Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipes

How to Make Safe, Organic All Purpose Cleaners

Every natural cleaning supply needs a good, all purpose cleaner that can be used for all of those miscellaneous cleaning duties - that go-to cleaning solution that works where no other specialized cleaning product will do the trick. But things like butyl cellosolve (ethylene glycol, butyl glycol, or monobutyl), kerosene, organic solvents, benzene, morpholine, monoethanolamine (MEA), as well as ammonium quaternary compounds are often found on the ingredient lists of conventional all purpose cleaners - ingredients that are neorotoxins, immune system toxicants, carcinogens, and so on, and if they contain synthetic fragrances, they may emit VOCs like formaldehyde. 

So put aside those regular store-brand all purpose cleaners and make your own natural, organic all purpose cleaners instead. With homemade cleaners, you can control the ingredient list, the concentration, and even the scent. These all purpose cleaner recipes will work for almost any job.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipes 

  • Baking soda: Mix up a batch of this cleaner with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda in about 1/2 gallon of water. This works well for shining chrome fixtures, shower stalls, and removing hard water stains.
  • Borax: This all purpose cleaner can be used in spray bottles on with sponges and consists of 8 parts water and 1 part borax. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Castile: Perfect for greasy messes, this is a solution you can mix up and store forever in a sealed container. Combine 1 teaspoon washing soda, 1/2 teaspoon castile soap, and 2 teaspoons borax in hot water (2-3 cups) in a spray bottle and swish until it all dissolves.
  • Vinegar: Great for all purpose cleaning and mildew treatment, this solution is made by combining 1 teaspoon of borax, 2 1/2 teaspoons of castile soap, with 1/8 cup of vinegar and about 2 cups of hot water. Spray on surfaces or us with a sponge or cloth.

You can add essential oils (5 to 10 drops) like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon to any of the above homemade all purpose cleaners for a natural fragrance and additional disinfecting qualities. 

If you need additional cleaning recipes check out our complete list of DIY recipes


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