When you make your own cleaners, you should always start with a clean container. If it's a previously used container, make sure you don't have residue from the previous contents still in the container when you put it to reuse. Clearly mark your container so you don't confuse it with something else. Just take a sharpie, permanent maker and write on the container.
For my all-purpose disinfecting cleaner, I use a spray bottle that can be purchased in the gardening section of many stores. The nozzle is adjustable to regulate a misting spray to a straight shot.
I have been cleaning my apartments with a nontoxic, home-made cleaner for many years. It's very simple and the recipe follows:
All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner
1 tablespoon liquid soap
1 cup warm water
2/3 cup white vinegar
Why Use a Home-Made Cleaner?
When you make your own cleaner, you really, really know what's in it. When you buy a cleaner, you can't be sure all of the ingredients are listed. The U.S. EPA gives a warning about commercial all-purpose cleaners:
When using [commercial] all purpose cleaners, follow these safety steps:
- Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin
- Be sure that there is good air circulation in the room. Open several windows or keep a fan running.
- NEVER mix two cleaners of different kinds together, especially if one contains ammonia and the other contains chlorine. This can produce a gas called chloramine, and breathing its fumes could be fatal.