Make your own essential oil all-purpose cleanser to clean quartz, marble, granite, appliances, tables, sinks, baseboards, windowsills and more!
Not sure if you missed me, but I went MIA for a couple of weeks…
Mr. Chef and I took a vacation of a lifetime. We went on a historical tour of France, Belgium, and Germany visiting WWII and Napoleonic sites. It’s been a dream of ours to visit the places we’ve studied about. With his love of history, Mr. Chef was my own personal tour guide. History was his major and with his hobby of wargaming, he’s had to study historical war tactics from different periods, including typs of uniforms they wore, important historical figures, etc. He’s fallen in love with WWII and the Napoleonic era. Hearing him talk with such enthusiam of these eras, I, too, became fascinated and we made it a goal to visit these sites.
Thanks to a dear friend who bought our plane tickets (seriously, I couldn’t believe it!), our dream became a reality.
We visited all of the touristy spots of Paris, including the Invalides (where Napoleon’s crypt lie), the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel tower, and more. We ventured on to Lower Normandy where we visited Sainte-Mere-Eglise (D-day invasion), Caen (Pegasus Bridge), Utah and Omaha Beaches (D-day invasion), American Cemetery (9,000 graves of WWII soldiers), and the Bayeaux (tapestries from the Norman ages). We traveled on to Belgium and visited the sites from the Battle of Waterloo (Napoleon’s defeat), and ended our trip in Germany where we visited our son and his family. We also saw the largest Pumpkin festival in the world and the Burg of Hohenzollern (absolutely gorgeous, by the way).
We drove to each of our destinations so we could see the countryside along the way. It was like a painter’s palette full of oranges, reds, and yellows splattered aross the beautiful European countryside. Absolutely stunning!
Hard to believe we’ve been home for almost two weeks and our trip is slowly becoming a distant memory–however, one that won’t be forgotten!!
While in Europe, we rented out flats and cottages instead of hotels so we could live amongst the Europeans and live as they live. Many of the places we stayed at used a lot of natural homemade cleaners, which inspired me to make this post for Homemade Essential-oil All-Purpose Cleanser. Plus, now that we’re getting more grandkids around, I prefer to use cleansers that aren’t as harmful to kids!
I had all of these products on hand. I use a lot of essential oils and absolutely LOVE doTERRA products–especially OnGuard! I rarely catch a cold these days unless, of course, I’m around so many sick people for so long that my body finally wears down and succombs. However, one thing I have noticed is that I get over my sickness quicker and I don’t seem to get as sick! Knock on wood!
This recipe for homemade cleanser can be safely used on granite, marble, and quartz countertops. I also use it on appliances, bathroom sinks, window sills, tables, etc. The only thing it doesn’t clean is glass. Bummer.
The rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) does a great job of killing bacteria and allows the surfaces to dry quickly! The essential oil also is anti-bacterial (not to mention it smells great, too!). By using natural dish soap, you get a soap without all of the harsh chemicals, making it gentle yet effective in cleaning dirt and grease.
I hope you enjoy it!
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
- 5 to 10 drops of lemon, peppermint, or orange essential oil
- 1 squirt natural dish soap
- Pour all ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray on granite, marble, or quartz surfaces, appliances, tables, sinks, baseboards, windowsills, and more!
- Wipe with a clean white cloth or microfiber cloth (preferable).
Recipe adapted from RealSimple.com, May 2015 issue, pp 151