Learn to make homemade all purpose cleaner that's safe to use all over your house!
This is such an easy and effective homemade all purpose cleaner. It works great with getting tough oil stains off surfaces, particularly off stainless steel and it’s safe on pretty much all surfaces.
Why Make Your Own Cleaner?
We started making our own cleaners for several reasons. One being that we wanted to remove toxic and harmful chemicals from our home. Also, my husband and I are both sensitive to strong odors and with this recipe you get to add whatever essential oils you want, or leave it basic.
Even though we keep cleaners out of reach from my toddler, this is still a considerably safer cleaning product to have lying around the house compared to almost all store bought options. Even if you don’t have kids, this is safer with animals in the house and safer for you when using it.
Not to mention, this recipe it quick and uses basic cleaning ingredients.
We’ve tried using Dr. Bronner’s soap as the dish soap in this recipe and it doesn’t work but tends to coagulate and isn’t recommended.
Distilled Water: You can use tap water but if you’re planning on storing this cleaner than distilled water is the way to go. You don’t want to worry about molding and water going bad if stored for a while so just avoid that issue and use distilled!
Make Your Own Scented Vinegars
If you’re wanting to add a simple scent to your cleaner try one of the following. You would use the same amount of scented vinegar as listed in my recipe (4 tablespoons).
Lemon Vinegar: In a glass container add white distilled vinegar. Pack in used or unused lemon wedges. Store for a day or more to increase the strength of the scent. This also works great as an addition to pour into your dishwasher during a load.
Pine Vinegar: If you have access to pine needs (yes from a real tree) gather a bunch and add them to a glass jar and fill with distilled white vinegar.
Lavender Vinegar: Use fresh lavender and just add to a glass jar with distilled white vinegar.
Sometimes after using this spray I feel a little residue left behind. Follow up with a damp towel and you’ll be set!
Caution with Using Essential Oils
We don't always add essential oils because you have to use them with caution. If you decide to add oils, know that the cleaner won't work well on glass (windows/mirrors).
You also want to be cautious with using strong essential oils on thin plastics because they can eat through. If you're cleaning floors, countertops, walls, fridges, wood, bathroom surfaces, window sills, hard plastic surfaces, you'll be just fine and this cleaner works great!
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
- 1 heavy bottom saucepan
- 1 empty spray bottle
- 4 cups distilled water
- 1 teaspoon super washing soda
- 1 teaspoon borax
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- 4 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
- 4 drops optional essential oil * SEE NOTES (lemongrass, pine, spearmint, peppermint, lavender)
- 1 spray bottle
- In a medium-sized saucepan add distilled water, super washing soda, and borax. Bring to a simmer. This is just to dissolve the ingredients. Add vinegar and essential oil, and dish soap and stir.
- Cook for another minute and turn off heat.
- Once cooled, transfer cleaner to a spray bottle. Shake slightly before use to reincorporate ingredients.