Granola Wannabe: All Purpose Cleaner (By the way, I'm an antelope - didn't you know?)

On this addition of 'Granola Wannabe' (oh wait...I've never made a granola post...let's just pretend I'm established.  It's more fun that way.) I'll be showing you how to make your own all purpose cleaner.

I can feel your excitement emanating from your happy place.  Before you run away going 'is she serious right now?' hear me out.

First of all, what the heck do I mean by 'Granola Wannabe'.  A granola is someone that encompasses the three H's...Happy Hippie Homesteader.  I mean that with absolute love and respect...and incense.

Anyway.

I've got the happy part down (most days), but I pretty much have to fake the other two.  I'm more of a HAFTA.  Happy Artistic Frugal Talking Antelope.  Ok, I'm not an antelope AT ALL...but antelopes are more majestic than aardvarks or armadillos, and I needed that last word to make up HAFTA. As in, 'you want me to make my bed?  Do I HAFTA?!'

When I decided to take a flying leap from the corporate ladder to be a stay-at-home mom and freelance starving artist, I wanted to find some ways to cut costs.  After doing some reading, I decided to try my hand at homesteading.  Obviously, I'm not going to be raising my own chickens or anything (yet muahahaha)...but I did want to try to make as many things as I could on my own.  The very first thing I had to do, though, was admit that I had a problem...I was addicted to Clorox Wipes.  I used them for everything, and they're freakin' expensive!

I figured I was at least spending 10-15 bucks a month on Clorox wipes...that's 120-180 bucks a year!  Crazy!

After a little experimenting, I finally settled on a recipe I like.  I use it in the kitchen, bathroom, and even on my glass.  (No more Windex, either!! More money saved!)

It takes less than five minutes to make, the ingredients will cost you less than 20 bucks and will easily last a year.   Even if you're a crazy OCD cleaner and you need to buy ingredients more often, you're still going to be saving a good chunk of change.

Quick Note:  Don't use this on wood.  I use it on fake wood (like Ikea furniture) and it seems to be fine...but I wouldn't rub my antiques down with it!

Here's what you'll need:


Empty spray bottle (I got mine from Lowes...love that place)
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
2 tsp. Dawn dish soap (the blue one)
4 tbsp. white vinegar
4 cups of warm water
40 drops Tea Tree oil

Mix it all up - it's really that simple.

Vinegar is a mean disinfectant/antibacterial agent, in case you didn't know...it also makes your glass shiny and streak free.  Bonus Tip: Use coffee filters or newspaper to wipe mirrors clean.  They don't leave fuzz like paper towels and washcloths.  I learned that as a waitress back in the day - try it, for real.

Now technically...you could mix one part vinegar with two parts water and that will clean your mirrors and glass just fine as well...I just like my all purpose cleaner to cover as much ground as possible!  The choice is yours :)

Not bad for a talking antelope.


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