DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Although I don't have anything against 409, I decided that making my own all-purpose cleaner would be more budget-friendly. Plus, now there are less harsh chemicals hanging out at our house!

I literally read every recipe for all-purpose cleaner. Until my eyes hurt. And until I realized that I would eventually just have to choose one. I used a recipe that seemed to be pretty popular--so far, it has worked fantastic! I was actually surprised by how well in cleaned our bathtub :)

Here's the recipe I used:

All-Purpose Cleaner:
3 tablespoons of distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of washing soda
1/2 teaspoon of gentle dish soap (or castile soup)
10 (or so) drops of essential oil (or 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
2 cups of hot water

It was so simple to make and it also smelled so good! I used lavendar drops (which also disinfect!) and my house smelled fresh and airy--which was a nice change to it smelling like Lysol :)

Just because I had fun making labels...

If you haven't tried making homemade cleaning solutions, I encourage you to try. I look forward to experimenting with other recipes!

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  1. Your labels are too cute. I have been meaning to try making some of my own cleaners. I used to make my own laundry soap. Thanks for sharing.

  2. what is "washing soda"?

  3. Found you via Pinterest. I have really enjoyed this cleaner. Thanks.

  4. After you mix those ingredients, do you just top the bottle off with water?

  5. I've been making my own cleaning agents for a little over a year, my husband was a little hesitant, "if it doesn't smell like bleach, is it clean?". I assured him that these were just as clean, but it is hard to get past the smell=clean...Once he got past that, we both loved them. As do our three small children and our two big dogs! I use a little less water, but my bottle is smaller LOL:) Happy Cleaning


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