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!