A good DIY all-purpose cleaner is the needle in the haystack! I’ve spent the last several years switching between DIY and name brand cleaners. Why you may ask? Because my DIY, all natural cleaners just never seem to do as good a job as my bottle of Lysol.
EWG.com became the bane of my existence as I sought out a reasonably priced all-purpose cleaner. Alas, I kept going back to my bottle of Lysol.
Then I got pregnant and all of a sudden my worries surrounding the toxic chemicals used in commercial cleaners became even more concerning.
If there is any chance whatsoever that the cleaners I’m using on a daily basis are doing any harm to my family, then I think it is worth making the effort to make a change. This is also part of the reason Noah and I decided to go with cloth diapers. Read more about our cloth diapering journey here.
Why use a natural all-purpose cleaner?
So, I’m sure there are some of you out there who will continue to cling to their bottles of Pine Sol and Clorox and that’s okay! No judgement here. This post isn’t to fear monger you into switching to a natural alternative. In fact, if you have any doubts on which route is healthier for you and your family, I’ll let you do your own research.
With that being said, after doing some of my own research I determined that it was time that I came up with something that worked for our family . Unfortunately a teeny tiny $10 bottle of all-natural cleaner approved by The Environmental Working Group wasn’t in the cards.
An Accidental Discovery
One day we were all out of our bottle of Mrs. Meyers, so out of desperation I put a little bit of dawn dish soap into the bottle and filled it the rest of the way with water. Go figure Noah went of his way the next day to tell me how much he liked the new bottle of cleaner. Okay! My “DIY” cleaner worked but one problem. Dawn dish soap isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
So, I decided to to try my new concoction with something a little more eco-friendly. I pulled out my bottle of….. yes, you guessed it! Castille Soap. I tried it out and I knew I was this class to pulling of a minor miracle. After doing a bit of research I decided to add some lemon and lavender essential oils.
Et Voila! My DIY all-natural all-purpose cleaner was born.
So, here is exactly how you do it. It couldn’t be any easier.
First, I put tbsp of castille soap into my 16 ounce glass spray bottle. Most of you are probably most familiar with Dr. Bronners, which is perfectly fine. I prefer to use Seven Minerals. Not only is it EWG verified, but it also seems milder when used on the skin.
Next, I top of the bottle up with filtered water. From the tap is probably just fine but I’ve noticed that my rag leaves more streaks behind on my glass and stainless steel when I don’t use filtered water.
Finally, I finish up with 6 drops of lavender and 6 drops of lemon (you could also use orange) essential oil. Don’t skip this step! Both of these essential oils are anti-bacterial PLUS they add an irresistible aroma to your cleaner.
See! Not too hard. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Tips for All-Purpose Cleaner
- Make sure to either store this cleaner in darkened glass or store it in a dark place. This will preserve the anti-bacterial properties of the essential oils
DIY All-Purpose Natural Cleaner
- 2 cups filtered water
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 tbsp liquid castille soap
- Add your liquid castille soap to a glass spray bottle.
- Top of with your filtered water, leaving some room for your essential oils.
- Add your essential oils and give the bottle a shake to combine all of your ingredients.