Zero Waste All Purpose Cleaner
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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

There are SO MANY different types of all-purpose cleaners on the market. The problem is, ingredients found in common household products have been linked to all kinds of health problems such as asthma, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and many more. What's lurking in your cleaning products?

Our zero waste DIY all-purpose cleaner has no harsh chemicals, is safe to use on every surface, is easy to make, and it works!

  • You will need a large glass spray bottle. Simply add 1 cup white of distilled white vinegar, tablespoon of baking soda (for scrubbing power), cup of water, and a few drops of essential oils, to mask the vinegar smell, into the bottle. Our favorite is Lemon, Citrus or Tea Tree. 
  • Another option is to collect your citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container. When the container is full, cover the peels with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for about 2 weeks in a dark place. Once time is up, strain the peels into a glass spray bottle, add a 1:1 ratio of water to the vinegar.

Voila! You have yourself an aromatic all-purpose cleaner that is chemical free.

Use your all-purpose cleaner with our Un-paper Towels or our Bamboo Cloth Wipes to be even more eco-friendly!

5 thoughts on “Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. avatar Sara says:

    Is this safe to use on granite countertops?

  2. avatar Sarah Cieslinski says:

    Hi Britt,

    We’ve been using vinegar as our cleaner base for years and it works great! I’ve never tried rubbing alcohol or heard of a good cleaner that contains it.

  3. avatar Britt says:

    I have heard pros and cons between using vinegar or rubbing alcohol in an all purpose cleaner. I’m never sure which one is better. Any thoughts?

  4. avatar Sarah Cieslinski says:

    HI Allison,

    We edited the blog, but it is a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar! Also, the baking soda is optional to add more scrubbing power but not necessary. We add baking soda to ours for bathrooms and sinks. The one without baking soda, we use to clean dust from shelves, etc.

    Hope this helps!

  5. avatar Allison says:

    Regarding the DIY all-purpose cleaner the instructions say after you scent the vinegar with orange peels for two weeks “add a 50% ratio of water to the vinegar” do you mean a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water? Also, is baking soda not needed with the scented vinegar method?

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