Natural Spray Cleaner Recipe

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This is easy to mix up and not only cleans well but fills the air with gorgeous smells. It takes a whole minute to make.

Nearly fill a 1 litre spray bottle with filtered warm water.  Add 1 tsp Wendyl’s Premium Baking Soda, a few drops of liquid soap (preferably Green Goddess Hemp & Coconut Liquid Castile Soap) and 10 drops of lavender or tea-tree essential oil. Shake together.

If you have wooden bench tops, add about 1 tsp of olive oil and shake the bottle every time you use it, to disperse the oil.

You can use other essential oils in the spray cleaner. In the winter I like to use warm oils, like cedarwood, rosemary, clove or even some natural vanilla essence, to give the kitchen a cosy smell. In summer, go for citrus smells, like orange, lemon or lime. And if flies are a problem, use citronella oil which will help deter them.

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  1. Hi Wendyl, just wanted to know how well it stays effective in the plastic spray bottle, how often would I have to re-make a batch, or does it last well? Hope that makes sense! Thanks.

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      Hi Jenny,
      Lasts really well in spray bottle – I’ve had one of the first I made three weeks ago on a shelf just to test and it’s still great. You can just re-make as you need it, I can do it in a couple of minute at the kitchen sink to make a litre.

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      Yes that’s right. Or a greener option is Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap. Enjoy making this, it’s by far the easiest of all my recipes.

  2. Hi Wendyl,
    I have granite bench tops and the spray leaves a residue, is there anything I could tweak with the recipe to stop this?
    Many thanks,
    Tracy

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      Hi Tracy, I haven’t heard of this happening before. It could be that you are adding too much detergent? Just a few drops is all you need. If it continues follow up with a spray of glass cleaner.

  3. I think Tracy’s residue might be too much baking soda. A quick wipe down with white vinegar afterwards should get rid of it.

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      Hi Sherryl, This sounds like a tough one! Try neat white vinegar and see if that shifts some of it. If it does keep applying, then rinse off then repeat until it has gone. If not add some baking powder on top of the white vinegar = it should fizz – work into the stain and see if that works. Again repeat. Make sure that when you have finished you wash out thoroughly with soapy water.

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      HI Sarah, the vinegar reacts with the baking soda so not a good idea in this mix. But for glass cleaner it is great. The best bathroom cleaner is the cleaning paste or for slimy stuff just use neat white vinegar – spray on, leave for half an hour and wipe off.

  4. Another fab use for this spray cleaner – ant killer! I came back from holiday to find a nice little trail of ants across the kitchen worksurface. I sprayed the cleaner over the top to wipe it down and all the ants instantly dropped dead! Result!!

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  5. Heard you on the radio recently with an easy cleaner for stainless steel, unfortunately I can’t remember it. Please help, Thanks

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  6. hi wendyl,is this any good for killing germs or what oils could i use? i want to be able to use on my babys high chair etc.thank you

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      HI Billy, use anti-bacterials like lavender, orange, or if you want to get really strong tea-tree to kill germs. However most germs should be cleaned away with this spray.

  7. Hi Wendyl, my daughter has just moved into a property with a septic tank are your recipes ok for the tank. cheers Chris

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      Hi there, worth a try. I would use the same amount, it should work okay as there is only a tiny amount in there which acts as a spreader.

  8. Hi Wendyl,
    I have a baby with reflux, which means she throws up on absolutely everything so I am forever cleaning! I really want to try your recipes, but just wondering now that she’s mobile (and teething) if this and the antibacterial recipe is baby friendly in terms of her taste testing every surface and also ok to use on baby toys and gym for a quick wipe? Many thanks 🙂

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      Hi Rico, antibacterial is really good for around babies, but if you’re worried the spray cleaner is fine for cleaning toys and things.Use tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil for good anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities.

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      I get my oils from http://www.lotusoils.co.nz. I used to mix oils for my diffuser but now I just go for simple one oil at a time. But you could play around or search the internet for good recipes. A book I love for essential oil recipes is The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Wormwood. I’ve used a lot of her recipes over the years.

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  9. Hi there,

    I am just wondering how disinfectant this mixture is, I believe lemon is a great anti bacterial, do you have any further bench sprays that smell great and are anti bacterial with the use of lemon? Regards, Kate.

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      Great antiseptic, anti-viral and antibacterial essential oils are lavender, orange, eucalyptus, clove and tea-tree. Use one or mix them together for a smell you like.

  10. Hi Wendyl
    I have a textured ceiling’s in my kids rooms that has quite alot of mould on it, what would you suggest to use on it?
    Thanks heaps

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      No not really. It won’t dissolve without a lot of heat and then when it cools it will make the solution gluggy. You can try making the cleaner without the liquid soap and see how you go.

  11. I have an man-made stone benchtop and was told I must use a special stone spray on it. I’d much prefer to use this and am wondering if it will be safe and not cause pitting or damage. Thanks 🙂

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      Barbara I’m always a little loathe to recommend something which I haven’t tried. Having said that this is very mild so why not try it on a corner and see what happens or underneath. I think it should be fine and will save you money!

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      Hi Sandra, it sounds like the urine has died the carpet. You don’t say what colour your carpet is but if it is light you could apply a light solution of hydrogen peroxide 3% and see if that bleaches it out for you.

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