Going Natural – DIY All Purpose Cleaner

All Purpose Cleaner

I. Love. This. Cleaner.  It takes about 2 minutes to make.  It smells great and it cleans really well.  The best part is that I can spray it all over my kitchen counters and not worry at all about whether it will come in contact with food.

For this cleaner (and the other liquid cleaners), I recommend getting a kitchen funnel if you don’t have one.  I needed to buy one and the funnels I found in the kitchen aisle were expensive.  So I went over to the auto parts aisle at Walmart and found a small funnel for $0.98 that is perfect.  I also had to buy a spray bottle for this.  I found empty spray bottles in the cleaning supply aisle for $0.98.  Although this recipe does not fill the bottle, I have not doubled it yet because I want to make sure the shelf life is long enough to last through a double batch.

1/4 cup lemon juice (I buy organic lemon juice in big bottle at Costco because I use lemon juice all the time when I cook)
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
tea tree essential oil
lavender essential oil
1 tsp castile soap

All Purpose Cleaner

Just pour all the ingredients in a bottle and shake.

The castile soap and essential oils are listed as optional on the recipe I used.  I LOVE the smell of the oils so I did add them.  When I originally bought the oils, I bought lemon, lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus.  If you just want the basics, I would stick with lavender and lemon.  I will use tea tree as long as my original bottle lasts and then will probably switch to lemon.  Also, castile soap is an all natural soap that is great.  It is also VERY expensive.  We had enough on hand for this so I used it.  If you don’t have it, you could either substitute dish soap or just skip it.

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6 thoughts on “Going Natural – DIY All Purpose Cleaner

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    • The Kroger over on my side of town has it in the natural food and product section. You can also get it online. I’m sure that Fresh Market, Claudia’s and Bassetts probably have it too.

      • It really is great. I love it. Be forewarned though, Castille soap is kind of pricey. A small bottle is about $8. It will go a long way (this “recipe) only calls for a teaspoon of it. If you don’t want to spend that money, you could add some inexpensive natural dish soap (also sold at Kroger for a reasonable price) or just skip it.

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