All Purpose Cleaner

April 30, 2013

I have recently started experimenting with making my own household cleaners. Today I have a recipe for a disinfectant all purpose spray. I use this in the kitchen on all my benches and stainless steel. I also have a bottle under each of my bathroom sinks.

This spray is really easy to make and you will probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon Bi-Carb Soda (Baking Soda)
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon or Tea Tree Essential Oil (or both for an extra punch)
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle


Aside from the money you will save by making your own household cleaners, these ingredients have amazing cleaning properties.

  • Bi-Carb has great odour neutralising properties, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Vinegar has strong anti-bacterial properties; it was found to remove 90% of mould and 99.9% of bacteria. Vinegar is also great for cleaning stainless steel and glass.
  • Lemon Essential Oil deodorises, removes grease, bleaches stains and disinfects.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil is the big winner here, it is 5 times more effective than regular household disinfectants however it is 100% natural. Tea Tree Oil is a natural deodoriser, removes mould and mildew, and can be used to kill germs and mould in the indoor air.

To make the cleaner, take your spray bottle and put the Bi-Carb in. Next you will want to pour your vinegar into the bottle (this may fizz a little, don’t be alarmed). Put your essential oil in next, then fill the spray bottle up with water. Give it a quick shake, add a cute label and you are ready to clean.

Since it is so quick, easy and cheap to make; I keep a bottle under my kitchen sink, in the laundry and under both of my bathroom sinks. You really can’t go wrong with this cleaner, it is so versatile not to mention SAFE for you and your family. No more inhaling nasty chemicals.

I am so happy I have started making the switch to natural homemade cleaners and am slowly making cleaners for almost everything you could think of. Do you make your own cleaners? Does anyone have any recipes they would like to share? If you are thinking of making the switch, this is a great place to start. I promise you won’t look back.

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  • Reply Anonymous June 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hi Jess,

    Great blog from a fellow Canberran. I love making my own cleaners, I've been doing it for years now. My all purpose cleaner is just vinegar, water and eucalyptus oil but I'll give your version a go next time we need a batch. Do you get your spray bottles from anywhere in particular? The ones I'm currently using (from the supermarket) clog up often and it will always come shooting out, never as a spray. It really irritates me!

    I went one step further last year by eliminating most of our cosmetics and body products and making my own. It's scary what's in those "everyday" items! Nice blog, I will keep following.


    • Reply foreverorganised June 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Sara,

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂
      It really is scary what is in items that we use everyday. I have only recently started making my own cleaners and I am hooked.
      The best spray bottles I have found are from Coles in the garden aisle. They have a green sprayer bit.

      Hope this helps 🙂


  • Reply Anonymous July 22, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Hi Jess
    Love you site!!
    I am in the process of changing over to all homemade cleaning products and love your laundry powder and multipurpose spray! Do you have any other recipes that you can share??
    All help is appreciated

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