DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

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In a pinch with little time to clean?

Then this recipe for a DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner will be your best friend! The solution can be applied to much more than just counter-tops. And it holds the simplicity of using just ONE cleaner for almost everything. According to Good Housekeeping, a cleaning mixture of 50% white vinegar, 50% water, and essential oils is an effective natural cleaner. That’s is exactly what we are going to create here with essential known for their cleaning abilities.

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How to Make a DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

What’s in it?

This recipe starts with vinegar, a great all-purpose tool for your natural cleaning toolbox. It contains 5% acetic acid that fights against bacteria on your surfaces! Although, because vinegar is acidic, it can cause some etching on granite, marble, or stone surfaces.

Test it an inconspicuous area or substitute rubbing alcohol for vinegar in the ingredients below. Rubbing alcohol also gives counter-tops with a sheen a streak-free finish. This recipe for an all-purpose cleaner includes the following powerful cleaning essential oils:

Lemon Essential Oil

You can’t go wrong with the fresh, zesty aroma of lemon essential oil! It is a powerhouse in homemade cleaning recipes. Lemon essential oil is commonly used to de-grease, remove stains, and deodorize. That zesty aroma wipes out strong, unpleasant odors!

CLEANING BENEFITS:

Stain-Lifter

Plant Based

Natural Cleaning Agent

Odor Eliminator

Non-Toxic

Multi-Purpose

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oils’ natural properties make it a great addition to homemade cleaning solutions. I love to combine rosemary essential oil with lemon, peppermint, or lavender for lovely fresh scent.

CLEANING BENEFITS

Clean Herbal Scent

Plant Based

Non-Toxic

Naturally Derived

Plant Based

Natural Cleaning Agent

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

A natural cleaner at heart, eucalyptus essential oil is powerful against troublesome dust mites and other pests. Use it deter pests on your linens and in your cupboards. Its clean smell is also effective against stinky bathroom odors.

CLEANING BENEFITS

Odor Eliminator

Plant Based

Non-Toxic

Insect Repellent

Fresh Clean Scent

Naturally Derived

Clove Essential Oil

The warm, spicy scent of clove essential oil is often instantly familiar because of its connection with fall and winter traditions. Pumpkin pie anyone? The oil comes from flower buds of the clove tree in exotic Indonesia, Madagascar, and the Melaka Islands. Is an effective moth repellent and commonly used as air freshener.

CLEANING BENEFITS

Insect Repellent

Plant Based

Multi-Purpose

Non-Toxic

Odor Eliminator

DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner Ingredients

DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner Ingredients:

4 ounces distilled water

4 ounces distilled white vinegar

3 drops clove essential oil

2 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

1 glass 8 oz spray bottle

Instructions to make a DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner:

Pour four ounces of water and four ounces of vinegar into a glass spray bottle using a funnel. Remove funnel and add 3 drops clove, 2 drops rosemary, 3 drops eucalyptus and 4 drops of lemon essential oil.

Place the spray nozzle on the bottle. With the spray nozzle turned off, shake well to combine. Keep in mind citrus essential oils should be stored in glass containers (these are the amber glass spray bottles I use). Yields: 8 ounces

DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

Use this natural solution to clean:

  • Windows
  • Carpet Stains
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Mirrors
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Floors

Shake before each use. Spray DIY all-purpose natural surface cleaner on the desired surface and wipe clean with a cloth. Want more green recipes and tips for home and beauty? Grab your copy of my Beginners Guide to Natural Living Book free!


So the next time you’re in a pinch to clean your home, grab a few cleaning cloths and a bottle of this DIY All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner. Then spray down your bathroom, kitchen, or toy room and wipe clean! I love using essential oils for naturally cleaning our home, if you would like to know more, check out how I got started with essential oils.

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8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Melanie at Dish Dish

    I enjoy the simplicity of this cleaner recipe, and the fact that the essential oils inhibit the aroma of the vinegar (which is not my favorite thing). 🙂 Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Thanks Melanie, vinegar is not my favorite scent either and I have been steered away from it in the past. That is, until I learned I could mask it with essential oils. The essential oils in the recipe are hard working cleaners and masking the vinegar scent is bonus no doubt!

  2. Reply

    Debbie

    Hi Kristy…who really bothers you as much as I lol!!
    I made this today and used it…oh my it works wonderfully …you did it again another great one!!
    A question though, can this be used on wooden areas it’s very close to the one I made of yours for wooden furniture which by the worked great also..
    Hugs
    Deb.

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      Girl, you never bother me! I would avoid using the all-purpose cleaner on wood. I think the vinegar ratio is too high and may strip the varnish. And without olive oil, you’ll be missing the chance condition the wood.

  3. Reply

    Debbie

    Kristy of course you are right…why I didn’t think of that is beyond me lol!!! So glad I asked you.. because I have a few very old pieces and wouldn’t want to do something that couldn’t be reversed.
    Many thanks again my friend!!
    Hugs Deb.

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      That’s what I’m here for!

  4. Reply

    Debbie

    Hi Kristy, I didn’t notice this before when making this recipe..in the ingredients you have 4 ounces water and 4 ounces vinegar…..then in the instructions you have 2 ounces water and 6 ounces vinegar…did i miss something here or is it a mistake in one or the other??

    • Reply

      lifenreflection

      I didn’t notice that either, sorry hun. It is a 50% mix of water and vinegar. So, 4 ounces of each for an 8-ounce bottle.

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