Simple DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Posted June 19, 2019 by Thirty-Something Angie in Lifestyle / 0 Comments

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Looking for a simple DIY all purpose cleaner recipe for your home? Look no further! This recipe uses no special ingredients, which means you can probably make it with ingredients you already have at home!

Years ago, I used to be a really conventional person. I cleaned with bleach and Lysol, had Glade Plug-Ins all over my house, and my house wasn’t clean unless it smelled like Fabuloso floor cleaner.

Then, I learned what was in conventional cleaners, and why it actually mattered. So, we ventured into the world of green cleaning.

In the beginning, we made a lot of our own cleaners. Everything from toilet scrub to laundry detergent. The hardest one for me was an all-purpose cleaner that sprayed easily. Most of what I saw was either straight vinegar (gag), or made with Borax (which irritated my daughter’s skin).

It took awhile to get it just right, but then I stumbled upon this idea that stuck with me for years.

I’ve used it off and on for years, and recently became “on again.”

Three things I love about this DIY Cleaner:

  1. It’s perfect for every day cleaning and messes.
  2. I can make it without any special ingredients.
  3. Even though it contains vinegar, it doesn’t actually smell like it much.

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Why Make Your Own Natural Cleaner?

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Well, in short:

Because it’s cheaper. And it takes literally 30 seconds to make.

But if you want a more in depth answer:

Once you know what’s in the cleaners you’re buying from the store, you’ll understand the importance of either making your own, or buying a plant based green cleaner like Thieves or Branch Basics.

Here are some interesting facts that might motivate you to make your own cleaners:

  • The products you use to clean your house could be contributing to the indoor air pollution in your home. (Source)
  • Over 100 chemicals found in common household products have been linked to asthma, allergies, headaches, skin reactions, chronic fatigue, joint pain, birth defects, and even cancer. (Source)
  • There are over 60,000 chemicals commonly found in household products that are simply unregulated. (Source)

So, yes, you could search out clean products and do research on each brand you find. I’ve certainly done that and found some great ones.

However, if you want to try your hand at this simple DIY all purpose cleaner recipe, let’s give it a shot. It’s easy, incredibly cheap, and really customizable.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe:


  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • left-over orange peels from 2-3 oranges
  • 1 pint sized mason jar
  • 1 plastic mason jar lid
  • 1 glass spray bottle (16 oz)
  • Essential oils for cleaning (optional): I like Thieves, Lemon, Orange, or Peppermint in my cleaners
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To make this cleaner, you first need to let your vinegar become infused with orange peel, which takes about a week, but is very easy to do.

Add your orange peels to a glass mason jar and pour white distilled vinegar over the top, until they’re totally covered. Put a lid on your jar- I prefer plastic because the acidity in the vinegar will eat away at the metal- and set it aside for about a week.

Once your vinegar is ready, simply mix a 50/50 ratio of your vinegar mixture and water in a glass spray bottle. You can use it as is, or you can add essential oils to change the scent or add more cleaning power. My favorites are lemon, orange, peppermint, or Thieves, because they have some extra cleaning properties.

Boom. It’s that simple.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe FAQs

Is this a disinfectant?

Technically, no. But here’s the thing. Most household messes don’t actually need a disinfectant. They just need a cleaner. I wouldn’t use this on food related messes. Especially raw chicken. For those types of messes, I recommend sticking with hydrogen peroxide or good ol’ soap and hot water. Those are the most powerful disinfectants, anyway!

Can I use this cleaner anywhere?

No. Vinegar is 5% acetic acid, which is a great cleaner. However, I wouldn’t use it on certain surfaces, like marble or granite. If you’re unsure, I recommend testing a small area that won’t be noticed.

Does this have to be stored in glass?

I’m not a huge fan of plastic. In fact, we avoid it as often as possible. But, if you’re adding essential oils to your cleaner, I would definitely avoid plastic. Essential oils are strong, and they’re known for pulling toxins out of whatever they touch. If you store your cleaner in plastic, you not only run the risk of the plastic breaking down over time, but all of those toxic plastic chemicals will leech into your cleaner.

How long does this last?

I personally use mine up pretty quickly, just because we use it for everything. I would say it’ll last a couple of months, though. Of course, any time you add water to something, you run the risk of introducing bateria. If you want to play it safe, use distilled water.

Can I use other essential oils?

Of course! I listed the ones I prefer for cleaning, but there are so many I couldn’t even give you a list of every single one. I know some people use geranium or lemongrass or even lavender based on preference.

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Looking for a simple DIY all purpose cleaner recipe for your home? Look no further! This recipe uses no special ingredients, which means you can probably make it with ingredients you already have at home!
Servings: 1


  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2-3 left over orange peels
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)
  • 1 cup water


  • Place orange peels in a glass mason jar and fill with white distilled vinegar
  • Let this sit for approx. 1 week to let the orange fully infuse into the vinegar.
  • In a glass spray bottle, mix 1/2 vinegar solution and 1/2 water.
  • Add approx. 10 drops of your favorite essential oils.

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