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How to Make All-Purpose Cleaner

how to make all purpose cleaner

Hello there, eco-conscious friends! I'm super excited to tell you about this amazing homemade all-purpose cleaner that will transform the way you clean your house. It's super easy to make and uses simple natural ingredients like vinegar, essential oils and oranges and lemons peels. This magical potion not only keeps your home squeaky clean but also helps protect our environment and saves you some cash too! Who's ready to join me on this DIY cleaning adventure?

Let's get started!

vinegar with fruit peels, spray bottle and mason jar

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Does it really work?

When it comes to keeping things clean, most of us are always searching for safe and efficient alternatives to chemical-filled cleaning products. But guess what? The answer might be hiding right in your very own kitchen pantry! Surprisingly enough, a humble ingredient found in there can do wonders as a multi-purpose cleaner: vinegar. Yes, you read it right! Vinegar, that incredible liquid we often use for cooking and dressings, also happens to be an amazing ally when it comes to cleaning. In this delightful blog post, we'll delve into why vinegar is such a fantastic all-purpose cleaner and how it can totally transform your cleaning routine. So let's dive in and discover the magical powers of vinegar together!

Ingredients for your all-purpose cleaner

Mason jar (I use 24 oz jars) Spray bottle (I use 16 oz) Peels from 2 oranges Peels from 2 lemon Lemon essential oil Orange essential oil Rosemary essential oil (optional) White vinegar Water

vinegar and fruit peels

Is it really an all-purpose cleaner?

Cleaning your home shouldn't be a daunting task, especially when you have a versatile and eco-friendly ingredient like vinegar at your disposal. Vinegar isn't just a one-trick pony—it's a superstar that can tackle a wide range of surfaces, leaving them clean, fresh, and free from harmful chemicals.

Kitchen Surfaces:

Spritz your counters, stovetop, and refrigerator handles to keep them clean and fresh.

Bathroom Bliss:

Use the infused vinegar to wipe down bathroom fixtures, countertops, and tiles for a sparkling, aromatic clean.

Glass and Mirrors:

Say goodbye to streaks! Spray your infused vinegar solution on glass surfaces for a natural, streak-free shine.

Floors and Tiles:

Dilute the infused vinegar with water and mop your floors or clean your tiles for a fragrant and germ-free environment.

*Vinegar is not recommended on granite, marble or stone

Essential oils

Citrus Burst with Essential Oils

Now, let's talk about a touch of freshness of orange and lemon essential oils.

Essential oils offer numerous benefits for home cleaning. They possess natural antimicrobial properties, leaving surfaces clean and germ-free. Essential oils are also non-toxic and safe for the environment, making them an ideal choice for eco-conscious cleaning routines.

These zesty oils not only leave your home smelling delightful but also an uplifting aroma that will create a welcoming atmosphere for your loved ones and guests.

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The Magic of Vinegar

First things first, let's talk about vinegar—the superhero of natural cleaning solutions. Vinegar is an acidic wonder that cuts through grease, grime, and bacteria. It's non-toxic, biodegradable, and readily available in most kitchens.

Vinegar has long been recognized as a versatile and eco-friendly cleaning solution for homes. One of its greatest benefits is its natural disinfecting properties. With its acidic nature, vinegar effectively kills bacteria, germs, and molds, making it an excellent choice for sanitizing various surfaces. Furthermore, vinegar is a non-toxic alternative to chemical-laden cleaning products, making it safe for use around children and pets. It is also a cost-effective option as it is readily available and affordable compared to commercial cleaners.

Vinegar's versatility extends to its ability to remove stains, grease, and mineral deposits. From kitchen countertops to bathroom fixtures, vinegar can tackle grime effectively. Additionally, it is an excellent deodorizer, neutralizing unpleasant odors and leaving a fresh, clean scent behind. Vinegar is also environmentally friendly, as it is biodegradable and doesn't contribute to water pollution. By incorporating vinegar into your cleaning routine, you not only maintain a clean and healthy home but also contribute to a greener planet.

Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and embrace the power of vinegar as the base of our DIY cleaner. So you want to know how to make an all-purpose cleaner? Keep reading!

mason jar and orange peels

The Power of the Peel

Citrus peels, such as orange and lemon peels, contain natural oils that are packed with cleaning properties. These oils are rich in d-limonene, a powerful solvent that helps to break down grease, stains, and grime. When we infuse these peels in vinegar, we allow the natural oils to release and blend with the vinegar, creating a potent and effective cleaning solution. Infusing the peels in vinegar for a couple of weeks will extract their essence and create an even more potent solution.

Once the infusion period is over, strain the vinegar to remove the citrus peels, and transfer the infused vinegar into a clean spray bottle. By infusing citrus peels in vinegar, we harness the full potential of these natural ingredients, maximizing their cleaning power and creating an even more potent solution. It's a wonderful way to utilize the entire fruit and create a sustainable and effective cleaner for our homes.

vinegar with fruit peels, spray bottle and mason jar

Benefits of Making Your Own Cleaner

Let me tell you why making your own cleaner is absolutely amazing. First off, it's all about keeping your loved ones safe and healthy. By creating your own cleaning solutions, you have full control over the ingredients, ensuring that no harsh chemicals or toxins find their way into your home. It's a relief to know that your little ones and furry friends can roam freely without being exposed to harmful substances.

