This homemade, all-purpose cleaning spray is not only simple to make, but it’s all natural, will help you reduce your family’s waste, and will save you money, too!
I used to be one of those people who had an entire cupboard full of toxic cleaning products.
Not only did I feel that toxic products were necessary in order for my home to feel truly ‘clean’, but I also believed that I needed a different cleaner for each and every job.
As I began to explore the world of DIYing my own products, I realized 2 things:
- Of COURSE marketers want us to think we need a different cleaning product for every surface of our home (spoiler alert: we don’t), and
- Safe, natural, homemade cleaners do JUST as good of a job, if not better, than their toxic counterparts.
What I figured out, was that using those toxic products from the grocery store, just basically coats your home in harmful chemicals. It’s not actually CLEANING anything.
When you use simple ingredients, like vinegar, water, baking soda, and essential oils – not only will your body thank you, but you will suddenly realize what clean truly smells like. It doesn’t smell like poison… it smells like… well, nothing. Once the vinegar scent dissipates (which it does fairly quickly), there should be no smell.
When you wipe your hand across your counter, or walk across your floor with your bare feet – there will be no residue. It will just feel… clean.
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Don’t Be Overwhelmed.
When I first started swapping out my cleaning products, I literally started with one thing at a time. And of course, realized that many of my grocery store cleaners simply did not need an alternative – because this one homemade, all purpose cleaning spray would take care of most of those jobs.
The secret to preventing overwhelm when moving toward a non-toxic home, is to simply do one.thing.at.a.time.
It’s truly all-purpose
Here are some of the things I use my homemade, all-purpose cleaning spray for:
- Mirrors, windows & doors
- Light switches
Now, be honest – do you use a different cleaner for every one of the above?
As a Simple Living enthusiast, not only do I try to live a natural & toxin-free life, but I also strive to minimize my possessions. That usually translates to every item in my home needing to serve more than one purpose. This homemade, all-natural cleaning spray fits the bill!
Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Spray
Spray bottle (I like glass, as we try to minimize our plastic use. Plus, glass is not reactive with essential oils. However, these high-quality, professional plastic spray bottles work well if you need something lightweight and less breakable – you also won’t need to re-fill it as often).
Funnel – this is not mandatory, but will make all your DIY jobs so much easier. We use ours daily. You’ll want to make sure the bottom of the funnel is small enough to fit into the top of your bottles.
(I found my funnel at a thrift store – you can DIY without breaking the bank or the planet – try to find things 2nd hand whenever possible).
White vinegar (I like to get it in a big jug so it lasts a long time – we use vinegar for multiple things!)
Some of my favourites are:
Lemon – great for sticky residue, removing toxins, and cleansing
OnGuard – anti-bacterial & anti-viral
Peppermint – invigorating, helps with energy & focus
Eucalyptus – disinfectant, congestion, cough
Spearmint – antiseptic, respiratory support
Wild Orange – cleansing & detoxing, mood uplifting
Lemongrass – encourages letting go (helpful for decluttering), antimicrobial
Citrus Bliss – my current fav. Smells like Creamsicles. ’nuff said.
You’ll want to make sure you’re using high-quality essential oils if you truly want your cleaner to be non-toxic. Most essential oils on the market are synthetic (in spite of what the label might say) – so do your due diligence and research high quality brands.
The brand I use and recommend is dōTERRA. If you plan to start making more of your own products, the smartest way to purchase oils is with a starter kit – that way you’ll have everything you need, to start replacing many of the products you’re purchasing at the store, with safe, natural alternatives. (and save money, too!).
- Using the funnel, drop 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oil(s) into the bottom of the bottle. (Get creative here – play around with your favourite oils and mix them up and see what you like! Making your own cleaners also doubles as aromatherapy – look at the health and emotional benefits of the oils you choose to use).
- Now fill up the bottle approximately 1/2 way with vinegar
- Take it to the tap, and fill it up the rest of the way with water.
- Put the sprayer on, and gently tip the bottle back and forth to mix all the ingredients together.
- Using a cotton rag (I like to repurpose old towels into cleaning rags – and of course cotton is best, as it’s a natural fibre and won’t shed micro plastics into your home and down your washing machine drain), spray and wipe your surfaces! Enjoy the refreshing smell of actual clean, vs. the industrial smell of toxins.
If you’re ready to begin replacing some other products in your home using simple recipes like these, I’d recommend either the Healthy Start kit, or the Healthy Home Kit. You can see all of the starter kits here.
Want more cleaning recipes? You can find all my DIY cleaning recipes in this post.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for homemade, all-purpose cleaning spray. If you’ve never made anything like this before, did this make it seem more do-able?
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils
Begin swapping out some of your toxic and expensive cleaners, for this simple, healthy DIY version. It uses just vinegar, water & essential oils.
- White Vinegar
- 10-20 drops Essential Oils
Using the funnel, drop 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oil(s) into the bottom of the bottle. (Get creative here – play around with your favourite oils and mix them up and see what you like! Making your own cleaners also doubles as aromatherapy – look at the health and emotional benefits of the oils you choose to use).
Now fill up the bottle approximately 1/2 way with vinegar
Take it to the tap, and fill it up the rest of the way with water.
Put the sprayer on, and gently tip the bottle back and forth to mix all the ingredients together.
Using a cotton rag (I like to repurpose old towels into cleaning rags – and of course cotton is best, as it's a natural fibre and won't shed micro plastics into your home and down your washing machine drain), spray and wipe your surfaces! Enjoy the refreshing smell of actual clean, vs. the industrial smell of toxins.