In my early twenties, I wanted to take my independence to the next level: I decided it was time that I live on my own. I was already paying a few of my own bills and working my way through college, so I thought that living in an apartment close to campus would be a great step into adulthood.
I learned many things about myself when I moved out of my parents’ home. In fact, I had quickly come to the realization that I was quite the “neat freak.” Often called a “cleaning monster” by my peers, I was best known for postponing plans in order to complete my daily cleaning routines. Of course, over the years, I have learned all about self-control and that it’s okay for a home to look “lived in.” I mean, that’s what they’re there for, right?
During my mid-twenties’ “cleaning escapades,” I noticed how much I was spending on cleaning products and wanted to find a money-saving solution. I was also very wary of the chemicals being used in a lot of my store-bought products. I then realized that I should just make my own.
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DIY All-Purpose Cleaner – For Anything and Everything
One of my favorite DIY cleaners is my ultra-simple Lemony-Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner. It works on just about any surface and won’t break the bank.
For this cleaner, all you need are the following:
1 squirt bottle
1.5 cups water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
Place all of your ingredients in the squirt bottle and give a good shake. Sometimes, I like leaving some slices of lemon peel in the solution for extra fragrance.
I love how lemony-fresh my home feels after the use of this cleaner. It consists of ingredients that I constantly have in my pantry, so I never find myself running last-minute errands for my (occasional) cleaning escapades. (Because let’s face it: there are some things you never fully grow out of.)
Try this cleaner out and let us know your thoughts! What are some of your most dreaded household chores?This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please review our disclosure policy.