OK, so it’s been about 6 months now since I started using mostly natural, home-made cleaning products in my home. My almost-all-purpose cleaner is a spray bottle filled with half water and half white vinegar. It is amazing, cleans fantastically well – better than anything else I’ve ever used – and leaves me satisfied that I can allow Squish to eat straight off the highchair tray after just a quick wipe.
For the kitchen floor, I just dump some vinegar in with some hot water in a bucket, chuck in some bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and get mopping. Again, it works brilliantly. Hardly any elbow grease required.
I’m really struggling with it, though. I want to use it, I really do, but the smell…. I just can’t bear it! I know so many people who say that vinegar is what clean smells like to them now, and I’ve really tried to get used to it, but I just… can’t. My kitchen smells like a fish & chip shop. I am not going to give up on my cleaning spray, because the benefits far outweigh the stink, but I have found myself using bleach on the kitchen floor again recently because even that, with its toilet cleaner-esque chemical aroma, is better than the vinegar For some reason it smells extra gross in the bucket.
Granted, the smell is pretty much completely gone once it’s dried, but that takes quite a while especially in the bathrooms.
I’ve tried using tea tree oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil but none of them seem to mask it enough. What am I doing wrong? Am I not putting enough oil in? Do I need to pour a whole freaking bottle of the stuff in there, or am I expecting too much? HELP!