This cleaning spray is so easy to make and harnesses the natural power of vinegar and the antibacterial properties of eucalyptus.
You will need:
A clean empty spray bottle
White cleaning vinegar
Essential oil – eucalyptus
Store-bought mould and mildew removers aren't good for your lungs given the volume of strong chemical ingredients. Skip those toxic cleaners and make your own highly effective cleaner using the simple ingredient of white vinegar. This solution will kill the mould, but it won't remove the mould stains. Just add a little elbow grease and some washing up liquid to tackle the stains.
Our cleaning vinegar has a high natural acidity that helps kill mould and mildew and can also inhibit future growth. This is also great in a hard water area like ours for loosening the limescale on your bathroom fixtures. At the same time, the vinegar cleaner will deodorize the bathroom from those mouldy odours. Keep the window open whilst you tackle the tiles and grout when dealing with mould.
1. Mix Ingredients
Combine 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a (clean) spray bottle, and shake to mix.
2. Add Essential Oils
Now you can add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the spray bottle. Some essential oils that mix well with vinegar include eucalyptus or a blend of lavender and lemon. (When blending oils, use 10 drops of each fragrance). Mix thoroughly.
3. Apply to Surfaces
Spray the solution and saturate the surface. Or dampen a sponge or old flannel and wipe it onto the surface. Wipe clean with a dry separate cloth.
For mildew or very mouldy surfaces, let the solution sit for up to an hour to soak in. I suggest as mould spores can spread, wiping down the area with a paper towels that can be disposed of immediately afterwards.
You can scrub the solution in with an old toothbrush or pot scrubber but be mindful you don't damage or chip the grout while doing this.
This step can be repeated if necessary.
GLASS & WINDOWS
For a simple glass cleaner, omit the essential oil and mix 1 part water with one part cleaning vinegar for super clean windows. Spray on and wipe off with a clean flannel or tea towel. The vinegar scent will dissipate fairly quickly.
A SLIGHT NOTE OF CAUTION:
It can be used to clean many surfaces in your home but the acid in the vinegar can pit, etch, or dull some materials like marble, limestone, granite, and hardwood by eating away at finishes. Always test a spot before using and do not use straight vinegar without water to clean surfaces, as it is acidic and can eat away at porous grout.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. As with any cleaner, avoid all contact with the eyes and prolonged contact with the skin.