Last Updated on July 25, 2022
These DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipes are easy to make, made with simple ingredients, and will leave your space sparkling clean!
Using a homemade all purpose cleaner that isn’t filled with nasty chemicals is a must! You can make both an all purpose vinegar cleaner and DIY multi purpose cleaner in mere minutes.
best all purpose cleaner
It takes seconds and few ingredients to whip up a homemade all purpose cleaner. I first started naturally cleaning my home out of financial necessity.
Later, I discovered that most cleaning products have terrible, undisclosed ingredients in them and made the permanent switch.
I couldn’t be happier because I seriously now have the best all purpose cleaner, and my bank account couldn’t be happier.
cleaning with homemade all purpose cleaner
My boyfriend was a pharmacist and worked at a hospital for five years. He knows clean.
He also happens to be way better at cleaning than I am. I always tell him that in hopes that I’ve inflated his ego enough to escape actually cleaning myself…. it never seems to work.
And, while weaseling my way out of cleaning may not work, the cleaner itself definitely works. Justin approved!
We like to divide the house by surfaces and floors. I do surfaces; he does floors.
Mostly because I cannot stand mopping. I use two main surface cleaners, one for granite and one for everything else.
My favorite cleaner is made with vinegar, but it can dull or etch granite and marble.
I know a lot of people haven’t had any issues with it, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.
A ruined granite slab won’t fit in my trash jar.
why you’ll love DIY all purpose cleaner
- Only takes minutes to prepare.
- You probably already have the ingredients on hand.
- Even works on hard cleaning jobs.
- Much less expensive than commercially prepared cleaning products.
all purpose vinegar cleaner
- 1 Part Warm Water
- 1 Part White Vinegar (bought in a glass bottle at the grocery store)
Mix together in a spray bottle.
diy multi purpose cleaner
- 1 Cup of Warm Water
- 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Castile Soap Like Dr. Bronners (bought in bulk at Whole Foods)
Based on the size of your bottle, you can adjust this to 1 tablespoon for every cup of water and 1.5 teaspoons for every half cup of water.
frequently asked questions
can I combine vinegar and castile soap?
Wasn’t that easy? Now, you never want combine the vinegar and the Castile soap unless you’re wanting to waste your ingredients.
And, I mean – have you seen the name of the blog? Zero Waste!
If you combine vinegar and Castile soap you unsaponify the soap. In order to make soap you saponify fat. By unsaponifying the soap, you’re reverting it back to fat, and you can’t clean with fat.
This is where natural cleaning gets tricky. There’s so much information out there, and a lot of wrong information. So, do your research, and don’t get bummed if you found a dud recipe online. Natural cleaning should be super simple.
why can’t I clean granite with vinegar?
Cleaning your granite countertop with any cleaner that has vinegar is a bad idea because the acid in the vinegar essentially can eat the surface of the granite. This will lead to the counter having a rough texture and becoming discolored over time. We all know how expensive granite is, so it’s not worth the risk if you ask me.
can I use the DIY all purpose cleaner in my bathroom?
Yup! This is truly the best all purpose cleaner recipes because you can use them on almost any surface. Your bathroom tub, shower, and sink will all look fantastic and smell great too! You can even use the all purpose vinegar cleaner on mirrors and windows and they will sparkel.
can I use the DIY multi purpose cleaner on hardwood floors?
I don’t recommend using either of the DIY all purpose cleaner recipes for hardwood floors. Hardwood is so delicate when it comes to cleaning, and you don’t want to damage them.