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Lavender Cleaning Spray You Can Make Yourself

Updated on December 16, 2011

Pleasant smelling, effective, and more economical!

If you're looking to switch from expensive and harsh chemical cleaners to something friendlier but just as powerful, or if you're fragrance sensitive, here is a fantastic alternative. This lavender cleaning spray is something you can make yourself quickly and easily. It's environmentally friendly, it smells absolutely wonderful, its just as effective as chemical cleaners, and it's much more economical.

Having used harsh store-bought chemical cleaners for most of my life, I have to admit I hated using them. I didn't like the smell or they way they tore up my skin. When I started making my own cleaners it brought a whole new dimension to the mundane task of cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. Because this cleaner contains lavender and tea tree essential oil, it left such a lovely and relaxing fragrance in my home it actually made the whole task of cleaning much more pleasant.

The borax and white vinegar lend some muscle to this spray cleaner while the tea tree and lavender essential oils lend a powerhouse of disinfecting abilities.

A Few Words About Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils

Both of these oils are well known for their ability to disinfect and they are 100% all natural, distilled from plants. Both are antiseptics, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Both of these oils are also relatively easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: This oil is distilled from the twigs and leaves of the tea tree which is native to Australia. The properties listed above are even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits this oil can provide. Inhaling it's aroma will even boost your immune system. Interestingly, in a recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, tea tree oil was found to destroy 60 strains of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of the "super germs" that can result in secondary infections in hospital patients.

Lavender Esssential Oil: Lavender works much the same as tea tree oil when it comes to disinfectant properties and also lends its aromatic benefits of stress relief and relaxation, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits, relief of respiratory conditions, headaches and migraines, to name just a few. You can read more about lavender essential oil here.

Lavender Cleaning Spray Recipe

3 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup borax

1/2 tsp lavender essential oil

1/2 tsp tea tree essential oil

Combine the ingredients and pour into a plastic spray bottle. If you are re-using a bottle from a chemical cleaner please be sure it's been thoroughly rinsed free of chemicals before using. I would recommend purchasing a new spray bottle to avoid contamination.

Refill your bottle whenever it becomes empty.

It's as simple and easy as that! For less than half the cost of stinky chemical cleaners you can clean and disinfect your home with this lavender spray cleaner you can make yourself and reap the compliments on your sweet smelling home.

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      Moon Lightened 5 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hi Miabeth,

      First thanks for reading! You could use tea tree oil if you want another good disinfectant. Another good essential oil for cleaning is orange. It doesn't have the disinfecting qualities of lavender or tea tree, but it's a great grease cutter. You could even mix the orange and tea tree together.

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      Miabeth 5 years ago

      Hi, just wondering if there is anything else that works the same way as lavender oil, because both myself and my son are allergic to lavender.

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      Moon Lightened 5 years ago from Delhi, India

      Nan and suejanet, thank you both for reading and leaving your generous comments. I'm a lavender junkie and true believer in it. I've always kept a bottle handy when possible because it's such a good "cure-all". Thanks again for the support!

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      suejanet 5 years ago

      I love lavander cleaning spray and will try this. Thanks for a good hub.

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      Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the input very good hub. I wrote an article on lavender oil. During WWI they used the oil to desinfect the wombs of the soldiers. I put some in my first aid kit. I marked you up on this one.

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      Moon Lightened 5 years ago from Delhi, India

      I'm glad you read and enjoyed, Keith. Making these products yourself is so simple and easy and they really are just as effective as the harsh cleaners. Make a batch just once and you'll realize the savings is immense too. Thanks again!

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Frugal living hubs are my weakness. Thanks for the cleaning recipe.