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This is a simple homemade all-purpose Cleaner formulated with a few ingredients that are effective in cleaning household surfaces.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%): This common steriliser can kill bacteria, mould, mildew, and fungus. It can be used to disinfect all your surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, remove stains, and even to clean mirrors and stainless steel.
Use it full-strength because it’s already diluted (3% hydrogen peroxide, 97% water) when you purchase it.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light, so must be kept either in its original bottle (with an added spray nozzle) or transferred to another opaque spray bottle*.
Hydrogen Peroxide* is simply water with an extra oxygen molecule (H202) and breaks down into oxygen and water, is also less harmful to the environment. It is produced by both animal and plant cells and is also formed naturally by sunlight acting on water (hence why is light-sensitive!)
Essential Oils: Essential oils are the oils extracted from various parts of plants. In addition to their amazing smell, certain essential oils are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties. Adding essential oils to a DIY cleaner can boost its efficiency and leave you with a wonderfully fresh aroma
Lavender and Mint All-Purpose Cleaner
You will need:
- opaque spray bottle or the original hydrogen peroxide bottle with an added spray nozzle
- 450 ml. hydrogen peroxide (3%) (can be bought online or at most chemists) Do NOT use any higher than 3%
- ½ teaspoon lavender essential oil*
- ½ teaspoon lemon essential oil*
- ⅛ teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Combine all ingredients in the bottle, attach spray nozzle, and shake to combine. For best disinfecting results, spray on surfaces and leave for several minutes before wiping clean.