Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

by allysonrosenbloom

Effectively clean everything in your house, the simple and natural way!
These homemade all purpose cleaner recipes are ones I’ve tested and used in my own home with great success. I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought an all-purpose spray cleaner and I can’t imagine doing so in the future. No need!

With just a few simple ingredients you can save a lot of money. Plus, since you are making it yourself you simply refill the same container over and over which saves on packaging that would otherwise become trash.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Simple Recipe:
3 parts filtered or distilled water
1 part distilled white vinegar
2-5 drops tea tree oil*

*You could also use cinnamon, clove, lavender, rosemary or lemon. I use tea tree oil because I usually have a bottle laying around although clove is another favorite of mine, especially since ants like to move into our home during the rainy season and clove essential oil repells them quite nicely.

I simply pour vinegar about 1/4 of the way into my spray bottle and then fill the rest with filtered water and then add a few drops of essential oil. Put the spray nozzle on and shake it up.

homemade all purpose cleaner
Yes, this cleaner smells like vinegar and whichever essential oil you use. No, the vinegar smell doesn’t bother me anymore though honestly, it used to when I first made the switch to natural, homemade cleaning products. Now I associate vinegar with “clean” and I don’t mind it. Plus, the vinegar smell is quick to leave, it doesn’t linger after it dries.

I use homemade cotton non-paper towels with my homeamde all purpose cleaner.
Any you? Share your homemade all purpose cleaner recipe right here!

Please Note: – These cleaners have not been tested on all the surfaces in your home…only mine so please use at your own risk. Test first in a small, hidden area. Please label your homemade all purpose cleaner appropriately and keep all homemade cleaners out of the reach of children. While I do let my supervised first grade students use this spray cleaner they know not spray it in their eyes (or mouth!) which would sting something fierce due to the vinegar!


What Are Your Thoughts?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen Smith June 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thankyou, Allyson, for sharing this useful information! Please continue to share any & all cleaning ideas you may have.
Thanks again,


Dave M December 23, 2013 at 3:29 am

Sorry, I meant this comment for the other thread since I was asking about using Dr Bronners with your all purpose cleaner recipe.


dominique lily June 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Great post! Some awesome natural cleaning ideas !
Domi x


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