DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner

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If you know anything about typical cleaning products, you know that most of the ingredients are totally toxic.  Ever heard those stories about the poor children being hospitalised because they drank the window cleaner?  Yuck!

That's why making your own DIY natural all purpose cleaner is such a good idea: you can completely control the ingredients and make it totally non-toxic.

Here are a few of my favourite DIY natural all purpose cleaner recipes...

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Top 3 DIY  Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipes

DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner #1: Vinegar + Essential Oils

  • Mix straight white vinegar with water (1/2 and 1/2)
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil in a spray bottle.
  • optional: add some fresh lemon juice

This one is best stored in the fridge, especially if you use fresh lemon juice.

Cleaner #2: Castile Soap + Essential Oils

  • Add 2 cups distilled water
  • 1/4 cup (or less, if you want it less 'soapy') castile soap
  • 15 - 20 drops of essential oil (try peppermint + orange or choose from the list of antibacterial essential oils below)

Remember when cleaning with castile soap (or any other DIY natural all purpose cleaner, for that matter) to wipe with a DAMP cloth.  Otherwise, you'll leave a soapy residue.

Cleaner #3:

  • Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 parts water
  • add fresh lemon juice or 15-20 drops of essential oils

Store this one in a cool, dry place.  (Note: while hydrogen peroxide is not poisonous when swallowed, it is still not as child-friendly as cleaner #1 and #2.)

Top 4 Essential Oils the Have Antibacterial Super Powers

Lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, and orange oils are 4 of the top essential oils that have been proven to kill bacteria.

Patchouli, geranium, and palmarosa will also kill bacteria, but not as many strain as the 4 mentioned above.

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  1. super! I like mixing a paste of bicarb with some teatree for those really stained areas around taps and grout, leave and scrub….:)

    1. Thanks Samantha! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

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