This DIY all purpose cleaner with vinegar is made with natural, effective cleaning ingredients that actually smell great.
The recipe is easy, cost-effective and it actually works!
Do DIY Cleaners Really Work?
Yes. There are natural ingredients that can handle ordinary household grease and grime. Mrs. Meyers liquid soap is non-toxic and has handled the every day cleaning for me.
What is DIY All Purpose Cleaner Made Of?
Distilled Water - Whenever making any homemade home or personal product, using distilled water will give your product the maximum possible shelf life. You can find distilled water at grocery stores and it is affordable. The next best options are filtered water and plain ol tap water.
White Vinegar -
All kinds of vinegar contain acid that brings brightness to foods or helps in food preservation. Distilled white vinegar is often used for cleaning because it is colorless and contains about 5 percent acetic acid.
(Use sparingly on natural stone surfaces)
Essential Oils - Some essential oils have excellent cleaning properties and they add a fresh, natural scent to your homemade cleaner. My favorite essential oil to use in this cleaner are lemon and lavender. It naturally disinfects and deodorizes and I just love a good citrus fragrance! Rosemary is naturally antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, lavender has antibacterial properties and deodorizes, eucalyptus is antibacterial and freshening, and peppermint is antibacterial as well as antifungal.
Mrs. Meyers liquid Soap - Cuts through grease while making dishes clean and bright. Biodegradable formula Dish Soap contains plant-derived degreasers to make grease disappear. Mrs. Meyer's products are made with cruelty-free formulas and are Leaping Bunny certified. I am addicted to the lilac dish soap and buy it in bulk to use throughout the year!
What Kind of Bottle Should I Use?
How to Use DIY All Purpose Cleaner
There are many uses for this cleaning spray! I've used both reusable cloths and paper towels with this cleaner and both work great. Many uses I've found are:
- general household surfaces
- bathroom counter tops and cupboards
- toilet (outer surfaces)
- kitchen counter tops and cupboards (avoid natural stone)
- appliances, such as the fridge, microwave, dishwasher etc.
- trash cans
- high touch areas such as doorknobs or handles
- spot clean floors