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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10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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 :)


10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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


10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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!!!

10 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

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


5 years ago

Lovely instructions.