Homemade All-Purpose Spray Cleaner


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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    • 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

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.