DIY: Essential Oil Shower Spray Cleaner for Mildew ( And How It Works ).
What’s the one room your lament cleaning the most? The bathroom. The chemical smell of cleaner, the uncomfortable kneeling on tile, the gross hairs you find. Overall it’s a sub-par experience, but here’s an extremely simple, all-natural cleaner recipe to make things a little less noxious.
What’s the one room your lament cleaning the most? The bathroom.
The sharp chemical smell of cleaner, the uncomfortable kneeling on tile, the questionable hairs you find. Overall it’s a sub-par experience, but here’s an all natural helper to make things a little less noxious.
All Natural Shower Clean Spray with Essential Oils;
Makes 2 cups;
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Distilled Vinegar
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil ( optional- I prefer to add this to give a slightly more appealing fragrance. Peppermint also works well!)
- Glass Spray Bottle**
Combine vinegar and water together and mix well. Add in essential oils, close the cap and give a good shake to disperse the oils evenly. Spray on your walls and grout to help keep mildew and mold at bay. Shake well before each use to make sure the essential oils are combined!
This is not a substitute for a good deep scrub, but if used regularly, this will make cleaning a little lighter and less frequent.
Please note; vinegar should not be used on porous surfaces like stone tile or marble!
** Glass is the best choice here - essential oils ( and vinegar, to a lesser degree ) eat away at plastics over time, which means your bottles may begin to leak. If you have an old MIZU brand room-mist bottle, these would would perfectly. Just reduce the recipe by 1/8th to accommodate for this size bottle.
How it works;
Native to Australia, Tea Tree is nature’s miracle cleaner. Antibacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic, this potent little oil is full of natural compounds, like terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain viruses, fungi and bacteria. Terpinen-4-ol has also been shown to increase activity in white blood cells which helps to fight off foreign bacteria in your body. In fact, Tea Tree has been known to be such a powerful wound healer, Australian soldiers during WWII were given tea tree oil in their first aid kits to help support wound health. If you only have one essential oil in your arsenal, let this be it.
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that is non-toxic and biodegradable. It contains about 5% acetic acid, which works to destroy certain bacteria and viruses ( including the Flu virus! ) by changing the proteins and fats that make up their cell structure.
Vinegar is a little smelly, yes, but Tea Tree does wonders to help keep its odor at bay. And, in comparison on the metallic, chemical, chlorine/bleach smell that every heavy-duty cleanser has, vinegar is roses.