Vinegar is also used as an additive to commercial cleaners to help create a ‘streak-free shine’.

In my years of using this vinegar cleaning spray I’ve never once thought that it didn’t have the power or effectiveness of commercial products. Sometimes when you switch over to homemade there’s a period of adjustment and wishing for the old store-bought version. Not so with this. As a soap maker I also find this spray handy since vinegar helps to neutralize any lye granules or fresh soap splatters that might be lingering on kitchen surfaces.

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Earth-friendly DIY Kitchen Spray - simple ingredients and both easy and inexpensive to make

Natural Kitchen Spray Ingredients

  1. With a black sharpie, mark the back of a spray bottle approximately 2/3 the way up and beside the mark write ‘Vinegar’. Another 1/3 the way up and make another mark and write ‘Water’. Using a funnel, fill the spray bottle up with those two ingredients, starting first with vinegar.
  2. Add up to a half teaspoon (fifty drops) of your preferred essential oil to the bottle. Give the bottle a good shake.
  3. Since the essential oils like to float to the top, make sure to shake the bottle before each use. Spray away and wipe up as you would with any other household cleaner. If you do smell a bit of the vinegar coming through, it will dissipate after just a few minutes.

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  1. Does the smell of the essential oils go away after a few days because they are exposed to light in a clear container?

    1. The essential oils are contained in the bottle and are fine as long as the bottle is kept stored in a cool and dark place – under the sink with the rest of the cleaners for example.

  2. I have always been a big believer in vinegar Tanya. Does the add of the essential oil leave a smear on glass?? Just want to know for future reference. So great of you to share your label with us!!

    1. I use Rosemary essential oil and it hasn't ever left smears. However, if a thicker essential oil, such as an inexpensive Sandalwood dilute, were used. It could be possible.

  3. how many drops of EO do you add? and maybe if you'd use a small amount of pure alcohol to solve the EO in, you don't have to shake as vigourously before usage? (although i still would shake a bit for good measure)

  4. I use vinegar and soda bicarbonate to clean sinks and surfaces and in between times just vinegar.
    I've downloaded your label to use on my spray bottles, thank you so much.

    1. can you share your recipe? i'm new to making my own cleaning products and find it hard to figure out an effective formula … how much vinegar, how much bicarbonate? you have no water in this at all?

  5. Well that is simple enough, I used to add a little salt to the mixture and it will kill weed very quickly though some will grow back so it isn't as effective as the nasty poisons but like your cleaner it is a bit more friendly to humans and animals. 2 degrees F here, hope you don't get the cold over your way.