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DIY Lavender Tea Tree Surface Cleaner

This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.

This general-use cleaner is chemical free and a gentle eliminator of harmful bacteria. Why is that important? Believe it or not, our bodies and health depend on a rich environment of microbes. We don’t want to wipe them all out. Strong anti-bacterial products have their place in hospitals and things of the like, but not so much in your home. Harsh chemicals used to kill bacteria have been linked to toxins that are suspected to cause cancer and cellular damage, as well. It’s always best to avoid inhaling fumes or adding toxins to surfaces, especially those you use to prepare food.

You can easily make your own surface cleaner to avoid chemicals and microbe extermination. You mostly likely already have the ingredients floating around your home to do so. The recipe below takes about five minutes to throw together, and should last you a month or so. Instead of strong fumes, it has a nice herbal clean smell that you won’t be able to get enough of.

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You’ll Need (Makes 12 oz.):

1 Spray Bottle

1 Cup Water

¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar

10 Drops Tea Tree Oil

10 Drops Lavender Oil


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  1. Add water & vinegar to spray bottle.

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2. Add tea tree oil.

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3. And lavender…

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4. Close spray bottle and give it a good shake.

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5. Spray & wipe surfaces.

Enjoy a clean, lavender-smelling home!

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Juliette Laura -July 19, 2013, 7:36AM

So perfect! I’ve been making the switch to clean living products, and this is just what I needed! I bet it smells wonderful!

Juliette Laura

meg -July 19, 2013, 9:02AM

Thanks for sharing this!
I made my own cleaner that was supposed to be orange scented – not so much.
I am totally trying this!

Dani -July 19, 2013, 9:42AM

Have to try this! I usually just make homemade “windex” from vinegar and rubbing alcohol and water, but i love the idea of using the tea tree oil and essential oils for a nice smell too :)

<3 dani

Tori -July 19, 2013, 12:42PM

This is such a great idea! I just wrote a post about using tea tree and lavender for dreaded blemishes! Thank you for the recipe.

Much love from

Emily B -July 19, 2013, 2:25PM

I actually make a surface cleaner that’s very similar to this! The only difference is I add in a tablespoon of Borax for extra cleaning power :)


lexi -July 19, 2013, 2:39PM

i used to use make this cleaner (just minus the tea tree oil) until my boyfriend dropped and broke my precious bottle of lavender oil i brought back from france :/ now i’m using a mix of vinegar, water, and lemon juice. still does the job, just doesn’t smell as nice :p

! -July 21, 2013, 1:45PM

Yay! I missed Naomi’s posts, they are my favorite!

DIYEARTE ♦ DIY -July 22, 2013, 5:10AM

great idea ☺!! I can’t wait to try this!!


grow hair faster -August 5, 2013, 1:46PM

Neat trick! I’ll have to give this a try. I use tea tree oil for hair and skin treatments, it’s one of my favorite DIY beauty ingredients

Keyona -September 13, 2013, 6:59PM

Trying it!

I am ALWAYS looking for non-toxic cleansers to use in my home, not only because it’s safer but because of my 2 year old daughter. I’d rather not have her inhaling harsh chemicals.

thank you, thank you!!!

Mini Clean -January 17, 2014, 12:32AM

Good post! Can’t wait to try this new recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie -March 7, 2014, 4:55PM

Is this surface cleaner good on wood and other different types of surfaces?

Nicole -May 13, 2015, 8:41AM

Thank you for sharing. Here is my recipe for a furniture polish: Mix two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice.

Jess at In Pursuit of Simple -October 28, 2015, 10:31PM

I am ALL about tea tree right now! I just published this post, but I definitely need to try this out.


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