I wish I could keep the counters clean when I cook. However, every time I step foot in the kitchen, it seems that I cause an explosion of some sort, whether it be flour, sauce, butter, or vegetable peels cluttering up our already sparse counter space.
Usually, I would just grab any old cleaner, spray the counters, and move on with my life. However, I finally made the connection that FOOD is prepared on my counters, and heaven forbid the store-bought cleaner should contaminate it. From this moment I set out to make my own cleaner, and after a good deal of Pinteresting I finally have a formula I am proud of. Not only is it safe, it actually works better than the store-bought cleaner I was using in the first place! Win.
Just grab these things:
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon Baking soda
You can mix everything right in the bottle, which makes this process super easy. First, using a funnel, pour in the 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. Next, add 2 cups of warm water and swish around to help the baking soda dissolve.
Now, for this next part, I have only one tip: Put the bottle in the sink before hand. I made the mistake of not only sealing the top with the funnel, but also doing this without the protection of the sink. The result was a vinegar explosion 10 minutes before we had to leave for school. Anyway, grab your vinegar and pour it into the bottle, but NOT to press down the funnel while you do this, or you will create a "seal" and the gasses created will have nowhere to go.
You can now add any scent you wish! I added lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine (about 10 drops of each). Citrus has long been known for it's purifying abilities, and it smells great! Add the oils, swish it around again in the bottle, screw on the lid, and you're all set!
The thing I love most about this cleaner is that I could literally spray it on my food, and it wouldn't harm me (not that I would recommend that for flavor's sake. Plus, the oils I use aren't quite therapeutic grade). I use this spray for the kitchen, bathroom, and any other surface that needs some sanitizing and cleaning. Try this at home and let me know how it goes!