Looking for ways to reduce the number of harmful chemicals in your home? Or maybe you just want a DIY all-purpose cleaner that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost. This homemade recipe uses natural ingredients such as vinegar and essential oils to make a safe, natural disinfectant that you can feel good about using in your home.
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I don’t know about you, but the more I learn about the harmful effects of common household cleaners, the more I want them OUT of my home.
These days, I’m on a quest to replace my chemical-laden cleaning products with better, natural ones. It’s still a work in progress, but each new DIY cleaner gets me another step closer toward my goal.
Most recently, I made my own DIY all-purpose cleaner using just a few ingredients that I already had on hand. Talk about cheap AND healthy!
I’m able to use this all-purpose cleaner in place of Clorox wipes to tackle my kitchen countertops and pretty much every surface in my bathrooms.
If you’d like to give natural cleaning products a try too, then let me show you how to make your very own DIY all-purpose cleaner!
**Special note: Don’t use this all-purpose cleaner on marble or travertine countertops. The vinegar will damage these surfaces.**
DIY All-purpose Cleaner Using Natural Ingredients
All you need for this all-purpose cleaner is water, vinegar, and essential oils.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in an amber colored glass spray bottle*.
*Since this recipe calls for essential oils, you need to put your all-purpose cleaner in an amber colored glass spray bottle. Essential oils can eat through plastic, and they’re also light-sensitive. For these two reasons, amber colored glass bottles are best.
How to Use Your All-Purpose Cleaner
Using your DIY all-purpose cleaner is super simple. Just spray it on your countertops and wipe!
You can wipe your surfaces with a paper towel, but an eco-friendly option is to use a microfiber cloth that you can wash and reuse!
- As I mentioned earlier, don’t use this all-purpose cleaner on marble or travertine. The vinegar will damage those surfaces.
- You can use other essential oils to get different fragrances. I personally prefer a clean, citrus scent for my cleaner, but you may prefer other combinations such as lavender and lemon, lavender and eucalyptus, or tea tree.
- Since this recipe does have vinegar in it, you’ll smell a light vinegar scent as soon as you spray the cleaner. It will dissipate in a few minutes, so don’t panic! All you’ll be left with is a clean, citrusy fragrance.
- This is one of those recipes where I’m not brand-loyal to any specific essential oil company. I do prefer Young Living when I’m looking for a specific healing benefit. However, since I’m just cleaning with these oils, I use whichever brand I already have at home. Typically, that’s either Aura Cacia, NOW, or a house brand from my local health food store.
Wrapping It Up
This DIY all-purpose cleaner is so easy to make, and cheap too! Really, you’re killing two birds with one stone here by saving money AND eliminating harmful chemicals from your home. I call that a double win, my friend!
Give this cleaner a try and let me know what you think. Also, be sure to check out those microfiber cloths! They serve about a million purposes in my house (everything from dusting to cleaning eyeglasses), so I know you’ll find them useful too.
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Do you make your own all-purpose cleaner? If so, I’d love to know what combination of essential oils you use!
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