But wait, there's more! Making your own cleaner is a fantastic way to be kind to our planet. Commercial cleaning products often contain harmful ingredients that end up polluting our water systems and wreaking havoc on aquatic life. By opting for natural ingredients and DIY recipes, you're making a positive impact on the environment. It's a small change that adds up to a big difference.

Oh, and let's not forget about the money-saving aspect! How to make an all-purpose cleaner is a budget-friendly choice. The ingredients you need, like vinegar and essential oils, are affordable and readily available. Plus, you can reuse containers and reduce waste, which means you're not only saving money but also reducing your carbon footprint. It's a win-win situation!

citrus essential oils

Some of My Favorite Essential Oils

I love using citrus oils for cleaning! They have such a fresh and cleansing aroma. Plus, they work wonders around the house. Here are a few of my favorites to recommend:

essential oil and orange peels


Instructions (How to make all-purpose cleaner)

Gather Your Ingredients:

To get started, gather a few key ingredients: vinegar (white distilled vinegar works best), your choice of fruit peels (orange and lemon), essential oils (orange, lemon and any others suggested above), a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and some patience. You can save the peels from your citrus fruits after enjoying their juicy goodness—talk about a sustainable approach!

Prepare the Infusion:

Take your glass jar and fill it with the fruit peels, packing them in tightly. Remember to use only the peels and not the flesh of the fruit itself. Once the jar is filled, pour the vinegar over the peels, ensuring they are fully submerged. Next, add about 10 drops of essential oil. The vinegar acts as a solvent, extracting the natural oils from the peels over time.

Let it Sit:

Now comes the waiting game. Secure the lid tightly on the jar, and find a cool, dark spot to store it. Allow the vinegar and peels to sit and infuse for a couple of days, giving the natural oils ample time to blend with the vinegar. This patient waiting period is essential for maximizing the infusion process and enhancing the aroma.

Shake well to combine. To use, simply pour a small amount onto a clean cloth and wipe down surfaces. This cleaner is safe to use on most surfaces, but it is always best to test in an inconspicuous area first. *Vinegar is not recommended on granite, marble or stone.

Quick Tips

Here are some benefits of using vinegar and essential oils for cleaning:

  • Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can kill bacteria and viruses.

  • Vinegar is inexpensive and easy to find.

  • Essential oils can also have a calming or uplifting effect on your mood.

  • Vinegar and essential oils are both environmentally friendly and won’t pollute the air like some cleaning products can.

  • Vinegar and essential oils can be used to clean a variety of surfaces in your home, including countertops, floors, and windows.

  • Vinegar is not recommended on granite, marble or stone

  • Shake well before each use

DIY all purpose cleaner

Products that I love and hope you love as well!

I absolutely adore these 16oz spray bottles because they are incredibly user-friendly and feature delightful non-slip silicone sleeves. Not only do these sleeves prevent any accidental breakage or scratches on your precious surfaces at home, but they also enhance the overall appeal of the bottles when put on display. These refillable cleaning spray bottles are extremely versatile, serving as perfect containers for various substances like cleaning solutions, essential oils, water, and more. Whether you need them for watering your plants, cleaning around the house, or even for your gardening needs, these bottles make your tasks simple and convenient.

These beloved essential oils are perfect for enjoying aromatherapy and trying out homeopathic remedies. With just a few drops placed in a diffuser, you can fill your space with the luxurious, calming aroma of lavender or the refreshing scent of eucalyptus, known for its potential to help with congestion. If you want to use these oils as a personal fragrance or for a soothing massage, it's best to mix them with a carrier oil to ensure they're safe for direct contact with your skin.

I love to reuse the mason jars that come with the wholesale spaghetti sauce I buy. It's such a great way to be eco-friendly and save some money too! If you don't have any jars left over, no worries at all! There are plenty of reasonably priced jars available online.


Vinegar's effectiveness as an all-purpose cleaner is not a mere folk remedy; it has been proven through generations of use. Its natural disinfectant properties, streak-free cleaning power, ability to eliminate odors, and versatility make it an excellent choice for your cleaning needs. By opting for vinegar, you're choosing a safe, eco-friendly alternative that can save you money while delivering impressive results. So, why not embrace the magic of vinegar and transform your cleaning routine today? Your home will thank you for it!

By allowing vinegar and fruit peels to sit and infuse for a couple of days, you unlock the power of natural oils and create a truly personalized cleaning solution. Infused vinegar not only leaves your home sparkling clean but also fills the air with delightful aromas that make cleaning a more enjoyable experience. So, gather those peels, show a little patience, and let the magic of infusion transform your cleaning routine. Get ready for a clean, fresh, and uplifting home environment that will leave you smiling!


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