I’m not one for resolutions, but this year I am making a conscious effort to be cleaner. I tend to let things pile up in the kitchen, my closet, etc… but I’m learning how much easier it is to clean my place when I do it more often. And, having a sparkling clean apartment to come home to makes coming home so much more enjoyable. As a result, I’ve found myself going through cleaning supplies more frequently, and the other day, instead of going out to buy more all-purpose spray, I finally got around to making my own. Not only does it smell amazing, but it’s all natural and works like a charm.
This recipe uses water, castile soap, witch hazel, baking soda, and tea tree oil. Lately I’ve been using castile soap for pretty much everything, and I love the eucalyptus scent. Witch hazel is an excellent natural astringent and along with tea tree oil, cuts grease and fights bacteria. Baking soda is another product with about a million uses, but here it works as a mild abrasive and helps to neutralize odors.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
4 oz water
2 oz castile soap
2 oz witch hazel
2 oz baking soda
10 drops tea tree oil
Add to a spray bottle and shake well. Your homemade cleaner is ready to use!
For my spray bottle, I actually re-purposed an empty apple cider vinegar bottle, after reading that a plastic bottle can react with essential oil used in the mixture and diminish their effects. The top of a Meyer’s spray bottle worked for this – if you turn it upside down it leaks a little, but otherwise it does the trick perfectly! Follow Julia on Instagram and Twitter.
Try Dr. Bronners Sal’s Suds for cleaning, laundry, dishes, produce cleaner, ect. ect. ect. I use it for everything.
It’s AMAZING…NOT for personal use, just for cleaning.
So excited to try this! I’ve been looking to branch out into natural cleaners this year, and this is a great start!
This sounds perfect and cost effective. Less harmful than what’s in the conventional cleaners, and it’s transferable to different countries!
What a great recipe! I can’t wait to try this. My favorite part-repurposing the acv bottle & soap pump!
I want try also-
Great recipe! Will certainly be trying this out soon!
I so admire the effort here – but it’ll be a while before I can muster up the ambition to make a cleaner before using it :)
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Does anyone know if this is anti-bacterial? Or what I can add to make it anti-bacterial?
I’m in love with all kinds of essential oils! I’m beginner at homemade cleaning products and enjoy mixing different solutions and trying their cleaning effect. I’m making your all-purpose cleaner right this weekend! Thank you for the great idea!
The tea tree oil is anti-bacterial =)
You can use also vinegar with lemon ( or essential oils if like me you don’t like the smell