Homemade All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

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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 excited to try making my own.

Homemade All-Purpose Spray Cleaner


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups distilled vinegar
  • 15-20 drops citrus essential oil
  • 15-20 drops Thieves essential oil


  • Mix in a spray bottle and spray as needed.

Homemade Spray Cleaner with 3 simple ingredients

Young Living has a number of different citrus based essential oils that would be perfect for this cleaner.

The Young Living Premium Starter Kit comes with Lemon and a free Citrus Fresh which would also be great in this homemade cleaner. Citrus Fresh, grapefruit and orange are rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. Lemon and tangerine essential oils consist of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Thieves oil also comes in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Thieves has cleansing abilities and is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

Young Living Thieves Oil

Young Living offers you the opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. For more information about buying essential oils wholesale visit: Wholesale Essential Oils – Young Living. You save 24% off retail prices when you join. If you are interested in retail pricing visit YoungLiving.com.

If you are ready to get started with essential oils at home you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit for $150 (you save $120 over retail prices) and you will have everything you need to begin your essential oil journey. And I’ll be here to help you along the way!

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

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    • says

      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).

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    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.

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