Homemade All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

03/29/2014 - 20 comments

I’m not exactly sure when our society stopped making their own things and switched to chemical-filled, store-bought products for their household cleaners.

I’m sure my grandmother knew the wonders of vinegar and baking soda, but at some point the convenience of pre-packaged cleaners took over. Unfortunately those cleaners are filled with chemicals and potential toxins.

For me, it’s not worth the risk to expose my kids to these things so I was absolutely ecstatic to check out the book Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford.

Homemade Cleaners

About the book:


Toxic chemicals are found in almost all commercial cleaners—the very products you buy to make your home hygenic and healthy. Homemade Cleaners offers a better solution. Its tips, tricks and formulas guarantee to make your home sparkling and germ-free.

Homemade Cleaners features over 150 recipes that are:

• Toxin-Free
• Simple and Affordable
• Highly Effective
• Environmentally Sound
• Kid and Baby Friendly

Using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and even vodka, the authors tackle the nitty-gritty of everything from countertop cleaners to air-purifying plants so you avoid using commercial products that can cause side effects including skin irritation, asthma and central nervous system damage.

I decided to start with a simple cleaner, an all-purpose spray for kitchen & bath.

Homemade All-Purpose Spray Cleaner


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups distilled vinegar
  • 15-20 drops lemon or lime essential oil (optional)


  • Mix in a spray bottle and spray as needed.

Homemade Spray Cleaner with 3 simple ingredients

I used doTERRA Wild Orange oil in my spray cleaner. It smells amazing!

doTERRA wild orange

Only 149 more recipes to try!

Note: I received a copy of the book shown above from the publisher to facilitate my review.

By the way, if you are interested in my glass spray bottle, you can make your own!

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  • Reply Cat Davis 04/01/2014 at 12:51 pm

    You may have lost me with the vinegar in this one. Does the oil cover that funky smell up?

    • Reply Christine 04/25/2014 at 6:19 pm

      I have always used the homemade cleaners, and despite of lots of confusion about the vinegar i use it on my wood floor. It doesn’t harm your floor as long as you keep the water vinegar ratio in balance. Although the lemon and lime essential oil gives the antiseptic properties, it can also give nice fragrance if you use the combination i use ( lemon and clove or cedar and lavender).

  • Reply Jennifer @ Mom Spotted 04/01/2014 at 10:46 am

    I’ve really been on the fence for making my own. Not just for the chemical reason but the cost too!

  • Reply Sarah @ Must Have Mom 04/01/2014 at 10:14 am

    This book looks great! I’d love to try it. I have some essential oil on the way to my house now so I can make this!

  • Reply Chelle @ oh just stop already 04/01/2014 at 9:14 am

    Oh I have to try this for the rabbit cages since we use vinegar and water. Thanks

  • Reply Michelle 04/01/2014 at 8:45 am

    I keep telling myself I’m going to switch over to using homemade cleaners. I need this book!

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All 04/01/2014 at 7:55 am

    I love the scent of orange! I’ve never made my own cleaners but that right there might be a reason I did.

  • Reply Shell Feis 04/01/2014 at 6:00 am

    Ooh I bet that smells amazing! I have been trying to switch to more natural cleaners, but it’s hard to break old habits!

  • Reply Tiff @ Babes and Kids 03/31/2014 at 11:24 pm

    Awesome, I have all of those things on hand. I will have to make some!

  • Reply Nichol 03/31/2014 at 8:51 pm

    I’ll admit I still like my cleaners however I use vinegar and water for TONS of cleaning in my home!

  • Reply Kay M. 03/31/2014 at 8:33 pm

    I’m sure this is a fantastic book! I learned to make these cleaners from my mom. I grew up using them to help my mom clean house. It’s important to use natural products, to help protect our Earth.

  • Reply Lara 03/31/2014 at 8:18 pm

    Love this! People really have no clue how many chemicals are in many store bought cleaning products.

  • Reply STEFANIE 03/31/2014 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve tried homemade cleaners with vinegar and essential oils, but they just doesn’t work well in our home. I went back to more natural cleaners, like Method and Seventh Generation.

  • Reply Jamie H 03/31/2014 at 6:50 pm

    Now this is a book I need! I really want to start trying natural cleaners.

  • Reply HilLesha O'Nan 03/31/2014 at 6:19 pm

    I do buy natural cleaners from time to time, but I know it would be much cheaper to make my own. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this book!

  • Reply Crystal 03/31/2014 at 2:05 pm

    Such an easy way to clean without all the chemicals. I think if more people knew it was that easy, they’d probably use their own more.

  • Reply Kathleen B 03/31/2014 at 1:42 pm

    I need to get some essential oils so I can make some of this. I currently buy an all natural cleaner, but it costs a fortune and I know it would save a ton to just make it myself.

  • Reply Jenn 03/31/2014 at 12:43 pm

    Great idea! I made some homemade furniture polish this week using similar ingredients.

  • Reply Barbara Montag 03/30/2014 at 10:22 am

    I like this – thanks!

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) 03/29/2014 at 12:01 pm

    I have to say that you are pretty darn awesome. I LOVE cleaning with homemade stuff like this and I will definitely try your recipe. It’s so much better than the chemicals in a lot of that store bought stuff.