DIY Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
I am not one of those people who is “green” or “all-natural”. In theory, I’d love to use only natural products and only eat kale (sarcasm) but that is simply not reality. I used to beat myself up about it because I thought I was just making excuses about how difficult it can be to find foods, household products, and health and beauty products that have ingredients that I can pronounce. Not to mention how expensive it can be to purchase those products.
But you choose your priorities. If only 100% natural products of all kinds is that important to you then you will figure out how to make the finances work and then figure out where to purchase.
I am taking baby steps in this area. Could I go through the entire house and toss everything that isn’t natural? Sure, but that’s not the approach I’m taking. I’m slowly switching things over and that seems to be the best way for my family.
The very first thing I’ve changed is my household cleaning products. That’s not to say there isn’t bleach in the laundry room cabinets or that I don’t have something stronger under the kitchen sink. But for my regular, use-every-day cleaners I’ve switched over to natural, homemade.
I used to make 3 different kinds of homemade cleaners, now I only make one and it works great for all the major cleaning in the house. Even the bathroom.
If you like this DIY, you will also LOVE my post on DIY Bug Repellent with Essential Oils.
All-Purpose, Clean, DIY Essential Oils
The essential oils are completely optional. I tried to leave them out but my family complained of the harsh vinegar smell any time we cleaned. The Sweet Orange essential oil definitely helps. It still smells like “cleaner” but nothing harsh and “chemical-y”.
Do you make your own cleaners? Do you use DIY natural cleaning products? Tell me in the comments below ↓.
DIY Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
- 8 oz lemon juice
- 4 oz distilled vinegar
- 12 oz water
- 10 drops essential oil I used Sweet Orange
- 32 oz spray bottle
- Pour lemon juice into the spray bottle. To make this easier you can use a funnel.
- Add distilled vinegar and water.
- Last add essential oil drops.
- Put the nozzle back on the bottle and tighten, then swirl the bottle around a bit.
- Use on kitchen counters, refrigerator and pantry shelves, appliances, bathroom counters and toilets, bathtubs and showers, pretty much anywhere you would normally use an all-purpose cleaner.
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I’ve found a few decently priced natural cleaners at Big Lots. Right now I have a bottle of Simple Green Natural Cleaner concentrate. It was only $3/half gallon and you dilute it 7:1 for light duty. It is just lightly scented with citrus oils.
Have you tried club soda for cleaning windows? I haven’t but it’s supposed to be good.