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Everyone needs a good all-purpose cleaner to have on hand for cleaning tables, counters, and bathrooms. There are a lot of recipes out there for various homemade all-purpose cleaners. This is not the easiest recipe because it has a few more ingredients then other all-purpose cleaners, but I really like the cleaning results with this recipe.

If you are currently using a natural all-purpose cleaner like 7th generation or Ecover, I think you will be really pleased to find something so comparable that you can make for a fraction of the cost. If you are using 409 or another popular brand , it might take a little getting used to something that does not smell as strong. Rest assured knowing that everything will be just as clean with your homemade cleaner. Plus you can have peace of mind that you are making something that is environmentally responsible, safe to use around animals and children, and is saving you A LOT of money in the long run.

Note that there is no universal or perfect recipe for all-purpose cleaner. If you do a little research like I did (i.e. google, youtube or books) you will find a ton of different recipes, all very different from one another. This recipe below is taken from a wonderful book Do It Gorgeously that has a lot of great DIY recipes for the home.

If you feel overwhelmed by finding and purchasing the products below, remember that they are your basic cleaning “tool kit”, and you can make a lot of different products from them including laundry soap and dish soap. You will certainly get your money’s worth!

Makes: enough to fill one empty, clean spray bottle

2 cups boiling water
½ teaspoon washing soda
1 teaspoon borax
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
½ teaspoon castile soap
20 drops essential oil (lemon is good)


  1. Pour boiling water into a heat-proof container (like a mason jar)
  2. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the castile soap and vinegar and stir
  4. Allow to cool and add the oils of your choice.
  5. Pour into a spray bottle.
  6. Use to clean all surfaces of your house.


  • The very hot or boiling water is necessary for this recipe because otherwise the washing soda and borax will not dissolve completely.
  • You can add the essential oils while the cleaner is still hot, but some of their scent might evaporate.
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