March 23rd, 2020 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in DIY, Recipes | Tagged

All-Purpose Household Cleaner

All-Purpose Household Cleaner

These homemade all-natural cleaning recipes will help you save money and avoid the endocrine-disrupting chemicals so often found in common cleaning products.

Below, you’ll find recipes for two different hand sanitizers.

For the first vinegar-based recipe, all you need are a handful of ingredients, including: essential oils, white vinegar, and water. Really, it’s that simple. Vinegar is a great general household cleaner as it is very effective at killing bacteria.

Watch me make it in my video below and if you’re currently using a store-bought all-purpose cleaner, I hope this helps you make the natural switch.

For the second ethanol-based recipe, make sure to use an ethanol that is at least 95% or higher. This recipe is stronger than the first as the ethanol contains strong anti-viral effects as recommended by the CDC.


  • Feel free to switch lavender essential oil with your own favorite scents, like orange or peppermint.
  • Reminder: Make sure to use an ethanol that is 95% or higher to be effective.

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All-Purpose Household Cleaner (Vinegar-Based)
Equipment: Spray bottle
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
How To Make
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Transfer to the spray bottle.
Store at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Hand Sanitizer Recipes
All-Purpose Household Cleaner (Ethanol-Based)
Equipment: Small spray bottle
Recipe type: DIY
  • 1¾ cup ethanol (95% or higher)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 10 drops of essential oils such as thyme, sage, oregano or lemon
How To Make
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Transfer to a spray bottle.
  3. Let stand 72 hours before use.

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This homemade all-natural cleaning recipe will help you save money and avoid the endocrine disrupting chemicals so often found in common cleaning products.

18 Comments to All-Purpose Household Cleaner

    • Meyers producemtsnare loaded with nasty stuff, and the fragrance alone makes me personally choke. Stay away!

    • A few other tips to consider:

      As a level one certified aromatherapist, I so not use my expensive, therapeutic grade EOs to clean with; that is somewhat of a luxury most people cannot afford and it seems – to me- to be unnecessary. The powerfully potent less expensive EOs do the job without spending a lot of money.

      I always add at least 1/4 tsp of some type of soap to the cleaners, to help keep the EOs in dispersion. I also use hydrogen peroxide as my base cleaner with half filtered water.

      Instead of comet or other toxic scrubbers, I use bon ami…I always make sure the surface is wet first, then sprinkle it. Anything powder will invariably get into the air and into you! Best part, bon ami is made here in the USA.

      I’ve looked and made my own window cleaners without much success, so if anyone has a recipe to share, great!

      As many people are working to change over their lifestyle habits, the cleaning arena is a huge factor that plays into ones daily exposure to chemicals.
      Whatever one can do to mitigate exposing oneself, their family and animals, and especially our bountiful mother earth, please consider making little changes! You don’t have to buy organic vinegar (nice you can afford that Magdalena!), but even if one can buy white vinegar that is obviously industriallyproduced, I feel it’s still a positive choice moving in the right direction. We have too many things complicating our lives and feeling we aren’t ‘good, worthy, PC enough’ whatever that tape playing says..
      Easy to make a change when it’s not a hassle and expensive.

      Good luck everyone! Our world needs us to pay ATTENTION and act.

      • Thanks for your comments. For my windows and any glass delicate/shiny surfaces, I use “Norwex” brand cloths (, and simply water! Love it; no cleaners needed, and zero streaks, every time! I wash them with my wet Enviro cloth, which contains silver threads that actually kill germs on contact…great to use on everything. Then dry it with the Norwex window cloth, for a perfect streak free shine, and no sprays to buy, recipes or chemicals, so I save the cost of the cloths in a short time. The cloths are high quality, have a 2 year warranty. My cloths are so special to me, I invested in the best, and now they work hard for me. They are relatively expensive to start, but last for years, and are worth the cost. Hope this helps!

      • hi i I would love an exact recipe for cleaning product that are not that expensive as i am a beginner . thanks !

      • I have been using hot water … as hot as your hands can handle and s micro fiber cloth. Wring out the cloth and wash the window or mirror. It works very well.

      • I have always used homemade solution for cleaning my windows .
        In a bowl of hot water l use two squirts of dish soap with 50ml of vinegar or lemon juice.
        I use an old cloth to wash each window with the solution not too wet. Then l immediately dry with paper towels , keep rubbing with the paper towel and the glass begins to sparkle. You can also use newspaper scrunched up in place of the paper towels. I have been cleaning my windows like this since l first got married many years ago. Believe me your windows will really sparkle and its cheap.

    • On the subject of EOs. Often the cheaper brands are adulterated and that means you’ll be breathing in synthetics designed to fool the buyer into thinking they’re pure and potent. High quality Lemon essential oil costs $0.04 a drop. Peppermint, $0.10 and OnGuard or other nice blend is $0.12 a drop. Not too much at all for the added benefits of breathing in the healthy compounds these oils offer 😁

      • Thank you for the info, Dianna. We do recommend you check out where you’re getting your EOs so that quality and ethical standards are practiced. 🙂
        Healthy Regards,
        HB Team

  1. I used to make my own laundry detergent for years (with the shredded soap, borax, and washing soda), but it just didn’t clean well for our family. Does anyone have a better recipe for laundry dteregent?

  2. I have been searching for a non toxic dish washing soap for hand washing dishes that cuts grease without sodium laurel sulfate. Does anyone have a Great home made recipe to share?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Judy,
      Thank you for your question. There are a lot of non-toxic dish soaps these days. The seventh-generation is typically easy to find. If you shop online, it should be easier to locate something that fits your style and budget. They even have soap in cartons now instead of plastic which is awesome!
      Healthy Regards,
      HB Team

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