10 RECIPES FOR A HOMEMADE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

The Big Clean Spring Into Action

Have you walked down the cleaning aisle of your favorite store lately? There are so many products to choose from and something different for each cleaning chore. It all can really add up and bog down your budget. Saving money is not the only benefit of making your own cleaners. They are more environmentally friendly than most of the commercial alternatives that are available. You will know exactly what ingredients are in your cleaning recipes, which hopefully makes them safer to use and you end up with better air quality with less toxic ingredients floating around. In the end, your home and your budget will be healthier. Below I have listed ten all-purpose household cleaner recipes. Use these to spray on countertops, stoves, walls and other general surfaces. For granite or marble countertops use a product made specifically for them or make one that will not damage them over time.

With the exception of my last three recipes, all the essential oils listed with the recipes are optional and are interchangeable with other essential oils of your choice, as long as you know what you are doing. For more information on essential oils check out my post – Recommended Essential Oils For Cleaning. At the bottom of this post, I have listed a few links that discuss safety to get you started. I also recommend using opaque glass spray bottles if you plan on storing your homemade cleaning formulas with your chosen essential oils added to them.

NOTE: Results may vary and are not guaranteed 100% safe and effective. You are dealing with chemicals after all. Before applying any cleaning formulations, test in small hidden areas if possible. Always use caution with any new product in your home.

10 Homemade Household All-Purpose Cleaners

 

1. Tea Tree and Hydrogen Peroxide All-Purpose Cleanertea-tree-oil-hydrogen-p-recipe-1b

Ingredients

32 oz. Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
2 Teaspoons Tea Tree Oil
Opaque Glass Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Add all ingredients to the spray bottle. Shake before use. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. *Optional – any essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

*** Note: Hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light, therefore, it must be kept either in its original bottle or transferred to another opaque spray bottle. When mixed with essential oils it is best kept in an opaque glass bottle.

borax and water all-purpose cleaner2. Borax and Water – large jobs

Ingredients

½ Cup Borax
1 Gallon of Hot Water
Bucket

Directions

Mix all the ingredients until the Borax is thoroughly dissolved. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe Clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

3. Borax and Water – small jobsborax-water-recipe-3

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix Borax and hot water in the spray bottle. Let mixture sit until the borax is thoroughly dissolved. Shake before using. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe Clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

4. Borax, Vinegar And Cinnamon – Also A Mold/Mildew Fighterborax-water-vinegar-cinnamon-4

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon Essential Oil
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix Borax, vinegar and cinnamon in the spray bottle. Let mixture sit until the Borax is thoroughly dissolved. Next, add hot water to the spray bottle. Shake gently to mix. Use in areas that need a general cleaning or where mold/mildew is present. Can also be used to deter unwanted pests. Wipe Clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

5. All-Purpose DegreaserDegreaser-All-Purpose-Cleaner-5

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Tablespoon Washing Soda (crush any lumps beforehand)
½ Teaspoon of Castile Soap or Dish Soap
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix Borax, Washing Soda and hot water in the spray bottle. Shake well, add soap and gently shake. Let mixture sit until thoroughly dissolved. Shake Thoroughly. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean. For stubborn stains add more Washing Soda. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

6. Borax and Soap – DegreaserBorax-Soap-Degreaser-All-Purpose-Cleaner-6

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
2 Teaspoons Castile Soap or Dish Soap
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix Borax, soap and hot water in the spray bottle. Let mixture sit until thoroughly dissolved. Shake Thoroughly. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

7. Lemon Scented All-Purpose Cleanerlemon-scented-All-Purpose-Cleaner-7

Ingredients

1-2 Teaspoons Castile Soap or Dish Soap
1 Teaspoon Lemon Essential Oil
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix water and essential oil in the spray bottle. Shake well, add soap and gently shake. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

8. Scent of Spring All-Purpose CleanerScent-of-Spring-All-Purpose-Cleaner-8

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Washing Soda (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Tablespoon Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
4 Cups Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Jasmine Absolute
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix Washing Soda, Borax, vinegar, water and oils into  the spray bottle. Shake well, add soap and gently shake. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean. *Optional – essential oil of your choice. Click here for several options.

9. Mom’s Apple Pie All-Purpose Cleanermoms-apple-pie-All-Purpose-Cleaner-9

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Tablespoon Washing Soda (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Teaspoon Roman Chamomile
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Essential Oil
1-2 Drops  Vanilla Co2 Extract
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix water, Borax, Washing Soda, roman chamomile, and vanilla in the spray bottle. Shake well. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean. *Note – Vanilla Co2 Extract has a powerful scent and can easily overpower the other scents. Start off small and add more if you desire. If you choose to use another form of vanilla adjust the recipe as necessary.

10. Home For The Holidays All-Purpose Cleanerhome-for-the-holidays-All-Purpose-Cleaner-10

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Borax (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Tablespoon Washing Soda (crush any lumps beforehand)
1 Teaspoon Cypress Essential Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Juniper Essential Oil
4 Cups Hot Water
Spray Bottle (32 oz)

Directions

Mix water, Borax, Washing Soda, cypress and juniper in the spray bottle. Shake well. Use in areas that need a general cleaning. Wipe clean.

 

Use my handy Vintage Recipe Index Cards to keep all my All-Purpose Cleaning recipes at your fingertips. You can find them HERE.

All of our planners contain index cards you can find a list of them here: Planners, Journals and Calendars

Check out our DIY section for many more Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Are you not sure what cleaning supplies to use, need a handy shopping list or would you just like a checklist for your Household Binder? Do not miss my post The Complete List of Housing Cleaning Supplies – With Free Printable Checklists

You can find all my posts for The Big Clean – Spring Into Action Now” series HERE.

My thoughts on Borax – Is It Safe?

There are many sites on the internet claiming borax is toxic. I disagree with these sites and believe that borax is as safe as table salt or washing soda. Here is a fantastic site that gives a wealth of information about borax. The site gives many examples of how to use it and why it is safe to use: http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

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2 comments on “10 RECIPES FOR A HOMEMADE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

  1. Thanks a lot for the cleaning receipts! I definitely want to replace the usage of chemical products and to start making my own cleaners. There is nothing better than using natural ingredients to maintain my home!View Comment
    • Your welcome Roxanne. I agree with you completely. I love making my own cleaners. I will be posting many more household cleaning recipes if you would like to come back and join us again. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you found these helpful.View Comment

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