An easy recipe for DIY All Purpose Cleaner, using only natural ingredients.
*If you’d like a little more information on making your own homemade cleaning spray, a Video Tutorial is provided at the end of this post*
I am updating my “DIY All Purpose Cleaner” today. When I first started this blog, I shared a simple recipe combining water, vinegar, and baking soda, but guess what? A few months ago, I learned that combining baking soda with vinegar can lessen the effect of the vinegar. Sure you can still use them for cleaning, just not mixed together. For example, when cleaning toilets, I use vinegar first, allow it to do its magic, and then I use baking soda afterwards to gently scrub and freshen the toilet.
Recently, I have been exploring the idea of using essential oils in my DIY cleaning solutions, especially after seeing this post. Luckily, I have a friend who was willing to send me a few samples before taking the official plunge into the world of essential oils.
What You Need to Make All Purpose Cleaner
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.)
- 15 Drops Thieves® Essential Oil
- *Amber Glass Spray Bottle– I love these from Amazon.
*Important Note: Some essential oils will eat away at plastic, so using a glass bottle will prevent this from happening. Amber or Cobalt color bottles are best to avoid light affecting the oils.
**Another Important Note: Due to the acidity of vinegar, it should not be used on granite counter tops, as it can cause etching in the natural stone.
How to Make All Purpose Cleaner
This seriously could not be easier. Combine all the ingredients in an amber glass spray bottle, shake, and use. Since oils don’t naturally combine with water and vinegar, shake prior to each use (and it doesn’t hurt to shake it a few times while using it either).
After I used this for the first time, I couldn’t believe how amazing my kitchen smelled!
Watch the Tutorial
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