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homemade all purpose cleaner

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

One of the easiest, most effective homemade household cleaners you'll ever make!

This homemade all purpose cleaner is one of the quickest, easiest homemade cleaner recipes you'll ever make.

This recipe is non-toxic and gentle enough to use just about anywhere, but it still has excellent cleaning power. Plus it kills germs and bacteria - and only costs pennies to make! What's not to love?

You can use it everywhere: Spray it on your sinks, toilets and countertops to disinfect them. Spray it onto a cloth and damp-wipe to dust your furniture. Use it to clean your car, your office, your patio furniture...

The only thing you don't want to use it on is windows and mirrors. Click here for glass and window cleaning recipes.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 30 drops essential oil blend (see below)


  1. Boil the water. Pour it into a large glass measuring cup or pitcher with a spout.
  2. Add the borax and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the vinegar.
  4. Let cool, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  5. Drop in the essential oils.
Handy Hint: Add the essential oils AFTER you pour the cleaner into the bottle because the essential oil's scent can "stick" to your measuring cup or pitcher.

Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning Recipes

Here's a few suggestions for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends for your homemade household cleaners.

Lavender 'n Lemon
15 drops each lavender and lemon essential oils.

Mint Refresher
10 drops each eucalyptus, peppermint and orange essential oils.

Spice Splash
10 drops each clove, lavender and orange essential oils.

Citrus Sparkle
10 drops each lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils.

Buying Disinfectant Essential Oils

Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite supplier for essential oils and other aromatherapy recipe ingredients. Here's some quick links for buying disinfectant essential oils. (Also borax in case you can't find it locally.)

cleaning recipe essential oil Orange essential oil

Peppermint essential oil

Tea Tree essential oil

Thyme essential oil


What Next?

Need something more specialized than a homemade all purpose cleaner? Check out some more great green cleaning recipes you can make at home... and see how easy it is to clean your house from top to bottom with fresh, natural, healthy cleaning products. Gotta love it!

Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Window & Glass Cleaners

Homemade Floor Cleaners

Homemade Carpet Cleaners

Homemade Drain Cleaners

Homemade Dishwashing Detergents

Homemade Laundry Detergents

Homemade Stain Removers

Homemade Cleaners Main Page

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

The Naturally Clean Home is an excellent resource book with...

  • 150 all-natural recipes for home, garden, office and car.
  • Formulas for nontoxic, biodegradable, fresh smelling cleaners.
  • Simple enough for beginners, but as effective as commercial cleaners. And WAY cheaper!
  • Additional tips on HOW to clean effectively.
I love this book - it's a terrific all-around instruction book for green housekeeping, and you'll use it again and again. Check it out!
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Reader Reviews

I am so happy to have come across your website.

I run a small Home Cleaning business and try to use my homemade products as much as possible.

Thanks for the new ideas. Keep up the good work.

Your new fan!


Thanks Bridget! Click here to add your own review.


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