For the past few months we've been using a homemade, chemical-free cleaner for the nursery and other baby-frequented areas. While I can't verify cleanliness at the microscopic level, the homemade cleaner seemingly does a good job and offers some peace of mind. It doesn't hurt that it's very inexpensive to make.
I haven't done any scientific testing on this recipe so I recommend doing a little more research to make an educated decision before using it. Keep in mind the active ingredient in the recipe, white vinegar, is acidic and may harm some surfaces like those that are painted.
Homemade Cleaner Recipe
- Spray bottle
- Tap water
- White vinegar
- Essential oil (I prefer lemongrass, but other options are available)
- Add 2 cups of tap water to your spray botttle
- Add 1 cup of white vinegar
- Add 3 drops of your essential oil to mask the vinegar smell
Your homemade cleaner is now ready to use. You can add more drops of the essential oil if the smell isn't strong enough, but keep in mind a little goes a long way with that stuff.