I began purging my home of harsh chemicals a few years ago and some of the first things to go were all the various household cleaners.
But the house still needed cleaning, so my search for a natural cleaner began.
I quickly discovered that I could either pay $15 to $20 for a natural all purpose cleaner, or I could make one myself with a few ingredients.
I opted to make my own.
Why I Use Natural Cleaners in My Home
- Peace of mind. I want to know exactly what the ingredients are that I use in my home. This cleaner consists of basic items that are safe for every member of the family. Say good-bye to those long lists of ingredients that no one knows how to pronounce (much less know what they are).
- It is not toxic. Conventional products contain some extremely harsh chemicals. The kinds that you don’t want your children messing with. If our children shouldn’t touch them…why is it “OK” to spray them all over the surfaces of the home?
- Cost. This cleaner costs so much less to make than purchasing a cleaner from the grocery store.
How to Make a DIY Natural All Purpose House Cleaner
What You Need
- A 16 ounce glass spray bottle
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 20-25 drops of essential oils (I like to use lemon and tea tree)
- Combine the vinegar and essential oils into the glass bottle.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake well.
The Function of Each Ingredient
Glass Spray Bottle
Essential oils are strong enough to eat away at plastic, so a glass bottle is a better option for storing this all purpose cleaner.
Vinegar is quite acidic. This makes it tough on soap scum and other residue. White vinegar is the best option for cleaning since it is the more acidic than other vinegars.
Water acts as a diluent in natural cleaners.
There are a few functions of essential oils in cleaners: fragrance, antibacterial, and cleansing properties.
As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to use tea tree and lemon essential oils for my all purpose cleaner, but you are not limited to these! Other options are lime, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and more.
Just add 20-25 total drops of essential oils to your cleaner.
How to Use This All Purpose Cleaner
This cleaner really is true to its name. Use it on counters, showers, cabinets, floors, the stovetop, mirrors, and other dirty surfaces.
Keep in Mind;
- For especially stubborn spots, spray and allow to soak for a few minutes before wiping away.
- Be careful with using vinegar on natural stones such as marble and granite. It can eat away at the surface. Just replace the vinegar with Castile soap if you have these kinds of surfaces.
If you make this project and love how it turned out, feel free to come back and comment about your experience. I’d love to see your creation and how you used it!